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Mark Lomas, Author at Live Healthy

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A Dubai nurse was among an elite group recognized for going above and beyond in her work, earning a chance to represent the UAE and a shot at a major global nursing award. Jasmine Mohammed Sharaf was one of 10 finalists chosen from 24,000 applications across 184 countries, representing the UAE at the first Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award, which carries an impressive $250,000 prize.  The award, handed out at ceremony in Dubai to commemorate...

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Brett Girven is no ordinary headteacher. Possessing degrees in Zoology and Environmental Studies, and a passion for sustainability, the New Zealander presides over one of Dubai’s most progressive and disruptive education institutions: The Arbor School. His aim is to place awareness of the environment at the heart of his students’ experience of education.  The British Curriculum school, which opened in 2019, has been an instant hit among staff, students and parents who have been won...

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The last time I saw my Uncle John, he had been suffering with dementia for some time. My sister and I visited him in his care home and he was quiet and a little confused; it was difficult to get through to him. My sister had the idea of playing some music, as we had shared so many musical memories with him. The YouTube clip of Starship’s 1980s power ballad Nothing’s Going To Stop Us...

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For several years, Single Use Plastic (SUP) has somewhat dominated the region’s recycling landscape, with numerous campaigns highlighting its negative environmental impact and water bottles becoming synonymous with the fight for sustainability.  Since 2009, the UAE-based social enterprise Goumbook has been at the heart of such initiatives and was the driving force behind what became the nationwide campaign Dubai Can, endorsed by HH Sheikh Hamdan, Crown Prince of Dubai.  Recently, however, Goumbook has shifted its...

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For many years, Emirati Meera Eisa Al-Naqbi didn’t think a career as a chef would be an option. While she loved cooking and was told she had natural flair, it always seemed it would be a pastime rather than a profession. But suddenly that dream is within the 26-year-old Emirati’s grasp after winning the inaugural Gulfood Youth X competition at Dubai World Trade Centre. Meera wowed judges with her modern take on Emirati and Arabic classics and her...

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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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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...

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Food waste is a major issue in the Middle East, with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment estimating it cost the UAE economy Dh13 billion in 2020 alone. A 2019 report by Dubai Carbon highlighted that 38 percent of food prepared every day is wasted, a number that leaps to around 60 percent during Ramadan.  Shocked by the statistics, Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI) students Dalilah Mansour, Kaya Tueni and Sana Mohamed...

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Amid the sadness and despair of the Covid-19 pandemic there have also been an astonishing number of positive stories, from the forming of new relationships to new skills being learned and new career opportunities, too.  It was a desire to find the silver lining to the pandemic’s gloomy cloud that drove Dubai-based friends Sara Sadik and Karine Jaber to produce a children’s book called The Extraordinary Pause. The Extraordinary Pause presents the pandemic through a...

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Expo 2020’s Health and Wellness Week, running until February 2 2022, welcomes a range of international speakers and industry experts to Dubai to share their thoughts on the global health landscape.  The event, held in association with the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) and the World Health Organization (WHO), offers a series of sessions and workshops under three key themes. “Strike a balance” explores how equal worth can be given...