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Ex-UK media boss aids Consortium

Former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan has been hired by Tecom Investments, to help promote its new venture Consortium.

Former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan has been hired by Tecom Investments, to help promote its new venture Consortium.

Billed as “Dubai’s premier executive networking club”, the new venture will invite senior executives from a variety of industries in the City, to several “networking” events at which they can interact. Membership fees are being set at around US$3000 a year, in the hope of restricting entry to senior figures within industry.

Morgan, speaking exclusively to Arabian Business, said: “I’m really happy to be part of this. I think Consortium is a great way to get a load of important people together in the same room at the same time. I am sure a lot of deals will come out of each event.” Consortium will proactively organise business introductions between members, and events will be held at several yet-to-be-announced venues.

Morgan said: “Tecom is a huge operation, and I’m very impressed by what I’ve seen. It is part of Dubai Holding, which is one of the leading business operations anywhere in the world.”

He added: “This is actually my very first time in Dubai, but I’m really glad I came. I only came over a few hours ago before the party to launch Consortium, but I’m staggered by what I’ve seen so far. There is a brilliant buzz about the whole city, with so much development going on. Some of the projects are just mind-blowing, and I’m hoping to be more and more involved in Dubai.”

Morgan is visiting the region for the first time since his controversial departure from the UK’s Daily Mirror last June, following the publication of fake photographs, allegedly showing British soldiers urinating on Iraqi soldiers. Morgan was sacked after the incident, but went on to write his own best-selling memoirs, The Insider, which topped the book charts in several countries.

He told Arabian Business: “It’s been a pretty hectic year or so, to be honest. What happened at the Mirror now seems like a long time ago, and a lot has gone on since. I haven’t stopped being busy doing other things, but it’s really nice to finally visit Dubai.”

Morgan’s former newspaper the Daily Mirror had been one of the strongest critics of UK prime minister Tony Blair’s decision to invade Iraq. He said: “I don’t regret my stance on that. I think that when you look at some of the chaos now going on in the country, we were proved right — in the sense that things are certainly not safer or more secure there.”

After his Consortium launch, Morgan teamed up with Virgin Atlantic boss Sir Richard Branson to help promote the arrival of the airline, which is set to kick off in Dubai early next year.

Morgan said: “It’s hard to predict the future, as I have learnt from my own experience. But I think it’s pretty certain that I will be back in Dubai sooner rather than later.”

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