Category Archives: UAE

What to do with your dog when pets aren’t allowed in the building

By Dhanusha Gokulan

When my friend Aparna asked me to take care of her pet labrador, Whisky, for a couple of months earlier this year, I made what my mom later called “a reckless decision”. Aparna used to live in Sharjah, in an apartment on King Faisal Street till her landlord said Whisky had to leave or the lease wouldn’t be renewed.

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Discrimination goes beyond that one nursery, let’s get real

By Kelly Clarke

am sure you read the news this week. That nursery; that advert and those two unfortunate words. To recap, here’s a quick rundown. While on the hunt for new staff across its nursery branches in the UAE, an education group saw it fit to post an ad that was dotted with discriminatory references. It had no qualms about specifying the exact type of candidate it was looking for.

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Can’t UAE stores go silent for an hour to help those who need it?

By Anita Iyer

Five years ago, trying to escape the noise at a shopping mall, 16-year-old Calvin ran towards a stranger and grabbed her hand. The stranger, caught unawares, shouted at the boy. Seeing the commotion, Calvin’s mother, Meena Noronha, rushed to explain to the shopper that her son was autistic but it didn’t help. Meena was asked, “How could you leave your child alone in a mall? Why haven’t you left him at home?”

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Need special skills to make friends in Dubai. Have them?

By Anita Iyer

As I turned on the mobile network one morning last week, my cellphone beeped continuously. My first thought was, “Is everything fine at home?” Unlocking it, I was relieved to see a flood of messages from people I don’t usually hear from, wishing me happy friendship day. A few messages had genuine warmth, enquiring what’s new in my life, but most were forwards.

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