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If the UAE’s desert plants can grow lush and brilliantly green without water, what could they do for skin? That’s what the team behind the UAE-born, all-natural and organic skincare line De L’Arta wondered. The co-founders – engineer Saeed AlKhoori, soil scientist Lina Yousef and her sister, Sarah, who works on the marketing side – launched the company last year with their first products made from the Tetreana qatarensis plant, aka Tq. A plant that’s...

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Old airplane seat covers, cabin crew uniforms and life vests will join coffee capsules, orange peels and plastic bags now that Etihad Airways has partnered with Junk Kouture, the world’s largest sustainable fashion competition for youth.  As part of the deal, Etihad Arena will host the first-ever World Final of Junk Couture on January 11, 2023. The airline will provide flights to teams traveling from New York, London, Milan, Paris and Dublin for the event, in which...

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Ag-Tech – short for “agriculture technology” is not only a buzzword but a necessity these days, and the UAE has embraced the indoor farming trend in a big way for years now: a necessary move anywhere, but particularly forward-thinking for a nation that imports the vast majority of its food, amid a global setting of food insecurity, supply chain shortages and price hikes. Khadija Hasan is the founder and chief executive of KRISPR, a UAE...

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We all need to find ways to save money these days, and your electricity bill – in a UAE summer – is a great place to start. Every single person can play a huge part in creating a sustainable environment just by making a few lifestyle changes. With the constant need for air conditioning, we all know how your monthly electricity bill can spike from May to September. Here are some top tips for keeping...

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Lowe – owned by Emirati entrepreneur Mohammed Zaal and run by Australian Kate Christou – has become the first and only eatery in the UAE to be awarded the prestigious Michelin Green Star.  The restaurant, located in the quiet suburb of Al Barari in Koa Canvas Dubai, is making a potentially industry-defining impact on sustainability, meeting the legendary gastronomic guide’s criteria of illustrating “the transformation of gastronomic cuisine towards a model that combines ecological responsibility and...

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Electric vehicle production and purchasing are surging worldwide, and this isn’t slowing down anytime soon. The Middle East’s more affluent GCC countries are bringing the region closer to Western market trends. In the UAE, which is the second Middle Eastern nation to host the United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP 28, in 2023, the number of electric cars in Dubai alone increased by over 7,000 percent from 2015 to 2022. Rising petrol...

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On December 14, 2019, the UAE celebrated what appeared to be a remarkable achievement. In just one year it had climbed 10 places on the Global Food Security Index, ranking 21st out of 113 countries and apparently on course to fulfil its extraordinary ambition of achieving a top-10 position by 2021. At the time, Mariam Hareb Almheiri, Minister of State for Food Security, said the jump reflected the government’s determination “to transform the UAE into...

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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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Have you ever heard the expression “live simply, so others may simply live”?   For the stereotypical UAE resident, that idea may be quite far from the reality of their luxury lifestyle. However, as we learn through almost daily apocalyptic headlines about the impact of climate change, if we don’t change the way we live to be more environmentally friendly, we might not have any chance of living at all in a few decades.   Fortunately, living...

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I was sitting down with the other board members of a local personal finance group, SimplyFI when I first noticed it: they were all thin.   Health and body weight had been weighing heavily on my mind, and when I looked around at the other financially astute members, this was the striking commonality. Several of them have already accrued enough wealth that they never have to work again — they’re what we call “financially independent” — but...

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By the looks of it, the global food supply chain hinges on just one country. Like other outdated systems of production currently breaking down as a result of years of pandemic and geopolitical recalibration, the way we produce and distribute food needs radical change. The centrality of Ukrainian wheat production is one particularly extreme demonstration of the weak links in the food system. Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus are major food producers that are facing a...