Anas Bukhash is breaking down barriers in the Arab world with candid conversations that are demolishing taboos. The groundbreaking Emirati broadcaster is changing previously steadfast mindsets on his weekly interview show #ABtalks, which has attracted a huge and loyal fanbase around the Middle East and beyond.
Previously, subjects such as coping with disability, the grief of losing loved ones, the refugee crisis, and vaginismus have been discussed with refreshing honesty by Anas and his brave guests on the segment Untold Stories, which is part of his hit YouTube and Netflix show #ABtalks.
While removing the stigma around these sensitive topics, the inspirational Emirati is giving a voice to people struggling with personal issues and empowering them to make positive changes in their lives.
Now, keen to expand the conversation in the region, Anas is making a fresh appeal to ordinary people in the Arab world to share their intimate struggles on Untold Stories and provide courage to those who feel afraid to speak up or seek help.
Elsewhere on #ABtalks, Anas has tackled difficult subjects such as divorce, depression, masculinity, and mental health – previously taboo in the region – during deeply personal and frank interviews with famous faces.
Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal; Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi III, the ruler of Ajman; entrepreneur Mona Kattan; Brazilian football icon Ronaldo; and star singer Atif Aslam are just a few of the well known names who have opened up to Anas’s probing yet mindful interviewing style.
#ABtalks currently has 1.5m subscribers on YouTube, while the show also airs on Netflix. Later this autumn, Anas will sign two new broadcast deals that will propel his powerful message further into the mainstream.
“Since I started shooting #ABtalks in 2019 I have been dedicated to providing a space for people to talk about issues that are deemed shameful in the Middle East,” explains Anas. “I believe that bringing these complex conversations into the light can help people who may feel afraid or ashamed to talk to someone. No matter what your social status, financial position, or nationality, we are all human beings. With #ABtalks I want to reassure people who feel lost that they are not alone.”