Category Archives: UAE

An out-of-this world encounter with the UAE’s first astronauts

By Sarwat Nasir

still remember my first space-related news story. It was January 2014, I was an intern for a UAE-based tabloid newspaper and the (now infamous) Mars One programme was making headlines worldwide. I was able to break the story of an Emirati who was willing to move permanently to Mars as part of the programme.

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She ‘just got on with it’ to help her child win the battle against cancer

By Sara Sadik

Any mama’s heart skips a beat with a bad scrape, unexpected fall or an extra careful doctor who orders another X-ray.  All of a sudden words like, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, ironically abbreviated ALL, filled the air. With no planned preparation or pointless small talk, Reem plunges head first into the middle of it all and says, “Zoanne had leukemia.” I know that I’m here to get her story and try to capture a part of it, if even a tinge of it. But it is still shocking to hear. I swallow thickly but she barely blinks. She has had years to digest this and  share her story.  Her daughter Zoanne was six at the time and is now on the edge of those memorable teenage years.

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If you’re in a car accident, you’ll need that Dubai Police app

By Keith Pereña

had read on a car forum that getting into an accident is one of the milestones a driver has to pass. At first, I thought it to be morbid and shrugged the idea off, thinking that if I followed what I learned in driving school about being safe, I should be fine. But when a heavy mixer truck hit the back of my hatchback a couple of weeks ago, those safety lessons went through the window.

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At his rally in Dubai, I got a sense of Rahul Gandhi 2.0

By Anamika Chatterjee

When do you think he will arrive, a bespectacled man asks me. Despite an all-white mane and a wrinkled face indicating advanced years, in spirit, Raman (name changed on request) does not seem a day older than the man he has come to cheer —Rahul Gandhi. Anticipation can sometimes be a great leveler — on one hand, I’ve come to witness Rahul 2.0 aka the ‘new and aggressive Rahul’ the Indian media has been talking about, Raman, on the other hand, is here to catch a glimpse of the Gandhi family scion. In our own ways, we seek two perspectives that have come to define India’s grand old party — the promise of new wave and the legacy.

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