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For as long as we can remember, our parents have always told us to finish off our plates before leaving the table. Every crumb, every dollop of sauce, and the last piece of pasta must be chowed down. Yet not everyone in the Kingdom has lived this way, clearly. As of 2021, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has estimated that food waste costs the Kingdom US$10.6 billion annually. A nationwide field study...

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Could heading deep into the desert and burying yourself neck-deep in hot sand really be good for those aching muscles and joints? UAE environmentalist and social campaigner Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Nuaimi, better known to his almost 60,000 followers as the Green Sheikh, sure thinks so. A few years ago he introduced American educator and author Stephen Ritz to the experience of being buried up to his neck in sand. The somewhat forgotten tradition of sand...

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So many people talk about wanting to make the world a more welcoming and inclusive place for people with disabilities, but a select few are determined and passionate enough to actually do something about it. One example is Australian Paralympian and disability awareness advocate Jessica Smith. A successful public speaker and diversity consultant, she has also co-founded TOUCH Dubai, the inclusive talent agency. Now, after having three children and noticing the lack of disabled characters...

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The UAE has more options to live healthy than ever, whether its wellness retreats, chances for families to compete together, additions to the sharing economy or giving you a chance to finally embrace ugly fruits and vegetables. Read on. Order the UAE’s first “ugly” fruit and veg box The UAE government recently announced aims to cut food waste by 50 percent by 2030, and you can do your part by rescuing fruit and veg that...

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Dana is a former gymnast who developed an eating disorder at age 13, which she says went hand-in-hand with overexercising.  “We would get weighed before competitions, so the older girls taught me how to throw up my dinner the night before a competition,” says the 41-year-old yoga teacher, who lives in Dubai. “But when vomiting became difficult, I figured I could purge the calories by running, climbing stairs or using the step machine instead. I would...

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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...

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The restrictions of the pandemic prompted a lot of different hobbies, and one that might be around to stay is cultivating a balcony garden. You can do it safely from the comfort of your own home, you can see the progress you’re making and it provides a real sense of  achievement. And with looming talk of food shortages, more people than ever are interested in taking empowering first steps to becoming more self-sustainable.  New research...

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Under majestic palm trees, groups would gather to listen to Prophet Mohammed. Isaac Newton discovered the law of gravity sitting under an apple tree. And it was in the shade of a massive Bodhi tree that a prince found enlightenment and became the Buddha. For centuries great thinkers have found answers to life’s deepest questions in nature, while everyday people have sought both meaning and comfort there.  Trees and the vegetation around them not only provide...