Art from the Heart – Interviewed by Zatasha Kiran


Eclectic Yemeni is a young female artist who shares her talent through social media. She combines her contemporary style with traditional themes to create moving, thought provoking pieces that appeal to people of all backgrounds. We speak to her about her work, inspiration and future plans.

Zatasha Kiran: Tell us a bit about your childhood.

Eclectic Yemeni: Growing up I always wanted to be the person I am today, I wanted to be content with whatever I had at hand. Growing up in Yemen didn’t really allow me to be exposed to art or artists, it wasn’t that important, at least to my environment it wasn’t. Continue reading “Art from the Heart – Interviewed by Zatasha Kiran”

Sabeel: A Woman of Many Talents – Interviewed by Zatasha Kiran


25 year old Sabeel Butt studied BTEC Business and A-Level financial studies at college and then went on to university to study politics and law before deciding university just wasn’t for her. After completing her first year she decided not to return, she felt that she is more of a practical person and would like to spend her time and effort on something she really enjoyed. Whilst Sabeel now works in retail at a large retail outlet, she is also involved in other businesses. In her spare time she loved to bake so, decided to take a short course on cake decorating at her local college where she also completed a food hygiene course. A few years ago she decided to turn her hobby into a business and started work as a part time cake decorator. She has also recently launched her own makeup line which is quickly becoming quite a hit with local and international beauty bloggers. We talk to Sabeel about how she got started.

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Zatasha: What was the deciding factor for you to leave university and pursue entrepreneurship?

Sabeel: After completing one year at university I decided it just wasn’t for me, I had no idea what I was going to do but all I knew was that I didn’t want to go to university.

 

Z: Was your family supportive of your decision?

S: They weren’t happy with my decision to begin with, but they all eventually came to the realisation that I was serious about not continuing with university.

 

Z: What would you say are the three biggest obstacles in starting a new company?

S: I’d say the biggest obstacles would be balancing growth and quality, and money management.

 

Z: How did you overcome these challenges?

S: The best way to overcome any challenge is by trial and error.

 

Z: Who inspires you? 

S: My biggest inspiration is my parents who are both very hard working people and that have patience to overcome any difficult situation.

 

Z: How long did it take you to get your companies up and running?

S: My cake business started as a hobby and then gradually grew by word of mouth. With my cosmetics line, anyone who knows me knows I absolutely love makeup, I first made a few products for myself and posted them on my Instagram account. I received so many compliments and decided to start a business. It took me almost a year to gather and create my products and I’m still growing as a company. I appreciate all the support I have received from all around the world.

 

Z: Where do you see yourself and your businesses in the next five years?

S:  I hope to have a successful, stable cosmetics line which is internationally recognised.

 

Z: What are your interests beyond your businesses?  

S: I have many interests such as cooking, playing with animals and admiring nature.

 

Z: What personal strengths helped you in following your path of success?

S: My biggest personal strength has got to be patience, which I think I got from my parents. You have good days and bad days, but you have to learn to keep it together.

 

Z: How do you market your products (cakes and makeup line)?

S: I use Instagram and Facebook as a platform to advertise my business and it’s quite successful.

Z: What tips would you give to people looking to become independent entrepreneurs in today’s market? 

S: Build something you are passionate about and never give up!

The Story of Christy Brown ~ By Shatha Akeel


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Photograph Credit: The Irish World

If you believe that you have difficult conditions, bear a load, and you are thinking that they prevent you from reaching your dreams, let me remind you that great things come from the hard times.

Today, I want to share with you the story of Christy Brown, an Irish writer and painter who had cerebral palsy and was able to write with the toes of one foot.

Christy Brown was born to a poor family. After his birth, doctors discovered that he had severe cerebral palsy. The surprise was heavy on his family, especially his mother. Continue reading “The Story of Christy Brown ~ By Shatha Akeel”

Wise Junior.. A Brighter Future ~ Interviewed by Najlaa Nezar


“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill.

A good example for this would be individuals who hold within high social responsibility with the urge to have a positive impact on human development by their contributions.

Weam Bakheet implemented this bravely, so after she finished her Master’s in the UK, she decided to return to her homeland, Saudi Arabia and started to design and work on a program that is the first of its kind that focuses on training children to raise their awareness toward life’s important concepts. She believes that her program should include 8 vital fundamentals for good-mannered children and therefore better individuals in the future.

 

Proudly, Weam founded her awareness center for children, which is located in Jeddah/Saudi Arabia under the name “Wise Juniors”.

Najlaa Nezar from Uvadahlia Magazine had the chance to speak with Weam Bakheet about the center’s vision, mission and plans for the future. Continue reading “Wise Junior.. A Brighter Future ~ Interviewed by Najlaa Nezar”

Duolingo: The Green Owl App – By Dalia Al Saad


Ever since I was 4, I’ve always been a huge language-learning lover! At that age, I remember singing along an American song with my older brothers trying to get the lyrics right. Of course what I call now “singing” was in reality just baby talk. That childish attempt produced a good story for the whole family to recall in every occasion, which is fine by me 🙂 You see, since then, I had the opportunity to study in American schools and learn proper English as well as the Arabic language. Fellow adult Arabs would not hide their astonishment when they found out that I understood what they were saying in English, or in a certain event when I helped two ladies out by being their translator. I felt like I was their bridge of communication who helped in venting their frustrations! All that and much more helped in boosting my self-confidence as a kid, which enhanced my thirst for language-learning even more. As I grew older, I indulged in learning the French language with my mom. That didn’t go as planned since I wasn’t 100% committed to learning the language, however, at age 17, I finally took it seriously and progressed. I am now an English teacher who is learning Italian for the love of it. With the help of the Internet, I found many free websites that clearly explain grammar rules, YouTube videos that have helped me with my pronunciation and the best free app ever: Duolingo! Continue reading “Duolingo: The Green Owl App – By Dalia Al Saad”

Art Vibes – Interviewed by Zatasha Kiran


17 year-old Zayn Al-Qahtani, based in Bahrain, is currently majoring in Graphic Design with hope to move to England and study Fine Art. In her free time, Zayn is a freelance painter who goes by the pen name “Lunah Iris” and likes to create colourful images of people who catch her eye. Zayn‘s artistic intrigue began as a young child. “I remember being five years old and so annoyed because I couldn’t draw a star properly. I sat scribbling on my paper for a good two hours before I finally drew a (beyond perfect!) star.”

Zatasha Kiran spoke to Zayn about her talent, passion and inspiration: Continue reading “Art Vibes – Interviewed by Zatasha Kiran”

Track Record – Interviewed by Zatasha Kiran


With a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s in Business, it’s highly surprising that 41 year-old Gentry Bradley decided on a career in fitness training. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Gentry was a sprinter before turning to coaching 11 years ago. In 1998, he was the national champion for the 200-meter sprint as well as being the World Intercontinental runner-up. He now shares his expertise training and experience with elite-level athletes who are preparing for events such as the Olympics Games, World Championships, Asian Games and Gulf Championships. His coaching specialty is in the sprint events of running which consist of 60-meter, 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter sprints. “I’m all about speed!”, he claims, “The athletes that I’ve trained have been ranked as high as #5 in the world, that’s saying something.”

He has worked for both the Saudi Arabian and Qatari track teams as well, doing consultation for teams in Lebanon, Iran, Uzbekistan, Malaysia and various US athletes and colleges. In addition to that, Gentry is currently creating his own athletics training group, GBJ Athletics, aimed at sprinters from the US, Middle East and Asia who are looking to train. Uvadahlia’s own Zatasha Kiran spoke to Gentry about life in the fast lane.

Continue reading “Track Record – Interviewed by Zatasha Kiran”