Doha Heat (society & culture)
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.

Dr. Rafif Tayara of Cedars Dental Center joins us today to chat about growing up in a multicultural family in Montreal, Canada and discovering her life passion for pediatric dentistry. Not only is she very involved with the development of the profession in the region and globally, Rafif also shares about getting involved with expat networking organization, InterNations, which made the transition to her new home easier.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:00pm MSK

Being new to any place can be a difficult transition, but relocating to Qatar can be especially hard for women used to full-time employment and vibrant social lives elsewhere. Carole Astin, who opens up about her first 15 months being here and the new-found struggles she faced, also offers hope and inspiration for newly arrived expat ladies. The Qatar Expat Womens Positive Support Group has become a community that provides its participants with opportunities to build connections with others in similar situations through social events, service, and outings.


Most days we're busy trying to complete tasks that we never check-in with ourselves and forgo the opportunity to listen to our bodies. The Empower World ladies delve into why doing so is important for adjusting our behavior, moods, and mental state - all it takes is a little concerted effort and time. Take some time to listen in and reap the benefits.


A little late in introducing our intern and soon-to-be co-host, Ifath Sayed, who stopped by for a recording. She tells us about her experiences living as an Indian expat in the GCC, pushing to become a journalist, and balancing university and life commitments. Definitely expect to hear more from Ifath in coming months.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:30pm MSK

With a name like "4 Walls, 3 Kids, and My Coffee" for a Facebook page, Nicole and I were super excited for this episode with Charle Punt, who runs it. We get insight into Charle's health struggles that eventually became a catalyst for not only transforming herself, but also the way she integrated healthier living into her family. We also got spoiled with a nice little sampling of her tasty nut butter.


Listeners might notice something a little different this episode of Empower World as Jeanine and Marie get set to debut their own podcast next month. The duo explore the topic of change being a choice, specifically the radical act of striving for a fulfilled life. Easier said than done, sure, but the pay-off is beautiful!


The Edge joins us to share about their upcoming March edition, which comes packed with thought-provoking business stories from around Qatar and the world. This episode Miles reviews the recent IGN Conference from the weekend, ictQatar's annual report on the growth of mobile tech in Qatar, and many more engaging stories. Special shoutouts to ictQatar and Kahramaa - make sure to check-out their awesome initiatives.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:15am MSK

Fitness in Qatar owner, Nadia Al-Haroon, stopped by the studio for a chat about her journey from an International Relations major to aspiring business person in Qatar. We get insight into her experiences growing-up in Bahrain, moving to Australia for university, and returning to Qatar in order to provide this great resource. The site, which features fitness class schedules, health products, and more, contributes to the pursuit of a healthier nation - definitely check it out!

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 9:16am MSK

We wrap up the second part of our special on the goodness that is coffee with the R&R Coffee guys. This episode covers a bit more of the nitty-gritty, talking about the process of preparation from roasting to drinking, as well as the nutritional aspects of its consumption. Bob and Dan also impart with us a vast knowledge of the best equipment you can use.


There seems to be a misconception that reflection entails a big process and isolating oneself from the world, but it does not have to! It is about taking time during our days to pause and take-in our surroundings, whether through some deep breaths, meditation, or thoughtful conversation. How do you choose to reflect?


We are back again this week to tell about the best events happening around Qatar, and there are some really big ones! If you are into tennis, Qatar is hosting this week the Qatar Total Open, which brings some of the world's top female players. Also, the IGN Convention is running for two days this week - may be there myself. Lots more so listen in and get out there!


Miles and I are joined this morning by Volante Regional Managing Editor James McCarthy to hear about the automotive magazine's launch at the recent Qatar Motor Show and the car market in Qatar. James also addresses rumors pertaining to Formula-1 racing coming to the country - you do not want to miss this episode if you are a car enthusiast!

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 9:35am MSK

Maha Al-Sulaiti and Moza Al-Naemi from Qatar Scientists Community and Social Network joined me in the studio to tell listeners about this new initiative. The aim of this group is to create regular casual meet up for scientists in Qatar, to give them an opportunity to discuss their work and advances in their fields in a friendly atmosphere. Really happy to see such ambitious individuals in my new home!


Coffee: a topic near and dear to my heart and morning routines. We're joined by Dan and Bob from Doha's very own roasters, R&R Coffee. The two Canadian expats give us an in-depth look at what makes for an excellent cup of heaven on earth...ok, maybe for some of us. The first part of this two-part special discusses the origins of coffee and some of the best practices in brewing it.


Ever struggled to build a connection with another person? If you have, hopefully today's episode with the ladies from Empower World will provide useful tips on developing rapport, or a close and harmonious relationship in which the people or groups concerned understand each other's feelings or ideas and communicate well. A simple, yet effective approach: hush up and listen.


You will probably notice a slight difference today since Kev is currently in Kuwait for a speaking engagement, but alas that would not stop us from bringing you our weekly events update! As you will see, it is going to be a busy week with lots happening around Qatar, especially among the American expat community. Let us know how these events go if you attend!


Lots to get into today with The Edge! We talk about sensationalist media targeting Qatar, the country's ambitions to become a sporting hub, and the February edition of Qatar Construction News set to hit stands this week.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:00am MSK

Gabe and Layla from Raw ME stopped by to have a chat with Nicole and I about the country's 1st provider of healthy prepared drinks and fresh fruits. We get to know them and their backstory. The two started the company after seeing that no one else was offering these products locally and wanting to give people easy ways to get the nutrients they need daily. Make sure to look for them during the upcoming National Sports Day events around Doha!


Everything in life, especially conflicts, come down to how we communicate our feelings and/or needs. We present some useful insights into what makes for better communication styles that might help at home, in the office, or wherever you go!


Aside from going on about my birthday weekend, Kev from ILoveQatar.net and I bring you a preview of the coming week's events. Big shout-outs to everyone organizing events for National Sports Day on Tuesday - get out and enjoy multiple events around the country. There is also plenty of other cool things to check-out this week: the QBIC speaker series, comedian Andrew E, and lots of Valentine's Day happenings.


It has been quite a week here at Doha Heat - above all, we received word of winning a platinum AVA Digital Award!

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:32am MSK

Young entrepreneur, self-taught chef, and interior design cum vegetarian advocate, Saba Rahbar, joins us from her company, Vegetarian Treehouse. The startup, which offers Doha residents healthy and delicious veggie foods, opens up about her personal health journey and making veggie dishes accessible in Qatar. Keep an eye out for her Treehouse Tuesday delivered meals in the West Bay; more details can be found on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/vegetariantreehouse.


Raise your hand if you've ever felt the need to be a perfect person and know everything about all things. Jeanine, Marie, and I examine the need to reframe our thinking about each of our unique talents and finite energy levels. Hopefully you'll come out feeling a boost to your self-confidence.


Bonus Sunday episode for you! ILoveQatar.net offers up the best events preview for the coming week, and it's going to be a busy one. Big shoutout to the Qatari handball team - let's hope they take home the championship tonight!


Snuck in an episode just before heading out to Education City for their career fair - definitely check it out if you're on the job hunt. Miles and I chat about the upcoming edition of The Edge magazine, focusing on ictQatar's recent social media report, the growth of Qatar's hospitality industry, and Islamic banking's rise.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 1:53pm MSK

Took a week off to get some work done on the upcoming launch of something big...wouldn't you like to know what I'm being secretive about? Anyways, I got to connect with local fitness trainer and 10 year Doha resident, Karen Porter. She currently runs Body & Health By Design in the city and shares a well-traveled backstory.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:30am MSK

Canadian expat and mindfulness instructor at Yama Yoga Studios, Jackie Woodworth, joins us for an early morning episode to brighten your day. We explore the difference between being physically present and fully engaging in the moment, or as she put it, being on autopilot versus taking charge. Want to learn more about this practice and how to use it daily? Listen in!


Mishaps are a part of life, but how hard is it to accept that and see them as an opportunity for growth? We reflect on how we can celebrate these events and share what we have learned.


A busy week ahead for Qatar! Lots happening in the country that hopefully offers something for everyone: a winter festival at Katara, the final week of handball, and a bunch of opportunities to shake-off your stress. Please note that we received word that the Spring Festival at Souq Waqif has been postponed in light of King Abdullah's death this weekend.


We take some time to reflect on the implications of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah's passing over the weekend for the GCC and global economics, as well as the evolution of Qatar's marketing/PR market. Special shoutout to our episode's sponsor, PRO-Property.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:15am MSK

Nicole and I chat with yoga instructor and cancer survivor, Anusha Savaraman, who opens up about her health struggles and how a holistic approach to healing led to a successful recovery.


Ever stop to think how we might be preventing ourselves from experiencing happiness? No matter if you have or haven't I think today's episode will be eye-opening about our actions' impact on achieving a sense of peace in life.


Bored now that the holiday season has passed and normal, mundane life returns? Mumkin (Arabic for "maybe") go participate in one of the cool events we feature today. Personal favorite is the Color Run - a mixture of Holi, a dance party, and a fun 5K run.


Miles and I dive into the latest issue of Qatar Construction News (QCN), which features pieces on the melding of traditional, local cooling technologies into Qatar's buildings, an interview with staff managing the 2022 FIFA World Cup projects, and analysis of the future of the construction industry in 2015. We also take some time to address one of the biggest news stories thus far: declining oil prices and what it means for the GCC.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 9:56am MSK

Before I say anything else, this episode was one of the most earnest and raw thus far in Doha Heat's existence. My guest today is Eliana Zailah, who opens up about her past struggles and how they have served as an inspiration for her life and nutritional coaching career in Qatar. Special shoutout to Nicole and Jeanine for introducing me to their mentee.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:00am MSK

What comes to mind when you hear the word "veganism?" Curious to know what it's like to live that lifestyle? Today Nicole and I share a coffee with Tessa Meares, who has been a vegan for several years and tells about living in a mixed diet family.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00am MSK

What a perfect time to give some thought to goals we wish to achieve this year! Jeanine, Marie, and I explore how to align our core values with tangible goals and the steps necessary to make them realities. We also delve into the need for accountability in our actions if they're to be successful, whether internally or in someone else.


Morning everyone! Feeling a little hazy like the country has been with the recent sandstorms? Kev and I are here to help shake up your week with the best events - there is something for everyone: an international handball tournament, a book fair, club nights, motivational conferences, comedy shows.


Sometimes life introduces you to interesting people in very serendipitous ways, and today's guest, Ashok Vish, is one such person. The young American filmmaker was in the city for a few days, and I invited him to share about his life-story and aspirations. We get into his time spent growing up in India, finding oneself in university studies, and his take on Doha.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:00am MSK

Laugh all you want about hearing the words "exercise" and "outdoors" in the same sentence, but Qatar offers residents some great alternatives to always being stuck inside. Ali Longmate, who runs Ali Fit Club, comes to us with recommendations on places to get fit while enjoying nature. What a great way to start off the New Year?!

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00am MSK

Happy New Year! Hope you had a wonderful break, and we're back to bringing you the best life coaching techniques. Kicking off 2015 we're looking at how values underpin our actions, especially those that arise in difficult situations.


Happy New Year from Kev and I! We are back after a brief break for the holidays, well, mainly for Andrew to go home to the US. It is shaping up to be a quiet week as people are slowly trickling back into the country, but do not worry, there are still cool events to check-out! Today we talk holidays, resolutions for 2015, and lectures on the dugong population in Qatar.


2014 - what a year it has been for us! In our final episode of the year, we take some time to look back on our personal journeys, as well as what is coming up in 2015. Nicole also shares techniques that we can use in constructing a vision board to set right intentions and manifest our goals.

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We take the chance to bring you a year in review - a look back on what happened in 2014 and what's coming up. Needless to say, it's been a wonderful journey to this point and hopefully is enriching listeners' lives. A big thank you to you all and Happy New Year!


Right in time for the holidays and new year, Nicole and I sat down with Tina Ringer Mogensen, who is a psychologist specializing in the Imago therapy techniques. We get into how we can all be more mindful and compassionate as we visit loved ones or have them come to us. The intention behind doing so is the cultivation of more engaged, loving relationships.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00am MSK

Excuses, excuses, excuses - the things we make when we wish to avoid situations or those conversations that might be uncomfortable. Going into the holiday season it's a great opportunity to reflect on our actions and how we respond to events that pop up throughout our lives. We explore methods of overcoming our desire to push blame on others and how to find the courage to address things head-on.


Hope everyone had a lovely National Day last week! Andrew is back in the US for a holiday to see family and shop for wedding venues so Kev is riding solo today. If you are hanging around Doha during the holidays make sure to check this episode out.


Bucking the usual approach to a year in review, The Edge Magazine takes a look at some of their biggest stories from 2014 and how they might affect Qatar and the world next year. We delve into the Ukranian crisis, Hamad International Airport's development, reforms coming to the kafala system, and Qatar's population boom.

*Please note we will be off-air for a 2-week holiday break with this series.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00am MSK

Met today's guest initially via Twitter, and after hearing about her experiences in Qatar, I knew I had to have in Maha Al-Sulaiti. We talk about growing up Qatari, balancing personal development with appreciation of one's familial backstory, and navigating the traditionally male-dominated field of engineering.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00am MSK

Struggling to overcome some perceived obstacle in your life, say a subconscious stressor or phobia? Our guest today, Jacob Melaard, guides us through the Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, which may be the thing that helps you excel and let your greatness shine through.


Winter is in full-swing (at least for those in the northern hemisphere) and so is the holiday season, which can be sometimes stressful for individuals going to see family. Jeanine and Marie provide listeners with a reflective episode focused on forgiveness and letting ourselves experience familial love.


Sabah al-khair! Perhaps the biggest single day event is upon us: Qatar National Day 2014! This week things quiet down a bit elsewhere, but we've got you covered with the best events happening ahead of the holiday season kicking off on the 18th. For specific events related to National Day, check out this great schedule: http://www.qatarnationalday.qa.


A little later than usual in releasing this episode with our friends, The Edge, but here it is! Miles and I talk about the Qatar Investment Authority's recent decision to purchase shares of taxi-hailing app Uber and the effect of declining global oil prices on the country's future development.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:55pm MSK

In today's episode I had the pleasure of speaking with Safa Al-Ameri, whom I initially met via Twitter and is quite the ambitious woman. She opens up about relocating to Qatar from Yemen with her family and seizing opportunities in her new home to give back and share her passion for sustainable living.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00am MSK

Margarita Zuniga stops by the studio and opens up about her life passion for helping others, whether it is raising cancer awareness through motorcycle riding with the Ladies of Harley or gearing up to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Definitely one of our deepest personal stories to be shared on the podcast so far; my jaw kept dropping.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00am MSK

Taking 100% responsibility for your actions and how you respond to situations can be scary - trust me, it's an ongoing struggle. The Empower World team reveals some ways to help guide us towards regaining control in how we interpret occurrences and our reactions without casting blame elsewhere.


Tired of the same routines in Qatar and feel like there's never anything to do? Let Kev from ILoveQatar.net and I help inspire you with the country's best happenings. This week we talk fashion shows, handmade goods, and Kev challenges me to do the 3K fun run this weekend.


Are you a mother living in Qatar or soon-to-be one? This morning we sat down with Paulien Christensen of Doha Mums and Doha Family magazine to hear about her transition from the hospitality industry to helping run one of the region's best family-centric initiatives.

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Nicole and I wrap up the top 10 list of food additives to keep an eye out for and avoid consuming if at all possible. Remember: we've got purchasing power to demand better food!


Are you a glass half-full or half-empty type person? How do you view challenges that pop up in your life? Jeanine, Marie, and I explore our mindsets' impacts on living fulfilled lives and ways to minimize those iternal saboteurs beckoning us to not achieve greatness.


Saturday wraps up the Ajyal Youth Film Festival and offers the chance to catch many of the films you might have missed previously. Don't sleep on this one!

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 1:18pm MSK

Unable to attend the Doha Film Institute's Ajyal Youth Film Festival so far? No worries! We've got you covered going into the weekend with Thursday's schedule of showings.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 1:15pm MSK

Kev from ILoveQatar.net and I bring you Thursday's schedule for the Ajyal Youth Film Festival.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:31pm MSK

Taking a slight a break from our usual style, this week Kev and I give you a glimpse into the Doha Film Institute's Ajyal Youth Film Festival. This episode is part 1 of 4 going through Monday through Wednesday's screenings. Make sure to check their website for a full schedule and all the trailers!


Miles from The Edge is back this week to give listeners an exclusive preview of the magazine's December issue. We get into an interesting discussion of reader demographics as a representation of a changing Qatar, the SME scene, and forthcoming events.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:17am MSK

Interviews like this one with Moe Fakhro, who opens up about his experiences studying in the US, learning English via video games, and his recent adventures on Mount Kilimanjaro, are what podcasters live for! This episode has to be one of my favorites so far, and I hope you enjoy it - so nice to come out knowing someone much better.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00am MSK

Is the food you consume daily actually "real food?" If you're scratching your head right now, listen in as Nicole and I unpack some of the hidden nutritional saboteurs in many every day items in grocery stores and what to look for on labels. Let's take back our health through knowledge!

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00am MSK

The idea of leaving a comfort zone can make all the difference between achieving fulfillment in life and not living up to one's potential. We discuss some of the hindrances to reaching success and ways in which you can push yourself for a better life.


After a week off to recover from the flu, we're back with Kev from ILoveQatar.net to share the best events coming up this week. Just as the weather is cooling down (finally, am I right?) there is so much happening in Qatar: musicals, outdoor fitness events, and much more!

Make sure to check-out ILoveQatar.net for the full details on all the events and those we had to skip: www.iloveqatar.net.


Deputy editor, Farwa Zahra, joins us today while Miles takes some time off, and we get into discussing the "green" building scene in Qatar, as well as the ongoing FIFA construction.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 9:31am MSK

Dave Moreland and Carl Windley of the Qatar International Amateur Football League and Legacy Sports & Events drop by to tell us about their long-standing love for all things sports and 13 year stays in Qatar. We also get into what the football scene is like here in Qatar (hint: it's booming!), and they tease me about my lack of knowledge on the subject.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:32am MSK

You've probably seen a lot of media about "Movember," which involves individuals showing off their best facial hair to raise awareness of prostate cancer and men's health. We invited in survivor and Movember advocate, Moey Shawash, to share about his health struggles and stories of overcoming them.


Some episodes just cannot wait to be released; today's bonus episode is one of them. We sit down to hear about the ongoing Global Entrepreneurship Week events hosted by Silatech from Stephen Brannon, Director of Communications. Stephen also opens up about his personal journey in relation to the Arab world, which involved some unique opportunities.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 4:25pm MSK

What does it take to be a leader and transcend the voice inside telling us we cannot achieve greatness? Get set for some practical knowledge and insights provided by Jeanine and Marie as we explore the concept of being a leader, no matter where we are.


Miles from the Edge Business Magazine and I bring you an exclusive preview of the National Museum of Qatar's construction and layout, which we believe will be gamechanging for the region, if not the world. We also discuss how Qatar is paving the way for new approaches to landscape architecture, combining local and foreign cultures.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00am MSK

Prepare to be floored by today's episode with Erin Quigley & Sophie Jago of the Quigley-Jago Challenge, who are seeking to raise money for a Nepali school and its supplies. These two bright, ambitious young women are the youngest Doha Heat guests thus far, and we think they have an excellent initiative going.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00am MSK

How many listeners go out to eat? Ever wonder what goes on behind-the-scenes in a restaurant and wanted to ask about your meal? Today's episode we had the opportunity to learn about the inner workings at Jones the Grocer via their General Manager.

 

PS - Listen in for a special giveaway at the episode's end!

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00am MSK

Skeptical about the idea of "coaching?" And no, we do not mean just the sports variety. This episode we get into understanding what is coaching and some of the misconceptions surrounding the discipline. Marie and Jeanine also talk a bit about their experiences in Doha with regards to empowering individuals.


Ahlan, Qatar! Any one else find this weekend to be amazingly beautiful with the cooling temperatures and slight breezes? Get the details on the best events that Qatar has to offer this week: Scottish dancing, the International Boat Show, a walkathon for diabetes, a few networking opportunities, and a singing talent show.


Shehan from the Edge and I chat about all things entrepreneurial in this episode! Listen in for an overview of recent smart technology released this week and the upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Week in Qatar.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:13am MSK

The Fitness with Food team, which now includes staff member Cameron, join us to catch-up on their latest offerings and aspirations for the coming year. We also get into what drives each individual to spread their passion for healthy living.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00am MSK

Ever think of chocolate being considered a health food? Well, in fact when in its raw form of cacao it is! Listen in for the health benefits of daily cacao consumption and what to avoid in the grocery store when it comes to chocolate.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:00am MSK

Doha Heat community, let's welcome our newest series titled Empowered World, which will provide you with keys to unlocking your inner success and being a leader. In the episode we get introduced to co-hosts Jeanine Bailey and Marie Quigley. Let us know what you think!


Made it to November, and we keep on growing - wow! Today Kev and I bring you previews of the best upcoming events in Doha: 3-D printing lecture at Katara; ladies-only desert retreat; open air movie screening at MIA Park; QBIC's speaker series. Who says Qatar is a boring place?


Tune in for our weekly business news segment with Miles Masterson of The Edge magazine, where listeners get a special preview of the November issue. Lots to talk about including businesses using Twitter to drive customer engagement and the future of Qatar's natural gas industry.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 9:55am MSK

Today's episode goes out to all the women here in Qatar, especially those who have struggled with finding employment and felt alone in their journey. We sat down with Carolin Zeitler of Tataowar Coaching & Training and How Women Work. She offers some great insight into her own backstory and what inspired her to start up these initiatives despite the barriers to entry.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:01am MSK

Nicole and I sit down to talk about the big "C" - no, not cookie, but cancer as October is breast cancer awareness month. We get into the lifestyle and nutrional changes we can make in order to hopefully lessen the chances of developing cancer. There is also a lot of great resources being shared here for those who are undergoing treatments or those listeners coping with a loved one's process.


Hope you are ready for an eventful week ahead because we have got so much to highlight in today's episode! There is a little bit for everyone here, whether you are looking for Halloween-themed outings, intercultural festivals, or opportunities to nerd out.


Miles from the Edge joins us to discuss the latest business news from around Qatar. We showcase the Msheireb downtown revitalization project and the much-talked about issue of traffic in Doha (there is hope for us yet, promise). The anticipated rise of action sports like skateboarding, kiteboarding, and others also gets some attention.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 11:17am MSK

Groceries being delivered right to your door - might seem like a fleeting dream for Doha, but today's guest, Rahid Kader of eGrab, is making it a reality. Listeners also get to hear Kader's inspirations and entrepreneurial spirit.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:00am MSK

Back again with another episode of Hot and Healthy with Nicole van Hattem. We'll be exploring the health benefits behind green smoothies - yes, those lovely mixtures involving leafy greens like kale, spinach, and others. Also, listen in for a special contest where 12 lucky winners will receive a BPA-free Camelback water bottle!

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:00am MSK

Fahad Al-Obaidly, whose menswear company launched in 2012, stops by and opens up about growing up in Qatar and his forthcoming television series. Beginning in 2015, the show will illuminate traditional clothing in 12 countries and the nations' relationships with Qatar - get set for a great episode!

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:00am MSK

The weather is finally beginning to cool down in Doha and that means more opportunities to truly enjoy this wonderful city! We've got details on a zumbathon, Qatart's open-air market, and jazz in the desert.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 11:35am MSK

Back with Shehan from the Edge to bring you the lastest stories pertaining to technology and innovation in Qatar and elsewhere. We unpacked some new consumer protection legislation emerging from ictQatar and a potential deal between Vodafone and QBN.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:15am MSK

Ever think you would hear about cycling in Qatar? I know I was initially surprised to learn that in fact, there are many bicycling groups in Doha. We met with Amy Bambridge from Doha Joy Rides today, who opens up about her love for the activity and the city's newest initiative that has its first group ride this Saturday. Please check out there Facebook page for further details.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 9:10am MSK

Doha Heat is elated to announce a new partnership with Nicole van Hattem, who will be chatting with us each Tuesday on Hot and Healthy. In this episode we provide a preview of what is to come and delve into Nicole's backstory in relation to healthy living. Get set to begin the journey towards a better, more energized lifestyle!

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 11:27am MSK

Ahlan, Doha Heat listeners! Hope that you had a wonderful Eid vacation and looking forward to hearing about what you did. After taking some time off, Kev from I Love Qatar and I are back to tell you about the best events coming up. We've got lots to discuss, including a few women's business networking events, a jungle-themed party at the Hilton, and Doha Player's latest offering.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:19pm MSK

We get a special preview of the The Edge's October magazine, as well as some off-shoot publications that focus on "green" and construction issues in Qatar. Topics we cover include 7ayak Hub's launch, the country's water supply's future, and upcoming business events happening this fall.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:00am MSK

Today's episode features Paula Manzanera, who has spent a majority of her life living and working in the Middle East. She recounts her experiences spending holidays in Saudi Arabia as a child, trying to live a normal life in war-torn Lebanon, and finding a new start in Qatar.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 5:13pm MSK

Took a trip over to Northwestern University to chat with Mohana Rajakumar, who opens up about her academic and writing careers. We touch upon how one defines themselves as an individual and sustains their life passions, even in the face of critique or uncertainty.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:00am MSK