If podcasts are your thing, whether you’re commuting to work or doing laundry during your day-offs, there are always new episodes you can tune into. There are plenty of Dubai-based podcasts ready to ignite your mind, inspire you, make you feel entertained, and beat homesickness no matter where you are.
In a city like Dubai, which is always buzzing with activity, it can be nice to have a moment of calm while listening to a favorite podcast. Whether you’re exploring your city or taking a break from work, podcasts offer a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Here’s our top list of Dubai-based podcasts you should listen to!
1. #AB Talks
Entrepreneur and interviewer Anas Bukhash (an Emirati) hosts the podcast #AB Talks. The human side of famous athletes, businesspeople, and cultural influencers is often masked by their public personas, and that’s what this show is all about. This podcast has reached new heights of popularity thanks to the revelation of fascinating stories and previously untold secrets of the region’s most prominent superstars.
Anas Bukhash, the show’s host, rose to fame by showing viewers the real side of the region’s megastars. Not only does he produce podcasts, but he’s also one of the few people doing so who also has shows on Netflix. Perfect for those who are still learning the Arabic language!
2. Dubai Works
Richard Fitzgerald, the CEO & Founder of Augustus Media, hosts the business podcast Dubai Works. The podcast delves into the dynamic developments taking place in the United Arab Emirates and the technological state of affairs in the Gulf Cooperation Council.
To help others avoid the pitfalls he encountered, Richard hosts a roundtable discussion in Dubai with business owners, innovators, and change agents to share stories of perseverance. Dubai Works can be heard on a variety of podcasting platforms, including Sound Cloud, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Deezer, YouTube, and Apple Podcasts.
3. B for Better Health
The podcasts of Baraa Al Sabbagh are highly recommended if you are interested in healthful eating and physical activity. B for Better Health is a podcast hosted by Baraa, who describes herself as a “U.S. registered dietitian, certified sports nutritionist, and personal trainer.”
Podcast listeners will benefit from her insightful guidance on how to live healthier lives, as well as her detailed responses to listener questions on those topics. From “How to Lose Belly Fat” to “Are You Eating Your Emotions?,” she discusses a wide variety of issues. Baraa makes it a point to address frequent concerns about losing weight and frequently hosts guest speakers, including medical professionals, to share their insights on the topic.
4. Technology For A Change
Technology for a Change is a popular technology podcast in Dubai, and it just so happens to be the winner of the Web Excellence Award in the video and podcast categories, too. Principal Product Strategist and Regional Partner at TekRevol, Mr. Hady Shaikh, hosts this podcast series in which he and other business owners, thought leaders, and tech enthusiasts talk about the latest technological developments and their impact on creating successful businesses with long-term viability.
This podcast features interviews with successful entrepreneurs and C-suite executives from some of the world’s most well-known companies, including Microsoft, Nerdio, N2 technologies, the Unity Group, and many more. If you’re an entrepreneur or professional in the UAE looking to improve your organizational leadership skills through exposure to the insights of industry leaders and first-hand accounts of your peers’ successes and failures, this is the podcast for you.
5. That Grief Relief
Katie Overy’s That Grief Relief podcast features candid interviews with people who discuss their deepest, darkest grief without avoiding humor. Katie’s personal heartbreak inspired the project. Her mother passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack in 2010. Her father died of cancer in 2012. In the past 18 months, she has lost three close friends, two of whom took their own lives. While we never want to laugh at or make light of someone’s loss, we can still talk about it in a humorous way.
Maram El Hendy and Lana Makhzoumi, who together run DXBabies, are a formidable force. The podcast delves into topics like women’s empowerment and discusses other issues that are important to the meme generation. The podcast is so fun and easy to relate to because of the hosts’ conversational tone and the topics they cover (love and workplace problems, respectively).
7. When Women Win
You’re missing out if you haven’t listened to Rana Nawas’s “When Women Win” podcast. The author and speaker from Dubai conducts in-depth interviews with successful women from all over the world, including CEOs, authors, artists, and businesswomen.
8. Books of My Life
The Books of my My Life podcast may appeal to you if you’re a reader with a voracious appetite. Many famous people, including authors, are featured on this podcast to talk about the books they love. Ian Rankin, Irvine Welsh, and Arianna Huffington are just a few of the guests who have appeared on the podcast and discussed “Which books made them cry?” How about a snapshot of their nightstand? Which book do they now wish they had read when they were younger? Is there a certain book that they absolutely must have? If you’re a book lover this podcast should definitely be your cup of tea!
9. Inspiring UAE Women
The goal of the podcast Inspiring UAE Women is to inspire and encourage women living in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. It’s an unprecedented podcast that shines a bright light on influential women in the United Arab Emirates.
Ameera Khalid, the show’s host, has made it her mission to inspire hundreds of thousands of women around the world by having prominent Emirati women share their personal stories of overcoming adversity and rising to the top of their fields.
Australia, the Netherlands, Denmark, Turkey, Canada, Cyprus, India, and the six GCC countries are just some of the places where the podcast has an engaged audience. To date, there have been 25 episodes of the podcast, each running between 15 and 25 minutes. The Inspiring UAE Women Podcast is available for streaming on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher.
10. Why This Now?
Aakanksha Tangri, a nominee for Forbes’s Middle East 30 under 30 in 2020 and a guest on The Livehealthy Podcast, has started her own podcast. Why This Now? will feature the creator of Re:Set, a positive and welcoming community that has already reached over 4 million people since its 2019 debut. One can count on hearing unheard-of subjects, unasked questions, and nuanced takes on familiar issues.