Interviews

It’s all about inclusion for this inspiring designer

It’s all about inclusion for this inspiring designer

Following an injury that left her temporarily paralysed, Asiya Rafiq became inspired to help improve the livelihood of people of determination by making modest clothing that’s comfortable and fashionable. Online editor Colin Armstrong talks with Asiya about why it’s important …

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Everything you need to know about the Cuban-Khaleeji project

Everything you need to know about the Cuban-Khaleeji project

The world premiere of a locally commissioned music project celebrates Emirati heritage and its global influence. Music is a powerful tool – and when it comes to understanding our past and celebrating heritage, it’s a unique way of sharing our …

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How this chef lost and regained his passion in the kitchen

How this chef lost and regained his passion in the kitchen

After a childhood spent roving the wilds of France, chef Bastien Meyrat, chef de cuisine at JW Steakhouse, believes we should have more respect for our food. Here, the chef tells us about French gastronomy, Asian influence and what he’s …

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All you need to know about barbershop singing in the UAE

All you need to know about barbershop singing in the UAE

Laura Roberts found solace in singing and decided to share that experience with a group of friends. What she didn’t know was that the gathering would become the foundation for Voices of Harmony, winner of the ChoirFest Middle East 2017 …

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This inspirational lady will help you find peace

This inspirational lady will help you find peace

Having discovered her own life purpose, this mindfulness advocate wants to help people get in touch with their inner selves to achieve the right balance. “People tend to forget who they are, they forget their sense of purpose.” Laura-Helene Kopinski …

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What inspires this Grammy Award-winning singer?

What inspires this Grammy Award-winning singer?

Ahead of this year’s Abu Dhabi Festival, hosted by Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, multi-Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano singer Joyce DiDonato will make her Arab World debut with a pre-festival performance of In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music alongside …

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Why language is so important to cultural diversity

Why language is so important to cultural diversity

Ever since he first met people from the Gulf in his student days, Nasser Isleem, a senior Arabic language lecturer at NYUAD, has been fascinated by how languages can splinter and evolve. Following the publication of his book, Yalla Narmis: …

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This Emirati athlete is ready to lock and roll

This Emirati athlete is ready to lock and roll

She may be one of the UAE’s top female jiu-jitsu players, but 17-year-old Mahra Al Hanaei doesn’t let that go to her head. As she prepares for the Abu Dhabi leg of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour …

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How this local DJ worked his way to the top

How this local DJ worked his way to the top

Music runs through Saif Alnaji’s blood, but it’s not all about dropping the latest tracks for the young Emirati DJ, who hopes to inspire people in the UAE to follow their dreams. If you’ve ever flipped on the radio or …

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How you can make a difference to the local ecosystem

How you can make a difference to the local ecosystem

With over 20 years of diving experience, Kathleen Russell is passionate about our oceans. Going beyond sharing her hobby with others by teaching people to scuba dive, she’s now pushing for more awareness on marine conservation and education around local …

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