Thursday, December 23, 2010

Dubai's Expat Guide Book

Shaikha Al Qasimi and Fatma Al Shaibani have produced the Expat Guide Book Dubai as part of their graduation project. Their idea was to help expats get Dubai information and to also help them work out what is acceptable as behaviour and what is not.

Available in January at all fine book sellers.

+971 Magazine

Alia Bin Haider, Asma Al Bulooki and Zainab Al Abbas have joined forces to produce a magazine to help Emirati's learn more about their talents! Http:// Fitness

Marcus joins me in the studio to help answer fitness related questions and get us motivated for the new us! Health is about more than a workout it is about your mind and the space it is in.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Who is Your GOTO Person!

Where do you go for information and advice in your city? I go to and Claire Fenner she seems to know what is going on. Here are 5 things you will want to be part of.

Magnus and Cool Tech for All.

What a night. We went from Buffalo WIFI to a Lenovo IdeaPad. And there was some chat in between, including Magnus predicting the hot topics of 2011.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Blood Brothers AUS

Maha, Muhannad and Fadi of the cast of Blood Brothers at AUS join me for a conversation. And the two blood brothers treat us to a little taste of what we can expect! Find them on Facebook AUS Blood Brothers. And the best part is this is an intimate performance where the audience is on the stage! Oh and there is an orchestra as well... 50 dirhams for tickets!

The Question Company

sms du or Etisalat 4644 to the Question Company any question and for 1 dirham you get a personalized answer! Really! was founded in April by Andy Meikke and he quickly brought his childhood friend James Oliver into the picture. Now 24 hours a day with a team of full and part-time workers they answer questions via the SMS network!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Magnus and Cool Tech for All.

This is what I call must listen to radio! is where you can get all the product information we spoke about.

This is what was on tap for this week as Magnus and I unpacked technology!

Google has launched Google Chrome laptop
300,000 Android phones activated per day
Google and Samsung releases Nexus S
Toshiba Portege R700-15P -and how did they come up with the name?
Asus NX90 -this is just cool!
Zotac Zbox -do you use one?

Questions and feedback to

Nathalie Dubois is the Ultimate Gift Giver!

Nathalie Dubois-Sissoko is the CEO and President DPA.

And what is DPA?

DPA is an Entertainment Strategist Company that creates the gift rooms for film festivals around the world.

Very cool line of work!

And I spoke to Nathalie here in Dubai at DIFF. What a cool job! And how did Nathalie start? As history major!

Nathalie is proof anything is possible!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Dr. Frank Russo and Emoti-Chair

Here is the podcast!

Dr. Frank Russo of Ryerson University and his co-creators have developed a chair that uses sensory substitution technology that can take discrete sound and present it to the body as vibration. This is very cool!

HudaBeauty Talking About DIY and Vitamin HB

Here is the Podcast Link. is where you need to go for your daily dose of beauty advice that is useful, fun and free. Oh and entertaining! Huda Kattan is

And the big question is what is vitamin HB?

Public Knowledge to US Interest Group

Art Brodsky, Communication Director, for the public interest group, joined me on the phone from Washington to talk about the challenges to our emerging digital culture.

Letters To Palestine the Film

Ms. Butheina Kazim, Mr. Rashid AL Marri and Sana Dabbagh join me in studio to talk about their documentary, Letters to Palestine. This is not a political documentary but a film that allows ordinary Arabs to connect to people in Palestine. to find more details or Letters to Palestine on Facebook.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Leadership From Horses to the Boardroom.

Kelly Eide and Koelle Simpson join me in studio for a conversation on leadership BUT from a very different perspective. If you can connect with a horse you can connect with anyone and the key to leadership success is authentic communication at all levels. live!

Bébhinn Kelly

We had a wonderful chat about the link of fashion and technology and about the growing trend among women to have swish parties or groups to keep their fashion in circulation. And then there was vintage clothing to talk about.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010 on Health and Fitness with Marcus Smith is a wonderful fitness tool.

Marcus joined me to talk fitness and answer your questions.

Some interesting ideas.

Magnus and Technology for the show notes.

Love the talk about the scanner table and we are back on phones next week!

There was also a nice look at what is coming in MacWorldME,PCWorldME and GameworldME.


A great conversation about film with 4 people involved with the Dubai International Film Festival,


Campus radio,, is a curious thing. Student radio that was born in a bedroom... really the show is broadcast from Ritesh's bedroom. Yara Hindawi joins me to talk BASSFace!

Monday, December 06, 2010

Dubai International Film Festival

Mahsa Motamedi, director of Marketing and Sponsorship, joins me on the program totalk about DIFF 2010!

Becky Britton joins me to talk about cooking from the heart and making something out of it!

TEDxDubai and TEDxDubaiWomen

TEDxDubai took place on the 4th of December and TEDxDubaiWomen will be taking place on the 8th of December!

So many great moments to share!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

me360 in Dubai

Matt Bekner talks to us about

Very cool way to link the stuff we like in Dubai to the people we know!

It is free for users and business!

If you are a business and want to be listed

Wikileaks thoughts

Nightline had a conversation about wikileaks and this is the thoughts of one insightful caller.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Magnus and Technology

What a great opportunity to learn what is going on in tech.

Magnus sorted us out, again.

And here we go with a wonderful 30 minute meal!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


I am really excited about this!

TEDxDubaiWomen will be taking place at Zayed University on Wednesday the 8th of December, yes that is where I spend my days.

Following on TEDxDubai, TEDxDubaiWomen will take place on the 8th starting at 3pm.

6 live speakers will kick off the program, there will be a short break, and then the program picks up with a live video link to TEDWomen in Washington DC.

Here is the speaking line up.

  • Ms. Butheina Kazim
    Butheina Kazim is the producer of the independent documentary film Letters to Palestine, which has screened across Palestine and is currently working on a series forAl Jazeera Documentary Channel. She was a juror for the iEmmys Asia & Africa competition and was the curator for an independent films program at the Shelter in Dubai.

  • Ms. Huda Kattan
    Huda Kattan is a Hollywood trained makeup artist and beauty consultant based in Dubai. Huda has been very fortunate to have worked with some of the most talented photographers and some seriously incredible people. And there is the beauty blog! This blog is a way to keep people informed of not only the trends and news, but also what’s going on with the industry first-hand in Dubai and all over the world. Huda feels that the up-close-and-personal approach offers an extra level of exposé to the industry.

  • Ms. Amna Abulhoul
    Amna Abdulla Abulhoul, is an animator and an architect (degree anticipated may 2012). I graduated from Zayed University and I am currently continuing my education at the American University in Dubai.

  • Ms. Basma Al Fahim
    Basma Al Fahim is the founder and managing director of Eventra. Basma is a certified wedding planner and an expert marketer. Basma's forte is creating unique events that combine the east with the west and those special touches from the UAE. From the idea to action Basma has the how to guide.

  • Mrs. Tarifa Ajaif
    Tarifa has over 10 years experience working with youth in Higher Education. Her passion to youth development, coaching and mentoring was driven by her self-motivation, determination and faith in Emirati youth potentials and capabilities. She has recently started “Go Glocal” –Inspiring People consultancy that aims to inspire individuals to think globally and act locally through using LEGO Serious Play Methodology.

  • Mrs. Maryam Darwish
    How to break the gender stereotype! Mariam is one of the leading service advisers at Al Futtaim Motors' Lexus service centre in Dubai, where on a normal day she works on about 40 cars. Things are not always as they seem.

What makes this event even more special is it is being run by Emirati women for the most part, very cool.

I hope to meet you at the event.

Go to this link to reserve your seat.

Monday, November 29, 2010

MOVEMBER Please Give!

OK I have been doing the MO!

Now Men it is your time to give a bit, and ladies you can as well.

It is all about prostate cancer awareness and research!


Here is what I have been up to and I do need your help.

One of my YouTube MOvember videos! Search JamesPiecowye on YouTube to see them all!

Here is the last video!

Do you Listen?

Do you listen to what the youth are saying? Maybe you should! A conversation.

Islamic Banking Explained

What is Islamic Banking and how are profit and interest different?

Sohail Zubairi CEO of Dar Al Sharia sits down with Nightline to answer our questions.

UAE Philharmonic

Philipp Maier,, joins me to talk about the winter shows coming up and the orchestra itself.

This is a UAE treasure.

Bobker on Finance

Keren Bobker wals us through your finances!


Friday, November 26, 2010

MOvember time to give

OK I have been doing the MO!

Now Men it is your time to give a bit, and ladies you can as well.

It is all about prostate cancer awareness and research!


Here is what I have been up to and I do need your help.

One of my YouTube MOvember videos! Search JamesPiecowye on YouTube to see them all!

If I can grow a MO for Cancer research anyone can BUT if you can not or did not make a donation!

Thanks in advance!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

How unsafe is the USA?

US airports, well 70 have full body scanners and if you refuse that you get a full on pat down that some have said is like being violated!

So, why is this happening?

Is the US that unsafe? Have we not been told about in cabin issues? Is the current screening for cabin security that lax?

We talked about this on Nightline.

Chef Andy!

Chef Andy is back in Dubai and joining us in the studio to talk food and how you can get back into the kitchen without any pain!

Food is fun!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Dubai Parking Conversation

So is the parking getting better?

It is costing more BUT there is great tech these days to make it better.

One caller talks about the Mosque issue and the bad parking there, is this being talked about by others?

Marcus and

Marcus Smith joined me to talk fitness and will be here every other week to take your questions and provide answers.

Send questions to

Check out there is no cost! Yes it is free.

Missed the show? Listen to the podcast.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Pilot Fatigue!

On Nightline we spoke about pilot fatigue and are you nervous?

Pilot Fatigue!

On Nightline we spoke about pilot fatigue and are you nervous?

What is good music?

We had a great conversation about music!

Sticky Fingers and Nandini Vohra join me for a conversation.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ibn Battutta Gate Hotel

What about staying at a hotel designed around an explorer?

Ibn Batutta Gate Hotel is just that.

And the Hotel is part of a cluster of properties that interrelate via technology and services, pretty cool stuff!

Magnus and Technology

Blackberry Torch is put through its paces on the show!

And we revisit the Samsung tablet!

A good listen.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

AppsArabia | MENA app development investment fund from twofour54

Everything you wanted to know about apps as a career path but were afraid to ask!

David Ashford walks us through the world of APP creation and distribution BUT he is talking right here in the UAE!

Swedish Artisans in Dubai is where you can meet 6 very interesting artisan/entrepreneurs who just happen to be women!

Very cool!

bargain hunting?

Are you a bargain hunter in Dubai or are you too embarrassed to admit it?

This was an interesting Nightline conversation.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Mobile Phones=Rude You

You have a mobile phone? A cellular? Do you know when and when not to use the mobile? No you use it all the time! Mobiles make us rude! Join the conversation.

Tech with Magnus

Samsung Galaxy, still feels like a BETA operating system but might be a great product soon! And those FLIP video cameras, NICE!

A great conversation of tech to come!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Think Holistic!

Sunita Teckchand of the NEW Holistic Institute, 04-450-3525, joined me to talk the world of holistic medicine and beyond.

You are Health irresponsible!

NO! You are not personal health responsible and that should be a punishable crime. We had a chat about you and your health on Nightline.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Sheikh Obaid House Dubai

Arshad Khan and Lewis Bullock, both senior executives with the House, join me for a conversation about Dubai and culture.


Culture and Tourism

When you travel do you get into a culture or are you an outsider?

A conversation.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Magnus and Technology

We talked Apps, we talked Apple, and we had a chance to look at 2 amazing Monster products! And there was OtterBox. This is your tech connection in the UAE. for the show notes.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

EcoVenture UAE Conservation Education
Mathew Cocks and Emma Smart joined me for a conversation about a whole new field lab that has been set up to not only talk but teach about the UAE ecology.

Open Day on Nov 6 send an email to for the details!

Do you Download Music?

Is there a fine line between downloading music and film and stealing it? Nightline got into the conversation with some great celebrity clips.

Indie Music and More

Paul Kelly of joined me for a great conversation about the cultural indistries of the region and how to get the INDIE stuff into our ears!

Business Scared

On Nightline we had a conversation about why some people are entrepreneurs and others are not.

The answer FEAR! And a bit more.

WildPeeta Motivational

Mohammed a cofounder of talks about making your dream happen!

Love the advice on how to get past others saying you will not succeed!

Switch Food

Deem Al Bassam is the 25 year old foodie who has created right here in Dubai.

That is the Switch Restaurant.

Nutella desert and camel burgers are on the menu!

But Deem is the amazing part of the equation, what a force!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sharjah International Book Fair

29 years young the Sharjah Book Fair is starting next week!

It is a wonderful free event that champions Arabic and English language literature, with an eye on the UAE!

Beyond Dubai

Nightline spoke about what else we can do in the UAE beyond the glitz of Dubai.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Thoughts on Architecture? In Dubai

There sure are a lot of buzz killers here in Dubai!

And I still think you can compare the architecture and development in Dubai to any country or city.

If you want to play the history card then lets just look since 1960 at what is and has been done!

PlanetInc CEO

This is a very interesting way to look at how we understand leadership and decision making.

As Annie and Erika said common sense is not so common!

Listen to the ideas and check them out on Facebook- PlanetInc CEO

Monday, October 11, 2010 on Health and Fitness

Marcus Smith joined me to talk about InnerFight.

This site is free! You get a daily workout that is free and fun.


Because it is needed

Check out the video!

Here is the weeks training from the site!

Advice what is the best you have gotten?

We opened up the phone and sms line to Dubai to talk advice, the best and worst!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Kraft and the 2km sandwich

Kraft foods in the UAE is going to build a 2.5 kM sandwich to feed the hungry as part of its ongoing CSR activity, 10,000 sandwiches!

Listen to the story.

Magnus and Technology

Nokia phones again! And a conversation about the new very cool Sony computer!

Chef Andy!

Chef Andy joins me on Nightline to walk us through the kitchen and give you a few tips along the way!

Nice roast beef tip this week.

Banking again! Same as in 2007.

We dug into the vault for a little blast from the past and the issue is as hot as it was in March 2007!

Banks! Can we trust them or...

This is classic Nightline!

Mental Health Awareness

Dr. Laila Asamrai, head of the psychology section at Rashid Hospital and Paula Keenan project manager, joined us for a conversation about mental health and the awareness campaign underway.

For details you can call 04-219-2667

The podcast is delayed but coming!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Men and Make-up!

Huda Kattan joined me for a conversation about beauty and tips on how you can be the best you can be!

This was a great conversation and she will join us on a monthly basis to answer your questions and beauty concerns! in London

Chef Andy joins us for a conversation about easy to make ketchup! And more of course.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Thoughts on UAE events?

Generally speaking are you happy with events int he UAE or would rather not talk about them?

Dubai has the final word.

Basma Al Fahim joined me in studio to talk about how a recent grad, 2008, has managed to enter the pretty full field of event planning in Dubai.

I love the story about dad having the kids do business plans every time they wanted to start a little something at home.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Fast Food Hero or Victim?

Are we eating ourselves to death with fastfood?


We are out of control for sure.

Here are the thoughts from Dubai! Love the last 2 minutes...

The World of WildPeeta

How often do you hear a food entrepreneur ignite the passion of people who he interacts with.

Well this is well beyond food this is food as a tool for social motivation!

Here is who came to the studio to talk about the WildPeeta Phenomenon!

These are random tweeps who answered our

RSVP on Twtvite. The criteria was that they had

to currently be bloggers / podcasters / social

media group.

@Aabo0 aka Abdulla Al Suwaidi (Blogger /

Podcaster / Social Media Group)

Bio: An eccentric individual. Reading, writing,

gaming, geeking, diving, organizing, podcasting,

tweeting, Me.

Joined Twitter: Mon Dec 01 05:34:26

@LabibaLaith aka Labiba Laith (Blogger)

Bio: Phenomenal Woman that's me.Who happens

2 B Iraqi. Who's inspired by taste of words thru

my eyes, ears & tongue. different, wild &

constrained. Confused? so am I

Joined Twitter: Sun Jan 25 23:52:17

@TDAllonsy aka Anastasia (Blogger / Podcaster

/ Social Media Group)

Bio: sci-fi fan; life-long college student; aspiring

journalist/writer; Browncoat; #TwitBookClub

founder; Apple fan; audio engineer; librarian; wear

many other hats.

Joined Twitter: Sun May 24 12:56:54

@HishamWyne aka Hisham Wyne (Blogger /

Journalist on Huffington Post)

Bio: Copywriter, columnist, wordsmith, pen for

blatant hire. Radio commentator. Currently

struggling with first novel.

Joined Twitter: Sat Nov 15 19:32:11

@MEVEG aka Sandya (Social Group)

Bio: Organizer of Middle East Vegetarians Group on


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Chris Johns Editor in Chief National Geographic Magazine

Chris Johns joined me on the phone to talk about National Geographic on the heals of the launch of the Arabic magazine!

A good story is what keeps them on top!

Too lazy to recycle!

We talked about recycling and the reality is we are too lazy to do it!

Why! Why! Why!

Too lazy to recycle!

We talked about recycling and the reality is we are too lazy to do it!

Why! Why! Why!

Chef Andy!

Chef Andy Campbell joined us for a little help at getting the lunch ready and wanting to eat the food! go to the blog for the instructions on how-to.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Magnus and Technology

Who doesn't need a bit of a tech fix?

Magnus is in the house to help navigate the tech world and of course the latest stuff! for the show notes, you need those!

Always good fun and we don't always agree!

GPS? Or Maps?

So how do you get around?

Are men the worst for asking for help?

Are women directionally challenged?

What about maps?

Dubai gives a bit of advice!

Are people in Dubai too lazy?

On Nightline we had a wonderful conversation about keeping active, fit and joining teams to help keep the flab off!

We push out kids BUT do we push ourselves?

I think, and it would seem you as well, that we are simply too lazy.

Catch the podcast.

Basketball in the UAE

Luqman Rashad and Ali Razeq of MPAC Sports joined me for a conversation about basketball as a way of life and how the spirit of Chicago is being kindled here through basketball!, or Facebook Mpac Basketball.

I love the stories of how these guys got into the basketball business!

Monday, September 20, 2010

How much are you reading?

Do we read enough? what are you reading? Where do we get good books?

Dubai talks.

Great Arabic Kids Books

I was joined by Zeyna Al Jabri for a conversation about her project,, that she hopes will up the quality of children's literature in Arabic.

There is a long way to go Zeyna says BUT there is hope and the door is open to talkent!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

TEDxDubai presents TEDxChange

Iman Ben Chaibah and Uzma Atcha joined me in the studio to talk about TEDxChange, September 20th.

This TEDx event will be linking back to the USA for a live feed and will also have a local UAE component. and follow the link to TEDxChange to get more information and sign up.

Tax in Dubai?

What if VAT or some other form of tax was brought in in Dubai.

I was surprised that there was so little emotion.

Nobody likes a tax unless there is accountability, so if the funds are used in a transparent manner people might be ok with it.

What we really do need to be thinking about is the way tax will look here and not borrow a western model.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Too much surveillance?

How do you feel about pretty much being watched all the time?

Even our private environments seems to have the creeping eyes of Big Brother!

Dubai talks about its views on growth of global video surveillance.

Magnus and Technology

Magnus joined us int he studio for a good old chat about what is new and and coming on the technology front.

Surftime Dubai

Yes there is surf in Dubai!

Carl and company were in the studio talking about the surf scene.

Are you a good parent?

A great conversation on what a good parent is!

There seems to be a lot of thinking about our parents.

Do we just need to trust ourselves more?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Do men know fashion?

What a conversation! Men are the best fashion designers, yet so many men have no clue when it comes to fashion, how?

We opened the phone lines and let the men of the UAE weigh in on the topic.

Hellwafashion and the UAE.

We had a jolly old conversation about double pushup bras, men and purses and a whole lot more with the UAE's Fashionista!

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Finance lessons over the last 18 months

We had a nice conversation about what we have learned about our money and how we spend it over the last 18 months.

Robert Weston, executive producer of Nightline, out did himself with the interviews he pulled together for this segment.

As always we had a nice mix of calls and SMS messages to allow us to take the pulse of the nation.

Chef Andy joins us from the street in London to talk about food!

The idea of using oats as a main course is starting to sound very interesting.

Finance with Keren Bobker

Keren Bobker joined me for a conversation about starting to get your financial house in order.

Lots of good information the key is the THINK!

"Keren Bobker" ,

Keren Bobker AIFP, AFPC
Senior Consultant
Holborn Assets Insurance Brokers LLC
PO Box 333851
Dubai, UAE.

My website:

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Tech with Magnus

Lots of new happenings in the UAE when it comes to technology!

Get all the news and reviews from Magnus and dxbtech.

Can we have too much technology?

Dubai was asked about technology and it was an interesting talk.

Technology is pretty basic!

It is up to you and I to make healthy choices... I wonder if we really do or if marketing pulls us into tech?


Tuesday, September 07, 2010

We are bad drivers, Dubai Talks

We asked you how you rate as a driver and the results are, not so good!

The Suraya Foundation

From tragedy to positive community change, the Suraya Foundation is trying to fill the void in driver awareness and create a better motoring environment.

Check out the Oath Campaign.

Get involved any way you can.

Monday, September 06, 2010

The Maria Project.

The Maria Project is all about change for the lowest person on the ladder of life.

In this case children and adults caught in poverty in Bangladesh.

One woman had a dream and 5 years on what amazing development.

A conversation with volunteers and children involved in the Maria Project.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

food Safety and Road Safety.

People in Dubai were asked if they think about food safety!

The general response was no! As Callum at Jeep suggested the more you think the less you will eat!

We then moved onto the roads and many felt that drivers were doing a better job YET some roads are still a big problem. General though fines seem to work! is back and talking food.

Andy will join us each Wednesday for a 15 minute kitchen break and in October we start the cooking lessons on the air!

Cooking can be family fun and we plan to help you in that department.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Who rides the metro?

For an hour we spoke to Dubai about their public transport use.

Interesting test and sms messages!

Seems the metro has a lot going for it, now its about reinforcing the benefits!

Tech with Magnus

Magnus Nystedt joins me for a weekly update on what is hot and not in the land of tech.

And this week Magnus had some great ideas about Eid gifts.

Digital vs hardcopy?

Dubai talks about its love for getting news via newspapers and the pull towards technology.

Dr. Reynolds on Education as Business

Never a dull moment with Dr. Reynolds.

What is the problem with private education in the UAE? Heads are not good managers and there is a lack of business sense!

Dr. Reynolds has some interesting and off the wall ideas!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Talk about Ramadan and Dubai Saving

Nightline starts with a call-in feature.

Listeners call and text with views about Ramadan and Dubai saving 30% in the next budget!

A Conversation with Dr. Azad Moopen

Dr. Azad Moopen joined me in studio for a conversation about 25 years in the medical field and how he has taken a love of teaching and turned it into a thriving business.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Nightline is on Vacation until August 30!

Dear Nightliners!

We are on vacation until the end of August!

Have a great summer.

James and Sara

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Have a great Summer! Back August 29.

Thank you all for the kind and generous support of Nightline.

The program is taking summer leave and will be back August 29th.


James and Sara

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Reporter talks about Freedom Floatilla Experience

Abbas Al Lawati was on the Freedom Floatilla reporting when it all went wrong.

Abbas talks to us about reporting on the Freedom Floatilla and becoming part of the story.

Gulf News reporter coming home
A sense of relief overwhelms Muscat home of Gulf News reporter Abbas Al Lawati
By Sunil K. Vaidya, Bureau ChiefPublished: 09:55 June 2, 2010
Gulf News Staff Reporter, Abbas Al Lawati.Image Credit: Gulf News Archive
Muscat/Dubai: A sense of relief and anticipation overwhelmed the Muscat home of Gulf News reporter Abbas Al Lawati and the newspaper's offices in Dubai amid reports that he may be coming home very soon.
Abbas, who was aboard the ship attacked by Israel, on Wednesday called up Gulf News from Jordan where he was deported from Israel.

Abbas said that all of his possessions have been confiscated, including his passport. This means he will be sent to his home country of Oman, although he lives and works in Dubai.
Reacting to the news, Abbas' mother Iffat Al Lawati said: "We are relieved to hear that he is safe."
According to a WAM report, the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it "will transfer Arab citizens who were aboard the Freedom Flotilla back to their home countries." and tech talk

Magnus Nystedt the managing editor of Shufflegazine joins us for a wrap up of the 25 issues of tech talk on Nightline.

We have cool to odd to talk about when it comes to tech stuff.

Chef Andy does it again giving us 3 great dishes to entertain and wow a crowd with.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Democamp Innovation

Mushed Mohamed the mind behind Http:// and Dr. Khalid Khawaja the Dean of Information and Technology at the American University in Dubai join me to talk DEMOcamp.

What a night with Hellwafashion!

It was all about men and what we are and are not wearing!

Send in pictures of your guy in denim cutoff shorts they are in I am told!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

English College in Tanzania

The English College in Dubai and the American Academy for Girls have 20 students in Tanzania doing good!

There is hard labour and unconditional love being given to children!

The ultimate application of the classroom activity.

John Kendry joins me in studio for a conversation.

BP what Dubai is thinking

Everyone has an opinion about BP here is what Dubai is thinking.

Dr. Chris Reynolds on Education

The business of education is a curious thing.
Dr. Reynolds thinks he can see where it is going.

Vertical integration and getting over the welfare state mentality. to find out more.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

What a great conversation!

Sail Magazine is an independent Emirati magazine. The magazine was an idea that was waiting to be incubated for a long time. With the right support and people, it was finally founded on 1st of March by Iman Ben Chaibah.
Iman Ben Chaibah
Founder/Editor in Chief

This magazine is called Sail. Yet it could’ve been called many things e.g. Urban, Intellectual, Avant-garde youth or any other academically adjective-ised reference to the young. But be literal? Why label it? And why limit it? Are the youth the only hope? Are we unable to enjoy the inspiration we may find in those who rediscover their inspiration? We must not judge, only analyse. We must not only speak, but also listen. We must not only advocate, but also meditate. We must not only propose, but also respond. We cannot be critical and still be defensive. We must sail. Accept the gift of wind and row when it is not generous. We must ride the seas that are wave and calm. This magazine is called Sail.

Sail will attempt and fail and learn and attempt and fail and learn. Sail is a journey that does not end, one day its wood would deconstruct and be used to make a fire for the cold or erect a raft of rafts with a sail of sails for greater attempts, fantastic failures and even more lessons.

Sail’s purpose is to maintain a platform of curiosity.

F1 in School Team Impulse Dubai College

Team Impulse joins me in studio to talk about their win in at the UAE F1 in School championship!

Off to Singapore.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Little league Baseball in Dubai

We had a nice chat about Little League Baseball in Dubai and the team that is heading to Poland and maybe the Little League World Series!

2010/11 News!!!
Online registration will be open from Aug. 1st until Sep. 31st at 700 Dhs and from Oct. 1st to 15th at 850 Dhs. Three onsite registration will be planned between Sep. 15th and 30th at ASD, DAA and DLL. Opening Ceremony will be on Jan. 8th and Closing will be on Mar. 26th. Players assessment will be on Oct. 29th and 30th and teams should be announced by Nov. 15th.

ipad chat with Magnus with Magnus talks to us all about the cool stuff you can get for an ipad!

Chef Andy and Coolers talks to us about refreshing and fun things to drink from the garden and beyond!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Democamp Dubai

We all need a bit of inspiration to get on with things.

Maybe it is an App, or a full operating system.

DEMOcamp might be your answer.

As part of Dubai Internet City’s continuous encouragement of entrepreneurship and innovation, we are pleased to host another DemoCamp Session in 2010.
If you’re a student, entrepreneur or a start-up, this is your ideal platform to demo your application that may be a work in progress, close to release or even in full production.

From Web to Mobile Applications, English or Arabic content, Local or Regional reach… and other this is your opportunity to showcase your product.

A great crowd to garner some valuable feedback, find a collaborator, potential clients and employees.

Don’t miss the upcoming DemoCamp session:
June 23rd, 2010

Click here to view the participation criteria, to submit your demo or to attend!

Keren bobker on your finances

Keren joined me for a great conversation about how much trust we can put in the public information available about finance.


Who and what can you trust and your professional finance consultant!

A good listen.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Football Fever!

OK I am not the big football fan!

But there is a lot of action here in the UAE!

A conversation about football.

A great conversation with the UAE Arthritis Foundation.

Katrina and Dr. Humaira join me for a wonderful chat.

Find them on Facebook and Twitter UAEArthritis or

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Nayla Al Khaja Film Maker

Nayla Al Khaja joins me for a conversation about film in the UAE!

All Gadgets!

Magnus of joins me to talk all things Apple!

Monday, June 07, 2010

Neasa Lawless on Archives

Neasa Lawless joins me for a conversation about becoming an archivist and WHY!

Chef Andy joins us for a conversation about food!

A great capstone project from CIT students at Zayed University!

Edutech's Mike Brown!

Edutech, a leading education and learning solutions company, who has partnered with PTC, a US based software company, and Dubai Men’s College to offer a comprehensive program to develop and inspire the next generation of innovative and creative engineers and designers in the UAE. As part of PTC’s donation, each high school will receive a free site license of Pro|ENGINEER® Wildfire software worth AED 3.3 million, which also includes free home use for students. The total commercial value of the software donation is AED 4.6 billion and marks a major commitment and investment in the UAE education sector.

CCMS students talk about the US

ZU students talk about what they learned from an exchange to the USA.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Lenore Skenazy and Free Range Kids!

Parents you have Lenore's permission to be a parent and let your kids grow up!
  • Do you ever…

    Do you ever...let your kid ride a bike to the library? Walk to school? Make dinner? Or are you thinking about it? If so, you are raising a Free-Range Kid! Free-Rangers believe in helmets, car seats, seat belts — safety! We just do NOT believe that every time school age kids go outside, they need a security detail. Share your stories, tell your tips and maybe I'll use them in a new book. Here's to common sense parenting in uncommonly overprotective times!
  • Twitter @FreeRangeKids

There is always an upside to kindness!

Listen to these guys who are behind the KindnessOffensive!

Face in the Crowd Awards

Well, as promised we awarded our 1st 2 FIC Awards last night!

Helen for giving up a vacation to help Adam get to a marathon for charity! And they did not know each other!

Salma is now known as Ms. Santa here is her story!

Hi James,

This story is very simple, it is selfless, and I would like to share it with your listeners for your version of the Arthur awards! It is not about saving the world, or doing some gigantic effort that may seem too big for many. It is about small things that also matter, small things that make you think: hmmm that was a nice thing to do, I wish more people did things like that... or I wish I actually thought and did that!

And that's where the story starts, it is about a small thing that my friend Salma did in two Christmases ago. The story starts in early December 2008, when I picked up Salma from this beauty salon where she was doing her nails. She gets in the car, and tells me: I was talking to the girl that did my nails, and do you believe that all of the girls that work here have to work on christmas day!? They don't get any day off, that must be so sad!

It is worth noting that Salma is actually muslim, however she likes the Christmas spirit of families, friends getting together and enjoying a special time together. While looking all surprised and sad about these girls at the Salon, her eyes suddenly light up and she starts smiling, and she says: I know what I am going to do, I will put together goody bags for all these girls, and I will deliver these bags to them on Christmas day. This will surely put a great smile on their face, it will pull them away, at least for a few instances, from their "office" and will hopefully make their christmas day a little more special!

I thought, hmm, thats a cool idea, but deep inside, I thought this is probably another one of those ideas that people come up with in the heat of the moment, but do not really follow through. A couple of weeks passed, and to my surprise, Salma tells me the plan for her Friday: I will go to the Supermarket to buy the stuff missing on my list! She works for a famous cosmetics company, so she already gathered from her office a lot of cosmetics products that the Beauty Salon ladies should love (and use for themselves and not on clients). However, she wanted to give more, to make the gift more complete. She went and bought nice bags, and filled them with various items that she thought the girls would love. As I work in a famous chocolate company, I wanted to contribute as well and provided Salma with lots of fresh chocolate to fill the bags! :) If I recall correctly, she had planned to put together around 15-20 goody bags, and unfortunately I was flying away for Christmas, so I could not provide my help till the end. I made sure to give some "advice" to Salma to get help from others, but knowing her excitement, passion and dedication, I knew that she will not think and do the whole thing on her own, and she will invest a good sum of her money in the whole process.

From there on, I just know the story as Salma told it to me. She said that she got to the mall with her car filled with bags. She ignored my advice to get a trolley, and struggled to carry all the bags at once from the parking lot to the Beauty Salon. With her hands all red and tired, she enters the Salon on Christmas morning... and she sees all the girls busy working on other women getting ready for their fancy lunches. The girls looked strangely at Salma, wondering why this girl walked in with many bags... and then Salma took one bag and yelled Merry Christmas!!! This is for you!!! So at first, they looked at her akwardly, confused.. Then Salma insisted, take this bag, its a gift! Then one of the ladies came close to take one bag, then another, and then suddenly, when they all realized that these were their actual gifts, Salma was swarmed by these girls smiling and laughing on Christmas day, wanting to find out what goodies they got in these nice bags!! I can just imagine the smile on Salma's face as well, seeing her efforts and time resulted in so many small little giggles and laughs on Christmas day!

This experience was such a success that Salma repeated it in 2009, and it got again the same happiness and smiles that its intended to. I guess this explains why Salma's name at that beauty salon is Ms. Santa :).

This is it, a simple, cute selfless act that makes a small difference. If more people do more small selfless acts, I believe they would add up to big acts that can make big differences around us! I learnt something from Salma's actions, and I hope more people do as well!


Tuesday, June 01, 2010

The Berlin School of Creative Leadership

Our conversation about the Berlin School.

Berlin School

The mission of the Berlin School of Creative Leadership at Steinbeis University Berlin is to become the world's leading institute for quality executive education and research into creative leadership.

By bringing together top creative executives and international leadership experts, the Berlin School will pave the way for new standards in communication and leadership, fostering global discourse on creative leadership in media, entertainment, advertising, design, journalism, and marketing.

At its heart is the Executive MBA in Creative Leadership, a part-time program comfortably spread over one year, taking place in Berlin and other creative industry hotspots like Chicago, New York, London, Shanghai and Tokyo.

The Berlin School plays an active role in supporting and publishing scientific research that raises global standards in all creative industry fields and provides valuable resources on creative leadership.

By staging high profile international events - industry symposiums, global executive conferences for creative directors and executive leadership seminars and workshops - the Berlin School fuels open dialog within the creative community, tackling key issues such as new leadership practices.

creative industries

The Berlin School was created by creative industry professionals for creative industry professionals. Our participants and creative faculty are active in the following fields:

  • Media: New media, media planning, games and interactive technologies
  • Entertainment: Film, music television production and broadcasting
  • Advertising: International and independent agencies, networks
  • Design: Fashion, product design, graphic design, architecture
  • Journalism: Newspaper, magazine and online publishing, broadcast
  • Marketing: Global marketing, communications, public relations

We welcome participants from other industries as well, and have industries such as education, transportation, telecommunication and travel represented by participants. Still, we think the creative industries are special, because more than any other they are dependent on the quality of the ideas and innovations that their people generate. Where being creative is a part of the business, the Berlin School helps to put creativity at the heart of the business.


How well equipped are we to deal with carbon footprint issues in business? are the people to consult with!


What do you know about

Well here is the behind the scenes interview!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Do you buy Fake?

An interesting conversation about fake vs. real products and where we draw the line!

Ice Warrior Challenge

Get 70 people together who want to win a prize and you can expect them to do almost anything!

Check out Ski Dubai on June 4th for this great event!

Funds are being raised for!

The Green Foundation

This is a great idea that is simple and timely!

Get rid of your electro junk and get a bit of cash!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Dubai Dance Festival

WOW this is great! for all the details

The following is the event program of the 3rd Annual Dubai Dance Festival 2010.

Wednesday, 2nd June 2010

Join the party before the party. We start our weekend with a pre-party on Wednesday night where guests dine and dance with the artists . Entrance is FREE for all full pass holders. For non Full pass holders - entry fee is AED 50/- for all. Party starts at 10pm.

Venue : El Malecon - Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa - Jumeirah Beach Road .

International Guest DJ Moe Flex ( UK ) & DJ Tony Lara - warm up by resident DJ Udia . Watch out for some surprise performances on the night!!!

Thursday , 3rd June 2010

15.00h: Start Registrations in the entrance hall of The First Group Theatre - Souk Madinat Jumeirah
18.30h: Start of the best dance school shows. Free seating for all.
20.30h: Start of The ‘Believe Me, I’m a Dancer’ Musical show. Free seating for all.
22.00h: Party in the spectacular PM Bar - Ibis Hotel World Trade Centre - Sheikh Zayed Road . Doors open to 2 areas with enough space for the most exciting SALSA party of the year . Enjoy Bachata, Zouk, Cha Cha Cha, Reggaeton, Hip Hop and much more !! International & Regional Guest DJs will keep YOU glued on the dance floor all night long....
Dress code : Costume Party - so dress up Folks!!
03.00h: End of the party @ PM Bar Ibis Hotel World Trade Centre.

Friday, 4th June 2010

09.30h: Doors open for the workshops. Registrations begins @ PM Bar Ibis Hotel World Trade Centre
10.00h: Choice of over 20 excellent Workshops in 2 different dance areas @ PM Bar Ibis Hotel World Trade Centre.
17.00h: End of the Workshops @ The PM Bar Ibis Hotel World Trade Centre Dubai .
18.30h: Beginning of the International, regional and best of the dance school talent shows on main stage @ The First Group Theatre – Madinat Jumeirah. Free seating for all.
20.30h: Start of The ‘Believe Me, I’m a Dancer’ Musical show. Free seating for all. Presentation of 2nd Dubai Dance Awards!!
22.30h: Party in the spectacular PM Bar - Ibis Hotel World Trade Centre - Sheikh Zayed Road . Doors open to 2 areas with enough space for the most exciting PURE Salsa party of the year . Enjoy Bachata, Zouk, Cha Cha Cha, Reggaeton, Hip Hop and much more!! International & Regional Guest DJs will keep YOU glued on the dance floor all night long....
Dresscode: "Dress to impress!"
03.00h: End of the party @ PM Bar - Ibis Hotel World Trade Centre.

Saturday, 5th June 2010

10am : Choice of over excellent Workshops in 2 different dance areas @ PM Bar Ibis Hotel World Trade Centre.
16.00h: Doors open to the pool party @ Hotel Novotel World Trade Centre Dubai. Access to this party will be for all FULL pass holders and the festival attendees only!!
18.00h: End of the Pool party.
22.00h: Door opens for the closing party at Zinc - Crown Plaza Hotel. Special shows exclusively for the Dubai Dance festival at this party.
00.00h: End of the Party

Chef Andy

Chef Andy joined me for a great chat on the food you might want to start cooking.

Chef Andy Campbell - Cooking With A Difference
Born in London, Andy developed an early passion for cooking, and after studying at Westminster College he opened his first restaurant at the age of 23. Over the years, he has developed a signature cuisine style which has attracted a following of gourmet enthusiasts around the world.

Andy has been the Head Chef at many well-known London fine dining restaurants including following Marco Pierre White as Head Chef of the Café Royal, Anthony Worrell Thompsons Ménage a Trois, and the famous French House in London’s Soho. Eventually he became the Chef du Patron of Andy’s at 23 Romilly Street – one of London’s most prestigious private members clubs. More recently, Andy has turned his sights to the Middle East, and is developing an organic menu and over-seeing one of Dubai’s most intimate fine dining restaurants – Andy’s located in The Jumeirah Gardens, an exclusive guest house which is one of the most unique and personal places to stay in the city. He is also scheduled to soon launch The Invershin Hotel, an intimate restaurant located in the Highlands, Scotland. Then spend the summer at Dalduff Farm, cooking with James McFadzean.

Andy’s cooking skills are much sought after, and he has created exclusive menus and private events for a number of well-known celebrities, politicians, and other famous personalities. Developing this idea further, Andy developed his own unique at home concept – “Cooking with Andy”. Guests may book Andy to be their own private chef for the day in the comfort of their own home; this which is proving to be an exciting new entertainment option.

After a cooking appearance in Lyon, France, in 2009, Andy wrote ‘A Summer in France” which highlights a number of receipes and kitchen tips soon available as an e book.

Andy is most well known for his Seven Signature - where each day features a carefully created dish using seasonal ingredients and organically grown local produce.

Andy prides himself on being a ‘hands on” chef, and he still personally sources his own suppliers and farms which provide the very best produce He can occasionally even be found sporting a fishing rod along the beaches of the UAE or the rivers if the Scottish Highlands – for the fresh catch of the day, of course. Andy is happiest when he is in the kitchen; he is a chef that puts his heart and soul into the food, and diners will notice the difference.

Media Appearances

  • TV: ‘Saturday Morning Kitchen’ in Great Britain
  • BBC 24 hour news, America, Claridges to Harlem
  • BBC Middle East, business news

Publishing: Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, Express, Mail, Evening Standard, Time Out , Metro, Hello magazine, O.K. magazine , Red
He is now Dubai Eye 103.8 fm resident chef
Check his weekly blog for recipes, cooking tips and what’s going on

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Magnus joins us for the latest gadget and tech talk.

Dr. Chris Reynolds

Dr. Reynolds takes us on the road to the education we need and now.

The question is can the GEM's and TAALEEM's of the UAE get on the train of change or... not.

How are you feeling about the global economy?

We had a nice chat about your perception of the global economy!


This has got to be one of the most amazing CSR ideas I have caught wind of lately!

The Problem

Many costal communities around the world are in need of school and medical supplies.

Our Mission

The mission of YachtAid Global is to move school and medical supplies to the locations that need the help utilizing luxury yachts. We engage Captain, Crew, Owners and Guest to meet our objectives.

Our History

My name is Mark Drewelow and I am the founder of YachtAid Global. Thank you for visiting our site.

I spent 20 years at sea and sailed 1/4 million miles on luxury yachts around the world during the 1984 - 2004 time frame. Most of this time was spent in remote and undeveloped areas of Mexico, Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia.

One of the common themes during those years at sea was that the local people always provided help to the best of their ability no matter what their economic situation. It didn't matter if I was looking for provisions ashore in Roti, seeking medical aid in Cabo, trying to located a ride to the airport in the Anambas, looking for fishing information in Niue. The local people were always there to help.

In 2003 I moved ashore here in San Diego and started up our port agency business C2C. We provide broad spectrum solutions to luxury yachts.

I had a great desire to stay connected with communities that I had visited during the years at sea. As C2C grew, I was looking for a way to exercise corporate responsibility tying into our yachting interest and benefiting the places that I had been.

One morning in May of 2006 I woke up with a solution to what I was seeking and the perfect name. YachtAid Global was born. Our tag line is - Changing the world without changing course.

The original idea, and the current key concept works. Move school and medical supplies around the world utilizing luxury yachts. This simple concept satisfied the two key missing elements: my need for corporate responsibility, and to help out the communities that I know.

Dozens of small and large scale deliveries were completed. Fast forward to today.

I now realize that the greater power in all of this is for YAG to be a catalyst to get people thinking and to take action. You don't have to be part of a formal process and structured environment, although we are here to help out to whatever level that needs to be done to. Just get out there and YAG. If you put your mind to it, there is really no limit to what you can achieve.

Best regards,

Captain Mark Drewelow

Founder and Executive Director, YAG

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sheena Reynolds British Institute for Learning Development

Sheena Reynolds is yelling that the current education process is failing to meet the needs of many students and our teachers are simply not aware becasue their own education has failed!

  • IN 2002 Dr Christopher Reynolds and Sheena Reynolds established a learning development programme in the UAE that was to become the British Institute for Learning Development.
  • The British Institute is unique for its philosophy of learning development as the basis for education and is the first and only schooling programme of its kind in the Middle East.
  • As a Talented Children Development Centre, the British Institute is able to develop children's 'talents' by increasing their cognitive development to increase their learning capacity and intelligence.
  • The British Institute asserts that learning is implicitly a neurological function and the capacity to learn is dependent upon neurological efficiency.
  • The British Institute's Sensational Learning Programme is based on the belief that children's learning capabilities and performance can improve where children receive personal coaching to first develop the foundation sensory systems of the mind and body.
  • The British Institute's two year study from 2006-08 of the neuro-physiological development of children showed that sensory integration therapy can increase learning capacity and intelligence.
  • The British Institute represents St Andrews College International in the UAE and offer both a school programme as well as an after-school programme for children from other schools.

St. Andrews International

  • The St Andrews College International is the school management company for the British Institute to manage the education programme.
  • The St Andrews International school is a registered international school with FES, and uses the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) from the UK.
  • The IPC has been developed by Fieldwork Education Services (FES), the education management company for the Royal Dutch Shell schools across the world. There are some 500 schools using this curriculum including 200 schools in England, and, the Emirates International School in Dubai.
  • The IPC is based on an understanding of how the brain learns, and allows us to motivate and move the children toward achieving academic skills and their personal goals. It also allows us to develop their ‘talents’ so the children can increase their ability for intellectual reasoning.
  • The great thing about the IPC is that the children think that learning is fun.