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How ziplining and parasailing rid me of a childhood fear

By Rohma Sadaqat

have never thought of myself as the type of person who would have a bucket list. That is not to say that there were never things I wanted to do in my life. It’s just that I never seriously considered writing them down and then charging full speed towards completing them. I believed it is the smallest things in life that bring you the greatest joy. Sometimes though, you get the urge to do something grander.

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Writing a will is basic life admin. There’s no legal drama here

By Harveena Herr

Sean Hird got me thinking. The director of DIFC Wills service centre is pleasant, approachable and has a background in venture capital-backed SMEs for most of his working life. “Historically though,” he is also a lawyer. “Signing off on life insurance forms is just seen as an employment benefit,” he reminds me. “Why isn’t writing a will seen in the same light?” The whole process doesn’t have to be difficult — you could try seeing it as empowerment or “basic life administration” in Hird’s words. It’s true: haven’t we all dashed off signatures on some group insurance form that is seen as a perk of the job?

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Just so you know, there is a hygiene crisis at the beach in Dubai

By Kelly Clarke

Heading to the beach as a kid was always a treat for me. Living in East London, the wide-open water and long stretches of sand along the coast made for the perfect playground. It was a far cry from the sliver of pavement intercepted by a busy road, which sat out front of our inner city house. Continue reading Just so you know, there is a hygiene crisis at the beach in Dubai

Hanging by a koi pond in the house of Kohaku enthusiasts

By Nivriti Butalia

I feel like a child. I am on my way to meet the Emirati team that won first place in what is effectively the world cup of koi beauty, a koi beauty contest. And before meeting the team that won this 49th All Japan Koi Show in Tokyo — making UAE the first Middle Eastern country to win that spot — I can think only of inane, childish things. Terrible bilingual puns consume me. I crack them only later, and not to the prize-winning team. Continue reading Hanging by a koi pond in the house of Kohaku enthusiasts

Alodia Gosiengfiao: I met one of my heroes and she was more than meets the eye

By Keith Pereña

In the process of writing this story, I had to do a quick Google search to find the origin of the cliché “you should never meet your heroes”. Partly because I wanted to know who in fact said it and also because I wanted to know if it was really the case — as if meeting my own heroes wasn’t proof enough that it was otherwise. Continue reading Alodia Gosiengfiao: I met one of my heroes and she was more than meets the eye