Although it was not his original intention to become a journalist, war and life in general somehow pushed Ali Al Shouk in that direction. After a decade of being a reporter first in Baghdad and now in Dubai, it is journalism that has become his natural calling. On today’s program we hear from Ali on Iraq, war, migration, and the role of the media in this part of the world.
For some it is a matter of doing what their family wants. Others struggle with the demands of family and the demands of the heart. Sometimes something beautiful turns tragic. In one of the most thankless jobs in a booming city like Dubai, there are kind, caring, and inspiring romantics waiting to share their stories.
He arrived in Dubai just as the UAE came into existence. In his 37 years as a Dubai resident, KJ Bhatia has had a front row seat to see a world of change in both the city and the region. As luck would have it, one day we struck up a conversation in his shop which would eventually lead to this podcast. This is one man’s life story that runs parallel to the amazing rise of a nation.
Somewhere along the neverending Jumeirah Beach Road in Dubai you’ll find a little oasis of healthy food and unique style. The place is Comptoir 102, a concept cafe created and run by my guests on today’s podcast: Alexandra de Montaudouin and Emma Sawko. While their place may not be far from downtown, this little cafe is in a very different world from the brand name corporate culture that took root in Dubai more than a decade ago.