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The NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2022 have begun, as the capital gears up to host its first-ever preseason matchups between the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks. The games — at Etihad Arena on Thursday October 6 and Saturday October 8 — mark the official launch of a ground-breaking, multi-year partnership between the American National Basketball Association and the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi. Four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal is the ambassador for #NBAinAbuDhabi and he...

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Do you spend hours on end scrolling through the ‘gram or trying to keep up with too many messages in your group chats? The overwhelming amount of igital media can affect both your mental health and physical health. Whether it’s the pressure to respond in real-time to instant messages, social media posts, or emails, all of us can end up feeling drained and burned out. Digital wellness is definitely thing, and to practice it, and...

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Many of my clients know the need to move towards “self-love”. Self-love and compassion correlates with higher mental health, positive body image, emotional intelligence as well as motivation, and resilience when coping with stress. It is also frustratingly vague and impossible-seeming to many people. No wonder they have no clue how to get there. Approximately 70 percent of unprompted human thoughts are dedicated to criticizing our own inferiority. Self-criticism is an evolutionary trait to optimize survival...

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Ras Al-Khaimah has undergone a major shift in recent years, transforming into one of MENA’s leading outdoor destinations. It was a conscious decision, borne out of the emirate’s first ever independent consumer research study in 2015 that found more and more people were showing a preference for adventure tourism — both domestically and internationally.  Framed by the dramatic Hajar Mountains — including the UAE’s highest peak, Jebel Jais — and the waters of the Arabian...

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Well-intentioned grandparents, in-laws, aunts, and uncles will have plenty of advice on how you should raise your children which often feels like they are undermining how you’ve chosen to raise your children. Here are a few things to consider when dealing with interfering family members:  Get our partner on board If you have a partner/husband/wife, it is important you have the discussion about your parenting strategy because it is important you two are aligned about...

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With winter just around the corner, health officials have asked residents to take the flu shot to reduce disease complications resulting from common viruses. The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) on Monday officially launched its annual National Seasonal Flu Awareness Campaign under the theme “Protect yourself… Protect your community” to promote community awareness on getting vaccinated against seasonal flu, enhance disease prevention and reduce flu complications as well as educate healthcare workers on best...

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The Government has announced that residents no longer have to wear masks in most indoor places and loosened Al Hosn App requirements too. The news came via a tweet from the country’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), and marks the end of an era: face mask rules that have been in place for two and a half years. In a special briefing on the subject, NCEMA advised residents to wear a mask...

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We’ve all heard of ditching carbs or going easy on the sugar, but a new diet is emerging with benefits that go far beyond slipping into your favorite jeans. The ‘tech diet’ encourages limiting — or completely ditching — smartphones, gaming consoles and other tech for a prolonged period of time to boost productivity and overall mental health. According to research by the monitoring firm App Annie, the average person spends 4.8 hours a day on...

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Nawar Sourij is a UK-based psychotherapist and life coach who joined The Livehealthy Podcast (Arabic) earlier this year to talk about her work, how learning about biology and psychotherapy in general can help people and why therapy is different for Arabs, and still the focus of a lot of stigma and shame. Nawar trained in neuroscience and integrated psychotherapy at the University of Leeds and the University of Birmingham. She decided to specialize in integrated...

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As someone who loves nothing more than a super sweaty gym class, it’s almost shameful to say that, before this week, I had never experienced the fitness phenomenon that is Barry’s Bootcamp. Calling it a phenomenon is by no means an exaggeration. Founded in Hollywood in 1998, Barry’s boasts over 77 branches across 15 different countries, including seven in just London alone. Abu Dhabi’s fitness enthusiasts have looked on enviously since Barry’s made its UAE debut at DIFC, Dubai...

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One of the UAE’s most popular children’s programs – Pirates Surf Rescue – has expanded to Abu Dhabi. The weekly watersports and lifestyle sessions, which have 900 children signed up and another 8,000 on the waiting list, teach active skills such as paddle boarding, surfing and rescue. They’re building a community of young warriors, having fun and learning how to look after the planet and each other. So, what exactly makes Pirates Surf Rescue such a draw?...