Zaineb Al Hassani
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How expats cope with loneliness during the holiday season
The festive period should be a joyful time, but for thousands of expatriates who will be away from their loved ones, Christmas and New Year’s Eve can be a time of sadness and loneliness.
Shawarma: why Abu Dhabi’s favourite snack will never go out of fashion
A chicken shawarma usually comes with pickles and thoom, a fluffy garlic paste, and a smattering of fries, while lamb will normally be paired with tahini paste, onions and tomatoes.
Poetry slam and music in celebration of National Day
Poets of the UAE are making their voices heard, and in doing so are reinforcing Emirati identity in a time of rapid social change.
The greasy sanctuary: how Burger King became a headquarters for Nineties teens
Zaineb Al Hassani looks back on the fast-food restaurant's popularity as the meeting point for youngsters in the capital in the 90s.
Book Club: why joining a reading group brings its own rewards
To celebrate the launch of The National Book Club, we ask avid readers and book club regulars why they enjoy discussing books with friends.
Muslim prayer beads: what they are and what they are used for
Subha or misbaha – prayer or worry beads – are found in everyday life across the region and the world, but what is their significance?
Shuffling a pack of cards is a UAE tradition during Ramadan
Why playing card games is a popular way for families and friends to socialise during the holy month.
‘My oven is my best and oldest friend’: Abu Dhabi’s traditional bakeries are falling on hard times
Abu Dhabi’s flatbread bakers are struggling as clients are forced to relocate.