Category: Audio

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Ali Al Saloom: Connecting the World with Emirati Culture

Ali Al Saloom, better known on the internet as Ask Ali came on the scene in the same way many of us podcasters, bloggers, and other independent content creators did over the past 10 years… with an idea and a dream. His goal, to teach the world about his people and his culture, to dispel myths and contribute factual information about the UAE.

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Loving a Job That Few Respect

Mr. A is a young man in his early twenties, but he refers to himself as an old driver. So it goes in a country where the average taxi driver has a contract of 3 or 5 years. Like many drivers he is a modest man and when I ask him about life, at first he says he leads an uninteresting life. But after a few minutes of talking about Dubai, we find just the opposite to be true.
Unlike many people of the modern metropolis, Mr. A believes his life is just fine, especially after seeing the kinds of problems his passengers are carrying with them. Though respect is an issue and the stress is considerable, here is a man who’s number one matra is “I can’t complain, I have a good life.”

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Marta’s Kitchen: A Workshop for the New Dubai

Marta’s Workshop is a restaurant and catering company in one of Dubai’s newest neighborhoods, Jumeirah Lake Towers. Though the city is famous for its massive shopping malls and record breaking sky scrapers, Marta represents a new approach that puts an emphasis on small, quality, creative and above all – human. Could this be the future of the city of gold? Anyone who has stepped into her world would say – YES.

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A Decade of Driving in Dubai

10 years in Dubai represents a world of change. For Mr. X from Kerala, India, the changes are a huge challenge for knowing how to get around and where to go. At 60 years of age, he’s on the “other side” of his years, as he puts it, but with a daughter attending University in New Jersey and a dream of retiring and owning a little grocery store (maybe in New Brunswick, maybe in Bombay), this veteran of the desert roads intends to keep on driving for a few more years. This is his story.

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Creativity as a Way of Life: From Hamburg to Beijing and Back Again

Much can be learned from 30 years of watching the international hacker community develop, or a decade of watching China do the same. From the broadcast area of the 30th Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg, Germany, this week I am joined by internet audio pioneer Tim Pritlove and the guru of all things blinking and TV turning off, Mitch Altman. Together we discuss just what is and has happened at this world famous event this year and what it all means for the big picture of work, life, and tube messaging.

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What to Expect in the City of Gold

MP3 Audio [16 MB]DownloadShow URL As part of preparations for the Dubai Taxi Driver project, this week on the podcast we discuss what to expect inside and outside the car in one of the world’s most famous cities. My guest...