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.
In this episode of Dubai Works we interview Rafi, the Co-Founder and CMO of SIPPY – the region’s first digital platform empowering the specialty coffee community to compete against the mainstream players. With 13+ years of experience in retail and a serial entrepreneur, Rafi also heads the Marketing of The Greenhouse – Chalhoub Group’s space for innovation and entrepreneurship.
Sippy Beans is the UAE's biggest multi-brand marketplace, connecting coffee enthusiasts with the best roasters in town (specialty only of course).
In this episode of Dubai Works, we are joined by Anisha Oberoi, Founder of the Middle East's conscious beauty e-commerce platform for sustainable beauty, Secret Skin.
Secret Skin was born after Anisha fought a year-long battle with breast carcinoma - given the toxicity of the medication to assist with her recovery, Anisha was desperate to use clean, non-toxic beauty products but struggled to find sufficient information or accessibility to such products. Secret Skin is a platform that hosts sustainable, non-toxic beauty and wellness brands that are devoted to the ‘People, Planet and Purpose’.
Today, we'll be diving deeper into the story of Secret Skin, their journey through the pandemic as part of the beauty industry, and a look into their future.
Today we are joined by Dr. Ramesh Ramachandran an innovative entrepreneur and executive leader in the hydrocarbon and chemical sector across the Americas, the Middle East and India with extensive experience in transformational stewardship, navigating organizations through periods of accelerated growth. He is adept at forging alliances with global business partners to enhance synergies, drive profitable growth and maximize ROI.
Dr. Ramesh is a principal at MEGVIN Advisors LLC he is an Executive Board Advisor, a Keynote Speaker and an Academic Author. Today we will be talking about the challenges and learnings of being a leader during difficult times. The impacts of Covid on the oil and gas industry and what kind of future are we going to have as there is a big push towards sustainability.
In this episode of Dubai Works, we are joined by the CEO of Time Out Group, Julio Bruno. Time Out Group is a global media and hospitality business that helps people explore and experience the best of the city through its two divisions – Time Out Media and Time Out Market.
Time Out launched in London in 1968 with a magazine to help people discover the exciting new urban cultures that had started up all over the city. Today, the Group’s digital and physical presence comprises websites, magazines, live events and Time Out Market. Across these platforms Time Out distributes its curated content – written by professional journalists – around the best food, drink, culture, entertainment and travel across 328 cities in 58 countries.
Today we will talk to him about the Time Out Group and its story, the media company’s diversification into the hospitality sector and the impact of covid and the strategy moving forward.
In today's episode of Dubai Works we are joined by Mark Willis, the CEO of Accor for Turkey, India, Middle East and Africa. Pprevious to Mark's appointment, he was the President for the Asia region with Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, a very dynamic area with a robust expansion strategy to open 30 properties by 2020.
Marks brings with him a wealth of operational experience alongside an intuitive knowledge of India, Turkey, Middle East and Africa, a region that he has worked in for over 20 years. Accor is a worldwide leader in hospitality. They take care of millions of guests all around the world, holding 5,100 addresses.
Today we will talk to Mark about the story of Accor and its long-established success, the hospitality industry and how it is pushing ahead post-pandemic and what is the future of the hospitality industry and what can we expect from Accor.
Today’s show is sponsored by STEP Food X, - for those that don’t know Step is the leading new media company that hosts events including the largest tech festivals for emerging markets. This year they have announced a virtual event happening on the 25th of May called Food X. It’s the first industry-focused summit that combines the latest trends and tech in the food industry. While the interview is brought to you by STEP Food X the guest and stories told are their own.
In today's episode of Dubai Works, we are joined by Kashif Bhaor who has been in the automotive industry since the beginning of his career. He has worked in Marketing for Dubizzle.com and Dubicars.com, and also been a journalist at YallaMotor.com. With his passion for cars he has founded 86 Club UAE (@86club), and during the pandemic has decided to venture out in the wild world of startups, and create BeSoji.
BeSoji is a UAE-based startup that's changing how people buy cars.They not only inspect vehicles at the seller's location, they test drive on your behalf and work on providing service contracts and extended warranties, meaning you can now buy a car from anywhere in the world and have a warranty to back you up.
Today on the Dubai Works we are joined by Dayana Tertyshnaya a Russian-born and Dubai-based SheEO & Founder of Dialight, Terra & Mare Events, and Fleur Du Desert.
Dialight is a fully functioning videography and photography company with an ALL-FEMALE Team that covers largescale and intimate events with a strong focus on Emirati/ International weddings.Terra & Mare Events is a cultural influence with Middle Eastern flare come together to create Terra & Mare, meaning Land & Sea. A meeting of the same halves, earth and air, land and water, love and the mind. It is in essence a juxtaposition of cultures and traditions. Merging design elements from the Middle East, Europe and far away lands to redefine the contemporary event experience. Lastly Fleur Du Desert is an eclectic combination of exotic blooms and unique floral arrangements that enhance living spaces.
We will discuss the types of businesses she owns, their industries, how she manages to juggle the workload of being a CEO and what it takes to lead and support an all-female team.
On this episode of Dubai Works, we are joined by Nick Walsh the CEO of VMLY&R COMMERCE in Middle East and North Africa heading the network of offices from the hub in Dubai. His business management experience spans across a variety of clients such as BAT, Unilever, GSK, Coca-Cola, Mars, Guardian Audi and BP Castrol to name a few. He is a pioneer in the activation space, focusing on ensuring his team become the authority in the core offerings of commerce and experiential. He is passionate about his people and inspires them to deliver great work through building winning cultures and successful teams.
VMLY&R COMMERCE is WPP’s (a creative transformation company.) newest end-to-end Creative Commerce Company. We deliver engaging new commerce experiences to unlock commercial growth. Built on the commerce expertise of Geometry and scaled through VMLY&R’s connected brand promise, we help modern brands grow by unifying marketing strategies around commerce.
In today's episode of Dubai Works we have the CEO of CAPEX.com joining us. Aiming to change the way we invest today, CAPEX.com is a global broker dedicated to creating an authentic one-of-a-kind trading experience by blending technology with a customer-centered and education-oriented approach. Our range of award-winning platforms provides fast and flexible access to +2100 assets from multiple markets, including Forex, Shares, Indices, Bonds, ETFs, and Commodities via CFDs.
CAPEX.com has become the first brokerage company to receive "in-principle approval" from Abu Dhabi Global Market back in 2019, this was spearheaded by the CEO Madalina Rotaru. As a highly ambitious woman in the predominantly male-dominated finance sector, Madalina had to face and overcome her fair share of obstacles to break through the proverbial glass ceiling that defers so many women from achieving their career aspirations.
Today we will be talking about how CAPEX.com started out, women in finance and breaking the glass ceiling and how to identify the right stock for you and build an online portfolio.
In today's episode of Dubai Works, we talk to STARZPLAY. STARZPLAY is a subscription video-on-demand service that streams Hollywood and Arabic movies, TV shows, documentaries, kids’ entertainment, and STARZPLAY original content – to 20 countries across MENA and Pakistan. The company has seen phenomenal year-on-year growth since its launch in 2015, reaching over a million paying subscribers and installed on more than six million devices.
The Co-Founder and CCO Danny Bates has joined us to talk about the amazing growth that STAZPLAY has had. He has more than 20 years’ experience to his role as CCO at STARZ Play Arabia, having spent the past two decades working in the EMEA region’s Satellite Pay TV and Energy sectors.
Today we will be talking about how STARZPLAY came to be, how did the streaming industry get impacted by the pandemic and what are the next steps for STARZPLAY.
In this episode of Dubai Works, we talk to Stephan who established Help AG ME in 2004 and has overseen the company’s phenomenal growth to date. Today, he is leading Help AG to further increase the organization’s investment, business activity & partnerships across the MENA region.
Help AG is a Cybersecurity Advisor which has the technical expertise and industry-leading next-generation cybersecurity services and solutions. They empower enterprises and government organizations to stay secure. They innovate and embrace the required changes to digitize.
Today we will be talking about the story of Help AG, cybersecurity in 2021 and how has Covid-19 impacted the sector, and lastly, what does the future of cybersecurity look like.
On today's episode of Dubai Works, we are joined by Feras Jalbout founded baraka UAE-based start-up on a mission to connect young, urban millennials to numerous investment opportunities through a vibrant and transparent ecosystem. The CEO himself is a serial investor turned entrepreneur on a mission to educate, enable and empower first-time investors and those who want to take full control of their portfolio to choose which stocks and companies they want to put their money behind through baraka.
We will be discussing the story of baraka, the investment market and its boom during the past two years with the millennials sector, and what does the future of baraka looks like.
In this episode of Dubai Works, we have interviewed the Co-Founders of Rite, Guillaume & Sebastien, who are the duo behind the company and who have had the visual to create these unique supplement. It all started with a personal need, of finding all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals in today’s food and especially in the Middle East where most of the food is imported.
Rite is the solution to all recurring problems such as lack of energy, poor sleep, weight control, hair loss and stress. Rite are gummy vitamins whcih provide the perfect balance between efficiency, quality and taste using the most premium and healthy ingredients for your wellbeing. You no longer need to take pills, powders or tablets, you can now just have gummy vitamins, designed to boost energy immunity and promote healthy digestion and to add they are also 100% vegan!
Today we are joined by the CEO of Air Seychelles, Remco Althuis. We will be discussing the story of Air Seychelles, the impact that the pandemic had on the travel and aviation industry, and what does the future looks like for those industries.
Air Seychelles was founded in 1977 and it is the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles. Its head office is located at Seychelles International Airport on the island of Mahé and it operates inter-island and international flights and charter flights.
Today we are joined by Doran Davies the CEO of Bounce UAE. Since moving to Dubai in 2012 Doran has held the position of Director of Products, Operations and Global Operator Sales HTC across Europe, tand MENA before leaving the Telecom sector in 2013 to set up the first BOUNCE venue in the region. Working with BOUNCE Australia and UAE teams, the first BOUNCE venue in the UAE opened in Al Quoz in 2014.
In this episode will be discussing the story of BOUNCE, how they coped in the pandemic, and discussing how to build an attraction business.
In this episode of Dubai Works, we have interviewed Simona & Ruby, founders of The Botanist which is a plant-based, toxin-free and eco-friendly home cleaning products, which aim to be sustainable through their packaging down to their ingredients. This eco-friendly company launched in 2019 and is growing into the retail stores around the UAE.
We have discussed their story in Dubai, the plant-based crave, and planting seeds & growing a business.
Today we are joined by Simona Agolini the Co-Founder & CEO of QiDZ was facing the problem of finding fun, good value deals, and relevant things to do with her family. She and 4 other Co-Founders created QiDZ.
QiDZ is a parenting app that is now creating a buzz in Saudi, parents can get inspiration from listings and book family-related activities. Founded in the UAE in 2017 the app has now expanded to KSA, Bahrain, and Egypt and further into the GCC. It has reached more than 150,000 families who can search by location and check for activities in the vicinity, filter by the kids’ ages and interests.
Today we are joined by the he Founder and CEO of Property Finder Group Michael Lahyani. Michael is a pioneer in innovation and technology in the real estate industry. The company has grown exponentially through the years into an impressive and culturally diverse team of 300 individuals and generates over 14 million monthly website hits across its six countries of operation.
Property Finder is a real estate portal that facilitates the house hunting journey for both, buyers and renters. Launched in 2007, propertyfinder.ae is owned and operated by The Property Finder Group which also owns and operates real estate portals and CRMs across the MENA region and Turkey.
Today we are joined by Ramy Assaf the Founder and CEO of Zbooni. The company has been founded in 2017 and started as a chat commerce venture enabling payments through WhatsApp. Zbooni is on a mission to help provide access to digital commerce tools, ultimately supporting our merchants to start, run and grow their business.
In this episode of Dubai Works, we are joined by Walid Hajj an award-winning entrepreneur. With more than 2 decades of hands-on expertise in F&B-related businesses. Walid co-founded Kitch in 2020, further revolutionizing the ‘kitchen-in-the-cloud’ concept.
Kitch is a hybrid delivery-focused cloud kitchen and premium store-front operator, Kitch today takes digitization and fast execution of F&B concepts to a new level. their tech-integrated delivery-only kitchens offer operators state-of-the-art avenues to test new markets or scale their food delivery and customer reach with minimal investment.
In this episode of Dubai Works, we have interviewed Jaideep Dhanoa the CEO and IQ Sayed the CTO of FENIX, a company which they Co-Founded. Jaideep is a former co-founder of Circ and colleagues at Careem, IQ is an entrepreneur who has founded previous companies before FENIX.
FENIX is a subscription service that has given the ability for Abu Dhabi residents and visitors to conveniently travel across the city by the Middle East’s first private e-scooter. With the affordable weekly or monthly fee, this subscription would offer unlimited rides, a smart app to lock and locate the scooter, and free maintenance with no-questions-asked vehicle replacements in less than 24 hours. Fenix is committed to the Middle East region – to transform the way our cities move and ignite impactful commerce.
Palo Alto Networks was founded in 2005 and is the global cybersecurity leader, continually delivers innovation to enable secure digital transformation—even as the pace of change is accelerating.
In this episode of Dubai Works, we have discussed with Haider Pasha who is the Senior Director & Chief Security Officer at Palo Alto Networks, Middle East and Africa (MEA), the importance of cybersecurity in 2021, security risks with QR codes and WhatsApp’s new policies, and the top five questions the board is asking CIOs.
In this episode of Dubai Works, we interview Muhammad Shafi who is one of the leading visionaries of property development in the Middle East. As CEO of Prescott Real Estate Development and Director of Tabani Real Estate, Muhammad utilises his invaluable industry knowledge, expertise, and proven track record of success to spearhead the growth of both companies.
Prescott Real Estate has been building homes in the UAE for well over a decade. The brand is synonymous with quality projects. They cater to clients who seek homes at an affordable price without compromise on quality.
Today we will be talking to Mr. Shafi about the story of Prescott Real Estate, the crisis situation that the real estate industry experienced last year, and what will this industry look like in the future.
In today's episode of Dubai Works, we interview Peter Zijlmans, the Founder of Community Advisor, Peter has been in Oil and Gas industry for over 13 years in Dubai, most recently as GM for a multinational organisation. Since the pandemic, he has left that to set up Community Advisor, Your Community’s Social Network, where besides Forums, Trade, Events and Community Info, you can find your Company Advisor Directory where companies offer their community discounts and can be reviewed by neighbours only. Today on the show we will discuss, how the community advisor directory came about, community apps and the trends, and an outlook at 2021 and future plans.
In this Italian Special for Dubai Works, The Nose Paolo Terenzi, Founder of Tiziana Terenzi who is a perfume creator and he took us through his journey with The Terenzi Brand, how did it start, the hidden tactics of creating a perfume, and how did COVID19 affect the luxury sector.
This week I am joined by Aditi Daga, the Co- Founder of The Beet Box. Aditi along with her partners Katerina Dixon and Dean Murphy set up the best in September last, The Beet Box creates 100% plant-based meal kits with inspired recipes, fresh pre-portioned ingredients in biodegradable or fully compostable packaging and music to cook to.
The Beet Box exists to challenge status quo of weekly dinners, with the objective to reduce food waste, drive sustainable lifestyle and help time-starved schedules of Dubai residents and beyond.
In this episode of Dubai Works, we have discussed how The Beet Box came about, and starting a food business in Dubai, also go into more detail about Veganuary and plant-based nutrition.
In today's episode of Dubai Works, we interview Andrew Maskall CEO & founder of AYA Media to talk about How Did Aya Come About, the YouTube Series, creating content in the Middle East, streaming, and the future of production.
In this episode of Dubai Works, we have interviewed Neelam Keswani, Founder of Glamazle and we have talked about how Glamazle started, putting The Glam In Online Beauty Business, E-Commerce Trends - From Shopify To Dropshipping, leading The Way For Female Entrepreneurs, and Glamazle future plans for 2021.
In this episode of Dubai Works, we interview Matthew Benjamin, Founder and CEO of Kapes to talk about the story of Kapes, how the idea started out, how it's going Modern Retail Business and how are the D-To-C trends, drop shipping.
In this episode of Dubai Works, we interview Mattias who is an award-winning innovator, speaker, advisor, investor and consultant with Memmos, which he co-founded in 2011, Some of the roles he is currently holding include being Advising Co-Founder of Ice-tech, who's mission is to solve humanities global water challenge, also Co-Founder of Unit Global, that is re engineering the world economy by decentralization so that every human can participate; co-founder of Link Bar, an url shortening service; Digital Wallet Recovery.com, and Block Gemini where he is Chief Strategic Office and Consultant.
In this episode, we have talked about the Future Blockchain summit which has just started in Dubai, in addition to he experience on the numerous companies mentioned and look at trends int eh Blockchain and Cryptocurrency industry.
We were also joined by Christopher Fernandez, Founder & CEO of Block Gemini to talk about Dubai Based Block Gemini Partnership with Vodafone.
Janardan Dalmia, Founder and CEO of Trukkin. JD is an experienced finance professional involved with investing and organizing capital raising for private equity and venture capital deals He has been associated with several advisory and financing assignments for both regional and international clients. JD realized that the transportation industry in the Middle East was still waiting for their Industry 4.0 moment - In
This week I'm joined by Parham Ramezani, Group CEO at Parham & Co. and Moe Jabry, COO of A LIst. Parham & Co are a company 7 Brands and growing.
One of their brands, A List, is leveraging the power of social media by linking an exclusive database of influencers, models, fashionistas, athletes etc, with venues in Dubai by creating unique and unconventional marketing content.
It is a tech company who has taken an idea and are using technology to reach thousands of influencers at a click of a button to promote restaurants, spas, gyms, experiences, and much more. Reaching up to 14,000,000 eyes daily. Having worked with 70 plus partners and growing, serving over 150 influencers daily. Today we will talk focus on one of those brands, A List, where the idea came from and how it works, we will also discuss the maturity of the influencer industry, and what Pharnam & Co look for in potential investments.
In this episode of Dubai Works, we have Faizal E. Kottikollon, Founder & Chairman, KEF Holdings with us. Since establishing KEF Holdings with the mission to be different and make a difference, Faizal E. Kottikollon, Founder & Chairman, has received widespread recognition for the major impact he has made across various industries. He has been named ‘One of the Top 100 Indian Business Leaders in the Arab World’ by Forbes Middle East and ‘One of the 20 Most Influential Indian Leaders in Gulf Construction’ by Construction Week, as well as being listed by Arabian Business as ‘One of the 100 Most Powerful Indians in the Gulf’. Today we will discuss, the story of KEF Holding, a move into healthcare and talk about KEF Connect as well.
This weeks guest is Rizwan Sajan, Founder & Chairman, Danube Group. Over the last 27 years, the company has charted a path that transformed from being just one shop with one employee to global employee strength of over 3,600 people, over 50 locations in nine countries worldwide including UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Africa and India. Danube Group occupies more than 5.5 million square feet of land in JAFZA. The warehouses across the UAE stock more than 50,000 products. The company has recorded a turnover of 1.3 billion US Dollars in 2019 and has been growing steadily ever since. On this weeks show, we will talk about how Danube Group have become The First Middle East Company To Pay Back COVID-19 The Salary Cuts, The Story Of Danube - 'Building' A Business, and Lessons As An Entrepreneur & Inspiring Others.
In this episode of Dubai works, our guest is Ian Carless, Ian is the founder of Warehouse 4, in Al Quoz in Dubai, Warehouse Four attracts the world’s leading brands to host everything from workshops for thirty people to major product launches and regional conferences for audiences in their hundreds. Prior to opening Warehouse Four, Ian and his partners spent 25 years working in broadcast television. (MTV, ESPN, Star TV, etc). In this episode we will discuss the Live From Warehouse 4 initiative, a career in broadcast tv, and what the future holds for events and entertainment industry.
In this episode of Dubai Works, we will be discussing the journey of Blu Blood Entertainment, an Artists & Events Management created in the South African market over a decade ago, With over 35 years’ of combined experience as producers of shows, marketing, communications, hospitality and logistics, the two pillars of Blu Blood, Osman Osman and Shaaista Khan Osman, have continuously thought out of the box and have built the brand into an innovative lifestyle and management empire. Totay we will talk about their story, the events business during COVID and what's next for the company in the region.
This week in Dubai Works, we have the pleasure of being joined by a true gastronomic encyclopedia, Michael Ellis, the Chief Culinary Office at Jumeirah Group. A role he has occupied since 2018 having moved from Michelin Restaurant & Hotel Guides across Europe, Asia and the Americas, and oversees the Jumeirah Groups F&B operations across hotels & resorts for signature fine dining to family and more casual dining experiences. On the show, we will talk about Foodie Kids, a new initiative by Jumeriah Group, The Role of Chief Culinary Officer, and Dubai as a cuisine destination.
Joey Ghazal is a Canadian restaurateur and founder of Fighterbrands Holdings Ltd, Pine Tree State Trading Co and The MAINE. He has developed, owned and managed notable restaurant and bar concepts in Beirut and Dubai. Josey has been recognized by Caterer Magazine as "Middle East Restaurateur of the Year", is also a Remy Martin brand ambassador and recently collaborated with Mercedes Benz. Today on the show, we will discuss the Story of The Maine, Hospitality During a Global Pandemic, and What's Next in the world of Cuisine.
Sudhir Syal is CEO for the Middle East and Head Of Global Trading, of Book My Show Middle East, a leading online entertainment destination. The company started out as a pure online ticketing platform for movies into an end-to-end management agency of live entertainment events including music concerts, live performances, theatricals, sports and more. Sudhir has had previously lead Book My Show Indonesia as it's CEO and came to this region in 2019.
Today we will discuss:
COVID-19 And The Impact On Live Events
From Tickets To The Entire Show
Future Trends In The Entertainment Industry
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 behopi.com. 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
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 EdAid.com 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Transparency & Business Ethics
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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..
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.