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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...

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The UAE is testing a larger number of people, on a per capita basis, for Covid-19 than anywhere else in the world, new figures have shown. The statistics released Wednesday, March 18, through the state news agency, WAM, reveal that the Emirates is swab testing 13,020 individuals for every million people, more than double Bahrain, which is second on the list at 6,165 people per million.  South Korea (4,831 people per million), China’s Guangdong province...

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As hysteria, fear and panic over Covid-19 have turned so many cities around the world into empty ghost towns, it seems many people have also abandoned common sense and logic. Although the need for caution cannot be overstated to protect the elderly and other vulnerable individuals, experts in the field of mental health are warning the rest of us that we also have a duty to be level-headed – not only to set an example...

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This story originally appeared in The Guardian and is republished here as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalistic collaboration to strengthen coverage of the climate story.       It is a global emergency that has already killed on a mass scale and threatens to send millions more to early graves. As its effects spread, it could destabilize entire economies and overwhelm poorer countries that are lacking resources and infrastructure. But this is...

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The school children of the UAE are on extended leave for four weeks because of global health concerns and direction from the education boards in the region. Spring break has been moved to two weeks earlier and after that, most kids will experience distance learning for the first time, as they are taught their daily lessons at home. Have you been wondering what to do with your little ones over this last-minute break? The list...

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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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Abu Dhabi is fostering healthcare innovation by giving millions of dirhams in grants each year to international and local pioneers in the fields of science and technology. Launched by the Ministry of Economy and the Department of Economic Development – Abu Dhabi in 2017, the Technology Innovation Pioneers (TIP) Summit brings together sustainability experts, startups, influencers, investors and high-level officials from around the world. The TIP Summit also encompasses a high-level awards program, aimed at supporting...