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Time for something sweet? Here are the UAE’s most ‘Instagrammable’ desserts

Saturday, 17 February 2018

‘Tis the month of love… the love of dessert, we say. Yes, yes. It’s February. Valentine’s Day has come and gone. But the month also marks ‘Madly in Love with Me Day’, ‘World Nutella Day’, ‘Chocolate Fondue Day’ and ‘Eat Ice-cream for Breakfast Day’. So, it would be a disservice to chefs across the region to not celebrate all of this with a bit of sweet stuff? Right? Right? We knew you didn’t need much convincing. ...

Children of divorced expats between the law and choosing who to live with

Thursday, 15 February 2018

With divorce comes repercussions, perhaps the heaviest of it all falls upon the shoulders of children. In the Middle East, particularly, children remain in the custody of their mother until they reach puberty. It varies between each country at which age a teen may become under the custody of the father. Some laws have been modified to allow teens between the age of 15-18 to choose one of their parents as their guardian. The peculiar case of divorce among expats where both parents are residents ...

Do you know what it takes to really love yourself?

Monday, 5 February 2018

Do you love yourself? As I was waiting at a clinic in Dubai, the nurse noticed that it was my birthday and asked “What do you wish for now that you’re 35?” I answered, “To love myself”. She looked at me strangely and said “I thought you already did!” I explained that when I allow myself to be hurt by someone else’s actions, I don’t love myself. When I let myself be in an unpleasant company of people, I don’t love myself. When I eat ...

The need for better children’s books for Arabs who live abroad

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

As soon as my husband and I found out we were pregnant with our daughter Samya, who was born last March, we knew we wanted to raise her to speak Arabic. Since my husband is a midwestern from Kansas who didn’t know what zaatar was and refused to eat plain yogurt until he met me, we decided we were going to follow the OPOL method. One parent one language. I would speak to her in Arabic and my husband would speak to her in English. (Check back with me in two years to see if it works!) ...

Got nerve pain? These 4 simple sciatica exercises will help

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Anyone who has ever suffered from sciatic nerve pain knows it's a real pain in the backside—literally! The best way to alleviate most sciatica pain by incorporating massage, stretching and movement into your routine. To provide self-relief a massage ball can be used, which will reduce the muscle tension and rigidity, improves mobility and improves blood circulation to the area. Here are 4 simple sciatica exercises to ease the pain. 1. Self Massage - Hamstring Use the ball on a chair ...

Understanding the fashion statement called ‘modesty’

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

When it comes to fashion, there’s only a few things that offend me. Fur, slave wages and poor working conditions for textile workers in third world countries and the overuse of painfully slim models is about it. Oh, and Crocs. So I was intrigued when I heard about the criticism directed at Marks and Spencer’s “modest” selection of clothing recently. Featuring “flowing fabrics, higher necklines and lower hems,” the items have their own dedicated part of the ...

Seven years after Arab Spring, how Tunisia has charted its own course

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Being half English and half Tunisian, living in Dubai, and travelling back home for at least three months every year, I remember the despair that was felt in the country during the uprising and indeed following the revolution in 2011. Each conversation we engaged in, whether with family or taxi drivers, was centralized around what was happening and the effect that it was having on the country. However, what resonated with me was the belief and the utter strength that Tunisians showed during this ...

Parenting debate: Is there anything wrong with dads bathing their daughters?

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

After a long day in the office, I must admit I love getting home to find my partner and toddler daughter in the bath together. It still amuses me to see this 6”1’ bearded man hunched over in a tub filled with grapefruit-scented bubbles while a three-year-old tyrant splashes him or plays some game that inevitably involves him wincing as she clutches his hairy chest. The last few times I’ve walked in during bath time, he’s been teaching her phonics with rubber bath letters. ...

In debt for life: Taking decades to pay off a student loan

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

One thing we can all agree on is that getting a quality education is pricey. However, it’s a two-way street that students invest in for their futures. Student debt is something the majority of our youth must experience to receive their higher education and then join the workforce. A concept unknown to previous generations, the crisis of student debt has increased year-by-year. According to Bloomberg, some 44 million American students collectively owe 1.4 trillion dollars in student loans ...

3 worthy New Year’s resolutions that can actually save your life

Monday, 1 January 2018

Do you make your New Year’s resolutions just to break them? Here is a list of practical resolutions to benefit your mind and body

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