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The pursuit of an equilibrium between humans and nature is a central part of the ongoing fight against climate change. While the scales may have felt increasingly imbalanced in our favour in recent years, addressing more of humanity’s problems through an environmental lens could hold the key to finding better solutions.  The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) provide a framework for this approach and while Goal 13 — “Take urgent action to combat climate...

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Bülent Cignez is a landscape architect from Turkey and the project manager for Urban Planning and Public Realm for Expo 2020, meaning he’s responsible for all the plants, trees and shrubs that visitors see as they walk through the grounds. That’s around 14,000 trees (including 2,500 date palms) and 3.5 million shrubs and ground cover. Bülent scoured the UAE for local varieties, all grown without any chemicals, using organic compost straight from the Expo nursery, and...

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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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Sinister plot or a consequence of our ever-expanding desire for comfort and luxury?  Systematic infantilism refers to external agencies that systematically weaken individual self-reliability while providing all-encompassing services to make life easy and comfortable. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not someone’s sinister plot, it’s a by-product of advanced consumerism. As my mother used to say, “the best customer is a helpless customer, don’t be helpless!” From a young age I was taught about being prepared...

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There’s a general misconception that only the hoarders and compulsive shoppers among us need expert advice to sort out their space. However, when I’m helping clients to declutter and organize, it’s usually clear that it’s not a spending problem to blame for having too many possessions in one place. There are many reasons why people accumulate so much stuff that they can’t get rid of. And the more it mounts up, the more the dreaded...

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Shop with a conscience this festive season and treat your loved ones to Christmas gifts that make it easier for them to care for their own health and wellbeing, as well as the world around them.  SQUATWOLF fitness apparel   Edgy, cool and almost too beautiful to work up a proper sweat in, SQUATWOLF’s outfits are so gorgeous they might even motivate your most gym-averse friends to get back into a fitness routine. Designed for...

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The recent UAE Sustainable Eating Awards celebrate the top chefs who are taking care in their kitchen. They are using local ingredients in their recipes, reducing food and kitchen waste, making use of sustainable suppliers, and are committed to boosting food security. Shortlisted chefs were asked to submit a dish that was 100 percent made up of locally sourced foods and from there three overall winners were chosen. One of the top honors went to...

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Local students Hanna, Jess, Sandra, Tala, Tamanna and Reem surely never would have imagined that one day they would be modelling striking and incredibly imaginative outfits made from milk bottles, old nylon tights and other bits of ‘junk’ in front of the country’s most iconic landmarks.    The UAE is no stranger to head-turning and glamour. However, these garments are normally made from the most expensive materials that money can buy, not what most people consider...

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The UAE’s successful bid to host the 28th Conference of the Parties — COP28 — in 2023 is inspiring hope and confidence that the Government’s pledges on the environment will lead to real and lasting change. The announcement came last week during the COP26 summit in Glasgow, with the UAE’s bid being endorsed by The Asia Pacific Group of nations and receiving real support due to a number of pledges the UAE has made. The...

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Media coverage of COP26 over the last three weeks has been almost relentless and often  confusing. But what does it actually all mean for those of us who live in the Middle East, and particularly, in the UAE? How will the climate crisis affect our daily lives and how might the pledges made as part of the summit’s Glasgow Pact at the summit actually impact our future health and wellness? First, we need to understand...

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The National Aquarium — the largest in the Middle East — has finally arrived. The new landmark opens Friday, November 12 at Al Qana, Abu Dhabi’s latest tourist leisure and entertainment destination, is home to 46,000 creatures are spread across 10 different interactive zones.  What makes this aquarium different? Innovation is a key USP. Video-mapping technology and signage guides that beam straight on to your phone or tablet device via an app mean you can explore the...