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Hashem Montasser

“The thrill of the chase has always been my thing.”Ayman Fakoussa on launching The Qode, balancing friendship with business, and why he can’t let go of Excel

Diving into the joy of Guatemalan retreats and the love of Microsoft Excel, Hashem sits with Ayman Fakoussa this week to have a wide-ranging conversation. Hashem and Ayman chat about his experience growing up in Saudi Arabia before eventually moving to Dubai and embarking on a multi-faceted career that culminated...

Hashem Montasser

“As a Khaleeji guy, I had to prove myself over and over.” Meshary AlNassar on finding his footing as a designer, navigating interior design trends and the benefit of having a good eye

Our guest is up-and-coming designer Meshary AlNassar. Hailing from Kuwait, Meshary’s journey into interior design started during childhood with American TV pop culture influences The Oprah Winfrey Show and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Hashem and Meshary discuss his “design education” surrounded by an all-female cohort and how he managed...

Devina Divecha
Tiffany Eslick

Reaching for the Stars, with Michelin’s Elisabeth Boucher-Anselin

Co-host Devina Divecha caught up with Michelin Experiences’ Director of Communications, Elisabeth Boucher-Anselin, right after the announcement of the second edition of the Dubai Michelin Guide. Elisabeth shares more about the philosophy and process behind the Guide, and her advice to restaurants. Nourish by Spinneys: Michelin's Elisabeth Boucher-Anselin 0:00...

Tatiana Antonelli Abella

Think Tank - Towards Responsible Tourism: Best Practices from the UAE

Our latest Think Tank, “Towards Responsible Tourism: Best Practices from the UAE” was held at the Arabian Market a few weeks ago. The Think Tank focused on gathering perspectives from different stakeholders driving impact across a variety of initiatives in sustainable & responsible tourism from the UAE, highlighting Dubai’s Department...

Maha Abouelenein

When you find love you find peace, with Nadine Kanso

Welcome to Season 7 of Savvy Talk, I am excited to bring you leading voices from those shaping Dubai's cultural scene. Today we are joined by Nadine Kanso. She is an amazing designer and artist that has reimagined calligraphy by incorporating Arabic into her rings and necklaces. Nadine illuminates eye-catching...

Tiffany Eslick
Devina Divecha

Dough domination, with Pitfire’s Michele & Bill Johnson

This week, co-host Tiffany Eslick sits down with Dubai’s OG pizza pioneers, Michele and Bill Johnson, who run the award-winning pizzeria, Pitfire. They tell us how their signature dough continues to evolve, the process behind their delicious flavour combinations and what it’s like being partners in life and...

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