Doha Heat
Doha Heat is a weekly, communal podcast created for every type of individual who currently calls Qatar home, has in the past, or may one day.

After a successful career in business and marketing, Elsbeth Blekkenhorst opened her own shoe brand. Having nothing to do with fashion before that, she turned some of her negative experiences with finding comfortable shoes into a passion project. In this episode, we talk about the positive experiences and challenges associated with opening your own business, women supporting women, and so much more!

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Elsbeth Blekkenhorst is a clear After a successful career in business and marketing, Elsbeth Blekkenhorst opened her own shoe brand. Having nothing to do with fashion before that, she turned some of her negative experiences with finding comfortable shoes into a passion project. In this episode, we talk about the positive experiences and challenges associated with opening your own business, women supporting women, and so much more!

Direct download: DH_Season_2E08_Elsbeth.mp3
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Ever wanted to go to therapy but heard that you should pray your worries away or that it's "just a phase?" In this episode, we bust some mental health myths with Shefa Obaid, a psychology specialist. We discuss Shefa's experience working in refugee camps as a mental health practitioner, the physical changes that take place in the brain for someone suffering from mental disorders, and what coping mechanisms can we use to help ourselves and those around us when we don't have access to psychologists.

 

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Ever wanted to go to therapy but heard that you should pray your worries away or that it's "just a phase?" In this episode, we bust some mental health myths with Shefa Obaid, a Canadian psychologist. We discuss Shefa's experience working in refugee camps as a mental health practitioner, the physical changes that take place in the brain for someone suffering from mental disorders, and what coping mechanisms can we use to help ourselves and those around us when we don't have access to psychologists.

 

Direct download: DH_Season_2E07_Shafir.mp3
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Ever wanted to go to therapy but heard that you should pray your worries away or that it's "just a phase?" In this episode, we bust some mental health myths with Shefa Obaid, a Canadian psychologist. We discuss Shefa's experience working in refugee camps as a mental health practitioner, the physical changes that take place in the brain for someone suffering from mental disorders, and what coping mechanisms can we use to help ourselves and those around us when we don't have access to psychologists.

 

Direct download: DH_Season_2E07_Shafir.mp3
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Ever wanted to go to therapy but heard that you should pray your worries away or that it's "just a phase?" In this episode, we bust some mental health myths with Shefa Obaid, a Canadian psychologist. We discuss Shefa's experience working in refugee camps as a mental health practitioner, the physical changes that take place in the brain for someone suffering from mental disorders, and what coping mechanisms can we use to help ourselves and those around us when we don't have access to psychologists.

 

Direct download: DH_Season_2E07_Shafir.mp3
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Working in a male-dominated industry can be quite daunting to many women. Sahar El Rafai, an engineer by profession, has taken this as a challenge and brought out the best out of this experience with her. This part-time personal trainer talks to us about balancing two careers, dealing with the challenges of working in a male-dominated industry where a woman may not be taken seriously because of her gender, self-care, and much more!

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Sam Meekings' love for writing came from childhood, when he wrote his first book about going on adventures with his dog. As a university graduate, his passion for writing intersected with his interest in exploring different cultures. As a teacher in China, he discovered a fascinating story about the trials of a couple's relationship as they experience Mao's Cultural Regime and the birth of modern China. Not realizing what he was getting himself into, he started his first historical fiction novel. In this episode, we discuss the ins-and-outs of being a writer, what strategies can you use to motivate yourself to keep writing, and how to do justice when you write about another culture without culturally appropriating it.

Check out his new book on the story behind a painting by Vincent Van Gogh here: https://t.co/5dYJTOqbe8

 

 

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Grace Medina's love for handicrafts didn't start from childhood, even though she belonged to a family of designers. A journalist from Venezuela, she discovered her passion for quilting and patchwork when she decided to explore different avenues as a bored stay-at-home mom. In this episode, we talk about the intricacies of quilting and patchwork, her organization, Handy and Crafty, the connections between art and culture, and how engaging yourself in some form of art can help you cultivate joy and satisfaction and become part of a community.

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Sondra Hope, founder of Yala Healthy, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the early age of 24, then faced recurring bouts of it. But the one thought that kept her going through this struggle was that she wanted to be healthier for her daughter. Once overweight, Sondra is now a fitness and health trainer with a unique methodology to train her clients—not just focusing on food and exercise, but also helping them train their minds. Listen to today's episode, where we dive deep into her past and ongoing struggles with cancer, her fitness ideology, tips on living a healthy lifestyle, and the nutritious, tasty, and super affordable treats she offers on Yala Healthy.

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The obstacles and the struggles life throw at us can be very daunting and hard to get over. When they’re left unspoken, it can cause a deep-rooted issues within us, such as anxiety. And often times, it's hard to find a community to reach out to for help. When Kausar and Mariam had this realization, they decided to bring together their passions to start Community Connect Doha, an initiative aimed at creating dialogue, so people in Doha could discuss issues pertaining to the community in workshops and other events. In this episode, we speak about their experience as expat kids and parents, the importance of community and talking about stigmatized topics, and more!

 

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What an episode to kick off the second season with! Our guest this week is the super vibrant and spirited, Harriet Gyamfuah. We talk about how unexpected events got her jobs in Prada, Miu Miu, and Marie Claire, her passion for fashion, writing, and public relations, and the transformation she's experienced in her journey navigating the world of fashion as a woman of color. 

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When Khedija Dellal moved to Qatar, she had a hard time interacting with people. Now, the mother of two finds connection with others being a personal trainer and Instagram blogger and helping women stay fit. Listen to how pregnancy changed her life, how she overcame a tough delivery, and how she pursues a fit lifestyle with her children. Through her passion, she helps pregnant woman become stronger and more prepared for motherhood in the comfort of their homes. Listen to the full episode to know her motivational story and learn how exercise and activity can empower you.

 

If you would like to donate to save animal shelters in Qatar, here's the link: https://www.gofundme.com/animal-welfare-in-qatar

 

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Hani Arif and Nathalie Wherlock met some time after Natalie permanently moved to Qatar and bonded over shawarmas and fatayers. The now husband-and-wife duo are founders of lemonandmint.co, a food blog, which shares their reviews and thoughts about the various restaurants in Doha. Listen to know more about how they aim to help the Doha community through their blog, their suggestions on how we can make Qatar a food destination, and their favorite restaurant recommendations. 
 
Where can you find the best lemon mint in Doha? Let us know in the comments!
 
As mentioned in the episode, if you would like to donate to save animal shelters in Qatar, here's the link: https://www.gofundme.com/animal-welfare-in-qatar

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Zahra Shikara is unstoppable. From earning a black belt in Taekwondo and undergoing Shaolin Kung Fu training in China to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and practicing a 14-day water fast for an extreme physical and mental experience, she has tried it all. Our guest this week enjoys pushing herself to her limits and breaking barriers. Listen to her speak about her adventures and her tips on how to mentally train yourself to establish a fit and healthy lifestyle. You will also learn how your physical fitness can impact your emotional and mental wellbeing.

 

As mentioned in the episode, if you would like to donate to save animal shelters in Qatar, here's the link: https://www.gofundme.com/animal-welfare-in-qatar 

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Have you ever met someone who exudes creativity? This week's guest is the imaginative interdisciplinary designer, Islam Shehab, who speaks about how his architectural background and creative thirst led him to interdisciplinary design and his interest in speculative design (hint: Black Mirror uses speculative design). To learn more about what is speculative design, Islam's twirly mustache, his tips on unleashing your creativity, and his upcoming exhibition at the fire station, listen to the full episode! 

 
As mentioned in the episode, if you would like to donate to save animal shelters in Qatar, here's the link: https://www.gofundme.com/animal-welfare-in-qatar
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Our guest for this episode is the super fun, sassy, and unbiased Qatar food and travel blogger, Rachel Morris. She speaks about her food adventures in Qatar, her love for traveling, and how she feeds her creativity through her blog. She also speaks about the books she's written (hint hint, true crime), her journey to becoming a food and travel blogger, and her favorite cities. To find about her recommended restaurants (and podcasts!), listen to the full episode.
 
 
As mentioned in the episode, if you would like to donate to save animal shelters in Qatar, here's the link: https://www.gofundme.com/animal-welfare-in-qatar
 
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When you think of lifestyle bloggers, you probably don't think of someone who wears a veil. Challenging these stereotypes on an everyday basis is Khansa, founder of Creativity With Kay. She's a lifestyle, food, and travel blogger based in Doha. Listen to this episode to hear about how she confronted the skepticism around her persona and became one of Qatar's biggest influencers. 

As mentioned in the episode, if you would like to donate to save animal shelters in Qatar, here's the link: https://www.gofundme.com/animal-welfare-in-qatar

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When Hichame Moubarak started introspecting as a teenager, he realized that he needed to make some changes. This is how his journey towards reinvention began. From sky diving to the Iron Man Triathlon, he decided he would do anything and everything to step outside his comfort zone. Now, he works a full-time job in Qatar along with supporting his passion for ultra endurance athletics. Listen to this episode to gain some inspiration on the process of reinvention, personality development, and how developing your physical strength could help your mental and emotional wellbeing.

To donate to Hichame's charitable water initiative, click here: https://my.charitywater.org/hichame-moubarak/4-deserts-grand-slam-run-for-clean-water

As mentioned in the episode, if you would like to donate to save animal shelters in Qatar, here's the link: https://www.gofundme.com/animal-welfare-in-qatar

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This week’s guest is the phenomenal weather presenter from Al Jazeera, Everton Fox. We talk about his inspiring journey from BBC World to Al Jazeera in Doha, his expertise in meteorology, the issue of global warming and climate change today, what the increasing temperatures around the world could mean, and the simple things we can do on an everyday basis to help the environment. Being a long-time friend of Stefan’s, Everton also gives us fun tidbits of information that you might not have known about Ginger Camel’s CEO.

As mentioned in the episode, if you would like to donate to save animal shelters in Qatar, here's the link: https://www.gofundme.com/animal-welfare-in-qatar

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As a child, Arvind Rampal was fascinated with books that discussed personal growth, so it only made sense that he would find a job in the field of personal development and human capital. He is now the Managing Director at Qatar Skills Academy.

In this episode, he talks about the philosophy of positive thinking called 'Law of Attraction,' building the right mindset to attain success, and the field of coaching and development. In Qatar, Arvind organizes regular meet-ups and invites anyone in Doha to discuss various topics from mindfulness to building up positive habits that will build one's personality.

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Yoga has been around for ages, but not everyone can wrap their heads around its effects and benefits. With international Yoga Day right around the corner, what better time would there be to understand the science behind the practice?In this episode, we speak to Mary Bugg, Founder of Yoga Bugg, who shares her unique story of how learning yoga changed her life. Listen in to know about the different forms of yoga and what kind of yoga you can start practicing to cater to your lifestyle. 

This episode is brought to you by Warwick Doha, a five-star hotel located in the heart of Doha. They have incredible Eid offers that you absolutely must experience. It's Eid after all, from from buffets and World Cup screenings to spa packages—the perfect time to treat and reward yourself.

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We're turning four on 14 June! It's been a wonderful ride and we cannot wait to share the stories of more wonderful people on our podcast.
In this week's episode, we have a special guest, the founder of Doha Heat, John Savage who shares his experiences with starting Qatar's first podcast. We talk about why he wanted to start a podcast, the challenges he faced, and our journey in the past 4 years. Also joining in on this episode is Stefan Lindberg-Jones, CEO of Ginger Camel and our publisher.
Thank you so much to all our listeners for their support. We couldn't have done this without you!

S/O to our show sponsor this week Warwick Doha, who treated our host to a luxurious spa and a delicious iftar buffet. Check them out for amazing Ramadan offers and treat yourself—you deserve it.

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This week, we hosted Haitham Kurdi, founder of Ramadan's Pearl Charity Meals in Qatar.  The initiative feeds more than 230 workers at The Pearl Qatar daily through iftar nutrition packs as well as hot meals from kind neighbours and supportive local restaurants. Listen in to know about the meaningfulness of this venture, and how you can contribute too!

 
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Is your skin dull and tired from all the stress it goes through? Do you want to know the small steps you can take on an everyday basis to protect and help nourish it?
 
This week, we spoke to the illustrious Marzena Hallam, founder of Emoly, who creates 100% organic and 100% natural skin care products in Qatar, along with working a day job. Listen in to know what the best practices are to care for your skin and to learn about how an organic skincare regime can benefit you.
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Do you believe in book fairies?

Doha Heat had the pleasure of chatting with a real-life Book Fairy! Jean Bayaborda, founder of The Book Fairies Qatar, talks about her love for books and how she raises awareness of reading in Doha.

Do you have a passion for reading and spreading satisfaction to others? Download our podcast and listen to learn how you can become a book fairy too!

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Doha Heat had the pleasure to host Nourah Al Sulaiman, Students Outreach Manager of Ensaniyat. Ensaniyat is a project under the umbrella of migrant-rights.org and aims at spreading knowledge and awareness about migrant and domestic workers rights in Kuwait and Qatar. Listen to our Podcast at http://www.gingercamel.com/podcast/doha-heat or watch us here, we went LIVE this morning!

Qatar Labour Law document:

https://www.ilo.org/…/1284…/F-1438071320/QAT105099%20Eng.pdf

Follow and support Ensaniyat:

https://twitter.com/Ensaniyat_
https://twitter.com/_Noourr
https://www.instagram.com/ensaniyatproject/

If you would like to support a local project started by a group of neighbours, donate your time/goods/iftar boxes this Ramadan:
Ramadan Charity Meals at The Pearl Qatar:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/790785904460772/

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Doha Heat had the pleasure of hosting Zunira Malik, the Founder of What's Up Doha. Her intuitive energy filled the studio and she enlightened us all to reach for our dreams even if we start off small. She spoke of what life is like as an expat in Doha as well as her vision to unite people through her talk shows and many more initiatives. Don't miss out on this podcast follow What's Up Doha here: WHATS UP DOHA

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Doha Heat had the pleasure to meet Jack Saba GM of Public Affairs Sasol. We discussed their CSR initiative "Accessible Qatar" and "Definitely Able Qatar" to Inspire us all and bring awareness about the super abilities of those with disabilities. Bringing your attention to the first public inclusive park in the entire region where children with all types of abilities can play together Legtaifiya Park

Follow them here:
FB @/thedefinitelyable 
Instagram: @definitelyAble

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Doha Heat had the pleasure of hosting Personal Trainer and Aspire Active Fitness Coach Naome Tleko. We spoke of what inspires her to train and go to work energised every day as well as easy and effortless steps for the public to take action! Download the podcast and watch our LIVE to be inspired, energised and committed to living a fitness lifestyle!

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Coach Elizabeth Wood, Founder of Inspire Me spoke on the topic of Self-Confidence, a common topic for those who seek coaching. Her approach is to keep it simple by offering 5 Simple Steps to Self-Confidence. She empowers her audience to commit to tangible action steps within the week. Download the podcast and benefit from a surge of energy coming through your speakers! 
www.inspireme.qa 
Instagram: @elizabeto 
FB: Elizabeth Wood

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Goal setting through coaching...

Doha Heat had the pleasure to host our guest Abdulaziz Dallol Leadership and Life Coach yesterday. We discussed how Aziz supports his clients to reach their goals by tackling limiting beliefs they may have about themselves, as well as exploring the comfort zone and how to break out of it in order to grow. We also tapped into pain and how pain can serve us. If you haven't yet watched the LIVE video check it out below and download the podcast to catch it all!

Instagram: @azizdalloul 
Website: http://www.azizdalloul.com

Also we spoke of Inspire Me's free workshop series that takes place every Tuesday evening from 6pm-7.30pm at Shakespeare, The Pearl.
Http://Www.inspireme.qa

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LIVE with our guest Anahi Brown -Lifestyle and Wellness coach. We learn about Paleo and Keto diets and general mindfulness to keep us happy and energised!

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Hello Doha Heat! We had the pleasure of hosting Ms. Jacinthe Lamontagne-Lecomte on our FB LIVE podcast. Jacinthe likes to introduce herself as a Citizen of the World free of labels and told us; "I'm not an artist". We discussed her photography, art-work and canvas work within the theme of capturing emotions. To know more download this week's podcast and show support. Follow Jacinthe for more inspiration. Let's get curious!

JACINTHE LAMONTAGNE
FB Page: Jacinthe Lamontagne-Lecomte Jacinthe Lamontagne-Lecomte
www.jacinthelamontagnelecomte.com

International Artists Doha will have an event at the W-Hotel on the 24th March 2018 unveiling Jacinthe's canvas titled "Emotions"

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Brainchild of "Filipiknows" Carlo Yan joined us this morning in the studio to discuss his blooming business in Qatar and the Gulf. Today's theme was motivation. We discussed what motivates us, and strategies to stay on track whilst en route to achieving our goals. We also discussed the concept of the comfort zone and what we can potentially do to stretch ourselves out of our comfort zone to step into our full potential and grow. His goal is to reach out to the Filipino community worldwide, and his motivation is his family.

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This episode we addressed the concept of celebrating our positive emotions more than we usually do. We compared how as humans we tend to dwell on negative emotions and stay 'in' them much longer than our positive emotions. We discussed this in light of the current situation in Qatar, and how the blockade has affected our emotional wellbeing. It comes down to our choice whether we push through the bad times to embrace the good.

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Good evening Doha Heat! We had the pleasure of hosting 12-year old singer Janna Tompson. This week's theme was learning from our challenges and turning it into something positive. Janna spoke of her passion for singing and music and how it helps her on a daily basis to overcome bullying. She touched on how speaking out and asking for help during tough times supported her to be herself and care less about what people think of her. She sang for us and we are delighted to hear her beautiful voice... download this episode now and follow Janna on her inspiring journey.

https://www.facebook.com/Jannathomsonuk/

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This week's guest was Salman Bin Nasser, Qatari Explorer. We spoke of how his expedition to Mt. Kilimanjaro inspired him to grow and pursue success as well as his hike across Qatar . We also spoke of what is it that inspires us as humans and how we experience fulfilment in life.

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This podcast is about how to visualise your best life. A vision board is a creative way to put your dreams down on paper or design on the computer.  

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The Disease to Please was theme of the week, with our  special guest Amal Al Muftah, Qatari Film Maker, Artist and Director. 

 

Elizabeth and Amal discussed the challenge of People-Pleasing in a creative industry such as film making. Amal shared her insight into how she overcame the challenge of pleasing others and began to please herself by setting boundaries and no longer restricting her creativity. Through the chat, Elizabeth and Amal gave the listeners insight into what people pleasing is and how we can grow and be more creative and authentic if we put ourselves first.

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We had the pleasure to host Doha-based Henna artist Nazma Mazhar as our guest on Doha Heat's podcast this morning. She uses her artistic talent as a personal charity project to bring happiness to cancer patients in Doha and those who have lost their hair to the disease alopecia.

 
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Jeanne leads the Doha Environmental Actions Project. Doha Environmental Actions Project is keen to raise public awareness of the environmental damage caused by the littering, and aid in making the public aware of the new Law #18 of 2017 on public hygiene which prohibits littering in public spaces and lays down stringent penalties for offenders.  

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Stefan Lindberg-Jones introduces Elizabeth Wood to the Doha Heat podcast audience. We get to hear why she has taken the role of host and what she will bring to the show.

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