The biggest moments in the history of your favourite magazine
Time Out Dubai Staff
September 2001 Where it all began: The Café Issue introduces Dubai to Time Out’s world of sharp writing and sharper criticism. It includes a round-up of the city’s cafés, a Venice Film Festival guide, and an interview with Kool and the Gang. A local TV crew even shoot a behind-the-scenes documentary showing the making of it.
Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters plays an astounding gig at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. Beforehand, we interview him while he’s in the bath (via the phone).
October 2002 British band Toploader play the Time Out first birthday party at Atlantis club at the Hard Rock Café.
October 2003 We produce our first split cover, featuring three separate cover stars (Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Craig David and Supergrass) as part of a special live music issue.
December 2004 We interview Hollywood heart-throb Johnny Depp for our Dubai Film Festival bumper issue.
June 2005 Right up until deadline day, it’s unclear which cover will go to press – a ‘safe’ one featuring Jessica Alba, or ‘Censorship’, our hardest-hitting cover to date. A risk is taken and suddenly we’re privy to calls from the powers that be.
August 2005 Time Out Dubai goes weekly.
September 2005 Gordon Ramsay, our first guest editor, takes Time Out to task in his own inimitable way in his editor’s letter. ‘Both Time Out and I have faced our share of critics, but it’s a case of keeping your head down and quietly going about beating the f***ers’.
March 2006 We host the first Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards.
April 2006 Robbie vs J.Lo covers: it’s the pop star showdown of modern times. Except J.Lo decides not to show up to Dubai and Robbie takes such offence at Time Out’s profile of him (which dares to suggest that he isn’t the world’s greatest songwriter) that he calls us a rude word and writes a letter of complaint.
November 2007 Ian Rankin joins Time Out’s book club and answers readers’ questions at two signings across the city. Hundreds of fans show up.
March 2008 Verre by Gordon Ramsay misses out on our Best Restaurant award for the first time (Noble House takes the crown). Gordon is unaware until we tell him in an interview, during which he also tells us he’s planning to move to Dubai in five years, to live on the Palm. The quote goes viral.
April 2008 We host our first ever festival in the shape of Time Out Comes Home at Chi, starring Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzales (Masters at Work), Ca$h Money, a DJ set from Razorlight and the city’s finest local DJs.
April 2009 How to Make Extra Cash and our Free Things To Do issues sell well as the credit crunch bites in Dubai.
January 2010 We publish the world’s tallest magazine cover the week that the 828m-high Burj Khalifa opens. It’s 828mm tall.