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Latest Episodes

07 – Thabet Al Qaissieh, the Stargazer

Thabet is a 36-year old entrepreneur who runs a family business. Two years ago he decided to build a space observatory on the family farm in the desert.
This episode is about: stargazing; Al Sadeem Observatory; Emirati women and astronomy; how the loss of a younger brother can change the path forever; experiencing 9/11 as an Emirati student… in the USA; running a family business in the UAE as the eldest child; spirituality and the universe.

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

Often referred to as the “Green Sheikh”, Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Ali Al Nuaimi is a nephew of Ajman’s current ruler, and therefore part of the royal family of the UAE’s smallest emirate.
This episode is about: being a sheikh / what a majlis is in the UAE context / falcon hunting / preserving the environment / leading a charity organisation / the Ajman emirate / the ruling family of Ajman / parents’ influence / good vibes

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05 – Talal Salem, the Sharjah Poet

Talal is a 40-year old poet from the emirate of Sharjah. As a child, he liked to go to the sea with his father for diving and fishing trips – precious moments that inspire his poetry until today.
In this episode, Talal speaks about Arabic poetry, morning inspiration, consciousness, Sharjah as a culturally focused emirate, his father, how a trip to Nigeria changed the perspective, how Twitter has changed his poetry.

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04 – Hanady Al Hashmi, the Mountaineer

Hanady, 31, discovered her 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.

This episode is about: climbing the 7 summits / being the first Emirati women to make it to the top of Denali / personal challenge and training / taking care of your body / meditation / family support / personal takeaways from a trip to the USA.

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03 – Jalal Luqman, Artist and Author of The Armagondas

Jalal Luqman’s name today is internationally known but his journey to becoming the UAE’s first digital artist in the 1990s was not a walk in the park.
In this interview, Jalal remembers life as a child in the UAE, as his father worked as one of the first lawyers in the nascent country.
This episode is about: Being the school child in the corner / Surviving Business studies in the USA without any money / imposter syndrome / being the first Emirati Digital Artist / self-teaching computers in the desert in the 1980’s / dark emotions / Invisible giants / Why nobody is too insignificant in a society / Opening a gallery for Emirati artists / Writing a first book on napkin corners / The Armagondas volume 1 / Old times in Abu Dhabi

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02 – Suhaila Al Dhaheri, the Student Rep’

At the time of the recording, Suhaila was a law student at Sorbonne Abu Dhabi. At 21 she had already run elections and represented her peers in various organisations. In a country that little more than a decade ago has organised the very first parliamentary elections of its history, Suhaila is part of this new generation contributing to the UAE’s journey towards more public participation.
This episode is also about Female Role models in the UAE / being an Emirati student at an international university / self confidence / the Emirates Youth Council / bedouin family roots in Al Ain / family farms in the desert / embracing societal changes and digital transformation / differences between generations / multiculturalism

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

Two years ago, Leila lost her mother to breast cancer. Her “The Power of Pink” art installation, is a way of building on her experience in a creative way, while raising awareness about breast cancer in the UAE.
This episode is about: Growing up as an Emirati woman / The colour pink throughout a woman’s life / Barbie in the UAE / The Pink Ribbon / Leila’s mother and father and how they met / Mother-daughter relationships / Making last moments count / Breast cancer / Femininity / Pop-art mixing international icons and traditional Emirati features.

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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 warm and friendly atmosphere, Emirati guests from a variety of backgrounds speak about themselves at their own pace, sharing their aspirations, motivations, their doubts, going back to the roots and key influences of the past.
Halfway between journalism and literature, away from the whirlwind of news, this programme aims at providing an international audience with other tools to understand the way people in the Arabian Gulf think and see the world around them.

The Host

‘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 strategies for large corporates in Abu Dhabi, UAE.


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