As we wrap up two years of being a podcast-first company in the UAE—a journey that led to AMAEYA Media becoming the largest podcast network in the country with 14 shows—it was fundamental for us to provide the right context for the industry and gather insights from listeners and non-listeners. Our first ‘State of the Industry’ report is an accumulation of not just our survey data, but also global insights and our own experience in the industry over the last 24 months.

None of this would be possible without the feedback of our community of listeners and the growing ecosystem of podcasters and companies that are planting their roots in the medium.  We hope this report paves the way for all of us to build on top of actual data   and help bridge the gap between creators, listeners, publishers and advertisers.

Consider this a call to action for the industry at large—please send us your feedback, suggestions and inputs, and do share the report. If you’re interested in contributing towards the report or other initiatives in the future, please give me a shout.

Finally, this report would not have been possible without the hard work of Pashma Manglani and Pooja Sagar, and the gracious inputs from Elie Abou Saleh, Gabriella Reis, Karyn Fernandes, Mark Steadman, Omar Tom, Dr. Sabir Haque, Shelina Jokhiya, Tatiana Antonelli-Abella & Vinita Bharadwaj. I also want to thank everyone who took the time out to take our survey.

Until next year!

Chirag Desai
Chief Executive Officer
Amaeya Media

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