Motivational trainer, MC and certified NLP trainer and hypnotist
Dave Crane’s list of qualifications hasn’t stopped growing since he arrived in Dubai in September 1994 in search of sunshine and to work as an entertainment manager in a bar. That stint lasted a short while – he quickly landed a job as a disc jockey at 104.8 Channel 4 FM.
‘That was when the fun began,’ he recalls. Fun that was clearly visible in the pictures that accompanied the August 1, 1997, article featuring Dave and his colleagues. ‘The article brings back some amazing memories. I’m still friends with all those guys as we shared a real close bond when we worked together. And I was way thinner at the time.’
Dave used to host a show called Mission Impossible that was immensely popular – Dave’s sense of humour had many fans. ‘It was a magical time. Dubai was still unheard of globally so our job was to make the growing emirate into a destination. It was very exciting. Expats played a huge part in the growth and instinctively the UAE became the home we’d all been looking for.’
But success and recognition clearly did not make Dave happy. After a few years in broadcasting, Dave decided to move to self-development. A big leap of faith, considering mentoring was not really his forte – entertaining was. ‘I think I needed a new challenge. I’d grown to be a station manager at Channel 4FM, but I felt I had to evolve to stay relevant,’ he says.
It was this new-found purpose to be at the top of his game that has kept Dave motivated. ‘Also the fact that I was growing old and felt the need for a challenge,’ he says.
But why self-development? ‘During my years in broadcasting, I realised I enjoyed helping people so decided why not make a career out of what I enjoy doing most.’
A decision that has paid off in many ways as Dave is now one of the most recognised motivational speakers in the UAE.
‘I’ve just won the Al Arouwad MTV Award as the region’s best motivational speaker,’ he adds. Apart from selfdevelopment, Dave has written five books, held sell-out hypnosis shows from Dubai to Las Vegas, hosted Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens for 17 years (including a World Cup) and he has even hypnotised Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan.
Dave constantly sets new goals for himself and relishes the sense of satisfaction when he achieves them, like the millennial clients he has. ‘People, especially millennials, want more from their lives nowadays. I believe people are taking their destiny into their own hands and creating their own work-life balance. It is probably this demand that is making the role of life coaches, healers, therapists and gurus more important,’ Dave says.
So is he happy with his life or are their times when he feels the need to seek the help of a life coach?
‘I’ve been married to my wife, Azizah, a photographer, for 10 years and have a gorgeous daughter, Maya, who is six. Plus we have two dogs, Ash and Snow. There are days when I feel the need for more family time, but the big difference is every day I get up at 4am and smile because I have designed my perfect life and wouldn’t swap a thing.’
‘It was a magical time. Our job was to make the GROWING emirate into a destination. EXPATS played a huge part in the growth and instinctively the UAE became the HOME we’d all been looking for’
When Chef Uwe Micheel landed in the UAE on January 15, 1993, with his wife Annette and sons Paul and Max, the country was far from the culinary destination it is today.
There weren’t many top-notch restaurants, and sourcing good-quality ingredients was a challenge.
But Uwe, who took over the reins of the InterContinental Hotel – now the Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek – as its executive chef, was determined to change that.
Over the years this stickler for perfection (‘blame it on my German genes’, he says) has ensured the fine dining industry has stayed up to date, as far as adopting world-class cooking techniques are concerned, and that the hundreds of young chefs across the region have the requisite training to make the most of what’s available to them.
Twenty four years since he first arrived here, Uwe, 58, is today director of kitchens – the same one where he started out – president of the Emirates Culinary Guild, an organisation that nurtures the UAE’s culinary talent, and was recently voted Assistant Vice President of the World Association of Chefs’ Societies. ‘It has been an amazing journey and Friday has been an integral part of it,’ he says.
The association started in 1998, and since then he has been in the magazine on several occasions.
From contributing recipes to the cookery section of the magazine to judging annual cooking competitions organised by the magazine, he and his team of chefs have etched their names in the hearts of Friday’s readers with their simple, fuss-free approach to cooking. ‘I still come across people who tell me they’ve saved some of my recipes that have appeared in the magazine over the years. Only recently I was judging a biryani competition for women and talk veered to Friday recipes and the cooking competitions conducted in the past,’ he says.
‘I too have a large collection of recipes that have been published in the magazine.’
Not one to live off past glories, Uwe is focused on everything new. ‘It somehow has a positive impact on us as it gives us a fresh perspective on the present and offers scope for improvement,’ he says.
But does that mean everything new is good too? ‘No not really. We’ve had many great, good and average trends and concepts over the years.
‘But my favourite is back to basics, where the focus is on good-quality ingredients and simple but tasty dishes, not decoration,’ he says. Is there any trend or concept that he’s not happy with?
‘Fusion,’ says the award-winning chef. ‘I call it confusion.’
Looking back on the article in 1997 brings back ‘amazing memories’ for Dave
Chef Uwe has had recipes published in Friday – but one article (below) also talked about his car