Interviews

This Emirati mum needs your help to save the planet

This Emirati mum needs your help to save the planet

When it comes to spreading awareness about the environment, it’s certainly a full-time job that requires passion. Determined to make an impact and educate the next generation, director general of Emirates Nature-WWF Laila Abdullatif’s passion started at a young age, …

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This woman is breaking down barriers about mental health

This woman is breaking down barriers about mental health

When personal tragedy struck, Irish expat Maria Kelly became inspired to educate people about mental health. In 2015, she brought to the UAE Darkness Into Light – the annual walking event and community group from Ireland that helps raise funds …

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This artist balances work, motherhood and her love of painting

This artist balances work, motherhood and her love of painting

Noura Ali Al Ramahi wears many hats. The mother works full time as a learning and development manager and over the past few years has embraced her love for painting and turned it into what she calls an obsession. Editor …

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Why this producer is optimistic about the future of local films

Why this producer is optimistic about the future of local films

As the manager of local film and television at Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Hana is on a constant lookout for interesting stories to feature, both here and around the region. Just some of the projects she has worked on include …

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This community group strengthens cultural ties

This community group strengthens cultural ties

With 2019 being declared the Year of Tolerance, what better example of multiple cultures living in harmony is there than the meet-up group Abu Dhabi Speaks? We sit down with one of the organisers, Juma Mahmoud, to talk about how …

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Meet the man behind Sri Lanka’s famous restaurant

Meet the man behind Sri Lanka’s famous restaurant

Named as one of the top 50 restaurants in Asia, Ministry of Crab is the brainchild of chef Dharsan Munidasa.  The famed Sri Lankan restaurant currently has outlets in Colombo, Shanghai, Mumbai, Manila and a new branch opening soon in …

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Meet the man who’s watching over the upcoming Hindu temple

Meet the man who’s watching over the upcoming Hindu temple

Born and educated in the UK, Pujya Brahmavihari Swami – the lead monk overseeing the development of the new Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi – walked away from a promising career to follow a spiritual path.  Aside from his role …

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Is this tribute band as iconic as the real Led Zeppelin?

Is this tribute band as iconic as the real Led Zeppelin?

Replicating the music of a band as iconic as Led Zeppelin is no easy feat. But that’s exactly what four-piece group CODA has been doing for years. As the troupe prepares for its performance in Abu Dhabi on 25th April, …

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How this pianist discovered her love for music

How this pianist discovered her love for music

Renowned for her interpretation of works by 18th century Austrian composer Franz Schubert, pianist Ran Jia has made a name for herself for her extraordinary talent. As the musician prepares for her solo piano recital as part of Abu Dhabi …

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