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06 – Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Ali Al Nuaimi – The Green Sheikh

Emirati Stories – Episode 06
“My father didn’t transform me directly. He did it indirectly. When I was a child I saw him train thousands of falcons. He participated in competitions against many groups of falconers. One day when I was about six years old, I went with him on a hunting trip. I told him: “Now that I am with you, I want you to train me to be a falconer like you. Give me one of your falcons!”. He looked at me and laughed. He said: “Listen my son Abdul Aziz, your time will be so different than our time. I want you to focus on your studies. I want you to focus on something that you are really passionate about, based on your interests. So I will not give you a falcon. I will not give you any one of them. And you know why?… Because YOU are the falcon.”

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05 – Talal Salem, the Sharjah Poet

As a child, Talal Salem Al Sabiri, now a 40-year old poet from the emirate of Sharjah, used to go to the sea with his father for diving and fishing trips – precious moments that inspire him in his creative activities until today. His beginnings as a poet started with music, as an  oud player with his brothers, later playing with words and rhythms.
In this episode, Talal speaks about Arabic poetry, about morning inspiration, level of consciousness, Sharjah as a culturally focused emirate, about his father, and finally how a trip to Nigeria changed the perspective.

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04 – Hanady Al Hashmi, the Mountaineer

Hanady Al Hashmi, 31, discovered a passion for mountains and mountaineering five years ago, after starting to hike through… the desert. Since then she has climbed 4 of the world’s Seven Summits – the highest peaks of each continent, switching between Abu Dhabi’s heat and sandstorms, and icy weather on the world’s most impressive glaciers. Last year Hanady became the first Emirati woman to make it to the top of Denali, North America’s highest mountain.

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03 – Jalal Luqman, Artist and Author of The Armagondas

Jalal Luqman’s name today is known both locally and internationally. But his journey to becoming the UAE’s first digital artist in the 1990s was not a walk in the park. His passion for computers and art showed at a very young age but reality forced him to make other professional choices first. After dramatic events turned him from wealthy to poor overnight while he was studying in the USA, he managed to finance his business degree with blue-collar jobs, while secretly following art classes in the evening.

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02 – Suhaila Al Dhaheri, the Student Rep’

Suhaila, 21, studies law at Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. She has already run several elections and represented her peers in different organisations, including her university’s student council and the Emirates Youth Council.
In a country that has organised the first parliamentary elections of its history little more than a decade ago, she is part of this new generation of Emiratis contributing to their country’s journey towards more public participation. Suhaila embraces the future with optimism and is eager to make a change, but her Al Ain bedouin roots are also very important to her.

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01 – Leila al Marashi, the ‘Power of Pink’ Artist

Two years after the loss of her mother, Dubai artist and entrepreneur Leila al Marashi, 35, decides to build on her dramatic experience in a creative way via “The Power of Pink” project, an art installation focused on the colour pink and dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer in the UAE.
In this episode, Leila speaks about the the colour pink’s role in an Emirati woman’s life, from childhood to adulthood. She also shares the story of her mother and father, and of the pop-art pictures that she created to “make East meet West”.

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The Podcast

‘Emirati Stories’ is an audio podcast that gives you the opportunity to discover the Emirati culture and society through individual life stories. In a calm and friendly atmosphere, Emirati guests from a variety of backgrounds speak about themselves at their own pace, sharing their aspirations, motivations and sometimes also their doubts, going back to the roots and key influences of the past.
Halfway between journalism and literature, away from the whirlwind of geopolitical news, this programme aims at providing a foreign audience with new tools to understand the way people in the Arabian Gulf think and see the world around them.

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‘Emirati Stories’ is produced and hosted by Nathalie Gillet, a former Middle-East journalist for France 24, Radio France, AFPLa Tribune, Jeune Afrique, Marchés Tropicaux and the Abu Dhabi daily newspaper The National

Today, Nathalie develops content and communication strategies for large corporates in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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