About us

Explorer Publishing is a multi-disciplinary contract publisher and design studio that specialises in providing full-service solutions for our clients. No matter the project, our expertly curated team can manage the entire process, from conception to delivery.

For nearly three decades we have gone wherever our clients’ needs have taken us. This means our work is diverse, encompassing everything from children’s books, specialty print publications and websites to retail merchandise, VIP packaging and transport mapping systems. But every project we undertake – no matter the format or scope – is underpinned by our commitment to exceptional quality and unrivalled experience in the industry.
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Our leadership

Alistair is a visionary entrepreneur with decades of experience in content creation, general management and strategy. He has a deep understanding of the tourism and transport industries and a broad background in mapping and data management, with a particular interest in regional development and projects that positively impact urban areas. He previously worked for Maps Geosystems in Sharjah, UAE, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers in London, UK.

A key member of Explorer’s management team, Emily oversees the editorial team and works closely with Alistair to manage key clients, projects, budgets and business development opportunities. A talented writer and editor with extensive project management experience, she combines excellent communication and organisational skills with a can-do approach to problem solving and a commitment to the highest standards to realise our clients’ objectives.

Ieyad is a creative virtuoso with a degree in Fine Arts from Damascus University, Syria. He started his career as an interior designer in Syria and Lebanon, and moved to Dubai in 2001 to work in the exhibitions industry as an interior design specialist. After attending professional training on branding and publications in the UK, he traversed into the media industry, where his unique aesthetic vision adds a flair to publishing projects which is difficult to match.

Shakk is a talented, multi-disciplined creative and team leader. With more than 10 years’ experience, he has an impressive portfolio of book and magazine concept designs and layouts, as well as branding and marketing collateral. Where he excels, however, is in digital design projects. He loves to experiment to transform conventional publishing projects into engaging and interactive digital experiences.

Zain works tirelessly to convert huge amounts of data into precise cartography, while also ensuring easy-to-follow design. With nearly two decades of experience in mapping and design solutions, Zain has delivered a wide array of projects, from comprehensive transport mapping for Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority to Explorer’s own retail city maps, road atlases, off-roading maps and large-format wall maps.

Hardy is responsible for visual storytelling in all of Explorer’s projects, through shooting, selecting and editing photos and video footage. He is an editorial photographer with a postgraduate diploma in photojournalism. With 12 years’ experience, he knows how to capture meaning, spirit, emotion and significance in his photography, as well as how to help clients maximise their own photography to best communicate their message.

With 21 years of retail, marketing and distribution experience, Michelle is responsible for managing all retail operations at Explorer – from developing new accounts for both brick-and-mortar and online platforms to coordinating store merchandising for our clients’ products. She has played a leading role in some of our most successful projects, including retailing books by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, as well as sourcing and retailing merchandise for The Emirates brand.

Join our adventure

Knowledgeable. Curious. Passionate. Creative. Fun. At Explorer, these are the qualities you will find yourself surrounded by. We are an energetic company that embraces diversity, teamwork, forward-thinking creativity and a passionate approach to content creation. For us, it’s about bringing together people who make things possible for our clients.

As a contract publisher and design studio, we use our talent to provide a full range of solutions, whatever that may be. We value go-getting, open-minded and creative-thinking professionals with a positive attitude and an obsession with quality. Here at Explorer, we think who you are makes you better at what you do.

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