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Teaming up with Entrepreneur Middle East

I was recently approached by Entrepreneur Middle East to contribute to their monthly magazine and I got the beautiful letter below today from the editor in chief which I thought I would share:


A Vested Interest: Mark Makhoul is the Goto Reference on All Things Kuwait

entrAs the Editor in Chief of a magazine like Entrepreneur Middle East, I find it a necessity to bring forward the best and brightest across the MENA region when it comes to contributors. This is where Mark Makhoul, Founder of 248am comes in to the picture.

After faithfully reading the current 248am posts for the past year (and the well-stocked 248am archives of endless content), I see Kuwait as a happening and interesting place in the GCC, albeit a lot less publicized. Mark really has managed to capture both the coolest hidden factors of Kuwait, and the most relevant goings-on in everything from business to hospitality. Through 248am, Mark has actually convinced me that Kuwait might even be my next weekend destination in the GCC for an interesting getaway.

Since Mark acts as a de facto brand ambassador for the Gulf nation of Kuwait and its capital city, I asked him to be our authority on the new, the now, and the relevant as of March 2014.

I hope youโ€™ll enjoy reading his work in Entrepreneur ME as much as I will.

My Best,

Fida Chaaban
Editor in Chief

29 replies on “Teaming up with Entrepreneur Middle East”

That’s awesome and the short description is so spot on as well!
I hope you become the Mayor of Salmiya someday like you’ve always wanted to ๐Ÿ™‚

We actually are quite digi-oriented but certainly we are a print medium first and foremost.

We’ll be releasing the entire issue cover to cover in digital format for our readers who prefer online reading.

My Best,

They need all the help they can get. I just browsed their website; not a single article on the Startup Weekend (where Fadi Ghandour spoke).

Hi Burhan,

Thanks for your feedback. We actually just released our first issue four days ago. We’re officially launching the website in about 10 days. As of now, we’re trying our best to add relevant content daily. In approximately a week, I can provide you with a link to read the entire magazine cover to cover if you like.

My Best,

I think the content on here has lost it’s edge, if I’m honest Mark.

It’s more recycled stuff from other sources, events, youtube videos etc.

I much preferred when it was editorial and more critical. It felt more dynamic, alive and real.

248 isn’t what it used to be. It’s lost its soul imo.

I’m sorry you feel that way. The blog has matured and evolved throughout the years so it’s never going to be the same but always changing and adapting to time. For example if you check my original posts from back in 2005 they were mostly about what I had for lunch that day mixed in with funny stuff I read online, topics which would be a complete fail today. The blog is always evolving and going through different phases. Right now the blog is expanding to become more than just a blog which it really hasn’t been for some time now. The blog and myself are still trying to find ourselves if that makes sense.

I used to be very critical before and I got sued and I lost. I’m sure you enjoyed those posts but I didn’t enjoy paying Benihana KD1,000 because I didn’t like their food. But then again I’m not critical just to be critical, when I run into issues like what happened recently with my bank I posted about it.

I always try to please my readers with posts I know they would enjoy especially long time readers but it’s never going to be possible to please everyone. There will be posts that some people will love and other people will find useless, all I can do is try to keep posting three interesting posts a day and hope for the best.

Yes, I get your points Mark.

It just feels that the character and personality has left the building, which is exactly what made 248 the must visit blog

“I wonder what that Mark dude is talking/ complaining / causing a storm about today…..”

I don’t want to be the guy who always complains about everything. I want to be the guy I am right now who finds out about interesting stuff and shares them with people. It’s a much more positive and healthier approach.

“Mark has actually convinced me that Kuwait might even be my next weekend destination”
This guy is full of it .Yeah Yeah whatever

yeah i snickered a bit at that. If anything its a smart move for the magazine to align with mark … dunno really what Mark gets out of it. still – none of our business

haha.. but the point is… you exaggerated their by saying “Kuwait might even be my next weekend destinationโ€

Really? ๐Ÿ˜›

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