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With gyms closing in Dubai and residents opting for self-isolation across the UAE, there’s never been a better time to dive into some great at-home workouts. Here are some of the best from pros across the region and beyond.  Lilly Sabri – YouTube This physiotherapist-turned-fitness influencer has hundreds of free YouTube videos ready to make your core burn and your heart rate soar. Most of her workouts are equipment free, although there is the option...

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At times of crisis we need to take even greater care of our health and wellbeing, while keeping our costs to a minimum. Monica Braga, founder of Moni’s Healthy Choice cafes, shares her pantry list of ingredients needed to make a wide range of healthy and tasty recipes, all loaded with the nutrients our bodies need – no matter what is happening in the world. Beans and pulses Pulses are a relatively cheap, long-lasting and low...

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From helping the elderly shop for food to providing working mothers with creative ideas for their children, people are coming together in unprecedented acts of solidarity during the Covid-19 crisis. With the coronavirus forcing everyone to remain home to avoid increasing transmission, a growing number of silver linings have emerged, revealing the essential goodness at the core of humanity. In Europe, star footballer Lionel Messi donated US$1 million worth of equipment this week to a...

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It’s hard to get away from news about rising cases of Covid-19 patients, related deaths and the shortage of medical supplies, but there are some bits of good news to be found, too. People all over the world are working hard to combat Covid-19 and they’re making some headway; communities and businesses are banding together, and pockets of the world are showing signs that isolation efforts are working.  Book sales are booming Staying at home...

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These are hard times indeed, but one person who is determined to help us beam right through this Covid-19 challenge is laughter yoga specialist Suman Suneja. Born in New Delhi and now a Dubai resident, Suneja was an engineer when he returned to his homeland after being diagnosed with arthritis in 1992. Three months in an ashram, soaking up nature and learning to teach yoga, proved healing for his arthritis and created a life-long belief...

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Remember climate change, the great existential cloud hanging over the human race and the entire planet? Perhaps not. After all, most of us are now increasingly preoccupied with the newer threat from the coronavirus, or Covid-19: how to avoid catching it, what to do if we do and how to survive the economic meltdown that now seems inevitable in the face of closed shops and schools, grounded airlines and panic in the stock markets. There...

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Update: A week later, Lee Ryan completed a 100-kilometer run in his backyard.  Lee Ryan is no stranger to long distances and tough challenges: after all, he’s a five-time Guinness World Record holder who has run 38 marathons.  The race he ran in Dubai on Thursday, however, was a little different. For a start, it took him 5.5 hours, almost double his personal best time. Then he had to stop in the middle to help his...

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As the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise around the world, it might seem insensitive to talk about the possible upsides of the virus, but upsides there most assuredly are. As companies and individuals follow the advice of their governments to self-isolate and stay away from the office, one of the biggest changes taking place is the sudden and unprecedented uptake of homeworking. We can only hope that, when the threat of Covid-19 has...

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The Authority of Social Contribution – Ma’an’s Together We Are Good social fund raised more than Dh100 million in three days to help people experiencing challenges from isolation measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The first project to come out of Ma’an’s recently launched Social Fund is the only official government channel for making financial contributions during this time. Since it was announced on March 24, there have been more than 600 calls and 4,230 SMS messages...

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Reem Shaheen, psychologist and founder of Be Psychology Center in Dubai, has some simple tips to help us deal with all the uncertainty, helplessness and stress we are feeling about Covid-19. Develop a structure to your day. A lot of people are being asked to work from home, children and teachers are not going into school so your usual daily routine is gone. Try and give structure to your day by dividing up the time...

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The relationship between prisoners and sport has featured prominently in popular culture, notably in movies such as Adam Sandler’s The Longest Yard and Denzel Washington’s He Got Game. In Dubai last month, life imitated art as the Dubai Police announced its intention to roll out improved sports facilities across the emirate’s police stations and prisons.  Launched in conjunction with Dubai Sports Council, the initiative follows a successful six-month pilot scheme by Brigadier Yousef Al Adidi,...