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
About: being a sheikh / what is a majlis / falcon hunting / preserving the environment / leading a charity organisation / Ajman emirate / the ruling family of Ajman / mom and dad’s influence / good vibes
Traditional Arab poetry / Influence of the sea / Fishing trips with his father / consciousness / how Twitter has changed his poetry / the present moment / the emirate of Sharjah’s cultural scene / Emirati feelings from Nigeria
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 and… worries / impressions from a trip to the US
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
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