Closing down the Formula 1 track in Abu Dhabi while a Tom Ford-clad Janet Jackson gave it her all for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia’s photographer back in 2011 is forever burned into my memory. Likewise, I will never forget seeing the first images from the set of Rihanna’s iconic shoot for Bazaar’s Ramadan 2014 issue – her most covered-up yet – conceived in homage to Arabian style. Both of these stories made headlines around the world. This month marks the 100th issue of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia. Since launching in the GCC in March 2007, Bazaar has led the way in regional fashion journalism. The editorial team and I are passionate about integrating engaging local content with international sophistication. We have photographed Rita Ora in the shadow of Burj Khalifa, introduced recent cover stars Haya and Sama Khadra to Karl Lagerfeld, coaxed model Chanel Iman onto the most impressive stallion in Dubai’s royal stables and shared a profound moment of reflection with the message of ‘peace’ intertwined in Arabic and English on the December 2014 front cover featuring Sonam Kapoor.
Alongside international icons, Bazaar’s team has photographed Arab stars including singers Nancy Ajram and Elissa, film director Nadine Labaki and Muslim models Hanaa Ben Abdesslem and Hind Sahli. Bazaar is truly a team production, and each issue is the result of the incredible dedication, skill, creativity, energy and love that our editors, writers, stylists, designers and photographers pour into the pages. I am exceptionally proud of the Bazaar team past and present, all of whom make coming into work every day a pleasure. Here’s to the next 100 issues.