Mo­ti­va­tional trainer, MC and cer­ti­fied NLP trainer and hyp­no­tist

Friday - - Anniversary Special -

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

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