By Sarwat Nasir
At 2,700 feet, I’m balancing on a steel plank held by four ropes that are tied to a metal object on top of the Burj Khalifa. Thankfully, three steel rods are installed on each side of the plank as I try to wipe the windows of the world’s tallest building. One wrong step and I would plunge to my death. I try to stay still so the plank doesn’t swing. I hear faint sounds of civilisation beneath me. Even though I was on the verge of death, the vain part of me was glad that the masses wouldn’t get to see me in my window-cleaner overalls — another reason to not fall.
Continue reading What falling from the Burj Khalifa feels like (in VR)
By Nivriti Butalia
Idon’t mean to be a pessimist. But for a lot of folks in the UAE, the situation right now is something like this: Eid is around the corner, a probable Sunday off, and you haven’t done squat. No planning, no booking, no prospects of cooler air. In fact, no relief. There’s a grim fairytale in store: three trips to three malls, and a shortened life span trying to find parking at Al Seef or Al Majaz Waterfront or Al Wherever.
Continue reading What to do if you’re not going anywhere for the Eid weekend
By Sherouk Zakaria
Although I have a baby brother, the truth is, I’ve never been much of a shopper for kids. For my brother’s 12th birthday, I told my mother to take him shopping, and I would just pay for whatever she picked. So, when my friend, Shadia Al Jabri, a philanthropist who is the director of Rawafed Development & Learning Center in Dubai, suggested that I join her to shop for 50 underprivileged children for Eid, I wasn’t sure. Picking clothes for children was new, especially for someone who struggles to buy her own clothes.
Continue reading I had a blast picking clothes for kids who don’t often get to shop
By Sunil K. Vaidya
What’s wrong with avoiding the ‘Salik route’, I want to know. Let me confess outright: I usually take the long route home. I don’t mind the slight detour to avoid paying the toll — the Dh4 Salik on my drive from home to work.
Continue reading I’m saving on my Dh4 Salik for a rainy day
By Rohma Sadaqat
I 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.
Continue reading How ziplining and parasailing rid me of a childhood fear
By Kelly Clarke
It’s 3pm and I’m en route from Dubai to Abu Dhabi to meet Jehan Razdan. She’s a mini masterchef of sorts.
Continue reading Strawberry mousse and sweet talk with a mini singing chef
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?
Continue reading Writing a will is basic life admin. There’s no legal drama here