14 episodes

New futuristic cities built from scratch. Giga-projects. Major sports investments. Trillions in spending. An economy and society changing so quickly even locals sometimes can’t believe their eyes. Saudi Arabia is on a mission to change itself from a conservative society with an oil-dominated economy to a modern and open society with a diversified economy - and to become a global tourism destination. Such a transformation has never before been attempted, and the stakes for the Middle East - and the world - are high.

The TWENTY30 is a new media network and podcast that explores the seemingly endless dimensions of the social and economic transformations in Saudi Arabia, which few living outside the Kingdom can truly grasp. From the creator and co-host of The 966 Podcast comes a new platform that tackles the news, issues, challenges, and opportunities in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East region as it continues forward in a full-throttle effort to remake itself while the world watches. Featuring exclusive interviews, frank conversations, and in-depth topic exploration, The TWENTY30 is the first bi-weekly english program of its kind dedicated to uncovering and highlighting the road ahead for Saudi Arabia and the region and why it matters.

Hosted by Lucien Zeigler and Dr. Hanaa Almoaibed, The TWENTY30 is a new media network that will expand understanding of Saudi Arabia and the Middle East region through real conversations, research, and insights on a variety of platforms.

The TWENTY30 Lucien Zeigler and Hanaa Almoaibed

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New futuristic cities built from scratch. Giga-projects. Major sports investments. Trillions in spending. An economy and society changing so quickly even locals sometimes can’t believe their eyes. Saudi Arabia is on a mission to change itself from a conservative society with an oil-dominated economy to a modern and open society with a diversified economy - and to become a global tourism destination. Such a transformation has never before been attempted, and the stakes for the Middle East - and the world - are high.

The TWENTY30 is a new media network and podcast that explores the seemingly endless dimensions of the social and economic transformations in Saudi Arabia, which few living outside the Kingdom can truly grasp. From the creator and co-host of The 966 Podcast comes a new platform that tackles the news, issues, challenges, and opportunities in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East region as it continues forward in a full-throttle effort to remake itself while the world watches. Featuring exclusive interviews, frank conversations, and in-depth topic exploration, The TWENTY30 is the first bi-weekly english program of its kind dedicated to uncovering and highlighting the road ahead for Saudi Arabia and the region and why it matters.

Hosted by Lucien Zeigler and Dr. Hanaa Almoaibed, The TWENTY30 is a new media network that will expand understanding of Saudi Arabia and the Middle East region through real conversations, research, and insights on a variety of platforms.

    Discussing Saudi film and cinema with leading Saudi documentary filmmaker Abdulrahman Sandokji and much more...

    Discussing Saudi film and cinema with leading Saudi documentary filmmaker Abdulrahman Sandokji and much more...

    Abdulrahman Sandokji, a Riyadh-based leading documentary filmmaker joins The TWENTY30 for an exclusive discussion about the status of film and cinema in Saudi Arabia and discusses his journey from having his first camera at age 15 to becoming a notable figure in the industry, directing and producing numerous projects featured on major broadcast channels and festivals, including the 10th Saudi Film Festival. Sandokji recently finished a documentary called “Underground” about Saudi Arabia’s growing music scene and reacts to the experience of filming the documentary, which follows artists around the Kingdom.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    How can real estate drive Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 to success?

    How can real estate drive Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 to success?

    Faisal Durrani, Partner and Head of Research, Knight Frank Middle East joins The TWENTY30 Podcast hosts Lucien and Hanaa for a discussion on a wide range of topics on Saudi Arabia’s booming real estate sector, giga projects, construction, and other developments.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Leading Saudi artist Manal Aldowayan discusses Venice Biennale, 'Shifting Sands', and art in Arabia

    Leading Saudi artist Manal Aldowayan discusses Venice Biennale, 'Shifting Sands', and art in Arabia

    Saudi Arabia’s leading contemporary artist Manal Aldowayan joins The TWENTY30 for an exclusive conversation and interview to discuss the Venice Biennale, her journey from computer science major to leading artist, and the development of art in Saudi Arabia. Aldowayan is representing Saudi Arabia at the 2024 Venice Biennale with a multimedia installation entitled Shifting Sands: A Battle Song, showing from April to November.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    UBS Saudi Arabia Chairman Ramzi Abukhadra joins The TWENTY30 to discuss Saudi Arabia’s banking sector and real estate

    UBS Saudi Arabia Chairman Ramzi Abukhadra joins The TWENTY30 to discuss Saudi Arabia’s banking sector and real estate

    This week, the hosts welcome onto the TWENTY30 Mr. Ramzi Abukhadra, Chairman of the Board of UBS Saudi Arabia and longtime banker in the Kingdom to give an overview and some analysis on the banking sector in Saudi Arabia.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Can Saudi Arabia be the world’s next great aviation hub?

    Can Saudi Arabia be the world’s next great aviation hub?

    In the 10th episode of The TWENTY30, the hosts celebrate their milestone of producing twice-weekly shows and tease upcoming interviews as they start to introduce conversations with the changemakers that are driving Saudi Arabia’s transformation plans.

    • 33 min
    Swimsuits on the runway in Saudi Arabia at Red Sea Fashion Week, fast food real talk and more...

    Swimsuits on the runway in Saudi Arabia at Red Sea Fashion Week, fast food real talk and more...

    Lucien and Hanaa kick off Episode 9 spending probably too much time discussing and debating Chick Fil-A and fast food preferences before discussing the Red Sea Fashion Week (RSFW) in Saudi Arabia which concluded this week.

    • 49 min

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