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“Ramadan and fasting is a great time to hit the ‘reset’ button and give our bodies a fighting chance to have a stronger immune system, reduce inflammation, and introduce new eating habits”, says Amna Al Haddad. We chat with her and other fitness enthusiasts about the changes they plan to make during the holy month.   Amna Al Haddad  Amna Al Haddad is a weightlifting athlete. She is best known for breaking barriers as the...

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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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During Ramadan, it is common for nutrition to go slightly out of the window due to eating larger meals less frequently. However it is important to remember that in times like these, we need to nurture our bodies with essential nutrients during the time we have from sunset to dawn. Evidence suggests that the health benefits of fasting include strengthening the digestive system and improving its efficiency, helping adjust fat and sugar levels in the...

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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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Everyone on the planet needs access to safe, adequate, and affordable food, and that means there is an “urgent” need to transform current systems toward a sustainable future, according to Mariam Al Mheiri, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment. She made the comments in her opening address to the Gulfood Inspire Summit, held on the first day of Gulfood 2022 at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). Almost 811 million people are facing hunger, said the...

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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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With the new year well underway, many people are taking part in Dry January as a way to cut back after overindulging at Christmas, to explore the sober curious lifestyle, or because they may have developed some concerns about the extent of their drinking. According to a recent report from the British Beer & Pub Association revealed that Britons were expected to drink as many as 8 million pints of low-to-no alcohol drinks as a...

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The Veganuary movement began eight years ago in London and has since spread across countries and continents, encouraging people to abandon animal products each January in favour of a plant-based diet.  It gives people a glimpse into a life of veganism and many permanently convert after dipping their toes. Almost 600,000 people officially signed up for Veganuary 2021 but many more people adapt their diet informally. Resident restaurants and DJs will occupy the space, with...

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Drinking sufficient water can support immunity, help with circulation, regulate body temperature and serve as an appetite suppressent — all worthy goals at the start of a new year. In rare cases, however, you can drink too much, causing nausea and headaches, and in extreme circumstances, vomiting and diarrhea.  So what’s the magic number? How much water should we actually be drinking? It’s not an easy answer, and body weight, activity level and environmental factors...