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Trainee, no more

Hareth Al Bustani   |  June 24, 2014

Hareth al Bustani looks back on his year as a trainee at the National.

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Exhibiting the ability to find stories at UAE business conventions

Hareth Al Bustani   |  June 3, 2014

The purpose might not always be clear of some of the conventions and exhibitions staged here, but there are some riveting stories to be told.

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A driver’s view of public transportation

Hareth Al Bustani   |  May 15, 2014

While the GCC at large often seems to base its infrastructural development on that of the UAE – take Doha metro, for example – I often wonder where the UAE turns for inspiration. 

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The Subeditor’s Playlist 1: From Floyd to Freddie King

Hareth Al Bustani   |  March 30, 2014

Here's a list of ten songs I've been listening to this week and why.

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This bloke's last smoke

Hareth Al Bustani   |  February 27, 2014

Iíve been scaling back my chain-smoking operations, in anticipation of the great habit purge next week. As most of us do, I have several vices. Among my worst is chain smoking, which Iíve done for years upon years, as Carl Sagan might say. Itís a tad ironic that this comes when Iím working in Abu Dhabi ó a much... Read more

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Our unhealthy relationship with ourselves

Hareth Al Bustani   |  January 29, 2014

I want to discuss a topic that is often misguidedly deemed too taboo to talk about Ė psychological disorders. Of my everĖshrinking list of friends and acquaintances, I know people who are openly coping with psychological disorders, people who thrive despite psychological disorders and people who havenít received... Read more

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Being economical with the proof

Hareth Al Bustani   |  January 26, 2014

Iím in my second week working in my newest role doing production of the Arts & Life section. I donít really have much experience in production. Iíve dabbled in design but my background is writing Ė and a little radio. Production on this desk, as I understand it, involves proofing work for errors Ė whether theyíre... Read more

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Dubai Leisureland: First stop on a ride down memory lane

Hareth Al Bustani   |  December 19, 2013

Every year The National runs an installment of its ongoing History Project to coincide with National Day. This year, I wrote a piece about Dubai's Al Nasr Leisureland Ė one of the country's most iconic family hangouts. Anyone up to 10 years older or younger than me will definitely remember it if they grew up in Dubai. ... Read more

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A 21st century resurgence of sturgeon

Hareth Al Bustani   |  January 6, 2014

A high tech caviar farm in Abu Dhabi claims to have the largest capacity in the world; it will eventually produce 35 tonnes of caviar and 700 tonnes of sturgeon meat every year. The indoor factory breeds and processes Siberian sturgeon ó an endangered species native to Siberian river basins. Given the UAEís... Read more

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Strummin', hummin' and drummin' to their own beat

Hareth Al Bustani   |  December 24, 2013

Last Tuesday I went to a live music event aimed at bringing together a subculture of non-commercial acoustic musicians. And what a revelation it was. It was really refreshing to see such a positive response from the community. The wind was cold, but the atmosphere was anything but. Of course there was a lot of talk ... Read more

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