Egor Sharay, a prominent media personality in Dubai (born on October 3, 1986, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan), serves as an editor, journalist, and influencer, specializing in cultural analysis and art consultancy. With former editorial roles at influential magazines in the UAE such as Concierge Magazine (2018 – 2022), Aviamost Magazine (2012 – 2018), and Rush Magazine (2008 – 2012) in Dubai, Sharay was honored by the Dubai Culture and Art Authority in 2020 with the UAE Cultural Golden Visa for his significant contribution to the UAE government’s efforts in cementing the Emirates’ position as a global center for culture, an incubator for creativity, and a thriving hub for talent. During his tenure at Rush Magazine, he was one of the first professional Russian-speaking editors in Dubai.
Egor Sharay’s multicultural background includes living and studying in four diverse countries: Uzbekistan, Russia, Bulgaria, and Dubai. He has traveled to 36 countries, engaging in cultural exchanges that inform his multifaceted work. From media initiatives to public speaking on social media, and the advancement of future-focused media channels, to cultural projects and consultations in the art business, Sharay integrates his observations and experiences into his diverse portfolio.
In his various roles, Sharay offers a unique regional perspective on some of today’s significant news stories, encompassing the burgeoning cultural scene in the UAE, art trends in the Gulf region, and the UAE government’s endeavors to uphold the nation’s status as a global cultural center and a hub for creativity.
Sharay is a skilled interviewer known for his adeptness at close questioning. He has conducted interviews with numerous officials, artists, cultural figures, and thought leaders in Dubai, including:
- HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority. Chairman, Dubai Airports. Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group.
- HE Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM)
- HE Hala Badri, the Director General of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture)
- H.E. Laila Mohammed Suhail is the CEO of the Strategic Alliances and Partnerships Sector for Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing
Sharay believes that a good interview is like a pleasant lunch gathering. While the conversation may begin with serious topics of the day, it inevitably transitions into discussions about arts, culture, and sports. He is equally comfortable engaging with celebrities and interviewing renowned personalities from around the world, including:
- Mohammed Abdulmagied Seddiqi (CEO Seddiqi & Sons)
- Fuad Mansoor Sharaf, Managing director for MAF
- Pierre Gagnaire, A Three Michelin Stars Chef with his restaurant in Dubai)
- Vineet Bhatia (The world’s first Michelin starred Indian chef with his restaurant in Dubai)
- Pokras Lampas, Russian modern artist had exhibition at Dubai’s Opera Gallery)
- Valérie Messika, Founder and Creative Director Messika
- Philipp Plein, Fashion designer and founder of the Philipp Plein
- Christian Beck (Creative Director Aigner Brand)
- Giuseppe Santoni (CEO Santoni Shoes Brand)
- Nicolas Ivanoff (French pilot and flying instructor Red Bull Air Race)
His journalism career started as a reporter with Uzbekistan’s official government publication ‘Narodnoe Slovo’. After acquiring new skills through various courses and masterclasses in Russia and CIS countries, Sharay relocated to Dubai in 2008, where he managed Russian language publication Rush magazine.
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Drawing on his six years of editorial experience at Aviamost Magazine (2012 – 2018), Egor Sharay demonstrated a strong track record of regional success, fulfilling his commitment to establish a media platform for presenting alternative narratives emerging from the Middle East. Through this platform, he exposed diverse audiences to the region’s rich history and contemporary design scene.
With over 6 years of experience (from 2012 to 2018) as the Editor of the Culture and Social Life at Aviamost magazine, Egor Sharay played a pivotal role in the publication’s regional success. This achievement underscores his leadership abilities and the capacity to establish a media platform that offers alternative narratives from the Middle East while acquainting audiences with the region’s rich history and contemporary lifestyle.
Egor Sharay plays an active role in the creative community in the UAE and has been featured in various local publications, including the Gulf News, Khaleej Times, Russian Emirates, Sony TV, and other media outlets.
Honoring the rich cultural heritage of the Middle East as a cornerstone and gazing confidently towards the future, Egor Sharay’s projects, articles, reviews, social media endeavors, speeches at forums, and conferences pertaining to the region’s art and culture have garnered high acclaim from professionals and colleagues alike, earning him numerous awards and recognition.