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Inspire Middle East

Inspire Middle East

Every week Inspire Middle East brings you unmissable stories from across a region bursting with new energy. Euronews’ Middle East show, explores cutting edge innovation , tech, fashion, lifestyle and culture; introducing you to the region’s trend setters and game changers. Inspire Middle East showcases new voices, and vibrant storytelling from across the business and cultural spectrum, connecting people in the region with those around the world.
12 Episodes
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Ideas Episodes

Inspire Middle East - Winter at Tantora: music festival brings Yanni and other stars to Saudi Arabia

Winter at Tantora: music festival brings Yanni and other stars to Saudi Arabia

The Winter at Tantora Festival is bringing international music stars to perform at Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia.
12mins
Euronews
Indonesia: Help for smallholder farmers

Indonesia: Help for smallholder farmers

Helianti Hilman wants to provide indigenous farmers with a better livelihood. She sells products grown by a network of more than 50,000 smallholder farmers.
5mins
Deutsche Welle
Inspire Middle East - What is Tunisia’s ‘cultural cave’ and how is it helping local artists?

What is Tunisia’s ‘cultural cave’ and how is it helping local artists?

A natural cave filled with modern paintings and artwork installations is amongst Tunisia’s hidden cultural treasures.
3mins
Euronews
Inspire Middle East - Why is Al-Ula paving the way towards tourism in Saudi Arabia?

Why is Al-Ula paving the way towards tourism in Saudi Arabia?

The Al-Ula governorate in Saudi Arabia is an area packed with prehistoric sites and landmarks.
3mins
Euronews
Ghana: Dying cocoa plantations

Ghana: Dying cocoa plantations

Ghana is the world's second largest cocoa exporter. But production has declined due to crop disease and extreme dry weather. An organization from the Netherlands is helping farmers to replace their old cocoa trees.
7mins
Deutsche Welle
Mexico: Sustainable tourism

Mexico: Sustainable tourism

For centuries the Mixtec community in the state of Oaxaca has been farming agave plants. They now want to share their traditions with outsiders. The farmers have the support of Rutopia, a startup from Mexico City that promotes rural eco-tourism.
8mins
Deutsche Welle
Inspire Middle East - World Government Summit: Leaders prioritize climate change solutions

World Government Summit: Leaders prioritize climate change solutions

The 7th edition of World Government Summit was held in Dubai, gathering world leaders alongside experts in the sectors of technology, economy, environment and wellbeing.
12mins
Euronews
Inspire Middle East - How does switching between languages impact your body?

How does switching between languages impact your body?

UAE-based researchers are exploring how switching between languages affects the body and brain.
3mins
Euronews
Inspire Middle East - Wagner’s The Valkyrie debuts in Abu Dhabi

Wagner’s The Valkyrie debuts in Abu Dhabi

Richard Wagner’s The Valkyrie was staged in the United Arab Emirates for the very first time. The performance was part of the Abu Dhabi Classics season, an initiative that brings international musical talent to the emirates.
12mins
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Inspire Middle East - UAE residents celebrate the Chinese New Year

UAE residents celebrate the Chinese New Year

Chinese residents in the United Arab Emirates gathered to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
4mins
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Iraq: Uncertain future for IS families

Iraq: Uncertain future for IS families

Following the defeat of the terror organization Islamic State, the families of thousands of dead militants are stranded in refugee camps in Iraq. They're shunned in the camps, and outcasts in the country.
6mins
Deutsche Welle
Global Teen from the Dominican Republic

Global Teen from the Dominican Republic

Amelia Ceballos Melenciano is 16 years old and comes from the Cinco de April quarter of the San Cristobal municipality in the Dominican Republic.
2mins
Deutsche Welle
Colombia - the wetlands of Rio Magdalena under threat

Colombia - the wetlands of Rio Magdalena under threat

In the rainy season, the Rio Magdalena in Colombia creates a vast area of wetlands. But now its flood plains are threatened by climate change, agriculture and logging. A women's initiative is fighting to save this vital natural resource.
7mins
Deutsche Welle
Inspire Middle East - Latest digital book trends showcased at Abu Dhabi Publishing Forum

Latest digital book trends showcased at Abu Dhabi Publishing Forum

The Abu Dhabi Publishing Forum came to a close on January 30th, following three days of workshops and panel discussions on the industry's latest trends.
2mins
Euronews
Inspire Middle East - 'Fresh Prince' star DJ Jazzy Jeff talks Will Smith & highlights industry problems

'Fresh Prince' star DJ Jazzy Jeff talks Will Smith & highlights industry problems

DJ Jazzy Jeff, famous for starring in the 90's television series ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’, came to the United Arab Emirates to perform his latest set.
12mins
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Inspire Middle East - Egypt moves fashion forward for plus sized women

Egypt moves fashion forward for plus sized women

Young designers are challenging style norms in Egypt by promoting body positive clothing and catering to plus-size women.
2mins
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Inspire Middle East - Four must-see UAE national parks and conservation areas

Four must-see UAE national parks and conservation areas

The United Arab Emirates is aiming to increase numbers of its indigenous animals by improving their natural habitats.
4mins
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Inspire Middle East - Jane Goodall reinforces her wildlife conservation initiative in the UAE

Jane Goodall reinforces her wildlife conservation initiative in the UAE

Conservationist and primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, famous for observing wild chimpanzees in Africa in the 1960’s, came to the United Arab Emirates as part of a Roots and Shoots promotional tour.
12mins
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Peru: New trees for the Andes

Peru: New trees for the Andes

Large swathes of the Peruvian Andes have been almost completely deforested, and action has been taken to reverse that in recent years. The hope is that the annual tree-planting events will bring back the forests.
6mins
Deutsche Welle
Global Snack Tenerife

Global Snack Tenerife

A popular snack on Tenerife is fried potatoes served with various special sauces - even chocolate!
3mins
Deutsche Welle
Zimbabwe: Help for Africa's wild dogs

Zimbabwe: Help for Africa's wild dogs

Wild dogs are among the most endangered carnivores in Africa, with only several thousand left. The Save Valley Conservancy in southeastern Zimbabwe is one of the last places they can roam freely.
7mins
Deutsche Welle
Fighting Iran's strict hijab rules

Fighting Iran's strict hijab rules

Masih Alinejad comes from Iran but lives in exile. She rose to prominence thanks to her online campaigns 'My Stealthy Freedom' and 'White Wednesdays.' Her protest against Iran's compulsory hijab rule has won her followers from around the world.
7mins
Deutsche Welle
Indonesia: The sinking capital

Indonesia: The sinking capital

The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is sinking by up to 25 centimeters every year. More than 30 million people in and around the city are at risk. Now urban planners have begun to act in the hope of averting disaster.
8mins
Deutsche Welle
Energy efficient water pumps in Jordan

Energy efficient water pumps in Jordan

Jordan is one of the driest countries in the world. The water sector accounts for some 15 percent of the country's electricity use. Energy efficient pumps aim to reduce that consumption and limit the harm done to the environment.
6mins
Deutsche Welle
Solar power for the Kalunga

Solar power for the Kalunga

The Kalunga live in remote settlements in the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park in Brazil. These people of African origin whose ancestors were slaves still live in poverty, usually off-grid. The NGO Litro de Luz is introducing them to solar power.
6mins
Deutsche Welle
Global Teens - Bulgaria

Global Teens - Bulgaria

15-year-old Ivea Simeonova comes from Sofia. One day she would like to be a pediatrician.
3mins
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Global Snack - Belize

Global Snack - Belize

Joseph Ingram and his family run a snack bar in the countryside of Cayo District. They serve barbecued pork and chicken with rice and beans, vegetables and tortillas.
3mins
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Fighting food waste in South Africa

Fighting food waste in South Africa

Millions of people in South Africa don't have enough to eat. Still, a third of all the food there is thrown away. Now some producers and supermarkets are giving away food that's past its sell-by date to people in need.
6mins
Deutsche Welle
Lebanon: waste management crisis

Lebanon: waste management crisis

The waste crisis in Lebanon is a constant problem. It's due to the combination of corruption, poor governance and weak infrastructure seen in many countries. What can be done with the massive amounts of garbage, produced in our globalized world?
6mins
Deutsche Welle
Moldova: Climate-friendly construction

Moldova: Climate-friendly construction

The former Soviet Republic of Moldova - one of the poorest countries in Europe - relies heavily on Russia for its energy needs. A German NGO is helping increase the country's energy efficiency, starting with the residential sector.
7mins
Deutsche Welle
Global Teen from Grenada

Global Teen from Grenada

Jessemy Stafford is 17 and lives in the Caribbean. He's doing an apprenticeship as an electrical engineer, and after that he wants to study. Ever since he was a child, Jessemy's been mad about cricket, and hopes one day to play for his national team.
3mins
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Indonesia: Global Shaper Iman Usman

Indonesia: Global Shaper Iman Usman

27-year-old Iman Usman belongs to the Global Shaper network. A successful entrepreneur, in 2014 he developed Ruangguru, an interactive learning platform that already has some 10 million users in Indonesia.
4mins
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Philippines: Solar power instead of coal

Philippines: Solar power instead of coal

The residents of Atimonan, a coastal town in the Philippines, are resisting the construction of new power plants. Coal is still the main source of power generation in the country, where green electricity plays only a niche role.
7mins
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Social Inequality in Kenya

Social Inequality in Kenya

In Kenya you can measure economic growth by the number of shopping malls that have sprung up in the capital Nairobi. They cater to the small upper class and are out of reach for most people. Almost 40 percent live on less than two dollars a day.
5mins
Deutsche Welle
Affordable medical technology in Vietnam

Affordable medical technology in Vietnam

Around the world, about 7,000 newborns die every day. Hospitals in many emerging and developing countries lack the necessary medical equipment to save them. One social entrepreneur decided it was time to change that.
6mins
Deutsche Welle
An invasion of brown algae in Mexico

An invasion of brown algae in Mexico

Most people associate Caribbean beaches with fine, white sand. But in Mexico more and more tourists are being confronted with stinking sargassum. How can the problem be tackled? One idea is to dry it and build houses with it. A prototype exists.
7mins
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Paradise Lost? Tourism in Cozumel

Paradise Lost? Tourism in Cozumel

The Caribbean island of Cozumel is a favorite tourist destination. Five million visitors come here every year. But mass tourism is both a blessing and a curse.
7mins
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Global Snack: Gyros

Global Snack: Gyros

The Psisu restaurant in Greece's second largest city of Thessaloniki specializes is gyros. It's popular with locals and tourists alike.
3mins
Deutsche Welle
Kenya: The comic that changes lives

Kenya: The comic that changes lives

'Shujaaz' was launched in 2009. It began life as a free comic, and is now a multi-media platform that aims to improve the lives and livelihoods of young people in East Africa.
5mins
Deutsche Welle
Rwanda's "Bauhaus of Africa"

Rwanda's "Bauhaus of Africa"

How do you plan a city that has to contend with a steady river of newcomers? At the African Design Centre, Christian Benimana teaches young designers and urban planners to come up with sustainable solutions for both housing and infrastructure.
4mins
Deutsche Welle
Bicycle comeback in Beijing?

Bicycle comeback in Beijing?

Beijing was once filled with bicycles. But as prosperity grew, those who could swapped their bikes for automobiles. Now bike-share systems have hit the scene. Will two-wheeled transportation soon rule the roads in China's capital once again?
7mins
Deutsche Welle
Green cities, better climate

Green cities, better climate

70 percent of global CO2 emissions are connected to city living. The greener a city is, the more carbon dioxide is absorbed and oxygen produced. Trees and plants also help regulate the temperature.
3mins
Deutsche Welle
Lithuania - an app for efficient mobility

Lithuania - an app for efficient mobility

Traffic congestion is a huge problem in major cities. But there are efficient ways to work the transportation system. In Vilnius, around a quarter of the population use a mobility platform to help them get from A to B.
4mins
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Hanoi: The battle against smog

Hanoi: The battle against smog

The air quality in Hanoi will leave you breathless, and not in a good way. Now the city is actively tackling the problem with help from the Germany Development Agency. They're gathering data, educating and taking action for a greener Hanoi.
7mins
Deutsche Welle
Missing in Syria: Lost but not forgotten

Missing in Syria: Lost but not forgotten

A group of Syrian women founded an organization last year called "Families for Freedom". They want to save their missing people from being forgotten. They're travelling around Europe by bus with pictures of their loved ones.
4mins
Deutsche Welle
Dominican Republic: The battle against trash

Dominican Republic: The battle against trash

The Dominican Republic has a refuse problem. Most trash is neither sorted nor recycled. In San Cristobal, the German development agency GIZ is helping to set up a modern trash disposal and recycling system.
5mins
Deutsche Welle
Global Snack Mexico: Tacos al Pastor

Global Snack Mexico: Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al pastor is a Mexican snack said to be derived from the Middle East speciality shawarma, brought to the country by Lebanese migrants. In Mexico the main ingredient is pork marinated in pineapple and chili.
2mins
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South Africa: Muti - a threat to nature

South Africa: Muti - a threat to nature

In order to meet the huge demand for the traditional remedies known as 'muti', plants in South Africa are being harvested on a scale that is no longer sustainable. The pepper-bark tree, for example, is widely used, even though it is endangered.
6mins
Deutsche Welle