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The modern-day game of golf originated in 15th century Scotland, which might be why the lush hills typical of the sport are so integral to the game. Upon first consideration, the arid desert landscape of the UAE seems like it would be inhospitable for a sport born in such grassy inclines. Yet, somehow, golf found home among the sand here, with the first fashioned out of dunes instead of hills. As the country developed, so...

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In 2005, Faisal Al Mosawi’s life changed forever. A promising footballer for Kuwaiti’s Al Salmiya Club, then 20, he was involved in a car accident that left his back broken and his dreams of becoming a professional athlete in tatters.  Since then, Al Mosawi has dedicated his life to showing that physical injuries should not be a barrier to incredible achievements. After first coming to terms with spending his life in a wheelchair, Al Mosawi...

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It was another blockbuster fortnight for the MENA region after a spectacular 90 medals were won at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. Check out our roundup of all the agony and ecstasy — as well as some firsts, some new records, and a whole lot of people making their country proud in this quadrennial celebration of sport. Al-Arayani on target but anguish for Al Hammadi The UAE’s sole gold of the Tokyo Paralympics belonged to sharpshooter...

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You might cringe at the mention of TikTok, the wildly successful Chinese social-media platform. But you’d be a fool for underestimating it. Downloaded on three billion cell phones – more than the population of China and India together – TikTok’s revenues last year amounted to US$34 billion – more than the individual GDP of half the world’s countries. TikTok has risen to global popularity and made its investors rich through the use of an advanced...

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We often think of being healthy in terms of going to the gym and exercising. However, exercising outdoors has proven to be better than exercise in a built environment for mental health, while exercising in either space yields positive results for physical health. How often do you head to one of Abu Dhabi’s parks to exercise? A study conducted in Finland confirms that “nature provides an added value to the known benefits of physical activity....

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It’s a challenge for almost every parent: making sure that your children eat well at all times — but particularly when they are out of sight at school. The ministry of health has created a special recipe book for parents this year, featuring 20 carefully chosen local and international recipes designed to deliver the most balanced, nutritious and healthy lunch possible. “The school lunch bag is an essential part of a child’s diet and is...

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Keeping children healthy requires a great deal of coordination. From choosing the right doctors to keeping up with vaccination schedules, the list of things needing attention can be overwhelming. But keeping to a schedule of regular check-ups can put you ahead of the game. “Children often can’t express the changes happening in their bodies, so there’s a greater chance of issues being ignored until the situation is critical,” said Dr Siddarth Arora, a pediatrician at...

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My friend remembers the first time he drank and drove. It was actually the first time he had alcohol, let alone drove under the influence. The year was 2013 and he was 18 years old, speeding in the fast lane and overtaking cars from the hard shoulder while blasting the aggressive hit song of the time, I Don’t Like, by rapper Chief Keef. Needless to say, he quickly learned that alcohol, hyped music and a...

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The UAE is a fantastic place to live. It offers an easy lifestyle, multiple career opportunities and, for a good part of the year, an absolutely perfect climate.  However, at this stage of summer, many of us are starting to get tired of the constant heat and humidity. It’s not uncommon to find yourself longing for pleasantly cool winter evenings, or even fantasizing about the sensation of a heavy downpour in the temperate-zone.  However, if...