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Dr. Spencer Striker, Digital Media Professor at the American University in Dubai has launched a new podcast called Dubai Wave, produced by him and his students in a newly launched course called Digital Podcast Production.

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About Mr Levier:

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. 

 

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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