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A laid back look at life in the UAE. Stay up to date with what's happening and where to go with free advice, expert opinion and storytelling which gives an inside scoop in to real life UAE. Calling foodies, culture vultures and people who want answers from our trusted team of engaging experts.

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Is your child breathing correctly?

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 kids

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Sep 22, 2022
What did that dream mean?

Dr Jana Khalife is here to analyse your dreams and analyse 
Our vet Dr Dieter is on hand to answer all your pet questions
And Dnata are back with their latest holiday deals

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Sep 21, 2022
Trust your gut

They say your gut is your second brain, and nutritionist Rashi Chowdhary agrees
Dr Waleed Ahmed explains why we get panic attacks
A new drug is now available to help children struggling with eczema
Dr Thoiraya explains how self obsession can affect emotional wellbeing

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Sep 20, 2022
Do you need a part-time work permit?

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. 

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Sep 19, 2022
Parents, do you REALLY listen to your kids?

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.

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Sep 15, 2022
Over 50 and fab!

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 too
And we're giving you details on why Hatta is one incredible destination for families, adventurers and foodies too.

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Sep 14, 2022
Injection for Type 2 Diabetes weight management

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.

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Sep 13, 2022
How do you ask for what you want at work?

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.

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Sep 12, 2022
The Price of Parenthood

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 expenses
Taru Singhal from Zurich Life International details the new study showing how children's tuition impacts parents' salaries
When the excitement simmers down, how can we encourage our kids to go to school? Principal Lisa's on hand to help
We also speak with Dr Sarah Zanella on how to use fun games to boost children's confidence
Clinical Hypnotherapist and Life Coach Zimmy Khan, one of the team members behind The Love Academy, shares their mission of helping children build emotional quotient
Plus 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.

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Sep 08, 2022
How can you give back to society?

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.

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Sep 07, 2022
Are you a gambling addict?

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 weekend
And how do we deal with narcissists in our life? Dr Thoraiya Kanafani from the Human Relations Institute and Clinics explains.

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Sep 06, 2022
Women in Menopause in the Workplace

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.

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Sep 05, 2022
Do you alienate your spouse from your kids?

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'.

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Sep 01, 2022
Wonderkid diver

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.

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Aug 31, 2022
Overcoming Trauma

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.

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Aug 30, 2022
Meet the 'Voice of Dubai'

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.

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Aug 29, 2022
ADHD in adults

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.

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Aug 25, 2022
Positivity amidst cancer

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.

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Aug 24, 2022
Psychology Hour: OCD or OCPD?

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.

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Aug 23, 2022
Wealth-building and inheritance

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.

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Aug 22, 2022
A restaurant 'without a bin'

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.

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Aug 19, 2022
Getting the kids' sleep back on track

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.

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Aug 18, 2022
When (and how) to take a break from social media?

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.

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Aug 17, 2022
Do anti-depressants work?

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.

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Aug 16, 2022
How to create abundance

15 August 2022: Mindset coach Regan Hillyer and Juan Pa explain how to create the life you want

And Ludmila is answering all your legal questions.

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Aug 15, 2022
Spreads made of cashews, ice lollies and teas

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.

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Aug 12, 2022
Raising twins of determination

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.

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Aug 11, 2022
Youngest in the GCC to scale Mt. Kilimanjaro

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. 

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Aug 10, 2022
Back pains: From walking to cane to wheelchair

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 around
Vanessa Esmlie gives us top tips for anti-ageing
Dr Gaurav Muktesh from Al Zahra Hospital talks about the correlation between COVID and gut
Plus Dr Ihsan Almazrooqi and Dr Yousef Said discuss diabetes and how a new subscription model for diabetes management can help patients 

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Aug 09, 2022
What's your personality type?

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.

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Aug 08, 2022
Bespoke sweets and cakes

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.

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Aug 05, 2022
A Picture A Day

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.

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Aug 04, 2022
When powerlifting lifts a mum's overall health

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.

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Aug 03, 2022
Conquering your inner critic

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.

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Aug 02, 2022
Business strategist for startups

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.  

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Aug 01, 2022
Unique cafes

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.

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Jul 29, 2022
Financial literacy for kids

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.

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Jul 28, 2022
How did you propose to your wife or to your husband?

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.

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Jul 27, 2022
What is Rapid Transformational Therapy?

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.

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Jul 26, 2022
Legal Clinic with the Legal Eagle

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.

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Jul 25, 2022
Chef to the stars

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. 

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Jul 22, 2022
Do you have a hyperactive child?

21 July 2022: Dr Arif Khan, a paediatric neurologist is answering all your questions
Do kids suffer with jet lag more than adults? We ask sleep expert Julie Mallon
And a new Arabic platform called Omooma has just been launched for mums.

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Jul 21, 2022
Do you feel safe on your e-scooter?

20 July 2022: Dubai Police have launched a campaign to teach e-scooter riders how to stay safe
A new book to celebrate the UAE's 50th anniversary has just been released
Gulf Photo Plus are giving us some top summer tips
And our vet Dr Jean Chalhoub is on hand to answer all your pet questions.

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Jul 20, 2022
Do you need help with addiction?

19 July 2022: The founder of Sober Lifestyle Coaching is sharing his road to recovery journey.
Shamsaha is a new app giving a voice for women who are suffering with domestic violence
Ever heard of marital hatred, and is it normal? We ask Dr Thoraiya.

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Jul 19, 2022
Move Over Elon Musk

18 July 2022: 10-year-old entrepreneur Yusuf Sherrief is giving Elon Musk a run for his money with his new Home Buddy system
The beauty industry still has a long way to go when it comes to diversity, so one lady is taking it in to her own hands and has created THEKUR
Alia has come from a successful entrepreneurial family, and now she is embarking on her own journey.
Helen chats to CEO of new-to-the-market beauty platform Beauty Tribe
And Ludmila is here to answer your legal concerns.

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Jul 19, 2022
Youngest Emirati chef

That’s 13-year-old Aysha Al Obeidli who joined Punam live in studio
Michelin winner for Young Chef Award Solemann Haddad of Moonrise details the reasons of his culinary journey.
Food writer Dan Fahy is updating us on the latest food news.
Chef Sebastien Lefort, the Culinary Director at Paramount Hotels and Damac Hotels and Resorts is on today’s Chef's Table hotseat.
Ever heard of the title Chief Chocolate Officer? That position is Kathy Johnston’s at Mirzan who also joins us on the show.
Plus artist Gabriella Anouk shares how she is taking her creative passion for food to the next level.

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Jul 15, 2022
Future of Education

Punam speaks with educator Raya Bidshahri about the School of Humanity.
Talented kids representing the UAE to the World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood join us live in studio.
It's World Youth Skills Day tomorrow and Rajinder Sharma shares how Heriot-Watt University is celebrating it.
Dr Micah Robbins from the American University in Dubai gives us details on their new Biology programme launching in September.
Do you keep a journal? Performance coach Sugar Espadera Lumingkit guides us through the proper process of journaling.
And Dr Philip Robert Fischer from Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City explains what Adolescent Medicine is all about.


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Jul 14, 2022
Intuition or Intellect?

Punam asks Dr Jana Sharaf-Khalifa of the House of Wisdom how we will know if it’s our intuition talking to us and not our logical mind, plus she analyses your dreams too!Nada Badran from Wander With Nada talks all things travel from the summer travel mayhem to tips for a less-worrying holiday.Roudi Soubra from Dubai Hospitality Assets briefs us why we should include Hatta on our must-visit places.And Dr Ulrich Wernery from the Central Veterinary Research Lab answers all your pet-related questions.

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Jul 13, 2022
Are you tired of swiping left and right?

Dr Thoraiya Kanafani from the Human Relations Institute and Clinics gives us the lowdown on dating app burnout.

Physician turned Yoga and Mindfulness coach Sandy Zanella says meditation can benefit kids too.

We also talk hand and wrist emergencies with Dr Khalid Alawadi from Burjeel Hospital.

Do you know that kids as young as four can get diabetes? Dr Amna Butt from Zia Medical Center gives details on how prevalent diabetes is on children.

And if somebody collapses right in front of you, would you know what to do? That's the question we posed to listeners as we discuss the importance of first aid with Life Support Training Instructor Rhegel Ramos Aliling from The Perfect Help

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Jul 12, 2022
Have you checked out this hidden pizza gem?

08 July 2022: Our food critic Liam from Eat Go See updates us on all the latest food news in the UAE and around the world
The founder of Honest Badger explains why she created the healthy wellness brand.

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Jul 08, 2022
Summer is here

07 July 2022: Principal Lisa explains how to keep the kids stimulated and entertained over the summer 
Are Covid babies struggling when it comes to socialising, we find out from the CEO of Ladybird Nursery
We find out what it means by the Summer Slide when it comes to your child's education.
The parenting coach Tarryn Martin joins Helen in the studio
And Sickle Cell Disease remains a major killer of infants and children.

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Jul 07, 2022
Pets Living Their Best Life

06 July 2022: Your pets need some pampering just as much as you do, so why not check them into Dogventure HQ
If your pet is acting up we have Raed Hassan, a dog training expert, on to sort them out
Want to get away for the summer, well maybe dnata Travel can help
The manager of the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel joins Helen in the studio.

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Jul 06, 2022
Can men be vulnerable?

05 July 2022: The founders of Brotherhood DXB and Men-tality join Punam to discuss why men find it hard to be vulnerable
Dr Thoraiya delves into a recent study that shows 1 in 5 men don't have any close friends
Standing on one leg for more than 10 seconds can tell a lot about your health
And is technology changing the fitness industry? We ask the founder of Platform Studios.

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Jul 05, 2022
Need help with writing your CV?

04 July 2022: The founder of Upfront HR is here to give his top tips when it comes to sending out your CV
Adrian Falk is the founder of Believe Advertising and an author motivating people to live their life to the fullest
Ludmila is on hand to answer all your legal questions.

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Jul 04, 2022
AVO great weekend

01 July 2022: We are talking Avo's, meaning avocados straight from Latin America
Helen chats to Chef Rami from Next Door Cafe
Head Chef Junior Nadje is bringing his Mediterranean flavours to La Voile Rouge
Hotel Cartagena is the place to dine if you are looking for that Latin vibe 
Courtney Brandt has been eating her way round town
And we find out what's being served at Six Senses Zighy Bay.

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Jul 01, 2022
Untapped Potential

30 June 2022: Education consultant Heather Harries believes so many students have untapped potential
More people are considering boarding schools here in the UAE
Helen chats to one young lady who has struggled with anxiety since she was 7 years old
Ever heard of a divorce planner? Well that's exactly what Nighat Haroon is
Green degrees are on the rise, we find out more from Soraya Beheshti.

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Jun 30, 2022
Is happiness overrated?

29 June 2022: Dr. Louise Lambert from Canadian University in Dubai gives us the real definition of happiness
Rohit Vig from StayWell Holdings shares his insider travel tips to save us all some money
What do you do when your child starts screaming during a flight? The Elegance Advisor has got all the answers
You're heading for your summer holidays, but who will look after your plants when you're away? Don't worry we found a plant holiday home.
And find out how pets affect your mental health with Dr. Margit Muller aka the "Falcon Whisperer".

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Jun 29, 2022
The pressures of being an Alpha Male

28 June 2022: Sami Khoury explains how striving to be an alpha male is affecting men's mental health
The founder of Hotflash Inc is here to answer all your questions on menopause
Does a big age gap affect relationships? We ask Dr Thoraiya.

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Jun 28, 2022
Want to open your own restaurant?

27 June 2022: We find out from the CEO of Restaurant Secrets Inc what it takes to open a restaurant
Tara Rose chats about her entrepreneurial journey from feeling not enough to now owning several salons
A brand new initiative by ACCA are helping women in the finance industry
'Buy Now Pay Later' scams are on the rise
Hadiel Hussien from BSA Law firm ansers all your legal questions.

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Jun 27, 2022
A girl's first love is her father

23 June 2022: The founder of Rites for Girls explains why the role of a father is so important in a girl's life
A games character called Huggy Wuggy is starting to scare a lot of children
How many emergency numbers do you know in the UAE?
Ciarán McBreen has written a new book for teens and parents.

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Jun 23, 2022
Hidden Health Hazards

22 June 2022: We find out just how modern technology in the home is affecting our health from the founder of Energy & Space

Beauty and sustainability are coming together in Dubai.

dnata are back with all the latest travel news

And  Dr Luisa Coelho from The Cat Vet answers all your questions

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Jun 22, 2022
Doctor to the stars

21 June 2022: Dr. Harald Stossier is the person A listers go to for a digestive reset

Paediatric Orthopaedic surgeon Dr Gavin Spence answers all your questions

We find out how to prevent and treat gum disease with Dr Shweta Prabhu

Helen finds out if yoga poses can help hair growth.

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Jun 21, 2022
Is your workplace toxic?

20 June 2022: We ask Heather Broderick a Clinical Hypnotherapist how to deal with a toxic workplace

Urvashi Upadhyay is a mindset coach who helps people with anxiety

The CEO of Century Financial has encouraged all his employees to take up yoga 

And Hazem Balbaa, from at BSA law firm is answering all your legal questions.

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Jun 20, 2022

16 June 2022: We break the myths about men with the founders of MEN-tality
Father's Day is just round the corner, so we are celebrating them with Sheem
Tiny Yogi Massage have created workshops for mums and babies
And are you applying for a new job but need help with your CV? We ask our expert Mita.

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Jun 16, 2022
What do you want to manifest?

15 June 2022: Punam finds out how to manifest anything with Dr Ayat Mekki
The first ever Latina American artist to have his work displayed on the Burj Khalifa is in the studio
Fatima Sajwani is the first Emirati to summit the Margherita Peak in Uganda
Sarah Hymers is giving some of her best top travel tips
And our vet Dr Sara Elliott is answering all your pet questions.

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Jun 15, 2022
Are you breathing correctly?

14 June 2022: According to breathing expert Rose O'Donovan, the majority of us are breathing the wrong way.
Keith O'Malley-Pharrell gives us the best exercises to prevent osteoporosis 
And can we prevent hip issues as we age? We ask Dr. Ossama Abdallah. 
We find out how to look out for those red flags when it comes to psychological manipulators.

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Jun 14, 2022
A 4 day work week- yes or no?

13 June 2022: Do you want to move to a 4 day work week? We find out the pros and cons from Rohini Gill

The founder of Roll DXB joins Helen to talk about her passion for roller skating

Sarah Omolewu, the founder of Access Abu Dhabi is encouraging women to get into the world of crypto sooner than later

RAK has been ranked as one of the top ten in the Best Workplaces List of 2022 for Small & Medium Organisations.

Ludmila is back to answer all your legal questions.

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Jun 13, 2022
Are your kids too materialistic?

09 June 2022: Principal Lisa is talking about the pressure parents face in the UAE to keep up and give their kids a good life.

Dr. Karunakara Marikinti from Prime Hospital is answering your questions on infertility.

Sinéad Craddock from GEMS World Academy is talking about the transition between childhood to adulthood.

Specialist Paediatrician Dr Rania Ayat Hawayek is sharing her thoughts on the rising cases of COVID-19 in children.

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Jun 09, 2022
Save the Bees

08 June 2022: What would happen to us if bees disappeared off the planet. Helen finds out from the managing director of Hatta Honey.
We find out what is happening at Mawaheb art studio for people of determination. 
Dnata travel are sharing their best deals when it comes to safaris
And our vet from Blue Oasis is answering all your pet questions.

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Jun 08, 2022
Helping Your Neurodiverse Kids

07 June 2022: Adam Griffin is an Occupational Therapist  with a wealth of experience in the development of children
Dr Balazs Hodosi from King's College Hospital is answering all your questions on skin care and skin cancer 
How fake are all those good day vibes? Dr Thoiraya is talking toxic positivity.

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Jun 07, 2022
Is that legal?

06 June 2022: Ludmila, our legal eagle is on hand to answer all your questions
Helen talks to the Managing Director of FAI rent-a-jet, the only women-led air ambulance company in the Middle East.
The Secret Skin is a new beauty platform for the conscious buyer
And Dr. Amer Bitar is talking about his new leadership book based around the bedouin culture

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Jun 06, 2022
Having A Baby in Dubai?

02 June 2022: In the studio is Dr. Samina M Dornan, the first female specialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of London to come to Dubai.

Uzma Akser is helping parents who need support bringing up children of determination 

Aventura Park have created activities and play areas based on research for child development

Yummie4kids is a platform to educate kids on exercise and healthy eating

And Helen chats to children's author Hilda Youssef.

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Jun 02, 2022
The dream doctor is back

01 June 2022: We delve into the world of dreams with our dream doctor
Helen chats to Shafqat Hussain and his love for big cats
Daanesh is talking smart homes
And our vet is on hand to answer all your pet questions.

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Jun 01, 2022
Tips & tricks from a dermatologist

31 May 2022: All your skin and hair questions are being answered by Dr Natalia Spierings, a consultant dermatologist
Dr Michael Fatica has got your back - literally. 
Helen chats to a young man who has been living with MS along with his doctor.
Can you ever get over PTSD? We find out from Joyce Youhanna, a clinical hypnotherapist.

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May 31, 2022
The Future of Money

30 May 2022: Dr Omar Fisher explains the future of money from paper money to digital currencies
Laura Everest had a life changing accident, and today she talks about how it has changed her approach to life both professionally and personally 
We find out how to leverage your personal brand with Kelly Lundberg
Ludmila is on hand to answer all your legal questions.

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May 30, 2022
The Money Mistakes Parents Make

26 May 2022: Why should teens be taught financial literacy? We find out from author Marilyn Pinto

Saniya Chughtai is the CEO & Founder of The Wadi Tribe which helps children with anxiety and fear

Principal Clare Turnbull shares what  future skills are needed in schools

Looking to keep the kids busy after school? Kidzapp knows all the latest fun courses and camps

CEO Suzy Kanoo is talking about her latest book, 'Hear Us Speak: Letters from Arab Women'

The founder of aKINDemy is allowing kids to tackle challenging topics through books

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May 26, 2022

25 May 2022: Our vet Dr Sarah Ramsey is answering your pet questions in partnership with Purina Pro Plan.

Richard Dwyer is a TV and film stuntman, and is now sharing his expertise with kids at his new school Flair Gymnastics.

Looking for a personalised travel trip? Then why not try Woven Travel.

dnata is in the studio with the latest updates on travel both locally and internationally.

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May 25, 2022
Bowel Cancer

Dame Deborah James has brought bowel cancer to the forefront, so we have one of the leading doctors in this area on the show from Kings College Hospital Dubai, Dr. Atif Alvi.
We chat to a dating coach and an author about the pitfalls of online dating
We get top tips from DESS about how to improve air quality within our own homes.
And in our psychology hour we find out why some people battle with social anxiety disorders with Dr Thoiraya.

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May 24, 2022
Ready to Design your life?

23 March 2022: Helen chats to a people connector Aalia Thobani who helps people design their life.
We get some top start-up tips from the founder of Pangaea X
Re:Set is a mental health platform that has been helping millions of people since it was launched.
How employable are you? We find out from career coach Dr Abeer Al Rasbi.
And Ludmila is talking about the new unemployment insurance, and answering all your legal questions.

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May 23, 2022
Happy Kids

19 May 2022: Adrian Bethune is teaching kids and teachers how to be happy and cope with stress.

Noni Edwards joins Helen to explain how internships work for those youngsters who are looking for summer jobs.

Hanan from The Family Hub is giving us top tips on how to bond with your children.

Kathy Urban-Oberberg is the author of a new children's book which talks about that comfort toy and what it means to them.

Dr Chasity O’Connell is talking about the rise of mental health issues in teens.

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May 19, 2022
The Frustrated Women

18 May 2022: The author of 'The Frustrated Women's Club' joins Helen to share her confusing journey navigating between cultures.

Are you for or against e-scooters? We find out.

Smile strategist Ruqya Khan is helping us smile our way through life's transitions.

The founder of Palem explains why he and his wife started the eco-friendly fashion brand.

Dr Joana from The Modern Veterinary Clinic answers all your pet questions.

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May 18, 2022
Liar Liar

17 May 2022: How do you know if someone is lying to you? Helen finds out from forensic psychologist Dr Kirin Hilliar.
We chat to Dr Rajeev Tomar from King's College Hospital Dubai about the recent worldwide hepatitis outbreak in children.
And Dr Thoraiya discusses how emotional neglect as a child affects adult relationships.

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May 17, 2022
The Myths of Motherhood

12 May 2022: Sarah Babiker uncovers some of the myths of being a mum.
Helen chats to one mum who shares her struggle bringing up twin boys with autism.
Delphine talks about coming to terms with outliving her son who was  born with a rare chromosome disorder
Garineh Serpekian is a wellness coach who changed her daughters diet after she developed breast tissue at the age of 3.
And Bloom World Academy is introducing student passports.

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May 12, 2022
The Letters Project

11 May 2022: Helen chats to the founder of a platform that allows people to anonymously share their problems online.
Emily Jenkins from dnata updates us on the latest travel news.
Daanesh from Tech Radar broke the sad news that the classic iPod is finally coming to an end.
And Dr Leanne from the British Veterinary Hospital is on hand to answer all your pet questions.

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May 11, 2022
The Sound of Healing

10 May 2022: Lisa Oxford joins Helen in the studio for a spot of sound healing.
Sheem is talking about how to build better relationships between men and women
It's World Lupus Day today so we find out more about this condition with Dr. Rajaie Namas
All your feet questions are answered with podiatrist Michelle.
And Dr Thoiraya is delving into personality disorders.

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May 10, 2022
Female-led Businesses

09 May 2022: We find out how female-led businesses have helped spur a retail revival in the region with Nancy Ozbek.
Shraddha Barot Amariei talks about the ever changing landscape of PR & Marketing.
Kimono Girl is a clothing brand that believes in energy fashion.
Taqua Malik the founder of  Freedom visory gives us top tips to sell your brand on and e commerce platform, 
And Ludmila is answering your legal questions.

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May 09, 2022
Student Wins Grand Prize

05 May 2022: Mariam Joseph is a student who has just won the Young Sociologist of the Year award
Sean is a young boy who has written his first book after struggling with Selective Autism.

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May 05, 2022
Are you a woman in business?

02 May 2022: Female Fusion has launched the UAE’s first business directory for women-owned businesses.
The man behind Jones The Grocer, CEO Yunib Siddiqui joins us for Money Diaries
Dr. Haidar Saeed Al Yousuf is the Managing Director of Al-Futtaim Health and was recently named  “CEO of the Year” in Asia
And Ludmila answers your legal questions.

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May 02, 2022
Choosing The Right School

28 April 2022: We chat to Fiona McKenzie on the Dubai private school sector recording highest ever levels of enrolment.

Ever thought of adopting but don't know the process? We talk to an expert from Fotis Law

How do you create a life and work balance as a woman. Anishkaa Gehani gives us some top tips

STEM buddies is a new app created for kids by mum Siba Al Shouli

We chat to Karim from Kidzapp about some great ideas for Eid

And Sara Stevens from The Green Planet fills us in on their new activities.

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Apr 28, 2022
Pets & Vets

27 April 2022: Our Vet Dr Sara answers all your questions for your furry and not-so-furry animals.
With the Eid break coming up, are you looking for a holiday? Well dnata fills us in on all the latest deals.
And Helen chats to the author of Nine Paths, Dr Lexi Stadlen.

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Apr 27, 2022
Ask the Menopause Doctor

26 April 2022: Dr Fiona Rennie is answering all your menopause questions
Dr. Serge Mattar aka The Fertility Doc is answering all your questions on IVF and egg freezing
Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer in women? We find out how you can prevent it with Dr Sharonne Hayes
And Dr Thoiraya is talking about childhood trauma and the impact it has on your adult life.

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Apr 26, 2022
What's your money personality?

25 April 2022: Dr Omar Fisher is the author of 'Conscious Wealth' and explains how we all have a money personality.
Have you ever wanted to write a book? Karen Osman is giving tips on writing and self publishing
We talk money diaries to the Co-founder of The Tile & Wrap Society
Varuna Mehta Jagwani gives us some top tips on Digital Marketing
And Ludmila is answering all your legal questions.

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Apr 25, 2022
Losing A Twin

21 April 2022: Helen is talking to parents with twins and to a mother who has lost a new born twin herself
Infant swim teacher Leanne gives her top tips to help kids become confident in the water
Amy Pope is teaching the art of qigong to children
A school in Dubai has just won the Otis Made To Move Communities Challenge
Two students have started their own mental health wellness
And Junior Genius Global are teaching young children about wellbeing. 

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Apr 21, 2022
Are sneakers an investment?

20 April 2022: Helen speaks to sneakerhead Atul Hegde who has over 500 pairs of sneakers.
Emirati show jumper Amnah Bani Hashem joins Helen in the studio.
Daanesh from Tech Radar fills us in on the latest Netflix news
Thrift For Good are re-homing your old clothes for charity
Summer is on its way so we find the best tips to keep your AC in top shape
Dr Leanne from the British Veterinary Hospital answers all your pet questions.

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Apr 20, 2022
Wellness tips with Luke Coutinho

19 April 2022: Alternative health guru Luke Coutinho shares some great wellness tips
Dr Saliha Afridi talks about the impact of social media on children
Could the pain in your neck be due to text neck?
One in six people around the world have a headache on any given day, from DrJohn at King's College Hospital Dubai.

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Apr 19, 2022
Life Sucks

18 April 2022: Albert Carter is a teacher-turned-entrepreneur, who joins Helen to talk about his latest book Life Sucks
Helen finds out the impact of stress on our body and how we can manage it with Dr Mercedes Sheen.
We have some top tips to ignite your start-up from Nazar Musa
Boutique hotels are on the rise in the UAE, so we chat to the CEO of LEVA Hotels.
Ludmila is on call to answer all your legal questions.

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Apr 18, 2022
Would you let your Dad braid your hair?

14 April 2022: We talk to the lady who is teaching Dads how to braid their daughters' hair.
Dr. Amineh Razavian gives us some top tips to keep your kids' teeth shiny and healthy.
Citizens School is taking its education and wellness into the future.
The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale is back in town.
Hanan from The Family Hub shares her insights on encouraging kids to keep reading.
The Emirates Literature Festival is looking for young authors.
How do you manage tantrums? Helen finds out from Pascale, a parenting coach. 

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Apr 14, 2022
The Power of Colour

13 April 2022: Helen talks to colour expert and Global Colour Ambassador Mark Wentworth about the power of colour in our everyday life.
Kidzapp have got some great deals for the kids during Ramadan.
If you are planning a getaway, dnata has all the latest travel news.
And Dr Sara is here to answer all your pet questions.

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Apr 13, 2022

12 April 2022: Author Rasheem Mays-Fowler joins us in the studio to talk about his new book called "10 Effective Ways to Reignite Self Love"
What's the difference between tiredness and fatigue? Helen finds out from Dr Zeeshan Khan from King's College Hospital Dubai
A new revolutionary hip replacement surgery has launched in the UAE, but this time it's being assisted by robots.
Dr. Milos Pavlovic from Genesis Healthcare Centre answers all your questions on skin, nails, varicose veins plus much more.

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Apr 12, 2022
Have you got a Will?

11 April 2022: Where there is a will there's a way, and Ayesha Bin Kalban from DIFC Courts Wills Service says everyone should have a will.
Ladies, do you want to start investing but don't know where to start? Well Neelam Verma is here to help.
A recent survey has come out which shows the least trusted occupations in the UAE.
The Giving Movement is a sustainable clothing brand that is on a mission to give back.
And Ludmila is back to answer all your legal questions.

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Apr 11, 2022
Are you prepared for parenthood?

07 April 2022: Nikki Osborne aka The Scottish Soul Sister, is here to offer advice on becoming a first-time parent.
A new app has been created to educate children on financial literacy
As well as a new academy encouraging children about physical literacy
And Principal Lisa is here to answer all your kiddie questions.

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Apr 07, 2022