2016 in review

2016 year in review

2016 was an action-packed year for Australia-Middle East Journalism Exchange. We ran two extremely successful study tours: one tour for Qatar University delegates to Australia, and one tour for University of Canberra delegates to the UAE and Qatar. Together, the study tours offered 11 promising journalism and media students from opposite sides of the globe[…]

Showcase feature

2016 University of Canberra study tour showcase event

A month after our 2016 University of Canberra delegates returned to Australia from their study tour in the UAE and Qatar, we hosted a formal celebration and showcase event on the university campus. It was a fantastic opportunity for the students to share their learning experiences with tour stakeholders and members of the Canberra community[…]


Al Jazeera

Our 2016 CAAR delegates spent three busy days visiting the Doha headquarters of Al Jazeera. Hosted by anchor Kamahl Santamaria, the delegates toured the English and Arabic studios and spent time talking to journalists and producers. On day two, the delegates helped produce Al Jazeera English’s current affairs program Inside Story, working with the production[…]

UAE culture feature

UAE cultural visits

In between working visits to newsrooms in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the 2016 CAAR delegates visited a number of the UAE’s cultural sites. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi Despite the extreme heat, the delegates enjoyed a guided tour and then watched the sun set over this magnificent building. Sharjah Fort and Museum of Islamic[…]

cnn feature


Over two days, our 2016 CAAR delegates visited CNN’s Arabic-language online newsroom in Dubai and the network’s television bureau in Abu Dhabi. Journalists and producers at both sites were generous with their time, engaging the delegates in discussions about journalism in the region and involving them in editorial meetings. Our sincere thanks to Caroline Faraj[…]

National feature

The National

Our 2016 University of Canberra CAAR delegates visited the newsroom of The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi, sat in on the morning editorial meeting, and spoke to a number of journalists. As the delegates’ first newsroom visit on the study tour, The National was a great introduction to media in the region. Our sincere thanks[…]

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Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

Shortly after arriving in Dubai, our 2016 University of Canberra CAAR delegates visited the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding for a delicious dinner of Emirati dishes. During the meal, a couple of Centre volunteers gave a presentation on Emirati and Arab culture and ran a Q&A session. After the volunteers gave an overview of[…]

Chester Ward

Chester Ward

Chester Ward is a CAAR delegate on the 2016 AMEJE study tour to Qatar and the UAE. As a member of an Australian Defence Force family, Chester has been travelling the world for most of his life. He attended boarding school in India and worked in the United States as a camp counsellor and most[…]

Helena Game

Helena Game

Helena Game is a CAAR delegate on the 2016 AMEJE study tour to Qatar and the UAE. Born and raised in Canberra, Helena has been fascinated by people and their stories her whole life. Her interest in cross-cultural communication and international issues was sparked in her final two years of school when she took Global[…]