Doha Heat
Doha Heat is a weekly, communal podcast created for every type of individual who currently calls Qatar home, has in the past, or may one day.

Working in a male-dominated industry can be quite daunting to many women. Sahar El Rafai, an engineer by profession, has taken this as a challenge and brought out the best out of this experience with her. This part-time personal trainer talks to us about balancing two careers, dealing with the challenges of working in a male-dominated industry where a woman may not be taken seriously because of her gender, self-care, and much more!

Direct download: DH_Season_2E06_Sara.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:32pm MSK

Sam Meekings' love for writing came from childhood, when he wrote his first book about going on adventures with his dog. As a university graduate, his passion for writing intersected with his interest in exploring different cultures. As a teacher in China, he discovered a fascinating story about the trials of a couple's relationship as they experience Mao's Cultural Regime and the birth of modern China. Not realizing what he was getting himself into, he started his first historical fiction novel. In this episode, we discuss the ins-and-outs of being a writer, what strategies can you use to motivate yourself to keep writing, and how to do justice when you write about another culture without culturally appropriating it.

Check out his new book on the story behind a painting by Vincent Van Gogh here: https://t.co/5dYJTOqbe8

 

 

Direct download: DH_Season_2E06_Sam_Meekings.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:31pm MSK

Grace Medina's love for handicrafts didn't start from childhood, even though she belonged to a family of designers. A journalist from Venezuela, she discovered her passion for quilting and patchwork when she decided to explore different avenues as a bored stay-at-home mom. In this episode, we talk about the intricacies of quilting and patchwork, her organization, Handy and Crafty, the connections between art and culture, and how engaging yourself in some form of art can help you cultivate joy and satisfaction and become part of a community.

Direct download: DH_Season_2E05_HandCrafty.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:08am MSK

Sondra Hope, founder of Yala Healthy, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the early age of 24, then faced recurring bouts of it. But the one thought that kept her going through this struggle was that she wanted to be healthier for her daughter. Once overweight, Sondra is now a fitness and health trainer with a unique methodology to train her clients—not just focusing on food and exercise, but also helping them train their minds. Listen to today's episode, where we dive deep into her past and ongoing struggles with cancer, her fitness ideology, tips on living a healthy lifestyle, and the nutritious, tasty, and super affordable treats she offers on Yala Healthy.

Direct download: DH_Season_2E04.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:47pm MSK

The obstacles and the struggles life throw at us can be very daunting and hard to get over. When they’re left unspoken, it can cause a deep-rooted issues within us, such as anxiety. And often times, it's hard to find a community to reach out to for help. When Kausar and Mariam had this realization, they decided to bring together their passions to start Community Connect Doha, an initiative aimed at creating dialogue, so people in Doha could discuss issues pertaining to the community in workshops and other events. In this episode, we speak about their experience as expat kids and parents, the importance of community and talking about stigmatized topics, and more!

 

Direct download: DH_Season_2E02.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:57pm MSK

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