Doha Heat (general)
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.

Every day is a new opportunity to live positively and give to others - this is the guiding mantra for Shefa Ali. Raised mostly in the UK, but relocating to Qatar a few years ago, this guest touches on how shifting a mindset and devoting yourself to service leads to great things.

Make sure to follow her journey via these channels:

Instagram: Miss_Shefa

Snapchat: Missshefa007

Direct download: DH_-_Shefa.mp3
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A man. An Instagram page. And lots of ambition - these things aptly sum-up today's guest, Mohannad Bitar. Wanting to show the world Qatar's diversity of experiences and scenery (hold the desert and mall jokes), Bitar launched an Instagram account focused on these things, which has grown exponentially in less than a year. The interview delves into what sustains his passion for this project and where he hopes to take it next.

 

Follow Mohannad's journey and see This is Qatar's latest posts via their Instagram profile: @thisisqatar.

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Born and raised in Pakistan, Shehzad Bhanji tells his story of pursuing music as a teenager with relatives, growing up, and then returning to his passion for writing rock music. Although having a full-time job in marketing and a family, the now Doha-based musician finds time to write, record, and promote his take on instrumental, guitar-focused rock. To listen to his album, Never Say Goodbye, head here: http://www.shehzadbhanji.com/#!music/c130w.

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Best known as the authors behind "Life with Karlly," a blog about Doha life, Karen and Allyson stopped by the studio. The two, who are lifelong friends, reveal how they balance one another and keep a free-flow approach to writing.

Make sure to keep up to date on their latest entries and insightful reviews via one of their many channels:

Blog: www.lifewithkarlly.com

Facebook: Life With Karlly

Karen's Instagram: @Karenxxii

Allyson's Instagram: @nikkibeybe

Direct download: DH_-_Karlly.mp3
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Carolin Zeitler, one of our previous guests and head of How Women Work, stops by to share about the organization’s upcoming conference. 

Learn more about the organization and their great work via one of these channels:

Facebook: How Women Work
LinkedIn: How Women Work
Twitter: @how_women_work
Conference Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-women-work-2016-connecting-the-dots-tickets-19910369451

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Spent an evening this week driving around with new friend and globetrotter, JP Salva, who is the man behind the travel blog, "Border Junkie." Giving up his job and just going for it, he has visited 131 countries so far, documenting it on Instagram and Snapchat (BorderJunkie). We talk about how he got started and what it is like building a community online by doing something you love.

Special note: Can you name the first country JP visited outside of the US? If so, let us know in the comments section on our Facebook page and one lucky winner will be selected for a prize.

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Hospitality management is not just a job for today's guest, Christoph Franzen; it is a life-long passion. The Grand Hyatt's Area Vice President for Qatar and the Sultanate of Oman took some time between helping guests to chat about growing up in a family of Swiss hoteliers and why he loves what he does. 

 

Find out more about the Grand Hyatt Doha's events and restaurants here: http://doha.grand.hyatt.com/

Direct download: DH_-_Chris.mp3
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Stand-up comedian, Paralympic athlete, model, advocate - all qualities embodied by today’s guest, Nawaal Akram. Not one to hold back, she dives right into her unique personal journey and the challenges faced along the way. Check out her social media accounts to see what Nawaal is up to:

 

Facebook: Nawaal Akram

Twitter: @nawaalakram

Instagram: @nawaalakram

 

Muscular Dystrophy Qatar:

Instagram: @MD.Qatar

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One more episode before 2015 ends, and make sure to not miss this one with Valeria Mazzei of The Expat Shella​. The young Italian expat exudes positivity and ambition as she opens up about moving to an unfamiliar place as a teenager and jumping into curating a YouTube channel with friends.

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What do marketing, psychology, and fitness training have in common? They are all passions driving this episode's guest, Nuwaid Pocker - founder of Crunch Doha, a Qatar-based, holistic approach to eating healthy and staying fit. Listen in to hear all about this young entrepreneur's personal journey of taking risks and fully believing in one's ability to achieve greatness with tenacity.

 

Find out more about Crunch Doha at www.crunchdoha.com or on their social media channels.

Direct download: DH_-_Nuwaid.mp3
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Hello Doha Heat family! This week we hear from Cameron McNaughton, who recently relocated to Qatar after reflecting on wanting to push himself out of his comfort zone and wishing to be with family here. We delve into his journey from South Africa to deciding to set aside familiarity and comfort for new opportunities in an unfamiliar place - a theme that probably resonates with many listeners.

Make sure to check-out his startup project mentioned in the episode: www.golfchamps.net. You can also connect with Cameron via Twitter: @rakkers7.

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40+ countries, 600+ conversations - this is the life of aspiring travel writer Colleen Waterson, who stayed up late to chat about her journey to ask people around the world 3 questions. We get into what inspired her to pursue this dream and how she sustains the energy necessary to do something like this. Learn more about Colleen's project and participate here: www.bigsharedworld.com.

Direct download: DH_-_Colleen.mp3
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Since Andrew has gone on a short break to the U.s., Ifath is going to be hosting alone for the first time this week! Our guest is Reem Mansour, Co-Founder of Cat Assistance team of Qatar. She discusses changing her career path from Mass Communication and Theatre to helping out our small feline friends and what her future plans are for the rescue organisation.

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Jessie Oliver, who is better known by her Instagram handle @Slinky.Jam, shares her personal journey from Australia to Qatar. The rising artist, who spends her days at a Doha veterinary office, shares how art came into her life and how social media has helped get her name out there.

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Elsbeth Blekkenhorst, who founded and currently runs Global Women Qatar, tells about her personal journey from business student to air steward to entrepreneur - all the while finding love and starting a family. Her Doha-based recruitment firm aims to empower women through the cultivation of an on-and offline community where individuals share their tips for navigating the sometimes puzzling path to employment in Qatar. For all the latest updates from Elsbeth and her guest contributors, make sure to check out the Global Women Qatar blog: http://www.globalwomenqatar.com/blog.

Direct download: Elsbeth.mp3
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We've made it to our 200th episode and what better way to celebrate than this interview with Seti Raeisi, who balances a demanding 9-5 with her passion for helping others live better. The life-long Doha resident shares about her desire to continuously learn and improve, be it studying computer science or composing her first motivational book in 2016. The enthusiasm and positivity seeps through this episode - hope you enjoy!

Feel free to check-out Seti's multiple social media platforms to get quick and FREE healthy living tips:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Setareh-Raeisi-942191262468546/timeline/

Instagram: @setithc

Snapchat: setasetaseta

Direct download: DH_-_Seti.mp3
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Almost to our 200th episode - holy moly! Thanks to the wonderful world of Instagram, we met this episode's guest, Lulu Mohamad Ali, who is a self-described "Fashion, health, beauty, food, business, and technology micro-blogger" based in Doha. We talk about pursuing one's passions despite not fully knowing how to do it, the importance of learning daily, and what we can expect from her brand, Labelled.

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Julian Jan, owner and instructor at the Jan Institute of Education, tells about his life-long passion for learning, specifically the humanities. For anyone who has been in Qatar for a while, you might not think of Qatar as being a place where artists, philosophers, and historians thrive, but educators like Julian are helping to change that. Tune in to hear how more about this and Julian’s life journey that led him to Qatar.

 

 

If you like this episode or any of our past ones, please leave us a review on our Facebook page or iTunes page and check us out on snaptv.me. We love hearing from you!

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Born and raised in Qatar, this sister and brother open up about the simultaneous feeling of missing a bygone era in the country and enjoying the changes that have come. The conversation also drifts into exploring the evolving cultural norms within Qatar and some of the ways in which young Qataris are pioneers. We definitely will have to do part 2 since we only get a small sampling of the two’s expeditions to places like the Amazon, Mt. Kilimanjaro, and the Arctic Circle.

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Mayouf Rouf, who is one of the founders of Qatar’s e-commerce fashion platform that offers a hassle-free online shopping experience, joins us at the studio. We learn a bit about growing up in the country and his adventures in northern India, which would later influence his decision to pursue entrepreneurship full-time. Visit the Shabab Falcon site here: https://shababfalcon.com.

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After what seems like forever, we are finally back with a new episode of Doha Heat where we introduce Carlo and his team at SnapTV.me. We are excited for this new partnership and growing together. Make sure to show them some love by visiting their website and checking-out the first online web-TV magazine in the Middle East.

 

Got an idea for an episode this year? We would love to hear from you via our social media or by dropping us a message on our website: www.dohaheat.com

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Originally from Zimbabwe, maths teacher Lizzie Muringi joins us to talk about her life-long passion for education, specifically its ability to directly impact someone’s life. Not only does this passion get channeled into her day job, Lizzie also initiated an NGO, Blue Diamond Trust, aiming to assist students with school fees and other expenses.

 

 

*Special note: With the Doha Heat team going on holiday, this will be the last new episode for about a month. In the mean time, definitely check-out our past episodes.

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Environmental protection advocate and social media enthusiast, Neeshad VS, stopped by the studio after work to share his story that spans from India to Qatar. Because of his international experiences and very clear passion for giving back to his community, this young guy is someone to keep an eye on - expect great things from him in the future! Note: there are some great, easy ways to make your Ramadan more eco-friendly, too.

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Special shoutout to our sponsor this week, Hyatt Plaza’s Fast-A-Thon 2015, which takes place this weekend, June 26th through 27th. To learn more about the event and register, visit: http://on.fb.me/1Ld2AuH.

Have you met someone that just exudes confidence and joy? Well, Mrs. Universe 2014 1st Runner-Up, Yezenia Navarro, demonstrates these qualities along with so many more. Listeners gain insight into her journey from pursuing acting in Mexico to falling in love and making the move to Qatar, after which she was invited to represent her homeland in the Mrs. Universe pageant.

 Want to learn more about Yezenia's anti-domestic violence campaign, Queens Without Scars? Make sure to follow the initiative's work here.

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Doha Heat family! We’ve made it to our 1st birthday - woohoo! Thank you for all of your support and special thanks to our guest contributors, Neeshad and Saila.

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Robotics in the GCC seem to be a hot topic these days, especially after our neighbors in Dubai announced the debut of some robo-cops...not the 90s classic type sadly. Qatar, not to be outdone, is also fostering a domestic robotics industry at Education City, the location of today's podcast. Tune in to learn about how one Texas A&M alum is fostering its growth and got inspired by Hollywood.

 

Find more information about today's show over at our guest's website: http://www.qrid-robotics.com/about_qrid.

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If you have been watching the news recently, I am sure you are familiar with the earthquakes that hit Nepal and left the country in need of humanitarian relief. How do you provide this when you are abroad? Well, today's guests, Omer and Zaid of Education City United 4 Nepal, reveal how their student organization is doing this successfully and with a lasting impact.

Direct download: Doha_Heat__Nepal.mp3
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The team ventured outside of Doha for a special interview with head equestrian trainer, Claudia Bergers, at Al Uqdah Equestrian Complex. Many people probably had no idea how big horseback riding is in Qatar so we went to the best source. Claudia shares about her journey from the Netherlands to Qatar and gives us a tour of the facility.

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"Bright Lights, Little City" - a blog inspired by Nat High's 1st weekend in Doha and the city's "relentless ambition" is the focus of today's episode. Nat, who started the adventure into writing and sharing his insights into Doha life, tells us why he chose writing, how his creative process works, and how to sustain it.

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Doha Heat family, give a warm welcome to Ifath Sayed who will be joining as a co-host! Today we got the opportunity to meet Jamal Salim Abdulla, who hails from Mombasa, Kenya and currently works at Qatar Foundation. His journey is truly uplifting as he tells of foregoing his own university studies to help provide for his family's well-being back home.

Direct download: DH_-_Jamal.mp3
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Arriving in Qatar a few years ago after helping improve Dubai's transportation systems, Mark Thomson is quite the community man. He joins us to talk about his work with Internations, which is a networking and social group for expats and locals alike, and a life-long pursuit of meeting people. We also delve a bit into how we, as expats, can contribute positively to Qatar's future and why that is important.

Direct download: DH_-_Mark_Thomson.mp3
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Noemi Espinosa, a global adventurer who documents her journeys via Pinay Flying High​ blog, joins us today. She opens up about her early travels with her aunt in the Philippines, some of the struggles she has faced while traveling, and the future of her blog.

 

Make sure to subscribe so you never miss a new episode! Find us on iTunes here: http://apple.co/1DVOmLB. Find us on Stitcher (Android/iOS friendly app): http://bit.ly/1JUG7QF.

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If you have been to Jones the Grocer, you probably have met today's guest at the front, Gopal Baysal. We talk about his journey from Nepal, where he attended university, to the GCC, and how one goes about making a life in an unfamiliar environment.

 

Make sure to subscribe so you never miss a new episode! Find us on iTunes here: http://apple.co/1DVOmLB. Find us on Stitcher (Android/iOS friendly app): http://bit.ly/1JUG7QF.

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Warning: super sweet episode ahead with architect/baking blogger, Rou'a Wehbi, of Rou's Sweet Corner. We talk about pursuing multiple life passions simultaneously, especially those that are seemingly not related. Make sure to check-out her blog and show some love.

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Northwestern University - Qatar senior, Abir Bouguerra, comes to the studio and tells us about growing up between Qatar and Tunisia, figuring out one's identity, and the pursuit of finding intersections in her passions. She also shares about developing her artistic skills, notably painting and poetry - expect to hear more from her! A very earnest and heartfelt episode ahead.

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Two of the guys from Doha-based gaming studio, Girnaas, dropped by to talk about their personal journeys from divergent paths to now being pioneers in video game design in the region. Make sure to take some time to check-out their games available in the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores.

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Almost time for the full launch of Hot & Healthy as an independent podcast - keep an eye out for it in iTunes next week! Today Nicole sits down with Imran of Purely Honey to talk all things bee-related: why bees are essential to the wider ecosystem; collapsing bee colonies globally; and how to distinguish between the best and worst honeys. We also got the chance to sample some of the Yemeni Sidr goodness.

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What we focus on is what we get - what a powerful phrase, and yet many of us forget this relationship when life goes a little awry. Today Jeanine and Marie step listeners through the power we each retain to guide our lives, even when the outside world is chaotic. Make sure to keep an eye-out for Empower World's independent podcast debut next week in the iTunes Store!

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Sorry we're a day late, but we've been super busy prepping for the Ginger Camel Media Network's launch next week. Kev from ILoveQatar stops by once more to tell about the best events happening this week in Qatar: Easter egg hunts at IKEA, the 2nd International Day of Sport for Development & Peace, and the upcoming Breabach.

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Big changes ahead for Doha Heat! Andrew shares about them and what to expect.

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Kirsty and Sarah, two long-time expat bloggers and now aspiring podcast hosts, came by the studio to tell listeners about finding solace in blogging and sharing one's experiences to build a community. In addition to starting up the Two Fat Expats podcast, which focuses on the female expat experience in Qatar, they have built a great blogging community via BloggingME. If you are into these things, definitely keep your eyes open for their upcoming November 22, 2015 workshop at the Four Seasons Hotel.

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Ever think of how hypnosis may offer health benefits? Nicole sits down with clinical hypnotherapist, Gabrielle Turner, to explore how this technique can help improve an individual's life. Warning: may induce a trance-like state upon listening.


How do you react to the thought of someone critiquing your work? If you are like most people, you might shy away from it, but as Empower World discusses today, it can be a real gift! Making sure to listen with an open heart and mind is essential, as well as stepping out of our ego.

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Kev is back and let's us know about his new baby boy! Woohoo! We also talk about the busy week ahead with events ranging from marathons to the International Food Festival to the Aqua Park's reopening. Special shoutouts to our fans and family back in the US and UK - must be the recent rains making us nostalgic.

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The Edge comes by and recaps the recent, 2-day art conference accompanying the opening of the Doha Fire Station. The space, which formerly housed the Civil Defense in Wadi Al Sail, is the 1st of its kind in Qatar. Let's hope it is the beginning of a vibrant, community-centered art scene!

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International Physiotherapy Centre co-founder, Tamara Hasan, dropped by the studio and tells listeners about her path from banking to physiotherapy. Make sure to check-out their services, particularly if you are looking for a world-class experience.

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Nicole goes solo today, but no need to fret - the interview with aroma therapist Hermien Grobler is excellent. Listeners will learn about how being inspired by a relative has led her on a wonderful journey, especially since arriving in Qatar to serve the community.


The ladies talk about their move to an independent podcast come April, which fits well with today's topic: stepping into leadership positions and getting past our fears. Being in a position of authority can be scary initially, but as Jeanine and Marie emphasize, it is an opportunity to share our ideas and energies to help others.

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Back to the grind we go, but no need to fret - there are lots of great events happening this week! This week's show seems to be especially British and Irish heavy with St. Patrick's Day celebrations, a performance of "Macbeth," and debates at Georgetown University-School of Foreign Services​. We also get into the upcoming International Fashion and Ecuadorian Food Festivals.

Shout-outs to Empower World, the Sheraton, and the Doha Golf Club on your events this week!

Direct download: EP_-_ILQ.mp3
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Miles is back with a preview of the latest Qatar Construction News magazine, which features experts speaking about the effect of low oil prices on GCC development and the forthcoming mall at Katara. If you are into mobile apps, specifically those related to building things, QCN provides an overview of the latest and greatest.

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Kev returns after a week away in Spain, and we get into bringing you the best events happening this week in Qatar. You may also notice some improved audio thanks to our new audio producer, Scott, joining us from the UK.

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