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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.

February 28, 2017

Ep 2: Dubai What’s On - Laura Coughlin

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. 


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:

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
& Dalia Sleiman
Special Guest:
Laura Coughlin, Editor, What's On Dubai
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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