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Five podcasts you should check out

They are perfect for listening to when you drive to work, during lunch hours, or during a workout

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For those always looking for new hacks and insights to grow business or deepen their understanding of mental health, podcasts are great. 

According to reports, there are about 5.1 million regular podcast listeners in Saudi Arabia and 1.3 million regular podcast listeners in the UAE. From podcasts hosted by Anas Bukhash to Maha Aboulenein, here are five popular podcasts you should listen to.

#ABTalks

It was in 2016 when Anas Bukhash decided to launch ABTalks and have important discussions. His opening line greeting his guests with, “How are you truly doing?” has taken on a life of its own. With sensitive and honest conversations on inclusivity, feminism, and mental health, AB Talks is now among the most-watched talk shows in the Middle East. Many guests on Bukhash’s show share their extraordinary and transforming personal stories. #ABTalks has over 130 episodes.

A new season was released on Youtube, Netflix, and Spotify earlier this year.

The Digital Growth Show

The digital marketing professionals Amit Vyas and Andrew Thomas’s podcast, The Digital Growth Show, talk about everything business-related—from marketing technology and sales strategy to digital PR for business success. Every episode is entertaining and educational.

With over 60 episodes, The Digital Growth Show’s most recent podcast explored what Web3 will mean for brands as millennials and GenZ are moving away from Facebook, Instagram, and Google.

It is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Digital Nexa’s website.

Fnjan

A Saudi podcast with a global following, Fnjan covers everything—from veganism to artificial intelligence. Featuring a special guest in each episode, the show discusses current events and critical issues. The first 15-20 episodes began with video chats with friends and acquaintances of the presenter – Abdulrahman Abumalih. International guests from Somalia, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, and Jordan, allow Saudis the chance to learn more about other cultures.

Fnjan has over 135 episodes and over 13 million downloads on Apple Podcasts and YouTube.

Savvy Talk by Maha Aboulenein 

Professional storyteller and host Maha Abouelenein discusses communication techniques and business trends. In the most recent episode, Hind Sebti, who co-founded Waldencast and founded Whind, a cosmetics brand, talked about her native country Morocco, her love of travel, nature, and art and how that served as inspiration for the cosmetic brand. 

With more than 40 episodes, Savvy Talk has received a five-star rating on Apple Podcasts. It is also available on Spotify, Anghami, and Amaeya Media’s website.

The Spencer Lodge Podcast

From a NASA astronaut to a former mafia boss and a North Korean defector, Spencer Lodge interviews famous experts to ordinary people with extraordinary stories as they share their experiences and the lessons they picked up along the way.

Some episodes are devoted to training and development in business growth and commercial confidence. The Spencer Lodge Podcast holds down the sixth spot in the United Arab Emirates’ Apple Podcasts with more than 200 episodes.

You can also listen to it every Monday on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Anghami, and Spencer Lodge’s website. 

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