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My parents tried to limit the time I spent watching TV when I was young. It wasn’t easy for them. Now screens are everywhere and the battle to minimize time spent on them has become even more difficult.  We can’t control the fact that screens are here to stay, but we can help our children better navigate a screen-filled world. The most important thing to remember is the importance to children of face-to-face interaction, which...

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We live in a world where we’re constantly told that we cannot accept ourselves as we are and at the same preaches superficial forms of self-love that are sentimental and self-indulgent. In the name of ‘self-love’ and ‘body positivity,’ people create a facade of loving and accepting themselves, while their sense of self remains fragile as they drown in confusion, self-doubt and self-criticism. Who can blame them? From media messages to competitive comparisons, we are...

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The list of where you can hang out with your dog on a day off – or even a day on – is getting longer all the time. There’s even an app for it: Flopster, which brings the UAE’s pet-loving community together, tells everyone where dogs and people can hang out together and has some zx great images of dogs having a great time across the emirates.  Of course there are golden rules to follow...

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It’s a sign of the times when a Friday at a popular community eatery like Reform Social & Grill in The Lakes is completely devoted to dogs.  Enter the March 5 Pooch A Palooza Kisses and Wiggle Fest, as advertised on Doggie Adventures Dubai, one of the growing number of social media accounts that keeps tabs on all the places dogs are welcome. Pet adoption exploded when the UAE went into lockdown and as people...

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Ultimate Fighting Championship is the largest mixed martial arts organization in the world — and it’s launching a new gym for hardcore fitness fanatics in Abu Dhabi. The Ultimate Fighting Championship – aka UFC — has become a big deal in the UAE in recent years. Yas Island, the official venue for UFC bouts since 2019, draws global attention and gets renamed as Fight Island every time it hosts a UFC event. But the UFC’s...

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Getting back to normal In a YouGov survey of 1,011 residents conducted in January, 76 percent said they believe the vaccine will bring life back to normal in a year. And four out of five surveyed opted for the Sinopharm vaccine. The survey was commissioned by G42 Healthcare. Some 52 percent of those surveyed cited safety and efficacy as their key motivators in getting vaccinated. People also cited protecting friends and family against new variants and...

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Marianne Tafani was inspired to launch Core connect after a traumatic first childbirth that led to four debilitating injuries which left her alone for 19 hours a day with a newborn baby when she could barely walk.  The 34-year-old French-born founder of the postnatal abdominal rehabilitation programme, which is based in Dubai, said she had “no choice but to educate myself and find solutions.”  “The doctor who delivered my son refused to follow up on me...

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My love of tennis began in 1977 when, at seven years old, I caught chickenpox. It was doing the rounds at school and, like all kids who got it, I was prescribed calamine lotion, cool baths and two weeks off.  Those two weeks coincided with Wimbledon, one of four tennis tournaments in the annual Grand Slam. I was instantly addicted, glued to the television daily and refusing to get off the sofa until poor light...