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.
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.
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.