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Aswat: Voices of Arabia

Apr 13, 2019

Danya Al Hamrani has been telling stories for as long as she can remember.

In 2008, she and her business partner, Dania Nassif, started the production company, Eggdancer - the first company in Saudi Arabia,  to be owned and run by women. 

Danya was instrumental in getting Anthony Bourdain, host of the series "No...


Mar 29, 2019

Maggie Andriopoulos has done more than 5500 dives, mostly in the Red Sea off Jeddah.  She moved to Saudi Arabia with her family for a two year stay, but two Gulf wars and thirty years later, she's still enjoying life here. 

 

Credit: Hans and Lotte Has - 'Abenteuer in Roten Meer'


Mar 16, 2019

Dr Uzma Raheem is passionate about helping those with special needs. 19 years ago she started Hope Centre for Exceptional Needs, in Jeddah. It was the first multi-lingual centre of its kind in Saudi Arabia.

Back then, some people didn't know that their relatives had children with special needs because they were kept in...


Mar 2, 2019

Bipolar is a mental disorder that affects about 60 million people around the world. There are medications available to help people with this disorder but the stigma that comes with having Bipolar is preventing a lot of people from accessing medication. In Saudi Arabia, it's not much different. 

Saudi journalist and...


Jan 26, 2019

Saudi Arabia has a huge cat population. Many of them are strays. There are so many, in fact, that they are regarded as pests by many people.

One woman in Jeddah doesn't share this view. She's opened up her home and her heart to these animals. She has over 300 cats living with her and she feeds hundreds of street...