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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 he and his students in a newly launched course called Digital Podcast Production.

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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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