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The Issue 6 • 12 April 2012


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Contents Issue 6 ▪ 12 April 2012

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NEWS FEATURE A Sporting Oasis: We chat with Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Nasseri, General Manager of AESGC, Al Ain’s Multi-Sporting Complex


11 STUFF FOR MEN Listen up! Choosing a decent pair of headphones 12 HEALTH & FITNESS The second in our ‘sleeping’ series

13 URBAN WOMEN Customise your abaya and choose your spring scent

14 AL MAJLIS We speak to 91-year-old Aqeeda Al Muhairi, Al Ain resident and the oldest winner of an Abu Dhabi Award 16 EDUCATION We take an in-depth look at plagiarism, what it is and why it’s happening

Welcome to Issue 6 of The Source. This week, our magazine has a distinct local flavor. From chatting with Aqeeda Al Muhairi, a 91-year-old Al Ain resident who recently recieved an Abu Dhabi Award for his pioneering work with traditional medicine, to visiting the Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club for a chat about their role in the community and their upcoming plans for the future. In Urban Woman, Rachel chats about customizing your abaya to reflect your personality and we also take a look at scents for the spring season. Education this week looks at plagiarism and how it is affecting students in the UAE. While Sarah, our resident health expert, gives us part two in our sleeping series. My City visits Al Ain Mall’s Ice Rink while, in My World, we zoom over to Boston to coincide with the world’s oldest annual marathon and have a look at exactly what you can get up to in the city. Once again, thanks for all your feedback and contributions. Happy reading! Hayley Skirka (Editor)

18 CALENDAR OF EVENTS MOVIE LISTINGS 20 FROM OUR READERS 21 NEED TO KNOW 22 BE INSPIRED Flying high with the female flight instructors at Horizon International Flight Academy

24 MY WORLD Boston – the City on a Hill, the Athens of America or the Cradle of Liberty. No matter what nickname you choose, it’s a city well worth a visit. 26 MY CITY Stay cool at Al Ain Mall’s Ice Rink

27 BUSINESS Money management and making ends meet To Contact Us

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Managing Director Mona Hennawi | Editor In Chief Mahra Saeed Al Muhairi | Creative Director Frank Meyer Editor Hayley Skirka | Associate Editor Khudayja Saloojee | Junior Writer Mehak Alam | Photography & Graphic Design Ghulmiyyah Ghulmiyyah Senior Arabic Editor Sami Rashid | Senior Translator Narmeen Al Assad | Translator Hanadi Jamil | Administration Manager Haneen Farid Advertising Manager S.A. Hasan | Advertising Sales Executive Jo Matthew | Advertising Sales Executive Farid Nouisser | Distribution Manager Jeff Grigsby Contributing Writers | Rachel Duggan, Alex Hennawi

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UAE Comes First in Happiness Stakes In the UN’s first ever world happiness and satisfaction survey, the UAE has topped the list of Arab countries and ranked 17th in the world. Taking to popular social networking site, twitter, to celebrate, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said “In 2007, I announced that the goal of our strategy is to achieve “people’s happiness”. This survey confirms we are on the right path.” The founding fathers of the country always placed huge importance and value on providing means and creating happiness for all citizens. This vision has become the method through which the government

continuously works to improve the United Arab Emirates. HH Sheikh Mohammed attributed the accomplishments to the dedication, loyalty and spirit of teamwork demonstrated by the people of the UAE and the excellent cooperation across all levels of federal and local government. He applauded the survey and the “encouraging results” for the UAE. The survey showed that happier countries tended to be richer but that more important than income are social factors like strength of social support, the absence of corruption and the degree of personal freedom.

Bouncing Baby Oryx & Addax at Al Ain Zoo

Citizens of the UAE are a happy bunch

Recycling goes Door to Door The Centre of Waste Management (CMW) has launched a door to door awareness campaign in Al Ain to educate residents about recycling. According to Gulf News, an official from the CMW stated that the project is being implemented in 10 districts of Al Ain, as well as Madinat Zayed, a city in the Western region of the Abu Dhabi emirate. The CMW have hired specially trained professionals who will visit homes to explain and clarify any concerns about the project.

The project will feature green bins for collecting dry recyclables and black bins for general waste. Bins will be put outside, by residents, as required for collection. All surplus waste will be sent to landfills. The project is proving to be a success with the centre encouraging and educating residents about the importance of recycling. “It is important to improve hygiene and reduce the amount of waste generated through the waste hierarchy to reduce, reuse and recycle wastes, and to develop new industry for the use of recyclable materials,” said the official.

It was only a few weeks ago that Al Ain Zoo were celebrating the birth of five baby gazelles. This week, they saw the arrival of a scimitar-horned oryx and an addax, both born in perfect health under the supervision of the zoo’s veterinary department. The addax, which mostly inhabits isolated regions in the Sahara Desert, is endangered as a result of illegal hunting, development and fragmentation of the deserts for agriculture and is on the verge of being registered as extinct in the wild. Its birth at the zoo gives a ray of hope to the animals waning population. The scimitar-horned oryx, was previously one of the most common large animals in northern Africa but is now thought to be extinct in the wild after being hunted for meat and sporting trophies. Visitors to the park will be able to see these young animals growing up safely as part of the zoo’s continuous commitment to the conservation of arid land species.



Do Your Part for the Environment Recycle your old mobiles

The Emirates Environment Group (EEG) and Nokia have renewed their collaboration of their 2009 “Take Back” initiative campaign. Under the ‘Borrow the Bin’ scheme, schools in Dubai will be given a bin for one or two weeks, and teachers and students will be encouraged to drop their old phones in the bins for recycling. Ulrike Vott, Nokia’s Regional Sustainability Manager, Middle East and Africa, said

“If the 4.6 billion people using mobile phones globally recycled at least one of their unwanted devices, this could save 370,000 tones of raw material from the earth, and reduce greenhouse gases to the same extent as taking six million cars off the road.” All phones, accessories, batteries and chargers collected will be sent to approved recycling experts at Nokia who will then attempt to recycle the material into musical instruments, bicycle parts or even dental fillings. Since the beginning of the campaign in 2009, almost 3,000 old mobiles have been collected. However, many old mobiles still end up cluttering up landfills, thus both EEG and Nokia are motivated to continue with the campaign to eradicate the problem.

GFF 2012 Kicks off this Week The fifth edition of the annual Gulf Film Festival (GFF), takes place in Dubai Festival City from 10th to 16th April and in Abu Dhabi from 12th-14th April, 2012. Filmmakers hope to push the boundaries of Arab cinema by opening with ‘Tora Bora’, the story of a young man brainwashed to join extremist forces in Afghanistan and following his parents anxious search for him when he goes missing. One of six movies originating from Kuwait, the screening will be the movie’s Middle Eastern debut. Young Emirati filmmakers are prominently featured in the festival and they seem to be grabbing their inspiration from quirky society trends. With topics covering everything from home-bred wild cats to convention defying hairdos this new influx of movies will bring a dose of fun and imagination to the fifth GFF, held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, chairman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority. 6

Also new for this year is “the Gulf Script Market for Short Films’ which will act as a podium to raise the profile of scriptwriters and authors in the Gulf and assist them in fine-tuning their scripts and forming partnerships with directors and producers. GFF 2012 celebrates the brilliance of gulf cinema by providing an open platform where the international film community can discover the most promising Gulf talent. The festival aims to encourage young filmmakers in creating and developing successful future projects and provide greater opportunities for them to showcase their work.

Police to Crack-Down on Souped-Up Cars Abu Dhabi Police are set to fine owners of modified vehicles as part of a new awareness campaign. Due to launch on June 10th, the new rules will see owners fined if they are found to have unauthorized additions or other modifications likely to cause harm. According to DriveArabia, the campaign is likely the result of a recent incident on the Abu Dhabi-Al Ain highway which saw police having to escort a ‘defective’ vehicle and driver for almost an hour after his accelerator jammed and the motorist, who had modified his car for speed, was unable to slow down or stop the car. Organized by the Directorate of Traffic and Patrols, General Command of Abu Dhabi Police, the initiative aims to stomp out dangers from bad workmanship which can lead to dangerous situations such as accidents and fires. Drivers will be fined AED 900 for any unauthorized modifications suspected of causing danger, AED 500 for exhaust modifications and AED 400 for those who have modified their engine without the correct license, according to Gulf News. All drivers fined will also have their vehicles impounded for a month. A previous crackdown by Sharjah Police saw more than 100 drivers fined simply for noise pollution and those whose cars were impounded being indefinitely confiscated. As part of the new measures, automobile workshops and other facilities throughout the Abu Dhabi emirate will also be forced to close if they are found to be providing facilities allowing engine’s vehicles to be louder than usual or making any exhaust modifications.

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It’s in Our Blood!

MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL-NASSERI, GENERAL MANAGER OF AESGC, TALKS ABOUT THE CLUB AND ITS EVOLVING ROLE IN THE CITY The ancient deserts of the Middle East are the home of the oldest known breed of riding horse, the Arabian. Known throughout the world for their incredible energy, gentle disposition and high level of intelligence, these majestic creatures are now one of the most popular in the world. For thousands of years, Arabian horses were bred by Bedouin tribes who relied on their dependability in the harsh desert climate. The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) was instrumental in spreading the Arabian’s influence by telling people to care for them with kindness and respect, proclaiming that those who treated the horse well would be rewarded by Allah in the afterlife. With horses so deeply rooted in Arabian culture, it is no wonder that the sport of equestrian flourishes in the region. The Emirates Equestrian Federation was established in 1992 in order to spread the spirit of the sport and to pay honor to the role the Arabian horse has played throughout national culture and heritage. In the city of Al Ain, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the grandson of the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul) was appointed in early 2000 to oversee the creation of an equestrian club in Al Ain. The club would aim to facilitate alternative sports, which were not previously catered for in the region while striving to become a tourist attraction for nationals, non-nationals and visitors alike.


FEATURE In 2004, construction commenced and, three years later, the equestrian club opened. The project has developed since then and now spreads out over two million square meters of land and offers patrons much more than just a sports club. It offers an entire sporting complex with facilities for shooting, golf, rugby, tennis, swimming, diving and, of course, equestrian. One of the unique features of the club is that it lies far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Nasseri, the General Manager of the club, said that they chose this location so that people could “come here to feel that they are somewhere else, like a palace, away from the hotels and outside the city.” Driving through the gated entrance, into the sprawling complex, you certainly do get the feeling that you’re entering some kind of holiday resort. Speaking about the complex’s flagship enterprise, the equestrian club, Mr. Al-Nasseri explains the intricacies of the sport. “Equestrian, all over the world, is a sport where you spend money and don’t get much return.” The situation is “a love story between you and the horse, whether you are the owner of the club or the horses, or a jockey or whatever.” Since there is very little return on investment, equestrian needs someone who really cares about the sport to provide facilities. This is the role of the Emiratis as, according to Mohammed, the sport “is something between the blood and the skin for the local.” Earlier this year, the club hosted their second International Show Jumping Championship where riders from all over the world competed for prize money totaling AED 632,000. The facilities are certainly world class with stables complete with air conditioning, security cameras, swimming facilities and roundthe-clock staff. Over AED 24 million was spent in the creation of an indoor arena to allow patrons to practice their sport all year round, despite the harsh climate of the UAE. The club was created with the vision of becoming a major tourist attraction in the emirates. Speaking fondly about the successful and world famous Meydan Racing Track in neighboring Dubai, Mohammed declares, “Dubai is our brother and they have constructed Meydan on a huge scale. Here, we will do something else, something different. What would be the reason to do the same thing? Different activities, in different cities, will make people like our country more and more.” Golf and rugby are not sports that traditionally have a big Emirati following and yet, AESGC undoubtedly fills a void in society. “Other nationalities came to Al Ain to join the universities, to join the hospitals, to join the army. They wanted to have somewhere to go or something to do with their time. We aim to give facilities for whoever is living in Al Ain. Looking specifically to rugby, the Al Ain Amblers Rugby Team was formed in 1984 yet not many people knew about them. When they moved here [to AESGC] people began to understand what rugby is and what it’s all about.”

Shooting is the club’s other major focus. With the UAE being the only Arab country to have won an Olympic gold medal in the sport, the popularity of it is growing. The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) visited AESGC shortly after their opening and was highly impressed with what they saw. The huge sums of money spent were deemed worthwhile when the ISSF bestowed the honor of hosting the 2013 ISSF World Cup on the club. This event, due to take place on April 15th 2013, will see more than 700 international shooters descend upon Al Ain. Mr. Al-Nasseri cited the event as a huge boost “as many clubs, which were founded a long time ago, still did not yet receive the honor of hosting the World Cup.” Mohammed is keen to encourage other sportsmen and women to come to him to request new facilities to be added to the club. Right now, he has approved a climbing wall after receiving feedback from many residents that it is something they would enjoy. “We are ready,” he says, “we can give a facility for whoever is living in Al Ain.” Anyone interested in adding a sport to the club’s portfolio needs only to have a group of around 20-40 participants and be committed to attending the facilities. With over 2 million square meters to play with, Mohammed laughs, “Of course we have the space.” Right now, the club is also in the process of constructing a huge hotel, due to open in February 2013. With over 215 rooms and more than 60 individual chalets overlooking the greens, it will attract visitors from near and far, adding another boost to Al Ain’s growing tourism economy. The Abu Dhabi Sports Council, created by HH Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, eventually aims to create UAE national teams in many sporting disciplines. While this may seem a little far off at the moment, the introduction of national players in each sport is not and the AESGC has many flourishing youngsters, in both equestrian and shooting, who they will continue to nurture to professional level. A tourist attraction, an entertainment venue, a social hub and a break away from city life, the AESGC is many things to many people. Most importantly, however, it is the nurturing point for the sports stars of tomorrow.



Daredevil Stunts at Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge The 22nd edition of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge saw some daring stunts performed during the six day rally in the Western Regions of Al Gharbia last week. Veteran rally driver Jean-Louis Schlesser wrapped up a historic sixth title winning the final leg of the rally and beating Khalifa Al Mutaiwei from the UAE and Patrick Sireyjol from France, who finished second and third respectively. With this victory, Frenchman Schlesser, partnered by co-driver Konstantin Zhilstov from Russia in their Sonangol Buggy, now holds more desert challenge titles than any other driver. His shear experience in the competition drove him towards the

Photography by Walter Cramerstetter

victory zone in the FIA World Cup for cross-country Rallies on the final day of competition. Driving the Team X-Raid Mini A114, Emirati rally driver Khalifa Al Mutaiwei enjoyed an impressive return to the scence but got stuck in the sand towards the end of the second round, ruining his chances of a remarkable winning comeback. Despite all the hurdles, he still managed to grab second place. In the Quad category, Obaid Al Kitbe, from Umm Al Quwain, pulled of a superb five day challenge to clinch the title, marking his second victory in the Middle East’s number one rally. A huge number of Emirati drivers and riders participated in this year’s event, keen to compete against the world’s most renowned names on home soil. The Abu Dhabi Desert challenge 2012 was held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region and organized by the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE and presided over by Mohammed ben Sulayem, the founder of the rally.

Red Bull X-Fighters Back in JBR The 2012 Red Bull X-fighters season, kicks off this weekend at its stunning beachfront location on JBR. The world’s most important freestyle competition will go on to tour the globe taking in California, Istanbul, Madrid, Munich and Sydney. The tournament is taking place under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council. Dany Torres, the 2011 Spanish champion, is set to defend his title after his impressive performance last year. Competing against 11 other riders, the standard is sure to be exceptionally high. With exceptional, breathtaking jumps, gravity defying acrobatics and some highly exciting bare-knuckle rivalries, the event is set to be an amazing experience for young and old alike. Tickets are available online and at Virgin Megastores throughout the UAE.

Thailand on Top at U18 Challenge Cup of Asia UAE Grab the Runner’s Up Spot The UAE’s newly formed Under-18 Ice Hockey team faced zealous challenges from Thailand, Malaysia, India and Hong Kong at the U-18 Challenge Cup of Asia last week at Zayed Sport City, Abu Dhabi. The five-team, 10-game tournament boasted remarkable performances by the participating squads. The inauguration match between Thailand and Malaysia, ended in an astonishing 19-1 victory for Thailand while the second match of the tournament, where the UAE grabbed victory over India, set a record breaking score of 31-1. Both the Thai and UAE teams paved 10

their way to the final day of competition to beat Hong Kong 5-0 and Malaysia 8-3 respectively. The newly formed Emirati team performed well in their final match with Hazza Al Saedi appearing consistently on the score sheet to help the side clinch the runners up spot behind the pace and experience of the seasoned Thai team. The victory by Thailand’s junior squad extracted revenge for their senior team who recently lost against the UAE at the Challenge Cup of Asia last month. The next big challenge for the UAE team is the Under-20 World Championship

in Russia, which will feature the top 10 hockey nations in the world and from where the world champions will be crowned.

STUFF for men

Listen Up! By: Alex Hennawi

Headphones. Small, everyday items that we often don’t give much thought to. Lately, it seems that the large studio types of headphones are becoming a bit of a fashion statement. You’ve surely noticed your favorite DJs, hip hop stars and your neighbors’ baggy panted kid wearing what look like earmuffs. The sound from these are great but, wearing them you may run the risk of being mistaken for an airport runway mechanic. Either that or a Dr. Dre wannabe. Portable headphones are probably the most common type on the market and they come in a few different styles. The inner ear style is great for being discrete and for cutting out noise but has the tendency to fall out. The ear clip style is probably your best option if you’re looking for something small but easy to work out with.

Wireless headphones are great and come in all forms, from studios to clips. They are wonderful if you want to eliminate of wires that might limit your movement. Active noise reduction headphones are designed to block out noise, perfect for on a crowded bus or to drown out nagging kids. They do this by one of two methods. One is by creating a seal between the ear and headphone. The other is when the headphone monitors and mimics outside frequencies thereby cancelling them out. All of this, of course, comes at a financial cost. Choosing a pair that are right for you requires some careful thought. When will you use them, where, and how much should you pay? Just because you can afford a AED 3000 pair of headphones doesn’t mean you need them. If fact, if you listen to a lot of downloaded music of dubious quality a top of the line pair

of headphone is just going to annoy you because they will amplify the sound imperfections. There are also a lot of brands out there charging a premium based on slick marketing. Beats by Dre by Monster for example, are sharp looking headphones that all the hip-hop kids want. Be careful though, the sound quality you get from them can be had for much less money by some of the best audio companies like Sennheiser or AKG. The key is to buy what you can afford in the type that best suit your needs and to remember to enjoy the escape a good set of headphones can afford you.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP Do you have a sleep deprived child and feel so tired that life with your toddler seems like an endurance test rather than something to enjoy?

What follows is the ‘Controlled Crying Technique’ and this can be used for both the ‘poor settler’ and the ‘repeated night time waker’.

I’m sure you would agree that living with a small child who hasn’t had enough sleep can be difficult for everyone around them. Sometimes, as parents, we worry that our approach in trying to solve a child’s sleep problem may leave them feeling upset however, after implementing sleep solutions, children are more likely to feel secure, less emotional, less irritable, be more likeable and, as a result, have a better relationship with you.

If your toddler has no bedtime routine, wakes up through the night, takes off their pajamas and screams for a bottle of milk there is simply no point in trying to deal with everything at once. Take things slowly and try to tackle one thing at a time. In my experience toddlers will use several strategies to make sure that their parents jump through hoops to settle them. There are ‘the middle of the night wakers’ who manage to turn happy smiling parents into the walking dead within weeks. There are the ‘poor settlers’ who use a smoke screen of demands to keep your attention for as long as possible and the ‘nocturnal wanderers’ who migrate to their parent’s bed and end up sleeping east to west whilst the parents sleep north to south. Generally, the two main problems parents would like to 'fix', as far as sleep issues are concerned, are getting toddlers to ‘settle and go to sleep’ and getting them to ‘sleep through the night’.

First of all, decide what would be a reasonable bedtime for your child. Then, 20 minutes before, introduce some calm, quiet time. If your child settles late, bring this time forward 20 minutes each night to achieve a bedtime you want. Next, take them to bed, put them down and say goodnight. After this it’s important to decisively walk away. They may initially cry and start a noisy protest but try to leave them for five minutes, or two if you are likely to break, don’t let them become hysterical to the point they want to vomit. When you return to them - lift, cuddle and comfort. When the loud sobs have reduced to whimpers return them to bed and walk away decisively. Your child may be taken aback at this action and may immediately begin to cry again. Leave them for the required time, go back, then lift, cuddle and comfort. If you can get away with a cuddle whilst they remain in bed even better. Once the crying reduces, leave. Repeat this process and be firm for as long as it takes for them to go to sleep or return to sleep if it’s happening in the middle of the night. Do the same thing each time they wake. Be firm and consistent. It’s important that both parents and nannies are aware of the process.

Has your child escaped from their cot and developed mountaineering skills? If so they are a ‘cot escaper’. Some toddlers don’t try to escape, others once they have succeeded once, they start to perfect their skills resulting in ‘bumps’ in the night. Place a folded quilt or cushions around the cot to prevent injury when they hit the floor. The alternative is to switch them into a bed but be mindful that if they sleep badly in their cot then they are likely to sleep badly in the bed but will be able to escape easier. Ensure you have a safety gate across the bedroom door or across the stairs to prevent night time wandering. When it comes to the ‘early riser’ a later bedtime could solve the problem. In my experience however, this turns a happy early riser into a tired toddler. If they nap in the afternoon allow this to continue. Use blackout curtains in their bedroom and place quiet toys in their cot so that when they wake they can entertain themselves for a while. From around 12 months old a child doesn’t require a milk feed or snack through the night, only offer water if they wake demanding a feed. Remember, don’t give in. Don’t attempt to make any changes to sleep during periods of illness or family changes. Choose a time when you can afford to be up and down the stairs, and may be more tired than normal. Don’t give in to dry tears and loud grumblings. These changes are not easy to implement and need consistency from all those who take part but they do work.

For further support with sleep problems contact:

Sarah Stoll - Bsc (Hons) Community Nursing Specialist Practitioner, RSCN, Dip. H.E, an Independent Parenting Advisor. She is a British qualified paediatric nurse and health visitor offering support for all aspects of parenting. Sarah also teaches baby massage courses! For further information email - or call 050 135 2684. 12


Far from Invisible:

The Embellished Abaya By Rachel Duggan

The traditional abaya is being embraced by young Muslim women as a chance to show their own personal style and express their individualism as designers around the region offer contemporary designs and embellishments while ensuring that the purpose and function of the abaya is not compromised.

functionality. Their flagship store is located in Dubai yet DAS Collection is also stocked in the internationally acclaimed luxury department store Harrods of London.

Designers aim to keep the fundamental characteristics of the loose fitting, modest garment while simultaneously establishing new styles, signature silhouettes and color combinations.

To add an edge to tradition, many designers choose to embellish different areas of the abaya. Malaak’s abayas are dramatic with heavily embellished details such as exaggerated shoulders with studs and spikes. Huda N, the designer of Malaak, understands the importance of tradition yet believes it can evolve and fuse with modern fashion without compromising function or significance.

One of the most internationally recognized designers from this region are Hind and Reem Beljafla of DAS Collection. Creating luxury designs which include the signature black mixed with beautiful, soft colors adds a feminine and contemporary twist to a traditional outfit. The magnificent, draped silhouettes further ensure

Whether women design their own abayas or look to designers for their creations, using various materials, textures, prints and patterns allows women to express their personality and sense of style. Maryam Selaich’s label, Slouchy’Z, shows a unique use of contemporary cuts and fabrics in a collection designed to meet

Spring Scents By Haneen Farid Perfume is more than just a scent to make you smell nice. Each of us has a scented history, full of perfumed memories. The gentle drift of a scent could fondly take you down memory lane; conjure up memories of lost emotions and beautiful moments, and urge you to reminisce about interesting places that you have visited. Just as you would update your wardrobe every season, perfumes should also be changed and selected for each season. Fragrances can often reflect our mood and personality. They are like colors; just as some colors make you feel fresh and cheerful, some scents can make you feel light and lively. The spring season brings with it a sense of freshness and, with flowers in full bloom, beautiful floral scents. Similarly, spring

perfumes have a fresh, sparkling, floral scent which helps you to feel cool, fresh and sprightly. This is most definitely the season when you need to swap your warm wintry perfumes for lighter floral scents. When choosing which perfume to go for, keep in mind, that what smells good on one person may smell entirely different on you. Choose your scent by selecting those which conjure up personal memories for you.

Malaak add embellished details

the modern women’s needs. If you prefer to go with an understated style, a solid colored abaya in traditional black can express a woman’s style and personality by having a creative silhouette or the addition of discreet beading and detail to the edge of the cuffs and shayla. With it being such a significant garment in a woman’s wardrobe, use your creativity and let your abaya reflect who you are.

Top Spring Scents for 2012 • • • • • • • •

Brit by Burberry Flora by Gucci Apple by Ninna Richi Hypnose by Lancome Sweet Delicious collection by DKNY Miss Dior Eau Fraiche by Dior The One by Dolce and Gabbana Very Irresistible by Givenchy

Here are my personal favorites for the spring season. Some are new on the market while others have been my personal favorites for many years.


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Lighting Candles in the Path of Life Aqeeda Al Muhairi, a 91-year-old Traditional Medicine Pioneer & the Oldest Winner of an Abu Dhabi Award Aqeeda Al Muhairi. Where to begin? From those wrinkles that time has drawn on his smiling face, each one, seeming to profess its own story, anecdote or wisdom. Or those hands, that have worked tirelessly for the good of his own people. As soon as I was informed about Aqeeda and the possibility of interviewing him I began to picture the scene. Not only did I feel that such an interview would enrich the magazine no end, I also believed that it would boost my own personal knowledge and deepen my faith. Here, in the column of Al Majlis, I often use the character and achievements of our guests to form questions for our interviews. However, in this situation, my mind crippled and my pen dried! What would a young girl like me ask an old man, touched by the hands of time? A man who has given life 91 years. I wouldn’t say that he is 91-years-old, instead I would rather say he is 91 years in experience, wisdom, devotion and love. “Where is the starting point, where on earth should I begin?” I wondered. Aqeeda turned back the clock of time approximately 80 years for me, to a time when he was a young man, thirsty to learn and eager for knowledge. Life has not been easy for him, harshly taking his father away from him when he was still in his teens. He had to learn to depend on himself and accepted his own personal challenge to acquire as many skills as he could to face the harsh circumstances of life. He planted, he fished, and he dived into the depths off the sea, seeking to make his living both on and off shore. On top of all this, he taught himself poetry, fables and stories. 14

Throughout it all, he never stopped searching for his innermost aspiration and what he felt was his destiny in life. At this time, he was unaware that this destiny would unfold to be traditional medicine. However, his sensitivity coupled with his empathy for others urged him in this direction. He could not stand idly by and watch disease prevail, cruelly snatching people from all around him. Thus, he decided to surround himself with the knowledge of medicine, absorbing all he could to become an expert in the subject. He had often visited his grandmother’s house where he would watch her, as a traditional medicine practitioner, heal and cure those who asked her. He used to watch closely, but never realized that he too would one day follow in this path. As time passed, and his knowledge increased, he himself began to cure patients through God’s will and his own hands. Over the years, thousands of patients passed through his hands and he was successful in treating over 50 diseases, including jaundice, pleurisy, sciatica, migraines and many childhood illnesses. Although I admit that I don’t have a profound knowledge of traditional medicine or herbal therapy, I felt that, since they come from Mother Nature, they are less toxic and may have less harsh side effects. Chatting with Aqeeda, my understanding of this type of treatment grew tenfold as he explained in detail the benefits and processes of traditional medicine. One technique which he told me about was cauterization and he explained that both he and his grandmother used it in their treatment. He further explained that his grandmother would treat people with a simple cautery, an iron rod which you heat with fire until it turns to a red glow. The rod is then placed on the injured part of the body, in

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order to destroy any abnormal tissue. He warned me however, that before this practice can be successful the practitioner must be well versed in the traditions of medicine, the nature of the illness and the magnitude of the pain. “I’ve been practicing cauterization for more than 50 years, when people used to live simply by instinct and had no idea about doctors. Our preoccupation with nature led us to traditional medical treatment and cauterization,” he added. Aqeeda continued to describe those times as some of the best of his life. Perhaps, some of his fondest memories are the times that he spent with HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, God rest his soul, whom he considers to be a role model, leader, founder and teacher of men. Through this great man he learned patience to deal with difficulties, he learned generosity, modesty, patriotism and so many other characteristics, too many to list. Aqeeda has never hesitated in sharing his wisdom with those around him, especially with the younger generations. He has been an upstanding example to his grandson, Issa, who absorbed his grandfather’s knowledge from a young age and who has since followed in his footsteps into the field of medicine, all be it of a modern sense, studying towards his degree at UAE University. What a marvelous family to come together and combine traditional medicine with modern. I imagine both grandfather and grandson discussing their patients, their ailments and their possible treatments. Both are quite certain of the importance of the other and realize neither should ever cancel the other out. “There are many people knocking on my door asking for medical help. I don’t hide the truth; to be truthful is vital in my career. After hearing their stories and evaluating each case in turn I often advise them to go to the government hospitals. It would be very unlike me to claim knowledge of something I do not know. Personally, I often turn to modern medicine as I know the essential role that it plays.”

One amazing thing that Aqeeda accomplished in his later years was to take driving lessons and obtain his driving license. He did not allow his old age to be an obstacle obstructing this path. Still, at 91, he signs his own name rather than resorting to finger print identification. How great a man he is! Aqeeda’s name means ‘doctrine’, or a personal belief, and his doctrine has been to pursue success and creativity in life by helping those around him. On that day, I truly hoped that the interview would never end. The challenge, in my eyes, would be to try to summaries Aqeeda’s amazing journey in just a few pages of print when the man has achieved so much. Surely, however, there is no greater way to end than with some life lessons from such an upstanding man, taken directly from his own life, to which he has given such love, loyalty and passion. Usually, I ask for three lessons but, on this occasion, my personal craving for knowledge drove me to ask for more from a man who did not know the impossible, nor did he pretend to, but who simply yearned to learn. • • • • •

Depend on yourself, try to be independent. Be the first to do good deeds, others will follow. Accept your destiny, it is God’s will Strive to work hard and don’t let the realms of possibility hamper your success Adapt to life’s circumstances and don’t let them obstruct your way.

Our journey, however long or short, is not measured by the number of years we live but rather by the number of candles we light in the long path of life. Everyone needs guidance in lighting those candles and not allowing the years to pass in vain. Aqeeda has lit more than 91 candles, God bless him.




More Common Than You Think! As plagiarism rates increase across the UAE, we take an in-depth look at what it is and why it’s happening. Your lecturer has given you an assignment that’s demanding and difficult. The deadline is fast approaching and you’re feeling overwhelmed. You take the easy way out and look up a few websites, copy and paste chunks of information without referencing it. Your friend offers to help write part of your essay. What’s the big deal? Nobody has to know, as long as your deadline is met and your lecturer is happy. Right? Plagiarism is a huge problem across UAE universities. Students have a number of reasons for justifying their cheating, one of which is that lecturers hand out difficult assignments. A recent article in Gulf News reported that 80 per cent of undergraduate students engage in academic dishonesty. 56 per cent were business graduate students and 47 per cent non-business graduates who admitted cheating at least once during their undergraduate studies.

So what is plagiarism? It’s when students fail to differentiate their own ideas and thoughts from somebody else’s words, thoughts and ideas and present them instead as their own, conveniently neglecting to reference them accurately or at all. The digital age of technology and the easy access of the Internet, mp3 players and mobiles have made it easier for students to plagiarize.

So, why do students cheat? There are a number of reasons. Firstly, many students entering university lack the necessary language and writing skills and are simply not adequately prepared to research and write an assignment. Some students are unable to gauge exactly what is required from a task. A research survey conducted by Dr. Donald McCabe, founder and first president of the Center for Academic Integrity, with around 2,600 students in the UAE further affirms that students don’t understand assignments and use this to justify their plagiarism. Dr. Ruqiyabi Naz Awan, a lecturer at the British University in Dubai said, “Students in the UAE justified cheating by noting how difficult some of their courses were.”

In the current economic downturn, well paid jobs have become increasingly competitive and, as a result, students consider cheating almost mandatory in order to secure the best possible results. Not only is competition high in the job market but undergraduates are also competing to enroll in prestigious academic institutions that have increasingly high demands for their popular academic programs. Students often fail to see the relevance of their coursework in their future careers and are more focused on the competitiveness that exists in the university spectrum. Thus, they are tempted to cheat during their undergraduate studies. Lynette Crane, an English lecturer at Rochester Institute of Technology in Dubai, surveyed her first year classes to see what the driving force behind their plagiarism was. Many of the students reiterated course difficulty, the shame of not graduating, a lack of good grades and increased competition in the job market. Surprisingly, the students failed to mention the lack of written and basic skills as a motive for cheating.

So, how exactly do students cheat? According to Khalid, an Abu Dhabi University student, students mainly use four methods of plagiarism. Firstly, students can pay for papers to be written locally or easily buy them over the Internet. He believes that this is the worst kind of plagiarism because, not only do they omit references and sources when they submit their work, it also demonstrates their careless attitudes towards their studies as they put zero effort into their assignments. Secondly, students take large chunks of information verbatim from magazines, the Internet, textbooks and articles without making any reference to the original sources. Thirdly, students tend to simply paraphrase text instead of rewriting it as original work. They then fail to cite the author as the source.

Dr. McCabe went on to compare the results with students’ responses in the United States and found more similarities than differences. His results also indicated that, in the UAE, there was an attitude of “helping behavior.”

Finally, students use the ‘grab and smash’ approach. This involves taking multiple pieces of writing, from many different authors and placing them together as an original piece of writing while neglecting to reference those authors.

This ‘helping behavior’ is often the result of students being under immense family pressure to obtain good grades. Emirati’s believe in shared cultural collectivism over individualism. Nationals have been brought up to share and to help each other. The outstanding accomplishments of an individual are the success of the family. Therefore, writing for a friend or ‘collaborating’ with each other on written assignments is not considered wrong, merely fulfilling your duty.

How can academic staff help students?


High school students, entering university for the first time, should be provided with a policy handbook at the beginning of the academic year outlining various methods of plagiarism with examples of correct and incorrect citations. The policy handbook should also be explicit about the ramifications and consequences if found guilty of plagiarizing.

EDUCATION Plagiarism is stealing other people’s work

Open discussions should be undertaken by academic staff to raise students’ awareness about ethics and morals in academia. Students need to be told about academic integrity and honesty, and that, by plagiarizing, they flagrantly disregard and disrespect other people’s work. They need to make students aware that plagiarizing does not actually improve the quality of their own work and that it fails to sharpen the skills that they will eventually need in their future careers. Lecturers could design essay questions that will require students to draw on personal experiences, refer to current material, like newspapers, or associate theory with practical work which they cannot find in existing literature. Collaborative projects are also a good way to develop team skills. Students can submit their work as a group whilst signing a statement to acknowledge their own effort. Lecturers can also help students by setting good examples by properly acknowledging and crediting their lecture notes. This will help students gain appreciation of the position of their teachers and the importance of ethos and academic integrity. Several universities in the UAE have implemented the plagiarismprevention software program, ‘Turnitin’ as a measure to combat digital cheating. This program works by comparing submitted assignments with a list of articles, previously submitted work and websites, and then generating a report indicating the percentage of plagiarized content. As humans we all have breaking points and, when threatened, we go into survival mode and find alternatives strategies to help us cope, even if this sometimes means breaking or bending our moral standards. In other words, when students feel like they can’t cope they turn to plagiarism as a survival strategy. To minimize plagiarism, teachers and academic advisors must help students to focus on improving their critical reading, thinking and authentic writing skills whilst drumming home the message that cheating is simply wrong.

It is imperative that students are told, in no uncertain terms, that plagiarizing could essentially be destroying their chances for a brighter future.


Spring 2012

The spring session of this year’s GETEX festival will take place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from 19 – 21 April. Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the exhibition will host representatives from universities affiliated to the ministry including the Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE University and Zayed University. Other participants will include The British Council, Agence EduFrance, the Canadian Consulate, the German Academic Exchange service and many other international groups. This event will occupy an area of 14,000 square meters and host over 500 exhibitors. It will have a special focus on higher education, vocational studies, general education and training and professional development.

19th April: 10am - 2pm & 5pm - 9pm

Timing: 20 - 21st April: 3pm - 9pm






The Eagles Live in Dubai

Seafood Lovers Night

The Sevens Stadium on the Dubai-Al Ain Road is hosting The Eagles live in concert marking the first-ever Middle Eastern performance in the band’s 40-year history. The band will enthrall the crowd with back-to-back hits and there are certainly plenty to choose from as they’ve sold over 120 million worldwide albums. Doors open 6pm Tickets available online at

Ayla Hotel hosts their special Seafood night every Thursday. Dine in and sample the wide range of delicacies, starting from AED 130, or with a bottle of alcohol-free champagne at AED 159. Timing: 7pm - 11pm For more information call 03 746 0903 or



Cajun Cookout

Tri Yas 2012

Al Ain Golf Club is hosting the first annual Cajun Cookout with two regional culinary experts. The event is a unique culinary and cultural experience with Cajun music, cooking and hospitality from a couple of genuine southerners. Time: 2pm For more information email AAESGC at

Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi will stage the second Tri Yas 2012 day to night triathlon on Friday 13 April. The event is open to the widest possible participation, from juniors through to families and seasoned professionals. For more information visit



Final Round AARKC

Ted X Al Ain

The UAE’s national karting series, the Al Ain Raceway Kart Club (AARKC) will host the 11th and final round of the 2011-2012 Championship on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th. Winners here will go onto represent the UAE in Portugal later this year. With free entrance for all and activities for the kids is sure to be a fun day out. Doors open at 11am on both days

Al Ain Municipality Theatre will host the second TedX Al Ain where a host of inspirational speakers and exciting activities will be provided completely free of charge. You must register to attend at Timing 10am - 5pm



Weekend Family Brunch

Al Ain Hip Shakers

Zest at Al Ain Rotana offers a special weekend family brunch with entertainment galore for kids. Enjoy this relaxing brunch from AED 139 per person. Timing: 12:30pm - 3:30pm For more information call 03 754 5111 or email at

Every Sunday and Wednesday the Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club host both a walking group and a mother and baby fitness class at the golf club. Join the exercise or simply meet and greet the other mums and enjoy the healthy breakfast. Walking Group starts at 8:30am and Mother and Baby Fitness Class starts at 9:30am. For more information call on 03 702 6400



Al Ain Hash Harriers

Butchery Night - Calling all Meat Lovers

Run and walk, for roughly 45 minutes, at various spots around Al Ain. Grab a free ride to the walking location from Sophie’s Studio at the Hilton Hotel. For more information contact Georges Robehmed on 050 623 0411 or 03 768 8866

Arabesque at Danat Al Ain Resort hosts a special butchery night every Wednesday. Extensive range of expertly selected steak and meat dishes are served with a vast choice of sauces for a gastronomic experience. Buffet starts at AED 130. For more information call 03 704 6143



South African Party at Hilton

Karaoke Night

The Hilton Hotel in Al Ain will host a South African Party in collaboration with the South African Embassy to celebrate Freedom Day. With one of South Africa’s best known artists, Dawnay, and his six-piece band providing entertainment, traditional food stalls and a DJ to continue the party, it’s set to be a fun evening. Tickets AED 75 (inclusive of 1 drink). Call 03 706 7006

The Lawrence Lounge at Mercure Grand Jabel Hafeet host a Karaoke Night every Thursday. Sing, relax, enjoy and compete with your family and friends in this funfilled evening. Free drinks and light snacks available for all. Timing: 7pm - 2am. For more information call on 03 704 6888

Movie Listings

OSCAR CINEMA, AL FOAH MALL, Al AIN Tel: +971 3 784 3535 1. THE CABIN IN THE WOOD: 11:00, 13:10, 17:30, 19:40, 21:50, 24:00 2. STREET DANCE 2: 11:00, 13:10, 15:20, 19:40, 21:55, 00:10 3. TACTICAL FORCE: 10:15, 12:15, 14:15, 18:15, 20:15: 22:15, 00:15 4. THE RAVEN: 10:30, 12:45, 15:00, 17:10, 21:40, 23:55 5. RAMPART: 10:00, 12:20, 14:40, 17:00, 19:20, 21:40, 24:00

15:20, 17:30, 16:15, 19:25,

ROTANA HOTEL, ZAYED IBN SULTAN St., AL AIN Tel: +971 3 754 4447 1. CABIN IN THE WOOD: 11:00, 13:10, 15:20, 17:30, 19:40, 21:50, 24:00 2. STREET DANCE 2 (3D): 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00, 20:00, 22:00, 24:00 3. TACTICAL FORCE: 11:30, 15:30, 19:30, 21:30 3. RAMPART: 13:30, 17:30, 23:30 4. THE RAVEN: 10:30, 12:45, 15:00, 17:15, 19:30, 21:45, 24:00

GRAND BAWADI, BAWADI MALL, AL AIN Tel: +971 3 784 0300


1. MY SUMMER VACATION: 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00, 20:00, 22:00, 24:00 2. CABIN IN THE WOOD: 11:00, 13:10, 15:20, 17:30, 19:40, 21:50, 24:00 3. STREET DANCE 2 (3D): 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 17:30, 19:30, 21:30, 23:30 4. THE RAVEN: 10:30, 12:45, 15:00, 17:15, 19:30, 21:45, 24:00 5. TACTICAL FORCE: 13:10, 17:30, 24:00 5. RAMPART: 10:50, 15:20, 19:40, 21:50 6. HOUSE FULL 2 (ENGLISH/HINDI): 10:00, 13:00, 16:00, 19:00 6. THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY: 22:00, 24:00 7. THE LORAX: 11:30, 13:30, 15:30 7. THE WRATH OF THE TITANS: 17:30, 19:40, 21:50, 24:00 GRAND CLASS: THE HUNGER GAMES: 10:30, 13:00, 15:45, 18:30, 21:15, 24:00

1. CABIN IN THE WOOD: 11:00, 13:10, 15:20, 17:30, 19:40, 21:50, 24:00 2. STREET DANCE 2 (3D): 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00, 20:00, 22:00, 24:00 3. TACTICAL FORCE: 11:30, 15:30, 19:30, 21:30 3. RAMPART: 13:30, 17:30, 23:30 4. THE RAVEN: 10:30, 12:45, 15:00, 17:15, 19:30, 21:45, 24:00

The movie listings are valid from Thursday to Wednesday every week.




Fried Eggplant

My name is Shameem Sheikh. I am an Indian house-maker, living in the UAE for the past 28 years now. I like vegetables a lot and always try my best to include at least one vegetable in my family’s daily diet. Here’s a unique eggplant recipe that I usually serve with plain white boiled rice.

Ingredients 10 - 15 thin slices of freshly cut eggplant, soaked in salt water for 15 minutes. 2 Tbsp of turmeric powder 1 Tbsp of red chili powder 1 Tbsp of crushed red chili 1 Tsp of salt 1 Tbsp of cumin seeds 1 Tbsp of curry powder Oil to deep fry Coriander for garnishing

Method 1. Cut the eggplants into fine slices and soak them in salt water for 15-20 minutes. 2. In a mixing bowl, add the other ingredients and mix well. 3. Dip the eggplant slices in the spice mixture. 4. Now heat oil in a pan and add a pinch of salt to it. 5. Deep fry the eggplant slices one at a time. 6. Garnish the fried slices with coriander leaves and serve with white boiled rice.

Photography by Emily Marosi

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HAVE A QUESTION WE HAVE THE ANSWER ASK THE SOURCE What should I do if I lose my passport? If your passport gets lost or stolen, immediately report it to the nearest police station. Also report it at the Investigation Section of the nearest Immigration Department (in Al Ain this is located in the Civic Center in Al Jimi area). The Immigration Department will provide you with a preliminary loss report and instructions to advertise the loss in a local newspaper. This procedure may take some time but, under UAE regulations, it is compulsory.



along with a copy of the newspaper article. You will then receive two certificates addressed “To Whom It May Concern Passport Loss Certificate”. One certificate needs to be included with your passport application form. The second will need to be submitted to Immigration once you have received your new passport. Proceed to your respective embassy with a translated copy of the loss certificate provided by Immigration. Be careful with this document as without the ‘Loss Certificate’ most embassies will be unable to process your application.

After receiving all of the stamps and advertising the loss in a local newspaper, you should return to the Immigration Department



The 12th of April is celebrated as Big Wind Day! This occasion commemorates the highest surface wind speed ever recorded as 372 km/h or 231 mph, much faster than the speed of most tornadoes that only average around 177km/h (110 mph). The huge gust happened at Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire in the USA, where the strong winds blowing in over the mountain eventually gripped the whole town resulting in a very windy day indeed. Residents of New Hampshire still remember and celebrate the event every year! Looking to this side of the world, the highest surface wind speed ever recorded in Asia was in Ab-Paran, Ghouwr, Afghanistan on 14 August 2008 with a speed of 328 km/h (204 mph). What’s the big deal about wind? Well, wind power is a nonpolluting, renewable energy source that we can all rely on for the future. Wind turbines and wind farms are springing up all over the world in a bid to capture and harness the power of wind. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can invest in a small-scale wind turbine to use at home. Just one of these can generate sufficient energy for an entire household.

Doing so means that you: Cut your electricity bill - wind is free so once you’ve paid for the initial installment there are no more costs. Cut your carbon footprint - wind electricity is green, renewable energy and doesn’t release any harmful carbon dioxide or other pollutants. Reduce global warming - wind turbines create power without using fossil fuels or toxic waste thus using wind power helps to effectively reduce global warming.





























































Flying High Have you ever dreamt that you were gliding through the sky? For most of us, this is a dream that simply remains a figment of our imagination. However, for two young ladies this is their everyday reality. Danielle Bruckert and Reshma Manavazhi, are the only two female flight fixed wing aircraft instructors at the Horizon International Flight Academy in Al Ain and they are extremely passionate about their jobs. Danielle is a New Zealand national, whose curiosity for flying began when she was just three-years-old. As soon as she got her first regular job, she began using her hard-earned money to pay for flying lessons. She trained for two years to obtain her commercial license after completing 200 flying hours. She then went on to further her expertise by completing a flight instructors course. At the age of 25, Danielle moved to Namibia where, as a pilot with not too many hours on the clock, she accepted a job as a flight instructor, before working with a corporate charter company and finally, a commercial airline. She admits that family life and commercial flying don’t go hand-in-hand. “Commercial flying is difficult especially if you have a small baby because the commercial airlines normally schedule flights overnight.” Thus, when the opportunity arose at Horizon a few years ago for a flight instructor position Danielle decided to make the move. She is glad she did saying that, at Horizon, “the work is harder but much more relaxed with an eight hour day and fixed shifts.” Reshma, an Indian national who was born and raised in Abu Dhabi, is the other pilot we had the chance to chat with. As a child she looked forward to holidays saying that she “loved to fly and see different places.” Lightheartedly, Reshma mentioned that her mother’s reaction to her daughters preferred career choice was slightly hesitant, “she wanted me to go into interior designing – something safer and on the ground.” However, Reshma knew what she wanted and completed her two and half years training at a flight school in Melbourne, Australia. When she came back to the UAE she started working as a flight instructor at Horizon and has been there for over three years. She had such a great experience in Australia that she returns every year, “I go at least once a year to Australia just to fly.” Listening to their stories I was keen to discover if the ladies had faced any difficulties working in a largely male-dominated sphere. Both Reshma and Danielle confidently replied that this hadn’t been an issue. However, Danielle did point out that, like most industries, women have often had to work a lot harder. “Initially, I


Danielle and Reshma are the only two female pilot instructors

felt you had to try a lot harder. On the job, if you put a foot wrong you were criticized. When we were training in New Zealand, if a male pilot landed badly nobody would say anything. If a female pilot landed badly everybody would say that she can’t fly.” Both women agreed that, slowly but surely, perceptions of female pilots are changing. They have definitely seen an increase in female students with at least 10 per cent of females now making up their classes. They agree that women make “great pilots” because they are methodical, have the ability to multitask, are more and patient and have better decision-making capabilities. Curious to know what a regular day was like for a pilot at Horizon, I asked the women about their typical schedule and they enthusiastically indulged me. Their day starts at 4am as they have to be ready to work at 5am Normally, they would check the weather conditions before they leave home. If the weather is bad, training for students in the early phases of the course may be cancelled. When they arrive at the airport they have to recheck the weather conditions for any changes. Next, they brief their students, complete their checks on the aircraft and fill out paperwork. They then do a dual flight, which consists of student and instructor. After the flight they have a debriefing session and complete paperwork. Then, they have a short break before the next session begins and they do it all over again. This schedule might seem rigorous and intense and “it’s not for everyone.” But, for these ladies, the profession is both rewarding and enjoyable. Their common advice to people who want to pursue a career in this field is that “you have to do it because you love it.” Danielle continued “if you love flying don’t give up. Keep following your dream because it’s a great career.” A career, and a dream, that both women have made their reality.

If you feel like a career in aviation is for you, then you need to have a good knowledge of math and physics, excellent discipline, a responsible attitude and the ability to able to think on your feet. Horizon International Flight Academy provides training courses for individuals and institutions. They are the academy of choice for Etihad Airways’ Cadet Pilot training program, and also work with the defense and police sectors. For more information email Catherine Makau at




MY WORLD The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and, this year, will take place on April 16th. The event is hugely popular attracting over 20,000 competitors and over 50,000 spectators. With all these people descending on the fondly nicknamed ‘Athens of America’, we decided to take a look at exactly what the city of Boston has to offer. Something everyone visiting Boston should do is throw on some comfy shoes, grab a map and embark on the Freedom Trail. This self-guided 2.5 mile red brick walking trail leads you to 16 different historical sites in the city including Benjamin Franklin’s Statue, the touching site of the Boston Massacre and the enchanting Old Corner Bookstore. Not only will you get a detailed insight into times gone by, you can use the map to help you discover the various neighborhoods in the city. If you happen to be saddled down with little ones, hop aboard the ‘Duck Tour’ for a fascinating drive around the historical sites, and a final flourishing splash into the Charles River for a breathtaking view of the Boston skyline. Newbury Street is one of the most popular spots in the city. Even if you don’t plan on doing much shopping, it’s a great place to simply take a stroll and soak up the atmosphere. With some delicious restaurants and coffee shops as well as some unique little boutiques and art galleries, it’s the perfect spot for some people watching. There is a huge Irish connection in Boston, so much so that it is often called the capital of Irish America. The thriving Irish community dates all the way back to colonial times and the influence is still strong throughout the city. If you want to find out more, embark on the Irish Heritage Trail which covers 300 years of Irish-American history in the city. Baseball fans have got to head to Fenway Park to catch the famous Red Sox in action. Opened in 1912, the park is the oldest major league baseball stadium currently in use. Even if sport isn’t really your forte, the park is still worth a visit, especially on game nights when the atmosphere in the surrounding areas is almost electric. For other sports fans, a visit to the TD Garden is a must to catch the city’s famous basketball squad, the Boston Celtics, or their ice-hockey champions, the Boston Bruins. The state-of-theart venue can accommodate a whopping 19,600 fans and is also home to various public events and concerts. There are also some fantastic restaurants, friendly bars and kitsch souvenir shops to check out. Banners Harbor View restaurant has an excellent menu and overlooks the harbor area where Boston truly comes alive. With concerts, outdoor craft fairs, markets, a huge park and a kids carousel, it’s one area you should definitely visit. The Boston Harbor Islands National Park is also accessible from here, giving you the choice of 34 different islands where you can camp, kayak, picnic, swim or simply walk. Almost an American institution, The Cheesecake Factory has a home in Boston and I highly recommend it. Originating from Detroit in the 1940’s, the chain now has over 170 locations throughout the states and offers guests an unforgettable dining experience with huge portions, inventive menu choices and warm, comfortable surroundings. Try a slice of ‘The Original’ to taste the cake that started it all, or be a bit more adventurous and opt for the delicious ‘Hershey’s Chocolate-Bar Cheesecake’ or the unusual ‘Pineapple Upside-Down Cheesecake’. Whatever one you choose, be sure to be wearing some loose fitting trousers.

Don’t leave Boston without spending a few hours winding down in the public gardens. One of the most pristine spots in the city, it’s a fabulous place to pack a picnic, indulge in a good book or simply plop down under a tree for some shaded ‘me’ time. Flights to Boston take at least 15 hours, with a transfer in London, which may not be overly appealing. However, the funfilled streets, fascinating architecture and friendliness of the Bostonians make it a more than worthwhile trip.



Get your Skates on! Have you ever wanted to dance on ice like on the popular television show ‘Dancing on Ice’? Or, do you fancy an energetic and novel way to keep fit? If yes, then why not head to Al Ain Mall’s Ice Rink for some subzero fun? Noted as a major entertainment spot in the city and hugely popular with families during the weekend, the rink is the place to go for skating fun or even a spot of spectating. The rink is accredited by the Ice Skating Institute of Asia (ISIA) and offers recreational Figure Skating Programs for children over three and for adults of all ages. The programs are offered by highly qualified and ISIA Accredited Coaches and are designed for all levels, from complete beginners to advanced skaters. One of the most exciting features about the rink is the Ice Hockey training sessions taking place each week aimed at developing and


promoting the sport amongst youngsters. ‘Fantasy’ is the unique ice-rink chill out zone complete with wood panelled benches and an imitation fire to create a comfortable, cozy area for skaters to take a break in. If you have a birthday party, or a special occasion to mark then why not opt to rent the ice rink for private use and be the host of a unique party full of freezing cold fun!

Al Ain Mall Ice Rink is open Saturday to Wednesday 10am to 10pm and Thursday/Friday until midnight. For more information please call 03 766 0333 or email



MONEY MANAGEMENT Life is a challenge. As the saying goes, just when you're about to make ends meet, someone moves the ends. While it can be a struggle to pay bills, pay rent and provide food and clothes for the family, we keep on doing our best.

the only way to have nice things is to go into debt to get them. While that may be true when it comes to certain large purchases, like a house or car, it doesn't have to apply to the other things we need in life.

Ultimately, the life we want - a better place to live, enough money to pay our bills and fewer concerns about finances -is possible if we keep focused on our goals.

For example, when you buy a house, you take out a mortgage, and you may be in debt for as long as 30 years. That’s a long time, but this type of debt comes with benefits. The equity, or money you have in the home, may be used for future loans and making regular mortgage payments also helps you to build a strong credit rating.

Managing money may seem like a distant dream. It’s something we want to do someday - when we have more money and more time. But we all need to manage our money now, so that we can reach the goals and dreams we've set ourselves.

On the other hand, buying food, clothes, toys, furniture and other items on credit is different. By doing this, you may be going into Money management may seem difficult, but it's really not. It's debt to buy nonessential things. Plus, interest rates are very high, simply one more skill to be learned, just like we learned to write, thus by the time you’ve paid for the item and all the interest, read or perhaps drive a car. Believe it or not, nobody is born with the cost is much higher than the original price. Simply put, you're the skills to be a good money manager, but everyone can learn robbing yourself and your future. Instead of funding your dreams them. and the life you deserve to live, your hard-earned money fills the lender’s pockets. Wouldn’t it be better if the money you We often live day to day, allowing the demands of the present pay in interest could go into a savings account to help you reach to swallow up our money your goals? Paying for and time. We watch everyday items by going the money - usually not into debt limits your Manage your money to make your dreams come true enough of it - come in, and choices because you’re then we watch it go out. constantly caught paying We often feel we don't for yesterday instead have any control over it, so of moving towards why worry about trying to tomorrow. manage it? Set the goals and dreams However, managing your you want to accomplish in money can help reduce life. Our dreams motivate stress in your life. It can us, without them, we have help give you a plan to nothing to work towards. take care of unexpected Everyone should dream, events and expenses. Most and dream big. Once you importantly, managing know your dreams, you your money can help you can start planning. Before create the life you deserve. too long your dreams become goals, reachable You’ve probably heard the targets that, with a little phrase, ‘living within your bit of work, can come true. means’ before. But what does that really mean? It can be challenging at Simply put, if you’re living first but try to live within within your means, you your means. Even better, can pay for the things try to live below your you need without getting means. trapped in more debt than you can handle. Manage your money, so your money doesn’t Many of us believe that manage you.








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The Source Magazine - Issue 6 - English  

The Source is a FREE, bi-lingual (English & Arabic) weekly magazine. Al Ain's first weekly magazine. Bringing you what's happening, before...

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