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Helen chats to RoseO'Donovon about how incorrect breathing can affect children She also chats to one mum has taken matters into her own hands after her son was being bullied Ever wanted to be part of the Scouts, well now is your chance Kamrin Archary has invented a robotic arm which was inspired after his aunty's accident Karim from Kidzapp has got all the latest deals on activities for the kidsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
They say your gut is your second brain, and nutritionist Rashi Chowdhary agreesDr Waleed Ahmed explains why we get panic attacksA new drug is now available to help children struggling with eczemaDr Thoiraya explains how self obsession can affect emotional wellbeingSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Lawyer Ludmila joins Helen to answer all your legal questions. If you a start-up in F&B then maybe The Co-Kitchen can help. Should you apply for a job you're not qualified for, we ask NSI Talent. CEO of VR Beauty Consulting gives us her top tips to run a successful salon. Ofelia Untalan is a head nurse turned entrepreneur. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
GEMS Wellington Academy - Silicon Oasis Counsellor Mahira Zakiuddin shares her insights on how we can be better listeners.Ten schools in the UAE are included in the top 100 private schools in the world, Fiona McKenzie talks us through the results and how this can affect parents and students' choices and learning experience.Dr Sarah Rasmi from Thrive Wellbeing Centre guides us on how we can best prepare for a significant transition- be it for a new term or school or saying goodbye to friends.We also talk about a report that highlights top considerations and concerns of prospective uni students, parents and teachers with Dima Al Sadi from Najah.Dr Marwan AlZarouni, CEO of Dubai Blockchain Center joins us to discuss the risks and challenges of online games and crimes.And Simona Agolini from QiDZ app gives us top tips of what to do this weekend with the family.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
We talk to two lovely ladies over the age of 50 about their life, activities and misconceptions about ageing and their group called Over 50 and Fabulous. Helen meets the first Filipino to travel to all the countries in the world! 77-year-old wanderer and artist Odette Ricasa shares her adventures from travelling solo to how she ensures her safety while on the go. Haitham Hijaz from Response Plus Medical joins us to talk emergency medical services for events. The Cat Vet Dr Raimundo Tamagnini busts myths and answers all your feline questions tooAnd we're giving you details on why Hatta is one incredible destination for families, adventurers and foodies too.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mounjaro injection is now available in the UAE. Dr Emran Khan from King's College Hospital Dubai joins Helen to discuss its benefits, together with one of his patients who recently received the jab.We're shedding light on a less-known condition, without a cure yet, called Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Specialist Neurologist Dr Ravi Shanker Lohano from Saudi German Hospital explains how this affects boys. Professional negotiator and mum Lousin Mehrabi shares her son's DMD diagnosis and how this prompted them to move to Dubai.With the UAE's growing population and as more expats choose to stay longer in the country, there's also a growing need for care and medical advice for the elderly. We speak with Geriatrician Dr Ahmed Foul from Rashid Hospital.And a social enterprise raising awareness on Alzheimer's Disease joins the conversation on how to promote quality of life for seniors.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Professional Development Coach Aliya Rajah and Corporate Trainer Raslyn Rasiah join Helen to discuss the importance of good communication skills, especially in the workplace. We talk about the importance of life insurance with critical illness cover with Anil Sharma from Nexus Insurance Brokers and two brave cancer survivors. From Quiet Quitting, we turn our attention to the new viral term Quiet Firing with Sonica Aron, the Founder and MD of Marching Sheep. And Ludmila Yamalova answers all your questions on our weekly Legal Clinic.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Soaring inflation significantly affects the cost of raising children and Finance Coach Carol Glynn gives a list on what to consider when planning to have children and how to adjust the way we live to cut back on expensesTaru Singhal from Zurich Life International details the new study showing how children's tuition impacts parents' salariesWhen the excitement simmers down, how can we encourage our kids to go to school? Principal Lisa's on hand to helpWe also speak with Dr Sarah Zanella on how to use fun games to boost children's confidenceClinical Hypnotherapist and Life Coach Zimmy Khan, one of the team members behind The Love Academy, shares their mission of helping children build emotional quotientPlus Emirates American Football League GM Dustin Cherniawski and player Joseph Mansour join Helen to talk about American Football as an amazing option for kids to get out and be active.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Author, Inspirational coach and podcast host Bertrand St. Louis shares how we can give back even in simple ways What are the signs to look for in children to see if they have vision problems? Dr Suhair Twaij from Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai gives us top tips Helen speaks with Helena Hijazi, founder of FitnGlam, a women-only gym. What's On's Group Editor Alice Holtham joins us to talk about their September issue, with Made in the UAE feature celebrating homegrown restaurants, brands and business born during the pandemic And Dr Leanne Cameron from the British Veterinary Hospital answers all your pets questions. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Recovered alcoholic and gambling addict, now sober coach David Golding and 22-year-old Ed Williams share their stories of addiction and transformation.Dr Antony Michael, Consultant Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon at Neuro Spine Hospital discusses Scoliosis, together with two patients who underwent surgeries.Mohamed Khomsi and Dr Serge Mattar from HealthPlus Network of Specialty Centers talks about the fertility conference that took place in Dubai on the weekendAnd how do we deal with narcissists in our life? Dr Thoraiya Kanafani from the Human Relations Institute and Clinics explains.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Menopause coach Sharon James together with a company here in the UAE that put a policy in place discuss how this benefit females who experience symptoms.Are you doing the bare minimum at work? Rohini Gill of GGC Consultancy talks about quiet quitting and how it can backfire on employees.The owner of Bumblebee shares her mission of helping mothers feed their little ones with organic and locally-sourced ingredients.And the Legal Eagle Ludmila Yamalova is back to answer all your legal questions.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Fatima Abdullah, child development expert and Managing Director of Enliven Counseling Center discusses parental alienation and how it affects children.Parental burnout- it's more common these days and family coach Jasmine Navarro helps us on how to cope with itLadybird Nursery's Monica Valrani and mum of three Karishma Shah talk about Sensory Processing Disorder and how to address it.And law student Saba Vaziri takes us to her journey of being an A student to preparing for the 'real world'.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12-year-old Tisya Panigrahi tells Helen why she loves diving and her recent trip 70 feet into the Gulf of Oman. The founder of UAE homegrown brand Aaraya Chocolates Vaishaly Singh shares her story of being an IT professional turned chocolate maker. dnata's Nathan Taylor updates us with a list of destinations and staycations to consider And on Pets and Vets, Helen is joined by the first Emirati vet, Dr Roula Shaaban and Dr Wadima AlDhaheri, the winner of the World Veterinary Association Award for Animal Welfare.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Freelance journalist Natalie Hore opens up about her past- an abuse that took place two decades ago, and how she accepted it as a part of her. Dr Abdul Salam Al Hakim, Special Psychiatrist from Emirates Hospital joins Helen to discuss the different kinds of trauma and the ones that can lead someone to seek help. We're also discussing paediatric health diseases with Dr Mohamed Kasem, Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist at Al Jalila Children's Specialty Hospital. Fernanda Troy, mum of Cecilia- a girl who had congenital heart defect, shares her daughter's battle against sickness to complete healing. And do you know plenty of people who have kidney disease are unaware about their condition? Dr Rachna Sahityani, Consultant Nephrologist from Saudi German Hospital guides us through the signs and symptoms, and advises on how to take care of our kidneys. Plus, two patients share their stories- Aldwin Cosuco who's been undergoing dialysis for 10 years now and Anand Prakash, a kidney transplant patient.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Are you considering to become a voice over artist? Listen to two very experienced VO professionals- Ahmad Haffar whose voice for sure you got to hear already on almost everywhere here in Dubai And Heinie Hartendorp, the station voice and Production Manager of Tag 91.1 We're also celebrating Emirati Women's Day by meeting not one but three inspiring Emirati ladies Our Legal Eagle Ludmila Yamalova answers all your legal queries live from Italy Mariela Marcantetti, the CEO of Furless Permanent, joins us for our weekly Money Diaries segment And Deborah Thomson, GM of JA Hatta Fort Hotel, tells Helen what makes Hatta a unique destination.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Hanan Ezzeldine from The Family Hub shares her experiences of being diagnosed with ADHD just few months ago Teen coach Ciaran McBreen lists down the challenges of going back to school and gives strategies to support both kids and parents Is your child ready to start school for the first time, or prepared to return? Lisa Sherrington-Boyd aka Principal Lisa talks about practical skills and emotional readiness for children. And as part of our back-to-school theme, we help you with the to-do list inlcuding checking the right school shoes for the kids with Anthony Mills of Ecco and Michelle Champlin of Dubai Podiatry Centre.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Cancer warrior Aarti Sondhi shares how she sets the positivity bar so high while battling Stage 4 breast cancerHave you moved overseas or are you planning to do so? The author of Let's Move Abroad joins us to talk about the guidebook that makes moving overseas easyWe're also exploring the negative effects of household chemicals on our health with Diane O'Keeffe from Enjo DubaiThaely's founder Ashay Bhave talks about their passion for sustainability that resulted in sneakers manufactured from waste plastic bags, with one school in Dubai making it a part of their uniform.And on our weekly Pets and Vets, Dr Michelle Enslin from Boehringer Ingelheim in South Africa answers all your questions about parasites infection and more.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dr Thoraiya Kanafani from the Human Relations Institute and Clinics clarifies the differences.Dr Salman Hameed from Zia Medical Center in Jumeirah joins us for a Knee Clinic- from anatomy to injuries to treatments, and two patients share their experiences too.And do you suffer from sudden and severe attacks of pain on the joints? Dr Beena Hameed, Consultant Rheumatologist at King's College Hospital Dubai explains what really is gout.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
How can parents help their children build wealth over time? Life and personal finance coach Randell Tiongson joins Helen to discuss Our Legal Eagle Ludmila Yamalova is back answering your legal questions, including the fresh reminders about hotel pools In our Money Diaries, we speak to a lady Group CEO- Mary Jane Alvero-Al Mahdi who heads the Prime Group Companies, a quality and compliance solutions provider in Asia, Middle East and Africa. Dubai's F&B scene is always adding more restaurants and cafes on its long list. But what do businessmen and foodie lovers need to consider if they want to enter the industry? CEO and Founder of Restaurant Secrets Inc. and Cornerstone 61 Consultancy Gabrielle Mather shares the do's and dont's.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Helen speaks with Douglas McMaster, owner of Silo, the world's first zero-waste restaurant. The founders of Electric Pawn Shop, a new bar restaurant in Dubai, join us live in studio to share their what's on their menu and how they came up with the vintage concept. Two chefs joined us for our regular Chef's Table- Chef Emad Zalloum, Executive Chef of Arabic Cuisine at Rosewood Abu Dhabi and Chef Carmine Pecoraro, Executive Chef of Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers. Vikram Gawde of ETT HEM by The Curry Bureau discusses the business of supper clubs . A cafe and perfumery in one? Yes, we have that in Dubai! Villa 515's owner Dhaher Bin Dhaher talks about the multisensory experience right in the heart of Jumeirah. And Summer Restaurant Week is ongoing, so if you're looking for incredible food for lesser prices, Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment's (DFRE) Sara Janahi gives us all the details.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
How do we shift the children's sleep schedule back to normal now that the holidays are almost over? Our popular Sleep Clinic is back with consultant Julie Mallon from Nurture2Sleep Nearing the BTS day, Dr Gordon Bland from Clemenceau Medical Center Dubai joins us for a back-to-school health checklist discussion Education consultant Heather Harries shares how to be a Grade A parent on results day Emirati writer Maryam Al Serkal talks about acceptance and being yourself on her book "Mira's Curly Hair". And we have all the details on how to get educational books for free from BookHero's Montserrat Martin.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Teen coach Ciarán McBreen this on the back of Spider-Man actor Tom Holland's announcement that he is taking social media hiatus as it's becoming detrimental to his mental health. Raz Hansrod from Gulf Photo Plus gives top tips on how to monetise your photography hobby. Nathan Taylor from dnata Travel joins us to talk about holidays and top late-summer UAE staycations And as always on a Wednesday, it's Pets and Vets! Dr Sergio Da Silva from Intervet answers all your pet-related questions.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16 August 2022: In a recent study, scientists found there was no evidence that depression was caused by a Chemical Imbalance. We find out more from Dr Hasan. Dr Reshma explains why she is giving free dental care to people of determination What is preventative medicine? We find out from Dr Maria. Dr. Thoraiya and Helen are discussing adult sibling rivalry.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
It's foodie Friday once again and today we have in the show the founder of Nuttino, Melissa McKerlie to talk about cashew nut-based cheeses and spreads, Beautiful lollies are also part of the lineup with House of Pops BRW Society share how their herbal teas differ from the rest Punam also speaks with the president of the Emirates Culinary Guild and the culinary advisor of Radisson Blu, Chef Uwe Micheel The returning chef of Folly- Bojan Cirjanic also joins the show live in studio And we also talk to a company that ensures all the tiniest of details in a restaurant is complete- from furniture, to ambience, to even the salt and pepper shakers.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Husband and wife Muhammad and Ambreen share the added pressures and joys of raising two sons with autism Parents' anger issues affect their children big time. Family therapist Joanne Jewell joins Punam to give guidance on how parents can control and avoid these negative situations Children's author Giselle Onanian talks about the second and third books on her series called Alfie & Oak And Karim Beidas from Kidzapp gives us a list of fun things to do with the kids in the last days of summer.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Punam meets 8-year-old Ayaan to talk about his very recent climb in Africa. We also help you decipher your Ayaan Mendon with Dr Jana Sharaf-Khalifa from the House of Wisdom. Life coach Masoud Khalili shares how he guides athletes for their professional and personal growth. And Dr Luisa Coelho joins us for Pets and Vets to answer all your pet questions. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Lady photographer Leslie Delos Santos Pableo bravely shares her story on why walking became so painful that she needs to use a wheelchair.Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon Dr Antony Michael from Neuro Spinal Hospital also joins us in the studio to explain her condition.Punam speaks with Alex aka Sober Yoga Girl on how she turned away from brunches and turned her life aroundVanessa Esmlie gives us top tips for anti-ageingDr Gaurav Muktesh from Al Zahra Hospital talks about the correlation between COVID and gutPlus Dr Ihsan Almazrooqi and Dr Yousef Said discuss diabetes and how a new subscription model for diabetes management can help patients See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Phil Bedford of The Rebel Networker and Asentiv Marketing & Management Consulting joins Punam for a mini personality exercise session Punam has a crash course today about crypto for beginners from Talal Tabbaa, the Co-Founder and CEO of CoinMENA Farida Alkaff joins the show for our weekly Money Diaries where she shares her day-to-day tasks at Oracle and her relationship with money too. Anuradha Dhawan of Al Ghurair Retail talks about eco fashion- is it really the new trend or is it still too expensive for everyday wear? And as always on a Monday, our Legal Eagle Ludmila Yamalova answers all your legal queries.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The founder and CEO of Melange, Nadia Parekh, joins Punam to talk about desserts Mustard doughnuts? That's one of the many updates from food writer Courtney Brandt Iron Chef Thailand winner Chef SK Choi is now the Head Chef at Armani/Hashi at The Armani Hotel A Japanese restaurant has just opened in DIFC and we find out what makes it stand out from other F&B outlets offering the same cuisine And Chef Dilip Mudras from Paradiso Abu Dhabi is on the hot seat for our weekly Chef's Table.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Imagine having your dad take a picture of you every single day of your life? Cory Mcleod now has around 11,000 photos (and counting) of himself Punam speaks with children's author Julia Johnson about her life here in the UAE and how it inspires her to write more stories Fiona Kaplan from Kaplan Professional ME talks about professional development courses And after England's historic win at the Women's European Championship, what does it mean for women in football? Young female footballers Amaarah and Ina and their head coach Mehran Rowshan from Alliance Football Club join Punam to discuss.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Powerlifter mum Gulshan Banu Kazi shares how powerlifting helped her to have a better mindset, lose weight and improve her Rheumatoid Arthritis. Nathan Taylor from dnata Travel fills us in with travel and vacation deals Tech expert Daanesh Kalyaniwalla guides us on what BTS (back-to-school) gadgets you need to purchase And as always on a Wednesday, it's Pets and Vets brought to us by Purina Pro Plan. Dr Sara Elliott and registered nurse Elsa Callaghan join Punam live in studio to answer all your pet questions aside from focusing on dog obesity.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
How do you kick out that voice staying in your head rent-free? Dr Thoraiya Kanafani from HRIC guides us on how we can reject these thoughts. Consultant Orthopaedic Dr Andrew Foggitt from Burjeel Hospital joins Punam to discuss how we can avoid ankle injuries. August is Children's Eye Health and Safety Month and Specialist Paediatrician Dr Menna Farouk from King's College Hospital Dubai gives us top tips to ensure our little ones' eyes are healthy. Dr Sana Kausar discusses if lactose intolerance is evolving in humans due to the food we eat or it is linked to our culture. And Punam speaks with Dr Haider Ali who has has written a book to show how dermatological conditions can appear very different with people of darker skin tones and this can relate to a late diagnosis.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On our Money Diaries, Punam speaks with Mary Grothe, the founder of House of Revenue, about her perception on money and how she guides startups too. Majid Mneymneh from Pearson Middle East discusses how essential upskilling and reskilling are to stay competitive in the marketRolly Brucales, the MD of Off The Hook Seafood Restaurant shares how they managed to rapidly expand even during the pandemic, plus how the company guides their employees through financial mentoring. And Legal Eagle Ludmila Yamalova answers all your legal queries, from visas to debts and more. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Punam speaks with the owner of the first 3D cafe in the UAE, Forever Rose, Ebraheem Al Samadi. She's also joined by Hasan Al Zeer, the founder and CEO of Mishkah, a cafe in Al Quoz with a big olive tree in the middle. Two chefs from Abu Dhabi are in today's Chef's Table: Chef Scott Valentine, Corporate Director of Culinary at Rotana Hotel Management Corporation and Chef Simone de Vivo, Chef De Cuisine of SOLE at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers. Food writer Dan Fahy updates us on the latest local and international food news. And professional photographer Andrea Salerno talks about food styling and photography.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Father and daughter tandem, Dr Ben Lebig Jr. PhD and 12-year-old Izabella Lebig join Punam to discuss this. Plus, Izabella shares details about her novel series and the beneficiaries of the books sale. Dominic Watts of Free Spirit Collective does some mindfulness exercises live on air! Hanan Ezzeldin from The Family Hub guides us with alternatives to screen time that can keep our children engaged And it's superheroes time as Punam speaks with Daniel Rey about exhibitions for families and kids at Jameel Arts Centre.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
You are sharing your proposal stories as Punam speaks with Caroline Ralston of Proposal Boutique, a company helping people in love deliver a proposal to remember. Daanesh Kalyaniwalla joins us to talk all things tech- from wearable ACs to taking care of our gadgets How to stay fit in this summer heat the safe way? Trisha Cadden from Chalk Training Ground has some tips for us Ballers also has a summer camp for kids to keep them busy during the break And it's Dr Amarrah Shah from Vet Plus Center joining us for our weekly Pets and Vets segment.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Punam finds that out with best-selling author and world-renowned speaker Marisa Peer. The World Health Organization Director-General has declared the ongoing Monkeypox outbeak a Public Health Emergency on an International Level. Does it spread very quickly? How can we protect ourselves? Dr Ishrat Khan from King's College Hospital Dubai explains. Dr Sana Kausar fills us in with all the things we should be doing and avoiding during the summer season. And are you a collector or already a hoarder? We discuss Hoarding disorder on our Psychology Hour with Dr Thoraiya Kanafani from the Human Relations Institute and Clinics.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The founder of HPL Yamalova and Plewka Ludmila Yamalova is answering all your legal questions from visas to properties and more. Are you a freelancer looking for work, or a company looking for skilled workers? Well maybe Anurag Bhalla from Outsized can help you. Punam also speaks with the owner of The Good Finds UAE- a business that was born during the pandemic, helping artists and weavers too. And on our Money Diaries segment, we are joined by the Chairman of SPC Global Hussein Rifai.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22 July 2022: We start with Chef Alannah who has baked for the Queen of England and Lady Gaga plus more Co Chocolat by two sisters have created some unique healthy treats The Orfali Bros have been recognised by the Michelin Guide Dubai Flour Girl bakery is serving a very unusual dessert for her UAE customers And Courtney Brandt has all the latest food news. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
21 July 2022: Dr Arif Khan, a paediatric neurologist is answering all your questionsDo kids suffer with jet lag more than adults? We ask sleep expert Julie MallonAnd a new Arabic platform called Omooma has just been launched for mums.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.