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Interviews with outstanding people, women and talents in the Middle East. Hearing their perspectives on life and learning from their personal stories is the core of our open talks. We want to connect hearts and build cultural bridges between the Middle East and Europe. Read more on safatalents.org

SafaTalents Building Bridges - Europe & Middle East

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Interviews with outstanding people, women and talents in the Middle East. Hearing their perspectives on life and learning from their personal stories is the core of our open talks. We want to connect hearts and build cultural bridges between the Middle East and Europe. Read more on safatalents.org

    Tourism builds bridges

    Tourism builds bridges

    Podcast Amur: Tourism builds bridges

















    Amur knows the different worlds - in East and West - and he loves them all. He grew up in the Omani mountains far away from modern life. When he was 13 years old, he met foreigners who were camping near his village. Back then he was an Arab boy who had no idea of the Western world except from old stories.















    I observed them from a distance and after some time I felt brave enough to get close but I couldn't understand them. Now, I speak Italian, English and some German and I know that you need a common language to cross the bridge.Amur Al Rawahi, Arab Adventures















    This short encounter determined his professional education and later he founded Arab Adventures. Amur wants people from outside to get to know the real Oman and the beauty of its nature and cultural heritage. He takes them to remote places in the desert, the mountains or along the long coastal stretches of Oman. There, he initiates meetings between locals and tourists.







    His passion is building bridges and learning from each other. That's why he travels to Europe every summer to learn and understand the languages, modern life and traditions of the Europeans.







    Amur loves the desert where he spends a lot of time - like the beduins. Amidst millions of sand grains he finds his inner truth. He feels happy in this vastness and stillness. Amur takes his clients into the dunes far away from our online availability and responsibilities ...















    Every night we sit together at the fireplace , we share our stories from all over the world in the middle of the desert. We become very close and we take this message with us: we are all the same and we should live like one family!Amur AlRawahi, Arab Adventures

















    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NAoNCQW8Gc

















    Find out more about the situation in Oman before the pandemic in February 2020.







    Naji speaks about the wisdom and old traditions of Oman in contrast to modern day life.

    • 38 Min.
    Tribal, Urban and Kaleidoscopic

    Tribal, Urban and Kaleidoscopic

    Podcast Reem: Tribal, urban, kaleidoskopic

















    Reem AlSuwaid is a fashion designer and the founder of rym.clothing. Reem and her business is now based in Muscat, Oman but the idea came to her when she was still in Paris. Reem was working as a graphics designer when she realized she wanted to build something new - something on her own.















    Living in Paris and being exposed to the European culture taught me a lot about myself and it strengthened me as a personality. I decided to create my own project but most importantly for me, I also crafted my own life style.Reem AlSuwaid, rym.clothing















    As always, Reem was sketching patterns and after a while, she started posting her designs on instagram. That's how Reem created her own brand and that's how she started her own business. She had to learn building and running a fashion design business step by step. Now, Reem is proud to say that she loves both, being an entrepreneur and business woman as well as a creator and fashion designer.







    Reem's designs stand out. They have been described as urban, tribal and caleidoskopic because of their multitude of colors. Some people even describe them as psychedelic but they definitely show islamic influences at the same time. For Reem however, it is most important how her designs make one feel and appear.















    Accessory makes you feel strongly about yourself. This is what I want! It underlines your identity and gives you a boost of confidence.Reem AlSuwaid, rym.clothing

















    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAkyrLaentc

















    Listen to the first episode of the Oman Podcast Series and read Maha's Talent Profile.







    Find out more about Oman at the time of the interview in February 2020.

    • 30 Min.
    Volunteering Talent

    Volunteering Talent

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    And I say that life is indeed darkness save when there is urge,And all urge is blind save when there is knowledge.And all knowledge is vain save when there is work,And all work is empty save when there is love;Gibran Khalil Gibran, from "The Prophet"















    Coffee or Tea?











    Coffee















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    Podcast Abeer: Volunteering Talent

















    Abeer Al Mujaini is the founder and leader of Psychology of Youth, a website and information platform in Arabic language to promote mental health in Oman. Abeer grew up in Europe and Oman. She studied psychology in Scotland and then returned to Oman for work. She found herself in a difficult situation professionally since psychology was still not well known as a science. Consequently, there were only a few professionals in Oman where she could learn and grow. She was lucky and after one year of voluntary work, Abeer found a job as a child psychologist at the Sultan Qaboos University Hospital where she diagnoses especially children with autism and experiences of abuse. Because of the small number of psychologists in Oman, Abeer felt the need to start building a network and working on professional standards for psychology. Together with a team of now 40, she built a volunteering organisation with the goal of forming a professional association for psychologists in Oman. Besides all her work, she did her Master's degree and aspires to do a Doctoral program in the future.







    Some publications about the volunteering organisation Mental Health - Youth in English: Times of Oman Oman Observer49% of the Omani population are under the age of 18, similar to other Arab countries. More and more, research acknowledges this fact and tries to find out about the mental health status of this growing and maturing part of the Muslim population.

















    https://youtu.be/bgD0Rrfn154

















    Abeer's outstanding Competencies







    Deep thinking and taking on different perspectivesAbeer likes thinking into things. She does not only think through certain topics but even goes beyond that. Abeer has the ability to connect topics with philosophical and religious ideas. One example she gave me was the way how she thinks about volunteering work. For her, helping others is not enough. Instead, she demands doing good but also in a sustainable way so that people pray for you afterwards. Most importantly, whatever one does should continue to give - like a well. Everything Abeer does, she measures against her principles. This puts the ladder high up for her own and other's achievements. Abeer has clearly challenged herself understanding the Quran in a deeper way and she seeks to apply the prophet's life lessons to her own. Nothing she does, comes across superficially.







    Hard-working and motivated champion Abeer is a hard worker and she has the stami...

    • 36 Min.
    Wisdom from the village

    Wisdom from the village

    Podcast Naji: Wisdom from the village

















    Naji is a master of story telling. He speaks and teaches Arabic, German and English and he writes poems in all three languages. This reflects his deep understanding of cultures and he gives amazing insights into Arabic traditions and old norms and how they transform into modern life in Oman.















    this is very special in Omani society, we don't ask about your religion, language, colour, we just respect you because you are a human being - you are people like usNaji AlShuhaimi















    Naji grew up in a village and moved to Muscat, the capital city where he teaches in a school. He tells stories about his childhood in a village and his experiences living in a multicultural environment in Muscat's newly built suburbs. When he is in Muscat, he misses the traditional life of the tribes with its wide social networks in the village where everybody knows each other and people take care of each other. Something we have lost in Europe.







    Naji also shares his dream which is very different from teaching languages. He talks about his impressive Omani beard, its meaning for him and the lion story. Naji loves travelling to Germany, that's were he found white life, street numbers, modern teaching methods and his newly found love for the nature. Now, he tries to convince his students to take good care of the nature as their old fathers did.















    Traditional teaching will not help develop talents. Sultan Qaboos (bin Said) started this 50 years ago, it is time to change our schools and teaching methods!Naji AlShuhaimi

















    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuwbMzwl-E8

















    Listen to the first episode of the Oman Podcast Series and read Maha's Talent Profile.







    Find out more about Oman at the time of the interview in February 2020.

    • 35 Min.
    Curly Talent

    Curly Talent

    Maha AlKharusi is the founder and protagonist of curl.heritage, a platform on instagram to promote natural curly hair in Arab countries. She started working in an international bank in Muscat, her home town in Oman. She was lucky and determined enough to create her own job as a sustainability champion. On top of that, Maha loves thinking and writing for change in our societies. She got involved in international organisations and in 2020, she became the leader of the Muscat hub of the Global Shapers. In this role, she supervises a team of volunteers who create and run change projects for their local community.

    • 37 Min.
    Hate and empathy - do they go together?

    Hate and empathy - do they go together?

    Podcast Amel: Hate and Empathy

















    Amel Hermi, Tunisian born and raised in France, knows both worlds from within. Europe - where she grew up as a refugee with her family and enjoyed free access to education - and the Middle East - where her roots are and where she can go back to since the ending of the dictatorship.















    For me, the best way to give back was to grow and learn and be in a place where I can help other people who would maybe do the same journey as my parents and brothers and sistersAmel Hermi























    Amel studied Biology and later International Humanitarian Law and Action. Her educational background seems to perfectly equip her for the missions she finds herself in, typically in third world countries with complex crises and fragile health systems. Her latest appointment is in South Sudan with migrants from Africa and especially women who were exposed to violence.







    Amel has clear opinions and she identifies herself with an attitude of peace and against any kind of violence. She is a very active contributor in any political discussion and she understands political linkages and dependencies easily. It is a great pleasure talking with her, listening to her stories and the underlying human approach. Amel is a person one easily trusts. Even though she is still young, she is very confident and worldly-wise and she has got a very good sense of humour!















    The majority of Islamophobic attacks in France are against women. For me, this is a form of sexism that is being normalised in the society and this is very dangerousAmel citing from a recently published report















    When I approached Amel for an interview, she immediately named hate speech in France/Europe as the topic she would like to talk about. And as with any complex issue, she enfolds her clear views and she does not hesitate to take on novel and sometimes controversial positions. Find out yourselves!

    • 33 Min.

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