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
By Suresh Pattali
My heart was already heavy, having dealt with the obits of two former colleagues in a matter of days. And when we were just about to wind up the 40th anniversary celebrations of Khaleej Times on Monday, the news of two more departures hit me like Arctic winds. Continue reading Nihal Singh, the pied piper of classical journalism
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
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
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
By Lujein Farhat
When you enter a room with several people, your eye is irresistibly drawn to one person, the funny one. You know who I’m talking about. They’re easy to spot. The one who half the group is gathered around. The one who is the focal point of all foot pointings and shoulder anglings, like a starfish pulsating with mirth. Continue reading Funny how I love Arab humour, especially in my mother tongue
By Kelly Clarke
Tea. I’d take that over a cup of coffee any day. My preference has a lot to do with my UK upbringing, where tea drinking is a quintessentially British tradition. So, I guess, in a way, it was my surroundings that dictated my inclination towards a ‘good old cup of cha’.
Continue reading Coffee was just the break this Colombian duo needed