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I have a dear friend who is a musician. He comes alive on stage and has loved it for nearly his whole life. But being a professional musician, for the vast majority, is a tough gig. There are far more talented people than there are jobs for them that pay a living wage. (For the record, I am also a musician, but love teaching full time and make time to play in a band on the...

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Thejamjar in Dubai’s Al Serkal Avenue is best-known as a haven for aspiring artists, but when it comes to creative expression, there is always a lot more going on emotionally. Staff at the center decided to explore that link this summer by organizing the first day-long event devoted to emotional intelligence. Clearly they were on to something: 250 people showed up, and they now plan to hold the event twice a year.  “We usually have...

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Victoria Parrucci, a 30-year-old Argentinian, originally landed in Dubai to work in the food and beverage industry. Then, the self-taught artist had a Theta Healing session and decided to learn the technique, which is part meditation and part pan-religious spiritual philosophy. Theta Healing was created by an American mother of three named Vianna Stibal in 1995, who claimed she used it to heal from cancer. She then went on to teach it to others. Next...

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While many people tend to put off altruism for various reasons, we often forget that an act of kindness can have a ripple effect on the community around us. Even less well-known is the power that selfless acts have to positively affect not only the recipients of those good deeds, but our own health and wellbeing. It might  seem counterintuitive, since altruism is about giving to others without getting or expecting anything in return (think,...

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The signature facial at the Native Club, Zabeel House by Jumeirah, is one of the best I’ve ever had – and with my job, I’ve had a lot.  It lasts a decadent 90 minutes and includes the elements you might expect (cleaning, exfoliating, moisturizing) along with a few of the touches you hope for (a head massage and a face massage, with no pressure to buy products). But the real kicker is the spa’s use...

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I’m a minimalist, which means I love doing something you probably loathe the very idea of: cleaning. Never did I have to be forced to clean my room as a child. I took to the task merrily, happily, purposefully. I make a mean bed – throws, pillows, configurations, tightly tucked sheets – and I do it upon waking. Likewise, hoovering is an exfoliation, removing the dead home cells to let the lively ones underneath come to surface...

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From the outside, Olivia McCubbin does not look like someone who would be having problems with binge eating. Tall, glowing and fit, the 30-year-old Australian exudes health. It’s also her business, as co-founder and head coach at The Best Body Co, the fitness company she runs with her husband Adam.  But that is the thing with appearances — and the point McCubbin is now trying to make. “Many women and many clients look up to...

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As a dietitian who has witnessed body shaming of children, and was also overweight as a child, I know it’s time to put an end to the kind of body shaming of children. A few months ago, one of my clients showed up for her 10-year-old child’s consultation with the sole purpose of reducing his weight.  The moment the boy stepped on the scale, his eyes filled with tears.  “Mommy, I gained weight,” he said...

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Life in the UAE often involves a lot of flying on planes, and with travel – particularly long-haul travel – comes jet lag. So we went to a pair of experts: Charlotte Hodgson and David Loftus, who are based in the UAE and have 20 years’ experience as cabin crew. Here they give us their top tips on how to try and reduce, beat and recover from jet lag. What is jet lag for you?...

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Majid Al Qassimi has a big ambition. What he wants is nothing less than to start a food revolution in the UAE and across the Middle East. Already an environmentalist, conservationist, entrepreneur, trained veterinarian and now adviser to the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, Al Qassimi’s goal is to help the population understand the importance of homegrown food, suitable agricultural food production and reducing food waste. “I believe there isn’t just one way to grow...