People & Values

Inside Stories Middle East Film

In this film from the Inside Stories series, Kiwis and people from the Middle East share stories about why they love New Zealand.

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In this film from the Inside Stories series, we feature interviews with Kiwis and people from the Middle East who share their stories about why they love New Zealand. Famous and everyday people, including university professors, entrepreneurs, and executives, share their perspectives about what makes New Zealand amazing.

Ali Al Saloom, founder of Duroob Travel Series celebrates our cultural similarities and speaks about why New Zealand is very close to the heart. Gary Chapman, president of The Emirates Group, speaks about what it's like doing business with Kiwis, entrepreneur Fahim Al Qasimi talks about the entrepreneurial spirit that exists in New Zealand, and university professor Dr Mona Al Ali talks about how her education in New Zealand shaped the way she views the world.

From our talented people and unique way of thinking, to our world-class food and beverages and care for people and place our films celebrate New Zealand's unique contribution to the world.

The films are for use online or at events focused on the Middle East and are available in English, as well as an Arabic subtitled version.


New Zealand already has a well-deserved reputation for outstanding natural beauty, but that's only a small part of the story. Our nation has artists, business people, entrepreneurs, and innovators whose stories are just as awe-inspiring as our landscapes.

These are New Zealand's inside stories. Tales that can only be told by our people and the people that interact with us. To get a realistic picture of this country's contribution to the world, we knew we'd have to look far and wide. We would need to talk to hundreds, if not thousands of people who have played a part in our global presence. So that is what we have done. We've interviewed immigrants, ex-pats and everyday Kiwis, speaking to everyone from school kids, to pensioners and everyone in-between. We have covered stories about food and wine, culture and innovation, business, creativity and much, much more. The stories are limitless.

By telling many smaller stories, we can create a narrative big enough to show that New Zealand's contribution to the world is limitless and impossible to ignore.


Become a New Zealand storyteller by sharing our story with the world. Both Government agencies and New Zealand export businesses can download, share and use the video content.

To share our ‘Inside Stories’:

  • Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and share the stories.
  • Download the 'Inside Stories' from the toolkit and upload them directly to your own social channels. Or, use the films at events, presentations or trade shows. Embed the most relevant film on your website and social media pages. 

Add the #NZstoryteller hashtag to your posts when sharing on social media.

The more our ‘Inside Stories’ are shared both at home and offshore the greater the impact they will have to help build New Zealand’s global reputation.