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UAE children more obese than US, with 30% in Abu Dhabi overweight

Source : Emily Cleland / 7 May 2013

Nearly a third of schoolchildren in Abu Dhabi are obese or overweight, but progress is being made in improving the eating and exercise habits of the young, the emirate's health authority has said.


Nokia and Apple named the UAE's top mobile brands

Source : Al Arabiya / 6 May 2013

Half the registered mobiles in the UAE are manufactured by Nokia, while Apple's iPhone 4S is ranked the country’s most popular smartphone, according to a review by the local Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).


Top 10 richest Arabs in UK share $17.5bn fortune

Source : Al Arabiya / 22 Apr 2013 

The combined wealth of the ten richest Arabs in the UK now exceeds $17.5 billion, according to an annual ranking by the Sunday Times.

The Saudi Arabian business mogul Mohammed Bin Issa al-Jaber, who made his fortune in the hotels, restaurants and food industries, was ranked 15th as a new entrant on the newspaper’s annual Rich List.


Islamic and Arab culture lost in UAE's foreign schools

By Afshan Ahmed / 20 Apr 2013

They are being overwhelmed in all levels of education with concepts that are not adapted to the local culture, in what Dr Eugenie Samier describes as "intellectual imperialism".

The associate professor of management and leadership at the British University in Dubai has written a paper on the issue, which will soon be published in Interchange, a quarterly education review journal.


Dubai's new hospital a green light for energy efficiency

By Vesela Todorova / 11 Apr 2013

It’s the medical facility that saves the environment as it saves lives – the UAE’s first green hospital was launched in Dubai yesterday.

Not only does the MedHealth Medical Centre, located in Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), feature a paperless system where patient records are maintained electronically, it is housed in a building designed to be energy and water efficient.


Ten of the best parks in the UAE

By Mohammed Al Khan / 11 Mar 2013

The UAE celebrated its 33rd Plantation Week with the opening and commissioning of 25 new parks last week.

New spaces include Al Hubab Park and Al Warqa 2 Park in Dubai, with more parks planned for Mohammed bin Zayed City, Al Shahama and Khalifa City B in the capital.

But you don't have to wait for those to open to soak in the open air. Here are 10 of The National's favourite places to go alfresco.


Abu Dhabi Mosque among world’s most talked about: TripAdvisor

By Al Arabiya | 13 Feb 2013

Leading travel website, TripAdvisor, has named the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi one of the world’s most talked about attractions.

The cultural gem notched up more than 1,400 reviews on the website reported 7days on Monday.

The mosque, which opened its doors to more than 4.6 million visitors and worshippers in 2012 alone, was part of a line-up that included, the Colosseum, the Eiffel Tower, Sydney Harbor, New York’s Central Park and Table Mountain in Cape Town.


Emirati with a passion to keep UAE's rare bird alive

By Vesela Todorova / 28 Jan 2013

As he navigates his 4x4 vehicle expertly through the sea of white sand dunes in a protected area to which few get access, Hamad Al Reisi's days as a post-office clerk are far behind him.

"It was not a bad job, but it was not my thing," says the 25-year-old Emirati.


Oasis Hospital in Al Ain welcomes 100,000th baby

By Zaineb Al Hassani / 25 Jan 2013

With hands clenched into tiny fists and a shock of black hair poking out from underneath his white blanket, Hassan Al Omeri has a rather unassuming demeanour given his timely achievement of being the 100,000th baby born at Oasis Hospital.

Although Hassan, who was born weighing 3.4 kilos at 9.52am on January 14, nine days before his due date, will remain unaware of the importance of his birth for some time, it is a mark of how far the hospital has come from its humble beginnings as a mud brick building 52 years ago.


Al-Qubaisi becomes first woman to chair UAE house session

By Al Arabiya / 25 Jan 2013

Dr. Amal Abdullah al-Qubaisi chaired the UAE’s sixth House session, becoming the first ever woman to do so.

She is currently the first deputy speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC) and represents the success of Emirati women in achieving participation in the country’s decision-making process.


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