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A little bit about me? I’m Courtney Brandt!

To date, I've been published with Fast Company Middle East, Travel Curator, Vogue Arabia, Destinations of the World, The Ehticalist, Forbes Middle East, Curiosity Magazine, Elite Daily, The Forward Feed, Food&Wine, A Luxury Travel Blog, Matador Network, Sopexa, JustLuxe, Travelettes, Citizen Femme, Columbus Travel, Dining and Nightlife Middle East, and Roads & Kingdoms. I provide global hotel coverage with Northstar Media and was part of The World's Most Luxurious Hotels program on BBC5 and, most recently, appeared on EuroNews and DXB Today. I've written commercially for AddMind Hospitality, Dima Ayad Consulting, Spinneys, Sapaad, and Umami Communications. I'm also a regular contributor to Dubai Eye 103.8 for food and travel.

I'm an American ex-pat with 15+ years in the Middle East (Dubai, Doha, Abu Dhabi), and I focus mainly on fine dining and hospitality from my residence in Dubai. I've spoken at a number of conferences, including Gulf Host, Gulfood, The Restaurant Show, Middle East Food Forum, Travel Tech Middle East, Caterer Middle East, PechaKucha, and SMS Summit Jordan, and attended the Google Local Guides Summit in October 2018 and November 2019, as well as The World's 50 Best Restaurants international and MENA events, and San Sebastian Gastronomika. I've worked with Louis XIII, Grana Padano, California Wines, Jacob's Creek, and Silver Fern Farms.

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Courtney Brandt
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