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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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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 daughters, Lily, 5 and Sophia, 3. And through it all, the comforts of...

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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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Staying physically strong and mentally agile are a big part of getting through isolation measures needed to flatten the Covid-19 curve. That’s why for the foreseeable future, we will keep updating our list of gyms, fitness studios, yoga centers and trainers posting workouts on a variety of platforms, including free or donation-based sessions available through social media. There are a variety of options available to keep your mind strong too, from online group gatherings to...

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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,...

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As parents, you were probably already worried about your children having too much screen time before Covid-19 changed your lives. But why not use that technology for good? We’ve rounded up some of the educators, influencers, organizers and parents – many of them right here in the UAE – who are coming up with inventive ways to do just that. Along the way they are managing to engage little ones – all without a mindless...

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We are currently living in a challenging time of fear, uncertainty and panic centered on staying healthy and avoiding the highly infectious Covid-19. One of the best ways to do that (apart from washing your hands and staying indoors) is to ensure your immune system is in peak condition. But how does one go about that?  A balanced diet is key, but it’s not always enough. Sometimes, you may need supplementary vitamins and nutrients. But it is...

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Hearing that the number of UAE residents that have recovered from Covid-19 is rising provides a glimmer of hope in the fight against coronavirus. With global headlines saturated with new infections, rising death tolls, border closures and quarantine enforcements, we all need a little positive pick me up. We have rounded up some real nuggets of optimism that are surfacing about the crisis, so don’t give up hope. Centenarians are surviving Covid-19 Two 103-year-old women...

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For several weeks at this time of year, we are bombarded with suggestions for and announcements of Mother’s Day celebrations for women around the globe.  But not everyone is celebrating. My mother, who passed away nine years ago this month, just before Mother’s Day in the UK, was my world. She was not only my mother but also my best friend, my travel buddy, my confidante and so much more besides. To me, every day...