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After months of praying at home, the country’s residents are once more able to join their fellow worshippers in mosques, churches and temples as of July 1. Capacity will be limited to 30 percent, with three meters of space between each person.  Ablutions before praying should be performed at home, while face masks must be worn inside the mosque and worshippers should bring their own copy of the Quran and their own prayer mat, which...

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The majority of us have experienced tremendous changes to our lives due the spread of Covid-19 all over the world. We have been forced to lock ourselves in at home and to manage our lives with limited access to the outside world. After three months of this, the UAE is reducing restrictions on movement. But now many people are feeling anxious and distressed at the idea of going back to work and resuming their pre-Covid...

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The coronavirus pandemic has shaken the world and left many stressful consequences in its wake. Suddenly, self-medication has become the thing to do. We have to manage our fear of infection alongside fear of an uncertain future. The global lockdown disrupted our routines and invoked widespread boredom, loneliness and anxiety. On top of all that, we face highly challenging societal issues. Job insecurity and economic loss continue to increase as our global recession worsens. As...

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As the UAE gradually returns to something resembling life pre-Covid-19, authorities have warned citizens and residents that this is not the time to let down their guard.  With the country still recording upwards of 300 new cases of Covid-19 daily, government spokesperson Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi stressed that it was even more important to adhere to safety precautions. “With a gradual return to normality, the responsibility is now more on UAE citizens and residents to...

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Like everything else, wellness has its trends. There’s fasting and Fitbits and every kind of diet under the sun, all claiming to transform your health and your life. But which are the ones that work and which are the ones that disappoint? Earlier this year at the first-ever Livehealthy Festival, three experts assessed three of the most popular current wellness trends. Intermittent fasting To fast intermittently means you must consume your daily calorie intake within...

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An Emirati technology company has formed a partnership with a Chinese medical firm to develop and test a Coronavirus vaccine in the UAE.  Group 42 (G42) will carry out clinical trials under the supervision of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Health, Wam, the state news agency, announced this week. The partnership between G42 and China National Biotec Group was formally launched this week at ceremonies in Abu Dhabi, Beijing and Wuhan. Trials in the UAE mark...

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The diversity of the UAE has been the country’s greatest advantage in the fight against Covid-19, AbdulRahman Al Owais, the UAE’s Minister of Health and Prevention, told an international online summit this week.  All the different nationalities that make up the nation, said Al Owais, have come together to help manage the crisis. When asked how UAE has succeeded largely in containing the spread of the virus, the minister replied: “Two hundred different nationalities —...

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The immune system is your body’s armour against disease. Here are a few ways to keep it working at peak efficiency.  Eat plenty of plants Why? Any healthy diet starts with more fruit and vegetables. Plant foods provide our bodies with an abundance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, active compounds and fiber. Vitamins and minerals help us metabolize our food and build the cells we need to bolster our immune function. Antioxidants help protect our body...

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Everyone knows what yoga is these days, but what about hand yoga? Mudra, to give it its proper name, is the practice of placing the fingers into prescribed positions, or mudras, to diagnose conditions, assist in healing and to improve and maintain good health and well-being.  As a practice, it is as ancient as yoga (the earliest texts date back to between the 4th and 5th centuries) but far more subtle – so much so...

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Could heading deep into the desert and burying yourself neck-deep in hot sand really be good for those aching muscles and joints? It all started with an Instagram post last year by UAE environmentalist and social campaigner Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Nuaimi, better known to his almost 60,000 followers as the Green Sheikh.  A video showed American educator and author Stephen Ritz out in the desert, buried up to his neck in sand. During Ritz’s...