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Great Indie Music from the Middle East

Posted on | November 4, 2017 | No Comments

This is easily the best hour of radio in the UAE.

For just under an hour we play some of the coolest Middle Eastern indie tunes and have a conversation about what we think.

Adam is the music detective here.

There are always a few surprises on the playlist!

Play this show and share it.

Here is what we were up to this week.

Souad Massi_Ghir-Enta
Palayan_Empty Seed
Mais Harb_Jouan O Ari O Hafi
Tarek_adam and eve
Peter Martin – medicineman
Mo Zowayed _ Going Away
Sharmoofers_El Helm

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What about that workplace bully?

Posted on | November 4, 2017 | No Comments

We had a great question on Nightline this week, we asked how you are dealing with the workplace bully.

I was joined by Dr. James Kelley www.drjameskelley.com, a professor of business at UAEU and we tried to unpack the issue.


We had a great chat with an educator and school psychologist, Marie Carmen, who gave us her take on the issue.

It is always interesting to hear what our callers think.

The reality is workplace bullying is a real issue and too many people do not want to address it out of fear.

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Talking to Bikingman these guys are cool

Posted on | November 1, 2017 | No Comments

It is always interesting to speak to people who have had a cool idea and then gone and taken it and turned it into something

Well Axel and Andreas have done that with BIKINGMAN.



I love the fact that these guys fell into cycling and it is a pretty recent thing.

I love that they still feel the thrill of the challenge even though they are organising adventures as much as riding them.

But what really stuck for me is the idea that anyone could succeed at anything if they get their mind into the game and they are prepared.

Click to listen to the conversation.


Your Weekly Music Fix

Posted on | October 29, 2017 | No Comments

One of the things you learn very fast when you have the opportunity to listen to radio from around the world is that there is not a lot of local music being played anywhere.

What is going on with the indie music scene in the UAE is not much different anywhere around the world, it is not as easy to find as anyone would like.

But thanks to technology there are more and more indie artists getting exposure and on Nightline  does its best to shine a bit of light on some great talent.

Adam has brought another bag of tunes to the deck and we get right into the cool zone.

Click here for the podcast.

Here is the playlist.

Hasan Malik_We Are Young
Mafar Band_Nsina El ‘Inwan
Hana Malhas_Nasi
SAYTRIP_Freeze this Moment
Apo & The Apostles_Bandora Blues
Postcards – Bright Lights

CreativeMornings Theme Pioneer

Posted on | October 29, 2017 | No Comments

Well, today was the 30th CreativeMornings event in Dubai and the 3rd Birthday of CreativeMornings in Dubai!

What a day.

This month we had a fantastic speaker, as usual, who had a fantastic story and activation.

Déborah Madelaine: a pioneer’s lessons in applied creativity

Below is the Facebook Live recording, enjoy.


On Creativity

Posted on | October 22, 2017 | No Comments

Creativity is an odd thing.

I seem to have been on this odd quest of a sort since 2009 running into bits and pieces of how people manage, wrestle and tame their own creative energy long enough to grab the idea and put it into a form that others can understand.

It is absolutely interesting to listen to other people talk about creative process because more often than not it allows you to see or feel a little bit of the process in your own daily life.

There is no question in my mind we all have creative energy and we all are receptive to creative inspiration.

The challenge we face is how to take the inspiration and make it into something.

Well, Michael Enright on CBC, The Sunday Edition, had a wonderful interview with Dennis Lee and I happened on it because it was a conversation about poetry and a great poet is always fun to listen to.

What I didn’t know I was going to listen to was a person talk about how the inspiration process happens for him in such complete detail.

I was amazed by this conversation and it made me pause and once again realise that this is a process I have heard variations of from others.

Listen, enjoy and think about your own creative process!

A conversation with Richard Thaler

Posted on | October 14, 2017 | No Comments

Most people are aware that by day I am a professor at Zayed University and by night I am a talk radio host on dubaieye 103.8fm.

My night time vocation has allowed me to have some very interesting conversations with some very interesting people.

In 2009, a little while ago, I had the opportunity to speak to Professor Richard Thaler about his book Nudge.

Richard Thaler is simply a great guy and last week he won the Nobel Prize for Economics.

My conversation with Richard Thaler.

The takeaway from this conversation was that it is the little things that can make the big difference.

CreativeMornings Dubai, Compassion and the Ramadan Sharing Fridge Initative

Posted on | October 1, 2017 | No Comments

If you are not aware of www.creativemornings.com you really should find your way to the site and poke around.

I am part of the team here in Dubai that has managed to put on 29 breakfast events in the last 3 years.

The link to our Dubai event can be found here .

Well the last talk was simply amazing, really, absolutely inspiring and full of insight.

Janine Bensouda and Asmae Lemniei joined us and shared beyond expectation.

I took 2 things away from the talk.

  1. authenticity is vital, you need to be true to your ideas
  2. never underestimate the power of compassion if you give people a way to engage
  3. every action leads to more actions

The event was filmed in 360VR and traditional video that are still being processed but the event was also livestreamed on Facebook.

Give the talk a look and listen and tell me what you think.



Do I need the New Microsoft Surface Pro?

Posted on | October 1, 2017 | No Comments

Well, I have to be honest I probably don’t need to go and buy the New Surface Pro.

I am using an aging ASUS netbook with touch screen for my recording needs and a 2011 MacBook Pro for everything else.

I have an iPad that I never use and my other love, at the moment, is a Sony Xperia XZ Premium which is AMAZING.

So the 1st question I am asking myself is would I use the New Surface Pro?

The reality is my Mac is slowing down and getting a little tired and the ASUS while nice is not a good replacement for the Mac, but the New Surface Pro may actually be the best of my 2 current computers in 1.

And I have to be 100% honest I love a touch screen and can not understand why Apple is not putting touch screens in all their devices!

So, to get you started on my take on the Surface Pro have a listen to Microsoft talking about this new machine.

Click to hear my conversation with Microsoft.

And then I managed to play with the machine myself.

Click to hear Fouad asking me about my thoughts on the New Surface Pro.

So, in the end this is not a cheap option, there are all sorts of computers on offer that came in at the sub 2000 dhs mark.

I am also left scratching my head as to why Office is not simply included as a free option instead of a 30 day trial.

When all is said and done this is a true hybrid that has the functionality of a tablet and the guts of a laptop.

Because it is possible to add an external monitor and a keyboard, if you have the docking brick, I think this is a great option and one that I am seriously considering as I look to move away from my MacBook.

Love to hear what you think.

Thoughts on Trump?

Posted on | August 26, 2017 | No Comments

The President of the United States of America is if nothing else a person who ignites passion in people.

Granted the passion that Mr. Trump is igniting is at the extremes and the passion that is being ignited can be as divisive as it is uniting.

I think it is interesting to ponder the Trump Administration from well outside the US, here in the UAE.

Dr. James Kelley joined me on Nightline for a conversation about Mr. Trump.

It was interesting that the Canadian in the studio was optimistic about what might come of a Trump America and the American in the studio was a little more skeptical.


Click to listen to the podcast.



So, what are your thoughts on Mr. Trump?

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