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SLEEPLESS IN DUBAI 

with Julie Mallon & Laura Buckwell

A new podcast every week!

An engaging and informative podcast that delves into the
fascinating world of sleep, wellness, and lifestyle.

Season One

Dr Medhat Abu-Shaaban,
Medical Director My Pedia Clinic, shares his professional journey, the importance of sleep in the development of children, common issues and he shares some fascinating stories from his career to date.

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Mads Wolff, General Manager of 25Hours Hotel One Central, Dubaï, shares the growing trend of sleep tourism, the focus on sleep inducing wellness facilities, amenities and rituals at his hotel - all with a focus on ensuring a one-of-a-kind experience.

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Oz is the founder and CEO of Sprout. She holds a BSc and MSc in Biochemistry from the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany. She specializes in pediatric nutrition and is leading the development of Sprout food products and services.

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Suki Lu is a Bi-lingual presenter and professional event host. Hailing from Shanghai, Suki has interviewed some of the top celebrities and successful entrepreneurs around the world. Suki Lu is a household name in China and is widely known in the Chinese community in both GCC and China. 

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Raya Halet is the founder and host of They Say It Takes A Village, which is a homegrown podcast that she launched to provide a directory of all things parenting in the UAE in the hopes of creating the proverbial ‘Village’.


She interviews experts across the country who help provide honest insights and trusted recommendations for parents as they navigate this incredible journey of parenthood. With a background in health science and 15 years of regional experience, ‘They Say It Takes A Village’ podcast is a fusion of her passion for motherhood alongside her clinical background brought together to provide a little black book of top tier contacts. With a diverse scope of topics, the podcast dives deep into conversations that need to be had and highlighted. ”We are blessed to live in a country that boasts world-class expertise” says Raya, which she hopes to showcase in her podcast. “Parenting shouldn’t be solo; as they say, it takes a village to raise a child.

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Dr. Alessandro Caielli, a Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic surgeon certified in both Italy and the UAE, brings more than 13 years of expertise to his field. He completed his foundational medical education and subsequent advanced clinical studies in Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery at the renowned University of Genoa in Italy.

Specializing in cosmetic procedures within the realm of plastic surgery, Dr. Caielli honed his skills through focused training. His preferred surgical approaches include the integration of skin tightening with fat transfer.

Guided by his intrinsic appreciation for Italian aesthetics and fortified by extensive experience, Dr. Caielli consistently achieves results that are both naturalistic and technically flawless. As a certified Plastic Surgeon, he showcases proficiency and expertise across a wide spectrum of procedures.

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Hannah Pierce, a devoted mother of identical twin girls, gracefully navigates the responsibilities of family life alongside being the supportive spouse of an ardent Liverpool fan. Despite the inherent challenges, she passionately manages the day-to-day operations of her online children's boutique, Mumz and Munchkinz.

In her pursuit of entrepreneurial success, Hannah dedicates herself to the business on a full-time basis. The demands can be overwhelming, and there are moments where she humorously questions, "Why did I start this?" Yet, beneath the surface, her unwavering determination to achieve financial independence propels her forward.

Running Mumz and Munchkinz is a testament to Hannah's commitment to realizing her dream of independence and financial stability. The journey, while often hectic, serves as a source of personal and professional growth. As she maneuvers through the intricacies of entrepreneurship, Hannah recognizes the significance of demonstrating a strong work ethic to her children.

For Hannah, it's not just about managing a business; it's about creating a legacy of hard work and resilience for her family. She believes that by showcasing the dedication and effort required for success, her children will be inspired to emulate these values in their own lives. Hannah Pierce stands as a shining example of a modern woman, navigating the delicate balance of family, entrepreneurship, and the pursuit of personal goals.

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In 1988, Siog Moore arrived in Dubai as a newly qualified nurse from St. Vincent's Hospital in Dublin. Securing a position in the state-of-the-art Neonatal ICU at Latifa Women's and Children's Hospital marked the beginning of her journey in the healthcare field.

Fast forward to 1994, when Siog's first two children were ready for nursery. Despite the convenience of having home help in Dubai, finding the right balance between being a mother and a nurse proved challenging. The absence of a nursery that matched Siog's vision for an excellent preschool experience for her children added to the struggle.

Fueled by this challenge, Siog and a close friend, who was a teacher, decided to establish their own nursery. This decision gave rise to the birth of Little Land Nursery. From the outset, they defined a set of guiding values that have stood the test of time. Little Land Nursery remains committed to hiring qualified Montessori or Early Years teachers, educated assistants, and maintains a focus on child development and preschool education.

A vow was made to steer clear of becoming a mere 'babysitting' facility and, significantly, to minimize screen time. Their unwavering dedication is to deliver quality engagement with the children, with a strong emphasis on Early Years Education.

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Naila Kiani, a leading Pakistani high-altitude mountaineer, is the first Pakistani woman to conquer 10 of the 14 eight-thousanders within two years, setting a record as the fastest Pakistani to summit all 8,000-meter peaks. Notably, she achieved seven climbs over 8,000 meters within a remarkable six-month period.

In her climbing career, Kiani achieved several milestones. In July 2021, she became the first Pakistani woman to ascend Gasherbrum II (8,035 meters). In July 2022, she and Samina Baig became the only two Pakistani women to scale K2 (8,611 meters), the world's second-highest mountain.

Following her K2 conquest, Kiani became the first Pakistani woman to summit Gasherbrum I (8,080 meters) in August 2022. Her achievements continued, with notable climbs including Annapurna, Mount Everest, and Mount Lhotse within a short timeframe.

In July 2023, Kiani achieved a series of firsts, summiting Nanga Parbat (8,125 meters) and Broad Peak (8,051 meters), becoming the first Pakistani woman to climb all five of Pakistan’s highest peaks above 8,000 meters.

Recognizing her extraordinary accomplishments, in August 2023, Naila Kiani was honored with the Sitara-i-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan, Arif Alvi.

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Carly is a wellness and travel blogger, creating inspirational and informative content from luxury hotels all over the world. She started her blog in Dubai in 2015 as it has since grown to be one of the most well-read platforms in this space.

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Jay Desai serves as the esteemed CEO of Mirabelle Communications, leveraging his wealth of knowledge and experience to guide the company from its very inception. His dynamic leadership style is characterized by a unique blend of positivity, unwavering work ethic, razor-sharp thinking, and legendary quick wit, all of which have become integral components of Mirabelle's corporate culture and ethos.

With Jay at the helm, Mirabelle has flourished, carving out a prominent position in the highly competitive communications landscape. His strategic vision, coupled with an innate ability to inspire and motivate teams, has propelled the company to new heights of success. Under his stewardship, Mirabelle has consistently delivered innovative solutions tailored to meet the evolving needs of its diverse clientele.

Beyond his role as CEO, Jay remains deeply committed to fostering a culture of excellence and collaboration within Mirabelle. He champions an environment where creativity thrives, empowering employees to think outside the box and push the boundaries of what's possible in the realm of communications.

Jay's dedication to excellence and his relentless pursuit of innovation continue to drive Mirabelle forward, ensuring that the company remains at the forefront of the industry, delivering unparalleled value to its clients and stakeholders alike.

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Alanoud Badr, also known as Lady Fozaza, is a prominent fashion designer and influencer based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She is the visionary founder of the fashion brand "Lady Fozaza," which specializes in statement blazers and outerwear.

Originally from Saudi Arabia, Alanoud has gained international recognition for her bold and innovative designs, which have been worn by celebrities and fashionistas around the world. Her creations are known for their striking silhouettes, luxurious fabrics, and attention to detail.

In addition to her work in fashion design, Alanoud has also made a name for herself as a television host and influencer. She has appeared as a host on MBC TV and has collaborated with various brands on fashion campaigns and projects.

Alanoud's Saudi-Lebanese heritage deeply influences her approach to fashion and life. She draws inspiration from her multicultural background and incorporates elements of Middle Eastern and Western style into her designs.

Despite her global success, Alanoud remains grounded in her values and is passionate about empowering women through fashion. She is an advocate for self-expression and encourages women to embrace their individuality and confidence.

Overall, Alanoud Badr is a trailblazer in the fashion industry, known for her creativity, talent, and entrepreneurial spirit. Her influence extends beyond the runway, inspiring women around the world to embrace their inner style icons.

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Tala Samman is a well-known fashion blogger, influencer, and entrepreneur based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She is the founder of the popular fashion and lifestyle blog "My Fash Diary," which she started in 2009. Originally from Syria, Tala has a multicultural background and has lived in various cities around the world, including London and Dubai.

Tala is recognized for her distinctive style and keen eye for fashion, which has earned her a significant following on social media platforms such as Instagram. Her blog covers a wide range of topics including fashion trends, beauty tips, travel adventures, and lifestyle insights.

In addition to her work as a blogger, Tala is also involved in various fashion-related projects and collaborations. She has partnered with numerous international brands and has been featured in leading fashion publications.

Tala's influence extends beyond the fashion world, as she is also known for her advocacy of holistic wellness and self-care. She emphasizes the importance of maintaining a balanced lifestyle, which includes prioritizing mental health, physical fitness, and quality sleep.

Overall, Tala Samman is a prominent figure in the fashion industry and a source of inspiration for many aspiring fashion enthusiasts and entrepreneurs.

 

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DJ Bliss, also known as Marwan Parham Al Awadhi, is a prominent Emirati DJ, radio personality, and entrepreneur. He gained significant recognition in the Middle East for his contributions to the music scene and his charismatic presence on radio and television.

Born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, DJ Bliss developed a passion for music at a young age and began his career as a DJ while still in his teens. Rising to prominence through his work as a radio presenter on various radio stations in the UAE, his engaging personality and deep understanding of music made him a popular figure on the airwaves.

Apart from his music career, DJ Bliss has ventured into entrepreneurship, owning and managing entertainment venues in Dubai. He has also appeared on numerous television shows, both as a guest and as a host, solidifying his status as a prominent figure in the entertainment industry. Active on social media platforms, DJ Bliss shares updates about his music, performances, and personal life, connecting with fans across the globe. Overall, he is a multifaceted entertainer who has made significant contributions to the music and entertainment industry in the Middle East, particularly in the UAE.

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