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As most people know, 70 percent of our planet’s surface is covered in water, and therefore everything from global weather patterns to the ecosystem is affected by even the smallest change in our oceans and lakes. They contain diverse life forms, which provide us with food,  and marine plants, which supply about 50 percent of the oxygen we breathe. This goes to show that all living things on Earth rely heavily on the oceans for...

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The Emirates Literature Festival is back at Dubai Festival City from February 4-6, with events also at the Jameel Arts Center and Al Serkal Avenue. This year’s program features a range of talks by authors and writing workshops, explorations of poetry, art and creativity, alongside sessions that address our environment and basic physical and mental health.  Celebrating Nature Major Ali Al Suwaidi, president of the Emirates Marine Environmental Group, often called ‘the UAE’s last pearl...

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A year of Covid has left us feeling exhausted and irritable and has brought more conflict into the lives of some couples and families. Vaccines are a ray of hope but we should not fall into the trap of believing that being vaccinated makes us invincible.

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Glaucoma, an eye disease that manifests as elevation of eye pressure, causing damage to the optic nerve, is one of the world’s leading causes of blindness. During National Glaucoma Awareness Month Dr Salman Waqar, consultant ophthalmic surgeon and specialist in adult glaucoma and cataract surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai, addresses the importance of taking a holistic approach that acknowledges social, spiritual and emotional factors that contribute to the disease.  Why is holistic treatment important?...

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There are many things a mother wishes for the day her child is born. My only wish was for my kids to be healthy, and I thought if I fed them well, all would be fine. And they were, until my eldest developed thyroid issues at the age of four.  We were sent off to see a specialist, but he only pushed a prescription toward me and sent us on our way. That was the...

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