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Podcast featuring discussions and interviews about the cultural happenings in the United Arab Emirates presented by Hind Mezaina (The Culturist) and Wael Hattar.

My name is Hind Mezaina and I launched The Culturist in December 2009. My aim is to feature all things culture-worthy in Dubai and in any other city I might be in or wish to be in. I am very passionate about movies, photography, music and travel. I hope silent movies will make a come back and that Deira will be the new hotspot in Dubai, for the all the real Dubaians.

If you have the same interests,
appreciate good taste, good talent and interested in expanding your cultural horizons in Dubai, then I hope you keep visiting and maybe we could be friends. 

Please don't expect this site to be a listing of every event in Dubai. There are other sites and publications for that.

I was the Lomography Ambassador in Dubai for a few years till 2013, where I promoted Lomography through workshops, exhibitions and social events.
My work and writing has appeared in a few local and regional publications. I've participated in photography group exhibitions in several cities including Dubai, London, Tokyo, Berlin, New York. Over the past couple of years I have been creating work in other mediums including video and installations. 

I was one of the artists in residence in the 2015 edition of A.i.R Dubai (a residency programme run by Art Dubai, Delfina Foundation, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and Tashkeel) and prior to that I contributed to Art Dubai's Global Art Forum in 2012 and 2014.  

I recently completed the 2015-2016 program of the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Emerging Artists Fellowship, in partnership with Rhode Island School of Design

Listen to me talk about this blog and my work in this interview on Six Pillars Radio with Fari Bradley recorded in December 2015

Send me an email: hind[dot]mezaina[at]gmail[dot]com 


Awards and Nominations:


Stylist Arabia Social Media Awards 2016

The Culturist was nominated in the Lifestyle category of the first Stylist Arabia Social Media Awards.



du Social Media Awards 2013

The Culturist won Best Blogger Award in the second du Social Media Awards. List of all the winners





Official Honoree of the 2012 Webby Awards

The Culturist was selected as an Official Honoree of the 16th Annual Webby Awards in the Blog - Cultural category.List of all the honorees.








The 2011 Bloggies 

The Culturist won Best Asian Weblog in this year's Bloggies. Thanks to everyone that voted. List of all the winners.