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It’s no secret that the UAE capital is home to a vast array of unique wildlife, but still, the fact that Abu Dhabi has the second largest dugong population in the world is nothing short of amazing.   Known as a ‘sea cow’ due to its love for foraging on seagrass beds, there are about 3,000 of these harmless sea mammals living in the emirate’s waters.  Dugongs are a huge part of the area’s maritime culture...

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The United Nation’s (UN) 17 interlinked Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are designed to guide nations, organizations, and individuals towards a brighter and more sustainable future. They cover the different facets of sustainability, from reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, to eliminating hunger and poverty as well as improving access to clean air and water. The problem with such macroeconomic factors is that they fail to engage the general population. Power generation, transportation, manufacturing and agriculture...

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It was back in 2016 that the UAE appointed its first Minister of State for Happiness, Her Excellency Ohoud Al Roumi. In the intervening years the department has sought to drive innovative policy, determined to show that its creation was about bringing substantive change and not just positive publicity.  The United Nations World 2021 Happiness Report placed the UAE as the 25th happiest country between 2018-20, and despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, the...

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The pursuit of an equilibrium between humans and nature is a central part of the ongoing fight against climate change. While the scales may have felt increasingly imbalanced in our favour in recent years, addressing more of humanity’s problems through an environmental lens could hold the key to finding better solutions.  The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) provide a framework for this approach and while Goal 13 — “Take urgent action to combat climate...

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Bülent Cignez is a landscape architect from Turkey and the project manager for Urban Planning and Public Realm for Expo 2020, meaning he’s responsible for all the plants, trees and shrubs that visitors see as they walk through the grounds. That’s around 14,000 trees (including 2,500 date palms) and 3.5 million shrubs and ground cover. Bülent scoured the UAE for local varieties, all grown without any chemicals, using organic compost straight from the Expo nursery, and...

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The last thing I ever thought I would be doing with my time at the age of 25 was pro wrestling. I do remember when I was a kid, noticing my older brother watching men beat one another up on television on WWE – World Wrestling Entertainment – and being completely enamored by it. I became hooked too, and when I saw a woman performing, more specifically, Amy “Lita” Dumas, I decided I wanted to...

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For many of us, the idea of adding another social media platform to our already web-centric lives is very unappealing. But refreshingly, ASKWHO isn’t about gathering as many likes and followers as possible.  Founded in Dubai by expats Michael Askew and Matthew Gaziano and currently available around the world”, the group social media app encourages users to connect with others from their local area, share tips, exchange ideas and even meet up in person.   With...

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In 2021 we made it back into coffee shops – and in 2022, we are spending way more of our time there. Here are eight of our top picks in Dubai. And don’t forget to check out our list of favorites in Abu Dhabi, too. Café Rider Custom Café Rider’s motto is: “To truly be original in our art, we have to be free to create.” And having used the space over several years for creative writing,...

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With so much coverage of the global Covid-19 pandemic over the past two years, it is easy to forget that we are living in extraordinary medical times. Advances in medicine are perhaps humanity’s greatest achievement; according to the University of Oxford’s World in Data website, the average global life expectancy rose from 45.7 in 1950 to 72.4 in 2019.  Health poverty remains a problem, of course, but as worldwide technological developments continue apace, the medical...