The Middle East is ripe for new ways of thinking and doing things. TMR is a Western perspective on the East, including conversations with open-minded thought leaders with innovative ideas. Writer and journalist Nadia Michel invites a diverse roster of friends and guests that include the most inspired CEOs, chefs, adventurers, entrepreneurs, musicians, authors, artists, and beyond.
Altered state: Making it through the storm
Dolores Shelley was the first Jordanian woman to summit Mount Everest in 2019, a year which marked many deadly expeditions. In an interview recorded from Serbia, Dolores talks about the tragedy she witnessed on the mountain and her struggle to readjust to the mundane routine and daily grind, post-adventure.
High Altitude: How Skydiving Can Teach You to Face Your Fears
Nicole Smith Ludvik is a professional skydiver, stuntwoman, yoga instructor, social media influencer and emerging motivational speaker. She explains how she ended up on top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai as the star of an Emirates airline campaign that went viral, talks about her brush with death following a car accident and how skydiving saved her life.
Why being first is the ultimate win
Nabs Al Busaidi was the first Arab to row 4,600 km across the Atlantic and the first Arab to walk 650 km to the magnetic North Pole. He talks about an encounter with a polar bear, being racially profiled while traveling and a debilitating injury for which he sought stem cell treatment in the US. He also shares tips for overcoming self-doubt.
The Power of Sharks: Why you should love them and swim vertically
Nouf Al Oseimi is the Saudi Founder of Red Sea Citizens Dive Club and a scuba diving instructor. She shares her tips for avoiding shark attacks, explains why she started a movement for Saudi women divers, how life feels under the sea and why humans are doomed if the oceans die.
A Record Breaking Journey to the Highest Peaks on Earth
Saeed Al Memari talks from a basecamp in Costa Rica about his ongoing “Peak for Peace’ expedition, a mission to climb the highest peak in all 246 countries backed by the sponsorship of the Crown Prince of Fujairah in the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Sharqi. Al Memari was the first UAE national to climb to the summit of Mount Everest back in 2011. He was also the first Arab to complete the 'Explorer Grand Slam', which involves conquering the highest mountain on each of the seven continents and reaching the North and South Pole.
Saudi Rally Queen: Mashael Al-Obaidan's Off-Road Adventures
Mashael Al-Obaidan is a Saudi rally driver who finished in the top 20 in the 2022 Dakar Rally from Ha'il to Jeddah. She describes the feeling of driving through desert sand dunes, dispels common myths about Saudi women and talks about swimming with whale sharks in Saudi’s untouched Red Sea.