Society & Culture

Dr. Spencer Striker, Digital Media Professor at the American University in Dubai, (now at Northwestern University in Qatar), has launched a podcast called Dubai Wave, produced by he and a talented team of students, in a course called Online Media Production. Bringing listeners around the world interviews with fascinating personalities from Dubai and the greater Middle East.

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The Dubai Wave Podcast’s influential Season 3 concludes with an exclusive conversation with Dubai's leading fashion icon, style influencer, and sought after wedding planner, Shahd Al Jumaily! Thrilled to present our super exclusive conversation with multi-faceted stylist, fashion designer, architect, and entrepreneur, Shahd Al Jumaily. And with this final excellent world exclusive interview--we're proud to bring our 19 episode Dubai Wave Podcast interview series to a successful close. 

Produced by Dr. Spencer Striker, Digital Media Professor at the American University in Dubai, (now at Northwestern University in Qatar), the show was created with the help of a talented student production team at AUD 

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About Shahd

Architect and entrepreneur, Shahd Al Jumaily’s journey in the fashion world started while she was pursuing a degree in Architecture at the American University in Dubai. This nurtured her creativity and design skills, teaching her to sketch, and seek elusive perfection, until her search for all things unique drove her to start her own fashion label, Zanajeel, in 2012, and later her wedding planning business, The ArchiTales.

"I'd label myself as an Architect & Entrepreneur," the charismatic Shahd tells us. "Architecture is a part of my personality, it's my degree which I worked really hard for and the basis for everything else that I've started as an entrepreneur. Designing and blogging are things I absolutely love and enjoy doing! But I'm more interested in the business side of the fashion and social media worlds." Rushing between events, photoshoots and her favorite spots in Dubai, Shahd shared with us her fashion tips, advice to young women entrepreneurs, and how she planned her wedding.

Shahd’s personal style is eclectic and ever-growing, and she believes this is important to creating a successful fashion image. Her nonstop curiosity and open-mindedness to new ideas holds the key to her success.  

Hosted by: Spencer Striker, PhD, Formerly Digital Media Professor at the American University in Dubai (now Northwestern University in Qatar)

https://www.linkedin.com/in/spencerstriker

Special Guest: Shahd Al Jumaily   

Official Website and social media links:

http://shahdaljumaily.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ShahdAlJumailyOfficial/

https://twitter.com/ShahdAlJumaily/media

About the Dubai Wave Podcast: The concept with Dubai Wave is to look at big picture Dubai. Each episode focuses on a unique topic, such as Dubai Fitness; Dubai Social Media; Dubai Food Scene; Dubai Music, etc., with the goal to illuminate a 360-degree viewpoint of all the exciting things happening here, the gem of the Middle East. The impressive guest list to date includes the founder of Dubai’s most influential MMA gym, Tam Khan (Dubai MMA); successful entrepreneur, Anas Bukhash (Dubai Entrepreneurship); the editor of What’s On Dubai, Laura Coughlin (Dubai Magazines); the host of Virgin Radio Dubai, Brent Black, (Dubai Radio); and the first Emirati filmmaker to achieve International acclaim and standing, Ali F. Mostafa, (Dubai Film). Previously, Dr. Striker, with help from talented Digital Media and MBRSC students, launched a successful podcast called Digital Media & Tech in Dubai, focused on the Dubai tech industry, with eight episodes to date, featuring some of Dubai’s most exciting digital thought leaders.

Production Manager: Carma Al Younes, AUD Digital Media student
Edited by: Aminur Rahman
On-Site Recording Support by: AUD Digital Media’s own Anil Mathew James
Executive Producer: Spencer Striker, PhD 

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The Dubai Wave Podcast’s influential Season 3 concludes with an exclusive conversation with one of Dubai's most dynamic, successful TV presenters, Shahad Ballan. Thrilled to present our super exclusive conversation, at long last. We spoke about her journey into television and the challenges that she faced and overcame in her life and career. We also spent some time speaking about inspiration, resilience, personal development, and coming back from a life-changing accident.

If you've got huge dreams and ambitions, regardless of the hurdles you face, you will absolutely love this episode.

Produced by Dr. Spencer Striker, Digital Media Professor at the American University in Dubai, (now at Northwestern University in Qatar), the show was created with the help of a talented student production team at AUD 

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About Shahad

Shahad Ballan is a an Arab TV presenter and journalist who is currently the host of a women's lifestyle show on MBC1 called HAMSA. She is a graduate of the Sheikh Mohammad School for Communication majoring in Digital Production and Story-telling at American University in Dubai. Following that, she went on to work with Dubai TV and took her first step in TV presenting when she hosted an entertainment/tourism show called Al Mawaad. Two years later, she made a move to MBC group were she presented the prime time news bulletin on MBC1 for 3 consecutive years. In the year 2016 Shahad made another turning point in her career when she moved to MBC4 to host ET Bilarabi, the Arabic version of the international format "Entertainment Tonight". 

Beginning her career in television with a chance encounter, Shahad was first seen on the red carpet when she was a researcher escorting a guest for an interview. After graduating from studying film making, and while working in her first job as a researcher, a producer spotted Shahad and asked if she would be interested in working on a pilot show. Without experience in presenting, and in the space of one week, she made the big leap from being a researcher to becoming a presenter on her own show. This move into television was the catalyst for Ballan to develop her taste in style, as growing up she tended to only wear black. Dressing for the camera meant stepping out of her comfort zone and experimenting with colour, working out what she liked and what worked for her.

Hosted by: Spencer Striker, PhD, Digital Media Professor at the American University in Dubai

https://www.linkedin.com/in/spencerstriker

& Digital Media Student at AUD, 

Special Guest: Shahad Ballan

Official Website and social media links

https://www.linkedin.com/in/shahad-ballan-96893336/?originalSubdomain=ae

https://www.instagram.com/shahadballan/

https://bnc.lt/m/cOnX1VihYU?_p=c11434dc91047af3e50387ff

About the Dubai Wave Podcast:

The concept with Dubai Wave is to look at big picture Dubai. Each episode focuses on a unique topic, such as Dubai Fitness; Dubai Social Media; Dubai Food Scene; Dubai Music, etc., with the goal to illuminate a 360-degree viewpoint of all the exciting things happening here, the gem of the Middle East. The impressive guest list to date includes the founder of Dubai’s most influential MMA gym, Tam Khan (Dubai MMA); successful entrepreneur, Anas Bukhash (Dubai Entrepreneurship); the editor of What’s On Dubai, Laura Coughlin (Dubai Magazines); the host of Virgin Radio Dubai, Brent Black, (Dubai Radio); and the first Emirati filmmaker to achieve International acclaim and standing, Ali F. Mostafa, (Dubai Film). Previously, Dr. Striker, with help from talented Digital Media and MBRSC students, launched a successful podcast called Digital Media & Tech in Dubai, focused on the Dubai tech industry, with eight episodes to date, featuring some of Dubai’s most exciting digital thought leaders.

Production Managed by: Carma Al Younes, AUD Digital Media student
Edited by: Aminur Rahman
On-Site Recording Support by: AUD Digital Media’s own Anil Mathew James
Executive Producer: Spencer Striker, PhD 

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The Dubai Wave Podcast’s influential Season 3 continues with an exclusive conversation with Dubai's ultimate fitness industry Icon! Thrilled to present our super exclusive conversation with Salma Ismail.

Produced by Dr. Spencer Striker, Digital Media Professor at the American University in Dubai, the show is created with the help of a talented student production team at AUD

About Sal:

Sal is a four time Fitness Cover Model, former Nike Middle East Ambassador & NTC Trainer, and co-founder of The Body Challenge, an eight week body transformation challenge.

She has been helping clients reach their personal fitness goals since 2010. Sal focuses on strength training and body sculpting. She also encourages her female clients to embrace resistance and weight training to improve overall fitness.

Sal has gained a following through her boot camps and high intensity personal training sessions. Having worked with Sheikha's and local UAE celebrities she has become a well-known and respected member of the female fitness community in the UAE.

Sal is as tough on the outside as on the inside, her resilience, perseverance, stamina, and commitment to stay the course is so inspiring, to say the least! Her strength, and her positive outlook on life instantly lifts you up, making you want to fight the good fight, over and again.

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Hosted by: Spencer Striker, PhD, Digital Media Professor at the American University in Dubai

https://www.linkedin.com/in/spencerstriker

& Digital Media Student at AUD, Laith & Carma.

Special Guests: Salma Ismail 

 

Official Website and social media links: 

https://www.getfitchick.ae/aboutus

https://www.facebook.com/salbroutine/

https://www.instagram.com/salbroutine/

About the Dubai Wave Podcast
The concept with Dubai Wave is to look at big picture Dubai. Each episode focuses on a unique topic, such as Dubai Fitness; Dubai Social Media; Dubai Food Scene; Dubai Music, etc., with the goal to illuminate a 360-degree viewpoint of all the exciting things happening here, the gem of the Middle East. The impressive guest list to date includes the founder of Dubai’s most influential MMA gym, Tam Khan (Dubai MMA); successful entrepreneur, Anas Bukhash (Dubai Entrepreneurship); the editor of What’s On Dubai, Laura Coughlin (Dubai Magazines); the host of Virgin Radio Dubai, Brent Black, (Dubai Radio); and the first Emirati filmmaker to achieve International acclaim and standing, Ali F. Mostafa, (Dubai Film). Previously, Dr. Striker, with help from talented Digital Media and MBRSC students, launched a successful podcast called Digital Media & Tech in Dubai, focused on the Dubai tech industry, with eight episodes to date, featuring some of Dubai’s most exciting digital thought leaders.

Production Managed by: Carma Al Younes, AUD Digital Media student
Edited by: Aminur Rahman, Podcast Editor & Producer
On-Site Recording Support by: AUD Digital Media’s own Anil Mathew James
Executive Producer: Spencer Striker, PhD

 

 

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The Dubai Wave Podcast’s influential Season 3 continues with a riveting conversation with two of Dubai's ultimate music industry insiders! Thrilled to present our world exclusive with Big Hass and Jamil Jabbour Big Hass is a UAE based Radio Host and Blogger. While Jamil Jabbour is a Dubai based musician. And both of them are rocking the industry with musical talent and passion for the Dubai music industry. In this Dubai Wave exclusive, hear their unique insights on the Dubai hip hop scene, and culture around it.

Produced by Dr. Spencer Striker, Digital Media Professor at the American University in Dubai, the show is created with the help of a talented student production team at AUD

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About Big Hass:
He hosted Saudi's FIRST FM Hip-Hop radio show & he is also a well-known Blogger. He usually likes to conduct interviews with dope people and loves supporting local talent. The first on-air message Big Hass received, during his first radio show, was short but hardly sweet. “You’re an infidel.”  Starting the debut FM hip-hop programme in the conservative Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was always going to ruffle feathers – but such a stark message brought the fresh-faced presenter face-to-face with the gravity of his opposition.

“I saw straight away I had a choice: I could either give up there and then, or fight it and carry on,” says Hass, whose real name is Hassan Ahmad Dennaoui. “For one second, I panicked – and then I went with fighting it. Reading that message sparked a huge fire in me to prove everybody wrong.” His groundbreaking show Laish Hip-Hop celebrated its fifth anniversary in June. It remains an unrivalled voice focusing on the region’s underground music scene. Such is its influence that Hass has been elevated to the unlikely status of a regional musical ambassador, invited to public-speaking gigs and exchange opportunities in Europe and the United States.

Broadcast on Saudi’s Mix FM and streamed online, the show (which translates literally as Why Hip-hop?) has regular listeners around the globe. Since Hass moved to the UAE, Laish Hip-Hop has been broadcast from Dubai Media City. One of the programme’s biggest milestones was an interview with Kool Herc, the DJ considered one of the “founding fathers of hip-hop”. “He said: ‘You’re calling me from Saudi Arabia?’,” says Hass, adding that the pioneer was dumbfounded that “hip-hop reached that far”. It did – in part because of the hard work and bountiful on-air enthusiasm of Hass.

When Mix FM started broadcasting in Saudi Arabia – one of the Kingdom’s first commercial stations – Hass embarked on a six-month campaign to earn his own show, which eventually aired for the first time in June 2011. It started out as a weekly one-hour slot, but after a Twitter campaign from listeners, station chiefs expanded the show to a two-hour format. “I became a voice for this music, so now I have to educate even myself,” says Hass. “So many people know hip-hop music better than me. My job is to support local talent. I don’t care about how many followers you have – I care about how much talent you have.” These days, he says, the greatest and largest variety of regional hip-hop talent is found in Saudi Arabia – a country where live musical performances remain a rarity.

“The main challenge that is always discussed is the lack of support. There is a lot of amazing talent here and I can name ten people that can really make it internationally from the top of my head. But there is no specific eco-system here to support that” Dennaoui says. “Now, there is some support here and there, but it is not consistent. It is kind of done from the side. Now that’s not an attack on the mainstream media, it may just mean that these artists have to produce bigger and stronger things to get noticed. He states that some struggling or frustrated musicians have to think more critically about their careers if they want to progress. He points to successful Egyptian indie bands such as Cairokee and Sharmoofers or Jordan’s Aziz Maraqa as examples of artists who, through their studious efforts, built a strong and sustainable fan-base.

About Jamil Jabbour:
Dubai-based musician Jamil Jabbour has a voice like warm butter sliding over a freshly-plucked piece of toast: It’s deep, silken, rich and comforting all at once, and the kind of flavor that seems deceptively simple at first but that you’ll never forget. This Lebanese musician was born and raised in Dubai - he considers it home - and this is where his career as one of the city’s most well-respected musicians (he's even opened for Coldplay during one of their UAE-based performances) began: It’s not uncommon for fans to approach him in public and ask if he is indeed “that musician,” and his fans are a loyal following, with his performances from long-term or resident gigs to more one-off shows inevitably selling out to an impressed crowd. His voice is indeed impressive - despite being a rather quiet and almost shy, deeply thoughtful individual, put a guitar in his hands and he’ll disappear even further into his own world. And when he begins to sing, you’ll understand why this is his calling. 

Jamil says one of his main inspirations is a singer/songwriter by the name of Myles Richard Kennedy. “He managed to blow my mind at the first encounter of his music,” he said, explaining he’s “fortunate enough to do what I love and hence I don’t work a day.” When he’s not performing at one of his regular venues, such as Stereo Arcade, Beats on the Beach, Du Arena, or Wasla - Jamil is usually practicing his vocal range, always striving to get better.

Hosted by: Spencer Striker, PhD, Digital Media Professor at the American University in Dubai

https://www.linkedin.com/in/spencerstriker

& Digital Media Student at AUD, Nada Ichtay

Special Guests: Big Hass and Jamil Jabbour

Official Website and Social Media Links:

Big Hass
https://twitter.com/big_hass
https://www.youtube.com/user/hass341
https://www.instagram.com/big_hass/
http://revoltradio.blogspot.com/

Jamil Jabbour
https://www.facebook.com/jabbourjamil/

About the Dubai Wave Podcast
The concept with Dubai Wave is to look at big picture Dubai. Each episode focuses on a unique topic, such as Dubai Fitness; Dubai Social Media; Dubai Food Scene; Dubai Music, etc., with the goal to illuminate a 360-degree viewpoint of all the exciting things happening here, the gem of the Middle East. The impressive guest list to date includes the founder of Dubai’s most influential MMA gym, Tam Khan (Dubai MMA); successful entrepreneur, Anas Bukhash (Dubai Entrepreneurship); the editor of What’s On Dubai, Laura Coughlin (Dubai Magazines); the host of Virgin Radio Dubai, Brent Black, (Dubai Radio); and the first Emirati filmmaker to achieve International acclaim and standing, Ali F. Mostafa, (Dubai Film). Previously, Dr. Striker, with help from talented Digital Media and MBRSC students, launched a successful podcast called Digital Media & Tech in Dubai, focused on the Dubai tech industry, with eight episodes to date, featuring some of Dubai’s most exciting digital thought leaders.

Production Managed by: Carma Al Younes, AUD Digital Media student
Edited by: Aminur Rahman, Podcast Editor & Producer
On-Site Recording Support by: AUD Digital Media’s own Anil Mathew James
Executive Producer: Spencer Striker, PhD

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The Dubai Wave Podcast’s influential Season 3 continues with a riveting conversation with one of Dubai's ultimate music industry insiders! Thrilled to present our world exclusive with the one and only Saif and Sound. A UAE based Radio Host, DJ and MC: his Music and entertainment company “Saif and Sound” has taken the Dubai music industry by storm! 

Produced by Dr. Spencer Striker, Digital Media Professor at the American University in Dubai, the show is created with the help of a talented student production team at AUD.

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About Saif
A music "multitasker" - is how Time Out Abu Dhabi describes Saif. Born in the capital city of UAE, Abu Dhabi, he started his career in 2005, as he was a DJ for various pool parties, school proms and private events as a teenager. He has grown to achieve numerous achievements in the region that gained him an established reputation, along with an active and growing fan base.

Saif starred in the ‘Anghami’ app advertisement, which was broadcast across all MBC channels. He was also invited to speak at ‘Ted Talks’, an internationally popular motivational speaking event. ‘Yasalam’ (Flash Entertainment), one of UAE’s biggest events during Formula 1, invited Saif to be a mentor for the ‘Emerging Talent Competition 2015’. Saif is the official Brand Ambassador for the online platform of daily deals in UAE, ‘CutWallet’. Also, check out Saif’s updates in local magazine ‘Tempo’ on a monthly basis.

In April 2015, Saif introduced his new company ‘The Project’, a DJ Booking and promotion agency that offers services of club promotion as well as a DJ line-up. Having previously worked with most of the A-list nightclubs and venues in Abu Dhabi, such as People by Crystal, Saadiyat Beach Club, Sax Club, ‘Musicology’ at Stills Bar, The Yacht Club, Legends, Up and Below, and more: ‘The Project’ is continuing to gain recognition for delivering top events

Saif and Sound is one of the most established personalities in the Music & Entertainment industry in the UAE. Having taken part in some of the region’s biggest events. Saif’s ability to perform at the highest level comes as second nature. As a result, he has performed in the industry’s biggest events.

Saif began as a record breaker. At 19 he was the youngest ever radio host in the UAE. Inspired and driven by his passion for the music industry, Saif now hosts the “Drive Show” on 104.8 FM Channel 4, one of the most popular radio shows in the country. Saif’s unique style has earned him a reputation as one of the region’s favorite radio hosts, consistently providing the best music and most interesting current topics of discussion and entertainment.

He has interviewed the likes of Rita Ora, Sean Paul, French Montana, Craig David, Tiesto, Mark Ronson, and more!

Away from the Radio, Saif has performed in the region’s biggest events such as the 2017 & 2018 FIFA Club World Cup, 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix, Dubai Cares Walk for Education 2019 and 3 Editions of Beats on the Beach alongside J. Cole, Travis Scott, Jason Derulo and more! Saif’s stellar reputation is well known among industry greats, with legendary Hip Hop Artist Juicy J specifically requesting for Saif to open a crowd of 30,000. This reputation has led Saif to open for the world’s biggest names in Coldplay, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Cheb Khalid, Sam Smith and more! His ability and passion for entertaining a crowd has led him to host brilliant events such as Sole DXB, Yasalam Emerging Talent Competition, NEO Run, Red Bull Air Race and the ITU World Triathlon, to name a few.

Saif has become one of the most established names in the nightlife scene in the UAE. Brushing shoulders with A-List celebrities as a result, and playing at venues like Mad Yas Island, Billionaire Mansion, Movida, Gotha Club, People by Crystal, Saadiyat Beach Club and many more. Saif has been invited to perform at elite clubs in Miami, London, Germany, Baku and beyond. With a wide social media presence, Saif has carried out social media campaigns for Nissan, Timberland, Sun and Sand Sports, Mall of the Emirates, Huawei, Sennheiser and more.

Hosted by: Spencer Striker, PhD, Digital Media professor at the American University in Dubai

https://www.linkedin.com/in/spencerstriker

& Digital Media Student at AUD, Rewan ElHawary

Special Guest: Saif and Sound

Official Websites:
https://www.facebook.com/saifandsoundofficial/
https://soundcloud.com/saifandsound
https://saifandsound.com/
https://twitter.com/djsaifofficial?lang=bn

About the Dubai Wave Podcast
The concept with Dubai Wave is to look at big picture Dubai. Each episode focuses on a unique topic, such as Dubai Fitness; Dubai Social Media; Dubai Food Scene; Dubai Music, etc., with the goal to illuminate a 360-degree viewpoint of all the exciting things happening here, the gem of the Middle East. The impressive guest list to date includes the founder of Dubai’s most influential MMA gym, Tam Khan (Dubai MMA); successful entrepreneur, Anas Bukhash (Dubai Entrepreneurship); the editor of What’s On Dubai, Laura Coughlin (Dubai Magazines); the host of Virgin Radio Dubai, Brent Black, (Dubai Radio); and the first Emirati filmmaker to achieve International acclaim and standing, Ali F. Mostafa, (Dubai Film). Previously, Dr. Striker, with help from talented Digital Media and MBRSC students, launched a successful podcast called Digital Media & Tech in Dubai, focused on the Dubai tech industry, with eight episodes to date, featuring some of Dubai’s most exciting digital thought leaders.

Produced by: Carma Al Younes, AUD Digital Media student
Edited by: Aminur Rahman, Podcast Producer
Audio engineering by: AUD Digital Media’s own Anil Mathew James

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Mr. Levier’s first love, music, translated into becoming a DJ. Growing up in a musical home playing instruments such as the drums, violin and piano, he's always had a passion for music. Started DJ'ing in summer of 2015, what started as a harmless pass time translated into passionate hours of practice, downloading, hardware upgrades, and self-teaching via YouTube resulting into a career. In the short time the young Levier has played at some of the biggest venues in the Middle East which includes, Pacha, Movida, White Dubai, Cavali, Cirque Le Soir, and holds residencies at Provocateur Dubai and Billionaire Mansion and VIP Room as well internationally playing for events such as Formula One Grand Prix, 1Oak Baku, Kiss Club France and Le Maginifique to name a few. His unique style of playing mixes Hip Hop, Funk, House, Dance, Afro, Reggae and Latin, making sure you get the perfect combination of open format music. 

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About Timothy Knight:

Based in Dubai since 2008 Timothy has worked at some of the hottest nightclubs including Cirque Le Soir, Cavalli Club, Movida, Nobu Restaurant, Koi Las Vegas, Armani Prive, XL Beach Club, and Café Del Mar Dubai. Tim regularly appears as a guest DJ across the Dubai superclubs.

Tim’s been a part of club tour nights in Dubai with brands such as Ministry Of Sound, Nikki Beach, Pacha, Pukka Up, Circo Loco and Stereo Sushi. Tim Kay’s warmed up for the biggest DJ’s in the world – Axwell (Swedish House Mafia), Afrojack, and Avicii (Good Feeling) – Thats a fine 3 of the DJ Mag top 10 DJs in the world. He’s also played with many other Worldwide Accredited performers – DJ Antoine (Welcome to St Tropez), Alex Gaudino, Sandy Rivera, David Morales, Danny Rampling, Todd Terry, Ron Carrol, Richard Grey, Edward Maya and Judge Jules to name but a few. 2012 saw Tim Kay selected to play at Atelier Dance Events – the biggest festivals in the Middle East. Djing to crowds up to 18,000 capacity. With Artists such as 50 Cent, Nelly, Ciara, Skylar Grey, Chris Brown, Eva Simmons, Faithless, Gorillaz, and Snoop Dogg + many more.

Tim has fine-tuned his sound to work across the board of Dubai which has both an underground and educated understanding, as well as maintaining accessible. His edge is being able to adapt to any crowd with a vast repertoire of new and old music. Tim has produced under the alias Speaker Tweaker and has just had a string of releases signed to one of the biggest dance music labels in the world from the creator Tiesto himself – Black Hole Recordings.

 

Hosted by: Spencer Striker, PhD, Digital Media professor at the American University in Dubai
https://www.linkedin.com/in/spencerstriker
& Kamel El Haj, Digital Media Student at AUD

Special Guest:
DJs Timothy Knight & Mr Levier

Edited by:
Maria Garaeva & Nicolas Kamel, AUD Digital Media student

Audio engineering by:
AUD Digital Media’s own Anil Mathew James

Special thanks to the AUD Marcom Team.

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The Dubai Wave Podcast’s influential Season 3 continues with a riveting conversation with one of Dubai's ultimate business insiders! Thrilled to present our world exclusive with Natalia Sycheva, Manager of Entrepreneurship at the famous Dubai Chamber - and the indefatigable firebrand brand behind the Dubai Startup Hub

Produced by Dr. Spencer Striker, Digital Media Professor at the American University in Dubai, the show is created with the help of a talented student production team at AUD.

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About Natalia
Entrepreneurship expert, Natalia Sycheva, is managing entrepreneurship strategy 2021 for the Dubai Chamber. 

Program portfolio includes startup fund, MarketAccess (B2B) for startups, startup business advocacy, entrepreneurship education, and the truly innovative Dubai Startup Hub initiative. 

Through partnership with public sector counterparts, industry leaders locally and internationally, fostering development of innovative private sector of Dubai. Before transitioning to public sector Natalia was in charge of developing industry programs for Deloitte Middle East. In her role she provided strategic, analytical, and operational leadership to develop and implement cross-functional strategies to effectively serve firm's clients and grow Deloitte's businesses in the region.

Additionally, Natalia is a Fulbright Scholar, with two masters degrees in International Finance and History. She is the author of numerous publications in the fields of government decision-making process, trade and energy policies. Her insights were presented at both national and international conferences including the World Energy Congress. And she is one of the most passionate, articulate experts on the past, present, and future of Dubai's promising startup scene!

About the Dubai Wave Podcast
The concept with Dubai Wave is to look at big picture Dubai. Each episode focuses on a unique topic, such as Dubai Fitness; Dubai Social Media; Dubai Food Scene; Dubai Music, etc., with the goal to illuminate a 360-degree viewpoint of all the exciting things happening here, the gem of the Middle East. The impressive guest list to date includes the founder of Dubai’s most influential MMA gym, Tam Khan (Dubai MMA); successful entrepreneur, Anas Bukhash (Dubai Entrepreneurship); the editor of What’s On Dubai, Laura Coughlin (Dubai Magazines); the host of Virgin Radio Dubai, Brent Black, (Dubai Radio); and the first Emirati filmmaker to achieve International acclaim and standing, Ali F. Mostafa, (Dubai Film). Previously, Dr. Striker, with help from talented Digital Media and MBRSC students, launched a successful podcast called Digital Media & Tech in Dubai, focused on the Dubai tech industry, with eight episodes to date, featuring some of Dubai’s most exciting digital thought leaders.  

Hosted by:
Spencer Striker, PhD, Digital Media professor at the American University in Dubai
https://www.linkedin.com/in/spencerstriker
& Eyad Al Shaar, Digital Media Student at AUD

Special Guest:
Natalia V. Sycheva of the Dubai Startup Hub

Website: http://www.dubaichamber.com/dubaistartuphub/
Natalia's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nsycheva

Produced by: Dina Bashaireh, AUD Digital Media student

Edited by:
Kristine Khachatryan, AUD Digital Media student

Audio engineering by:
AUD Digital Media’s own Anil Mathew James

Special thanks to the AUD Marcom Team.

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The Dubai Wave Podcast’s epic Season 3 continues with a rare world exclusive! For the second episode of the new season, we are thrilled to present our exclusive conversation with two of Dubai’s most influential and iconic artists, eL Seed and Afra Atiq!

Produced by Dr. Spencer Striker, Digital Media Professor at the American University in Dubai, the show is created with the help of a talented student production team at AUD.

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About eL Seed
Born in Paris to Tunisian parents, eL Seed travels the world, making art in Paris, New York, Jeddah, Melbourne, Gabes, Doha and beyond. His goal: to create dialogue and promote tolerance as well as change global perceptions of what Arabic means. In 2012, for instance, he painted a message of unity on a 47-meter-high minaret on the Jara mosque in Gabes, Tunisia. This piece and others can be found in his book, Lost Walls: Graffiti Road Trip through Tunisia

Recently he created a sprawling mural in the Manshiyat Naser neighborhood of Cairo that spans 50 buildings and can only be viewed from a local mountaintop. Intending to honor the historic garbage collectors of the Manshiyat Naser neighborhood, the piece reads, "Anyone who wants to see the sunlight clearly needs to wipe his eye first."

“A street artist born in Paris to Tunisian parents, eL Seed did not learn to read or write Arabic until his late teens, but when he did his renewed interest in his heritage had a profound effect on his art.” — BBC

About Afra Atiq
Afra Atiq is an Emirati award-winning poet, having recently won the 2017 ADMAF Creativity Award. She is the first spoken word poet to win the award. Afra has been featured on several platforms across the globe. She proudly gives back to her community through mentorships and workshops with Untitled Chapters (a thriving hub for Emirati women writers).

She has been a featured performer/speaker at platforms like TEDxFujairah, Step Music Festival, NYUAD Arts Center, Sheraa, as well as at numerous universities and schools. Afra was named Best Performer for 2015-16 by Rooftop Rhythms and has won multiple poetry slams and competitions.

As a scholar, Afra has recently been published in the International Journal of Research in Humanities and Social Sciences and conducted social research pertaining to literature and education.

About the Dubai Wave Podcast
The concept with Dubai Wave is to look at big picture Dubai. Each episode focuses on a unique topic, such as Dubai Fitness; Dubai Social Media; Dubai Food Scene; Dubai Music, etc., with the goal to illuminate a 360-degree viewpoint of all the exciting things happening here, the gem of the Middle East. The impressive guest list to date includes the founder of Dubai’s most influential MMA gym, Tam Khan (Dubai MMA); successful entrepreneur, Anas Bukhash (Dubai Entrepreneurship); the editor of What’s On Dubai, Laura Coughlin (Dubai Magazines); the host of Virgin Radio Dubai, Brent Black, (Dubai Radio); and the first Emirati filmmaker to achieve International acclaim and standing, Ali F. Mostafa, (Dubai Film). Previously, Dr. Striker, with help from talented Digital Media and MBRSC students, launched a successful podcast called Digital Media & Tech in Dubai, focused on the Dubai tech industry, with eight episodes to date, featuring some of Dubai’s most exciting digital thought leaders.  

Hosted by:
Spencer Striker, PhD, Digital Media professor at the American University in Dubai
https://www.linkedin.com/in/spencerstriker
& Shoug Al Sayegh, Digital Media Student at AUD

Special Guests:

eL Seed:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elseed.artist
Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EL_Seed
Official website: https://elseed-art.com/

Afra Atiq:
Official Website: https://www.afraatiq.com/
100 Smartest People in the UAE: https://www.arabianbusiness.com/lists/379338-100-smartest-people-in-the-uae-35afra-atiq
TED: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2AeDs8ljvw

Produced by: Sarbjyoti Sahni

Edited by:
Abdullah Abu Shameh, AUD Digital Media student

Audio engineering by:
AUD Digital Media’s own Anil Mathew James

Special thanks to the AUD Marcom Team.

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The Dubai Wave Podcast returns for Season 3! For the first episode of the new season, we are thrilled to present an exclusive conversation with one of Dubai’s most charismatic and compelling break out stars in social media and digital media entrepreneurship, Khalid Al Ameri!

Produced by Dr. Spencer Striker, Digital Media Professor at the American University in Dubai, the show is created with the help of a talented student production team at AUD.

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About Khalid Al Ameri

In 2016, named by Arabian Business as one of the 100 most influential young Arabs in the world: Khalid has a become a breakout star as a social media and digital media influencer, creating compelling content that is watched and followed by millions of people in the city of Dubai, the region, and across the world. A Stanford MBA; and previously in asset management and investments at an Abu Dhabi based sovereign wealth fund; and co-founder of food and beverage company Slices: Khalid is currently a writer on regional issues such as education, entrepreneurship, and employment for The Gulf Today and Shawati Magazine, and hosting workshops across the UAE on career development and life planning. Passionate about youth development and doing what he can to bring passion and purpose to the lives of others: in this exclusive interview, in his trademark energetic and charismatic style, he tells the story of his unique career path and provides gems of advice for young people seeking to break into the field of digital media entrepreneurship

About the Dubai Wave Podcast

The concept with Dubai Wave is to look at big picture Dubai. Each episode focuses on a unique topic, such as Dubai Fitness; Dubai Social Media; Dubai Food Scene; Dubai Music, etc., with the goal to illuminate a 360-degree viewpoint of all the exciting things happening here, the gem of the Middle East. The impressive guest list to date includes the founder of Dubai’s most influential MMA gym, Tam Khan (Dubai MMA); successful entrepreneur, Anas Bukhash (Dubai Entrepreneurship); the editor of What’s On Dubai, Laura Coughlin (Dubai Magazines); the host of Virgin Radio Dubai, Brent Black, (Dubai Radio); and the first Emirati filmmaker to achieve International acclaim and standing, Ali F. Mostafa, (Dubai Film). Previously, Dr. Striker, with help from talented Digital Media and MBRSC students, launched a successful podcast called Digital Media & Tech in Dubai, focused on the Dubai tech industry, with eight episodes to date, featuring some of Dubai’s most exciting digital thought leaders.  

Hosted by:

Spencer Striker, PhD, Digital Media professor at the American University in Dubai

https://www.linkedin.com/in/spencerstriker

& Shoug Al Sayegh, Digital Media Student at AUD

Special Guest:

Khalid Al Ameri:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/khalidalameri/
LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/khalid-al-ameri-a3738414/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/khalidalameri/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KhalidAlAmeri

Produced by: Sarbjyoti Sahni, AUD Digital Media student

Edited by:
Nicolas Philippe Kamel, AUD Digital Media student

Audio engineering by:
AUD Digital Media’s own Anil Mathew James

Special thanks to the AUD Marcom Team.

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As the Dubai International Film Festival comes to town, the Dubai Wave Podcast is thrilled to present our world exclusive with Ali F. Mostafa, widely considered the greatest Emirati filmmaker. Writes Variety: Mostafa is “proven to be the Gulf’s first director of International standing.”

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Produced by Dr. Spencer Striker, Digital Media Professor at the American University in Dubai, the show is created with the help of a talented student production team at AUD.

About Ali F. Mostafa
Ali F. Mostafa is a visionary Emirati director and producer. Having grown up in the UAE, Ali pursued his goal to be a filmmaker since he was a kid, eventually getting accepted into the London Film School in 2003. He set up his own creative studio, AFM Films, in 2007, delivering highlight films, short movies, documentaries, TV advertisements, and corporate movies. Ali's short graduation film Under the Sun was formally chosen and selected as best Foreign Film in festivals around the world. Under the Sun won 'Best Emirates Film 2006' at the Emirates Film Competition held in the nation's Capital, Abu Dhabi. Ali's work gained him recognition as 'Best Emirati Filmmaker' by the Dubai International Film Festival in 2007. Mostafa then directed the first Emirati blockbuster, City of Life, a complex portrait of the city of Dubai, told from three different cultural perspectives, and featuring such international stars as Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones). In 2010, Advanced Studio magazine named Mostafa, 'Young Filmmaker of the Year.’

His sophomore film, From A to B, was the first Emirati film to open the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. His most recent feature, created by Image Nation Abu Dhabi, is one of the highest profile films ever produced in the Middle East, the dystopian spine chiller, The Worthy. Ali was awarded Man of The Year in 2014 by Esquire magazine's Man At His Best Awards for his accomplishments in helping build and develop a burgeoning UAE film industry.

About the Dubai Wave Podcast
The concept with Dubai Wave is to look at big picture Dubai. Each episode focuses on a unique topic, such as Dubai Fitness; Dubai Social Media; Dubai Food Scene; Dubai Music, etc., with the goal to illuminate a 360-degree viewpoint of all the exciting things happening here, the gem of the Middle East. The impressive guest list to date includes the founders of two of Dubai’s most popular food blogs (Dubai Foodie Scene); the founder of Dubai’s most influential MMA gym, Tam Khan (Dubai MMA); successful entrepreneur, Anas Bukhash (Dubai Entrepreneurship); the editor of What’s On Dubai, Laura Coughlin (Dubai Magazines); and the host of Virgin Radio Dubai, Brent Black, (Dubai Radio). Previously, Dr. Striker, with help from talented Digital Media and MBRSC students, launched a successful podcast called Digital Media & Tech in Dubai, focused on the Dubai tech industry, with eight episodes to date, featuring some of Dubai’s most exciting digital thought leaders.  

Hosted by:
Spencer Striker, PhD, Digital Media professor at the American University in Dubai
https://www.linkedin.com/in/spencerstriker

& Basant Moghazy, Digital Media Student at AUD

Special Guest:
Ali Mostafa: pioneer of the Emirati film industry, changing the face of film and TV production in the Gulf. Winner of numerous awards internationally, Ali’s production company AFM Films continues to produce cutting edge work.

Website: http://www.alimostafa.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/afmfilms/?hl=en
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2266823/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/afmfilms

Produced by:
Shoug Al Sayegh, AUD Digital Media student

Edited by:
Dina Bashaireh, AUD Digital Media student

Audio engineering by:
AUD Digital Media’s own Anil Mathew James

Special thanks to the AUD Marcom Team.

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The Dubai Wave Podcast returns with a special episode! This time we present a conversation about the Dubai podcast scene with two of Dubai’s most influential podcasters, The Dukkan Show, (featuring the one and only OT), and The Learning Curve, (featuring Nicholla Henderson Hall, champion of women entrepreneurship in the Middle East).

Produced by Dr. Spencer Striker, Digital Media Professor at the American University in Dubai, the show is created with the help of a talented student production team at AUD.

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About the Dukkan Show
Dukkan Show is a podcast that is the brainchild of Omar OT Tom, Feras Toofless Ibrahim, and Irshad Jibberish Azeez. Dukkan Show a show about perspectives from the point of view of 3rd culture kids in the UAE.

Drawing parallels from fabled stories of social gatherings at trade hubs and weekend markets, the hosts find that a similar experience is had when neighborhood friends group outside of their local grocery store to just hang out and talk for a while.

In essence, Dukkan is the simple joy of companionship and spirited discussion.

About The Learning Curve
The Learning Curve Podcast is awesome.  We are a young show aimed at sharing the stories of awesome women working and living in the MENA (Middle East & North Africa). We share their business stories and find out about how they achieve their goals and what kept them going.  We find out what has inspired them and where their business ideas come from.  

The women of the MENA are strong, vibrant entrepreneurial women who have a strong belief system that they can achieve success in their work.  Nicholla has lived and worked in this region all her life and she's met and worked with some talented ladies who don't see walls, barriers and red tape. They see opportunity, possibilities and outcomes. They too have this innate energy to be the best they can be and make their dreams come true. Would you like to hear from these women?  Would you like to be helped along your own entrepreneurial path or dream?  Well you can be inspired with these podcasts.  These women open up and will help your path to success.  

About the Dubai Wave Podcast
The concept with Dubai Wave is to look at big picture Dubai. Each episode focuses on a unique topic, such as Dubai Fitness; Dubai Social Media; Dubai Food Scene; Dubai Music, etc., with the goal to illuminate a 360-degree viewpoint of all the exciting things happening here, the gem of the Middle East. The impressive guest list to date includes the founders of two of Dubai’s most popular food blogs (Dubai Foodie Scene); the founder of Dubai’s most influential MMA gym, Tam Khan (Dubai MMA); successful entrepreneur, Anas Bukhash (Dubai Entrepreneurship); the editor of What’s On Dubai, Laura Coughlin (Dubai Magazines); and the host of Virgin Radio Dubai, Brent Black, (Dubai Radio). Previously, Dr. Striker, with help from talented Digital Media and MBRSC students, launched a successful podcast called Digital Media & Tech in Dubai, focused on the Dubai tech industry, with eight episodes to date, featuring some of Dubai’s most exciting digital thought leaders.  

Hosted by:
Spencer Striker, PhD, Digital Media professor at the American University in Dubai
https://www.linkedin.com/in/spencerstriker

& Basma Choucri, Digital Media Student at AUD

Special Guests:
Omar Tom (“OT”): Founder of the Dukkan Show, one of Dubai’s leading podcasts.

Website: http://www.dukkanshow.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dukkanshow/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dukkanshow/

Nicholla Henderson Hall: Founder of the Learning Curve Podcast, champion of women entrepreneurship in the Middle East.

Website: http://www.thelearningcurvepodcast.com

Edited by: Dina Bashaireh, AUD Digital Media student

Audio engineering by:
AUD Digital Media’s own Anil Mathew James

Special thanks to the AUD Marcom Team.

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The Dubai Wave Podcast is back with another awesome episode! For the second episode of the new season, we are proud to present an exclusive conversation with one of Dubai’s most engaging and influential entrepreneurs, Anas Bukhash!

Produced by Dr. Spencer Striker, Digital Media Professor at the American University in Dubai, the show is created with the help of a talented student production team at AUD.

About Anas Bukhash
Anas Bukhash is one of the leading entrepreneurs in the UAE. He is the co-founder of Ahdaaf Sports Club and the founder of Bukhash Brothers. A seasoned professional with over 12 years experience in various corporate sectors, he possesses strong qualities for entrepreneurship and business leadership. In addition, he gives motivational talks on entrepreneurship at UAE universities and organizations. Anas is also a Board Member of the Dubai Sports Council. His social media profiles engage his followers in conversation through his questions and features his lifestyle and interests. Also, expressing his influence on the fashion scene, in 2016 he was named the Best Dressed Man in the Middle East.

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About the Dubai Wave Podcast
The concept with Dubai Wave is to look at big picture Dubai. Each episode focuses on a unique topic, such as Dubai Fitness; Dubai Social Media; Dubai Food Scene; Dubai Music, etc., with the goal to illuminate a 360-degree viewpoint of all the exciting things happening here, the gem of the Middle East. The impressive guest list to date includes the founders of two of Dubai’s most popular food blogs (Dubai Foodie Scene); the founder of Dubai’s most influential MMA gym, Tam Khan (Dubai MMA); successful entrepreneur, Anas Bukhash (Dubai Entrepreneurship); the editor of What’s On Dubai, Laura Coughlin (Dubai Magazines); and the host of Virgin Radio Dubai, Brent Black, (Dubai Radio). Previously, Dr. Striker, with help from talented Digital Media and MBRSC students, launched a successful podcast called Digital Media & Tech in Dubai, focused on the Dubai tech industry, with eight episodes to date, featuring some of Dubai’s most exciting digital thought leaders.  

Hosted by:
Spencer Striker, PhD, Digital Media professor at the American University in Dubai
https://www.linkedin.com/in/spencerstriker
& Mohammed Munir Ahmed (“Muni”), MBRSC Student at AUD

Special Guest:
Anas Bukhash: one of the leading entrepreneurs in the UAE; co-founder of Ahdaaf Sports Club; founder of Bukhash Brothers; and a pioneer of influence marketing in Dubai.

Website: http://www.anasbukhash.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anasbukhash/?hl=en
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anas-bukhash-610b927/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/anasbukhash
Bukhash Brothers: http://www.bukhashbrothers.ae/
Ahdaaf Sports Club http://ahdaaf.ae/
Best Dressed Man in the Middle East http://www.esquireme.com/content/15903-anas-bukhash

Edited by:
Ahmed Kamel, AUD Digital Media student

Audio engineering by:
AUD Digital Media’s own Anil Mathew James

Special thanks to the AUD Marcom Team.

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The Dubai Wave Podcast returns for Season 2! For the first episode of the new season, we are thrilled to present an exclusive conversation with one of Dubai’s most prolific and best-known entrepreneurs, Saleh Al Braik!

Produced by Dr. Spencer Striker, Digital Media Professor at the American University in Dubai, the show is created with the help of a talented student production team at AUD.

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About Saleh Al Braik
Saleh Al Braik, born and residing in the UAE, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting & Finance from the University of Essex, Colchester, UK (2009). Al Braik is currently the Financial Analyst at DUBAL. He holds two businesses under his name, Gravity DXB and Wakame. He is also the founder of Think Up, an initiative that aims to support and enhance talents of Emirati nationals and provide them a platform to express themselves freely. Not to mention, his striking Instagram posts always accompany a creative excerpt which leaves us with a gush of emotions we can’t help but read! With the help of social media, Saleh Al Braik is one of the most renowned inspirational figures many young minds look up to and learn from on a daily basis. He is the perfect example of an ambitious soul that strives to support others while also winning the hearts of many with this down to earth personality and creative thinking.

About the Dubai Wave Podcast
The concept with Dubai Wave is to look at big picture Dubai. Each episode focuses on a unique topic, such as Dubai Fitness; Dubai Social Media; Dubai Food Scene; Dubai Music, etc., with the goal to illuminate a 360-degree viewpoint of all the exciting things happening here, the gem of the Middle East. The impressive guest list to date includes the founders of two of Dubai’s most popular food blogs (Dubai Foodie Scene); the founder of Dubai’s most influential MMA gym, Tam Khan (Dubai MMA); successful entrepreneur, Anas Bukhash (Dubai Entrepreneurship); the editor of What’s On Dubai, Laura Coughlin (Dubai Magazines); and the host of Virgin Radio Dubai, Brent Black, (Dubai Radio). Previously, Dr. Striker, with help from talented Digital Media and MBRSC students, launched a successful podcast called Digital Media & Tech in Dubai, focused on the Dubai tech industry, with eight episodes to date, featuring some of Dubai’s most exciting digital thought leaders.  

Hosted by:
Spencer Striker, PhD, Digital Media professor at the American University in Dubai
https://www.linkedin.com/in/spencerstriker
& Dana Marai, AUD journalism student

Special Guest:
Saleh Al Braik, president of the Think Up public relations agency, and founder of GravityDXB and Wakame Dubai.
Website: https://salehalbraik.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/salehalbraik/?hl=en
Twitter: https://twitter.com/salehalbraik?lang=en
Gravity Calisthenics Gym: www.gravitydxb.com
Wakame Dubai. The Real Modern Asian Experience: http://wakame.ae

Edited by:
Alla Hamed, AUD digital media student

Audio engineering by:
AUD Digital Media’s own Anil Mathew James

Special thanks to the AUD Marcom Team.

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For episode 6 of the Dubai Wave Podcast, we are thrilled to present a conversation on a beloved topic: Dubai food! It was our great pleasure to host four of Dubai's most knowledgable food experts: Editor & Business Head, Debbie Rogers, and Co-Founder & Creative Head, Ashita, from FoodeMag dxb online magazine, as well as Maria Abi Hanna and Nadine Tayyara, Clinical Dietitians, Consultants, founders and editors of KeepEatReal. Our Dubai food scene expert guests take us on a tour of many of Dubai's best and most interesting eateries, including:

Bu Qtair (near burj al arab) - ig: @buqtair
Ravi’s - https://www.zomato.com/dubai/ravi-restaurant-al-karama/menu
Jones the Grocer - https://deliveroo.ae/menu/dubai/difc/jones-the-grocer
Comptoir 102 - ig: @comptoir102 https://www.zomato.com/dubai/comptoir-102-jumeirah-1
La Taqueria - ig: @lataqueria_dxb  https://www.facebook.com/lataqueriadxb/

Seafood & Sushi
Salmontini - www.reserveout.com/Salmontini‎ - ig: @salmontinidubai
Mizu - https://www.zomato.com/dubai/mizu-downtown-dubai - ig:   @mizu_dubai
Mori Sushi - https://www.zomato.com/dubai/mori-sushi-downtown-dubai  - ig: @morisushiuae
Sumo - ig: sumosudhibento - www.sumosushibento.com/‎

Produced by Dr. Spencer Striker, Digital Media Professor at the American University in Dubai, the show is created with the help of a talented student production team at AUD.

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About our Episode 6 Dubai Food Scene Expert Guests:
Maria: having graduated from the American University of Beirut, with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, Maria moved to the United Arab Emirates to pursue her career in nutrition working in different areas from individual counseling to community work, as well as a full-time role in the food service industry. Maria is a certified Eating Disorder specialist, where she counsels and helps many individuals suffering from anorexia, bulimia and other related eating disorders.

Nadine: born and raised in the UAE, Nadine is a graduate of Canada’s McGill University where she attained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutritional Science. Nadine moved back home to the United Arab Emirates to build on her career in nutritional services, from one-on-one nutrition counseling and personalized dietary plans to community work as well as foodservice projects. She is a certified NLP Master Coach, as well as a NLP, Time Line Therapy™ and Hypnotherapist Master Practitioner; thus complementing her passion for creating a positive life and enhancing one’s well being by nourishing one’s mind, body & soul!

Debbie: an ex-HR Director who has worked on complex mergers and acquisitions as well as being listed as one of Dubai’s top food bloggers by The National and with 30,000+ followers on social media, Debbie comes with tons of commercial experience which includes organisational, technical and project management skills. These are some of the ingredients that she infuses into FoodeMag dxb, so that the right-brain inclined editorial team is on track!

Ishita: is obsessed with street food and learning about culinary cultures across the world. She aspires to travel the world with her family – husband and two daughters – the Z-Sisters.Ishita is also the author of IshitaUnblogged, a popular culinary travel blog featuring Dubai & the world beyond. Described as one of the ‘Middle Eastern Food Blogs To Check Out’ in Fine Dining Lovers and featured in BBC Travel Show UK and the Travel Show in Dubai Eye 103.8 FM, the blog pens down ‘experiences’.

About the Dubai Wave Podcast
The concept with Dubai Wave is to look at big picture Dubai. Each episode will focus on a unique topic, such as Dubai Fitness; Dubai Social Media; Dubai Food Scene; Dubai Music, etc., with the goal to illuminate a 360-degree viewpoint of all the exciting things happening here, the gem of the Middle East. The impressive guest list to date includes the founders of two of Dubai’s most popular food blogs (Dubai Foodie Scene); the founder of Dubai’s most influential MMA gym, Tam Khan (Dubai MMA); successful entrepreneur, Anas Bukhash (Dubai Entrepreneurship); the editor of What’s On Dubai, Laura Coughlin (Dubai Magazines); the host of Virgin Radio, Brent Black, (Dubai Radio). Previously, Dr. Striker, with help from talented Digital Media and MBRSC students, launched a successful podcast called Digital Media & Tech in Dubai, focused on the Dubai tech industry, with eight episodes to date, featuring some of Dubai’s most exciting digital thought leaders.  

Hosted by:
Spencer Striker, PhD, Digital Media professor at the American University in Dubai
https://www.linkedin.com/in/spencerstriker
& Dalia Sleiman, AUD journalism student

Special Guests:
Debbie Rogers, Co-Founder & Creative Head
Ishita B Saha, Co-Founder, Editor & Creative Head
http://foodemag.com/aboutfoodemag/
Maria Abi Hanna, Nutrition Consultant, Clinical Dietitian
Nadine Tayyara, Nutrition Consultant, Clinical Dietitian
http://keepeatreal.me/meet-the-team/

Produced by Dalia Sleiman
Edited by Lujain Mahmoud
Crewed by Dana Marai
Audio engineering by AUD Digital Media’s own Anil Mathew James
Special thanks to Reina Dib and Joy Semaan of the AUD Marcom Team

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For episode 5 of the Dubai Wave Podcast, we are thrilled to present Dubai's ultimate tech insider, Ray Dargham, founder of the region's top tech conference, the Step Conference, taking place April 5-7 at the Dubai International Marine Club.

Produced by Dr. Spencer Striker, Digital Media Professor at the American University in Dubai, the show is created with the help of a talented student production team at AUD.

A man of great energy and many talents, Ray is the Co-Founder and CEO of the STEP Group, a new media & technology company whose products include news and digital content platforms (stepfeed.com and yallafeed.com) as well as the Step Conference - the largest technology and startup conference in the MENA region. In our thoughtful discussion, Ray provides the lay of the land of the Dubai tech scene, and tells the story of how he created the Step Conference to become the SXSW of the Middle East, and how he has scaled it up, year after year, forming a nexus for the Dubai tech industry. He also provides insight into his growth strategies around his popular, innovative content platform, stepfeed.com, which promises a whole new way of publishing and sharing news in the Middle East. For anyone interested in understanding the emerging Dubai tech scene, check out our awesome conversation with Ray Dargham, Dubai's ultimate tech insider.

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The concept with Dubai Wave is to look at big picture Dubai. Each episode will focus on a unique topic, such as Dubai Fitness; Dubai Social Media; Dubai Food Scene; Dubai Music, etc., with the goal to illuminate a 360-degree viewpoint of all the exciting things happening here, the gem of the Middle East. The impressive guest list to date includes the founders of two of Dubai’s most popular food blogs (Dubai Foodie Scene); the founder of Dubai’s most influential MMA gym, Tam Khan (Dubai MMA); successful entrepreneur, Anas Bukhash (Dubai Entrepreneurship); the editor of What’s On Dubai, Laura Coughlin (Dubai Magazines); the host of Virgin Radio, Brent Black, (Dubai Radio). Previously, Dr. Striker, with help from talented Digital Media and MBRSC students, launched a successful podcast called Digital Media & Tech in Dubai, focused on the Dubai tech industry, with eight episodes to date, featuring some of Dubai’s most exciting digital thought leaders.  

Hosted by:
Spencer Striker, PhD, Digital Media professor at the American University in Dubai
https://www.linkedin.com/in/spencerstriker
& Basma Abdou, AUD Digital Media student
Special Guest:
Ray Dargham, Co-Founder & CEO of the STEP Group
https://stepconference.com/
Special thanks to Reina Dib and Joy Semaan of the AUD Marcom Team
Produced by Spencer Striker, PhD
Edited by Peter Moussa
Crewed by Rami Hawa
Audio engineering by AUD Digital Media’s own Anil Mathew James

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Presenting one of Dubai's most iconic personalities.. it's Brent Black!! The Dubai Wave Podcast is thrilled to bring you the dynamic host of Virgin Radio Dubai's The Ride Home with Brent Black, on the UAE's #1 hit music station. http://virginradiodubai.com/brent-black-bio/ This Indiana native is all the rage here in the gem of the Middle East, and in this in-depth exclusive, he tells how he went from a small town in the American Midwest to become the ultimate Dubai radio pro. (Plus, his pet parrot, Lloyd, makes a suprise cameo :) Don't miss it! 

Produced by Dr. Spencer Striker, Digital Media Professor at the American University in Dubai, the show is created with the help of a talented student production team at AUD. 

Brent was raised in a tiny Indiana farming town, population 500. At age 17, he enrolled at Indiana University not really sure what he wanted to do in life…but his parents wanted him to pursue a career in law. To pay his way through college, he got a job at a local newspaper. Brent was constantly told by people to do radio including his boss who even told him about a job vacancy for a presenter on Indianapolis rock radio station, WTTS. He auditioned, and somehow had a weekend shift on air within two weeks. Eventually, Brent worked his way to Los Angeles and realized his dream – to do an afternoon drive show in LA…he talked to millions on 104.3 KBIG FM…and couldn’t believe he’d made it. In 2008, when Richard Branson launched Virgin Radio Dubai, a worldwide search for the right presenter led to Brent, who was holed up in LA, looking for adventure.  Two days later Brent was on a plane to Dubai to start work at Virgin. Brent soothes his sexy voice with late night visits to Pinkberry and sometimes double dates with Kris Fade. Enjoy our exclusive hour-long, in-depth conversation with Dubai's iconic radio personality, Brent Black! 

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The concept with Dubai Wave is to look at big picture Dubai. Each episode will focus on a unique topic, such as Dubai Fitness; Dubai Social Media; Dubai Food Scene; Dubai Music, etc., with the goal to illuminate a 360-degree viewpoint of all the exciting things happening here, the gem of the Middle East. The impressive guest list to date includes the founders of two of Dubai’s most popular food blogs (Dubai Foodie Scene); the founder of Dubai’s most influential MMA gym, Tam Khan (Dubai MMA); successful entrepreneur, Anas Bukhash (Dubai Entrepreneurship); the editor of What’s On Dubai, Laura Coughlin (Dubai Magazines); the host of Virgin Radio, Brent Black, (Dubai Radio). Previously, Dr. Striker, with help from talented Digital Media and MBRSC students, launched a successful podcast called Digital Media & Tech in Dubai, focused on the Dubai tech industry, with eight episodes to date, featuring some of Dubai’s most exciting digital thought leaders.  

Hosted by:
Spencer Striker, PhD, Digital Media professor at the American University in Dubai
https://www.linkedin.com/in/spencerstriker
& Basma Choucri, AUD Digital Media student
Special Guest:
Brent Black, host of Virgin Radio Dubai
http://virginradiodubai.com/brent-black/
Special thanks to Reina Dib and Joy Semaan of the AUD Marcom Team
Produced by Basma Choucri
Edited by Karim Saad & Spencer Striker, PhD
Crewed by Lujain Mahmoud
Audio engineering by AUD Digital Media’s own Anil Mathew James

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The Dubai Wave Podcast returns with Ep 3 in time for Art Dubai, the biggest international art fair in the world! This week we bring your our exclusive talk with the newly appointed Director of Art Dubai, Myrna Ayad. https://news.artnet.com/market/myrna-ayad-appointed-director-art-dubai-480899

Produced by Dr. Spencer Striker, Digital Media Professor at the American University in Dubai, the show is created with the help of a talented student production team at AUD. 

For the 11th edition of the biggest art fair in the Middle East, Art Dubai has appointed the fascinating, multi-talented Myrna Ayad as its new director. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Myrna Ayad was an independent arts writer (and artnet News contributor), as well as an editor and consultant based in the UAE for the last 30 years. She was previously editor of Canvas, a magazine focused on arts and culture from the Middle East and the Arab world, and has also written for publications including the New York Times, the Art Newspaper, Artsy, and Artforum. In our far-ranging discussion, Myrna talks about her education; her biography and deep passion for art; and of course, all the amazing things to look forward to at this year's Art Dubai, which takes place March 15-18, 2017, at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. 

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The concept with Dubai Wave is to look at big picture Dubai. Each episode will focus on a unique topic, such as Dubai Fitness; Dubai Social Media; Dubai Food Scene; Dubai Music, etc., with the goal to illuminate a 360-degree viewpoint of all the exciting things happening here, the gem of the Middle East. The impressive guest list to date includes the founders of two of Dubai’s most popular food blogs (Dubai Foodie Scene); the founder of Dubai’s most influential MMA gym, Tam Khan (Dubai MMA); successful entrepreneur, Anas Bukhash (Dubai Entrepreneurship); the editor of What’s On Dubai, Laura Coughlin (Dubai Magazines); the host of Virgin Radio, Brent Black, (Dubai Radio). Previously, Dr. Striker, with help from talented Digital Media and MBRSC students, launched a successful podcast called Digital Media & Tech in Dubai, focused on the Dubai tech industry, with eight episodes to date, featuring some of Dubai’s most exciting digital thought leaders.  

Hosted by:
Spencer Striker, PhD, Digital Media professor at the American University in Dubai
https://www.linkedin.com/in/spencerstriker
& Lujain Mahmoud, AUD Digital Media student
Special Guest:
Myrna Ayad, Director of Art Dubai
https://ae.linkedin.com/in/myrnaayad
Special thanks to Reina Dib and Joy Semaan of the AUD Marcom Team
Produced by Peter Mousa
Edited by Peter Mousa
Crewed by Basma Choucri & Dana Oraibi
Audio engineering by AUD Digital Media’s own Anil Mathew James

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Dubai's newest and coolest podcast, Dubai Wave, is back with Episode 2!! Featuring an exclusive conversation with the dynamic editor of What's On Dubai, our city's essential monthly magazine, this episode is a can't miss for anyone even remotely interested in all the exciting things happening here in Dubai - the gem of the Middle East. Produced by Dr. Spencer Striker, Digital Media Professor at the American University in Dubai, the show is created with the help of a talented student production team at AUD. 

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For Episode 2, we are thrilled to present Laura Coughlin, editor of What's On Dubai magazine. Laura is probably the most plugged-in person in the city, with a veritable encyclopedic knowledge of what's going on. In this interview, we discuss how Laura approaches the challenge of choosing which content to feature month to month in the magazine; how she came up with the concept for the cover story, 35 meals in Dubai under 35 dirhams; along with insight into all the exciting events coming up, great restaurants opening, and hot trends in the city - which you need to know about. 

Laura has worked around the world on the staff of magazines and guides including SmartShanghai and China Economic Review in China and Explorer Publishing. She has contributed freelance articles on China, the UAE, travel, business, sports, news and nightlife for That’s Shanghai, Gulf Air and Shanghai Business Review. She also has radio experience with ARN radio station in Dubai where she co-presented a weekly travel spot on Dubai Eye 103.8FM. Check out her portfolio and professional website: http://www.uprootedadventure.com/

The concept with Dubai Wave is to look at big picture Dubai. Each episode will focus on a unique topic, such as Dubai Fitness; Dubai Social Media; Dubai Food Scene; Dubai Music, etc., with the goal to illuminate a 360-degree viewpoint of all the exciting things happening here, the gem of the Middle East. The impressive guest list to date includes the founders of two of Dubai’s most popular food blogs (Dubai Foodie Scene); the founder of Dubai’s most influential MMA gym, Tam Khan (Dubai MMA); successful entrepreneur, Anas Bukhash (Dubai Entrepreneurship); the editor of What’s On Dubai, Laura Coughlin (Dubai Magazines); and the host of Virgin Radio, Brent Black, (Dubai Radio).   Previously, Dr. Striker, with help from talented Digital Media and MBRSC students, launched a successful podcast called Digital Media & Tech in Dubai, focused on the Dubai tech industry, with eight episodes to date, featuring some of Dubai’s most exciting digital thought leaders.  

Hosted by:
Spencer Striker, PhD, Digital Media professor at the American University in Dubai
https://www.linkedin.com/in/spencerstriker
& Dalia Sleiman
Special Guest:
Laura Coughlin, Editor, What's On Dubai 
http://whatson.ae/dubai/author/lauracoughlin/
Special thanks to Reina Dib and Joy Semaan of the AUD Marcom Team
Produced by Mohammed Munir Ahmed
Edited by Dalia Sleiman
Crewed by Lujain Mahmoud & Dana Oraibi
Audio engineering by AUD Digital Media’s own Anil Mathew James

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February 14, 2017

Ep 1: Dubai MMA - Tam Khan

Dr. Spencer Striker, Digital Media Professor at the American University in Dubai, has launched a new podcast called Dubai Wave, produced by he and a team of talented AUD students. 

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For Episode 1, we are thrilled to present Tam Khan, Dubai's preeminent MMA fighter and ambassador of the sport. Khan was born in London but moved to the nearby county of Essex as a youngster. His family lived in an area with few ethnic minorities, and his mother, concerned he would be bullied, encouraged him to get involved in karate and amateur boxing for self-defense. He was also a promising soccer player and amateur body builder. However, a seminal moment came when he read a magazine article about the Gracie brothers and found himself transfixed. He and some friends ordered videos of the brothers in action and spent hours attempting to perform similar moves. Then, in 2000, Khan began studying under Daniel Burzotta, a renowned judo player who had travelled from the United Kingdom to Los Angeles to train in Brazilian jiu-jitsu with the Gracies. Khan has gone on to become Dubai's top MMA fighter and a legendary ambassador for the sport.

The concept with Dubai Wave is to look at big picture Dubai. Each episode will focus on a unique topic, such as Dubai Fitness; Dubai Social Media; Dubai Food Scene; Dubai Music, etc., with the goal to illuminate a 360-degree viewpoint of all the exciting things happening here, the gem of the Middle East. The impressive guest list to date includes the founders of two of Dubai’s most popular food blogs (Dubai Foodie Scene); the founder of Dubai’s most influential MMA gym, Tam Khan (Dubai MMA); successful entrepreneur, Anas Bukhash (Dubai Entrepreneurship); the editor of What’s On Dubai, Laura Coughlin (Dubai Magazines); and the host of Virgin Radio, Brent Black, (Dubai Radio).   Previously, Dr. Striker, with help from talented Digital Media and MBRSC students, launched a successful podcast called Digital Media & Tech in Dubai, focused on the Dubai tech industry, with eight episodes to date, featuring some of Dubai’s most exciting digital thought leaders.  

Hosted by:
Spencer Striker, PhD, Digital Media professor at the American University in Dubai
https://www.linkedin.com/in/spencerstriker
& Dana Oraibi
Special Guest:
Tam Khan, MMA Fighter and Entrepreneur
https://twitter.com/Tam_Khan
Special thanks to Reina Dib and Joy Semaan of the AUD Marcom Team
https://www.instagram.com/audubai
Produced by Dana Oraibi
Edited by Karim Saad
Crewed by Lujain Mahmoud & Basma Choucri
Audio engineering by AUD Digital Media’s own Anil Mathew James

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