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What falling from the Burj Khalifa feels like (in VR)

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.

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What to do if you’re not going anywhere for the Eid weekend

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.

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I had a blast picking clothes for kids who don’t often get to shop

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.

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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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