I am an American writer and editorÂ based in Dubai. I hold a graduate degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University and am fascinated by art, pop culture, and gender in the Arab world. In my other life Iâ€™m in the humanitarian development field and have directed major international NGOs in refugee camps, townships, overcrowded schools and public hospitals in the Middle East and Africa. My most meaningful career moments were spent in Jordan establishing a program that raised refugee girlsâ€™ self esteems through sport and play.
After a decade of happily living alone all over the world, I fell in love, got married in a little inn tucked away inÂ the Virginia mountains, then movedÂ to my husband'sÂ home in Dubai, where I chased my childhood dream of becoming a writer. The rapidly expanding arts scene of the Middle East constantly piques my curiosity. I can regularly be found, Dictaphone in hand, tiptoeing on patent leather heels through the sand to visit galleries in Dubaiâ€™s industrial warehouse district of Al Quoz.
Iâ€™ve found my place as the storyteller documenting and sharing many of the surprising and important things that are happening here, making both established and emerging voices accessible to you while debunking popular stereotypes of the region.Â I am equally comfortable in an LBD covering a Christie's auction as I am sitting cross-legged on the floor of a temporary shelter made from corrugated tin, deep in a refugee camp.
I am a Contributor to ArtSlant and the Dubai Curator for Selections. I have recently had work published in a number of magazines and newspapers including Contemporary Practices, The National, Harper's Bazaar Art Arabia, Open Skies, and Canvas. I have also contributed features to Jadaliyya, VOGUE (India), Style.Com/Arabia, The Culture TripÂ and many other publications. My writing appears in a number of gallery publications around the region. I was pleased to author the chapter on Dubai's art scene for Uncommon Dubai (Uncommon Guidebooks). My articles areÂ frequently translated into Arabic and have also appeared in German.Â Since founding Danna Writes, I have interviewed more than 100 intriguing artists, designers, and thinkers from the Middle East.
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