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. He is now working with one of the most prestigious universities in the world on a space program.
In this episode you will hear about: stargazing; Al Sadeem Observatory (and how to get there); 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; being the eldest and running a family business in the UAE, when your boss is… your father; watching a country’s complete transformation during one’s lifetime; spirituality and the universe

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03 – Jalal Luqman, Artist and Author of The Armagondas

About: Being the school child in the corner / Surviving Business studies in the US without money / Not knowing when you can call yourself an artist / 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 / Dreams for the future

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02 – Suhaila Al Dhaheri, the Student Rep’

About: Running elections / Representing peers / Female Role models in the UAE / the challenges of Emirati students at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi / self confidence / the Emirates Youth Council /
bedouin family roots in Al Ain / spending weekends at the family farm in the desert / embracing societal changes / looking forward to digital transformations / different perceptions between generations / living with many cultures

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