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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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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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Extra-curricular sports activities are back on in Abu Dhabi after authorities cancelled them in the wake of the pandemic 18 months ago. And that includes all sports in and out of schools, meaning the capital’s children can get back to two of the pursuits that make humans healthiest: moving and playing. A slam dunk “Very often, people forget how important physical activity is, but during this pandemic the importance of PE was felt around the...

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Swimmer Iyad Shalabi has become the first ever Arab-Israeli to triumph at either the Olympics or Paralympics, winning gold in the 100m backstroke in Tokyo.  Israel has traditionally performed significantly better in the Paralympics than the Olympics, with 375 medals won over the years — the latest of which was Shalabi’s history-making effort.  The 34-year-old’s story, like many at the Games, is an inspirational one. Shalabi was born deaf-mute before suffering paralysis of all his...

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The curtain has come down on arguably the strangest Olympics in recent memory. But while the absence of fans from events in Tokyo was keenly felt by the participating athletes, it didn’t prevent at-home audiences from being captivated by the globe’s fiercest sporting competitors again.  Social media has been abuzz with coverage from the the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and there have been some incredible stories to tell. Mena athletes were at the heart of some...

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When American YouTuber Logan Paul fought legendary boxer Floyd Mayweather in Miami this summer, it was one of the sport’s most divisive nights.  For some it was about money, as Paul made more from the fight than most professional boxers do in their entire career. For others, including current heavyweight champ Tyson Fury, it was a “breath of fresh air,” introducing a new generation of fans to boxing.  Unsurprisingly, Money Kicks sits firmly in the...

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Three years ago, the UAE acquired something new: the first and (still) the only online magazine for men and women on health, fitness and wellness, beaming out from the Middle East to the world. Livehealthy covers all things to do with making you feel healthier, happier and just better. The aim is to promote awareness of good habits, encourage moderation or change where necessary and to explore new, emerging methods on how to achieve a...

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Numerous health problems have not held Youseff Al Fardan back from transforming his life – or earning the title of Strongest Emirati. In addition to breaking records, he has joined forces with Britain’s former and the UAE’s current strongest man, 27-year-old Mark Boyd. In January the pair opened their new Strong Gym in Dubai. It is one of the region’s only facilities focusing on strongman workouts. “I met Mark through mutual friends, to get personal training...