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Third Culture Kids are those who have spent a portion of their formative years in a different culture — both from their friends back home, but from their parents, as well.  In the UAE, where expats represent 88 per cent of the population, TCKs abound. While studies show that expat children are more flexible and better able to cope with change, living in transient communities can also have adverse effects. TCKs have more experience grappling...

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They live in Abu Dhabi and they had been friends for years. Before Covid-19, they spoke on a daily basis and made sure to meet up at least once a week. But as lockdown hit, and personal contact became restricted, they found themselves starting to drift apart. Even when restrictions began to lift, Zainab still didn’t feel safe enough to venture out, and refused to meet up with Soraya, who was eager to get back...

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Are your kids heading back to the classroom for the new term? Or are you once again planning on distance learning in a bid to keep them safe from  Covid-19? If it’s the former, you’re not alone. Despite the dangers of the ongoing pandemic, more than 63 percent of parents in the emirate of Abu Dhabi voted to let children return to school in July 2020, when the virus was causing lockdowns all over the...

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There are so many layers to depression and it can be an incredibly destabilising period in a person’s life. The common recommendation is to see a mental health professional, but with therapy costing hundreds of dirhams just for one session, that is just not an option for most of the population here in the UAE.  Despite the fact that globally, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression, according to the World...

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In the Livehealthy series, “My work,” we delve into how people deal with job stress. We do this anonymously so people can be totally honest about their experiences without fear of reprisal. For this piece, and to celebrate International Nurses’ Day, a psychiatric nurse at a government hospital in Bahrain recounts her experience to Georgie Bradley. The work day for a nurse is never a straight eight hours. Something always come up, especially when you think...