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DUBAI WORKS Business Podcast

DUBAI WORKS Business Podcast

By DUBAI WORKS Business Podcast
The DUBAI WORKS show is where SMASHI interviews the business leaders who make a difference in this great city. From founders to CEO’s, we talk in depth about their industry, their business models and get to know what has made them successful.

The shows host is Richard Fitzgerald, founder of Augustus Media, publishers of Lovin Dubai, Lovin Saudi and SMASHI TV.
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EP 82 Sanjay Dabur, Vice-President and Head of Energy Business at Sharaf DG Energy
This week I'm joined by Sanjay Dabur, Vice-President and Head of Energy Business at Sharaf DG Energy, with over 20 years industry experience, he is spearheading Renewable Energy business development with a focus on Solar Energy in the Middle East region for the Sharaf Group. Sharaf DG is well known in the consumer electronics and retail space, but today or focus is on energy, their initiatives for residents, businesses and practices that are In line with the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, today we will talk about The current energy and environment sectorUN’s 2030 sustainable development goalsThe residential solar segment and its benefitsEnergy industry M&A - Sharaf DG Strategy.
September 24, 2020
EP 81 Omar Jackson, Founder OJ Lifestyle
Omar Jackson’s story is nothing short of inspiring. His passion for entrepreneurship was realised at the early age of 13until now as a partner in a private equity firm. He recently launched his lifestyle brand - OJ Lifestyle - focuses on key elements including Experiences, Fashion and Social Sustainability. The brand includes a membership app, a gym, a fashion line and more. In this episode of Dubai Works, we will talk about his story, the brand, the app and his passions for racing
September 17, 2020
EP 80 Gaj Ravichandra, Co-Founder of Kompass Consultancy
In this episode of Dubai Works, we interviewed Gaj Ravichandra is an International Career Path Strategist & Executive Coach, Organizational Psychologist, and the Co-founder of Kompass Consultancy. For 20 years, Gaj has worked with leading organizations, individuals, sporting companies and business schools to enhance productivity and accelerate growth. As a Registered psychologist, Gaj leans on his psychology training to deliver the most effective evidence-based solutions to his clients. His company, Kompass Consultancy, specializes in enabling performance excellence – offering Executive Coaching; Mental Toughness Performance Coaching; Career Transition & Coaching; Strategic Career Road-mapping; Mindset Coaching and much more! They are headquartered in Dubai, but also have a presence in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Australasia.
September 10, 2020
EP 79 Katie Harvey, Co-Founder of Q Communications
In this episode of Dubai Works, we will interview the C-Founder of Q Communications, Katie Harvery.  Q Communications is an international communications agency, with bases in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, London and Manchester and specialises in fully integrated PR, Social Media & Influencer Marketing. Now celebration it's 10 year in business, with clients such as Aldar Properties, Rebok, Hyatt to name a few, Q Comms co founder Katie Harvey joins us to talk about the story so far, we will discuss female leadership, and expanding the business during a global pandemic
September 3, 2020
EP 78 Paul Malee & Rami Shamaa Co-Founders & Managing Directors of Maison Privee
Paul Malee & Rami Shamaa Co-Founders & Managing Directors of Maison Privee a virtual hotel brand offering high standards of accommodation and service focused on corporate visitors and discerning tourists.   It was set up in 2017, due to the growth in demand for short-term vacation rentals in Dubai, coupled with the emergence of globally recognized distribution platforms such as Airbnb,   In April 2018, they closed a Series A funding round at USD $4,000,000 and are now rapidly expanding throughout Dubai. In this Dubai Works episode, we will discuss the journey of how the business was created, establishing a new offering in the real estate market, and talk about tourism & rental trends post global pandemic.
August 27, 2020
EP 77 Sebastian Bond, CEO & Founder of Kitab Sawti
In this week's interview of Dubai Works, we interview the CEO and Founder of Kitab Sawti, Sebastian Bond. Kitab Sawti is an Arabic audio content production and distribution platform that brings to your ears exclusive access to the biggest library of Arabic audiobooks in the world.
August 20, 2020
EP 76 Charles Wright, Co-Founder, Hopi
This week's guest is Charlie Wright, the Co- Founder of Hopi. Charlie in a Dubai based entrepreneur, who previously had a venture in the gaming industry and his latest business, Hopi is a new, premium daily contact lens brand that sells directly to consumers via Hopi exists to disrupt the antiquated contact lens retail model by bringing high-quality daily lenses directly to its customers at honest prices. Working with the world’s leading lens manufacturer Pegavision, Hopi lenses launched in the UAE, and is set to expand across the Gulf in July 2020 and then into South East Asia.    In this episode, we have talked about: 1. How Hopi Came About (Company and Product overview)  2. Direct-to-Consumer Business - What You Need To Think About  3. Raising Funds & Planning For Growth
August 6, 2020
EP 75 Tom Woolf, Founder & CEO of EdAid
In this episode of Dubai Works, we have interviewed Tom Woolf, CEO of EdAid.  Thomas is an entrepreneur and former professional athlete. His pioneering approach to frontier markets and technology has seen him build successful businesses in the UK, Middle East & Africa. In 2016 Thomas launched a crowd funding platform for students to finance their higher education, interest free. EdAid's mandate is to reduce the cost of higher education, increase access to university, and improve the employability of graduates leaving the system.
July 29, 2020
EP 74 Georgie Woollams, Managing Director and Founder of Katch International
In this episode of Dubai Works, we've interviewed Georgie Woolams is the founder of Katch International, a communications agency set up initially in London in 2010, before establishing itself as one of the leading PR agencies in Dubai, with clients such as, Tag Heuer, Emaar, Canon, W Hotels, Careem, Mahiki to name a few -  expansion followed to Saudi Arabia and now London, again. We have also discussed: Why Communication is Still Vital for Businesses  The Highs & Lows of Being in a Relationship with Your Business  Don’t Go Quiet, Plan Ahead & Carry on Communicating – For F&B  It’s Time to Rethink Your Branding & Embrace Experience-Driven Packaging  Katch's success here over the years, the work in KSA and expansion to London
July 23, 2020
EP 73 - Salma Sakhnini, CEO of ICON Group
Salma Sakhnini is CEO of ICON Group, she has over 25 years of industry experience including as Regional Vice President with Citibank for 12 years and as Chief Operating Officer with Rasmala Investments.  ICON is a leading advisor on business working on corporate solutions such as advisory and M&A to Management Consulting, to Organizational Assessments, Executive Development, and Executive Coaching. On this episode, we talk about ICON Group overview, the current state of M&A in the region, and focus on career development advice
July 17, 2020
EP 72 - Marcus Smith, Founder of InnerFight
In this episode of Dubai Works, we've discussed the story of InnerFight and how did Marcus Smith start this business, key reasons for success, the fitness industry and current trends, and we touched-base on the importance of mental health. 
July 9, 2020
EP 71 - Dennie Wallace, the Founder of Wallace And Co
In this episode of Dubai Works, my guest is Dennie Wallace, the Founder of Wallace And Co.  Wallace & Co. are a British design led home fragrance company in the UAE, providing best in class wellness aroma for individuals and households. Today we will be discussing their journey so far, the wellness & fragrance industry in the UAE, and product development, supply chain logistics in the Middle East.
July 2, 2020
EP 70 - Richard Sikkel, CEO Massar Solutions & Commercial Director, Peter Retief
Massar Solutions CEO Richard Sikkel is an ex-Tesla U.S Silicon Valley who used to work with Elon Musk and various other prominent roles across the globe.  In this episode, we have discussed the future of mobility and transportation sector in UAE & region and the impact of COVID 19 on Business of rental and mobility solutions in UAE.
June 29, 2020
EP 69 - Massimo Cannizzo, CEO and Co-founder of GELLIFY Middle East
In this episode of Dubai Works, our guest is Massimo Cannizzo, the CEO and Co-Founder of Gellify Middle East.  Massimo specializes in the space of innovative technologies across multiple industries and countries. Most recently in a disguised career including a 5 year tenure in the aerospace systems in the US, he held the role of Global Data Strategy Lead at Accenture Strategy, and  has been in Dubai, UAE since 2012.  In this episode, we have discussed Consultancy in the start up space, Why mindset is important in digital transformation, and opportunities in the Middle East.
June 25, 2020
EP 68 - Maha Abouelenein, Chief Value Officer For Gary Vaynerchuk
Maha Abouelenein is the Chief Value Officer for Gary Vaynerchuk and EVP of Business Development for VaynerX. In this episode of Dubai Works we discussed, COVID19 and communication strategies, Digital communication trends and much more.
June 24, 2020
EP 67 James Michael Lafferty, the CEO of Fine Hygienic Holding
James Michael Lafferty, the CEO of Fine Hygienic Holding   Science & COVID-19 Masks   The Jordanian & Emirati Government Response    How Fine is planning an IPO    Being an Olympic Athletics Coach & More on Business, Ethics & Legacy
June 20, 2020
EP 66 - Alex Hawari CEO of Mediaquest
This episode's guest is Alex Hawari CEO Mediaquest, who are one of the leading publishing house and events groups in the region, with lots of brands you will know like Marie Claire Arabia, AME Info and Communicate Middle East, they also operate prestigious industry events like the MENA Effies and Arab Luxury World, we have discussed the current state in the publishing industry with the impact of COVID19, and the story of Mediaquests success and the digitisation of the industry.
June 11, 2020
EP 65 - Charlie Weaving, Managing Partner LIVIT Hospitality Management
Charlie Weaving Of Livit Hospitality On How To Deal With COVID-19 In The Hospitality Sector.
June 5, 2020
EP 64 - Felice Hurst, MD at Hanson Search, Member of Global Women PR in Middle East
Felice Hurst is the MD at Hanson Search in the Middle East, a 17 year old establish recruitment agency from the UK. She is also a founding partner of the Dubai sector for Global Women in PR. Their goal is to highlight the gender imbalance and pay gap that exists in the PR industry worldwide, alongside finding ways of increasing the representation of women in the boardroom and ensuring equal pay.   On this episode we talk about the job climate, the impact of COVID-19 on career prospects, how people are adapting to virtual interviews, the challenges women face in their careers, and how Hanson Search are launching a freelance platform-called 'The Work Crowd' to meet the demand of the flexible working trend.
May 28, 2020
EP 63 - Lewis Allsopp CEO of Allsopp & Allsopp
Lewis Allsopp, the CEO of Allsopp & Allsopp, talks about the Dubai real estate market, his experience finding homes for over 50,000 people in the last 12 years, how to add technology to your business and why they have over 50 new employees from the waiting to join their team in Dubai.
May 21, 2020
EP 62 - Ritesh Tilani Founding Partner of Enhance and Co-CEO of Joi Gifts
 Ritesh Tilani Founding Partner of Enhance and Co-CEO of Joi Gifts talks about - How their startup studio is equipped for remote working in 5 countries - The opportunity for gifting in the Middle East and the idea behind Joi: 900,000 birthdays every day across the region, 18,000 new babies being born, 200,000 anniversaries being celebrated
May 16, 2020
EP 61 - John Lickrish, CEO of Flash Entertainment
In this week's episode of Dubai Works we talk to the CEO of Flash Entertainment, John Lickrish, about the events industry, how did it get affected by COVID19, and how the events will look like in the future. 
May 7, 2020
EP 60 - Fahim Al Qasimi, Co-Founder Sea Food Souq
This week we talk to Emirati entrepreneur and investor, Fahim Al Qasimi, about the following  Adding Transparency To The Seafood Industry  Adapting To COVID-19 Corporate Governance Transparency & Business Ethics
April 30, 2020
E59 Will Hutson - CEO & Founder, Team LMTD
Team LMTD is a leading digital agency in Dubai, established in 2012 by Will Hutson, they have counted Etihad, Adnoc, Careem and Abu Dhabi Ports among their portfolio of clients. Will talks to us about   Adapting during COVID-19 The current state of affairs in the advertising industry The challenges of being a small business in the region
April 17, 2020
EP 58 Ben Pullen, Co-Founder & CEO of Generation E
Generation E is a leading smarter mobility start up in Dubai, and have run the first Electric Vehicle Road Trips in the UAE
April 13, 2020
EP 57 Gary Blowers, Co-Founder & CEO - Switch & Co
Switch & Co is a startup looking to disrupt the fitness & wellness industry,  founded in Dubai in 2018, it has since launched to Hong Kong and is looking to expand in the US in future.
April 9, 2020
DUBAI WORKS EP 56: Tom Otton, CEO and Founder of Create Media
Lovin Dubai covered a story about a local advertising agency being recognized in the Adweek Top 100 Fastest-Growing Agencies in the World, that agency is Create Media and it’s MD and Founder, Tom Otton joins the podcast to tell the story of their incredible growth
February 26, 2020
DUBAI WORKS EP 55: Spencer Lodge, Founder of The Blue Sky Thinking Group
Speaker, trainer, motivator and co-founder of The Blue Sky Thinking Group sat down with DUBAI WORKS' Richard Fitzgerald to discuss reciprocity and its importance. 
February 25, 2020
DUBAI WORKS EP 54: Gary Vaynerchuck, CEO of VaynerMedia
Gary Vaynerchuck is an idol to many. He is a Belarusian American entrepreneur, New York Times best selling author, speaker and internet personality. His media holding company Vayner X is one of the most innovative media companies of our time, and his public appearances attract huge audiences the world over. During a visit to Dubai, he takes time out to tell us where we are heading next.
February 13, 2020
DUBAI WORKS EP 53: Rana Awad, Head of Community Engagement at Dubai Cares
On February 14th, a symbolic 3km walk will take place in Dubai to represent the dangerous distances children walk daily to get to school in developing countries. Rana Awad - Head of Community Engagement at Dubai Cares, an organisation which sets the standards of fundraising and charitable activities in the UAE, and works locally and globally to create volunteer initiatives, discusses the importance of this walk and similar drives by Dubai Cares. 
February 6, 2020
DUBAI WORKS EP 52: Ali El Amine, Founder of FitRepublik and StudioRepublik
Fit Republik sports facility is well known to people of Dubai, as it has grown to 6,500 members in the past few years; the second capture of this fitness business story, Studio Republik has just opened in a stunning venue on SZR, the Managing Director, Ali El-Amine, joins us to share the wide range of platforms and facilities on offer and his thoughts on living a fruitful, healthy life.
January 29, 2020
DUBAI WORKS EP 51: Stefano Iorini, Managing Director of MonViso
Since launching in 2013, MonViso, a food supply company,  has managed to make the category relevant to consumers with a strong water brand, while also setting the standard of sustainability. Their MD, Stefano Iorini joins Dubai Works to talk about the ‘Take Water Give Life’ initiative and the journey so far.
December 24, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 50: Mihin Shah, the Chief Supply Chain Officer of the Landmark Group’s Retail Division
Max, Splash, Centrepoint... You'll recognise Landmark brands, but you may not recognise the home-grown brand as host of one of the Middle East's largest supply chains,  and in a moment when the supply network is the backbone of all e-commerce and commerce, Landmark has made an AED1billion investment in fully-automated distribution. LISTEN: For what that means for the future of supply and logistics, and why Dubai is the perfect home for this incredible business success story.
December 23, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 49: Nick Watson, Team Angel Wolf
Team Angel Wolf is a Dubai family story that has inspired thousands over the past few years, Nick Watson joins us to explain how it all started and share some of the special stories that have happened so far.
December 18, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 48: Grant Cardone, CEO of Cardone Capital
Grant Cardone is an author, business leader and entrepreneur, he runs a multi-million real estate empire through Cardone Capital. His famed The 10x Rule approach inspires many. During a visit from the US, he joined us talks about Dubai as the ultimate 10x City, his views on how to scaling your business and achieve your goals
November 27, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 47: Mohammed Al Muallem, CEO & Managing Director of DP World, UAE Region
This week the DP World Tour Championship comes back to Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, but what do we know about DP World as a business? Mohammed Al Muallem, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of DP World, UAE Region and CEO of Jafza, talks about the history of the company, how it is intrinsically linked to Dubai’s vision as a business capital, and what the future holds
November 21, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP: 46 Rawan Kashkoush - Creative Director of DDW
Dubai Design Week, currently taking place in Dubai Design District, is in its’ fifth year and it quickly became the leading design event in the region. Rawan Kashkoush is the Creative Director of DDW. She took some time out to tell us more about the event.
November 15, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 45: Paul Evans, CEO of Solutions Leisure
People of Dubai who enjoy the best bars and restaurants in the city, will be very familiar with the values of Solutions Leisure, such as Lock, Stock & Barrel, Asia Asia and Q43, These are just some of the concept that Paul Evans, the CEO of Solutions Leisure have brought to Dubai in the past 6 years. He joins to tell the business story behind the brands.
November 6, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 44: Noora Al Habthoor, Associate Manager of Dubai Future Foundation
The Dubai Future Foundation Dubai Future Agenda  this October they have partnered with FIRST Robotics Competition, a US based robotics education platform to bring FIRST Global event to Dubai. Noora Al Hathboor, the Associate Manager- Corporate Communication, Dubai Future Foundation tells us all about the competition and what the public can't expect at the event.
October 24, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 43: Laurent Rigaud, President of the French Community Club
One of the things that anyone who has relocated to Dubai will be aware of are the community’s here and established networks for their home countries. France is unique in the sense in that in addition to a business network and French Embassy, it also has the French Community Club, it’s president Laurent Rigaud joins us to explain what is involved and to tell us about the current event they are running called Alp Fest.
October 21, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 42: Maitha Buhumaid, Director of Dubai Press Club
It’s safe to say that influencers are now part of mainstream media. Recognizing this trend, the Dubai Press Club have collaborated with a leading University to establish the first Influencer Diploma in The Region. Maitha Buhamid, Director of the Dubai Press Club, Maitha Buhamid, joins us to discuss the role of influencers in modern media, and what other initiatives the long established Dubai Press Club are involved with. This episode was recorded remotely, so apologies for the phone conversation sound, but please do bear with it.
October 16, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 41: Jamal Al Sharif, Chairman of the Dubai Film & TV Commission
In this week's episode of DUBAI WORKS business podcast. the chairman of the Dubai Film & TV Commission discussed how international movies filmed in the Emirate actually adds to the economy's GDP. He reveals the amount spent for a Hollywood movie, filmed in Dubai and why this is a good move for the Emirate. 
October 9, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 40: Majed Al Suwaidi, Managing Director of Dubai Media City, Studio City and Dubai Production City
Majed Al Suwaidi is Managing Director of Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City, and Dubai Production City. He oversees the whole media ecosystem under TECOM Group. They have recently launched ON:DXB coming up in November 21-23, we caught up with him to talk about the event and opportunities that are available for content creators around the region.
October 2, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 39: Louis Lebbos, Co-Founder of AstroLabs
Louis is Founding Partner of AstroLabs, an organization on a mission to create a thriving tech ecosystem in MENA. AstroLabs launched MENA’s only Google partnered tech hub, hosting tech entrepreneurs from across the world in Dubai and delivers classes focused on teaching digital skills through AstroLabs Academy.
September 26, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 38: Sanjive Khosla, CCO of EXPO 2020
EXPO 2020 is now just one year away, the size of the project is something that has never been undertaken in the UAE before. While the site is rapidly being constructed, there is also so much happening around marketing, sponsorship, ticketing and the retail offering- that is the remit of Sanjive Khosla, the Chief Commercial Officer, he joins us to shed more light on how preparation is going.
September 19, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 37: Dr. Sara Al Madani, Entrepreneur
Her Excellency, Sara Al Madani, is one of the most prominent business figures in the UAE. Her ventures vary from fashion to tech to restaurant businesses, and her accolades include Entrepreneur of the Year, and GCC Inspiring Women Leaders award, in addition to being a member of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry. On this episode, we hear what inspires her, how she started, and what her real passion is.
September 11, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 36: Ravi Bhusari, CEO of Duplays and Nook
On this episode we meet one of the original tech start up entrepreneurs in Dubai, Ravi Bhusari co-founded Duplays, a community networking platform in 2007, and has since gone on to set up a co working space called Nook.
September 8, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 35: Jasper Hope, CEO of Dubai Opera
When Dubai Opera pulled back the curtains in 2016 people didn’t know what to expect from the first of it’s kind in the region, 3 years and over 600 shows later, it’s safe to say that The Dubai Opera has left a cultural imprint on Dubai residents and visitors alike, CEO Jasper Hope talks about the journey so far, and with shows like The Phantom of The Opera coming up, what we can expect in the future.
August 28, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 34: Raza Beig, CEO of Splash Fashions
Landmark Group is one of Dubai's success stories, a company that has grown up with the city, expanded internationally and has many household retail brands. One of the most acclaimed is Splash Fashions and CEO Raza Beig who joined the company 26 years ago shares his views on how retail has evolved over the years and how Splash Fashions have partnered with Dubai Expo 2020 to produce a sustainability clothing line. Listen to the full podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes and Anghami.
August 22, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 33: Luka Jurkovic, General Manager of REVIVE Cryotherapy
Many people will know of Cryotherapy, as a specific form of muscle therapy, but now an innovative Dubai based company are adapting this treatment for horses. Revive are a company pioneering cryotherapy and they have come up with a new product that has been launched at Zabeel Stables. Luka Jurkovic is the General Manager of Revive, he tells us how the idea to work with horses came about and how the business is developing. Listen to the full podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes and Anghami.
August 14, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 32: Rashid Al Ghurair, CEO of CAFU
Oil is synonymous with the Gulf Region, yet it’s not often we see new technologies and startups in the energy sector. A new company called CAFU is changing that up by providing fuel on demand via an app directly to customers vehicles. Rashid Al Ghurair is the CEO of CAFU, part of MENA Energy, and Board Member of Al Ghurair Investments, he joins us to talk about how CAFU came about and what it’s trying to achieve.
August 7, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 31: Karim El Jisr, Executive Director Of SEE Institute
The Dubai Sustainable City is so much more than a housing, Karim el Jisr, executive director of SEE Institute in The Sustainable City, explains all the work that they do, and how we are at a tipping point.
August 1, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 30: Vilhem Hedberg, Co-Founder & CEO of Ekar
The future of transport in a city like Dubai is something that gets many people excited, from trams, metros, to flying taxis, Dubai has always been one step ahead. This week we chat to Vilhelm Hedberg , a Norwegian entrepreneur who launched car sharing company Ekar in Dubai in 2016. Now available on SoundCloud, iTunes, and Anghami.
July 25, 2019
Dubai Works EP 29: Simon Kennedy, Co-Founder & CEO of Kennedy Towers
A dip in the property market has benefitted the short term property market, and prop-tech is experiencing a boom. Dubai Works sat with Simon Kennedy, Co-Founder & CEO of Kennedy Towers and learned why now is the time entrepreneurs can grow in the industry, what are the emerging trends in the property market, why competitors from London and the US are drawn to Dubai and the secret sauce for business success.
July 17, 2019
Dubai Works EP 28: Nehal Badri, Director at Brand Dubai
Dubai Works EP 28: Nehal Badri, Director at Brand Dubai by DUBAI WORKS Business Podcast
July 12, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 27: Suhaila Ghobash, Festival Strategy & Execution Director, Dubai Events
Suhaila Saqer Gobaash is Festival Strategy planning & Execution Director at Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment and joins the podcast to talk about the strategy behind the festivals that are unique to Dubai. With 'shopping, winning and entertainment' at the core of each one, this is a detailed insight into what has become a significant pillar of Dubai's successful marketing and events strategy. Listen to the full DUBAI WORKS podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes and Anghami.
July 9, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 26: Highlights From The Most Inspiring People Featured On Lovin's Business Podcast
This week's episode of DUBAI WORKS is a montage highlighting all the best talks in the podcast. Inspiring entrepreneurs, leaders, and motivators share insights on how they got to where they are now, challenges faced and Dubai helping cultivate their platforms to its success. Listen to the full DUBAI WORKS podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes and Anghami.
July 3, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 25: Ian Ohan, Founder and CEO of Krush Brands
Ian Ohan is the founder and CEO of KRUSH Brands, a hospitality group originated in Dubai, best known for it’s popular Freedom Pizza chain. Ian joins the podcast to talk about how Freedom has grown over the years, and some of his new concepts such as Wildflower & Poke, future plans for example and the impact of technology in the food industry. Listen to the full DUBAI WORKS podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes and Anghami.
June 19, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 24: Shahriah Khodjasteh, CEO of Dubai Desert Extreme
Shahriar Khodjasteh arrived in Dubai from Australia with his family in 1996, in 2001 he started his own retail business, his story captures and optimizes the past 20 years of commerce in Dubai, from the early days of new malls and theme parks, to consumer trends like skateboarding and cycling, to overcoming a Global Financial Crisis amongst others, Shahriar tells us his fascinating story.
June 12, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 23: Kris Fade, CEO of Fade Fit Kids
Kris Fade is a household name in the UAE, host of The Kris Fade show on Virgin Radio for the past 10 years, the most popular radio show in the UAE. He is omnipresent on all the major events in Dubai, from hosting the Papel Visit to being MC for Dubai Fitness Challenge and The GOV Games. Last year, he launched Fade Fit Kids health food snacks, he tells us the inspiration behind the idea, what his motivations are and how he juggles entrepreneurship with a hectic media schedule and family life. Listen to the full DUBAI WORKS podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud and Anghami.
June 5, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 22: Nilesh Ved, Founder & Chairman of Apparel Group
Many great organisations have contributed enormously to the retail growth in Dubai over the past two decades; Apparel Group is one of them. Apparel Group is a global fashion and lifestyle retail conglomerate, based out of Dubai, with almost 2,000 stores, in 14 countries representing over 75 brands including Tim Hortons, Tommy Hilfiger and ALDO. In this episode, Apparel Group's chairman Nilesh Ved tells us how the group is run, why retailers need to innovate, and how Dubai has enabled the company to grow. Listen to the full DUBAI WORKS podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes and Anghami.
May 28, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 21: Mohammed Saeed Harib, Animator And Director Of FREEJ
Chances are you've seen some of Mohammed Harib's work before; this creative Emirati talent was the man behind the characters of FREEJ- which has now been a success in Japan. He's now taken on a directorial role for the upcoming comedy film Rashid & Rajab, shot entirely in Dubai. In this week's Dubai Works podcast, he discusses his story and how the film industry has taken shape in Dubai. Watch now or listen to the full podcast episode on iTunes, SoundCloud and Anghami.
May 22, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 20: Fahad Al Gergawi, CEO Of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
In January this year HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoom released his 8 principles of governance, included at no. 3 was that Dubai is a business capital. Attracting and sustaining Foreign Direct Investment into the City is key to that. The Person in charge of managing the investment, is Fahad Al Gergawi, CEO for Dubai FDI, in this episode he tell us how Dubai ranked 1st globally in the TOP FDI Performers Report in 2018. Listen to the full podcast on SoundCloud, Anghami and iTunes.
May 15, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 19: Yasmine Abdulla, Executive Manager of The Omniyati Prosthetic Arts Centre
There is a Prosthetic Arts Centre in Dubai, the only one of it’s kind in the region, and it has a claim to fame of being involved in an Oscar win. This week Yasmine Abdullah, the executive manager from The Omniyati Prosthetic Arts Centre, Omniyati meaning my desire in Arabic, joins us to shed more light on what cosmetic prosthetics actually is. Listen to the DUBAI WORKS podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud and Anghami.
May 8, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 18: Assia Riccio, Founder of Evolvin' Women
Every so often we come across a service in Dubai that we didn’t know excited, that reminds us of the wonderful people and initiatives that have started here. Assia Riccio had a background in training and personal development in the corporate world, two years ago she set up an organisation in Dubai, Elvolvin Women, it sets out to improve the employability of unemployed women from developing countries, though vocational training and international work experience.. Listen to the full podcast on SoundCloud, Anghami and iTunes.
May 1, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 17: Khadija Al Marzooqi, Editor of Dubai Post
Khadija Al Marzooqi has been involved in Dubai media outlets from Radio, to print to her current role as Editor In Chief of Dubai Post, she discusses the role of the publication and the media trends affecting how we will consume news in the future. Listen to the full podcast on SoundCloud, Anghami and iTunes.
April 24, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 16: Discussions From The Arab Media Forum
The Arab Media Forum is an annual conference held in Dubai that brings the region's media community, along with the international ones to integrate and start a dialogue depending on a theme point. In this week's episode of Dubai Works, we compiled all the interesting perspectives shared by leaders of the industry.
April 17, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 15: Marwan Bin Eisa, Director Of Gov Games
Marwan Bin Eisa, cites attending the Cross Fit games in The US over the years as inspiration for an idea, following input from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, he is now the director of the Gov Games in Dubai The inaugural event took place Last year, this year it’s back again, we sat down with Marwan, and with His Excellency Saeed Harib, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council to talk about what makes this event special and how it continues to evolve.
April 10, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 14: Janna Jihad, Youngest Journalist In The World
Jana Jihad is a twelve-year-old Palestinian girl, who grew acclaim a few years ago as the world youngest journalist as a result of social media reporting of the atrocities taking place in her village. At the Arab Media Forum, she shares her inspiring story, her hopes, dreams and the terrible events she has witnessed.
April 3, 2019
The food industry is something we all have a connection with, as we are all like to eat. What goes into establishing a food business however, it an entirely different story,, it is very complex and challenging in any part of the world. Mustafa Koita is the founder and CEO of Koita foods, an organic food company, which he set up in Dubai in 2013, he tells us his entrepreneurial journey and why we should be skeptical about the color of Strawberry Milk!
March 27, 2019
Art Dubai is an annual event that takes place on the 2-23rd of March this year. It’s artistic director, Pablo Del Var, who previously oversaw the ZONA MACO fair in Mexico and La Conservera in Spain, tells us what is special about this year’s show, how it has evolved over the past 13 years, and how the perception of Dubai as an Art capital is changing around the world.
March 20, 2019
EP 11 DUBAI WORKS - Ehtesham Adbul Co-founder & CEO of Junkbot
Etesham Abdul is the founder of Junkbot, a company that provides toolkits to make robots, the catch here is that toolkits are for children and the robots are made from junk. Since launching 3 years ago, over 10,000 kids have used their products and their aspiration is to become Lego of the Middle East
March 14, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 10 Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman of DMCC
JLT is known in Dubai for its residential community, many small businesses, restaurant choices and amenities, but it’s freezone, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, or DMCC, is the largest in the world. It’s Chairman, Ahmed Bin Sulayem, explains how that had been achieved, what is being done to maintain the status, and what the future holds.
March 5, 2019
EP 9 Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Colm McLoughlin
Colm Mcloughlin first came to Dubai in 1983 on a 6 month contract, 35 years later, as the executive vice chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free he has since presided over the extraordinary growth to being the largest Duty Free in the world with over $2 billion in revenue in 2018. They also have an extensive leisure offering in including the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship and Irish Village,. We caught up with Colm during the 2019 tournament to chat all things tennis and the business of Duty Free.
February 26, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP 8 - Shawn Green from Sprudel talks about water supply in Dubai
Dubai has a sustainability agency towards 2021, there are also events such as WETEX,the annual Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition put on by DEWA that supports this initiative. But what else is happening in this space, how are companies, Dubai residents contribution, and are their any startups making a difference. Shawn Green from SPRUDEL - a planet friendly water company joins the show to discuss these topics.
February 20, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP7 - Samer Hamadeh talks about his latest venture Akiba Dori
Samer Hamadeh has been involved in businesses in Dubai since moving here from Beirut in 2003, whether movie productions, corporate events, nightly life or restaurants. He has been associated will much-loved venues like Republique, Stereo Arcade and most recently Akiba Dori. Samer tells us the inspiration behind the concepts, the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur and what makes Dubai Design District the perfect location for Akiba Dori.
February 19, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP6 - Omran Sharaf talks about the Emirates Mars Mission
Dubai has an ambitions space exploration agenda, much of which stems from the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, with initiatives like the Khalifa Sat, Emirates Mars Mission 2021 expedition and the Mars City development. Omran Sharaf is the Project Director for Emirates Mars Mission. He discussed the strategy behind these projects, and sheds light on all the incredible milestones achieved to date.
February 6, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP5 - An overview to Nakheel's major projects with Aqil Kazim
To say that Nahkeel’s imprint is on the city of Dubai would be an understandmen, literally meeting Palm in English, Nakheel are the master developers Of the Palm Jumeirah, the group has a wider portofilio across dubai, including Ibn Battuta Mall, Dragon Mart and many other community developments, their Chief Commercial Officer, Aqil Kasim joined the podcast to tell us how the company bring these projects to life, and shds light on some of the mroe recent plans on both the Palm and Deira Islands
January 29, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP4: Tom Arnel from Bull & Roo talks about the F&B industry
The Tom & Serg cafe in Al Quoz has become synonymous with the culinary wave that’s swept through Dubai in the past 5 years. It’s now the go to place for lunch and breakfast in dubai, it’s sister brands will be known to you too, Common Grounds, The Sum Of Us to name a few. Tom Arnel from Parent company, Bull & Roo tell us what it’s like to run a growing food and beverage business in dubai; where is food inspiration comes from and what’s coming down the line
January 27, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP3: Dubai Tourism CEO Issam Kazim talks
DTCM CEO Issam Kazim talks Dubai Tourism strategy, Dubai Shopping Festival and Manchester United
January 16, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP2: Sherif Fayed talks about influencer marketing
January 9, 2019
DUBAI WORKS EP1: Shayma Nawaf Fawwaz, the founder of Gossip Cafe
The week we sat down the Shayma Nawaf Fawwaz, the founder of Gossip The Brand, consisting of Gossip Cafe, Gossip Fix, Gossip Glow and Gossip Street. A Emirati entrepreneur, Shayma talks about her past at Mudabala, her vision for the brand and what is has been like to start from a homegrown brand and expand it internationally.
January 2, 2019