Marwa Fakih

Former Research Associate

Marwa Fakih is a former research associate at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. Prior to joining AGSIW, she worked as a research scholar at the Institute of Religious Culture and Public Life at Columbia University and with the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch.

For her master’s thesis, Fakih studied media technology in Saudi Arabia and focused on new forms of production and reception of Saudi popular culture via YouTube, analyzing the sociocultural significance of populist YouTube production by situating it within the history of media technology since its first introduction in Saudi Arabia.

Fakih earned her master’s in sociocultural anthropology and a certificate in Middle Eastern studies from Columbia University. She received her bachelor ‘s in applied medical science from King Saud University.

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Podcast Production in the Gulf Arab States: Expanding Beyond the Region

Despite the challenges still facing podcast production, the enthusiasm of khaleejis to spread podcasting culture is encouraging collaboration and the passionate embrace of podcasting across the Arab region.

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Podcast Production in the Gulf Arab States: The Surge of Saudi Podcasting

With Saudi Arabia’s prolific work in online content creation and social media consumption, it is no surprise that Saudis are following the global trend in podcast creation.

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Podcast Production in the Gulf Arab States: Build It, and They Will Come

Podcasting culture is rapidly spreading across the Gulf. Though it still has a long way to go before catching on with the masses, it offers opportunities for growth and lucrative business prospects.

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Al-Moatasem al-Mamari: Institutionalizing Omani Youth Movements

AGSIW spoke with al-Moatasem al-Mamari, a physician engaged with youth and media, about the development of youth movements in Oman as well as their cultural impact and government interaction with them.

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Hadil Al-Moosa: Women Entrepreneurs in Oman

AGSIW spoke with Hadil Al-Moosa about media in Oman, labor laws, women’s entrepreneurship, and the role of government support for entrepreneurs.

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Abdullah Al-Busais: Fiction Writing in the Gulf

AGSIW spoke with Kuwaiti poet and novelist Abdullah Al-Busais about the growing interest in literature among Gulf youth, publishing and censorship issues, and the recent book fair in Kuwait.

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Almaha Aldossari: A Chef’s Journey to Veganism

Known on social media as “The Bedouin Vegan,” Almaha Aldossari presents the vegan philosophy to her followers as both a global idea and part of Saudi identity.

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Social Media Influencers in the Gulf Arab States

Authorities in the Gulf states are wrestling with the rise of social media stars, regulating their use of social platforms while simultaneously trying to capitalize on their fame.

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Sheno Ya3ni: Criticizing Society through Comedy

AGSIW spoke with the team behind Sheno Ya3ni, or so what? – a YouTube channel run by a group of Kuwaiti comedians – to learn how they have benefitted from using an online platform and how YouTube and social media affect cultural criticism in the region.

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The Blue Lake Farm: Pioneering Agritourism in the Gulf

AGSIW spoke with Ali al-Awadhi, executive manager of Nabta, to learn about the Blue Lake Farm and agritourism in Kuwait.