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Saying goodbye to life on sport

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  July 27, 2015

Maryam Al Shamsi discusses her past three months on sport as she prepares for her move to the Features section.


My adventurous trip to the middle of nowhere

Elham Al Dhaheri   |  July 26, 2015

I had the scare of my life last week. I had to interview someone at a factory somewhere near Dalma Mall in Abu Dhabi. I was told that the factory was just 15 minutes away from the shopping centre. I drove to the mall at the predetermined time, waiting for the interviewee’s assistant to arrive and lead the way.... Read more


A week of celebrations

Elham Al Dhaheri   |  July 23, 2015

Ramadan went smoothly, Alhamdullillah, and the Eid holiday was great. It was wonderful to be surrounded by my loved ones during that time. I was very glad to be home in Al Ain for more than just a weekend. I got the chance to look after my house, and give it a refreshing make-over for Eid. I had bought four new... Read more


Doing podcasts and meeting Al Wahda’s new coach

Maryam Al Shamsi   |  July 13, 2015

The chance to cast an eye over an Arabian Gulf League club's new coach was the highlight of Maryam Al Shamsi's week with sport.


Stories and sacrifice – all in a day’s work

Elham Al Dhaheri   |  July 9, 2015

I have noticed that being a journalist means coming up with new ideas all the time. I was attending an event in Dubai to interview a fashion designer, when I happened upon the live launch of a beauty product. The founder showed up, and suddenly the crowd gathered and I was among them, and so I could not help but write ... Read more


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

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