Our podcast is celebrating its first milestone: 20 episodes! And we’d like to give our listeners around the world a HUGE shoutout: Thank you for tuning in. While it’s been almost one year since we aired our first episode, it feels like yesterday. And we’ve learned a lot along the way! On this week’s episode, Hashem sits on the hot seat and is interviewed by our producer Chirag Desai who asks him to reflect on the first year of podcasting. They discuss the emergence of micro-entrepreneurship in the creative space, reopening The Lighthouse post-lockdown and future themes that our listeners can expect on the podcast. The key learnings of launching a bi-weekly podcast? That the medium is important but it’s the quality of the content that trumps all. And we promise to continue to deliver fresh and stimulating content in this shifting global landscape.
Hashem speaks to Ahmad Al Marri, founder of Dubai-based ice cream brand Canvas Gelato.
Hashem and guest host Samantha Wood aka FooDiva catch up with Issam Kazim, CEO of the DTCM, which helped catapult Dubai from the early pandemic days to the other side of lockdown. They also talk about the impact of MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants and The Michelin Guides on the F&B and tourism sectors.
Hashem catches up with Mohamad Orfali, TV celebrity chef extraordinaire, restaurateur and co-founder of the award winning Orfali Bros restaurant in Dubai.