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The Livehealthy Festival is right around the corner — on January 24 and 25 at Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi — and we are adding speakers and experts to our panel every day.  A few of our session leaders and speakers are below and there are lots more on the way, so may sure you check back when we are ready to release the full schedule. Barry Rosenthal Barry Rosenthal is an award winning...

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Neli Merris has been a mainstay on the Abu Dhabi yoga scene since she first arrived 12 years ago. Now the Bulgaria-born yoga teacher, soundworker and mother-of-two has joined forces with two Emirati sisters to open Seven Wellness on Reem Island.  “I taught one of the sisters yoga and it’s how we got together, but they had been working on this project for two years before I met them and so it was all in...

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It can be hard to find a community in Abu Dhabi, let alone a sense of calm or contentment. There are so many different cultures to navigate and as in any other city, everyone is in a rush. That leaves little time – or energy – for healing and personal development, even if people are hungry for it. Enter the Lightworkers Abu Dhabi, a group of 90 women and men who have joined forces to boost...

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Since launching, Livehealthy has made a name for covering all the fitness, health, food, sustainability, parenting and mindfulness stories happening across the UAE. Since 2018 we’ve gathered the best experts, we’ve found the latest trends and we’ve told you where to go, what to eat and how to exercise and chill out. In 2020, for the first time, we are taking the best of our online magazine out into the community. Our first-ever Livehealthy Festival...

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As January is a great month to start a new health and fitness regime, or to ramp up  whatever you’ve got going now, signing up to compete in a race or run can prove a valuable motivator. So here is a list of some of the best UAE races for the year ahead to keep you motivated. Al Wathba Cycle Race 2020 — Abu Dhabi  Both casual and hardcore riders alike can participate in the...

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Just a decade ago, health agencies believed they were on the verge of conquering measles, one of the most preventable diseases on the planet.  Measles is transmitted by direct contact with infected droplets or by airborne spread. Taken over time, the worldwide drop in measles deaths is striking. Before the vaccine was introduced in the 1960s, 2.6 million people per year died from the disease. By 2000, that had dropped to 536,000 people. According to the...

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At the foundation of Islamic philanthropy is a practice called al waqf, which in Arabic means to stop, contain or preserve but can be broadly understood by a term we all know: “giving back.”  From its inception, al waqf has helped to inspire a sense of solidarity and a spirit of growth within Muslim communities across the Middle East. It has both evolved and diminished over time, but was once instrumental in funding sophisticated community empowerment...

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Few people lucky enough to live in the developed world, safe within the protective armour of modern sanitation, clean drinking water, decent nutrition and first-rate healthcare, will have heard of many of the 20 conditions categorised by the World Health Organization as “neglected tropical diseases.” Thankfully, they are spared the horrors of such life-altering conditions as dracunculiasis, Buruli ulcer and chistosomiasis. Yet between them these diseases and others like them, thriving in populations mired in...

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The medals have been designed and the race course set for the second ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon. There’s the full marathon, of course, and a roster of runners from elites on down to first-timers. Then there are 10km, 5km and 2.5km races for everyone else, and when they finish, their medals will read “I did it”. Marathoners get the slightly hipper 42.195km on theirs, but then again, they earned that, didn’t they?   In the leadup...

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Freddie Mercury. Tom Selleck. Hulk Hogan. Aside from the fact that they are a trio of great entertainers, all three have provided moustachioed inspiration for men around the world all November long. Whether wispy, bushy, handle-barred or carefully sculpted, more men than ever have been sporting moustaches in recent weeks as part of a men’s health campaign that has gone global. Movember was launched in Australia in 2003. It consists simply of encouraging men to...

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Rachael Lynn is an American-born author, community organizer and writer based in Dubai. Her new book At Home Anywhere is part memoir, part loving letter to anyone who finds themselves uprooted and is full of advice on how to lead a more joyful and worthwhile life. When Lynn left Toronto for Dubai, her years of experience in the world and business of self-help did not save her from what felt like a very difficult adjustment. Her...