Hakawati is a podcast network dedicated to creating and delivering an ever-expanding range of Arabic spoken word audio content that caters specifically to Arabic speakers in the Middle East, North Africa, and the diaspora.

Technological innovations such as smartphones and tablets have ushered in a new golden era of audio, and Hakawati is at the forefront of this revival, using cutting-edge technology to produce and monetize premium Arabic spoken word content.

Our production arm handles in-house conceptualization, recording, and production of diverse original content such as audio dramas, comedies, talk shows, educational content, as well as audiobooks. This is done at our state-of-the-art recording facilities with top-notch writers, producers, directors, voice talents, audio engineers, and sound designers.

About Us

Our Team

We specialize in creating highly produced audio content across multiple categories catering to different interests and demographics. Our creative team is made up of highly experienced professionals who are behind some of the region's top interview and narrative driven content. These include Hay El Matar; an audio drama depicting everyday life in a fictional suburb of Damascus.

We are passionate about developing high quality audio content by partnering with brands, agencies, and broadcasters to produce highly engaging, story-focused shows that contain unobtrusive, integrated advertising campaigns that listeners will enjoy. Our studio features top of the line equipment and is designed to cater to large multi-cast audio drama productions. Our regional infrastructure consists of experienced voice talents, actors, hosts, influencers, professional sound designers, and more

Karim Beidoun
Karim Beidoun

Co-founder / Head of Content

Karim Beidoun

Co-founder / Head of Content

Karim is head of production at Hakawati, and is the showrunner on most of our podcasts. He has almost 20 years of experience in music production, sound design, and audio engineering. Since 2015, he has worked extensively on multicast audio drama productions such as the BBC’s Hay El Matar.

Joy Khoriaty
Joy Khoriaty

Co-founder / Head of Tech

Joy Khoriaty

Co-founder / Head of Tech

Joy is the Jedi Tech Master at Hakawati. He enjoys virtual walks on the beach.

Gina Abou Hamad
Gina Abou Hamad

Co-founder / Art Director

Gina Abou Hamad

Co-founder / Art Director

Gina handles all Hakawati social media visuals and campaigns, as well as creative concepts. She is an art director with years of experience in publishing.

Haissam Masri
Haissam Masri

Content

Haissam Masri

Content

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Ghenwa Kaedbey
Ghenwa Kaedbey

Content

Ghenwa Kaedbey

Content

Ghenwa is a story producer at The Voice Arabia. She is the host of Awwal Shi Bonsoir, a comedic social commentary podcast that targets Arab youth.

Yasmeen Turayhi
Yasmeen Turayhi

Marketing Consultant

Yasmeen Turayhi

Marketing Consultant

Yasmeen is a Product Marketing Executive and has taken over 200 software products & features to market across various growth stages. She comes from a diverse background with experience in finance and energy to payments, blockchain, healthtech, adtech and marketing technology. She holds a seat on the Board of Directors of TechWadi.

Dr. Sandrine Atallah
Dr. Sandrine Atallah

Content

Dr. Sandrine Atallah

Content

Dr. Sandrine Atallah is a renowned Lebanese psycho-sexologist and hypnotherapist. She is the host of Sex Talk, a podcast dedicated to debunking myths and taboos relating to sex and sexuality.

Warde Bou Daher
Warde Bou Daher

Content

Warde Bou Daher

Content

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Mireille Hammal
Mireille Hammal

Content

Mireille Hammal

Content

Mireille is a certified Reiki Master, a motivational speaker, writer, and blogger. She is the co-host of Taqat Hob, a podcast dedicated to spreading light, love, and spiritual awareness.

Nadia Michel
Nadia Michel

PR / Content

Nadia Michel

PR / Content

Nadia is a magazine editor, writer and the founder and designer behind TMR, a collection of inspiring, stylish and useful unisex accessories that include necklaces moulded from the teeth of prehistoric sharks. She is the host of The Men’s Room, our first English podcast.

Dr. Gael Abou Ghannam
Dr. Gael Abou Ghannam

Content

Dr. Gael Abou Ghannam

Content

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Nathalie Naoum
Nathalie Naoum

Content

Nathalie Naoum

Content

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Mohamad Dankar
Mohamad Dankar

Producer

Mohamad Dankar

Producer

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Boz Temple-Morris
Boz Temple-Morris

Executive Producer / Creative Consultant

Boz Temple-Morris

Executive Producer / Creative Consultant

Boz is a London-based producer & director of audio drama, workshop leader and a consultant in creative strategy and storytelling with 20 years experience working with broadcasters, NGO's and companies.

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