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Issue 54 - 22 Aug - 4 Sep 2013

Get yourself and the kids back in to the school

groove

Stop smoking for good!

The beauty of keeping things

simple in business

Exploring the limits of art with

Dr.Najat Makki


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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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FEATURE Some great advice on how to get yourself and the kids ready for a new and exciting school year

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URBAN WOMAN To help delay the natural aging of your skin, be sure you follow Etdal’s advice on practicing good skin care habits

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STUFF FOR MEN Clue in on the do’s and don’ts making a great first impression

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AL MAJLIS Meet one of the most prominent female artists of the UAE- Dr. Najat Makki

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EDUCATION Reflections of the past & preparation for the coming school year

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

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10 Reasons why you should like Arabs

30 HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Some great tips to help you or someone you love stop smoking for good

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The beauty of keeping things simple in business

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MY WORLD Marianne thinks there’s something in the air down by the Dead Sea; find out what it is

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RECIPES Simple and easy recipes that your family will love

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With back to school just around the corner, read our views on where you can find the coolest selection of school supplies

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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 SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER & PHOTOGRAPHER Sikkandar Sharpudeen

oses are red, Violets are cool, The summer is over folks and it’s back to school!

We hope that everyone had a fabulous summer and that the many educators and students of Al Ain are recharged and ready to tackle a brand new school year. As is the case every year at this time, Al Ain is teeming with a multicultural mix of brand new teachers and students and we welcome you to our beautiful oasis city and trust that your transition has been a smooth and pleasant one. This issue has been prepared with a back to school theme in mind and we have kept the content rich in education related articles and sponsors. If you are searching for a school to send your kids to, check out some of our sponsors and discover these excellent options sure to nurture and develop the minds of your children and prepare them for the challenges that lay ahead for the leaders of tomorrow. We will also show you the best places to shop for all your back to school supplies along with some great tips to get the youngsters back into the school groove.

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Al Ain, the Garden City of the UAE, is a most hospitable and friendly family place to call home and The Source is proud to be a part of it and most important of all, we are proud to be a part of you! Take us home regularly and make us a part of your family!

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Our exciting partners Flash Entertainment are offering The Source readers a chance to win 2 pair of tickets to see the Welsh soul legend Tom Jones perform live at the du Forum, Yas Island on 19th September, 2013. For your chance to win, simply send us the names of any 3 hits Tom Jones recorded during his career. Send your answers to competition@thesourceuae.com along with your full name, age and contact details, and put FLASH as the email subject. Winners will be announced in Issue 55! GOOD LUCK!

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inbox “GOD BE PRAISED” When I look at my surroundings, I find a beautiful environment.

Wacky World BEING A HUMAN BILLBOARD Young women, aged 18 years and older, walked around the city for eight hours each day carrying adverts on their thighs. The young women have supposedly become walking billboards after public relations consultant Hidenori Atsumi spotted the potential in body advertisement.

The birds with their sweet melodies, The sky with its wideness, The fragrance of flowers in the air, The river rushes to its destiny. The sun wakes up and lightens the sky, The stars are now faint, The dew drops on the leaves, The trees praising God. What else should be shown to you to believe in one God? What else should be bound, do not stray on false paths? POEM BY: SONIA SABIR

Pakistani Islamia Private School, Al Ain

Mr. Atsumi also encourages them to dress up in miniskirts and long socks so they can look more alluring as they carry around ads that include promos for music groups such as Green Day. “It’s an absolutely perfect place to put an advertisement as it is what guys are eager to look at and girls are okay to expose,’ said Mr.Atsumi, who strongly supports this bizarre advertising idea. The girls are also told to post photos of themselves online with the advert painted on.

WATER-SMART TIPS

Instead of saying so much, use

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Ahuubb Al Ain why-yed I love Al Ain so much!

About 40% of all water consumed in a household is used in the bathroom. A quarter of that water is flushed down the toilet! Here are some simple water-smart tips that can be easily followed to save water for the future generations. • Take shorter showers. Try shortening your shower by just a minute. You could save 150 gallons/month! • Insulate hot water pipes in your bathroom. This avoids wasting water while waiting for hot water to flow through and saves energy. •Use buckets to take baths instead of showers this helps in saving water to a great extent. Leftover water can be used to water the plants or to wash cars. Check that soaps and detergents in the water won’t harm garden plants.

1. Understand your own skills and natural aptitude

CAREER GUIDANCE

It’s never too soon to start planning for university! Higher Education abroad is a life changing experience so it is very important to invest quality time and effort to make the right decision for your future. Getting selected by the right institution is much harder than it used to be, so the earlier you start thinking about it the better. Don’t forget you have the whole world to choose from, but to be sure of success you need to do three things: 8

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What are you good at? Do you like working with people or are you great with computers? Are you independent and self motivated or do you need to be part of a team? Talk to your teachers and people who know you well, or take a good quality aptitude test to find out your natural strengths. 2. Know what your favourite university is looking for. Explore university and college websites and check admission requirements. Speak to the career guidance counselor in your school, or call a company like ours. Good Career Consultants are application experts who

have friends and connections in admissions offices worldwide so they can give you the inside track on what you need to do to get selected. 3. Make your application stand out. Depending on the course you select, choose relevant extra-curricular activities that will make your personal profile shine – volunteer programmes, science clubs or debate societies. REMINDER: the application deadline for Oxford, Cambridge or any medical course in the UK is 15 October. For any questions or concerns contact us at careerguidance@consultfocalpoint.com


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Shop and Win with Al Ain Mall

Al Ain Mall’s Shop and Win campaign where shoppers get a chance to win 2 Mercedes Benz cars promises to provide worthwhile events and activities. Shoppers who spend AED200 at any of Al Ain Mall’s luxurious shops are eligible to participate in the mega raffle draw.

“We fulfill our commitment through our continuing promotional programs by providing campaigns tailor-made to satisfy and reward customers for their loyalty and patronage to Al Ain Mall,” said Mr. Morhaf Kishi, Al Ain Mall General Manager, while explaining the objective behind the campaign. As usual, the mall combines the elite shopping experience with wide

ranging entertainment programs to amuse the shoppers and their families. Several entertainment programs, such as the weekly kids show in addition to the various family oriented events and activities are scheduled during this campaign which is scheduled to end by 31 August, 2013.

Fun time turns tragic

A 5 year old Emirati boy, Rahed Mohammed was seriously injured while enjoying a fun ride in the playing area of a commercial center in Al Ain, last week.

plastic bag, with the hope that doctors could rejoin it to his child’s foot. However, he was disappointed on learning from the doctors that it would be impossible to do so.

The boy was wearing a safety belt and was ready to slide downwards from atop of the joyride along with his brothers and cousins. His big toe on the right foot got trapped in one of the slides resulting in permanent amputation on the spot.

“What happened to my son was ill-fated, but this does not mean we ignore the negligence on the part of the commercial centers’ playing area that led Rashid to lose his toe,” the child’s father said.

“The boy was terribly scared to see his toe being amputated right in front of his eyes”, mentioned Rashed’s father. Before leaving for Al Ain Hospital, Rashed’s father carried his son’s amputated toe in a

Dance the weekened away at Danat Al Ain Resort

Not only was the first aid provided to the victim inadequate, but even the workers who supervise operations of the various fun games were not around at the time of the accident. The father confirmed that the place where his child’s toe was trapped was in dire need of maintenance.

Caribbean Vybez brings you a new night club at the LUCE restaurant on Bacchanal Friday’s with DJ Major Flow who will spin the best in current Skool reggae, reggaetion, Latin, Soca, Calypso, hip hop and R7B for the guests. The riotous merry-making celebration is widely known across the Caribbean as a wild party mainly during the carnival time. The energy of a bacchanal is growing in popularity because it is open for any and everyone who likes to party. The ambience and the incredible music will help you dance the weekend away. Doors open at 11pm. Tickets :AED50. Dress Smart. For more information call 056 78 20331.

Summer Abroad Program for Emirati students As part of the Summer Abroad Program, 500 Emirati female and male students under the patronage of HH General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, flew to Canada, US and Ireland to strengthen their English, Mathematics and Science skills. The 8th Summer Abroad Batch of students is travelling to receive comprehensive training in leadership skills and in addition to depending on themselves, they will to be exposed to an entirely new culture. “There were no delays or complications in any of the flights the students took and their travel to their destinations went smoothly, thanks to the obedience of the students, we are very optimistic that this year’s 10

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Summer Abroad batch will succeed similar to the seven previous batches”, said Youssif Al Marzooqi, Summer Abroad Project Manager in ADEC, while discussing about the four week Summer Abroad Program.

The 14 different groups that traveled to 12 different countries will be given an orientation session about the country they are visiting in an educational center, where they will be familiarized with the country’s language, culture and history.


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Music legend Tom Jones to play Abu Dhabi in September FLASH Entertainment is thrilled to announce the return of Welsh soul legend Tom Jones, with a fan base spanning over three generations, to Abu Dhabi on Thursday 19th September at the du Forum on Yas Island. The iconic singer will perform a selection of his greatest hits along with new material from his last two critically acclaimed albums, Praise and Blame and Spirit in the Room.

Twenty-three students from Al Ain English Speaking School received both gold and silver awards from the youth achievement program that was set up in the United Kingdom by Queen Elizabeth’s husband in 1956. The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award scheme is an international version that has spread to 140 countries.

Tom Jones has seen a remarkable turn in his career since his last appearance in Abu Dhabi back in 2010, with critics fulsome in their praise for recent concerts featuring gospel, blues and contemporary classic material from the latest releases Praise and Blame and Spirit in the Room. Reviewers have hailed this new phase as a fulfillment of the singer’s promise, marking him out as one of the great vocal artists of the last fifty years.

“I am pleased to see an increasing number of schools in the UAE embrace the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award program, which provides a life-changing experience for students”, stated Dominic Jeremy, the British ambassador who presented the awards to the deserving candidates. The program helps young pupils learn new skills, build confidence and help their communities by involving them various kinds of volunteer work.

Tickets from AED300 for General Admission and AED450 for Golden Circle. Tickets can be purchased online from www.ticketmaster. ae and 800 TM UAE (86 823) or simply participate in The Source competition to win a pair of tickets. For more information see page 7.

New E-commerece portal for convenient shopping E-commerce has gained an enormous a m o u n t of traction these days and more and more consumers are taking advantage of this convenient mode of shopping. Another company to join the bandwagon is Best Dealzz. com. This E commerce portal has recently been launched and it is the first mainstream furniture online portal. Best Dealzz is a sister concern of Homemart and is currently offering the entire selection of Homemart Products online. This includes a wide range of home furnishings and household items. “This is a great opportunity for the customer to avail fantastic launch offers from Best Dealzz””, states Varun Singh, CEO of Best Dealzz. Best Dealzz is supported by a strong brick and mortar presence with Homemart and the Al Safeer group of companies. Best Dealzz also offers mobile phones, perfumes, garments and will soon be adding more categories of products for its customers. They have plans to expand to other GCC countries and to the Indian Subcontinent as well. 12

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It enables young people to learn new skills, build their confidence and help their communities through volunteering.

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Move over summer a new school year is coming!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

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feature ack to school is gearing up and moms everywhere are planning celebrations as their children head to the classroom. Whether their summer was jam-packed with activities or filled with complaints about being bored with nothing to do, kids often have a tough time making the back-to-school transition.

The degree of adjustment depends on the child, but parents can help their children (and the rest of the family) manage the increased pace of life by planning ahead, being realistic, and maintaining a positive attitude. Here are a few suggestions to help ease the transition and promote a successful school experience. 1. Ease the family into a school year schedule. The first day of school is no time for a drastic adjustment of household sleep schedules. Instead, ease children back into a school year routine gradually. During the last two weeks of summer, re-introduce a school year bedtime. Begin waking late sleepers earlier and earlier, closer to the hour they'll need to rise when school begins. 2. Take aim on morning madness Each evening, think ahead to the following morning; where can you lighten the load? Set the breakfast table as you clear the dinner dishes, lay out children's clothing the night before and scan backpacks for missing homework, projects or library books. Make sure musical instruments or sports bags are packed and ready to go and even prepare lunches.

thought of schoolwork stressing them out? Are they worried about the bully from last year? Consider adjusting your own schedule to make the transition smoother. If possible, it's especially beneficial for parents to be home at the end of the school day for the first week. But many working moms and dads just don't have that flexibility. Instead, try to arrange your evenings so you can give your kids as much time as they need, especially during those first few days. Find out about your child's school - Whether your child is returning to the same school or starting at a new one, it's always a good idea to get the lowdown on any changes at the school. Is there a new principal? Who are your child's teachers? What's going on with the curriculum? What tests will be administered to your child? Although classes start in September, schools tend to be open weeks before. You can call the school directly and speak with an administrator, or visit the school for information. You may also be able to check on a website for extra info. Prepare the supplies - Depending on your child's grade level (K012), the type of supplies needed will vary. Some schools send a list out a couple of weeks before the school year. You can contact the school directly to see what supplies your child will need. Plan to meet and greet - The first day of school has arrived. This is a big day for you and your child and it is advisable if possible, to accompany your child and introduce yourself to the teachers. The start of the school year is a time to start fresh. Children wipe the slate clean of the previous year and begin anew. Communicate your expectations and offer your complete support as your child prepares to embark on their next great learning adventure.

3. Create Calendar Central Each school year floats on a sea of schedules with school functions, lunch menus, sports and music lessons. What do you do when you're drowning in paper? Nothing calms school year chaos like Calendar Central: a centralized site for all family calendars and schedules. You'll need a family event calendar to track after-school activities, school programs and school projects. Form is less important than function. A paper calendar with large squares lets you enter information easily. Pre-printed white board calendars are easy to revise when necessary. 4. Battling the Butterflies As with any new or potentially unsettling situation, starting school for the first time or entering a new grade or school, requires an adjustment period. Remind them that everyone feels a little nervous about the first day of school and that it will all become an easy routine in no time. Emphasize the positive things about going back to school, such as hanging out with old friends, meeting new classmates, buying cool school supplies, getting involved in sports and other activities, and showing off the new clothes (or snazzy accessories if your child has to wear a uniform). It's also important to talk to kids about what worries them and offer reassurance about some common concerns: Are they afraid they won't make new friends or get along with their teachers? Is the The Source

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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!

How to break bad skin care habits!

D By Etdal Abougouche

o you sleep with your make-up on? Do you shower with boiling hot water? If your answers to these questions are a YES, then your skin might be in trouble.

Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and prevent various skin problems. Nevertheless, no matter what the bad habit is, there are natural ways to get our skin glowing again! Wearing makeup to bed: Wearing makeup to bed can be tempting on late nights, but it’s a definite no-no. Sleeping with makeup on can clog pores so that skin isn’t able to breathe, and not removing eye makeup may even lead to an allergic reaction or an eye infection. It’s best to wash your face with a gentle cleanser compatible with your skin type, and use a natural eye makeup remover. Cleaning your makeup brushes: Makeup brushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria if they are not properly cared for. Be sure to clean your makeup brushes at least once a month. I like to use baby shampoo which is gentle and inexpensive and there are also cleansing solutions available that are very effective. Moisturizing your neck: Don’t let your skin care routine stop at your face. Our delicate décolletages (our necks and upper chests) are exposed to the elements just like our faces, so they can show signs of aging faster than areas we keep covered up. Include your neck and chest skin in your daily cleansing, toning, and moisturizing routine—and when in the sun, make sure to also wear your natural sunscreen on your décolletage.

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Avoid hot showers: The heat from a hot shower can strip the moisture from your skin and cause it to become dry and irritated. We are all familiar with the prune like appearance that our hands take on after being immersed for periods of time in water. This happens when your skin has lost its oils and is absorbing water. After a while, the water disappears and your skin returns to its normal state, but the oils are still depleted. You can usually resolve this problem by applying oils or lotion immediately after showering, but there's also an easier, faster and simpler method called cold rinses. Instead of maintaining piping hot temperatures throughout the duration of your shower, do a cold rinse before you jump out! Rinsing with cooler water will close up your pores and keep your skin from drying out. Don't worry, you won't freeze; cooling down the water actually makes the temperature change less of a jolt to your body. You should still apply oils or lotion after exiting the shower, but adding this little step will help immensely! Neglecting to change your bed sheets and pillowcases frequently: Changing your pillowcases and sheets at least once a week can help you prevent unnecessary breakouts. Residue from hair products body lotions and facial cream collect on bedding and overtime will lead to the clogging of pores. Apply sunscreen: I am constantly reminding family and friends to apply sunscreen! No other beauty ritual is more essential to beautiful skin than wearing sunscreen. By neglecting to apply sunscreen you are exposing your skin to harmful UVA and UVB rays and putting yourself at a greater risk of developing sunspots, wrinkles and even worse, skin cancer. With the UAE’s blazing sunrays, using a sunscreen with SPF50 will help keep your skin safe and healthy. Squeezing pimples: We may try to convince ourselves that popping or picking pimples helps, but in reality it only makes acne worse and can cause scarring. Plus, it can spread bacteria to other areas of the face, leading to more pimples. Your best bet is to leave them alone and let them heal naturally, if it’s a reoccurring problem, then use an acne product containing benzoyl peroxide or better yet, consult a dermatologist. Remember, whatever you do, no picking!


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How to make a

STRONG first impression

M By Yussif Abdu Salam

aking a good first impression is incredibly important, because you only get one shot at it. With this widely acknowledged pressure to "make our case" instantly, here are my six tips for making your first impression strong and positive.

Let the other person be the center of attention: The greatest way to make a positive first impression is to demonstrate immediately that the other person, not you, is the center of attention and conversation. The worst mistake you can make is talking incessantly about yourself. Ask the other person about himself and let him bask in the spotlight. You will not only appear to be gracious, but you will also learn more about the person you are dealing with. Pay close attention to the conversation; those little details may be useful in the future. Be a good listener: Nonverbally, you show you're a skilled listener by maintaining steady eye contact. Remember how you respond to the social dude who appears to be looking over your shoulder for the next person he wants to corner. Remember, and avoid that habit. Being a good listener is not as complicated as most people think it is. When having a discussion with someone, make sure to let him know in a subtle manner that you are paying attention to what is being said and never ever interrupt when someone else is speaking. Interrupting someone in mid-sentence is extremely rude and will count as one strike against you in just about any social setting. Use the person's name: Use the name of a new acquaintance frequently. "Ali, I like that suggestion." "Your vacation must have been exciting, Sultan." You show that you have paid attention from the start, catching the name during the introduction. Equally as important, you'll make conversations more personal by including the listener's name several times. Dress to impress. Several years ago, a professional colleague offered to meet me for lunch. I decided against wearing a suit, opting for a sport coat and tie. When he showed up in shorts and sandals, the message he conveyed was: "Yusiff, meeting you is a rather ordinary experience, and doesn't call for me to present a business-like appearance." Not surprisingly, that was the last time I met with him. Although today's environment is much more casual 18

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than it was 10 years ago, it is still important to dress the part. The key here is to dress modestly and appropriately for the gathering you will be attending. There is no need to wear the latest Gucci suit, but do make sure that your clothing is clean and fits well. The last thing you want is to give off a negative impression before you even open your mouth. If you look sloppy, people will assume that you and your business are sloppy as well. Avoid jokes. Avoiding jokes during the first encounter is the safe bet. If you really must make a wisecrack, go with something short and conservative to avoid offending anyone. You don't want to be remembered as "that offensive jerk." Since you don't know a stranger's sensitivities, prolonged joking might establish barriers you can't overcome, either now or later. Show your flaws. Not long ago, I had a business meeting scheduled with a woman whom I found intimidating. I expected to pull out all the stops to impress her. But as it happened, I was just not in the mood that day, so I found myself acting differently: I was raw, vulnerable, and honest—and she responded in a kind manner. Ultimately we had an amazing conversation, which came about because we had both let our guard down. Keep these six tips in mind and they will reduce your fear of business and social encounters with unfamiliar faces. More positively, you'll start enjoying poise and success that you thought were beyond your reach.


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Ten minutes with

Dr.Najat Makki

By Mehak Alam 20

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BIO OF THE ARTSIT Name:

Dr. Najat Makki

Age: 60 Claim to Fame:

One of the most important contemporary female plastic artists in the UAE.

Educational Background:

Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Relief Sculptures and Metal.

PhD in Philosophy of Art. Doctorate in the Coins in Cairo.

Professional Background:

Worked as a senior in Educational Techniques, Ministry of Education. Member of the Emirates Plastic Arts Society, GSCC Art Friends Society, Jadar Society and the Dubai Cultural Council. Recipient of multiple awards in Sharjah Penaly, GSCC Penaly, Syria Penaly.


al majlis “As far as I am concerned, a painting speaks for itself. What is the use of giving explanations, when all is said and done? An artist has only one language”, explained Dr. Najat Makki, the world renowned female Emirati artist. During the course of my interview with the highly acclaimed artist, we spoke about her creative process, her blooming career and the hurdles she overcame to reach where she is today. One thing I would like to share about Dr. Najat Makki is her unique concept of femininity which is not a typical take on beauty but an extension of herself and of her desires and aspirations. How did your love affair with art begin? Dr. Najat Makki: I was raised in a family where everyone appreciated art. I was born in Dubai in 1953 and spent my childhood there. In 1977, I was the first woman to earn a government scholarship to study art abroad. I went to Cairo and received my early education from the College of Fine Arts. During these years, I met many exceptional teachers and talented people. I’m very grateful for having had this wonderful experience and the opportunity to learn and do so many different things. It seems that femininity is a central theme in your artwork; tell us why this is so important for you. Dr. Najat Makki: I focus on woman as a figure and symbol. I try to use natural items like henna, saffron and bark to create my artwork. My paintings are about feelings, moods, dreams and expectations. In every painting, I try to capture part of the mystery of the female personality by combining the physical beauty with the intensity of the mental state. Tell us about your first exhibition. Dr. Najat Makki: My First exhibition was held in 1980, at Al Wasl club. The exhibition was held in association with The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development. The exhibition allowed me to display my work in front of people and prepare myself for the negative and positive feedback. What role do exhibitions play in an artist’s life? Dr. Najat Makki: As artists, we are unable to judge ourselves. Exhibitions are platforms for the artists to realize their worth and importance among art lovers. What inspires you in life? Dr. Najat Makki: As an artist I get inspired by the simplest of things. Although travelling helps in triggering innumerable thoughts and ideas, the real inspiration comes from within. I get inspired by anything, anywhere at any time. Tell us about the initial reaction of your family. Dr. Najat Makki: Although my family members are art admirers, they initially didn’t appreciate my decision of choosing art as a career. On the contrary, they wanted me to study something else but I managed to convince them through my work and achievements. How well was your career decision received by society? Dr. Najat Makki: Back then, when I started, woman in the Arab world were not allowed to go out and work. We were still ultra conservative but time and education changed the perceptions of many people. Most female artists of my time were not welcomed with open arms by society. However, we stood by our dreams and proved ourselves down the line. Which forms of art do you like working on? Dr. Najat Makki: I started off as a painter but with time an artist

must evolve and learn new forms of art. I equally enjoy sculpting, digital artwork and calligraphy to name a few. What is the difference between the field of art in the past and today? Dr. Najat Makki: People in the past didn’t consider art an important part of life. However, through education, growth and development people now have a better understanding of the importance of art in life. Today, a country is represented globally through its art, culture and traditions. Do you believe in traditional art education? Dr. Najat Makki: Yes. Traditional education is very important for an artist but exceptions do occur and there are some renowned artists who, although lacking proper education, managed to achieve a great deal of success. What advice can you give to aspiring artists in general? Dr. Najat Makki: The most important thing for an artist is to believe in what you do. Your art should bring you joy and excitement; the rest follows. Every artist is different, with their own path, destiny and unique formulae for success and recognition. A soft-spoken and sophisticated soul like Dr. Najat Makki is difficult to find today. She is one artist that is confident about the kind of work she does and learns from negative feedback. After meeting her, one could simply fall in love with canvas and color. Before wrapping up our interview we asked the inspirational figure to share a few Life Lessons with our readers and this is what she said:

LIFE LESSONS • • •

Patience is the key to success. Always aim to stand out in a crowd and build your own personality. Compete to improve yourself and not to destroy others. The Source

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Teresa Evans has a Master’s Degree in International Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She currently teaches early childhood education here in Al Ain. From her start as a Peace Corps volunteer in Yemen, her career in education spans two decades.

Reminiscing

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t’s that time of the year. The school year 2012-2013 is over. The sun is heating up the desert sands and my plane takes off momentarily for a summer sojourn to the United States. It’s a good time to recharge the batteries and find a vacation groove. Throughout the highs and lows of the past three school semesters, I managed to take time to reflect and pause occasionally to measure my pulse. Clearly, there was much personal and professional growth going on this year. Concurrently, there were areas that stood out that I will pay closer attention to as the summer sun wanes and the cooling winds of the autumn sandstorms approach.

With an international inspection as the “capper” of the year, I find myself revising my practice. Change is never bad and moving forward, I sense a year that focuses on my classroom teaching. My husband likes to say that sometimes, after you read the instruction book, you have to throw it away and just do it. The famous Nike ad alludes to this and the point is well taken. Even though I am a master of student assessment and observation, I want to focus more on engaging children in the learning process and help them understand what they are learning and why. Good teachers can become great teachers given experience and continued development as a professional. Teaching to me is the “fun” side of education. In a conversation this year with the Harvard Admissions Director, he said, “If it doesn’t go back to the classroom, it’s pointless.” I couldn’t agree more Memorable times in the past school year included a pen-pal exchange with a school in America. The children were able to draw pictures, send pictures, write their names and answer questions that helped their friends learn about them. When the children received letters back, the excitement in the classroom was palpable. We put those letters into a binder and the children would read them in the reading center. I also used the binder to teach them to read. The children could easily identify numbers for the question, how old is he? Or read the colors for the question, what’s her favorite color? “Pink!” Fatima exclaimed, as I pointed to the word. In a unit on community helpers, the children got to go to the police and fire stations on the same day. One child, Ahmed, was beaming when 22

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a police officer let him use the computer on his desk and wear his police hat. I printed a photo of the scene and framed it as a graduation gift for him. So, I am sitting back enjoying the simple pleasures of a vacation well-deserved, with an eye on the future and a sense of a shifting focus. The upcoming school-year will follow along on the continuum of teaching and learning. There’s no experience I’ve had that hasn’t contributed to the teacher I am today. The classroom is the virtual science laboratory of educational practice. In it, I have the opportunity to use my skills to impact student achievement and inspire curiosity. I can’t think of a better way to end the school year, than by being fully aware of where I am going in the coming year. The little white lights are lit up on the roof of the plane as dusk sets in. I glance to my right and the woman beside me is fast asleep. Sighing contentedly, I recognize that there is nothing I would have changed in the past year. At the same time, I am fully aware of the task ahead of me. With a six-week reprieve, I plan to see family and friends and enjoy our time together, all the while, preparing myself for the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead in the coming school year.


‫مدرسة العين الناطقة باإلنجليزية‬

Al Ain English Speaking School

‘Achieving Excellence’

Dear Parents, staff, students and all future parents and students in Al Ain!

I hope you all had a restful summer break and for those like myself who stayed in Al Ain, I hope you had a peaceful Ramadan and an enjoyable Eid.

The summer camps over the holiday period have been well received and we will continue our association with M & S sports to offer week end activities and holiday time camps throughout the year

While I have this opportunity I would like to express what we at AAESS are trying to accomplish with Despite what many may think, the summer break is our students through our values and educational a busy time for the school ensuring that a range of philosophy different school projects are completed before the start The school aims to teach students the value of honesty, of the new year as well as confirming new staffing and perseverance, resilience, self-esteem, empathy, curriculum arrangements. The Educational Council humour, optimism, trust loyalty, integrity, enterprise… Mike Smith (ADEC) are also busy over this period informing schools the list of qualities is endless. Such learning is an of new regulations which have to be planned for, managed and integral part of good teaching. adhered to as they are closely monitored. This period is also a vital time for our senior students (and their parents of course) who have been eagerly awaiting the publication of their examination results! These will be published more widely and in detail very soon, but I am pleased to say our students have continued the trend of success ensuring overall school results place us very favourably and competitively when compared with UK schools and other international schools worldwide.

Let’s start off with the premise that;

Clear and efficient communication between school and home is of vital importance of course and I am pleased to report that we have secured significant improvements in this area. Many of you will have already downloaded the new school communicator or ‘AP’ on your phones and laptops which enables immediate contact with ongoing events and vital school notices. A new updated phone system is being installed throughout the school which will enable callers to locate the precise person or department they wish more efficiently. The long awaited installation of CCTV cameras around the school campus has begun and should be fully operational by the time students return to school in September. This installation combined with additional security guards will help ensure the ongoing safekeeping of our students.

“The majority of young people today are quite exceptional.” Let us applaud them and encourage them at every opportunity. Let us show them how to solve problems and bring new possibilities to life. Let us teach them the benefits of collaboration without losing the quality of independent thinking. We should explain why risk taking is to be applauded; how critical thinking must be the basis of good decision-making. We must tease out their emotional intelligence and promote the value social responsibility.

Give these youngsters a talented and passionate teacher, and a course that is fun with a rationale they can understand, and they are brilliant learners. If we can provide students with the means to learn the skills and behaviours demanded by society and the workplace and blend this with the knowledge gleaned through their academic study we will have played our part in effectively preparing them for life after school. Enjoy the remainder of this summer break and I look forward to welcoming enrolled students and parents back in September for the new school year.

Mike Smith

Principal AAESS

Al Ain English Speaking School, PO Box 17939, Al Ain, UAE. Tel: +971 37678636 /7/1 Fax: +971 37671973 Email: school@aaess.sch.ae Website: www.aaess.com


business

KEEPING IT SIMPLE

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“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.” - Leonardo Da Vinci By Flo Joe

y questions: Why do we complicate things? Where did we get off course? What causes us to lose focus on simple delivery and instead get caught up in everything else?

Everything starts simple, but somehow, someway, things get complicated. Even still, I think we can all agree that simplicity is beautiful. As I get older simplification seems to become more of a common theme. The titles of my articles are descriptive but not flashy. I strive for short sentences. I formulate simple concepts, act on their hint, and document my experiences in the hopes of inspiring others. Simple isn’t easy. Easy means achieved without great effort. Simple means easily understood. I can bang out a complicated article in half the time it takes me to produce a simple one. The problem with simple is that it actually takes more work. The most successful companies I know have been able to boil down what they do, what they stand for, what they are trying to do, how they are unique, or the innovation that will rock your world, into one succinct and memorable phrase, and that’s the magic. Earnest Hemingway is considered by many to be one of the greatest American writers of all time and one of his famous traits was the use of short, simple sentences. One of the most effective ways to order your world is to simplify everything you encounter. However, for many, keeping it simple

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often becomes very difficult as our basic human nature is to overcomplicate everything we touch. The people I respect the most, possess the uncanny ability to take the most complicated of issues and simplify them. You will find that the best leaders, communicators, teachers, innovators, etc., have a true knack for taking extremely complex, dense, or intricate content and making it engaging and easy to understand. Keep it simple also applies to how you manage all the things that need to be done. Don’t let other people needlessly add to your to-do list with things you “have to” or “should” do. Instead focus on what’s close to the money and what actually yields results. We entrepreneurs are constatly overburdening ourselves with tasks that can’t possibly have a positive impact on the bottom line. So catch yourself the next time you complain about having too much to do and force yourself to take a hard and sober look at your to-do list. What’s really necessary? What personal and professional opportunities are you missing out on by overcomplicating your job? How do these tasks relate to the bigger role you play in your business and the underlying mission that you are trying to achieve? Just like a closet of unworn clothes, it can be really hard to let go of excess but when you finally get up the courage; it just feels so good. Open your business up and ask yourself how you could land on one easy to understand idea that defines you. One simple, single purpose for doing what you do. One audacious innovation that takes people’s breath away. Don’t complicate it, no matter how trivial it feels. Turn to a 6 year old and ask them what you do and pay close attention to the answer because it’s probably not draped in the mask of importance that we so seem to cling to. Simple has far more value than complex, try it on and see how it feels.


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city reviews

Much more than just books By Mona Hennawi

The beginning of a new school year is just around the corner and as such, I am seizing the opportunity to highlight a shop in our quaint city that is an essential place to visit for all the new and veteran teachers of Al Ain. The Book Shop is much more than just a book store and in fact, this mega 3 storey retail extravaganza is like a carnival, offering literary and stationary supplies galore, just to mention a few things on their list of inventory. I know that in the coming days, all you educators and students will be out in search of supplies and items to decorate and transform your classrooms into rich learning environments. Allow me to describe some of the things that await you when you visit The Book Shop. On the first floor you will find a huge selection of stationary, toys, and other cool gadgets. Beyond pens, they carry a wide range of school and office supplies, teaching aid resources, classroom decorations, craft supplies, crayons, pencils, chart pads, binders, pens, furniture, tape, yarn, school bags, brief cases and much more. On the second floor, prepare to lose yourself in an enormous literary jungle of Arabic, English, Islamic, and educational workbooks. Plus, they have an impressive variety of gift items to choose from. If this isn’t already an overwhelming amount of inventory, then take a trip down to the basement level where you will be greeted by a state of the art printing facility that specializes in all aspects of copying and finishing, including high-speed photocopying, colour laser printing, wide format colour printing, laminating, scanning and a variety of binding and finishing services. So whether you are in need of office, craft or back to school supplies, head down to The Bookshop, conveniently located near the Diwan Roundabout and adjacent to the City Seasons Hotel. I definitely know where the kids and I will be heading to do our annual back to school shopping and I hope to see you there as well! 26

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See what's going on in Al Ain from Aug 22 to Sep 5 COMMUNITY GROUPS & ACTIVITIES

Building/Wadi Park/House of Arts. Call 056 733 9523 or visit www.facebook. com/yogaoasisuae

Al Ain Art Club: Explore the artist in you! Join for grooming your painting talent with like-minded people. Every Wednesday, 10am-12pm. Free Admission. Al Qattara Arts Center. Call 050 763 7286 or email midoriyoshino18@gmail.com

Al Ain Toastmasters: Speak out, improve your skills and boost your confidence. 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of every month, 7:30pm. Free Admission. Tawam Hospital. Call 050 663 2550 or visit www.alain. toastmastersclub.org

AESGC Riding Academy: Unleash your inner equestrian! Sat-Thurs, 7-9am & 4:30-9pm. Admission from AED150 (adults) & AED60 (kids). Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club. Call 03 702 6405, email equestrian@aesgc.ae or visit www.aesgclub.com

Al Ain Weekends: Explore different cultural and heritage sites in the country! Fri or Sat, timings vary. Admission from AED20. Meeting point-La Brioche. Call 055 554 7060, email alainweekends@ gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/ alainweekends

Al Ain Ladies Netball Club: Sessions run by an ex-UK national League player and coach, the club offers training twice a week and welcomes players of all abilities. Sundays & Tuesdays, 7pm. Hilton Hotel. Membership fee varies. Call 050 334 9757 or email al.ain.netball@gmail.com

Living Water Library: A free lending library that is open to anyone in the Al Ain community! Tuesdays 3pm-9pm & Fridays 9am-1pm. Behind Oasis Hospital clinic. Call 050 831 2640 or email livingwaterlibrary@gmail.com

Al Ain Hash Harriers: Get fit while you socialize. Mondays, 6:15pm. Admission from AED10. Meeting point-Sophie’s Studio. Call 050 623 0411 or email georgesrobehmed@yahoo.com Al Ain Girls Scouts: The Al Ain Girl Scouts is a secular Girl Scouts group open to girls of any nationality. Wednesdays, 4pm-5pm. Registration fee:AED60. Al Ain English Speaking School. Email gsalain@gmail. com

Al Ain Road Runners: Fun way to stay hale and hearty! Sundays & Wednesdays, 6:30pm. Meeting point: Shakhbout bin Sultan Street near Al Ain Hospital Round about. Call 050 418 8978 , email alainroadrunners.events@yahoo.co.uk or join Facebook: Al Ain Road Runners Yoga Oasis UAE: Be part of Al Ain's leading yoga movement! Sun-Wed, timings vary, Rates from AED30. Hili Complex

Judo Classes: Learn Judo from a 3rd Dan Black Belt World Arab Champion. Sundays & Wednesdays, 5:30pm. Admission from AED350. Equestrian GrandstandAAESGC. Call 03 702 6431 or email deniseteymur@yahoo.co.nz Al Ain Choral Society: Join the choir and polish your singing chords! Sundays, 7:309pm. Music room-Al Ain English Speaking School. Call 050 563 9719 or email gkershaw@emirates.net.ae

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10 reasons why you should like

ARABS

S By Mona Hennawi / Carl Medearis

tereotypes of Arabs have been presented in various forms by the mass media in Western culture. These representations, which have been historically and predominantly negative, often have adverse repercussions for Arabs and Muslims in daily interactions and in current events. Being a Western Arab myself I know firsthand how these misconceptions can affect our daily lives. So when I came across an article written by Carl Medeari’s, an American international expert in the field of ArabAmerican and Muslim-Christian relations, I was pleased to see that he focused on many of the positive attributes that Arabs possess.

Carl, his wife Chris, and three kids lived in Beirut, Lebanon for 12 years. During this time, he gained a strong understanding of this region culture and its people. Upon his return to America he took home some positive stereotypes that he shares openly on his blog, which we are sharing with you today.

NUMBER 9: Arabs make good food. All the Arabs who live around the Mediterranean (North Africa, the Middle East) have the same basic diet that you’d find in Greece or Italy. They are known for their good food and good fun. When these Arabs move to the West, they bring their good food with them! NUMBER 8: Arabs are happy folk. They tend to laugh a lot. I have never heard as many jokes as I have living in the Middle East. NUMBER 7: They love traveling and learning about other cultures. I have been consistently surprised at how often I meet people in the Arab world who know way more about me and my culture than I do about them. NUMBER 6: They are learners. They love information. They’re not always big readers, but they study people. Be careful because they’ll know more about you in a few minutes than you can ever imagine. Their “people intuition” is amazing. NUMBER 5: Arabs love life. This one’s a bit fuzzy I know, but I often equate them to people from the Midwest here in the States. Good ole boys. Down home. Easy to hang out with and enjoy a good time. NUMBER 4: They are the warmest and most hospitable of all the cultures I’ve seen. If you are a foreigner, you cannot manage to walk from point A to point B without someone insisting you come in for tea. And then usually get asked to stay for lunch or dinner. And oftentimes they will insist you spend the night. Gotta love that!

10 Reasons why you should like Arabs - Written by Carl Medearis WARNING: There are some stereotypes in here. However, I felt it was fair to use some positive stereotypes since mostly the negative ones have prevailed in Western media. Let’s do it the David Letterman way and count down from 10: NUMBER 10: Arabs are not homogeneous. So let me start by saying all that I’m about to say is hard to justify as I am, in fact, stereotyping with the broadest of brushes; because they are many cultures within a bigger culture. An “Arab” is really only someone who speaks Arabic. They are Christians and Muslims and Druze. There are rich (Dubai) and poor (Yemen) Arabs. To say “Arabs” is really like saying “Westerners.” It’s way too broad – but if you know that, it makes it a little easier to understand them. When you know the “them” you’re talking about what can’t easily be defined. 28

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NUMBER 3: In the West we’re often told that we don’t discuss Religion and Politics in polite company. No such silliness in the Arab world. Of course, everyone discusses the two most important topics in their lives. They are often confused by our politicians who go there and never discuss faith. God, faith, politics and everyday life are intricately intertwined. NUMBER 2: Arabs are good friends. They understand the power of friendship. They will, quite literally, do anything for a friend. When they say someone is a friend – they mean it. NUMBER 1: They value family life like no others. They’re often shocked at how they see the West treating our elderly. When they find out that our two daughters go to school in other states – outside of Colorado – they wonder if there are no Universities inside of Colorado. Their families are not perfect, but they stay together.


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.

How to stop smoking for good

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obacco smoke is a deadly mix of more than 7,000 chemicals and chemical compounds. The poisonous chemicals in tobacco smoke reach every organ in the body.

Many of these chemicals are also found in consumer products, but these products have warning labels. While the public is warned about the danger of the poisons in these products, there is no such warning for the toxins in tobacco smoke. Here are a few of the chemicals in tobacco smoke, and other places they are found: Acetone – found in nail polish remover Acetic Acid – an ingredient in hair dye Ammonia – a common household cleaner Arsenic – used in rat poison Benzene – found in rubber cement Butane – used in lighter fluid Cadmium – active component in battery acid Carbon Monoxide – released in car exhaust fumes Formaldehyde – embalming fluid Hexamine – found in barbecue lighter fluid Lead – used in batteries Napthalene – an ingredient in moth balls Methanol – a main component in rocket fuel Nicotine – used as insecticide Tar – material for paving roads Toluene - used to manufacture paint 30

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Lung disease covers a group of conditions (including chronic bronchitis and emphysema) that damage the lungs, blocking the passage of air in and out, and making it difficult to breathe. It decreases the lungs’ ability to take in oxygen and remove carbon dioxide when we breathe. As the disease gets worse, small airways within the walls of the lungs become less elastic. Finally, the airways collapse, and become clogged with mucus. Although air continues to reach the lungs when you breathe in, it becomes trapped, making it difficult and uncomfortable to breathe out. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body and diminishes a person’s overall health. Millions of people have health problems caused by smoking. Smoking is a leading cause of cancer and death from cancer. It causes cancers of the lung, esophagus, larynx, mouth, throat, kidney, bladder, pancreas, stomach, and cervix, as well as acute myeloid leukemia. A pregnant smoker is at higher risk of having her baby born too early and with an abnormally low birth weight. A woman who smokes during or after pregnancy increases her infant’s risk of death from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Smoking is the leading cause of premature, preventable death and it is estimated that approximately half of population that continues to smoke will die because of it. Tobacco leads to 6 million premature deaths world-wide each year and by 2030 this number is expected to increase to 8 million. Regardless of their age, smokers can substantially reduce their risk of disease, including cancer, by quitting. Tips to help you quit smoking: Set a date: choose a quit date within the next 2 to 3 weeks so that you have enough time to focus on quitting and keep motivated. You can start on the weekend or during the week days, depending on what is easier. Get support: Get your family, friends and colleagues involved so you can get their encouragement. You can look for someone else who wants to quit and help each other. Remember it will be rough: anticipate your challenges and envision yourself overcoming your hurdles. The first three months are critical, many people relapse. Be prepared to face the challenge. Avoid temptation: removing cigarettes and other tobacco products, lighters, ashtrays from your home, car, and work place is best. Freshen up anything that smells like smoke such as your clothes, car, curtains and furniture. Talk to your doctor: beneficial medications such as the nicotine patch and nicotine gum are available Smoking is the single most preventable cause of death in society. So stop smoking and save yourself today.


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my world

Dead Sea, Jordan

Numerous spa hotels have set up shop by the healing waters of the Dead Sea, offering visitors pampering packages and the chance to find out what the other-worldly experience of floating in the salty water feels like

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By Marianne Makdisi

here’s something in the air down by the Dead Sea. You can feel it as you inhale; as you climb stairs with a spring in your step. You’d even be forgiven for believing the extra room in your lungs might make running seem like a walk in the park.

Of course, it wasn’t that I’d suddenly reached a new level of fitness without even trying. The air I was breathing was of a higher quality than at sea level. With 18 per cent more oxygen, gleaned from the evaporating Dead Sea, the air was having an invigorating effect, and my lungs were on holiday. Asthmatics, smokers and anyone with breathing problems should all visit the world’s most famous saltwater lake for an oxygen-rich spa break. When the mudslinging started, more health benefits revealed themselves. We were staying at the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar, on the

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banks of the Dead Sea, and the spa’s main ingredient – sloppy mud – was being dredged from the salty sea right on to our doorstep. We slathered ourselves with mineral-rich gooey muck, until our skin pores started gasping for fresh air. Then stepped into the serene water to marinate and bob like a cork. I had wanted to visit the Dead Sea since seeing photos of people floating on top of it, clutching newspapers, years ago. And I wasn’t disappointed: you really are unsinkable. Each time I moved, the buoyancy created an upward pressure that kept me afloat like a rubber ring. I wrapped my arms under my knees and laughed aloud – it’s the most peculiar, memorable experience. Up to 10 times saltier than seawater, the Dead Sea derived its name from the fact nothing can live in it due to its extreme salinity. About 90 minutes drive from the Jordanian capital of Amman, the lake occupies the Great Rift Valley, and at 400m below sea level marks the lowest point on the planet. It is fed mainly by the River Jordan, but doesn’t drain into anywhere. Instead, millions of litres of surface water evaporate each day, causing a thick, atmospheric haze to collect overhead. Noises are soaked up by this haze, leaving little to hear but the sound of lapping water, and dangerous UVB sunrays are filtered out, so you tan but don’t burn.


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Therapeutic tourism has been big business for centuries, with visitors flocking to the area to take advantage of the seawater’s healing properties (King Herod was a regular apparently). Dead Sea water and mud contain high concentrations of minerals including calcium, magnesium, bromine, sulphur and bitumen, which can relieve skin conditions such as acne and eczema, ease the pain of arthritis, beat allergies and boost circulation. These healing properties come at a price though: even the smallest of nicks start stinging so don’t shave before going for a soak. Bobbing around in water that kills all marine life also has a slightly eerie feel. One friend didn’t last long, citing a tingly sensation that saw him slipping out the warm sea faster than you can say pass the salt. Just one splash in the eyes or mouth is also enough to send bathers scrabbling for the shore. I was enjoying myself far too much to be too worried, however, and after a good shower felt like I’d discovered nature’s loofah: my newly exfoliated skin glowed and felt as soft as a baby’s cheek.

Luxe on the lake The Anantara Spa at the 345-room, five-star Kempinski Hotel Ishtar is the largest spa in the Middle East, with 20 spa suites offering a host of massages and treatments. An oasis of gardens and lagoons, the hotel is designed to be an affectionate tribute to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Other five-star properties that have opened their doors at the lowest point on earth include the Movenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea and Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa, as well as the four-star Dead Sea Spa Hotel. Our visit was very short, so we plan to return to visit Petra – because, really, no trip to Jordan is complete without a look at the pristine pink Unesco site. An official wonder of the world, it was lost to the world for a millennium and rediscovered 200 years ago by a Swiss explorer. I’m told nothing prepares you for your first glimpse of this 2,000-year-old Nabatean kingdom, and if you did want to combine Petra with a Dead Sea spa stay, it is possible to make the trip there and back in a day – albeit a long day. If you can tear yourself away from your relaxing temple of tranquility on the Dead Sea, that is.

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recipes

The Original Donair

Avocado and Feta Salad INGREDIENTS: 2 plum tomatoes, chopped | 1 ripe avocado - peeled, pitted and chopped | 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion | 1 clove garlic, minced | 1 tablespoon snipped fresh parsley | 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano | 1 tablespoon olive oil | 1 tablespoon red or white wine vinegar | 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese DIRECTIONS: 1. In a bowl, gently stir together tomatoes, avocados, onion, and garlic. Mix in parsley and oregano. Gently stir in olive oil and vinegar. Then stir in feta. Cover, and chill for 2 to 6 hours.

INGREDIENTS: 3 1/4 pounds boneless top round steak, sliced very thin | 1/2 cup red wine vinegar | 1/2 cup olive oil | 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice | 1 teaspoon allspice | 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon | 1/4 teaspoon cardamom | 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper | salt, to taste | 2 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped | 1 clove garlic, minced | 7 (6 inch) pita bread rounds | Romaine lettuce chopped | Onions, cut in long slices | Tomatoes, chopped Donair Sauce: 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk | 1/2 cup white sugar | 1/4 cup white vinegar, or to taste DIRECTIONS: • Place the sliced beef into a flat, ovenproof dish. Stir the red wine vinegar, 1/2 cup olive oil, lemon juice, allspice, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, salt, tomatoes and garlic together in a bowl until well blended. Pour over the beef, turning slices to coat evenly. Cover, and refrigerate 4 hours. • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). • Remove the cover from the dish with the beef, and cook in preheated oven until the meat is no longer pink, about 30 minutes. Cool slightly. • Mix together the evaporated milk and white sugar in a bowl, stirring until the sugar is dissolved, and then add the vinegar by teaspoons, mixing together after each addition, to taste. Refrigerate the sauce until serving. • Sprinkle the pita bread rounds with a little water, and press each onto a heated skillet to warm up. • To serve, place several slices of meat into a warmed pita bread, add lettuce, tomatoes, onions and spoon about 2 tablespoons of sauce over the meat. Roll the pita bread into a cone shape, wrap in aluminum foil to keep the sauce from dripping out. 34

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Simple & Easy Fruit Salad INGREDIENTS: 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced | 1 pound seedless green grapes, halved | 3 bananas, peeled and sliced | 1 (8 ounce) container strawberry yogurt | Cool whip (optional) DIRECTIONS: 1. In a large bowl, toss together strawberries, grapes, bananas, and strawberry yogurt. Serve immediately topped with cool whip.


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movie review

Rest In Peace Department(R.I.P.D) is a 2013 3D American supernatural comedy film directed by Robert Schwentke, based on the comic book Rest in Peace Department. A hotshot detective who was killed in the line of duty, joins a supernatural police force that protects the living from the malevolent souls who have escaped judgment in this adaptation of the popular Dark Horse comic book. Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) was a cop with a reputation for getting results, when he was brutally gunned down during a violent raid. The next thing Nick knew, he was sitting in the headquarters of the Rest in Peace Department, a supernatural police force tasked with arresting lost souls who are hiding out on Earth. The latest movie listings are online at www.thesourceuae.com!

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review A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, Just One Day, is the story of a sheltered American good girl, Allyson "LuLu", who first meets the laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England and feels an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines. Just One Day is a sweepingly romantic duet of novels.

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Sourceling I am Louise Ashley. I am eighteen months old. I love playing with my toys, arranging and disorganizing my puzzle mats, dancing and watching my favorite show Barney! I am a big fan of grapes and can have them any time of the day. I have started walking and now I love visiting parks and malls where I hold my mummy’s and daddy’s finger and walk. Although I don’t completely understand what people try to say, I respond with a big broad smile and giggles. My favorite place in the world is my bathtub, where I play with my toys. I try to learn everything from people around me. On weekends you can find me either in a swimming pool with my parents or shopping at the mall.

Book Review That is not my Hat, is an adorable story of a tiny fish and a missing hat. When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue top hat (which happens to fit him perfectly), but the question is, will anyone tell this story of the enormous fish? Will the enormous fish punish the tiny fish for keeping the lost hat with it? Read the book to find out!

‫لمحة عن كتاب‬

"‫"كيف رصت ق ّبعة صوف‬

‫ تخربها أمها‬.‫تحاول بسمة فهم معنى كلمة الحب‬ ‫ فتبدأ‬،‫أن الحب كلمة صغرية ذات معنى كبري‬ ‫البحث عن معنى الكلمة من خالل مامرسات‬ ‫ وبعد أن نسبت قطع الثياب‬.‫أفراد عائلتها‬ ‫ هل تعلم ملن نسبت قبعة‬،‫الشتوية ألفراد العائلة‬ !‫الصوف؟‬ ‫ بيتانيا زاكارياس‬:‫ سلمى قريطم | رسوم‬:‫نص‬

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.

‫ وأرتب وأبعرث ألعاب‬،‫ أحب اللعب بالدمى‬.‫ شهرا‬18 ‫ أبلغ من العمر‬،"‫اسمي "لويز آشيل‬ ‫ وأستطيع‬،‫ أرقص وأنا أشاهد برنامجي املفضل "بارين"! أحب العنب كثريا‬،‫األحاجي خاصتي‬ ‫ لذا أحب زيارة املنتزهات واألسواق التجارية حيث‬،‫ بدأت امليش مؤخرا‬.‫تناوله طوال اليوم‬ ‫ بالرغم من أنني ال أفهم متاما ما يحاول‬.‫أمسك باصبعي أمي وأيب ليساعدانني عىل السري‬ ‫ مكاين املفضل يف‬.‫ إال أنني أتفاعل معهم بابتسامة عريضة وقهقهة عالية‬،‫الناس قوله يل‬ ‫ ويف عطلة نهاية‬.‫ وأحاول التعلم مام حويل‬.‫ حيث ألعب بألعايب‬،‫العامل هو حوض االستحامم‬ .‫ أو أتسوق يف املول‬،‫ ستجدين أسبح يف بركة السباحة برفقة أمي وأيب‬،‫األسبوع‬ ‫ 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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How many books can you put into an empty backpack?

Answers: 1- One! After that it's not empty, 2- Neither, they both weigh a ton, 3-Bookkeeper.

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Organizing your desk! Back to School season is just around the corner. Learn to organize your desk with some recycled items! Messiness: Low, Age: 8+, Estimated time: 15 Minutes What You’ll Need •

A shoe box lid

A few empty boxes that fit in the shoe lid

Gift wrapping papers (assorted colors)

Pair of scissors

Glue

Transparent tape

This is what you are going to do: •

Cut the flaps of every box using scissors.

Using the scissors also cut out the sides that you want to use as holders.

Tape the corners of the box for a finished look.

Warp the boxes with gift paper, and for a perfect finish glue them.

Place the boxes inside the shoe lid.

Using the leftover gift wrap, decorate the edges of the shoe lid.

Simply place this on your study desk and you are ready to go!

!‫رتّب مكتبك‬ ‫ تعلم كيف ترتب‬،‫مع اقرتاب موسم العودة للمدارس‬ !‫مكتبك مستخدما مواد معاد تصنيعها‬ ‫ سنوات فام‬8 :‫ منخفضة | العمر املناسب‬:‫درجة الصعوبة‬ ‫ دقيقة‬15 :‫فوق | مدة العمل‬ :‫ستحتاج إىل‬ ‫غطاء صندوق حذاء | عدة صناديق فارغة تتسع غطاء‬ | )‫صندوق الحذاء | ورق تغليف هدايا (ألوان متنوعة‬ ‫مقص | صمغ | الصق شفاف‬ :‫طريقة العمل‬ .‫قص الحوايش الزائدة للصناديق باستخدام املقص‬ ّ • ‫قص الجوانب التي تريد‬ ّ ‫ •وباستخدام املقص أيضا‬ .‫استخدامها كحامل لألغراض املكتبية‬ .‫ •ألصق زوايا الصندوق ملظهر أكرث ترتيبا‬ ‫ •غلف الصناديق بورق تغليف الهدايا وألصقه‬ .‫باستخدام الصمغ‬ .‫ •ضع الصناديق ضمن إطار غطاء صندوق الحذاء‬ ‫ زيّن‬،‫ •وباستخدام ما تبقى من ورق تغليف الهدايا‬ .‫حواف غطاء صندوق الحذاء الظاهرة‬ ‫ •ببساطة ضعها عىل سطح مكتبك الدرايس واستعد‬ !‫الستقبال العام الدرايس الجديد‬

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