About us

Essential Dubai will deliver a comprehensive guide to getting the best out of Dubai, whether you’re on holiday, stopping over for a few days or call the vibrant city-state home – from the countless shopping areas, the best new bars and restaurants, the multiple choices available to movie lovers, the amazing things to do and see as well as where to go after dark, Essential Dubai will ensure you are up to date on the places to see and be seen.

The team behind the exciting new Dubai online source is responsible for Essential Ibiza, widely regarded as the number one news and information resource for the Balearic island. Several members of the team have a relationship with Dubai dating back over a decade and a love for the destination that has given birth to a determination to showcase the countless positive experiences to be had in and around the City-State. From highlighting the attractions that are open to you across the destination, to shining the spotlight on the delicious array of dining options – from bustling hawker centres to celebrity chef run restaurants, pinpointing some of the breathtaking places to visit as well as giving you an understanding of the great story behind the evolution of Dubai.

We hope you enjoy the website and find it useful, fun and informative, helping you get the very best out of your time in Dubai. We welcome any feedback, please email any questions or suggestions to info@essentialdubai.co.

Iain Thomson (Editor in Chief)
– iain@essentialdubai.co
A respected dance music journalist, DJ, and radio presenter Iain has many years experience on Ibiza as a clubber, DJ, and journalist. He has spent time in Dubai on numerous occasions in the last decade and, more recently relocated to live there full time. As Editor in Chief for Essential Ibiza Iain is responsible for the unrivalled island news coverage we are famous for.

Abigail Lowe (Writer)
Nick Clayton (Writer)
Olivia Ebeling (Writer)
Lena Kochetkova (Writer)
La Skimal (Photographer)
Tamara Sini (Photographer)

Business Development:
Charlie Chester
– Charlie@essentialdubai.co
After bringing 100 clubbers, 20 DJs and a Channel 4 film crew to Ibiza in 1990 Charlie sealed Ibiza’s fate as the world’s #1 dance music location, and the resulting film “A Short Film About Chilling” went on to become the most successful youth culture film in Channel 4 history. One of the most connected men in the global dance music scene, Charlie worked closely with Attica Dubai, establishing the venue as a popular stop over for international DJs in the early noughties, spending several years in the city. He is still well connected throughout the Asian region today.

Phi Jordan (CTO)
– pjordan@essentialdubai.co
Phil was founder and co-owner of a successful internet travel business for 8 years prior to its acquisition in 2010 by a FTSE 100 travel company. An expert in internet marketing, website design, usablity, and e-commerce Phil looks after online marketing and all things technical for the group.

Zak Day – zak@essentialdubai.co

VIP/ Concierge
Karon Dunn

Having successfully run one of the biggest DJ agencies in London in the noughties, Karon is more than capable of exceeding the expectations of even the most demanding customer. Heading our VIP/ Concierge team, they will make sure all of your VIP needs are taken care of, leaving you free of worry and only concerned with enjoying your day or night out. Whether it is securing you the best table in the club, a reservation at the hottest new eatery or chartering the perfect yacht for the day, Karon and her team have you covered.

For any questions for our tram contact them direct and for general enquiries please email info@essentialdubai.co