I’ve been writing about contemporary culture from the Arab world since 2009, talking to novelists, graffiti artists, slam poets, playwrights, rappers, metal bands, film makers, comic-book writers, activists, coders, skateboarders, business leaders and many others from Kuwait to Beirut to Cairo.
Among the publications in the region that I write for are:
-The National (Abu Dhabi): I’ve been regularly contributing to the daily newspaper since 2009, and currently write a fortnightly app-review column for the Business section as well as writing long-form analyses of albums and other art for the Review supplement, and interviewing everyone from telecoms executives to Syrian TV writers for Arts&Life.
-Alef magazine (Doha): I’ve interviewed performance artists, graffiti artists, music producers and filmmakers for this art magazine catering to the Gulf.
-Vision magazine (Dubai): I’ve written extensively about tech trends and innovation (especially in developing economies) for this quarterly, which is read by business leaders in the Middle East, Africa, India and China.
-Shawati’ (Abu Dhabi): I’ve examined topics like social entrepreneurship, solar-powered aeroplanes, mindfulness and the history of the Emirates for this beautifully packaged quarterly.
-Al Jazeera America (Doha/New York): I’ve written op-eds for the channel’s website on US military propaganda and on the rise of China’s film industry.
-The Outpost (Beirut): I worked closely with the playwright and free-speech activist Lucien Bourjeily on an article and infographic for the award-winning independent magazine dedicated to the concept of possibility.