Monday, January 31, 2011

Hellwafashion Radio

We had a grand old talk about the fashion blog wars, Kate Hudson and the latest neon trend in fashion.

Billie talks Discovery Toys

Billie Elias joins me for a conversation about how she went from a successful engineering career to the toy lady! And discovery toys are simply very cool.

Bruno Giussani talks TED

Bruno joined me for a talk about TED, a beginners guide.

Who is Bruno Giussani?

He's the European director of TED and the curator of the annual conference TEDGlobal and of TED University, and a member of the TED senior team.

Previously, he was the Head of Online strategy at the World Economic Forum (the "Davos Forum") and a writer for many publications, including the New York Times and the European editions of Wired magazine.

Bruno is a guy with a lot of ideas!

Dubai Drama Group

Brooke and Ryan join me in studio to talk about the Dubai Drama Group and their upcoming production.

Relate Your Story

Darin Johnson joins us on the phone to talk about a novel and timely way to make your family history available to the family.

Your documentary.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Out & About with me360Dubai

The folks from join Nightline on a weekly basis to keep us in the know about what is going on in the city. For a list of the events talked about this week go to

Marcus Smith and and Marcus Smith join us to make the take up of fitness in your life as easy as possible.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

Discover the UAE through its people

Nasif Kayed and Souad AlSerkal join me for a conversation about sharing ideas about the UAE and the SMCCU's work.

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Another side of Detistry!

Dr. Matthieu Gabriele is a specialist in the field of dentistry who does some interesting work with sports and would snoring!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Manga With Qais Sedki

Qais Sedki won the Sheikh Zayed Book Award for childrens literature for his Magna book, the Gold Ring. What a story Qais has to tell.

The Big Start!

Al Tamimi Investments has created a great opportunity for young entrepreneurs to get their big start.

Jamish Damani is int he top 25 this year and Yahya Stapic was the winner last year. These guys are on fire!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Fooding About with Chef Andy

Well, this week we are fooding about with ONIONS, yes, and there is no tears! Onion soup to give you a huge smile! Listen and go to the blog above!

Listen in the kitchen!

Out and About in Dubai with

Sherif and Mita joined me in studio to talk about what you need to be going to in Dubai over the next week or so.

Need the list? Easy

And listen to the podcast in the car!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ashish Panjabi on the art of customer service.

It is all about conversations said Ashish Panjabi as we talked about doing business in the new economic era of the UAE. Ashish blogs for Jacky's and generally sets a tone that has to make you ask why other retailers aren't doing the same? also on facebook and twitter

Surfing with Carl and Mo

Carl and Mo of Surf Shop Dubai join me to talk about keeping in shape and family fun on the beach... and who would have thought you can have surf birthday parties? and check them out on Facebook.

Monday, January 17, 2011

A Friend of Nightline needs your Help.

This is very unusual for me, to post a letter from a friend in my BLOG, but I know so many of you are looking for ways to engage with global communities for change.

Read this and please do what you can!


My wife Masarat and I are heading next week to Dhaka, Bangladesh and then Fatehpur, Rajasthan to organise two 8-Day Academies in Dhaka and a TEDx conference in a rural town in Rajasthan. Here is what we will be doing during our trip as described by Masarat.

8-Day Academy [] is my initiative to help rural communities gain necessary and education and skills (in just eight days) that empowers them. So far, these sessions have been conducted in Rajasthan--the most illiterate state in India. Six sessions of 8DA have been completed which has changed the lives of hundreds of people in small villages here. The next two sessions will be in Dhaka, Bangladesh in a slum community where as you can imagine, the condition is very backward. I will be training children and women who will then continue the cycle of 8DA and teach this to more than 600 people.

The next project that I do is TEDx Shekhavati. If you know about TED conferences (, you'll know how inspiring and life-changing the talks at this conference are. I have been a speaker at TEDxDubai 2009 and then went on to organise the first TEDx in rural India called TEDxShekhavati. Shekhavati is the cluster of villages and small towns that I work in. I felt that instead of working with 40-50 people at a time, I need to target the larger community so it was important to bring the values of TED to the village. You can read about the conference and the difficulties I had to face in organising it, here:

More than 1,200 people attended the event and many of them were inspired to create community projects that not only helped themselves but also set a positive example for their communities.

On February 5, 2011 I am organising a second edition of this conference. This time, there will be two conferences (2-3 hours each) on one day. One will be for grown-ups and the other will be for children. The issues that both these categories deal with are quite different.

I am fundraising to organise this conference because it's very hard for me to get corporate sponsors for an event like this. Nobody wants to advertise in a village and usually if they do, they prefer to tamper with my speaker list, often adding people from their own company who don't necessarily have a story to tell. This TEDx has become a source for people to learn about new things and show them how they can be better people. You can contribute for the two events on our 8-Day Academy webiste:

If you have friends or family who are willing to contribute money to help me organising TEDx and my 8-Day Academy, that would be great. In totality, for both events, I'm looking to squeeze it in AED20000. Of course, you don't have to cover the whole amount! One of the biggest cost is the venue setup for the TEDx--because there are no auditoriums or halls in the village, we construct a tent from scratch and use special projectors so that a large 1000+ audience can view it properly.

Additional videos and links for you:

Impact of TEDxShekhavati:

My TEDxShekhavati talk:

Info video about 8-Day Academy:

Intro video of 8-Day Academy (text, photos and background music):

Article in The Guardian:

Another interview:

Any help would be appreciated. Please let me know if you need additional info.


Masarat Daud

Official e-mail:

Curator of TEDxShekhavati (Rajasthan)

Tauqeer A Jamadar

"You play to fight the idea of losing!"
- Cantona

CPI's Magnus on Tech

Magnus,, joins us for a conversation about Apple and of course 2 handy new toys on the market.

ME Film and Comic Con

The folks at are bringing Comic Con to the UAE. Arafaat Ali Khan, Mo Abedine and Ben Caddy (not Candy) join me to talk about the excitement to come.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Goldman Sachs 10000 Women Initiative

Tamara Myatt Director Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative in Afghanistan joins me for a conversation about the project in action.

Red and Gold Photography was set up by Nick Griffin and Paul MacLoud. The idea is to link a love of photography and philanthropy. These guys are making a change in the lives of communities in their own way one person at a time.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Jan 13th what to do this weekend.

Thanks to Claire at we have a few things to keep you busy in the UAE.

Smoking kids in the UAE.

Are more kids really smoking in the UAE? The callers had their say. on Health and Fitness

Marcus Smith of joins me to work through the New Year motivational!

You do not need a personal trainer! You need to want to get fit.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Manda's Magic The Conversation.

Amanda Ebersohn, joined me in studio to talk about finding the career you really want. Magic and puppets via ferry singer and Disney employee are pretty cool. Then there is how Amanda learned magic! Oh and she met Meatloaf... there is a lot to learn from Amanda.

Magnus on CES

Magnus joined us fresh from CES and had many a story to tell about tech both good and odd. to get the show notes.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Dubai Living.

Lewis Bullock, Ashraf Ghori and Arshad Khan joined me to share their Dubai living stories.

Dubai Living.

Lewis Bullock, Ashraf Ghori and Arshad Khan joined me to share their Dubai living stories.

Cyber Ripoff

Cyber bank fraud!

Have you been a victim?

Did the bank help? There is no legal reason for the bank to help you if you gave out your contact details!

So what can you do and what have others done?

Listen to our show.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Paul Kelly of joined me for a conversation about the local film, photo and music industry. Lots of stuff happening and all here. The website is a wonderful resource for all artists in the media fields.

Third Degree the Band.

Third Degree joined me in studio to talk and play a bit of music. Third Degree is Charlie Everett, Mark Atkinson and Metin Sayer. The band plays acoustic folk, rock and blues.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

The Brain and Learning

Pouneh Roney has set up in Dubai and she joined me for a conversation about an new way to look at education. The problem is we are looking at a one size fits all approach and there is more to our brain and learning than we have ever devoted enough time to. to learn about the open day Jam 15 10-4

Chef Andy! and I talked about getting it right in the kitchen. It all comes down to planning and practice.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Natural Health, is it an option?

Dr. Parviz Rashvand talks about natural medicine. Some of the ideas, no vaccines seem a bit extreme! You be the judge.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Tim Hassall and His Music

Tim Hassall joins me in studio to talk about his new, first CD, and making music. Tim went to high school in the UAE and some would say found his love of music here. A great musical show.

Keren Bobker on Finance

Keren walks us through your 2011 finance resolutions.