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Issue 51 - 11-24 July 2013

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MOM’S LITTLE SECRET TO HAPPY FACES AND WARM EMBRACES THIS RAMADAN.

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INBOX This page is all about you! Send us your poems, pictures or letters and see them published here, ask us your questions and pick up some handy environmental tips

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NEWS All the news from around Al Ain

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SPORTS Keep up to date with the latest happenings in Al Ain’s world of sport

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FEATURES Personal perspective on the Spirit of Ramadan

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URBAN WOMAN Simple do it yourself beauty tips using food items located right in your kitchen cupboard

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30 25 DIARY

What do you have planned for the next week? Take a look at our diary for the latest happenings around town

STUFF FOR MEN Discover a man’s view on the blessings of a wife AL MAJLIS Get up close and personal with the famous Emirati calligrapher Mohamed Mandi

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RAMADAN SCHEDULE

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BUSINESS Advice on why you should step it up while your boss is away

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CITY REVIEWS Al Yaher Modern Restaurant, yummy, cheap and huge portions!

26 CULTURE & HERITAGE

Highlights the importance of preserving culture and heritage for future generations

28 HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Find out why some people eat whatever they want and never gain a pound

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MY WORLD Read and discover about the castles and steam trains in Snowdonia

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RECIPES Simple and easy recipes that your family will love

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Letter from the Publisher

PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Mona Hennawi MANAGING DIRECTOR Farid Nouisser EDITOR IN CHIEF Mahra Saeed Al Muhairi ENGLISH EDITOR Brenda Chandler WRITER Mehak Alam ARABIC EDITOR Sami Rashid ASSOCIATE ARABIC EDITOR/ SENIOR TRANSLATOR Tamara Al Refaei

e will be celebrating the Holy Month of Ramadan beginning around the 10th of July followed by Eid Al Fitr and these important occasions are always an exciting time providing insights into the Islamic traditions of the region, while also creating a distinctive and festive atmosphere with the many special events and promotions. In this issue you will find many interesting and entertaining articles ranging from our columnist Yussif’s personal perspective of the spirit of Ramadan to Al Majlis, where we have the pleasure of interviewing the renowned calligrapher Mohamed Mandi.

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My team and I wish you and your loved ones a Ramadan Kareem. May Allah SWT grant us steadfastness in our fasting, patience in our prayers, humility in our charity and righteousness in our actions.

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Ramadan Kareem….

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Mubarak Muhammad Al Ketbi DISTRIBUTION MANAGER Mohammed Saqer

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inbox LOVE IS LIFE Life without love there is no life at all which is why we say ''LOVE IS LIFE.” Love is precious and loved by all, It’s a gift of nature for one and all. Life with love only few have amongst all, Love is life eventually to be called.

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Congratulations to Relbin George on winning a White Water Rafting Package for 2 worth AED200 from Wadi Adventure.

Wacky World

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Pakistani Islamic Private School, Al Ain

TOO SMART TO BE STUPID A brave or rather a stupid thief returned to the same pet store where he had stolen a fish tank, in order to buy goldfish to put in it. Nigel Ball, 52, was nabbed after he decided the best place to buy fish for his fish tank was the same place he stole it from. Staff at the Pets at Home in West Yorkshire store became suspicious when, after buying the fish, the man insisted on buying a similar looking fish tank, which was stolen from the shop a few days earlier. In order to clear doubts they asked the man to fill out a form with his contact details, which he didn’t think twice about doing and was later arrested by the local police at his residence in Wakefeild. He also admitted the charges of boldly lifting the fish tank off the shelf and simply walking out of the store. Furthermore, he mentioned that he stole the fish tank for his daughter after he had broken her old one while cleaning it. Beautiful view of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – By: Nazee Farvez

ENVIRONMENT

THROW OUT THE MEAT AND DAIRY

Meat and dairy lovers should consider reducing consumption of animal foods as it is the most effective way to reduce the carbon ‘FoodPrint’. Meat and dairy products not only harm your waistline, but the environment too. A recent study indicated that an omnivorous diet requires more than twice the fossil fuel than that of a vegetarian. Remember, every meal makes a difference, so why not begin by switching to a veggie option to at least once a week? 8

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In response to our question “What would you like to see in Al Ain?” Here is what some of our readers who follow us on Facebook had to say: The concerned authorities should try improving the sanitary system of Green Mubazzarah, and also try installing street lights in the Labor Camp Area in Al Mezyad to prevent road fatalities due to darkness. - Sanaa Hasann A simplified form of street directions and bus numbers should be available for commuters availing public transport. There should be separate waiting areas for women as well. - Huma Zeeshan Saadi More segregated activities for ladies would be a great idea. We need a proper gym, sports facility, beauty, baking, and cooking classes for ladies. Hina Fazal, Rose MHK & Saima Bint Akram Khan I would like to see some action-packed events and adventurous water parks in Al Ain. More rides at Hili Fun City are also a good idea. - Qalby Qalby & Anas Haddad


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Abu Dhabi Awards Hits New Heights In 2013 A record total of 117 different nationalities across the entire Emirate of Abu Dhabi have helped drive Abu Dhabi Awards to another successful nomination campaign.

to reach out to as many communities as possible through Abu Dhabi Awards 2013,” said the Abu Dhabi Awards organising committee in a statement.

With the six week nomination period now over, the organising committee is going through the 29,600 nominations that have been made, as part of the next phase of the Awards.

“It is very pleasing to see so many different nationalities taking part and it has brought a fresh and exciting feel to the nominations we received this year.”

A review process will then determine who will receive an Abu Dhabi Award from His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, during a ceremony at the end of the year.

Nominations submitted by women were also a major factor during the campaign, totalling around 6,500, more than double the number in 2011.

In addition to expatriates from the Middle East, Europe and North America, representing some of the 117 different nationalities, there was an involvement from those originating from more unusual countries such as Eritrea, Vietnam and the Falkland Islands. In 2011, when the last Abu Dhabi Awards took place, there were 62 nationalities who nominated their local heroes. “Abu Dhabi is a truly multicultural society and we were determined

du offers free credit transfer service Du communications has announced a change in its credit transfer service, One 2 One. As part of the service, customers can transfer credit with lifetime validity between prepaid mobile lines free of charge through the More Time option only. Transferring credit through the More Credit option will no longer be available. “As part of our commitment to customer satisfaction, we always make our valued customers aware of changes in our existing product and service propositions. I’m glad that our customers can enjoy credit transfers with lifetime validity and completely free of charge,” said Fahad Al Hassawi, Chief Commercial Officer, du. Credit transfers can be multiples of Dh1, in values of Dhs2-Dhs200 (for example: Dhs5, Dhs55, Dhs101 and so on). Customers can transfer credit to up to 25 friends in one day, with the amount of transfer either equal to, or less than the available balance in their More Time account. To transfer Dhs30 to a mobile number, Pay as you Go customers need only to dial *121*mobile number*30#.

Involving all individuals from the entire Emirate was a further achievement with the Western Region’s participation rising by 150% this year. And finally the youth also helped drive the nomination figure with participation taking a 12% share of the total – a 10% increase from 2011. People can stay up to date on Abu Dhabi Awards 2013 until and through the ceremony at the end of the year at www. abudhabiawards.ae.

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Arab film studio winners announced

Arab Film Studio is an Image Nation initiative run in partnership with twofour54. The program has the goal of giving those with filmmaking talent the chance to succeed. This year’s cycle began with thirteen filmmakers taking part in the three-month long Arab Film Studio training programme, which included two weeks of masterclasses with leading professionals and specially designed sessions run by twofour54. That was then shortlisted to six participants who all worked on the final edit using twofour54’s post production facilities and editors. The finalists were: 1. Mr. Ideas – Belal Anteple (Syria), 2. In Her Eyes – Sara Saber (Egypt), 3. A Heated Interview – Muneer Al Busaidi (Oman), 4. Smoke – Mohamed Islem Cherchali (Algeria), 5. Longing – Allegra Hamilton (USA), 6. Recycled – Saleh Al Shunnar (UAE) The judging panel for the finalists was made up of film professionals and included Hollywood star Jude Law, David Frankel, the director of the Oscar nominated ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ and Emirati film director Nawaf Al-Janahi. Mohamed Al Mubarak, Chairman of Image Nation, said: “This has been another exceptional year for Arab Film Studio which culminated in a ceremony showcasing the movie making talent that is developing in the region. There is real passion from everyone involved in Arab Film Studio and we wish to thank everyone who took part, congratulate the finalists and winners and encourage even more people to step forward and show us what they can do next year.”

New spa opens in Al Ain

Al Ain has just welcomed a luxurious new destination heralding a new standard for ladies spa excellence. The ladies-only Rein De L’ Art Spa and Beauty Center has officially opened its doors, marked by a successful grand opening event held at the luxury spa on July 5th. Rein De L’ Art Spa and Beauty Center provides a haven of wellness in the heart of the Garden City, with a unique holistic approach to wellness which combines beauty, spa and overall wellness under one roof. The spa encourages a day-club experience, dedicated to creating a space for guests to not only enjoy pampering body and beauty treatments, but also socialize and relax. Guests can expect an extreme repertoire of luxurious and exclusive spa treatments, services and products. Services include an extensive menu of facial and nail treatments, Moroccan baths and so much more. The spa is conveniently located in the Ayla Hotel M2 Business Center. For more information call 03-780-3020 or check out their website at www.reinedelart-uae.com.


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Childhood Obesity in Abu Dhabi Emirate With the increasing global burden of overweight/obesity among children and adolescents, a newly published study in the United Arab Emirates reported some important findings in relation to the levels, scale, trends, and risk factors for childhood obesity.

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Relevant data was collected from a total of 1440 students (grade 1-12) who were randomly selected from 23 out of 246 public schools and their parents in Abu Dhabi, Al Gharbia, and Al Ain. The study used internationally recognized methods to classify children’s weight status. The study results showed that in all age groups, the overall prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity was 34% (14.2% overweight and 19.8% obese) among Emirati children and adolescents - both boys and girls combined – according to body mass index percentiles. Also, the study revealed age-related variation in the prevalence of childhood overweight/obesity; 22.8 % in the age group 6-10 years, 40.1% in the age groups 11-15 years and 39% in the age group 16-19 years with overweight being more common amongst girls, and obesity being more common amongst boys. It has also been observed that the prevalence of underweight was 8.3% among all children, despite the improved care and lifestyle. However, there were no differences in the prevalence of obesity in the three main region of Abu Dhabi Emirate.

The results also showed that the levels of physical activity and consumption of fruits and vegetables were, in general, suboptimal across all age groups and that childhood obesity was associated with increasing levels of blood pressure. The research highlighted the importance of developing a national strategy to not only improve the current levels of childhood obesity, but also to prevent the deleterious health consequences of childhood obesity. The investigators recommended improving consumption of fruits and vegetables, and increasing the level of physical activities.

1,598 prisoners freed from UAE prisons for Ramadan More than 1,500 prisoners in Abu Dhabi and Dubai have been pardoned and released from jail to celebrate Ramadan with their families. The President, Sheikh Khalifa, pardoned 973 prisoners in the capital. In a further gesture, Sheikh Khalifa also promised to settle all the pardoned prisoners' financial commitments that had arisen as a result of their court cases. Hundreds of prisoners in Dubai are also to be released on the orders of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai. So far, 625 inmates from penal and correctional institutions in Dubai have been pardoned. Essam Al Humaidan, Dubai's attorney general, said public prosecution and Dubai Police had already started procedures to assist in the immediate release of the prisoners so that they could be reunited with their families either in the UAE or abroad - for the start of Ramadan. This is an edited version of a story that originally appeared in The National newspaper on 9 July, 2013. For the full version, please go to www.thenational.ae

The Source and Etihad Airways are sending one lucky winner to Kuala Lumpur! This Ramadan Etihad Airways is giving away a Coral Economy Class ticket to Kuala Lumpur for one lucky winner.

WIN 1 FREE TICKET TO KUALA LUMPUR! Simply answer these questions correctly and submit your answers to competition@thesourceuae.com by 4 August, 2013. 1. In what year did fasting begin? 2. What is the name of the door in heaven which people who fast will enter? 3. How many Ramadans did Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) fast?

Winner and answers will be revealed in our Eid issue!

CHECK-IN AT AL AIN AIRPORT NOW OPEN! l Check in for your Etihad Airways flight at Al Ain Airport between 24 and 6 hours before departure l Drop your luggage and receive boarding card leaving your journey to and through Abu Dhabi Airport baggage and hassle free l Until 31 August 2013, receive an additional 5kgs baggage allowance* on your outbound journey

*Does not apply to the following destinations: Ahmedabad, Chicago, Hyderabad, Kozhikode, Maldives, Melbourne, Minsk, New York, Peshawar, Sao Paolo, Seychelles, Sydney, Toronto, Thiruvananthapuram, Washington D.C.

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When the results of the current study were compared with results from circa ten years ago, there was an increasing trend of obesity in all age groups. In addition, the study showed that parental body weight was a clear risk factor for childhood obesity. However, the causal mechanism underlying this association (familial or environmental) has not yet been identified.


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sports Mubarak Muhammad Al Ketbi has a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing. He is an international licensed football coach and the manager of the United Sports Academy in Al Ain. He is extremely passionate about sports and the Al Ain Football Team.

The Shocker of Etisalat’s Final Cup

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The outstanding performances of the players and coaches kept the heat on the field and the fans sitting on the edge of their seats this past season.

TRADES AND TACTICS: Numerous trades and the unexpected shuffling of line-ups fired the intensity of the games; some of which were more successful than others! The sky was the limit for trades as well; for instance, trading Majed Nasser and Majed Hasan to Al Ahli, Adnan Hussain from Bani Yas to Al Ahli, which lightened the right corner for Al Ahli but killed the left corner of their opponents - not to mention shifting Muhammad Ahmad from Al Shabab to Al Ain, and Al Ain’s fourfold to Al Dhafra.

The Etisalat Cup Final, which ranks 2nd in the Pro Leagues, witnessed multiple unexpected surprises. I have to admit, some of the plays were quite predictable, but I highly doubt that anyone could have foreseen the final outcome. The uncertainty with which players were being traded and coaches replaced, was a thrilling and hot topic of discussion throughout the entire year!

DIBBA AL FUJAIRAH, THE UNPREDICTABLE UNDERDOG: Dibba Al Fujairah had a terrible start this season, facing one loss after another. But once Emirati coach Abdullah Misfer stepped in, it was as though they let the genie out of the bottle. The turning point for the underdogs was defeating Al Jazira, who until then reigned undefeated. Subsequently they crushed Al Ahli, in their next game without mercy! Seriously, who would have predicted that Dibba, with their feeble season, would defeat the top guns in the end! It was an unforgettable moment watching this team’s refusal to surrender!

THE DAUNTING AL AHLI TEAM: Al Ahli started the Etisalat Cup competition playing against Al Ain with an arrogant attitude declaring “you are next”. They were expected to be triumphant this year; especially when they defeated Al Ain by 6 goals in a single game. Once again however, the Mighty Violet pulled out all the stops and impressed the crowd by stealing the cup two consecutive years in a row!

EMIRATI COACHES MOVING THEIR WAY UP: Emirati coaches are leaving their mark and are no longer being called in solely during critical times or prior to a collapse. Bani Yas’s Emirati coach Salem Al Arifi with the Bani Yas prepared his team to win the Gulf Championship, Eid Baroot did an amazing job coaching Al Wasl, and Abdullah Misfer orchestrated phenomenal performances with the Dibba Al Fujairah team. These coaches proved their value and were an essential part of the triumphs we witnessed this past year. They embraced the challenge, lead and coached their players wisely and in truth, are champions themselves!

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Spirit of Ramadan

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By Yussif Abdu Salam

here do we find the words to convey the emotions, the profundity, the extraordinary depths and the divine heights of this holy month of Ramadan?

Trying to describe the internal experience of this month is an extremely difficult task, as there is much more to Ramadan than simply praying and fasting. And if truth be known, the inner aspects of these practices are an intensely personal and intimate experience. Ramadan is a very unique month, uniting families, friends and strangers in an experience that is both collective and personal.

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It is a colorful time of the year, as lights and decorations adorn the city to capture the festive atmosphere. Public recitations of the Quran take place each evening at neighborhood mosques that in some cases are so congested that prayer rugs are placed under the open night sky for long nights of quiet reflection and prayer. The ambiance of Ramadan creates a multi-sensory environment for an individual's quiet and very personal spiritual growth. Muslims worldwide observe total fasting (no food or water) between dawn to sunset in the month of Ramadan. They do so not for losing weight or any medical benefit, but as it is ordained in Qur'an which says: "O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those who came before you; that you will perhaps be God-fearing." [Al-Qur'an 2:183] According to Islamic Law, children below the age of 12, sick patients, travelers, and women who are menstruating or nursing a baby are exempt from fasting. In addition to staying away


feature from food or water for the whole day, they are asked to stay away from sexual intercourse, smoking or misconduct during the period of fast. In addition, they are encouraged to do more acts of piety i.e. prayer, charity, or reading the Qur'an during this month. By virtue of this, the significance of Islam’s holiest month can change throughout one’s life depending on how one perceives and practices the faith. Ramadan has been my favorite time of the year for as long as I can remember, although the reasons for this have evolved over time. When I was younger, I enjoyed Ramadan mostly for the sense of togetherness it encouraged. I would find myself spending quality time with loved ones and friends more often than usual as we gathered to break our daily fasts with a meal known as Iftar, served at sunset. A long day of fasting emphasizes appreciation for food, making meal times more flavorful and the presence of good company more enjoyable. As my interest and understanding of Islam developed, the value of Ramadan took on a greater significance in my spiritual routine. Ramadan can be rigorous on the body and mind. This is not only because of the fasting – your body can quickly adapt to reduce consumption but rather as a result of the spiritual routines that can be challenging both physically and mentally. These include additional prayers, devoting more time offering supplications, giving charity, and reading the Quran. Islam, which means ‘submission’ in English, refers to individuals who live in a state of submission to God. As a Muslim, I espouse belief in one God, and believe wholeheartedly that God has sent Guides to humanity through numerous prophets the last of whom was Muhammad (PBUH). The Last Prophet’s revelations began in Ramadan and continued for more than two decades to form the Quran, or ‘The Recitation’ in English; God’s message for all of humanity. As stated in Hadith, every act of goodness is rewarded. Rewards are given based on the sincerity of the intention. Fasting is the only worship about which Allah (God) has said that He Himself is the reward for it. This means that one develops such a close relationship with Allah that Allah Himself becomes the helper.

Ramadan falls on the ninth month of the Iunar Islamic calendar and every year, the start of the month moves back about 11 days on the solar calendar. Every 33 years, Ramadan will cycle through each calendar day from January to December. By showing us the difficulty one faces in refraining from food and drink, fasting helps promote kindness and generosity toward the poor. Many affluent Muslims will sponsor free meals, known as Mawaed Al Rahman, each day of Ramadan. These meals ensure less-affluent Muslims break their fast with a nutritious, delicious meal. Each night, Muslims gather for voluntary prayers known as Taraweeh, during which large portions of the Quran are recited. These prayers take place every evening after the Isha prayer and are typically performed in congregation. Furthermore, all able Muslims are required to pay zakat, a type of alms based on the amount of wealth a person accumulates in a full lunar year. It is the third pillar of Islam, and ethics are involved in giving zakat and it must not be given with arrogance, or to show off. The ultimate goal of givers must be to please Allah. Zakat must also be paid from legitimately earned sources by the end of Ramadan. The last ten days of Ramadan are especially sacred because on one of these nights, the Last Prophet (PBUH) received his first divine revelation through the archangel Gabriel in 610 AD. Known as Laylat al-Qadr, or the night of power or destiny, prayers during this night carry immense weight. Laylat al-Qadr is most-widely believed to be on the 27th night of Ramadan, although it could fall on one of the nights of the last 10 days. Many Muslims spend these nights in prayer, some secluding themselves in mosques in devotion to God. Spiritually, the month promises immense rewards. Year in and year out, Ramadan is the same, but the way we draw benefit from it shifts throughout our lives depending on how we approach it. Ramadan is a long-awaited visitor. There is no guarantee that any of us will be here to experience the pleasures and joys of another Ramadan. Life is too short for hurt or anger, bitterness or resentment. Tell those you love, you love them. Fill your life with goodness. Forget grudges. Forget it all. It’s immaterial. Ramadan is a time for change, and the real test is whether this change will last beyond Ramadan. That’s the challenge. Look ahead, and let this kindness extend all the way to the next Ramadan.

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Etdal is a mother of 3 living in Al Ain. She keeps up to date on the latest trends in beauty, fashion and health. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and hopes to inspire you to feel fabulous and look your best!

Do it yourself

Beauty Tips It's no secret that beauty comes from within – but is it possible that it can also be from within your refrigerator? You bet it can! Want a radiant complexion, shiny hair and soft smooth skin? Well you can do it yourself without spending a fortune. Here are some simple and easy ways to achieve amazing results using three ingredients or less which are likely to be located in your pantry or refrigerator. Honey & Almond Face Mask: Moisturizing your face is essential for preventing wrinkles and fine lines from appearing later on. You should start taking care of your skin at a young age. Of course, the last thing you want to do is risk putting harsh chemicals on your skin so you can start with this homemade remedy. Ingredients: 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp ground almonds, Water Directions: 1. Mix the honey and almonds together, and then add just enough water to make the mixture into a spreadable paste. 2. Apply the mask onto a cleansed f 3. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes 4. Rinse off thoroughly and pat dry. Remember to use a toner after you wash your face, followed by a moisturizer! Avocado & Olive Oil Hair Mask: There are several versions to this avocado hair mask, but the basic principles of creating it are the same in all cases. I’m giving you the recipe that I use, but feel free to follow any recipe that inspires you. Whatever avocado hair mask recipe you use, make sure to follow my instructions for optimal results. Ingredients: 2 ripe avocados, 1 cup of olive oil What you need: A bowl, Blow dryer, Shower cap or towel. Directions: 1. In a bowl, smash the avocadoes, then add the olive oil 2. Mix together until they reach a creamy consistency 3. Apply mixture only to the ends of your hair (avoid the roots; as it will make your hair look greasy). 4. Wrap a towel or shower cap over your hair and sit in the sun or run a blow-dryer over your head for 10-15 minutes. 5. Rinse with cold water; do not shampoo and only use conditioner 6. Enjoy your silky, soft hair Coconut Vanilla Brown Sugar Body Scrub: This scrub will leave your skin feeling luxurious and smelling heavenly! It’s my absolute favorite DIY body scrub and it stores really great too. So go ahead and double up the ingredients and store it in a tightly sealed container. Ingredients: 1 cup of brown sugar, ½ cup of coconut oil, 1 tsp of vanilla extract. Directions: 1. In a small bowl whisk the coconut oil and brown sugar until the mixture is smooth. Add the vanilla extract and combine until well incorporated. 2. Massage body scrub over damp skin in circular motions concentrating on the driest areas like your elbows and knees. 3. Rinse in the shower and follow up with a body oil or lotion. Remember, these are all natural wonders, no chemicals, no sulfites, just the lovely qualities of nature’s best!


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By J.J. Green

n every one of our past issues we have had a little something to share in Stuff for Men that has for the most part, revolved around cars, bikes, gadgets or some other macho topic of interest. In this issue, we are going to dedicate our Stuff for Men page to a wonderful and amazing topic; one that I am certain the enlightened men among us will agree has been long overdue in recognizing. I am, of course referring to the wives that we have been blessed with. It is generally believed that the difference between men and women is enormous. Women and men differ in almost every imaginable aspect of human life, especially when it comes to psychology.

Let’s take a closer look at some very interesting and unique facts about these magnificent creatures that will amaze both gentlemen and female readers alike! •

The word “woman” is believed to have derived from the Middle English term wyfman, broken down simply as the wife (wyf) of man.

The two highest IQ's ever recorded belong to women.

The average number of items in a typical woman's bathroom is 437. A man would not be able to identify most of these items.

If a man goes on a sevenday trip, he'll pack five days worth of clothes and will wear some things twice; if a woman goes on a seven-day trip she'll pack 21 outfits because she doesn't know what she'll feel like wearing each day.

Women never have anything to wear. Don't question the racks of clothes in the closet; you "just don't understand".

Women need to cry. And they won't do it alone unless they know you can hear them.

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Women will always ask questions that have no right answer, in an effort to trap you into feeling guilty.

Women don't understand the appeal of sports. Men seek entertainment that allows them to escape reality. Women seek entertainment that reminds them of how horrible things could be.

Women do not want an honest answer to the question, "How do I look?"

Women do not want an honest answer to the question, "Is that girl good-looking?"

When a woman answers, "I'm fine" after a few seconds, she is not fine.

Women have a hard time admitting when they are wrong. This means that they hardly ever apologize, so when they do, you better savor the moment. They are stubborn and think that they are always right.

Women are never wrong. Apologizing is the man's responsibility.

Women can’t keep secrets. They eat away at them from the inside. And they don’t view it as being untrustworthy, providing they only tell two or three people.

A woman spends an average of 2 years of her life time looking at herself in the mirror; a man spends 6 months.

These are all amazing facts that I believe we can as men identify with and although we recognize them through personal experience, I doubt that we will ever fully comprehend the complexity of the female mind. I can’t speak for all of my brothers out there but I can tell you that I have been extremely blessed in marriage and cannot imagine a day without my wife or the two wonderful children that brighten our lives. We’re certainly very different than our female counterparts (thank God)! They do however, bring a lot of joy and love into our lives, and I honestly doubt that any of us could imagine a world without them in it! God bless our mothers, our wives, our sisters and our daughters!


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enowned UAE calligrapher, Mohammed Mandi, has carved a niche for himself in the world of art by combining calligraphy with drawing and thereby e a r n i n g s p e c i a l recognition on a regional and international level. Among his many accolades, Mandi's calligraphy adorns the coins of the UAE, Bahrain and Syria in addition to passports across the Arab world, including the UAE. He has designed numerous logos of government institutions, ministries and private trading establishments in the emirates. He is also the calligraphy designer of the Islamic Forum in Penzberg, Germany and the 99 names and attributes of Allah written on the Qibla wall of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. The renowned artist, and one of the only master calligraphers in the Middle East, was keen on sharing his past 30 years of flourishing experiences with our readers. What inspired you to discover calligraphy? Mohammed Mandi: I was born into a family of artists. I remember seeing calligraphy for the first time in a textbook when I was 15 years old. It was like looking at a picture, not letters or words and I was fascinated by its beauty.

Mohammed Mandi The master of quill and ink By Mehak Alam

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Did you study calligraphy with the intension of becoming a master or was it a hobby? Mohammed Mandi: I began to absorb as much information as I could about calligraphy after I discovered it in the textbook. I left the UAE after high school and enrolled in the Arabic Calligraphy Improvement School in Cairo. My instructor Syed Ibrahim, a well-known calligrapher, was so impressed with my self-taught knowledge that he allowed me to bypass the first half of the four-year course. I graduated in 1977, and then moved to Istanbul to pursue further training. Turkey has five different calligraphy schools and a rich tradition of calligraphy, so it was the best place to perfect my art. What are critical skills that an artist has to encompass to become a master? Mohammed Mandi: They have to be patient. Detailing and perfection are what identify a gifted calligrapher. I spent a great deal of time studying and mastering the proportion of letters, which is an important skill requiring accurate and precise dimensions. It is meticulous work - a single piece can take years - but I never think about the time, only the finished product. What do you love the most about calligraphy? Mohammed Mandi: I love the moment when the first drop of ink hits the white paper. I hear an echo in my heart as the ink and paper connect and it’s so powerful that my work varies depending on the resonance of that initial contact. I also love the powerful influence of the ink. It expresses more than just words and characters; it articulates emotion.


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What was the most gratifying tribute you received throughout your career? Mohammed Mandi: It came from the late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. I presented him with a portrait that was designed of him, using the letters of his name. When I presented it to him at the 25th Accession Day of the UAE President Ceremony at Al Ain Municipality, he was thrilled and said, “This is what I call real art.” It was an incredible moment. It was a challenge to create such an exceptional yet simple piece of work. I worked extremely hard on perfecting something that would amaze him and felt deeply rewarded to hear those words. I understand that you also teach calligraphy, do you enjoy it? Mohammed Mandi: Definitely, it’s a great feeling to educate today’s youth about this ancient art form. In Islam it says that anything you learn in life should be passed on, so for me, teaching is very important. In order to keep the art alive I have to work hard and sow seeds in the coming generations of the country. Youngsters in my class with talent are like seedlings that need care and attention in order to one day grow in to trees. I love passing on my knowledge and it is the only way to keep the art alive. How do you encourage young people to continue calligraphy? Mohammed Mandi: I try my best to make the lessons exciting, interesting and entertaining which isn’t a difficult task, given that there is extreme joy and pleasure in creating art. My students are full of enthusiasm and with guidance and constructive criticism, they are capable of reaching great heights. What critical qualities should an artist possess? Mohammed Mandi: A combination of passion, patience and constancy. Where can your work be found? Mohammed Mandi: My work can be found in palaces of the royal family, and in institutions such as New Dubai Hospital, Ministry of

Justice Court, Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters, Islamic Forum in Penzberg, Germany, on walls of mosques in the UAE, India and other countries, on the emblems of Al Fujairah National Bank, Abu Dhabi Fishermen’s Co-operative Society and the Private Housing Finance Program in Dubai to name a few. Do you offer lessons in Al Ain? Mohammed Mandi: Yes, I conduct a calligraphy class every Tuesday at the Al Qattara Arts Center. The creative, innovative and inspirational calligraphy artist is also the master who developed the thematic ADEC Logo “IQRAA” that expresses the originality of the UAE and its deep rooted Arab culture and heritage. He held a number of famous exhibitions including “Zayed Quotes” Art Gallery and was honored by the former French president Mr. Jacques Chirac and other world presidents for his contributions. Prior to ending our interesting chat, I asked Mr.Mandi to impart some words of wisdom about life and the pursuit of success, and this is what he shared:

Life Lessons

• Love whatever you do and it will never feel like a burden. • Hard work and patience are the keys to success. • Try doing things that set you apart from the rest, but make sure you don’t lose the essence of what you are trying to do. • Every failure is a free lesson to learn from. The Source

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Ramadan 2013 / 1434 Prayer Timings

DAY

RAMADAN

GREGORIAN

FAJR / IMSAK

SUNRISE

DHUHR

ASR

MAGHRIB / IFTAR

ISHA

Wed

1

10/7

4:07

5:35

12:23

3:44

7:09

8:39

Thu

2

11/7

4:08

5:36

12:23

3:44

7:09

8:39

Fri

3

12/7

4:08

5:36

12:23

3:44

7:09

8:39

Sat

4

13/7

4:09

5:37

12:23

3:45

7:09

8:39

Sun

5

14/7

4:09

5:37

12:23

3:45

7:08

8:38

Mon

6

15/7

4:10

5:38

12:23

3:45

7:08

8:38

Tue

7

16/7

4:11

5:38

12:24

3:46

7:08

8:38

Wed

8

17/7

4:11

5:39

12:24

3:46

7:08

8:38

Thu

9

18/7

4:12

5:39

12:24

3:46

7:07

8:37

Fri

10

19/7

4:13

5:39

12:24

3:46

7:07

8:37

Sat

11

20/7

4:13

5:40

12:24

3:47

7:07

8:37

Sun

12

21/7

4:14

5:40

12:24

3:47

7:06

8:36

Mon

13

22/7

4:15

5:41

12:24

3:47

7:06

8:36

Tue

14

23/7

4:15

5:41

12:24

3:47

7:06

8:36

Wed

15

24/7

4:15

5:41

12:24

3:47

7:05

8:35

Thu

16

25/7

4:17

5:42

12:24

3:48

7:05

8:35

Fri

17

26/7

4:17

5:43

12:24

3:48

7:04

8:34

Sat

18

27/7

4:18

5:43

12:24

3:48

7:04

8:34

Sun

19

28/7

4:19

5:44

12:24

3:48

7:03

8:33

Mon

20

29/7

4:19

5:44

12:24

3:48

7:03

8:33

Tue

21

30/7

4:20

5:44

12:24

3:49

7:02

8:32

Wed

22

31/7

4:21

5:45

12:24

3:49

7:02

8:32

Thu

23

1/8

4:21

5:45

12:24

3:49

7:01

8:31

Fri

24

2/8

4:22

5:46

12:24

3:49

7:00

8:30

Sat

25

3/8

4:23

5:46

12:24

3:49

7:00

8:30

Sun

26

4/8

4:23

5:47

12:24

3:49

6:59

8:29

Mon

27

5/8

4:24

5:47

12:23

3:49

6:58

8:28

Tue

28

6/8

4:24

5:48

12:23

3:49

6:58

8:28

Wed

29

7/8

4:24

5:48

12:23

3:49

6:58

8:28

Note: Fajr means both Fajr Athan (Azan) and Imsak (starting fast) and Maghrib means both Maghrib Athan (Azan) and Iftar (breaking fast). 22

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business

When the

Cats Away

the Mice will Play

W By Flo Joe

hen the cat's away, the mice will play, is a term most people can relate to when the boss isn’t around. Whether they are on vacation or just away from their desk, some employees act like teenagers whose parents are out of town in the absence of management!

They sneak out early or come in late. They chitchat with co-workers more frequently, usually about non-work related things, make personal phone calls, take extra-long lunch breaks and maybe even go out for coffee and dessert. Many employees do it, but why? In the financial and banking industry, where a manager is almost always present, cases like this are rare. But in sectors like marketing and IT, this type of behavior is so rampant that HR departments have started setting up CCTV cameras all around their office premises. For the next two weeks, my boss is on a well deserved vacation. As I consider the next fortnight without him at the helm, I think about the range of options that I have. How hard will I be working? Will anything be different? Should anything be different? There are three options that we all have when our boss is away. The choice that we make tells us a lot about our attitude and can signify the sort of career we can expect in the future. Option 1: Slack off. Take advantage of the opportunity to come in late, leave early, take a couple of sick days or just do the bare minimum. Don’t worry about the big pile of work that’s building up, you’ll just work extra hard when the boss gets back.

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The problem with this response is twofold. Firstly, it shows a lack of integrity. Remember, integrity is “who you are when noone’s looking.” Anyone can look like they’re working hard when someone’s looking over their shoulder, but it takes character to operate effectively without supervision or instruction. Secondly, if you take advantage of the chance to slack off, you miss out on the opportunity to further your development, take on extra responsibility and build your reputation as a trustworthy, responsible employee. Option 2: Don’t change a thing. Just because your boss is away doesn’t mean that you have to lower your standard; so perhaps you just come into work and operate as if nothing has changed. Basically, work hard and go home, with the satisfaction that you’ve performed adequately in your manager’s absence. This is a reasonable response, and it certainly beats option 1, but I can’t help feel that there’s still a more resourceful option to choose from, which leads me to the next choice. Option 3: Step it up. If your boss is away, why not take advantage of the opportunity to increase your influence and provide some leadership? I’m not talking about a bloodless coup, but about becoming the sort of person who can be relied on for direction, energy and ideas. Take the initiative to assure your team that they can still function effectively despite the managers’ absence. This option is the one that will have the greatest long-term impact on your future career. By stepping up, you show those around you that you have leadership skills, initiative and ambition. It gives you a greater understanding of your organization and helps your manager (and others) see you as a credible option when the time comes to promote someone from within. The next time your boss goes away, don’t take your foot off the pedal and don’t just go through the motions as if nothing’s changed. Step up, take on more responsibility and prove that you have what it takes to be a leader. It’s probably also a good idea to wish your boss a great vacation. So have a great time Mr. Mohamed, we’ll miss you around the office, and we’ll also be making sure that we choose option 3.


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city reviews

See what's going on in Al Ain from June 11th to 24th

RAMADAN ACTIVITIES Ayla Hotel: Enjoy a lavish Iftar Buffet at Ayla Restaurant. AED95 adults, kids under 12 are subject to 50% discount and kids under 6 eat for FREE. Call 03 746 0903 or email f.b@aylahotels.com or visit www.aylahotels.com Al Ain Rotana: This Ramadan spend quality time with family and friends. Suhoor: AED49, Iftar: AED139.Call 03 754 5111 or visit email : fb.alain@rotana.com; 037545111 or visit www.rotana. com/alainrotana Ain Al Faida OnetoOne Hotel & Resort: Enjoy your Iftar at Glass House this Ramadan. AED99 adults, kids under 12 are subject to 50% discount and kids under 5 eat for FREE. Call 03 701 4444 or email info.ainalfaida@onetoonehotels.com or visit www.onetoonehotels.com Danat Al Ain Resort: Relax and Enjoy memorable Iftar evenings at Luce. AED99 per peson. Call 03 704 6000, email fnb.alain@ danathotels.com or visit www.danathotels.com/Hotels-Resorts/ Danat-Al-Ain-Resort Ramadan and Eid Festival 2013: Experience festivity and an ambiance of togetherness during the month of Ramadan! July 21-August 11, Ramadan Timings: 8:30pm-2:30am & Eid Timings:4pm-12am. Free Admission. Al Khabisi Hall-2. Al Ain Convention Centre. Call 03 763 7686 or visit www.adnec.ae/ al-ain-convention-centre/whatson Khatam Al Shakla Festival: Experience an array of cultural activities. Starting on the 1st Day of Ramadan, until the 3rd day of Eid, 8pm-2am. Heritage Theme Park-Al Ain Sportplex. Call 050 8396967 or email moonface.pledges@gmail.com

Al Yahar Modern SUMMER CAMPS Restaurant By Mehak Alam

We've all faced the dilemma of trying to find healthy food while dining out. Just the other day a friend of mine introduced me to a hidden gem right in the heart of the city, which serves healthy yet budget friendly food options.

Sayfuna Momayaz: A range of educational, constructive and planned activities that will keep your kid busy during the summers. From now untill July 24. Admission Free. Various schools in Al Ain. Call 02 443 9373 or visit www.adec.ac.ae/ en/mediacenter/events/ sayfunamumayaz2013/ Summer Camp: Get into the summer spirit. Until 15th August, 8:30am-2pm. Admission from AED 99. Danat Al Ain Resort. Call 03 704 6103 or email info.alain@danathotels. com or visit www.danathotels. com/Hotels-Resorts/Danat-AlAin-Resort

The décor of the restaurant is detailed with an Emirati traditional feel. Guests have the choice of either dining at a table with chairs or they can opt for floor seating in one of the private family areas – which is what we decided on. The restaurant doesn’t look very elegant or modern (contradictory to the name) but this is part of its charm. The food is so tasty that it is very easy to forgive the look. Takeout orders are super fast and you can place your orders at the door on the left hand side of the building. We ordered Emirati Harees, Grilled Fish, Yemini Lamb Mandi which was accompanied by tomato chutney, yogurt and salad. When the food finally arrived we were blown away. We were presented with a large plate of rice each and a whole grilled fish on another plate. Gulp! The fish was absolutely delicious, grilled with the traditional mix of Arab spices called biz’har. The whole meal set us back AED70 –which was a steal of a deal considering the generous servings. This little gem is located close to Al Jahli Park and it’s on the same street as the Specialized Medical Care Hospital. Al Yahar Modern Restaurant is a must for food lovers who want a healthy and delicious meal in a comfy setting away from home. The Source

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culture & heritage

Lead your brother, he has lost his way

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By Dr.Talal Mohammed Al Darwich

s Ibn Jinn stated in his book Al Khasa’is, “Some have mislead the true message of the Sharia Law and have mislead its followers from the right path only because they underestimated the power of this dignified Arabic language. They have shown a sign of weakness and impatience by withdrawing away from it. Perhaps, if they only had kindness or conductance towards it, it would have protected them from the despair of approaching it. “Failure to comprehend and interpret properly the strength and profound beauty of our language, as taught by our Prophet Muhammad PBUH, is aberrance and those who stray from its meaning are in need of guidance to bring them back to the right path and ultimately prevent disconnection from their culture and heritage.

our language is no longer needed or of interest to us and that we no longer require its classical form to survive in any aspect of modern living. We have, in fact, replaced it with a more relevant form of communicating. Then why all this trouble to invite us back to learn and even perfect our neglected language?

In essence we are told; “Lead your brother for he has lost his way.”

It’s the big challenge which was insufflated in to Muhammad (PBUH) heart. But Allah wanted to transfer the whole world after him in to another new perspective by thinking, meditation and reflection. We can find our links to our culture and heritage by this language which Allah has honored us with.

I use this introduction dear brothers and sisters, as a means of reintroducing and reinforcing the relationship between reading and knowing the culture and heritage of your nation. It is indisputable that reading is the doorway to gaining knowledge. Whether it is science or the quest of any other form of awareness, reading and the thorough comprehension of applicable literature is paramount to success. Without such comprehension, misconceptions can overwhelm us to the point of never knowing or fully understanding where we came from. Without reading and mastering his language, man can never truly pilot his own ship. Should he however, become the master of his own language, he will sow seeds that will eventually bear the fruit of limitless knowledge. You may say that I am overreacting, or exaggerating the problem at hand. Perhaps you believe that linguistic perfection requires some form of genius that most will never possess. You may even think that 26

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My humble response, whether it pleases you or not, is that your language is who you are! Respect is garnered from others through self respect and as a people, much of our cultural understanding is derived from our language and its appreciation. I often listen to people speak of generational comparisons; the old generations versus modern ones. The debates usually end up twisted with no valid purpose served or conclusions rendered. The topic of discussion is extremely complex but can be simplified by asking ourselves some basic questions. Where are you in relation to your heritage? How can you connect with your past? To do this my brothers and sisters, allow me to take us back to the initial premise that knowledge of our heritage is born from reading. It is the string that links our past, our present, and our future. Our language is a gift and a blessing as stated and demonstrated in the Holy Quran: No falsehood can approach it from before or behind it: It is sent down by One Full of Wisdom, Worthy of all Praise.

Imagine a person that comes from a culture they know nothing about? Then further imagine that person knowing nothing of their heritage or the history of their nation? There would be little difference between such a person and one who lives in a lonely forest at the edge of the world, away from mankind, civilization and development. Heartbreaking and tragic, I contend. Lest we forget, every scientific achievement, invention or form of creativity given to us by our ancestors, is revealed through some form of literature and it is our duty to pass these same gifts on to those who survive us so that they may understand their origins and ultimately who they are.


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health & lifestyle

Dr. Nadia Hussain

MBBS, MSc Str.M.Bio (UK), PhD (c)

Dr. Nadia is a physician pursuing her PhD in Physiology from UAE University. She is the Chief Editor for Capsule (UAEU), author of Fragments of my Time (Minwa Press) and an award winning poet.

Secrets to increasing your metabolism

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ave you ever seen people who can eat so much yet never seem to gain a pound? What about those who seem to look at food and gain weight? This all depends on an individual’s metabolism. People with fast metabolisms are rare and very lucky!

But can we change our metabolism for the better? Absolutely. Understanding more about what determines the rate of your metabolism and some natural ways to support it will make a big difference to your waistline and overall health. Our metabolic rate is influenced by the following: Genetics: Your genetic heritage influences the number of fat storage cells you make. New research is showing that genetics plays a much larger role in metabolism, weight loss, and weight loss maintenance than we previously thought. Age: As we grow older, the rate at which we expend energy declines. The hormone known as growth hormone contributes to our faster metabolism when we’re young and growing, but it decreases as we age. Certain foods, such as protein, egg whites, and soy, contain amino acids that can stimulate growth hormone. Body composition: The shape of your body also influences your health and metabolism. Those with an “apple-shape” are more prone to gain weight in the central body. This central fat is more metabolically active than fat distributed in the thighs and hips (“pear-shape”), and can lead to more health issues. Metabolism depends on several factors. It varies between people and also throughout a person’s life. Some factors that set your metabolism can be changed but others cannot, such as your genetics, the natural slowing down of metabolism as you age and your gender. The good news is that you can learn to work with all of these factors (and more) because they are under the continual influence of what you eat and how you live. So you have an opportunity each and every day to make a genuine difference in your metabolism. Here’s how: 28

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Eat more - This doesn’t mean to eat more at every meal but to eat small and frequent meals. People who do this tend to eat less overall. There are several meals that can be eaten this way even if you are a very busy person. Several small portions of fruits, oats, nuts and other healthy snacks eaten throughout the day are considered small meals. Starving yourself actually teaches your body to slow down its metabolism because it saves for, what it thinks, are tough times ahead! Eat right – lean proteins definitely deserve a position at the top of our list of fat burning foods. They’re truly the ultimate in the way of metabolism-stimulating foods. The reason for this is the fact that protein foods have a very high thermic effect. The Thermic Effect of Food (TEF) basically refers to the amount of energy your body expends in digesting and absorbing a food, as well as disposing of any unused waste products. What this means is that turning food into energy creates heat and actually burns calories. Protein has the highest TEF of all foods – 30%. This means that 30% of the calories you consume by eating proteins are actually used up in digesting and processing the food, so you’re actually only gaining 70% of the food’s calories in net terms. Move more – this is about exercise. Time and time again, research shows that aerobic exercise plays a huge role in increasing metabolism. Different activities burn varying amounts of calories. The key is to get your heart pumping and try to aim for at least thirty minutes of high activity. High intensity exercise delivers a bigger, longer increase in resting metabolic rate than low or moderateintensity workouts. Pump some iron – building muscle is a great way to increase your metabolic rate. This can be done by strength training or weight lifting. Muscle burns more calories than fat and the more muscle you have, the higher your metabolic rate will be. The key to strength training and building muscle is slow and steady. Quick bursts of such workouts are more likely to harm than benefit. So take it slow and incorporate muscle workouts in your exercise regimen to reap lasting benefits. Metabolism does slow down when you lose weight because the more weight you carry, the more calories you are burning to sustain this. When you start cutting calories and losing weight, your body will eventually have less to manage and needs fewer calories. To keep losing weight, you will have to further cut your calories so that there is a difference between how much your body needs and how much you give it. Nevertheless eating sensibly and not starving yourself is the way to go.

METABOLISM FACTS: Men have faster metabolic rates than women. Weight is important; surprisingly overweight people have higher metabolic rates. Dehydration can slow down your metabolic rate.


my world

Snowdonia W I L D E S T WA L E S By Marianne Makdisi

Dotted with castles and steam trains, the craggy landscape of Snowdonia provided a wonderful (but wet) family retreat

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my world ive adults, four children under six, all related, sharing a holiday home in North Wales. The grown-ups sipping wine, and watching on as the cousins frolic in a grassy field, pausing only to feed sugar lumps to the horses. Long walks through beautiful countryside and tired kids falling into bed at night.

The first day saw fewer hitches and we relaxed on one of Snowdonia’s many remote stretches of coast. At Black Rock Sands, everything was perfect. The weather was challenging, and the seaweed stringy. There were even tractors chugging down the beach tugging jet skis into the sea. For miles in each direction, our eyes feasted on a backdrop of mountains and castles.

Well, no. Not exactly. But our family holiday to wildest Wales was memorable for so many other reasons. Even if I did discover that being taken to deepest Wales on numerous occasions while growing up in no way prepares you for going as an adult and having to think about things that never even cross our minds in the UAE. Like wellies, waterproofs and socks.

For the next few days, the children discovered – as I did when I was a child – that North Wales is a heavenly place, crisscrossed by steam trains that puff through the valleys pulling shiny carriages. It’s safe to say the locos stole the show, and we rode both the Ffestiniog Railway, the oldest in the world, and the Welsh Highland Railway. Another day we took a train underground to see the Llechwedd Slate Caverns.

The A-team, headed by my brother, set off early in order to arrive in time for the supermarket delivery, arranged by my very capable sister-in-law. Our progress along Britain’s congested motorways was slower as we picked our way through rain. After a one-sided argument with the sat-nav, my father switched it off to rely on his instincts (we used to drive to North Wales every year, 25 years ago), and that’s when the fun started. Towards the end of our journey, we ascended a narrow, mountain road, into the clouds, with the car – having got some barbed wire caught underneath – making strange noises and the comforting thought that we didn’t have road-side assistance and, even if we did, they’d never find us. The path got narrower. We negotiated a tiny bridge (which gave the A-team a flat tyre), and had to open (and close) five gates. Finally, we made it, and collectively sighed with relief. It was drizzling and the location was very remote, but there were sheep in the garden and the scenery was stunning. Back to nature: Our Welsh retreat was tucked away in the mountains of Snowdonia, about 20 minutes from Porthmadog. Mobile phone reception was non-existent, and there was no choice but to go cold turkey from shops, restaurants and warm weather. That evening we discovered there was no hot water and learnt how to operate The Stanley, a central heating boiler so clever it could even cook.

When it started raining, we bailed and went somewhere more sensible – Criccieth Castle, a ruin perched on a steep hill with precarious ledges for the kids to hang off. In need of a further fix of the great British seaside, we finished the day at Criccieth beach, clambering over rock pools in search of crabs, then decamped to the pub for some delicious lamb shank.

Other highlights included Portmeirion, a candy-coloured tourist village built in an Italian Renaissance style, and the riverside walks at Llanystumdwy, where you can see the stone grave of British prime minister David Lloyd George. Touching clouds: On our last day, we’d booked to go up Snowdon, Wales’ highest peak (booking is advised during peak periods). More rain was forecast, but once the mountain train started climbing and the grey slate roofs of Llanberis disappeared from view, there was no going back. We made our way through forest, then open, treeless countryside, past ruined shepherd’s cottages and into the rain clouds. My children were thrilled we were being pushed by a coal-fired steam locomotive and watched with amusement as some elderly passengers sung ‘She’ll be coming round the mountain as she comes’. At the top, we peered through the mist at the craggy summit, before quickly scurrying indoors to dry off. On the way down, the weather finally smiled on us, offering us glimpses of Wales’ most breathtaking panorama. If you’re lucky, on a very clear day, you can see as far as Ireland and the Isle of Man from the summit. But rain or shine, there’s no doubt a holiday in North Wales is the perfect antidote to summer in the desert.

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recipes

Fattoush Salad INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup water | 1 teaspoon cornstarch | 1/3 cup lemon juice | 2 cloves garlic, minced | 2 teaspoons sumac powder | salt to taste | ground black pepper to taste | 1 head romaine lettuce, torn into bitesize pieces | 1 medium cucumber, diced | 2 large tomatoes, diced | 4 green onions, chopped | 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley | 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint | 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped | 1/2 (5 ounce) package arugula | 4 pita rounds, toasted and torn into | 4 pita rounds, toasted and torn into small pieces DIRECTIONS: • Mix the water and cornstarch in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until thickened. Remove from heat, and mix in lemon juice, garlic, sumac, salt, and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use. • In a large bowl, toss together the lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, green onions, parsley, mint, bell pepper and arugula. Toss with the dressing, and serve with the pita pieces topped onto the salad.

Cream of Broccoli Soup

Apple Crisp

INGREDIENTS: 2 tablespoons butter | 1 onion, thinly sliced | 1 small potatoes, thinly sliced | 2 cups fresh chopped broccoli | 1 1/2 cups chicken broth | 1/4 teaspoon salt | ground black pepper to taste | 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

INGREDIENTS: 10 cups all-purpose | apples, peeled, cored and sliced | 1 cup white sugar | 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour | 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon | 1/2 cup water | 1 cup quick-cooking oats | 1 cup allpurpose flour | 1 cup packed brown sugar | 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda | 1/2 cup butter, melted

DIRECTIONS: • Melt butter in pan, do not brown. Add vegetables, toss to coat with butter, then press parchment paper on top of vegetables-this is called "sweating"-- for better flavor. Put lid on pan and simmer very gently until vegetables have softened. Do not brown. • Remove paper, add chicken stock, bring to a boil, then simmer until vegetables are soft. • Put in blender and puree until smooth. Pour back in pan, add salt, pepper, and cream. Simmer gently, do not boil or cream will curdle, until heated through. 32

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DIRECTIONS: • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degree C). • Place the sliced apples in a 9x13 inch pan. Mix the white sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and ground cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples. Pour water evenly over all. • Combine the oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and melted butter together. Crumble evenly over the apple mixture. • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 45 minutes. • Its great served with ice cream.


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Monster University is a 3D computer-animated comedy film that is worth watching. The story revolves around Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan who are an are an inseparable pair, but that wasn't always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn't stand each other. "Monsters University" unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends. The latest movie listings are online at www.thesourceuae.com!

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review HALO: This mysterious fictional story tells the tale of three angels– Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, the youngest and most human – are sent by Heaven to bring good in a world falling under the influence of darkness. They work hard to conceal their luminous glow, superhuman powers, and, most dangerous of all, their wings, all the while avoiding all human attachments. Then Bethany meets Xavier Woods, and neither of them is able to resist the attraction between them. Gabriel and Ivy do everything in their power to intervene, but the bond between Xavier and Bethany seems too strong. The angel’s mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?

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Hello! My name is Jawaher Hesham. I am 9 years old and I am the kind of girl who loves doing people’s hair. I am also a very talented artist and am amazing at drawing and coloring. I love watching cartoons! My favorite channels are MBC3, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network. I also spend a lot of time playing sports, because my mum says it keeps me fit and healthy. I am a big fan of Spain’s Real Madrid football club. Not a big foodie, I just love eating ice cream and fruit. On weekends you can find me playing with my younger sister Haya whom I adore, in Dubai Mall’s KidZania or in Al Ain visiting my grandmother and friends.

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Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons - Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt—the one with the four totally groovy buttons. But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just keeps on singing his song—after all, what could be groovier than three groovy buttons? Count down with Pete in this rocking new story from the creators of the bestselling Pete the Cat books.

‫رمضانيات كتاب ممتع يحوي عدة ِحرف مهنية‬ ‫ ميكّن‬.‫تشجع األطفال عىل اإلبداع بأسلوب عميل‬ ‫اآلباء من العمل مع أبنائهم يف املنزل لتطبيق معظم‬ ،‫ فيه وصفات ألطعمة رمضانية متنوعة‬.‫األفكار‬ ‫وكذلك طرق صنع بعض الزينة الورقية احتفاال‬ ،‫ لغة الكتاب بسيطة وواضحة‬.‫بالشهر الكريم‬ .‫ويستطيع األطفال تطبيق أفكاره بسهولة‬ ‫ دينا خليفة‬:‫ هال محمد الرتيك– تصميم ورسوم‬:‫تأليف‬

Parents if you have a special youngster who you think would be great for our Sourceling of the Week send in a photo and a bio of no more than 100 words to sourcelings@thesourceuae.com.

‫ أسكن‬،‫ ونجحت بتفوق‬،‫ اسمي جواهر هشام يف الصف الثالث‬،‫السالم عليكم‬ ‫ أنا من اإلمارات وأشجع‬،٢٠٠٥ ‫ فرباير‬1 ‫ ولدت يف يوم‬.‫ وبيتي يف خليفة‬،‫أبوظبي‬ ‫ أحب كل األلوان باستثناء‬،‫ وأحب ترسيح الشعر والتلوين أيضا‬،‫ريال مدريد‬ ‫ وتحب اللعب بالبالونات وتتابع‬،‫ وهي ظريفة‬،‫ أختي الصغرى اسمها هيا‬.‫البني‬ ‫ وألعب‬،‫ خصوصا ديب مول‬..‫ أحب الذهاب إىل ديب‬.‫ وطيور الجنة‬mbc ‫قناة‬ .‫يف "كيدزانيا" وأحب الذهاب إىل العني أللتقي صديقايت وأزور جديت العزيزة‬ .‫ وأمتنى تعلم العزف عىل الجيتار‬،‫ وأمارس التامرين الرياضية‬،‫أحب اآليس كريم‬ ‫ وتعلمنا صنع مادة الجييل‬،‫ وكان ممتعا‬،‫التحقت بنشاط علمي يف املدرسة‬ ‫ أنا متشوقة للسفر يف هذه‬.‫ واكتسبنا مهارات كثرية‬،‫الفوسفوري املشع بالليل‬ .‫ والتقاط الصور‬،‫ للتعرف عىل أهم أماكنها‬،‫اإلجازة إىل لندن‬ ‫ للعدد القادم‬The Source ‫األهل الكرام الذين يرغبون برتشيح طفلهم لعمود طفل‬ ‫ كلمة فقط إىل الربيد االلكرتوين‬100 ‫إرسال صورة وسرية ذاتية من‬ sourcelings@thesourceuae.com

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Answers: 1-A Bed, 2-There are 11 letters in the word alphabet, 3-A Hole. 34

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،‫ يشء له رأس واحد‬.1 ‫وأربعة أرجل؟‬ ‫ ما عدد حروف‬.2 ‫األبجدية؟‬

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‫ حروف يف كلمة‬8 .2 ‫ الرسير‬.1 :‫اإلجابات‬ ‫ الحفرة‬.3 ‫األبجدية‬

1. What has one head, one foot and four legs? 2. How many letters are in alphabet? 3. What gets bigger and bigger as you take more away from it?

ّ ‫عندما‬ ‫دق الباب‬

BUMBLEE BEE CENTIPEDE

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Word Search Insects


Why do Muslims fast in Ramadan? Adam: But, Mom, I do not want to eat. I am a big boy and I can fast. Mom: But you are fasting, Adam. Seven year-old children eat in the morning and a little in the afternoon and then they don't eat anything else till evening. Adam: But you do not fast like that, Mom. Mom: I am older, Adam, this is how grownups fast. Adam sat deep in thought and then asked. "Mom, why do we fast?" Mom: That's a good question Adam. She got up and went to the kitchen cupboard. She removed something from it. Mom: Do you know what this is, Adam? Adam: It's a blender. Adam: Do you know what it is supposed to do? Mom: It blends passion fruit for juice. His mother laughed. Mom: Yes, it does blend. Our body does the same thing. It grinds the food we eat; it takes what it needs and removes the rest. It does this every day. Adam: Doesn't the body get tired, Mom? Mom: It does. Just like the blender. When we have blended juice for too long, it refuses to work. Then it needs fixing. So we have to give our body a rest so it can work better for us. That's why we fast in Ramadan and some other days in the year. Adam: Does everybody fast, Mommy? Mom: Not everybody. If you are ill or expecting a baby or if you are old and weak like Daddy's grandpa or if you are seven years old then you don't fast. The little boy thought some more. He ate the food his mother had set before him without much fuss. Adam: What if you don't want to fast? Mom: What is your sister Hannah's favorite color? Adam: Pink Mom: And what is the color of her uniform for school? Adam: Blue Mom: But she says she'd like to wear her pink hijab when she goes, so why doesn't she? Adam: She is afraid that her teacher Mrs. Hoda will punish her. Mom: You see, she was afraid Mrs. Hoda would punish her for breaking the school rule by wearing pink. You see, Adam, Allah knows what is good for us and so we have to do as He commands. He sees and knows everything that we do. We love Him and fear Him and we don't want Him to be displeased with us. Adam: But don't you get hungry, Mom? Mom: Of course we do. But we keep ourselves busy on other important things to take our mind away from the food. We read the Qur'an, or we visit the sick people. You see there's plenty to do and before you know it, it's time to eat! Adam: Is there another reason why Muslims fast? Mom: Yes, you are lucky Adam, because you have food every day. Not everyone has food to eat. Adam: Like the poor people we saw in Bangkok? Mom: Yes, like them. If we go hungry like them, we will be able to understand that they need help. The little boy seemed satisfied with the answers, his mother had given him. Adam: Mom, can I go with you and Daddy to help the poor? Mom: Yes, by the Grace of Allah, you can.

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.‫ لقد أصبحت كبريا وأستطيع الصوم‬.‫ أنا ال أرغب بتناول الطعام‬،‫ أمي‬:‫آدم‬ ‫ األطفال ذوو السبع سنوات‬.‫ ولكنك تصوم صيام درجات العصفورة‬،‫ بني‬:‫األم‬ ‫ ومن ثم ال‬،‫يتناولون القليل من الطعام يف الصباح الباكر والقليل أيضا بعد الظهر‬ .‫يأكلون شيئا حتى املساء‬ .‫ ولكنك ال تصومني بهذه الطريقة يا أماه‬:‫آدم‬ .‫ هكذا يصوم الكبار‬،‫ أنا أكرب منك عمرا يا بني‬:‫األم‬ "‫ ملاذا نصوم رمضان؟‬،‫ "أمي‬:‫جلس آدم يفكر بعمق ومن ثم سأل والدته قائال‬ .‫ إنه سؤال جيد‬،‫ أحسنت يا آدم‬:‫األم‬ .‫ وأخرجت شيئا من محتوياتها‬،‫نهضت األم وتوجهت نحو ِخزانة املطبخ‬ ‫ هل تعلم ما هذا يا آدم؟‬:‫األم‬ .‫ إنه خالط كهربايئ‬،‫ بالطبع‬:‫آدم‬ ‫ هل تعلم ماذا يفعل؟‬:‫آدم‬ .‫ نستخدمه لصنع عصري الفاكهة‬:‫األم‬ .‫ضحكت األم‬ .‫ أجسامنا تقوم باليشء ذاته يوميا‬.‫ أجل إنه يخلط كل ما يوضع به‬:‫األم‬ ‫ فتأخذ ما تحتاج منه وتتخلص من‬،‫حيث تطحن الطعام الذي نأكله‬ .‫البقية‬ ‫ أال يتعب الجسم يا أماه؟‬:‫آدم‬ ‫ فعندما نعرص الكثري من الفاكهة‬.‫ متاما كالخالط الكهربايئ‬،‫ بىل‬:‫األم‬ ‫ لذا علينا أن‬.‫ ويحتاج إىل الصيانة‬.‫ يرفض الخالط العمل‬،‫لفرتة طويلة‬ ‫ لهذا نصوم شهر‬.‫مننح أجسامنا بعض الراحة لتعمل بشكل أفضل ألجلنا‬ .‫رمضان وبضعة أيام أخرى يف السنة‬ ‫ هل يصوم الجميع يف رمضان يا أمي؟‬:‫آدم‬ ‫ كجد‬،‫ فاملريض واملرأة الحامل وكبار السن الضعفاء‬.‫ ليس الجميع‬:‫األم‬ .‫ ال يصومون‬،‫ أو حتى أبناء السبع سنوات‬،‫والدك‬ ‫ وتناول الطعام الذي وضعته والدته مسبقا بال‬.‫رسح الفتى الصغري بفكره بعيدا‬ .‫جدال‬ ‫ وإذا مل نرغب بالصوم؟‬:‫آدم‬ ‫ ما اللون املفضل ألختك هناء؟‬:‫األم‬ .‫ الوردي‬:‫آدم‬ ‫ وما لون زيها املدريس؟‬:‫األم‬ .‫ األزرق‬:‫آدم‬ ‫ فلامذا ال تفعل ذلك؟‬،‫ ولكنها تقول بأنها تفضل ارتداء الوردي للمدرسة‬:‫األم‬ .‫ السيدة هدى‬،‫ خوفا من عقاب معلمتها‬:‫آدم‬ ‫ أرأيت! إنها تخاف من عقاب معلمتها لها إذا خرقت القاعدة املدرسية التي‬:‫األم‬ ‫ لذا علينا‬،‫ الله تعاىل يعلم ما هو خري لنا‬،‫ أرأيت يا آدم‬.‫تطلب منها ارتداء األزرق‬ ‫ ونحن نحبه ونخاف من غضبه‬.‫ فهو يرى ويعلم كل ما نرس ونعلن‬.‫أن نطيعه‬ .‫ لذا يجب علينا طلب مرضاته دوما‬.‫علينا‬ ‫ أوال تجوعني يا أماه؟‬:‫آدم‬ ‫ كقراءة القرآن‬،‫ ولكنني أشغل معظم وقتي بأمور أسمى وأهم‬،‫ بالطبع أفعل‬:‫األم‬ .‫ كام ترى هناك الكثري من األعامل الخرية لنقوم بها‬.‫أو زيارة املرىض‬ ‫ هل هنالك من أسباب أخرى ليصوم املسلمون رمضان؟‬:‫آدم‬ ‫ هناك الكثري من‬.‫ أنت محظوظ يا آدم ألنك تتناول الطعام كل يوم‬،‫ أجل‬:‫األم‬ .‫الناس يفتقرون لهذه النعمة‬ ‫ كالفقراء الذين رأيناهم يف رحلتنا؟‬:‫آدم‬ ‫ سنتمكن من فهم حاجتهم املاسة‬،‫ فإذا تضورنا جوعا مثلهم‬،‫ بالضبط‬:‫األم‬ .‫للمساعدة‬ .‫بدا الفتى الصغري راضيا بأجوبة والدته‬ ‫ هل أستطيع مرافقتك ووالدي لنساعد الفقراء؟‬،‫ أمي‬:‫آدم‬ .‫ بإذن الله سرتافقنا‬،‫ بالطبع‬:‫األم‬ The Source

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