Dominic De Sousa: 1959-2015

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Friends and colleagues have paid tribute to Dubai publisher Dominic De Sousa who died during a corporate event on Wednesday night.

The Chairman and Founder of CPI Media Group reportedly suffered a suspected heart attack while hosting the BBC Good Food Awards at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel.

De Sousa, who was 56, founded CPI two decades ago with the launch of Computer News Middle East. The company now publishes over 25 magazines and 20 web portals, including Hospitality Business Middle East, SME Advisor Middle East and Construction Machinery Middle East.

“It is with heavy hearts that we bid adieu to our Founder-Chairman Dominic De Sousa,” the company said in a statement on its website. “He was more than just a founder and chairman of CPI Media Group. A wonderful human being, he touched the lives of many with his kindness and infectious energy.”

De Sousa was born in Kenya in 1959 to a Brazilian father and Goan mother, moving to London when he was 11 years-old. He began his career playing guitar in a band before a brief spell in retail and then landing a job at Reed Business Publishing selling advertising for a magazine called Middle East Computing, beginning his link to the region.

Often described as ‘larger-than-life’, he hit international headlines in 2005 after announcing plans to launch a magazine called Goodbye featuring dead celebrities, although the title never launched.

A public memorial service will be held on Saturday December 19 at 2pm at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Jebel Ali.


  1. Michael Passmore   Friday, 13 January 2017 10:10

    I first met Dominic in 1987 in Riyadh when he sold me advertising in Arabian Computer News. In 1990 we briefly shared on office in Bushey; he had started CNME with Alain Charles but decided to go his own way. My then girlfriend and I had a memorable Thai dinner eith Dominic and Eileen; he grabbed a guitar from the restaurant owner and we all had a great singalong - until neighbours knocked to complain about the noise! He was a man of real character and personality; a big smile, a big heart and great to be with.