Doha Heat (general)
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.

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.

Direct download: DH_Season_2E05_HandCrafty.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:08am MSK

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.

Direct download: DH_Season_2E04.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:47pm MSK

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!

 

Direct download: DH_Season_2E02.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:57pm MSK

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. 

Direct download: DH_Season_2E01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:49am MSK

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

 

Direct download: Doha_Heat_-_Ep_31.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:33am MSK

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

Direct download: Doha_Heat_-_Episode_27.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm MSK

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 

Direct download: Doha_Heat_-_Ep_29.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm MSK

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
Direct download: Doha_Heat_-_Episode_26_edit.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm MSK

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
 
Direct download: Doha_Heat_-_Episode_26.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm MSK

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

Direct download: Doha_Heat_-_Episode_24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30pm MSK