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Listen to interviews and insights from the Middle East and around the world. The National News podcasts cover the latest news, politics business, arts and culture, and sports and include Webby honouree, Beyond the Headlines and award-winning Iraq: 20 Years On


Inspiring Arab women. ‘Seera’ is Arabic for ‘biography’ or 'her story' and will cover real and raw topics discussed with incredible women from the Middle East. These women are challenging stereotypes, disrupting the status quo and breaking the glass ceiling. We ask, what is her story?

Books of My Life

You can learn a great deal about somebody from the books they read. Take a listen to storytellers and celebrities as they invite you inside the library of their life. Which books make them cry? What is currently on their bedside table? Which novel do they wish they had read as a child? Which books could they not do without?

My 2020

2020 has been an extraordinary year because of Covid-19. Every aspect of our lives has been affected, as have political, economic and societal norms.   My 2020 is a series of conversations with leaders from a number of fields speaking about how their lives - and our world - have changed. From former UK prime minister Tony Blair to Sarah Al Amiri, the woman behind the UAE’s mission to Mars, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas Friedman, these guests have unparalleled insights. Intimate and open, this podcast series captures reflections and learning from a truly historic year.


Recorded is a podcast from The National with a collection of topical interviews, interesting discussions and sometimes random stories.

Pocketful of Dirhams

Felicity Glover has all the answers to your personal finance questions. Learn about saving, investing, managing debt and much more. Join us on Pocketful of Dirhams by The National coming straight from our news room in Abu Dhabi. Make sure to subscribe and follow us on your favourite podcast app so you can stay up to date on our latest episodes.

Business Extra

As one of the world’s most influential business hubs, the Middle East requires expert attention. Business Extra provides those experts, as well as news and insights from The National’s esteemed team of business editors and reporters, who are on top of the markets, technology, the energy sector and more.

Beyond the Headlines

Dive deeper into the week’s biggest stories from the Middle East and around the world with The National’s foreign desk. Nuances are often missed in day-to-day headlines. We go Beyond the Headlines by bringing together the voices of experts and those living the news to provide a clearer picture of the region’s shifting political and social landscape.

Trending Middle East

What’s trending today? We bring you the latest social media trends from the Middle East and around the world. Don’t forget to subscribe.

PCR : Post Covid-19 Recovery

The pandemic has triggered an economic crisis such as the world has never seen. The economic downturn was followed by an unprecedented rebound. It all happened so fast. It left us with a torrent of numbers and seemingly inextricable questions. Welcome to PCR, a special limited series by The National in which we try to make sense of the numbers and answer important questions on the Post Covid-19 Recovery. Listen to prominent economists and business leaders as they explain the challenges and opportunities of a unique and often complex economic recovery. Join Mustafa Alrawi, assistant editor-in-chief as he explores the many features of the Post Covid-19 Recovery.

Iraq: 20 Years On

We mark 20 years since the US-led invasion of Iraq with a special podcast series, examining the era which shaped a generation. We feature stories, reflections and experiences from Iraq, 2003, the present and the future.

Culture Bites

Join hosts Enas Refaei and Farah Andrews as they guide you through the arts and culture scene in the UAE. Farah, who has lived in the UAE for 11 years, and recent arrival Enas will give you their personal takes on what to see and what to do, and discuss stories, trends and ideas. A new episode of Culture Bites drops every week from The National News in Abu Dhabi.


Conversations with Arab athletes on their journeys to the Paris 2024 Olympics

Year of Elections

A podcast series from The National’s Opinion Desk that features conversations with experts, diplomats and thinkers on how elections and public opinion in 2024 will shape the world.

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