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To stay young, the 16th century Transylvanian countess Elizabeth Bathory reputedly bathed in the blood of slaughtered virgins.  Juan Ponce de León, who may have accompanied Christopher Columbus on his 1493 voyage to the New World, led an expedition in 1513 to the rumored fountain of youth located on an island known as Bimini, on the coast of what is now Florida. To  this day people still search for it there. And who can forget Indiana...

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Visit any of the shisha cafes in the cities of the Gulf states and it isn’t hard to see why smoking tobacco through a water pipe is becoming increasingly popular among the young people of the region,  locals and expats alike. After all, what’s not to like about kicking back in a trendy waterside cafe with friends, watching the sun go down over the Gulf and listening to cool sounds as you pass the hose and...

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Have your children fallen into a steady diet of chicken nuggets and pasta with white sauce? Let these parents and experts show you the way to get your kids to eat healthy. Or at least, healthier. (Hint: it’s not just about hiding vegetables. Just sometimes) Lead by example Dubai mom Hadil Alkhatib, owner of The Roost Rotisserie, has always given her children smaller, slightly more bland versions of healthy adult food. She believes parents can...

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Dubai yoga and stretch instructor Clare Moukabaa understands the importance of getting her kids to eat their vegetables. She creates the prettiest little lunchboxes for her daughter: tiny slices of sandwiches, bits of cucumber, rolled turkey with cheese, fresh berries, raisins, pretzels – even the occasional fancy dessert.  “If she doesn’t eat her broccoli for her evening dinner, it goes into her lunchbox, where I know she’ll eat it,” says Moukabaa. “Ayla started nursery at...

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Dr Stephen Grobmyer, chair of the oncology unit, professor of surgery and director of breast cancer surgery at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, comes armed with slides bearing a ton of medical information and statistics, and a most reassuring demeanor.  If I had to get a breast cancer diagnosis, I might want it to come from him.  He’s speaking to dozens of women this Friday morning, alongside his Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi colleague Dr M Jean...

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Mental stress echoes physical stress in our body. So why do we seem to care so little about our mental health? And when we do wake up, how can we start to feel better? Ricardo Vargas used to be extremely stressed. An aspiring New York-based actor, the American pushed his body to the limits with fitness.  When he turned 33, Vargas became tired of the constant stress-related suffering. The regular anxiety attacks were affecting everything....

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According to Cigna research, 77 percent of UAE residents say they work in an ‘always on’ culture. The Cigna 360 well-being survey highlights stress in the UAE is high as depicted by this infographic. Whether you work in an office or full-time at home, workplace stress is unusually high in the UAE. For further reading, also see World Mental Health Day: The dangers of stress in the UAE or visit Cigna-Me.

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With around one in eight women being diagnosed with breast cancer, now is the perfect time to check in on your own health while also helping others. Here are our top picks for UAE events that are helping generate breast cancer awareness and actually do good. We promise, there are no ‘pink washing’ brand-exercise events in sight.   Ignite Pink is Punk October 11th – From Dh73.50 Doing sport in a beautiful setting is always enjoyable, but the...

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You know the drill: You wanted to hit the ground running after a summer spent traveling, eating and just generally chilling out. But here you are more than a month into the busy season and your social calendar has taken over your diet and exercise plan. And you are starting to wonder if it might just be easier to make some New Year’s resolutions about getting back to the gym.  Well, don’t. That’s three months...

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Is there anything more manly than a vast char-grilled steak fresh off the grill with a pat of butter melting on top? Maybe bacon. How about barreling down the road at breakneck speed in a big, loud, shiny car? I constantly feel pressured by society, advertisements and the media (social or otherwise) to behave in this way, which is not only destructive but wasteful too – and particularly so when it comes to food, leisure...

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“If the Hour (the day of Resurrection) is about to be established and one of you was holding a palm shoot, let him take advantage of even one second before the Hour is established to plant it.” – Prophet Mohammed.  Sitting under an apple tree, Isaac Newton discovered the law of gravity. Sitting under a huge Bodhi tree, a prince found enlightenment and became the Buddha. And under the majestic palm trees, a group sat with...