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Relishing the chance to write about Real Madrid and Sergio Ramos

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  July 5, 2015

Maryam Al Shamsi had the chance to write about her favourite football club this week, something she enjoyed greatly.


The important questions

Elham Al Dhaheri   |  July 2, 2015

My journalism lesson of the week is to ask those important questions: Why? What? Where? When and who? Whether it s for a blog or a news story, I should always have the answers to questions. Usually, I find the answers are there but it needs that little bit of extra digging, examples include calling marketing officials ... Read more


The urgent pursuit of Wi-Fi in Dubai

  |  June 23, 2015

This week Maryam Al Shamsi learnt the importance of leaving plenty of time to file copy when working away from home, as things outside her control threatened to conspire against her.


The challenges of summer on sport

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  June 13, 2015

There may be less live sport going on in the UAE at this time of year, but as Maryam Al Shamsi reveals, that does not mean the work to fill the paper and website stops.


Indulging in karak mania

Elham Al Dhaheri   |  June 11, 2015

I have had a strong connection with karak chai – strong black tea with milk and sugar – since I was a child. In Emirati homes, the brew is always offered alongside another traditional hot beverage – gahwa, or Arabic coffee.And many people, including my husband, won’t start their day without ... Read more


A week of equine inspiration and creativity

Elham Al Dhaheri   |  June 9, 2015

I conducted two completely different interviews a few weeks ago and both revolved around the same subject: horses.My first interview took place in Dubai. Emirati jewellery designer Salama Khafan loves horses and travelling. Her inspiration behind her jewellery line is her horse Penelope. I went to her house and was... Read more


Blog 9 — Mommy’s back!

Elham Al Dhaheri   |  May 23, 2015

I am back from a two month maternity leave. Sounds like long periods of good sleeping nights. Doesn’t it? Well, they weren’t. The two months leave were all sleepless nights to be honest.I have given birth to a cute little boy that we’ve named Khaled. He’s such a sweetheart and his brother... Read more


The pressure of live match reporting in the UAE

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  May 16, 2015

This week Maryam Al Shamsi discusses the challenges of dealing with reporting from live events, namely the President's Cup football tournament.


Interviewing Marion Bartoli and dealing with life at a conference

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  May 6, 2015

Maryam Al Shamsi spent some of her week at Emirates Palace at a conference promoting women's sport and enjoyed her chance to quiz retired tennis player Marion Bartoli.


Beginning life with the sport’s team

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  May 1, 2015

Having begun life working on the sport's section of The National, Maryam Al Shamsi talks through her early experiences with the department and what she hopes to achieve in her three months with them.