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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.


Moving on from news

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  April 5, 2015

Before she heads on to the next stage of her training programme in the sports department, Maryam Al Shamsi reflects on what she learnt in her three months covering UAE news.


Feeling the pressure of El Clasico

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  March 24, 2015

Our trainee reporter Maryam Al Shamsi gets caught up in the tension of the Real Madrid - Barcelona championship decider in the Spanish football league.


A welcome return for my favourite footballer

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  March 18, 2015

Trainee reporter Maryam Al Shamsi, a proud Real Madrid fan, was cheered to see the return of her favourite player to action last week after an injury lay-off.


The hazards of the Holi Festival in Dubai

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  March 11, 2015

Our trainee reporter Maryam Al Shamsi's attempts to add a touch of colour to her weekends ended in disaster.


The highs of meeting the WWE superstars

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  February 16, 2015

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to meet celebrities? Have you been curious what they are like in real-life? Are they the same as how they portray themselves on the television?Some people say they are only humans just like us. In my experience, I concur with this.Another friend of mine had a different... Read more


Broadening my horizons in the newsroom

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  February 8, 2015

This week, I forced myself to be more outgoing in the newsroom, engaging more with my colleagues and asking more questions.So, I decided to do something new, which was to try an album review –The Pale Emperor, by Marilyn Manson. Although it had been reviewed before in the paper, our music editor, Saeed Saeed... Read more

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