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Several countries in the Middle East, including the UAE, generates on average 2kg of waste every day for every man, woman and child. During Ramadan, that figure increases significantly, according to Bioenergyconsult. Waste is a fundamental global issue and the Middle East has made great strides in dealing with this worldwide problem, such as increasing green areas, developing water resources, and improving marine environment and protecting it from pollution.  Veolia Middle East is working to raise...

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Check out this Middle Eastern-inspired recipe from Chef Naima of Tagine Restaurant at Dubai’s One&Only Royal Mirage for the month of Ramadan. It is easy to prep and can be cooked in just under two hours, making it perfect for iftar.  Ingredients Batch one 2 kg whole chicken 30 g chopped garlic 800 g chopped onion 20 g dried coriander 20 g fresh chopped parsley 30 g ginger powder 20 g salt 20 g white pepper  40 g smen...

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Maitha Al Khayat is a best-selling author of children’s books. In fact, you could almost call her the J K Rowling of the Arab world, except that she is far more prolific – 172 books so far, including a set of school primers – and she does her own illustrations. She has also written TV scripts for the Arabic version of Sesame Street and Hamdoon, the Emirati cartoon series. Oh, and she writes equally well in...

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Exercise and fasting can go together without causing any harm to the body. During the fasting period, exercise can help elevate energy levels, improve physical fitness, build muscle and joint strength and boost body composition. It also helps control weight and keeps the body healthy.  As well as various physical and health benefits, exercise also has many neurological advantages, including improved neurogenesis (increased brain cell production) and enhanced mental strength and toughness. More people around...

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Looking for some culinary inspiration this Ramadan while staying at home? Monaco’s Michelin-starred Chef Marcel Ravin has shared three of his renowned dishes, served at Monte Carlo Hotel Bay and Resort, including his famous roast chicken and Nutella and banana cake for dessert. In case you’ve got roast chicken leftovers, he’s also shared a leftover recipe. Marcel’s roast chicken Ingredients for 4 people 1 free-range chicken 1.2 kg ½ lemon 125 g softened butter 2...

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Even if you’re enjoying iftar and late-night suhoor at home this Ramadan rather than going out, it’s still easy to let health and fitness routines lapse by eating more and training less.  That’s why Dr Nasr Al Jafari, functional medicine practitioner at DNA Health and Wellness Center in Dubai, and Hala Dakhil, co-founder of the Jeddah-based Pulse Studio KSA, give their top tips for how to have a healthy Holy Month.  Take catch-up naps With...

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At this time of year, people are usually making plans for the summer – where to go for their holidays, which countries to visit. But, as no one needs reminding, there is nothing usual about this year. In the second of the Flow Talk series running throughout this month, clinical psychologist Dr Saliha Afridi proposes taking another kind of journey – an inner journey. Now is the perfect time to “harness the energy of Ramadan” and...

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The pandemic has changed our lives. We are witnessing so much struggle but a rise in compassion, too. And now, many families of faith are finding new ways to celebrate, even in the throes of Covid-19. Ramadan is that month where Muslims across the globe welcome 30 days to intentionally practice patience, self-reflection, prayer and gratitude. It’s a month where differences are forgotten and people come together to acknowledge the spirit of community wellbeing so...

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Observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community, Ramadan is known to offer many spiritual rewards – and some physical benefits, too. The concept of fasting has been around for centuries, adopted by many cultures and religions as a spiritual act designed to purify and heal the mind, body and soul. In recent times various fasting diets have become a popular mechanism for weight loss. There are some key differences between...

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There is no better time to set personal fitness goals than during the Holy Month, which is all about setting aside time to reflect, rejuvenate, break old habits and start new ones. Step 1: Decide Ramadan is the most sacred month in the Islamic calendar. Muslims fast from dawn to sunset, abstaining from food and drink, among other pleasures (particularly the guilty ones) but also gathering to celebrate with loved ones. As it’s a time...