In each episode we invite you to meet unique characters of various backgrounds and passions

Episode 1: The United Arab Emirates

There’s something really special about living in the United Arab Emirates. This is a passionate and tenacious nation. A nation that doesn’t stop at impossible. And that’s contagious. It’s part of your DNA when you’re born here. It becomes part of your DNA when you live here.

Episode 2: Youth

Aisha Saeed Harib

Social Entrepreneur

Aisha Saeed Hareeb is a Corporate Social Responsibility investment specialist who has initiated a food drive to distribute supplies to over 50,000 UAE families, she also created the "Give a Bike" campaign to those who can’t afford other forms of ... Read more

Aisha Saeed Harib

Aisha Saeed Hareeb is a Corporate Social Responsibility investment specialist who has initiated a food drive to distribute supplies to over 50,000 UAE families, she also created the "Give a Bike" campaign to those who can’t afford other forms of transport. She volunteered for national military service.

Being a coordinator at the Emirates’ Youth Council, she makes sure young people are heard in the country’s dialogue.

She loves horses and endurance.

Khulood Mahmood Al Rais

Student

Khulood Mahmood Al Rais is a senior student in Zayed University - CACE. She is graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts specializing in Animation and 3D modelling. She has many...
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Khulood Mahmood Al Rais

Khulood Mahmood Al Rais is a senior student in Zayed University - CACE. She is graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts specializing in Animation and 3D modelling. She has many experience from different art courses, such as sculpture, traditional painting, web design, digital illustration and game design.

Moreover, Khulood has worked at Zayed University as 3D/Animation lab assistance for a period of two years. Khulood was chosen in a group of 10 students of Zayed University to study aboard and represent the University in The Intercultural Project of Fondazione Antonio Genovesi Salerno - SDOA in Italy in 2016. Also, she won the first place in Mansour bin Mohammed award for short movies in 2016.

Suhaila Mubarak Alwali

Project Engineer

Suhaila Mubarak Alwali is a member of the Local Youth Council and a member of the Executive Team for Youth Circles. She join the Canadian-American Board of Training with International Certified Trainer License...
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Suhaila Alwali

Suhaila Mubarak Alwali is a member of the Local Youth Council and a member of the Executive Team for Youth Circles. She joined the Canadian-American Board of Training with International Certified Trainer License.

She participated in many forums and activities related to youth like the Youth Philanthropy Summit and the Program of Competencies for Youth Leadership in cooperation with Emirates Foundation for Youth .At the Arab level, she participated in the UNESCO 2017 NGO Forum in Saudi Arabia and the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, in Marrakech, Morocco. Also,she participated in several volunteering activities cross UAE

She is a Project Engineer at Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du). She graduated from Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) in Sharjah with a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the Canadian University of Dubai.

Suaad Mohammed Al Hammadi

Ambassador at the UN Youth Assembly

Suaad Mohammed Al Hammadi is working at Ministry of Presidential Affairs H.H. The President Initiatives Sheikh Khalifa Specialty Hospital (SKSH) in the United Arab Emirates. She is a graduate from the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT)...
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Suaad Mohammed Al Hammadi

Suaad Mohammed Al Hammadi is working at Ministry of Presidential Affairs H.H. The President Initiatives Sheikh Khalifa Specialty Hospital (SKSH) in the United Arab Emirates. She is a graduate from the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), B.A. Applied Science majoring in Security and Forensics. She holds the title of a Youth Ambassador to South Korea. And has the opportunity to work closely with decision makers in her country, and take part in numerous national programs.

She is the winner of the “UAE Outstanding Youth Award 2015”, awarded by H.H Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in the UAE. Following the Youth Assembly Summer 2017, she started working on a project devoted to Syrian youth refugees to provide them with equality education and opportunities. She aspires to hold a major role in leading Sustainable Development in the UAE and promoting her country and its culture to the world in its finest images. In 2017 the Ministry of Youth suggested her as one of the protagonists of “Hi Dubai” tv series and from there she become also co-presenter of the program.

Episode 3: Tolerance

Khadija Mustafa Al Yousuf

Marketer

Khadija Mustafa Al Yousuf is the Head of Marketing & Communication at Press Sector of Dubai Media Incorporated. She started her career as a marketing executive at Dubai tv working hardly & passionately behind the scenes between... Read more

Khadija Mustafa Al Yousuf

Khadija Mustafa Al Yousuf is the Head of Marketing & Communication at Press Sector of Dubai Media Incorporated. She started her career as a marketing executive at Dubai tv working hardly & passionately behind the scenes between glamorous sets, cameras, shoots & celebrities. After the 9+ year’s at TV, the journey of media & marketing was calling at the publication sector, an area which added a-lot to her Marketing experience. Media was always her area of comfort & creativity, a place where she can give back to the community. Today she is also proud to be a mother of 4 kids, to have a happy family and to be a successful Emirati.

Tenzin Choeyang

Sales Director

Tenzin Choeyang is a Tibetan born in India because her parents who are farmers, moved when very young. She grew up in a very spiritual Tibetan community. Kindness and compassion is way of living for her. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is her... Read more

Tenzin Choeyang

Tenzin Choeyang is a Tibetan born in India because her parents who are farmers, moved when very young. She grew up in a very spiritual Tibetan community. Kindness and compassion is way of living for her. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is her sacred spiritual teacher and guide.

She grew up very humble and she is happy for having started cooking at the age of 15 to help her family when school time permitted. Her mother strongly wanted to let all her kids to complete education despite poverty. She is very thankful to her mother, who was her first guide. She has a bachelor degree in Economy and Commerce for which she got the opportunity of a job in Dubai in sales and marketing.

She lives with her brother who is a freelance hair dresser. They are happy in Dubai and go to India every 6 months to meet the family and to attend lessons from Gurus.

Celeste Lo Turco

Sovereign Wealth Funds Expert

Dr Celeste Lo Turco is a Sovereign Wealth Funds Expert. She has been working for the SWFs Strategic Committee of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the SWFs Law Centre. She has been... Read more

Celeste Lo Turco

Dr Celeste Lo Turco is a Sovereign Wealth Funds Expert. She has been working for the SWFs Strategic Committee of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the SWFs Law Centre. She has been the advisor for Ancitel, the Italian Municipalities National Association, for the development of the national economy and the relationship with SWFs.
Former United Nations analyst with a specialization in Security and Middle-East Political Affairs, she worked within the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).
She has been living in the Middle East for a long period. Previously based in Qatar; nowadays she lives in the United Arab Emirates where she is the Vice President Strategy for Future Holding, a Lebanese family office based in Dubai.
She is a Georgetown University Fulbright Visiting Researcher and she holds a PhD in Political Theory and a Master Degree in Markets and Institutions of the Global System.
She is an active writer about SWFs and global economics.

Shanthi Thangaraj

Legal Counsel

Shanthi Thangaraj works as an in-house legal counsel for a Government department. Previously, she has had over seven year international experience in various real estate, banking and finance, general corporate and...
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Shanthi Thangaraj

Shanthi Thangaraj works as an in-house legal counsel for a Government department. Previously, she has had over seven year international experience in various real estate, banking and finance, general corporate and commercial transactions across multiple jurisdictions. These include New Delhi, New York and Dubai. She was raised and has lived in Dubai for most of her life. She has studied law in NYU.

Episode 5: Culture

Safia Alemary

Goodwill Ambassador for Middle East Peace

Safia Alemary is an Egyptian actress and Goodwill Ambassador of the International Federation for Peace and Sustainable Development at the United Nation since 2006...
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Safia Alemary

Safia Alemary is an Egyptian actress and Goodwill Ambassador of the International Federation for Peace and Sustainable Development at the United Nation since 2006.

In 2000 she began Goodwill Ambassador for UNFPA.

She began her career as a journalist, after graduating from the Faculty of Commerce. She studied Russian Language and worked in TV talk shows for 4 months and then she was noted by the great producer Ramses Nagib who introduced her to the cinema.

She's the beloved Godmother of Hi Dubai TV Series.

Sara Khalifa Al Mubarak

Photographer

Sara Khalifa Al Mubarak Al Mubarak is an Emarati professional photographer and the founder of SKM Media. She has 3 children. She is well known as one of the most creative artists in the U.A.E....
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Sara Khalifa Al Mubarak

Sara Khalifa Al Mubarak is an Emarati professional photographer and the founder of SKM Media. She has 3 children. She is well known as one of the most creative artists in the U.A.E..

At SKM Media, she provides media services such as photography, video, events coverage.

SKM Media is funded and supported by Khalifa Fund and has done many interesting media projects all over the UAE. Sara and her team use the best technology and the most updated forms on social media.

Sana Sajan

Painter

Sana Sajan is a qualified dentist, beauty queen and painter. Now the Dubai resident is using yet another of her skills to improve the lives of thalassaemia patients. Read more

Sana Sajan

Sana Sajan is a qualified dentist, beauty queen and painter. Now the Dubai resident is using yet another of her skills to improve the lives of thalassaemia patients.
She is a woman of many talents but now Sana is using her life-long passion for painting to help the unwell. Sana has been holding painting sessions for patients at the hospital’s Thalassaemia Centre in her spare time. Here, adults and children suffering from this rare blood disorder can get advice and feedback on their own work.

There seems to be no end to the talents of this young resident of Dubai. In addition to her art and dental qualification, she also happens to be a former beauty queen – she represented Bahrain in the Miss India Worldwide pageant in 2010, winning a regional crown – and a one-time model, and she hopes to have a book of poetry published later this year.

Tala Badri

Founder of the Center of Musical Arts

Tala Badri is the founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Musical Arts (CMA). Born and educated in Dubai, Tala studied music at Royal Holloway, University of London. What makes her all the more...
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Tala Badri

Tala Badri is the founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Musical Arts (CMA). Born and educated in Dubai, Tala studied music at Royal Holloway, University of London. What makes her all the more special is that she is currently the only female Emirati music graduate.

Armed with a second degree in Management and Languages in 1995, Tala worked for ten years in the financial sector (Barclay’s Bank) and consumer sector (Mars) gaining experience in finance, human resources and management.

While still in the corporate sector, Tala continued to teach flute and piano regularly and was heavily involved in the performing arts community in Dubai, including being instrumental in the development of the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre.

In 2005, Tala established The Centre for Musical Arts, a stepping stone towards her hope of setting up a fully functional music school in Dubai. The vision was and remains today to develop and enhance the existing musical community initially in Dubai, but more importantly to make the musical experience available to the wider audience through its teaching programmes, concerts, recitals and workshops.

Episode 4: Happiness

Al Anoud Ghazzawi

Fashion Designer

Al Anoud Ghazzawi is a Saudi-American passionate fashion designer, a driven entrepreneur and most importantly for her, a mother of four. She was traveling most of her life and she is thankful for this as she had the chance to... Read more

Al Anoud Ghazzawi

Al Anoud Ghazzawi is a Saudi-American passionate fashion designer, a driven entrepreneur and most importantly for her, a mother of four. She was traveling most of her life and she is thankful for this as she had the chance to see the beauty of diversity. Because of this, she thrives off instilling values of women empowerment and positivity through her designs.

Diana Ganeeva

Influencer

Diana Ganeeva is a Russian Fashion / Lifestyle blogger, deputy editor of The Art of Living. She is part of #myDubai team. She always dreamed about fashion, and now she is on the right path... Read more

Diana Ganeeva

Diana Ganeeva is a Russian Fashion / Lifestyle blogger, deputy editor of The Art of Living. She is part of #myDubai team.
She was born during hard times in USSR. It was impossible to get any toys, not even mentioning presentable cloth.
During her childhood, she drew dolls and clothes on paper.
Then she cut out all of that and admired my own 'high-fashion' and 'haute couture'.
She always dreamed about fashion, and now she is on the right path.
She graduated from Kazan State University with a PHD in Philology.
She moved to Dubai 6 years ago feeling very happy: she loves everything about this city.
This city gives everyone a lot of opportunities.
In Dubai her wardrobe changed as she got valuable lesson from the women of the Middle East: You don't have to show your body to look stylish.
Elegance and modest are always in fashion.

Simona Briggiotta

Blogger

Simona Briggiotta aka Samira Cooper, is an Italian blogger with a Master Degree in Economics at the University of Catania and a Master in Digital Marketing Strategy. Living in Dubai since 2011, she founded the "Simona Briggiotta FZE, Events & Media Company". Today she is one of the most accredited... Read more

Simona Briggiotta

Simona Briggiotta aka Samira Cooper, is an Italian blogger with a Master Degree in Economics at the University of Catania and a Master in Digital Marketing Strategy.

Living in Dubai since 2011, she founded the "Simona Briggiotta FZE, Events & Media Company". Today she is one of the most accredited Italian Blogger and influencer in the United Arab Emirates through Dubai Events Blog and Abu Dhabi Events Blog.

At the same time, she is a Social Media Marketing Manager.

Simona provides pr and marketing management services.

Positive and extrovert, her strengh point is making human relations.

She has collaborated for years with the Italian Embassy and the Italian Consulate as well as with the Italian Industry and Commerce Office and with Italian Armed Forces in the U.A.E., in providing artists or services during the most important national celebrations.

Maryam Bartawi

Empowerment Coach

Maryam Bartawi is an entrepreneur, empowerment coach, athlete and she recently developed an interest in philanthropy. She passionately inspires self-transformation in those around her and...
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Maryam Bartawi

Maryam Bartawi is an entrepreneur, empowerment coach, athlete and she recently developed an interest in philanthropy. She passionately inspires self-transformation in those around her and identifies hidden talents and capabilities of individuals and corporations.

It is this passion to help both individuals and companies achieve their greater potential which inspired her to create her own company. EmpowerUs. She discovered football at age 8, she has pursued it persistently, and represented the UAE on the National Women’s Soccer Team during numerous international matches. During her 9 year career as a CSR and Sponsorship manager she conceived and ran numerous CSR initiatives, leading to her being the first woman in the UAE to handle commercial partnerships for Al Ain Football Club.

Despite her achievements, she decided to leave the corporate world, to pursue a deeper fulfilment and greater purpose. She began traveling the world; from volunteering in Africa and summiting Kilimanjaro to attending conferences and seminars in the USA. She aspires to lift individuals and corporations to a greater level of excellence. Maryam identifies a connection in all human relations and values and is a firm believer in the greater potential of humanity.

Through EmpowerUs, her vision and mission is to deepen the essential values of human engagement by creating meaningful experiences for the transformation of self, business and society.

Episode 6: Sport

Shamsa Al Shamsi

Endurance Rider

Shamsa Al Shamsi is a young Emirati mother of one daughter who loves Endurance and find happiness in riding horses in Nad Al Sheba stables in Dubai. She is very much committed with...
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Shamsaa Al Shamsi

Shamsa Al Shamsi is a young Emirati mother of one daughter who loves Endurance and find happiness in riding horses in Nad Al Sheba stables in Dubai. She is very much committed with her daily training keeping engaged on strength and focus.

Dareen Barbar

Athlete

Dareen Barbar is mother of two beautiful kids, a Motivational Speaker and an aspiring Athlete. She lost a leg to cancer at the age of 15, which turned her life around without stoping her from living her life...
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Dareen Barbar

Dareen Barbar a mother of two beautiful kids, a Motivational Speaker and an aspiring Athlete. She lost a leg to cancer at the age of 15, which turned her life around without stoping her from living her life to the full and overcoming the hardships.

Dareen won first place in Transformation division at The World Beauty Fitness and Fashion show, and is the first arab amputee to take part in such a pageant. She is an Ambassador of inclusion for people of determination. Dareen’s message to the world is that disability is an extra-ordinary ability that makes the impossible possible.

Shahed Ahmad Kharam

Fencer

Shahed is a young Emirati fencing promise. She lost her beloved mother and so her fencing teacher Nevein, who loves her so much, is taking care of her athletic and personal development. She wake up every morning at 6:00 and... Read more

Shahed Ahmad Kharam

Shahed is a young Emirati fencing promise. She lost her beloved mother and so her fencing teacher Nevein, who loves her so much, is taking care of her athletic and personal development. She wake up every morning at 6:00 and after her breakfast she is going to school. After school she goes back home to study and sleeping for 1 hour, before getting ready for the fencing club hard training. She said that fencing is her life. She wants to became a worldwide champion as a tribute for the UAE.

In 2015 and 2016 she got a gold medal in the Arab competitions. In 2017 the Silver medal.

Esmeralda Anton Lopez

Personal Trainer

Esmeralda Anton Lopez is a Spanish trainer with many educational titles. Her experience in fitness industry for more than 15 years in Europe and Middle East showed her that movement and training give the necessary tools to... Read more

Esmeralda Anton Lopez

Esmeralda Anton Lopez is a Spanish trainer with many educational titles:
  • Bachelor's + Master's degree in Psychology (Universidad Complutense de Madrid),
  • Master’s degree in Coaching and ​Sport Psychology (IESPORT, BARCELONA),
  • Bachelor degree in Teaching (Universidad Complutense de Madrid),
  • Master instructor Barefoot education (EBFA, EEUU)
  • Mentorship ​Phase 1 (EXOS, EEUU)​,
  • Fitness instructor (FEDA, SPAIN)​
  • Pilates Mat and Studio (FMG, SPAIN)​​,
  • TRX training (FMG, Spain)​​.

Her experience in fitness industry for more than 15 years in Europe and Middle East showed her that movement and training give the necessary tools to stay young and autonomous. She has been playing individual and team sports all her life.

She likes to empower people to achieve their best, on their own way.

She is working for Montenapoleone Fitness founded by Italian multitasking entrepreneur Elena Giuffrida.

Episode 7: Future

Amina Hasan Mohammed Almemari

Employer at the Ministry of Education

Amina Hasan Mohammed Almemari is an Emirati philanthropist and mother of four children. She was working for Takatof, the Program for Social Volunteering which is a nationwide initiative of the Emirates Foundation, for many years where she...
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Amina Al Memari

Amina Hasan Mohammed Almemari is an Emirati philanthropist and mother of four children. She was working for Takatof, the Program for Social Volunteering which is a nationwide initiative of the Emirates Foundation, for many years where she launched many charity project such as “the Bazaar” where ladies in need can choose for free their dresses when they need to attend weddings or celebrations. She is currently working at the Ministry of Education where she evaluates with a team the best students to make them join opportunities of personal and professional development in the United Arab Emirates.

Sharifa Naser Yateem

Consulting Specialist

Sharifa Yateem completed her Master degree in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis at Trinity College Dublin - Ireland. She is the first Emirati behavior analyst that...
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Sharifa Naser Yateem

Sharifa Yateem completed her Master degree in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis at Trinity College Dublin - Ireland. She is the first Emirati behavior analyst that has been certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She was awarded a scholarship by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Higher Education to complete her Bachelor in Psychology and Masters in Psychology (Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis - ABA).

She was featured in "As One: The Autism Project" an Emirati documentary to spread awareness about Autism. She was featured in magazines such as “Khaleejesque” , “Kol alusra”, “Arabia Stylist”. She was also featured on TV shows such as CNBC Al alArabiya, Rotana, Abu Dhabi TV. She was also an invited international speaker in many countries such as Morroco, Kuwait, Paris, Germany, United States of America. Sharifa is an activate member of Association of Behaviour Analysts International and is active in the dissemination of the science of behavior within her region. She has an active Instagram account in which she discusses issues in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism (@sharifayateem).

She has more than 8 years experience in treating various issues with children with Autism such as challenging problem behaviors, sleeping issues, feeding issues, academic issues, inclusion in the community, toilet training, daily living skills, social and communication skills. She is also an advocate to empower families who has an individual with Autism by conducting free workshops in Arabic and English for parents as well as training parents at their homes. Sharifa served as Master of Ceremonies at the Crown Prince Court discussion about Autism with international speaker, Thorkil Sonne. Sharifa earned her fellowship from Sheikha Shamsa Bint Mohammad bin Zayed Early Childhood Development in collaboration with Yale University.

Currently she is completing her PhD degree in Education Focusing in Special Needs and Inclusion at The British University in Dubai. She is currently working as a consultant at New England Center for Children in Abu Dhabi. Her interests are continuing to empower parents, empower special needs rights, policy and social change, and advocating for a scientific based education for Autism.

Priyal Bhartia

Creative Director

Priyal Bhartia is the Creative Director of the ethical fashion brand, Bina. A heritage brand started by her grandmother Bina Modi. The Brand resurrects the traditional embroidery of Parsi Gara while...
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Samia Naser Yateem

Priyal Bhartia is the Creative Director of the ethical fashion brand, Bina. A heritage brand started by her grandmother Bina Modi.

The Brand resurrects the traditional embroidery of Parsi Gara while giving employment to 3000 marginalized women. The Brand was started as a passion initiative to support artisans and mariginakized women through the craft of Gara.

She graduated with a double degree Economics and Communications from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Dubai with her husband.

Samia Naser Yateem

Crime Scientist

Samia Naser Yateem is a 27 years old Emirati who pursued her dream in studying her Bachelors of Science in Criminal and Investigative Studies in London, and continued her higher education in...
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Samia Naser Yateem

Samia Naser Yateem is a 27 years old Emirati who pursued her dream in studying her Bachelors of Science in Criminal and Investigative Studies in London, and continued her higher education in Masters of Science in Crime Science.

For her final project dissertation in BSc her reasearch was about “DNA at the scene of the crime”. In her MSc final project she used the GIS software “Study of the journey to crime in London boroughs, using crime theories to analyze homicide by spatial analysis”.

Samia is the first emarati who studied crime science, the ministry of higher education, shorik, awarded her as an Ambassador for crime science to help students.

Samia Yateem currently live in Abu Dhabi and she is ready to put her knowledge to practice for her beloved country.



special mention

Alya Al Ansari

Designer

Alya Al Ansari is a young Emarati Designer based in Sharjah. She earned her Bachelor Degree in Art and Creative Enterprises from Zayed University. She is a firm believer in creating a solid statement, placing components in relation to her cultural distinctiveness is what she aims for.

She designed both Hi Dubai’s and Hi Emirates logos.
The logo symbolizes the profile of a woman and the line which is shaping the logo is the word “woman” in Arabic.

Her vital enthusiasm has driven her to be part of so many project, internship and exhibitions.

She has been part of The U.A.E. - Italy Intercultural Project by Fondazione Antonio Genovesi Salerno, SDOA.

She is currently one of Sheikha Salama bint Hamdan Foundation fellow for emerging artist. She is working at the Sharjah Tourism and Development Authority as a designer.

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