|Welcome to mattjonesfreelancer.com, the online credentials
and clippings portfolio for Dubai-based freelance writer matt
is a UK-trained journalist (Thomson Regional Newspapers /
Trinity Mirror), an author and a former public relations director
with Promoseven / Weber Shandwick in the Middle East. He is
an experienced writer, sub-editor and communications specialist.
Since 1992, the matt jones
by-line has appeared in broadsheet and tabloid newspapers
in the UK and internationally, including The Daily Telegraph,
The Sunday Telegraph, Western Mail,
South Wales Echo, The South China Morning Post (Hong
Kong),The Daily Yomiuri (Japan) and The Japan
was a weekly columnist for Khaleej Times Weekend
magazine in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). His writing has
also appeared in a number of other magazines, including BMW
Magazine, Dubai Voyager, Forbes, Gulf Business,
Gulf News Friday, Identity, Invest Dubai,
Living In The Gulf, NWA WorldTraveler (the in-flight
magazine of US carrier Northwest Airlines) and Polo World.
He is the author of four travel books – Berlitz
Pocket Guide Dubai, Berlitz Pocket Guide Qatar,
Insight Pocket Guide Dubai and
Dubai Insight Step by Step - and
co-author of Insight Guide Oman & The UAE. His
photography appears in all five books.
Among the personalities who have been interviewed or photographed
by matt jones
are Oscar winners Sir Anthony Hopkins and Jack Cardiff (cinematography);
Wimbledon champions Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Boris Becker
and Roger Federer; golf stars Tiger Woods and Greg Norman;
cricket legend Ian Botham; Pritzker Prize-winning architects
Frank Gehry (Guggenheim Bilbao), Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel and
Tadao Ando; acclaimed industrial designer Karim Rashid; US
publishing tycoon and former presidential candidate Steve
Forbes; and writer and explorer Sir Wilfred Thesiger.
His PR experience ranges from corporate communications for
BMW Group to press office support for high-profile events
such as ATP and WTA tennis tournaments, European Tour golf
and the unveiling in 2007 of Frank Gehry’s design for
the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.
is a member of Dubai Press Club and MEPRA, the Middle East
Public Relations Association. He is registered as a freelance
writer at Dubai Media City.