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The Lighthouse Conversations

In a series of conversations aimed at introducing its audience to the Middle East’s entrepreneurial landscape, Hashem asks his guests about their life journeys, inspirations, successes and failures and everything in-between.

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06/10/2024

Episode #83 “I’m an art pragmatist. You need a balance.” Hashem Montasser talks to Caroline Louca about growing up around art, themes in his current collection, and how The Lighthouse fits in with his mission to support Arab artists.

Art consultant Caroline Louca gets behind the host’s mic to chat with Hashem the art collector! As a long-time friend of Hashem’s, an art advisor, and former Managing Director of Christie’s Dubai, Caroline digs deep into Hashem’s passion for art.

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04/29/2024

Episode #82 “When I see a few characters in a painting, I create my own stories.” Elie Khouri on his multiple career pivots, the joy of collecting art & why he’s having fun on hit reality series ‘Shark Tank’

Hashem catches up with the renowned art collector and CEO of Vivium Holding, his newly established family office. This wide-ranging conversation covers the evolution of advertising in the region, the current state of the Dubai art and design scene as well as his patronage and interest in art. Elie is also a “Shark” on the Dubai edition of the hit reality series Shark Tank and shares key advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.

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03/21/2024

Episode #81 “When I see everybody walking in a certain direction, I like to choose the other path” Hamad Al Awar on juggling founding burger brand ‘High Joint’, being a police officer, visual animator and father

Hashem catches up with Hamad Al Awar, the founder of the home-grown burger brand, High Joint, a police officer and a creative artist. Having met at a shawarma place in a very interesting coincidence, Hashem decided to bring their conversation to The Lighthouse Podcast room and explore the man with multiple hats. Hamad walks us through how he is able to balance between all of his roles while being a father of four.

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02/15/2024

Episode #80 “Dubai is like a millefeuille. There are layers and layers.” Mohamed Maktabi on the rich history of his family’s business and his passion for storytelling through the intricate artistry of carpets

Hashem catches up with Mohamed Maktabi, the CEO of Iwan Maktabi, the go-to address for rare carpets and textile art in the MENA region. They go back in time as Mohamed reveals the captivating tale of his family’s heritage: from his grandfather’s migration from Iran to Lebanon, fueled by a passion for collecting the most exquisite carpets, to the present-day business in Beirut and Dubai. Mohamed shares his passion for storytelling through the intricate artistry of carpets and how the business came to be named ‘Iwan Maktabi’ (spoiler alert: it’s not a family member!).

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01/19/2024

Episode #79 2023: (It Goes Like) Naaaaaah

In our 2023 review episode, our producer Chirag Desai catches up with Hashem to discuss the milestones from this past year such as coping with fear of failure, the allure of leaving a legacy behind and the loneliness of being an entrepreneur. Plus, Hashem talks about his soft spot for the late Queen Elizabeth – and we finally find out why!

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11/30/2023

Episode #78 “Not everybody is going to like me. I’ve accepted that.” Mariana Wehbe on her remarkable journey from a corporate job at DHL to becoming a PR powerhouse and founding WE Design Beirut

Hashem catches up with Mariana Wehbe, the creative force behind MWPR. Renowned for crafting extraordinary events and transformative projects, Mariana shares her journey from surviving the Beirut blast in 2020 to embracing Abu Dhabi as her newfound haven. Stumbling into PR ‘by accident’, and ending up becoming the PR Queen in the Middle East, Mariana attributes it all to her talent for being an excellent waitress!

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11/16/2023

Episode #77 “I try to remember often that this is the greatest experience of my life” Tom Arnel on the thrill of building purposeful spaces and managing stress in a high-level role.

Hashem catches up with Tom Arnel, founder of EatX and the man behind some of the most successful dining concepts in Dubai, including The Sum of Us, Common Grounds, Harvest & Co, Byron Bather’s Club, HawkerBoi, and The Guild at DIFC.

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10/19/2023

Episode #76 “I learned what absolute zero feels like.” Hassan Sheheryar Yassin on starting from zero, conquering fear of failure and a serendipitous meeting with William & Kate.

Hashem catches up with Pakistani couturier Hassan Sheheryar Yassin, or HSY. In one of our rawest episodes yet, HSY gets candid about his past as the child of a single mother and the effects of poverty and living in a women’s shelter.

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10/05/2023

Episode #75 “My father eats, sleeps, and breathes design.” Nakkash on its 40th anniversary as a family-run business, the future of collectible design in the UAE, and passing the baton from one generation to the next. 

Hashem catches up with the Nakkash family: patriarch Wajih Nakkash, his daughter Aya, and son Omar. To celebrate their 40th business anniversary, Wajih recounts how the Nakkash journey started with a showroom in Sharjah in 1983 and an avant-garde Emirati couple that approached him to design the interiors of their home.

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09/21/2023

Episode #74 “The thrill of the chase has always been my thing.” The Lighthouse friend Ayman Fakoussa on launching The Qode, balancing friendship with business, and why he can’t let go of Microsoft Excel. 

Diving into the joy of Guatemalan retreats and the love of Microsoft Excel, Hashem sits with Ayman Fakoussa this week to have a wide-ranging conversation. Hashem and Ayman chat about his experience growing up in Saudi Arabia before eventually moving to Dubai and embarking on a multi-faceted career that culminated in launching his own communications firm, The Qode, at the young age of 30 (with partner Dipesh Depala).

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08/07/2023

Episode #73 “As a Khaleeji guy, I had to prove myself over and over.” Meshary AlNassar on finding his footing as a designer, navigating interior design trends and the benefit of having a good eye.

Our guest is up-and-coming designer Meshary AlNassar. Hailing from Kuwait, Meshary’s journey into interior design…

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06/23/2023

Episode #72 “There is nothing wrong with romanticizing Cairo.” Mai Eldib on her book ‘Cairo Eternal’ and what makes Cairo magical.

Cairo, mon amour! This week Hashem catches up with Sotheby’s veteran Mai Eldib, whose recent book release ‘Cairo Eternal’…

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05/25/2023

Episode #71 “You can’t lead with arrogance.” Natasha Sideris on taming ambition, striving for balance as a restaurateur, and why there’s no way she’ll open in Greece.

Hashem catches up with Natasha Sideris after a two-year scheduling ping-pong. He instantly bonds with the iconic restaurateur and…

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05/11/2023

Episode #70 “Depriving me from Arabic was limiting” Publisher Yasmina Jraissati on unlocking the potential of the Arabic language and how she accidentally became a rebel with a cause.

Hashem catches up with publisher Yasmina Jraissati, who manages content strategy and acquisition at Storytel MENA. They explore the…

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04/29/2023

Episode #69 “A dish is like a door into an entire people.” Nouri restaurant’s Ivan Brehm on his passion for “crossroads” cooking and the best advice he ever received.

On the back of his recent trip to Singapore, Hashem catches up with Ivan Brehm, chef-owner of Michelin-starred restaurant,…

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04/14/2023

Episode #68 “It’s our responsibility to keep our heritage alive.” Shereen Al-Mulla on launching Hikma Rituals, motherhood and reclaiming her heritage.

Hashem meets up with Shereen Al-Mulla, soon-to-be Master Herbalist, and cofounder of Hikma Rituals, a homegrown brand of botanicals…

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03/30/2023

Episode #67 “Finance is riddled with emotion.” Cordoba Advisory’s Rami Sarafa on demystifying the art of investing and the importance of psychology in wealth management.

Hashem catches up with fellow Harvard alumnus and EFG Hermes Pax Americana boot buddy Rami Sarafa, who recently launched…

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03/10/2023

Episode #66 “To look at buildings you have to peel away the signage then reconstruct.” Mohamed Elshahed on tracing Cairo’s human experience, one building at a time.

In this week’s episode, we are transported to Cairo via Mexico City. Hashem chats with Mohamed Elshahed, curator, architectural…

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The Lighthouse Conversations

In a series of conversations aimed at introducing its audience to the Middle East’s entrepreneurial landscape, Hashem asks his guests about their life journeys, inspirations, successes and failures and everything in between.

Non-Alcoholic and Mocktails Beverage

3 hour service AED 160
5 hour service AED 215


Beer and Wine

3 hour service AED 270
5 hour service AED 360


Full Bar

3 hour service AED 310
5 hour service AED 415


Full Bar incl. of Sparkling Wine

3 hour service AED 410
5 hour service AED 555


Full Premium Bar incl. Sparkling Wine

3 hour service AED 570
5 hour service AED 775


Full Premium Bar incl. Champagne

3 hour service AED 655
5 hour service AED 880

Terms & Conditions:
50% downpayment upon confirmation
The Lighthouse maintains a 72-hour cancellation policy. Any cancellations after this time will be charged.
Prices subject to 5% VAT
For external catering and events, prices are subject to a municipality fee of AED200 for catering permit, and staff hourly rates will apply. For exclusive venue hire, contact us on connect@thelighthouse.ae

Starters – choice of one

Lentil Salad with pickled vegetables and hazelnuts (n)

Beetroot Tartar

Tuna Tartare with avocado & dried apricots, served on Campaillou bread (d/g/s)

Kale and Bresaola Salad

Burrata with pomegranate, grapes & cherry tomatoes (d/g/v)

Beef Tartar

Roasted Cauliflower Salad

Quinoa with Quail Egg


Mains – choice of one

Beef Tenderloin with truffle mash, asparagus and pepper sauce

Grilled Ribeye with roasted baby potatoes, asparagus, pepper sauce

Beef Short Rib with parmesan risotto

Sea Bass à la Polita

Seafood Risotto with tomato, basil & pistachios (d/s/n)

Grilled Salmon with asparagus and wild vegetables

Grilled Chicken with wild mushrooms, baby carrots, chicken jus

Grilled Baby Chicken with dried apricots, fried shallots & pistachios

Charred Cauliflower Risotto

Truffle Rigatoni with mushrooms, cream sauce & fresh truffle shavings (d)

Penne Arrabiata


Dessert – choice of one

Passion Fruit and Yuzu Cheesecake (d/g/n)

Tiramisu (d/g)

Lemon Meringue (d/g)


AED 250 per person

Terms & Conditions:
Minimum 10 guests required
50% down payment upon confirmation; 50% 72 hours prior event with confirmed numbers
Serving platters are included
Staffing, delivery & added tax (VAT) will apply at a separate cost

Pastries

Mini Pain au Chocolat

Mini Croissant (choice of zaatar, feta or plain)

Fruit Salad

Homemade Granola

Blueberry Muffin

Madeleines

Cranberry Scones

Plain Scones

Marble Loaf Cake


Sandwiches

Smoked Salmon Mini Bagels

Glazed Beef, Horseradish and Roquette

Cucumber and Cream Cheese in Cereal Baguette

Marinated Vegetables Baguette

Pecorino with Chili Jam

Camembert and Caramelized Fig

Avo Ritz Mini Bagels

Bresaola Peach

Coronation Chicken

Vegetable Tartare in Lettuce Cups


Petite Pâtisserie

Pistachio Éclair

Chocolate Éclair

Caramel Éclair

Double Chocolate Cake

French Toast

Carrot Cake

Lemon Loaf Cake

Raspberry Tartlet

Freshly brewed coffee and espresso station

Selection of signature teas

Fresh juices

Water


Pricing

Pastries and sandwiches:
Selection of 6 AED 110
Selection of 8 AED 135
Selection of 10 AED 150

Pastries, sandwiches and petite patisserie:
Selection of 6 AED 150
Selection of 8 AED 190
Selection of 10 AED 220

Terms & Conditions:
Minimum 10 guests required
50% down payment upon confirmation; 50% 72 hours prior event with confirmed numbers
Serving platters are included
Staffing, delivery & added tax (VAT) will apply at a separate cost.

SIGNATURE MENU

Cold Canapés

Cured Beef, Pepper Cream in Squid Ink Brioche

Tuna Tartare with Dried Apricot & Avocado, on Campaillou Bread

Blackened Shrimps with Polenta and Guacamole

Grilled Octopus with Hummus and Spicy Paprika Sea-bass with Salsa on Baby Gem

Cured Beetroot with Goats Cheese on toasted Campaillou Bread


Hot Canapés

Mini Minute Steak and Fries

Chicken Sliders, Sriracha Mayo

Mini Margarita Pizza

Mini Pepperoni Pizza

Beetroot Risotto, Parmesan Tuile


Sweet Canapés

Double Chocolate Cake

Puff Pastry Fruit Tart

Three Chocolate Fudge Cake

Caramel Popelini

Coconut Parfait

6 canapés AED 110
8 canapés AED 135
10 canapés AED 155

Terms & Conditions:
Minimum 10 guests required
50% down payment upon confirmation; 50% 72 hours prior event with confirmed numbers
Serving platters are included
Staffing, delivery & added tax (VAT) will apply at a separate cost.

 

PREMIUM MENU

Cold Canapés

Beef Tartare in Baby Gem with Cream Cheese & Croutons Duck Liver & Caramelized Onion Choux

Smoked Salmon on Sable Cracker

Lobster Tartar with Spicy Mayo in Brioche Bun

Watermelon & Feta


Hot Canapés

Ribeye Bites with Rosemary Potato & Mustard Dressing

Soya Marinated Pan-Fried Tuna & Wasabi Mayo

Truffle Arancini

Baked Feta Pita with Nuts & Honey


Sweet Canapés

Chocolate Mousse Cake

Salted Caramel Ganache

Apple Tart Tatin

Lemon Meringue

Pistachio Panna Cotta

6 canapés AED 150
8 canapés AED 200
10 canapés AED 250

Terms & Conditions:
Minimum 10 guests required
50% down payment upon confirmation; 50% 72 hours prior event with confirmed numbers
Serving platters are included
Staffing, delivery & added tax (VAT) will apply at a separate cost.

 

BOWL & FORK MENU

Savory

Greek Salad with Feta Cheese, Tomatoes, Capsicum, Kalamata Olives and Dakos

Lentil Salad with Pickled vegetables and hazelnuts

Bresaola, Kale & Button Mushroom Salad with Almond Flakes, Shaved Parmesan

Slow Cooked Shredded Lamb with Couscous

Beef Short Rib with Lavender Mashed Potatoes

Kofta in a Spicy Cherry Emulsion, topped with Shallots, Basil, Pistachio Greek Yoghurt

Grilled Salmon Fillet with Green Beans and Okra in Cherry Tomato Sauce (f)

Truffle Rigatoni with Mushrooms, Cream Sauce and Fresh Truffle Shavings

Spicy Penne Arrabiata


Sweet

Chocolate Mousse Cake

Salted Caramel Ganache

Apple Tart Tartin

Mixed Berries & Yogurt Tart

Lemon Meringue

Pistachio Panna Cotta

6 Bowls AED 270

Terms & Conditions:
Minimum 10 guests required
50% down payment upon confirmation; 50% 72 hours prior event with confirmed numbers
Serving platters are included
Staffing, delivery & added tax (VAT) will apply at a separate cost.

Starters – choice of 4

Greek Salad with feta cheese, tomatoes, Kalamata olives and dakos (d/g)

Avocado and Corn Salad

Lentil Salad with pickled vegetables and hazelnuts (n)

Baked Feta with oregano, paprika Turkish chili, and Cretan honey, served with pita bread (d/g/n)

Goat cheese with cherry tomato with hazelnut crust (d/g/n)

Burrata with pomegranate, grapes & cherry tomatoes (d/g/v)

Tuna Tartare with avocado & dried apricots, served on Campaillou bread (d/g/s)

Grilled Aubergine topped with spiced minced lamb cherry tomatoes and nuts (n/g)


Mains – choice of 4

Char-Grilled Ribeye Steak with shallots, caper relish, wild rocket & mustard sauce (d)

Beef Short Ribs with parmesan risotto

Whole Sea Bass marinated in Harissa wrapped and baked in vine leaves

Seafood Risotto with tomato, basil & pistachios (d/s/n)

Grilled Baby Chicken with dried apricots, fried shallots & pistachios

Truffle Rigatoni with mushrooms, cream sauce & fresh truffle shavings (d)


Desserts – choice of 4

Passion Fruit and Yuzu Cheesecake on a hazelnut cookie dough base (d/g/n)

Popelinis selection of three

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Tiramisu

Double Chocolate Cake


AED 300 per person

Terms & Conditions:
Minimum 10 guests required
50% down payment upon confirmation; 50% 72 hours prior event with confirmed numbers
Serving platters are included
Staffing, delivery & added tax (VAT) will apply at a separate cost.

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