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Mark Lomas

Freelance Journalist/Editor

Location icon United Arab Emirates

I am a Dubai-based freelance journalist and editor with more than a decade of experience in the industry. I have worked full-time for ESPN in London and Sport360 in Dubai, as well as writing freelance for the likes of the BBC, London Evening Standard, The Independent, Esquire, Shortlist, FourFourTwo and Arab News. Sport is my main passion but food and travel writing comes a close second!

Portfolio
BBC Sport
10/15/2018
Yashir Pinto: The Palestine international found on LinkedIn

Yashir Pinto looks tired, and it's difficult to blame him. He has just played an international friendly in Kyrgyzstan, but it is the jetlag rather than the football that is afflicting him. It took him 32 hours to reach Bishkek from his home in Coquimbo in Chile, a route that took in Santiago, Madrid and Istanbul.

Gentlemen's Quarterly
Welcome To Fight Night In Saudi Arabia

Breathing heavily and drenched in a layer of sweat that glistens under the harsh arena spotlights, Abdulfatah Julaidan's hand is raised aloft in victory. The partisan crowd cheer a name they have just discovered, celebrating an unfamiliar Saudi Arabian sporting victory.

BBC Sport
04/24/2019
Cape Verde's Ryan Mendes aiming for unlikely UAE title

Cape Verde's Ryan Mendes is putting a poor Africa Cup of Nations campaign behind him as he nears a surprise Arabian Gulf League (AGL) title. The 29-year-old's four goals and nine assists have helped Sharjah to the verge of a first UAE championship for 23 years.

Sport Industry Series
05/07/2019
Flying the FLAG for female sport in Saudi Arabia - Sport Industry Series

Halah Alhamrani, Saudi MMA Federation board member and founder of Fight Like A Girl (FLAG) Boxing in Jeddah, discusses how sport is empowering women in Saudi Arabia. When the ban on women in Saudi Arabian sports stadiums was lifted in 2018, the story made international headlines as the Kingdom appeared to take a major step towards sporting and social equality.

Edgar
07/23/2017
Playing With Pride

A frenetic game of football every Sunday is helping young Syrian refugees in Turkey to build friendships, lead a healthier life and escape the drudgery of poorly-paid sweatshop work

BBC Sport
02/19/2019
Ismael Tajouri-Shradi: Proud Libyan born in Switzerland, raised in Austria

Ismael Tajouri-Shradi may have been born in Switzerland, raised in Austria and play in the USA's Major League Soccer (MLS) but he always planned to represent Libya. That dream came true last September, on a balmy afternoon in Durban, as the New York City FC forward made his international debut and fulfilled a promise made to his Libyan parents.

Esquire Middle East
The world's best underdog story: Jorvan Vieira on Iraqi football

At a small cafe in Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina, Jorvan Vieira gently stirs a cup of green tea as a tear rolls out from under his glasses and down his cheek. Describing the moment he was offered honorary Iraqi citizenship, the emotion of the memory overwhelms him.

Sport Industry Series
04/01/2019
Quetta Gladiators: The DNA of a PSL cricket champion - Sport Industry Series

After winning their inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL) title, Quetta Gladiators' Head of Player Management, Nabeel Hashmi, discusses recruitment, community engagement, and what makes the champions tick. In front of more than 40,000 spectators at the National Stadium in Karachi, Quetta Gladiators celebrated their maiden PSL triumph last month.

BBC Sport
03/09/2018
Simon McMenemy - the best British coach you've never heard of?

The Indonesian top-flight season starts this weekend - and a Scottish coach you may not have heard of is about to begin the defence of his title. Simon McMenemy's journey from English non-league football to championship-winning manager in Indonesia is certainly a road less travelled.

Sport Industry Series
05/01/2019
What Gulf races can learn from the London Marathon - Sport Industry Series

London Marathon chief executive Nick Bitel discusses how the event has become the pinnacle of distance running and outlines how the Middle East's marathons could potentially improve their offering. As one of the 'Big Five' global marathons, London sits alongside Berlin, Boston, Chicago and New York City as an iconic race that takes pride of place on many a runner's wish list.

BBC Sport
12/21/2019
Madagascar football captain: 'we're more than a movie'

In October, Madagascar celebrated an unlikely sporting success story, as successive 1-0 victories over Equatorial Guinea sealed their place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. The squad are now hoping their achievement will bring footballing fame to a nation perhaps more usually associated with the movie which carries their country's name.

Arab News
10/02/2018
Jeddah's big fight night to help growth of boxing in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: The dust has settled on the World Boxing Super Series final and the circus has rolled out of town. However, in 20 years' time, will people just be fondly reminiscing about that anomalous professional boxing event in Saudi Arabia, or will the Kingdom have emerged as a boxing hub in the Middle East?

BBC Sport
09/11/2018
Liban Abdi: "I'd rather help Somalia than play for them"

As a youngster Somali-born Liban Abdi dreamed of playing for Norway but now hopes things improve in the country of his birth so he can play for them. The 29-year-old's youth career began at English club Sheffield United with World Cup stars Kyle Walker and Harry Maguire.

ESPN.com
10/10/0526
Tyson: 'It's all about Joshua now - that one fight changed boxing'

Dubai, UAE -- Mike Tyson has tipped Anthony Joshua to carry the torch for boxing's heavyweight division for many years to come after his victory over Wladimir Klitschko. Joshua added the WBA and IBO heavyweight title to his IBF crown with a stunning stoppage of Klitschko last Saturday, a fight watched by 90,000 people at Wembley Stadium.

BBC Sport
04/19/2018
Tunisia: A season marred by violence

Despite a domestic season marred by violence Tunisian officials are confident the problems will not follow the team to Russia. As well as clashes before during and after league matches, hundreds of fans invaded the pitch in March to celebrate a 1-0 win for Tunisia over Costa Rica in a friendly in the French city of Nice.

Esquire Middle East
Shining the spotlight on the inaugural Tehran marathon

Sipping a glass of watermelon juice and nudging a piece of blueberry cheesecake around his plate, Sebastiaan Straten is in surprisingly good spirits.His outfit - a bright orange T-shirt expressing his Dutch roots, and a gold necklace shaped as the Persian symbol for truth - mirrors his divided loyalties.

Evening Standard
04/29/2017
Chisora: Joshua is throwing himself into deep end against Klitschko

Anthony Joshua may be one of boxing's nice guys but he will need to be at his ruthless best to beat Wladimir Klitschko, according to former British heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora. Joshua and Klitschko do battle at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night as the Watford-born fighter makes the third defence of his IBF heavyweight title.

What's On Dubai
08/22/2017
10 of the best co-working spaces and cafes in Dubai

Think all workspaces are boring? Not these creative hangouts... It's estimated that we will spend 35 per cent of our lives in the office, so for those not lucky enough to have the bells and whistles - and slides, real slides - of companies like Google or Facebook, it might be worth freshening up your surroundings.

Arab News
03/07/2018
Iraq throws down gauntlet to FIFA as jubilant fans rally for return of international football

BASRA: Iraqi football fans lined the streets on the approach to Basra International Stadium, eagerly surrounding the white coach as it pulled up to the entrance. They sang and danced, determined to provide a fitting welcome. The doors drew open and those stepping from the coach were enthusiastically applauded as they walked down a red carpet, Iraqi soldiers saluting them from each side.

https://www.shortlistdubai.com
REVIEW: Kohantei

Dubai's aptitude for magnitude is known the world over, with its record-breaking feats ranging from the world's tallest building to the world's largest flower arrangement. Search hard enough, however, and a 'less is more' approach can be found in this city of the colossal.

ESPN.com
10/02/1542
Cole follows Bothroyd off the beaten track

What do the leading scorer of the Swedish women's team, the son of a North African dictator and a South Korean World Cup star have in common? It sounds like the start of a terrible gag; indeed, Perugia's pursuit of Hanna Ljungberg, signing of Saadi Gaddafi and sacking of Ahn Jung-hwan, saw the club become the laughing stock of the football world in the early 2000s.

https://www.shortlistdubai.com
REVIEW: STK

STK at Rixos Premium, JBR, is the newest addition to a family of restaurants that began life in New York, fittingly in the city's Meatpacking district. From Miami to Milan and Las Vegas to London, STK has successfully branched out thanks to a winning combination of chic décor and, of course, superior steaks.

ESPN.com
10/10/0526
Tyson: Floyd, McGregor boxing would be 'garbage'

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson believes that a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor would be "garbage" and has urged the pair to do battle in the UFC Octagon instead.

ESPN.com
10/12/2353
If football be the food of love, play on

Socrates. Shakespeare. Satre. Saha. Tottenham Hotspur's No. 15 appears the obvious odd one out alongside a trio of history's greatest academic and cultural contributors, but a recent foray into literature has seen Louis Saha commended for his honesty and insight, as he attempts to educate the masses about a subject that is at times more perplexing than any philosophical theory: the professional footballer.

Arab News
09/26/2018
'Focused' Zuhayr Al-Qahtani prepared for biggest fight of his career

LONDON: Zuhayr Al-Qahtani is leaving nothing to chance as he prepares to become the first professional Saudi boxer to fight in the Kingdom, so much so he had to turn down tickets to watch Anthony Joshua's heavyweight title fight with Alexander Povetkin at Wembley.

Arab News
09/27/2018
Few fireworks as a confident George Groves predicts victory over undefeated Callum Smith

JEDDAH: In this week of firsts for Saudi Arabia, the country's inaugural professional boxing weigh-in was a surprisingly low-key affair. Traditionally antagonistic occasions, the face-off in Jeddah between headliners George Groves and Callum Smith was firework-free. Bravado is engrained in the build-up to boxing events and that confidence can often crescendo at the weigh-in.

FourFourTwo Arabia
11/02/2017
Rio: United defence key to title hopes - FourFourTwo Arabia

Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand believes the club's defence could hold the key to their chances of pipping Manchester City to the Premier League title this season. United have been criticised in some quarters for failing to match the attacking adventure of freescoring cross-town rivals City, who currently top the table by five points.

Arab News
09/28/2018
Callum Smith sets sights on Anfield fight after beating George Groves in Jeddah

JEDDAH: New WBA super middleweight champion Callum Smith has his sights set on a dream fight at Anfield after beating George Groves in the inaugural World Boxing Super Series final in Jeddah. Smith stopped Groves after a seventh-round barrage to become world champion in a bruising contest at King Abdullah Sports City.

Arab News
09/28/2018
Callum Smith sets sights on Anfield fight after beating George Groves in Jeddah

JEDDAH: New WBA super middleweight champion Callum Smith has his sights set on a dream fight at Anfield after beating George Groves in the inaugural World Boxing Super Series final in Jeddah. Smith stopped Groves after a seventh-round barrage to become world champion in a bruising contest at King Abdullah Sports City.

ESPN.com
05/15/2014
Fairytales and curses

TURIN, Italy -- They had packed Turin's pretty piazzas, and lined the streets from the Po River to the soaring spire of the city's famous Mole Antonelliana, red shirts "jumping like poppies" -- as the club hymn "Ser Benfiquista" so poetically puts it. On Thursday, though, Turin was bereft of its Benfica contingent.

Arab News
09/28/2018
Prince Naseem Hamed sets sights on creating Saudi Arabian boxing stars

JEDDAH: Former world champion "Prince" Naseem Hamed has vowed to capitalize on the "buzz" around Saudi Arabia's first professional boxing event by setting up an academy in the Kingdom. The World Boxing Super Series final took place in Jeddah as George Groves and Callum Smith fought for an array of titles - including the tournament's Muhammad Ali trophy.

https://www.shortlistdubai.com
REVIEW: Little Miss India

Lovingly marinated seafood, meat and vegetables are just a few of the dishes that can expected when you head down to Little Miss India. The uniquely decorated restaurant's pride and joy are its twin tandoor ovens, a pair of huge gold barrels standing proudly on display.

ESPNFC.com
10/11/2018
The secret of Costa Rica's success

Tiny Costa Rica, the fourth-smallest nation at this year's World Cup, had just beaten footballing superpowers and four-time champions Italy -- Bryan Ruiz's header sendinghis sideinto the round of 16 for only the second time in the their history.

https://www.shortlistdubai.com
REVIEW: Bleu Blanc

Bleu Blanc is one of three new restaurants - all conceived by US chef David Myers - at the Renaissance Downtown, a stylish boutique hotel that backs on to the Dubai Canal. The chef has aimed to create a French farmhouse feel and the vintage wooden furniture and open fires certainly seem to do the trick.

ESPN
10/12/2346
Lomas: Ruthless Atletico rule Romania

It has often been said that success breeds success and, on a memorable night in Bucharest, it was Atletico Madrid and their leading light Falcao whose eminence exemplified that very sentiment.

https://www.shortlistdubai.com
REVIEW: Katsuya by Starck

It is not often that we start a review by mentioning the ''hello" we receive at a restaurant's door. But the greeting at Katsuya by Starck demands inclusion. As is customary in Japan, diners are met with a resounding "Irasshaimase" ("come on in") from all of the restaurant staff on arrival.

What's On Dubai
08/22/2017
10 of the best co-working spaces and cafes in Dubai

Think all workspaces are boring? Not these creative hangouts... It's estimated that we will spend 35 per cent of our lives in the office, so for those not lucky enough to have the bells and whistles - and slides, real slides - of companies like Google or Facebook, it might be worth freshening up your surroundings.

ESPN.com
10/12/2137
Japan set for global gathering

The Club World Cup is a competition that divides opinion: those who play in it defend its value, while those who don't ridicule it as a commerce-driven waste of time. But it remains the only truly global club tournament at the professional level of the game and its previous winners will testify that the title of 'world champion' is one that is worth competing for.

https://www.shortlistdubai.com
REVIEW: Beefbar

A Monte Carlo staple brings a new meat feast to Dubai Pescatarians, vegetarians, vegans - look away now. Beefbar, it may not surprise you to learn, is one for the carnivores. This new DIFC restaurant is all about the meat. Mostly from the humble the cow.

FourFourTwo
05/24/2017
Asia 50 No.1, Omar Abdulhrahman: Europe, Suarez and shaving his famous hair

Omar Abdulrahman: I feel very proud to be picked as No.1 in Asia, ahead of so many fantastic players. This gives me motivation to work even harder in the years to come. FFT: Who were your football heroes growing up? OA: I loved to watch Zinedine Zidane, he made football look so simple.

What's On Dubai
08/03/2017
Here are 7 wellbeing treats & spa treatments for men in Dubai to try...

From vacuum-packed treatments to workouts with limited air supply, here are seven unique wellbeing trends for men to try in Dubai... The face of male wellness was once a greased-up Adonis, hulking out of his singlet with biceps to rival Arnold Schwarzenegger circa 1980.

Arab News
09/28/2018
Saudi Arabia's Abdulfatah Julaidan ready to make history in Jeddah fight

JEDDAH: Abdulfatah Julaidan insists he is not fazed by the prospect of becoming the first Saudi Arabian boxer to compete in a professional bout in the Kingdom. Jeddah-based Julaidan (1-0, 1 KO) will take on Czech fighter Martin Kharbel (2-9, 2KOs) in a hastily arranged bout on the undercard of the World Boxing Super Series Final on Friday.

Arab News
09/04/2018
Jeddah World Boxing Super Series final could be new 'Thrilla in Manila' for Middle East

LONDON: Boxing promoter Kalle Sauerland believes the World Boxing Super Series Final in Jeddah will "open the door" to more boxing events in the region, comparing it to the fabled "Thrilla in Manila" and "Rumble in the Jungle" fights of the 1970s. George Groves and Callum Smith do battle for the WBA Super-Middleweight title on Sept.

ESPN.com
08/12/2014
Three Points: Real Madrid vs. Sevilla

CARDIFF, Wales -- Three observations from Real Madrid's 2-0 UEFA Super Cup win over Sevilla. Never write off Ronaldo With his slick-backed hair and hulking muscles, Gareth Bale had not only stolen the signature look of Cristiano Ronaldo in the lead-up to the UEFA Super Cup, he had robbed the Portuguese of the limelight.

The Independent
09/27/2017
Ryan Giggs reveals why Manchester United sensation Marcus Rashford will go right to the top

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs believes Marcus Rashford has what it takes to "go right to the top" of the game after being impressed with the young forward's start to the new season. Rashford, 19, has scored five goals in his past six games for United and has been a regular fixture in Jose Mourinho's starting line-up this term.

FourFourTwo
05/12/2017
Exclusive: The former S.League coach making waves in an island paradise

The Maldives has long been established as one of the world's most idyllic destinations. Its crystal clear waters, technicolour reefs and five-star resorts are synonymous with luxury travel, while opportunities to visit are usually reserved for those with deep pockets. Most people are only left to daydream about the alluring atolls from afar.

FourFourTwo Arabia
08/09/2017
Cool Zidane makes winning look easy - FourFourTwo Arabia

Zinedine Zidane makes football look easy. As a player he effortlessly glided across the turf, inspiring his teams to myriad trophies during a glittering career. As a coach, he stepped into the sport's most scorching hotseat, with no top-flight experience, and has proceeded to deliver six pieces of silverware in 19 months at Real Madrid.

Arab News
10/26/2017
Now or never for awesome Omar

DUBAI: With one deft swish of his left boot, Omar Abdulrahman instantly won a host of global admirers. It was the 2015 Asian Cup quarterfinals and arguably the biggest match of his career, but he was not remotely overawed.