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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.

March 14, 2017

Ep 3: Art Dubai - Myrna Ayad

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.

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. 


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
& Lujain Mahmoud, AUD Digital Media student
Special Guest:
Myrna Ayad, Director of Art Dubai
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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