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Featuring exceptional Arabs around the world and their journeys to the top. al empire is a Kerning Cultures Network production. Search ‘Kerning Cultures Network’ to hear other podcasts like this one, and follow @kerningcultures on Instagram to stay in touch!
 
How can you improve lives within your community? How do you solve real problems around you? Hear from people who took matters into their own hands, to help those around them through innovative initiatives with social purpose. Find out how social entrepreneurs drive impact to make a difference. This podcast is by Expo Live, produced by Kerning Cultures Network.
 
What does our planet’s future look like? Changemakers from all over the world break down what it’ll take from all of us to create a sustainable future for our planet. This podcast is by Expo 2020 Dubai’s Programme for People and Planet, and produced by Kerning Cultures Network.
 
Now is your chance to witness history in the making at Expo 2020 Dubai. Journey with us through nearly 200 years of captivating history that’s been made at Expos throughout the world, and learn more about the new horizons being explored at Expo 2020 Dubai. This podcast is by Expo 2020 Dubai, produced by Kerning Cultures Network.
 
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We’re excited to share another podcast from the Kerning Cultures Network with you. Masafat is Kerning Cultures’ soul sister. It’s a series of Arabic audio documentaries driven by curiosity. Exploring unfamiliar dimensions from the past or the present. In this episode, we introduce a music genre surrounded by a lot of controversy: Mahragant music in…
 
A blind oud player from humble beginnings, Sheikh Imam’s destiny changed drastically when he met a dissident poet called Ahmed Fouad Negm, and they formed a duo. Together, they would go on start a new era in Egyptian popular music. Their songs would shake regimes, travel the world on cassette tapes, and transcend their own time to become part of th…
 
Stuck in his Palestinian hometown of Jenin during lockdown, Mo’min Swaitat walked into an old music shop where thousands of dusty cassettes lined the walls. They contained decades of Palestinian music and field recordings once confiscated by the Israeli army, long since forgotten, and never meant to make it out of Palestine. This is the story of wh…
 
Azzam Alwash remembers the marshlands of southern Iraq as a magical place, where he would spend long days gliding through the thick reeds by boat with his father. But for decades now, the area has been under threat, so Azzam has become part of the effort to save the natural wonder before it's too late. This episode was produced by Dana Ballout, Ale…
 
In the 1930s, the architect Nasri Khattar had an idea to singlehandedly overhaul the Arabic script. For the next 47 years, he worked day and night to get the world to adopt his writing system, Unified Arabic. Ultimately, he failed. This is his story. This episode was produced by Jahd Khalil and edited by Dana Ballout with Alex Atack and Hebah Fishe…
 
In 2012, a Yazidi family fled to Sweden in the hope of a better life, far from persecution. After nearly six troubled years struggling to seek asylum without proper paperwork, their traumatised daughter “fell asleep” - and didn’t wake up again for another five years. For half a decade she has been in a coma-like state, a condition called resignatio…
 
Water is an essential resource. And yet, one in four people globally do not have access to clean water. After an accomplished career working in the energy sector at the World Bank, Fariel Salahuddin decided to go back to her home country of Pakistan, where she discovered that at least 21 million people don’t have access to clean water. What they di…
 
A warning: This episode contains descriptions of sexual violence and assault. As Egyptian women celebrated the arrest of serial predator and rapist Ahmed Bassam Zaki in the summer of 2020, another case came to light: An alleged gang rape in the upscale Fairmont Hotel. If the men involved were convicted, this case would be another big success for th…
 
On March 31, 2022, the history-making 6-month event that was Expo 2020 Dubai officially closed her doors. Her last heartbeats emanated from Al Wasl Plaza at 7:45 PM. The closing ceremony marked an end to a decade-plus long journey and celebrated a new beginning for the city of Dubai and the world. In the very last episode of our series we say goodb…
 
Inside the Opportunity pavilion is a room called Mission Possible. In this room, nearly half a million people made pledges to take small but consistent steps in their day to day lives, for a better world. The Opportunity pavilion was inspired by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, breaking down 17 ambitious goals into steps and proje…
 
What does it mean when you talk about the United Nations’ sustainable development goals and how do you make it accessible in a way that really resonates with everybody? As one of the three main sub themes of Expo 2020, Opportunity has an intended purpose: to put words into action. The Global Goals are the perfect expression of what opportunity mean…
 
For the past four years, the team at Expo Live has been working closely with 140 Global Innovators from all around the world. At the beginning of this series, Yousuf Caires, the Senior Vice President of Expo Live, introduced what the innovation programme is all about. Over the course of the show, we've spoken to an array of brilliant and bold innov…
 
A warning: This episode contains descriptions of sexual violence and assault. In the summer of 2020, a 22-year-old Egyptian woman made the difficult decision to publicly call out her harasser on social media. In a moment of rage, she picked up her phone and typed out a post that would end up travelling much further than she expected - far beyond he…
 
At the heart of Expo 2020 Dubai, right next to Al Wasl Plaza, is the elegant pavilion of the United Arab Emirates. It’s futuristic-looking and avante-garde. An architectural marvel with literal wings, inspired by the national symbol of the United Arab Emirates: the falcon. In this episode, we take a look at the architecture of the UAE pavilion, Ali…
 
When many of us think of ancient civilizations our minds may venture to Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia or India. But it turns out that there was a centre of trade right in the middle of the desert just south of Dubai that connects with each of these ancient civilizations called Saruq Al-Hadid, and it’s believed to have existed as far back as the Iron A…
 
It’s hard to imagine a world without food. Not just for our own basic survival, but also for the joy it brings to us in our daily lives. Food connects people across cultures, geographies and experiences and brings us closer together. Cherrie Atilano is an agriculture educator, farmer, and the founder and CEO of Agrea - a mission-driven farmer-first…
 
How do you change the design of a device that was invented over one hundred years ago? Back in 2015, a medical entrepreneur in Cameroon named Conrad Tankou started a social venture called GIC Space that develops cutting edge technologies to target the most urgent health challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa. One of them is the smart speculum: a new take…
 
What at Expo 2020 Dubai will be in popular culture 20 years from now? That’s the question Charles Pappas asks himself while walking around the site. Charles is the author of a history on World Expos called ‘Flying Cars, Zombie Dogs, and Robot Overlords’. Over the years, World Expos have shaped history, individual lives, and popular culture. In this…
 
Many miles away from the Expo site, on the other side of the world, is a rising fitness wearables company named WHOOP. Together, Expo 2020 Dubai and WHOOP rolled out a wellness program for Expo workers and set out to test the power of biometric health tech, in one of the busiest construction projects, where at the peak of construction, some 45,000 …
 
When Jurij Dreo read a book entitled, ‘Electric fields of the brain: the neurophysics of EEG’, he was quite happy to see that there are people out there that share his convictions when it comes to how the brain should be studied. It always seemed like a small wonder to Jurij that one is able to pick up a small EEG device and get a recording of what…
 
Located in the Sustainability District, the Vision Pavilion is an emotional and inspiring homage to the Ruler of Dubai and celebrates the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The space reflects the city of Dubai itself, small in size, but huge in impact. In today's episode, we'll take you through the Vision Pavilion, a spac…
 
In 1962 the library at the University of Algiers was burned to the ground, turning hundreds of thousands of books to dust. But it was overshadowed by Algeria’s independence from the French, and was largely forgotten. So one man has made it his mission to answer a simple question: are these books really gone? Or were they smuggled out by the extremi…
 
In 2015, Kitty Liao attended a humanitarian hackathon. The event brought together people from humanitarian organisations to present some of the most pressing issues they are faced with out in the field. One of these problems was that vaccines become spoiled before they arrive at the destination during transport. Kitty spent two months as a hacker i…
 
Wherever you are in the world today, you can see and experience Expo in whichever virtual way you prefer. Whether you are a gamer, looking for content or just curious to explore the Expo site, Virtual Expo has got you covered. Alaa Alshroogi and the Virtual Expo team oversaw the creation of the entire Virtual Expo experience. These platforms have b…
 
Noura Al-Neyadi is an Emirati documentary photographer whose passion for using powerful imagery to tell stories has taken her all over the world, including the North Pole. Her latest project is Eye Stories. At the height of the pandemic, Noura documented the heroic journey of 148 frontline healthcare workers, zooming in only on their eyes. For over…
 
Siddharth Hande worked in the development sector for about eight years before starting Kabadiwalla Connect. The idea came about in college when he used to organise beach cleanups every week through a youth group called Reclaim Our Beaches. Today, Siddharth is the founder and CEO of Kabadiwalla Connect: they provide decentralised waste management so…
 
In 1325, a young scholar by the name of Ibn Battuta left his home in Morocco, to join a convoy headed to Mecca. He was to perform the Muslim Pilgrimage of Hajj and, at the time, the journey was expected to last over a year. But, Ibn Battuta would not return home for another 28 years. He continued a lifelong journey and travelled 120,000 kilometres …
 
In the past few years, the team behind Expo 2020 Dubai gave “mobility” a lot of thought. After all, it is one of Expo’s three main themes: Mobility, Sustainability and Opportunity. This episode, the first in a two-part series on how Expo 2020 Dubai redefines mobility, is a tour inside Alif, the Mobility Pavilion. And who better to guide us inside A…
 
Back in 2017, Irina got together with two friends to tackle proper waste management: one of Armenia's big challenges. They started approaching organisations and donors, and setting up recycling bins in several locations in Armenia. Today, Irina is one of the co-founders of Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development. ISSD is an NGO that is wor…
 
The UK pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai centres around the concept of a collective message to space. To do this, the UK pavilion is using an artificial intelligence software that actually thinks of and writes out poems. This power of connecting minds from around the globe, to input diverse data points and create a pattern of some kind, is at the root of…
 
Suzanne Shian is one of three co-founders behind PichaEats, a social enterprise in Malaysia that aims to empower lives among the refugee community through a food business. The business model behind PichaEats is a 50-50 partnership with chefs. Each chef will source and buy ingredients, and PichaEats will pay them double, meaning 100% profit for the …
 
How do you design the right entrance into the city of the future - and Expo? Imagine that you are walking through an enormous gate made of fine lines of structure. It is as if you are walking through a 3D Mashrabiya… immersed in its light, shade and airflow aesthetics. And as you walk away, the portal transfers you into a courtyard filled with tree…
 
Surreal is a bedazzling water feature at the centre of Expo 2020 Dubai. As one of the highlight attractions on the Expo grounds, Surreal brings together an intricate system of engineering with an ambitious architectural design and beautiful musical compositions in one piece. And it continues to attract, amaze and entertain visitors every day. In th…
 
The journey of Al Wasl, the beating heart of Expo, lasted five years — from conception all the way to the moment it was crowned. At 67.5 meters tall and 130-meters wide, it’s the world's largest 360-degree projection surface. But what makes Al Wasl so distinct is that it isn’t just a dome. It’s also a plaza. A place of gathering. In Arabic, Al Wasl…
 
Back in 2015, Shaun Vorster, a strategist and advisor, was responsible for incubating the Expo Live programme. After incubating the programme, Shaun was part of the selection committee that was tasked with choosing the Global Innovators from all the applications. What makes the Expo Live programme stand out? Shaun shares the journey, challenges, an…
 
What is it that makes our prehistoric origins so fascinating to us? Why do we go to such great lengths to visit and document the ancient skeletal remains of an ancestral human species? And what is the significance of curating this moment in our past at Expo 2020 Dubai? Travel into the past through the Ethiopian and Serbian pavilions as they showcas…
 
Turn on the TV and you’ll see the impacts of climate change everywhere – from wildfires, and floods, to drought and heat waves. It’s clear that we must act now to save our planet and our future. Nisreen ElSaim has made it her life’s mission to champion climate action, on behalf of those most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. She has mana…
 
Several years ago, Renat Anpilogov was teaching at a musical college for the visually impaired - part of his role was organizing concerts in different cities for the students, which included helping them explore their surroundings. When Renat's wife's grandfather became ill and bound to a wheelchair, he and his partner became convinced that travell…
 
Throughout history, different cultures have informed each other in ways that create new forms of communication, of expression, of existence. Everything from the Mexican taco to contemporary pop music is the result of cultural fusion and, in a way, it feels like the potential for these combos is endless. So what happens when you bring 192 unique cou…
 
When Tarun Bothra co-founded Saathi, only 16% of women had access to sanitary napkins in India, the world’s sixth largest economy. Saathi is a purpose-driven social enterprise that develops 100% compostable, biodegradable hygiene products for women out of banana and bamboo fiber. Today, Saathi is impacting communities around the world and using inn…
 
On the night of September 30th, 2021, people everywhere watched as the first World Expo in the region commemorated a historic milestone as Expo 2020 Dubai was officially declared open. At the heart of the Opening Ceremony is a young girl who becomes the protagonist in this inaugural moment of Expo 2020 Dubai. She presents the uplifting, never-stopp…
 
Yusuf Omar has made it his life’s mission to promote storytelling as a vehicle for change, and to mobilize communities across the globe to shape their own narrative. After an accomplished career in journalism, Yusuf was disillusioned with traditional media. He felt the urge to innovate, and so he decided to co-found his own media initiative with hi…
 
Liter of Light started in 2013 at a very dark time in the Philippines, as an emergency lighting system during one of the first and largest category five storms, typhoon Haiyan. Today, as the founder and global director of Liter of Light, Illac Diaz has built both a grassroots and a global movement. It uses inexpensive, readily available materials t…
 
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