Connector March 2023

CONNECTOR.AE 3 Welcome Have you ever thought about rowing non stop for over 4,800 kilometres across the largest and deepest ocean in the world, where for a lot of the time you will be that far away from dry land that the nearest human being to you will be on board the International Space Station? This month we spoke with a team of men who are doing just that, and at the same time trying to set a world record of doing it in under 40 days, as well as raising money for two charities. Read about their challenges, motivations and preparations on pages 43 to 46. As March comes to a close, we enter the Holy Month of Ramadan, and with it comes the opportunity to break the fast while spending time with friends and family. Hotels and restaurants are putting their plans together, and in our next issue we will have a more detailed round up of as many of Dubai’s Iftars as possible, but till then we have selected a few for those wanting to plan ahead and see what choices they have on pages 19 to 22. There’s a lot more in this issue including a round up of some of Dubai’s Turkish restaurants, how to keep children entertained over the Spring Break, some ideas for Mother’s Day gifts and an interview with the Emirati chef behind the food we enjoy when we fly Emirates. Chris Nicolaides Concord Tower, PO Box 126732, Dubai Media City, Dubai, 04 454 9826, Contents of this publication are copyright. No material may be reproduced without written permission. Notice and disclaimer. The material used in this publication is intended to be used for informational purposes only. A sincere effort has been made to report accurate information. However, one or more recognised authorities in health and nutrition may hold different views than those reported therein, and the reader is so advised. This publication is not meant to be an endorsement of any specific product or services offered. Nicole Pereira Vishakha Ramchandani Welcome

CONNECTOR.AE 5 V T I C K E T S : 1 9 9 A E D S E A T E D G R A N D S T A N D D O O R S O P E N 7 P M S H O W S T A R T S 9 . 3 0 P M O V E R 2 1 ’ S O N L Y W W W . T H E I R I S H V I L L A G E . C O M @ T H E I R I S H V I L L A G E D U B A I W W W . 8 0 0 T I C K E T S . C O M A T D U B A I D U T Y F R E E T E N N I S S T A D I U M 2 2 5 A E D G R O U N D S T A N D I N G Tips To Tackle Obesity 36 Raising Awareness Of Down Syndrome 40 Turkish Restaurants For The Win 14 Contents 7 Monthly Events An Event Dedicated To All Things Cars! First Look At Some Of The Upcoming Iftars! Brothers ‘N Oars: Rowing Across The Pacific In 40 Days Keeping Kids Busy Over Spring Break! Treat Your Mum This Mother’s Day! A round up of all the major events this March The 8th edition of the Custom Show Emirates is coming to Dubai 13 19 43 28 13 19 14 34 Welcome

CONNECTOR.AE 7 Out And About Ahmed Ahmed Show 8:30pm / Tickets AED 160 march 3RD – 11th the ‘Axis Of Insanity’ tour Rick Kiesewetter Chris Forbes LF_MARCH_Timeout_R1.indd 1 10/02/2023 1:48 pm OUT & ABOUT As March is here, it is the perfect time to seize every opportunity the UAE has to offer and make the most of all that is happening during the month. Sikka Art and Design Festival InClassica Till 5 March Till 10 March With the third month of the year also comes a series of exciting activations taking place around the UAE, and if you need suggestions from music festivals to one day events, here is a roundup of some of the fantastic events happening in the UAE. If you are an art enthusiast, here is your opportunity to see some stunning pieces of work by amazing artists. From sculptures, exhibitions, workshops and performances, the 11th edition of the festival at Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is sure to be a one stop destination for all things art. Entry to the event is free to all. Classical music enthusiasts can delight in a series of amazing performances. The InClassica International Music Festival will be held at the Coca-Cola Arena and Dubai Opera and will host nine sessions this month. From playing the music of Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and more, the nine shows will be ones to remember. Prices start at Dhs 75. 1 2

CONNECTOR.AE 8 CONNECTOR.AE 9 Out And About Out And About Dubai International Boat Show Diego El Cigala Ballet Icons Gala 1 to 5 March 3 March 4 March Boat enthusiasts, this is your chance to make the most of the month with an amazing event that is sure to be one for the books. Held at Dubai Harbour, the 2023 edition of the Dubai International Boat Show is set to have luxury super yachts and the finest leisure crafts, allowing attendees to experience the latest additions to the market. Prices start at Dhs 30. Delight in watching a brilliant performance by Diego El Cigala at Dubai Opera. Held on 3 March, the concert will take attendees on a magical trip with amazing Spanish flamenco music being played. Known for songs including ‘Soledad’, ‘Quiereme’, ‘Color Esperanza 2020’, ‘Moreno Soy’ and more, the prices to the concert start at Dhs 295. The Ballet Icons Gala is back for the year and will be held at Dubai Opera. Enjoy multiple performances with some of the biggest ballet companies performing from Royal Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Dutch National School and more. Prices start at Dhs 300. Atif Aslam 4 March The amazing Indian composer and artist, Atif Aslam is coming to Dubai for a special performance. The artist will be performing alonsgide Firdaus Orchestra, an all women orchestra consisting of 23 different nationalities. Delight in classics including ‘Pehli Dafa’, ‘Rafta Rafta’, ‘Dil Diyan Gallan’ and more. Prices start at Dhs 140. Ultra Abu Dhabi 4 and 5 March Ultra, one of the biggest music festivals in the world is making its way to Abu Dhabi and will run over the course of two days. Held at Etihad Park on Yas Island, the amazing festival will see a variety of artists perform including Afrojack, Calvin Harris, Illenium, Skrillex, KSHMR, Adam Beyer, Amelie Lens, Nghtmre and Sasha John Digweed. Prices start at Dhs 360. Fireman Sam Live! Saves The Circus 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12 March Get ready for an amazing singing and dancing show with the iconic British television show, Fireman Sam! Held on 4 and 5 March at the Theatre at Mall of the Emirates in Dubai and from 10 to 12 March at the Cultural Foundation in Abu Dhabi, the show will see Norman Price joining a visiting circus, and Fireman Sam coming in to save the day. Prices start at Dhs 135. 3 4 5 6 7 8

CONNECTOR.AE 10 CONNECTOR.AE 11 Out And About Out And About Middle East Film and Comic Con World Art Dubai Wireless Festival Middle East 3 to 5 March 9 to 12 March 11 March Get ready to unleash your inner nerd at the Middle East Film and Comic Con. The 11th edition held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, will host a series of amazing activities from meet and greets with celebrities, cosplay, merchandise and more. Get a chance to meet a star studded lineup including Matt Smith, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Christopher Sabat and more. Prices start at Dhs 135. The ninth edition of World Art Dubai is set to take place this month, bringing artists, designers, collectors and art lovers to one spot. Held as part of Dubai Art Season, the event will be held at Dubai World Trade Centre and will shine a light on local and international artists, with activities including art panels, workshops, performances and more. Prices start at Dhs 10. Enjoy a brilliant urban music and pop culture festival at Etihad Park on Yas Island. Happening in the UAE for the first time, the event will see Travis Scott headlining, with Lil Uzi Vert, Ali Gatie, Black Sherif, Young Stunners, Divine, King and Wegz perform. Prices for the festival start at Dhs 295. Bonobo 11 March Enjoy a brilliant performance at Dubai Opera by the brilliant seven time Grammy-nominated star Bonobo. Held for one day only, attendees can delight in a show incorporating electronic sounds and acoustic instruments. Listen to tracks including ‘Migration’, ‘Rosewood’, ‘Closer’, ‘Linked’ and more. Prices start at Dhs 375. Kings of Laughter 11 March Get ready to laugh the weekend away with two amazing comedians, Maz Jobrani and Mo Amer. Held at Etihad Arena on Yas Island, the internationally renowned comedians will definitely put on a show to remember with jokes sure to bring tears to your eyes. Prices start at Dhs 250. Ghostly Kisses 12 March Ghostly Kisses, the amazing French-Canadian singer is making her way to Dubai. Held for one day only at Hard Rock Cafe at Dubai Festival City Mall, enjoy listening to tunes including ‘Heartbeat’, ‘Empty Note’, ‘The City Holds My Heart’, ‘Where Do Lovers Go?’ and more. Prices start at Dhs 299. 9 10 11 12 13 14

CONNECTOR.AE 12 CONNECTOR.AE 13 Out And About Out And About Get ready as the 8th edition of the Custom Show Emirates is coming to Dubai for three fun filled days. Running from10 to 13March at Expo City Dubai, the event is one of the biggest car and bike exhibitions in the UAE. First held in 2015, the show is a great place for like minded individuals to come together to display their works as well as showcase their talents to all that attend. The event will host a series of amazing activations and competitions including free style drift, bike build off, engine battle, customised cars competition, tuner war and more. One of the main highlights of the event are the amazing customised cars and bikes that are on display, showing off a variety of personalised touches to the cars, modifications to the engines and transmissions and the inclusion of additional accessories to make the cars unique, the display is definitely one to witness. Sports drift, another spectacular addition to the event will see a series of various competitions including watching amazing supercars drive by at full speed from the grandstand. Something else visitors can marvel at is cars walking on two wheels, where four wheel cars perform amazing tricks including driving over a bump and lifting one side of the car up in the air. Another event being held are miniature models of vehicles controlled from afar and racing to the finish line. The event caters to the whole family with a lot of fun activities to keep children entertained including treasure hunts, face painting, karaoke sessions, live games and more. Ticket prices for a one day pass is set at Dhs 90 with a three day pass priced at Dhs 250. For more information, visit the Custom Show Emirates website. An Event Dedicated To All Things Cars! Motor enthusiasts, haveyou beenwaiting for a great event to explore your passion for all things cars and bikes? The Script Demi Lovato Dubai World Cup 18 March 18 March 25 March Get ready to enjoy a one night only performance with the amazing rock band, The Script. Held at the du Fanzone by McGettigan’s, the group will headline the lineup as part of the Saint Patrick’s Festival celebrations. The trio with members, Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power, are known for their amazing songs including ‘Hall of Fame’ featuring, ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’, ‘Superheroes’, ‘Run Through Walls’ and more. Prices start at Dhs 349. Enjoy a brilliant concert this month by Grammy nominated artist, Demi Lovato. Held at Coca-Cola Arena, delight in singing along to popular tunes including ‘Cool for the Summer’, ‘Sorry Not Sorry’, ‘Skyscraper’ and more. Ticket prices start at Dhs 195. Enjoy watching amazing horse racing at the Dubai World Cup. Held at Meydan, the brilliant event will see some of the best horses in the world compete. The day will have nine Group 1 and Group 2 fixtures, with prize money of Dhs 112 million, and will end with a great closing ceremony. Prices start at Dhs 20. 15 16 17

CONNECTOR.AE 14 CONNECTOR.AE 15 Dining Around Dining Around Turkish Restaurants For The Win! Food is the best way to connect with people, be it by catching up with friends or spending time with family. As Dubai is a melting pot of cultures and nationalities, with it come a variety of diverse food options, ideal to explore and a perfect way to bond with people. Turkey is known for its beautiful scenic views and one of the main highlights when exploring a country are its delicious cuisine. From manti, which are meat-stuffed dumplings, to pide which is a flatbread with various toppings, Turkish cuisine is a great option when you are looking for scrumptious food for the soul. The cuisine is a fusion of Mediterranean, Asian, Middle Eastern and European cuisines and celebrates homemade cooking of authentic dishes. Some of the common ingredients in Turkish cuisine are meat, fish, rice, eggplant, green peppers, onion, garlic and lentils. If you are looking for some amazing restaurants to delight in Turkish cuisine without leaving Dubai, look no further.

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CONNECTOR.AE 18 CONNECTOR.AE 19 Dining Around Dining Around First Look At Some Of The Upcoming Iftars! In the Islamic calendar, the ninth month of the year is called Ramadan, which runs for 29 or 30 days. Ramadan is observed by Muslims around the world as a month of prayer, fasting and community. During the Holy Month of Ramadan, the fasting period starts when the sun rises each day, and as the sun sets, the fast ends. The fast is traditionally broken with dates, followed by sharing a meal with family and friends. As the Holy Month of Ramadan will start towards the end of March, many restaurants around Dubai are gearing up for this special celebration, with some amazing Iftars to enjoy. If you are looking for some suggestions to plan ahead, here are a few Iftars to consider. In the next issue (April 2023), we will feature a more detailed roundup of alot more of the Iftars taking place around Dubai.

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CONNECTOR.AE 22 CONNECTOR.AE 23 Dining Around Dining Around City Social, at Grosvenor House Hotel in Dubai Marina, is perfect for a brilliant dinner with a stunning view. Opened by Chef Jason Atherton, the highly celebrated celebrity chef and owner of two Michelin starred restaurants in London. On entering the restaurant, the stunning ambient setting welcomes you, as you head to the outdoor terrace to enjoy drinks, with indoor seating available at the bar. Set on the 43rd floor, the views from the terrace highlight the magnificent views of the Dubai skyline and Marina in a beautiful way. We started the meal with appetisers and were served the delicious wild mushroom ragout with a fried egg and REVIEW: City Social - Upscale Dining With A View Take in the stunning Dubai skyline while enjoying great food and drink. a toasted piece of brioche, which was a perfect blend of flavours and different textures, and was followed by the crispy Patagonian squid, fried to perfection and when dipped into the ink aioli, was definitely a flavour bomb. Starters also included caviar, oysters, aged beef tartare, melon and tomato gazpacho, roasted Norwegian scallops and more. For mains, the rigatoni pasta with burrata, made it the perfect savoury dish with the right amount of sauce to leave you wanting to come back to enjoy the dish. We also had braised smoked short rib, served withmashed potatoes and a spiced glaze. Cooked to perfection and so tender it slid off the bone. Other mains that we will try next time, include roasted French cod, lamb rack and grilled Maine lobster. The miso sesame chocolate parfait with white soy ice cream, is the perfect way to end the meal and just the right amount of sweetness, with the chocolate mousse pulling together. The menu also features sweets including citrus curd and white chocolate panna cotta, choices for every palette. 0pen Monday to Thursday from 6pm to 2am, Friday and Saturday from 6pm to 3am and closed on Sunday. The average cost per person for a starter, main and dessert is around Dhs 650. Call 04-4022222

CONNECTOR.AE 24 CONNECTOR.AE 25 Dining Around Dining Around Delicious And Light Ceviche Recipe Ceviche is a traditional dish that originated in Peru and is a great choice to be enjoyed at any time of the day. Ceviche is a traditional dish that originated in Peru and is a great choice to be enjoyed at any time of the day. Perfect to enjoy with friends and family, the dish is filling but light, while also ticking all the needed nutrients box. The amazing zesty and fresh dish has raw fish at the centre, and is so widely popular that 28 June is celebrated every year as National Ceviche Day. As ceviche is known for having a lime seasoning, any kind of saltwater fish is commonly used to create the exceptional dish. Created by Chef Cesar Contreras Crisologo, Head Chef at Mama Zonia Restaurant, the recipe is a great one when craving ceviche and is easy to make. Ingredients: 400g sea bass fish 60g lemon juice 10g stock fumet 2g red habanero chilli 5g coriander leaves 1 red onion 5g salt 15g celery 2g garlic paste 8g Peruvian corn or sweet corn 100g sweet potato 250ml orange juice 2g cinnamon For the stock fumet: 1. Put the fish bones and the head along with 2 pieces of peeled garlic, 10g of celery, 10g thinly sliced red onion and coriander, in 500ml of water. 2. Cook for 20 minutes over slow fire. 3. Strain, cool and refrigerate the stock. Recipe: 1. Clean fresh seabass and cut it into 1cm cubes, and refrigerate it. 2. Cut the onion, habanero and celery into small pcs of 1 to 2mm. 3. Peel the sweet potato and cut them into medium-sized cubes, and cook it with orange juice and cinnamon over low heat until cooked very well. Caramelise, and wait until it cools down. 4. Cook the sweet corn for 10 minutes. 5. Put the fish cubes in a glass bowl, add some salt, celery, chilli, garlic paste, and onion and mix it. 6. Add lemon juice, and the stock (fumet) to the bowl. 7. Using a deep bowl for plating, and add the fish mixture and the juice that is leftover. 8. Add the garnishes of corn, sweet potato and chopped coriander. 9. Mix and plate as fast as you can to keep the freshness of the ceviche.

CONNECTOR.AE 26 CONNECTOR.AE 27 Dining Around Dining Around Chef ’s Corner: Saud Al Matrooshi Ever wondered who the face is behind the delicious dishes served aboard Emirates Airline flights? Known for being the first Emirati chef at Emirates Flight Catering, Chef Saud Al Matrooshi has always had a passion for cooking, with his love for food starting at a young age and led him to work his way up the ranks to realise his dream. From merging international flavours and ingredients with Arabic cooking, to now playing a main role in the creation of menus and in-flight catering at Emirates, Chef Saud is a great example of following your passions and making them a reality. Having started out his journey as part of the marketing and management team at Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, to becoming a Group Sous Chef, all the years of working around the world from UAE, Thailand and USA, led him to creating great dishes. Chef Saud is definitely a trailblazer and is a source of inspiration for many young and aspiring Emirati cooks to follow their dreams. Connector set some questions for Chef Saud, to find out a little more on one of the amazing professionals whose skills shine more than their story. Read more to find out what Chef Saud explains are the best things about working as part of Emirates Flight Catering. How did you get started in the food industry? I started my career at Dubai Creek Golf Club as part of their Marketing team, but after showing a keen interest in F&B and voicing my dream of becoming a chef, I was offered a place on their Culinary Training Programme. I joined as a Steward and worked my way up the culinary ranks to Sous Chef. It was a fantastic introduction to the industry and gave me an extensive range of practical experience. I had the opportunity to work across all their outlets, which exposed me to a broad range of cuisines and dining styles. Following Dubai Creek Golf Club, I gained experience in five-star hotel restaurants and banqueting through to F&B Procurement. This really provided me with a solid understanding of the hospitality industry. I joined Emirates Flight Catering in 2017, overseeing the Arabic and Emirati Kitchens and new menu development. Since childhood, I have been passionate about food, and I feel very fortunate to be doing what I love every day. What is your earliest cooking memory? Growing up, I used to love sitting in the kitchen and watching my father cook. As I got a bit older, I would try to create the same dishes as him, adding my own ingredients and experimenting to see how they would enhance the dish. We also frequently travelled, and I would pick up different ingredients from each country we visited, as I wanted to see how they would go with Arabic cuisine. This is what sparked my passion for fusion dishes, by trialling how different flavours could work together. What is your favourite dish fromyour country? Grilled whole tuna with white rice and Emirati Ghee, it is simple, fresh and tasty! This is my comfort food and reminds me of Fridays when my grandfather would make this for the family to come together and enjoy. What is the one go-to easy snack you love making for midnight cravings? I always have Basmati rice, it is a staple in my house and makes a great base for a quick satisfying snack. I love to add whatever leftovers I have in my fridge, it may be chicken, tuna or vegetables. I stir fry everything in Emirati Ghee and add some fragrant spices to turn it into a delicious fusion fried rice dish. What is the one raw ingredient you cannot cook without from your country? It has to be Emirati Ghee. To me, this is the DNA of Emirati food and the heart of Emirati dishes, as it gives them a unique identity with the aromatic spices that are blended through it. What is the best dish you have ever prepared with ingredients sourced from Emirates Flight Catering? At Emirates Flight Catering, the culinary team is privileged to have access to the highest quality and freshest ingredients from the UAE and around the world. My passion is fusing different flavours and spices and showcasing the best of different regions. One of the dishes I am most proud of is Lobster with Saffron Sauce and Zereshk rice. I took inspiration from three cuisines when creating this dish. There is a nod to India, as the lobster is marinated in a rich tandoori sauce. This is complemented with a stunning and delicate saffron sauce and is served on Zereshk rice, both influences from Iran. For the rice, I wanted to create a unique flavour, so I cooked it with Emirati Ghee and it is simply delicious. This is served onboard select Emirates flights, in First and Business Class.

CONNECTOR.AE 28 CONNECTOR.AE 29 Kids And Education Kids And Education Keeping Kids Busy Over Spring Break! School holidays are always eagerly anticipated, and as most schools will soon go off on spring break, children will definitely try to make the most of their holidays. Rather than kids running around creating havoc at home, the best way to keep them busy is by giving them great activities to take part in. Be it indoors or outdoors, there is something for every child to enjoy. AT HOME: Keeping children occupied does not have to mean taking them out to different places, and there are a lot of amazing activities to keep them busy at home, instead of spending the whole day in front of the television or on electronic devices. By prepping the night before and leaving it out for the children to see and use, they can start enjoying the activities from the moment they get up, and then talk to parents about it when done. These activities are sure to be a fun experience for all. 2. Sensory Play: For toddlers or preschoolers, one of the best ways to stimulate their brain and develop their language and motor skills while also letting them have fun is through sensory play. A great way to incorporate sensory play is through sand. Place colourful sand in a tub and give kids bottles, caps, toy shovels, beach toys and more and let them explore the different texture and colours. Clay is another great way to keep them engaged and create things using their imagination. 3. Art and Crafts: There are so many forms of arts and crafts available from colouring, painting drawing, charcoal art and more, this activity is great for all ages, a fun way to keep a child busy. Art is also known to help people express how they feel and with the right tools is sure to keep children busy for hours. A great way also to bond with a child is by getting in on all the fun, and joining them as they create their art pieces. 4. DIY Experiments: Children have a curious mind, so why not put it to the test and let them get answers to their questions through experiments. Perfect for older children, these types of activities allow a child to explore their creativity. Types of activities range from making a working volcano, launching a rocket or creating a protective layer to prevent an egg from breaking. It is also a great experience for siblings to bond and come up with ideas together. 1. STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM for short) is a great tool to use to incorporate in activities for kids. The learning method helps provide real life experience to children and allow them to come up with solutions. Some fun activities for kids to enjoy is oil spill, stop motion animation video, play with kinetic sand and more. 5. Time Capsule: Who has not tried to capture memories and encapsulate it to open up in a few years time? Children can make the most of the holidays by enjoying fun daily activities. With each daily activity completed, take a picture and write a note, and at the end of the holiday, children can create a time capsule and add all their memories to open be it in a year’s times or even ten. With children home for a short break, it offers the perfect opportunity to hone in on some skills and incorporate learning with fun.

CONNECTOR.AE 30 CONNECTOR.AE 31 Kids And Education Kids And Education 6. Aventura Parks: Home to the largest zipline park in Dubai, Aventura Parks, is a great place to spend the day. Explore nature and take on a variety of challenges from climbing, tight ropes, wobble bridges and more, with activities for all to enjoy. Prices start at Dhs 50. KidZania: Looking for a one stop destination for entertainment and learning? KidZania is the place to check out. The child friendly entertainment centre has been converted into multiple zones to let children explore all the professions from the real world. From being a doctor, a DJ, working at a supermarket, turning into a radio presenter and more, there is so much for kids to enjoy while stepping into the role for a day. Prices start at Dhs 110. OUT AND ABOUT: To make spring break all the more memorable for children, taking them out and about to enjoy the amazing activities that Dubai has to offer is a great way of doing it. Dubai is home to so many recreational facilities, there is something to suit every child’s liking. 7. Tr88House: Explore a one of a kind experience with Tr88House. The amazing entertainment and dining venue reminds everyone to make the most of time. Enjoy a wide variety of activities including a glow in the dark mini golf experience, bioluminescent laser tag, a play area for younger children to have a blast and a trampoline park. Prices start at Dhs 45. Expo City Dubai: A great place to visit for amazing family entertainment is Expo City Dubai. The perfect day outing, while visiting enjoy amazing attractions including getting a higher vantage point at Garden in the Sky, running around at the Surreal water feature and exploring all the amazing and educational pavilions. 8. The Green Planet: This is the place to be for those looking for a space to take children that has nature as its focus. The indoor tropical dome is home to over 3,000 plants and animals and has amazing interactive experiences for kids to enjoy, from snorkelling with piranhas, become a zookeeper for a day, interact with sloths and more. Prices start at Dhs 160. Museum of Illusions: Test the way the brain works with fascinating illusions at the interactive Museum of Illusions. Explore over 60 exhibits from witnessing holograms, walking through a vortex tunnel, exploring the anti-gravity room, sitting at a table with clones and so many more experiences, that will leave the mind bewildered. Theme Parks: There is no better place to have great fun than at a theme park. From hopping on thrilling rides, playing interactive games and tucking into delicious snacks, theme parks are the best places for amazing family fun, whether visiting Bollywood Parks, IMG Worlds of Adventure, Legoland Dubai or Motiongate Dubai. Waterparks: Splash the day away at water parks in Dubai. With the weather in Dubai very pleasant during spring break, there is no better way to make the most of it than jumping into the cool water for a day full of fun. There are lots of water parks in Dubai to enjoy, from Legoland Water Park, Splash N Party, Wild Wadi, Laguna Water Park and Aquaventure Water Park, the largest water park in the world. As there are endless options of exciting activities to do, be it at home or around Dubai, make this spring break the best one yet.

CONNECTOR.AE 32 CONNECTOR.AE 33 Kids And Education Kids And Education Meet The Teacher: Lucinda Scott Teachers contribute to a student’s development, and students are always able to recount at least one teacher that has made a difference in their life. Lucinda Scott is a great example of helping her students find their career paths. With over eight years of teaching and four in the UAE, Lucinda is a Teaching and Learning Coach at GEMS Al Barsha National School and has worked globally from Australia to England, now setting up a base in the UAE. Starting as a primary teacher, she has and aims to help younger students in tapping into their unlocked potential, by guiding them in academics, social skills, language and communication. As children learn through mistakes, Lucinda has created a safe space for her students to grow and learn from them. Lucinda shares her teaching journey along with her passion for striving to empower her students to become independent learners. What inspired you to start teaching? I have always known that teaching was going to be my vocation in life, because I was fortunate enough to have passionate teachers who were my role models and a mother that always believed in me. I always had a passion to teach and empower young hearts and futures. How did you decide to teach your current subject? I have been fortunate in life to have been given fantastic opportunities to teach from a young age, starting as a camp counsellor in Estonia, followed by United States. From then, I knew I wanted to teach primary children, as it would give me a chance to discover and develop their skills and talents from a young age. Why do you love teaching? Every day presents a new challenge and opportunity, with a new story to tell. When a child has a ‘lightbulb moment’ in class, it fills me with pride and reminds me why I chose this career path. Do you remember your favourite teacher from school? My primary teacher, Miss Lalley, who was also my netball coach, is my inspiration and one of the reasons I am a teacher today. She was patient, caring, kind and a fantastic listener. How do you make everyday classes more interesting? I find incorporating personal life experiences and always making lessons relatable a useful way to engage children as it helps them retain information, and gives them a purpose to listen and learn. What is a unique part of the school? A unique part of my school, GEMS Al Barsha National School, is the students’ fantastic ability to switch smoothly between English and Arabic language, even at such a young age. What would you do if you were not a teacher? Open my own summer camp overseas, which would offer a variety of opportunities and engaging activities including sports, arts and crafts workshops, where children would be able to explore their skills and grow in confidence.

CONNECTOR.AE 34 CONNECTOR.AE 35 Mother’s Day Gift Guide Mother’s Day Gift Guide NABIA CREATES bath & body works KEEPCUP ted baker BATH & BODY WORKS Eucalyptus Spearmint 3-Wick Candle KEEPCUP Glass Reusable Coffee Cup FERNS & PETALS Jade With Fittonia & Cactus Plant In Small Fish Bowl TED BAKER Amoria Sweetheart Necklace+Earrings Set Dhs 128.90 Dhs 159 Dhs 265 Treat Your Mum This Mother’s Day! Mother’s Day is celebrated every year on 21 March in the UAE and is the best time to remind ourselves to treat our mothers with all the care and love that they are constantly showering us with. The day celebrates the bond shared between a maternal figure and a child and can be traced back in history to the ancient Greeks and Romans. Around the world, different countries mark Mother’s Day at different times. In the UK and Ireland, Mother’s Day is held every fourth Sunday of Lent, where mothers would go back to their hometowns for a special mass, and this year is celebrated on 19 March. However in the Middle East, the day was first marked in Egypt in 1956 on the first day of Spring, and after the country declared the day as a holiday, it has since been celebrated every year on 21 March across the region and in the UAE. If you are looking for ways to make this year’s celebration all the more special and shower your mum with a variety of gifts, then keep scrolling for some amazing gifts that she is sure to treasure and use for years to come. Dhs 100 SEPHORA Clinique Hydrate And Boost Set NABIA CREATES Cutting Board Dhs 189 Dhs 55 GODIVA CHOCOLATES KNOCK KNOCK LORNA SCOBIE CRATE& BARREL SHARE THE LOVE FOREVER ROSE nyx RATE&BARREL 50-Piece Decorating Kit Dhs 125 Dhs 41 SHARE THE LOVE Inspirational Woman - Deluxe Hamper GODIVA Premium Heart Gift Box, 33pc FOREVER ROSE Mother & Child KN CK KNOCK Fill-in-The-Blank Gift Journal Dhs 386 Dhs 750 Dhs 1,470 Dhs 25.64 LIALI JEWELLERY Emerald Cut Bracelet with Baguette Dhs 64,500.00 TOMMY HILFIGER H&M Satin Pyjama Shirt And Bottoms LORNA SCOBIE 365 Days of Art Colouring Book TOMMY HILFIGER Luxe Leather Toggle Drawstring Crossover Bag Dhs 199 Dhs 73.96 Dhs 1,400

CONNECTOR.AE 36 CONNECTOR.AE 37 Health and Wellness Health and Wellness Tips To Tackle Obesity Obesity is one of the most common health issues that many people around the globe struggle with. Although many associate obesity with physical appearance and seek to tackle the issue to look a certain type of way, it can lead to many health complications that can affect the individual’s quality of life over time. Obesity is not only common in adults but also in children, and according to the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), during the National Health Survey conducted from 2017 to 2018, found that 27.8% of adults in the UAE have obesity. The survey also showed that 17.35% of children aged between 5 years to 17 years old have obesity. According to Dr Sreela Nair, Clinical Dietitian at Mediclinic City Hospital, “Obesity is basically a complex disease involving an excessive amount of body fat and is defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health.” Every year, World Obesity Day is held on 4 March to increase awareness of the health issue, advise individuals to get checkups, and either take preventive measures or seek treatment. The main way for individuals to find out if they are obese is through the body mass index, which is done by dividing the weight of an individual by their height. pression, anxiety and other mental disorders • Body pain and difficulty with physical functioning Individuals that are on the borderline of obesity, where they are neither a healthy weight nor are on the verge of being obese, should seek medical help and make lifestyle changes to their routine. As most people live sedentary lifestyles, these few changes can help lead a more fuller and productive lifestyle. Mindful eating: One of the key ways to prevent obesity is through mindful eating. With it, people are able to monitor their intake and not overconsume more than the required food. Dr Sreela Nair of Mediclinic City Hospital mentioned, “Choosing healthier foods and beverages, including a healthy plate method and portion control. Mindful eating is the motto.” With the help of the healthy plate method, which consists of half of the plate served with vegetables, a quarter with protein and the remaining with food with carbohydrates in it, as well as using smaller plate sizes, individuals will be able to eat what is required rather than overindulging. Dr Fariha Anwar, General Practitioner and Aesthetic Doctor at Dubai Cosmetic Surgery said, “A body mass index over 25 is considered overweight, but over 30 is classed as obese.” Dr Sreela Nair of Mediclinic City Hospital added that there are three classes of obesity, “Class I obesity, which is a BMI of 30 to 35 kilograms per square metre Class II obesity, which is a BMI of 35 to 40 kilograms per square metre Class III obesity or morbid obesity, which is a BMI of over 40 kilograms per square metre” With obesity, the effects may not be seen immediately. However, overtime can lead to a series of health conditions that affect the body and get progressively worse. The common issues, as mentioned by Dr Fariha Anwar of Dubai Cosmetic Surgery are, • High blood pressure • High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol or high level of triglycerides • Type 2 diabetes • Coronary heart disease • Stroke • Gallbladder disease • Osteoarthritis • Sleep apnea and breathing problems • Different forms of cancer • Mental illness, including clinical de-

CONNECTOR.AE 38 CONNECTOR.AE 39 Health and Wellness Health and Wellness activities that calm the mind, including art, cycling and more. As there are different classes for obesity, individuals that are in Class III of obesity will require medical supervision to get back on track with their health. Drastic weight loss is never advised and should be done with the right guidance and support. Dr Fariha Anwar of Dubai Cosmetic Surgery said, “It is important to find a compassionate doctor with expertise in treating extreme obesity so that together you can work long-term to get back on track both weight and health-wise. If you are extremely obese, do not start a vigorous workout program until you have lost about 10% of your body weight, and this must be under medical supervision. As with overweight people, the doctor may also recommend you seek the support of other medical professionals, including a dietician or nutritionist and a psychologist, as lifestyle changes such as diet alterations are an important component of treatment.” Additionally, individuals that are obese and are looking for quicker alternatives to weight loss, on consulting their doctors, can opt for surgery, although it is generally not recommended. Dr Sreela Nair of Mediclinic City Hospital said, “If you come under the category of Class III Obesity, Endoscopic procedures or bariatric surgery may be an option for you which is a severe but highly effective solution to long-term, significant weight loss. It works by changing your body biology instead of just your mind or your habits, and they alter your digestive system, which leads to restriction in the calories consumed and absorbed. They also change hormonal factors in your digestive system that affect your metabolism and hunger. Your bariatric surgeon would help you understand the different types of surgery and its implications and help you with a suitable type of surgery.” Obesity is a serious health risk and affects a large part of the population. With many living a sedentary lifestyle and not getting enough activity, by switching up their routine and making these changes can help reduce the health issues associated with obesity. Change in diet: As we live such a fast-paced life, it can get extremely tedious to maintain a fixed meal plan and can end up leading to consuming quick and easy-to-make dishes as well as loads of junk food. Dr Fariha Anwar of Dubai Cosmetic Surgery said, “Eat a well balanced diet and limit unhealthy foods, refined grains and sweets, potatoes, red meat, processed meat, and beverages.” Although it can be difficult to cut out unhealthy food all at once, slowly eliminating the products at a stretch can help in overall health in the long run. Quality of sleep: The body requires around 6 to 8 hours of sleep daily to recover from the activity done throughout the day. Without restful sleep, people tend to feel drained and exhausted throughout the day, and the hours lost cannot be recovered. Dr Fariha Anwar of Dubai Cosmetic Surgery said, “Improve your sleep routine and reduce any stress.” Dr Sreela Nair of Mediclinic City Hospital added, “Less sleep starts affecting the hunger hormone leading to overeating and constant hunger.” Regular exercise: Exercise is an important part that should be incorporated into everyone’s daily life. People starting out can begin with a thirty-minute workout and work their way up to a longer session. As the idea of working out can seem daunting to many, find a sport or an activity, including cycling or dancing, that keeps the person interested and ask a friend or family member to do it alongside to stay accountable. Dr Sreela Nair of Mediclinic City Hospital said, “An active lifestyle will help you maintain your weight.” Additionally, stress can cause a lot of health ailments, including putting on more weight. Instead, when feeling overwhelmed, opt to do

CONNECTOR.AE 40 CONNECTOR.AE 41 Health and Wellness Health and Wellness Raising Awareness Of Down Syndrome World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated across the globe on 21 March and is held to raise awareness of the genetic condition. Down syndrome is not an illness or disease and is a genetic condition that occurs when the individual is born with a full or partial copy of an extra chromosome, adding up to 47 rather than 46 chromosomes. 21 March was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication of the extra chromosome called ‘trisomy 21’, which causes Down syndrome. The condition can occur in any ethnic background and gender and is present from birth. Down syndrome affects 1 in every 700 live births around the world, however, the degree of the condition varies from different intellectual, physical and medical issues. Some of the common characteristics that people with Down syndrome have are: 1. Round faces 2. Upward slant to the eyes 3. Short stature 4. Small nose 5. Small mouth and a larger tongue 6. Low muscle tone 7. Single deep crease across the centre of the palm The cognitive challenges faced by people with Down syndrome are slower cognitive tionalities in the UAE. With the slogan ‘unlocking hidden potential’, the non-profit organisation is targeted at giving people with down syndrome the right tools to learn and grow, believing in learning made accessible to all as well as getting integrated into society. The association has around 610 people with Down syndrome and has students from every Emirate in the UAE. As the early intervention is one of the best ways to truly unlock a child with Down syndrome’s potential, the association also assists mothers that are pregnant and help them after they find out that their child has Down syndrome. Salma Kanaan, CEO of Emirates Down Syndrome Association said, “Early intervention is the golden phase. Helping to reduce the gap between their mental age and chronological age, early intervention is an important service provided for the child after birth to enhance his growth and development.” Through the support provided, parents are then able to plan better and are given the right emotional support, even at the hospital. Once the child is born, the facilities at the association help to give them the right care and treatment required. Salma Kanaan, CEO of Emirates Down Syndrome Association added, “Acquisition phase is very important, the child during the early intervention phase can acquire the skills easier than older children, and he can acquire most skills he needs earlier in life, helping him to develop his skills to reach his maximum potentials taking into consideration development, learning processes need to be stimulating and requiring more time to learn skills based on individual development. Additionally, health issues can range from infertility, weak immunity system, heart defects, cervical spine instability and more. Despite all the challenges, with the help of early intervention, children with Down syndrome are able to progress at exceptional rates, and this allows them to develop their cognitive, linguistic and fine and gross motor skills according to the pace that they require. Down syndrome can be detected as early as during pregnancy with the help of tests and ultrasounds. People with down syndrome are just like any other person and have rights and emotions, and as it is a prevalent condition, requires the right care and treatment to help the child excel in life. The Emirates Down Syndrome Association and Development Centre is a great place for families with people with Down syndrome in the UAE that are looking for a safe and welcoming place to allow their child to grow and learn and become the best versions of themselves. The association is the first Humanitarian Public Benefit Association, accredited by the Ministry of Community Development in 2006 to serve people with Down syndrome from birth, and of all ages and na-

CONNECTOR.AE 42 CONNECTOR.AE 43 Health and Wellness Health and Wellness Brothers ‘N Oars: Rowing Across The Pacific In 40 Days Travelling across the Pacific Ocean is a feat in itself, however, taking up the challenge to row across the ocean within 40 days, is a task hardly anyone would ever consider doing. However, four friends have decided that the challenge is one that they would like to undertake, and from there, Brothers ‘N Oars was formed. The Pacific Challenge in June, is a race across the Pacific Ocean, starting in Monterey, California and ending in Kauai, Hawaii, that will see different teams row continuously without breaking, over a distance of 4,800 kilometres. The inaugural race, organised by Atlantic Campaigns, features thirteen different teams, with two teams of two rowers, one team of three and ten teams of four, of which Brothers ‘N Oars are one, trying to achieve world record of completing the distance in the shortest time. Connector, in conversation with Brothers ‘N Oars talked about the challenges, motivations and aims of the group as they are currently preparing to participate in this amazing but daunting journey. The group of four were put together by Oliver Amos, who is currently working in Sweden in the renewable energy sector. and psychologists licenced by Community Development Authority (CDA). Salma Kanaan, CEO of Emirates Down Syndrome Association said, “We are like a family, In the humanitarian field, and it is not commercial. It is something that comes from our heart.” Additionally, the centre does not only serve the students but also the parents and has family counselling sessions, and supports them through specialised workshops and training, with every child receiving a fully comprehensive assessment by the team that has an educational and treatment plan from the therapists as well as special need and behaviour modification sessions, where parents can share their aspirations for their child during this phase. The association also creates tailored plans for parents to deal with children with Down syndrome and offer support when required. As the centre is based on volunteering with over 1,500 volunteers, individuals are encouraged to help out and participate in activities as well as spend the day at the centre. For more information on the volunteering opportunities, visit the Emirates Down Syndrome Association website. the developmental milestones.” The initiative was started in 2005 by a small group of mothers looking for support as they had children with Down syndrome. From there, some of the current board members have been volunteers from the start, getting accreditation from the Ministry of Community Development in 2006 as a non-profit association, and putting in the efforts to see the organisation grow and expand its services with the Al Qusais headquarters opening in 2015. Having started with educational habilitation classes in 2016, the centre now has six classrooms, including pre-vocational classes, with each class having five students, and are taught from language to mathematics and all skills in all developmental fields needed for people with Down syndrome to be independent. Students also get to explore their interests through vocations and have the creative kitchen where they can understand what it is like to be a chef, study at the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, enjoy taking pictures and videos at the established photography club and explore the world of robotics through the Robotic Club and Artificial Intelligence. Students are also taught how to live with a higher quality of life, take care of themselves, be a part of society as well as speak up freely about their rights, through the self-advocacy programme, the first in the UAE for people with Down syndrome. All the therapists and psychologists that work at the association are licenced by Dubai Health Authority (DHA), with the teachers

CONNECTOR.AE 44 CONNECTOR.AE 45 Health and Wellness Health and Wellness Initially, the group was made of his brother, Harry Amos, his father and his Uncle. Oliver said, “I called my brother first, he was my first call. Initially, the team was me, my dad, my brother and my uncle, which is two sets of brothers. But my dad and uncle pulled out they looked at the expedition and thought this is a bit too much.” Now in need of two more people to join the team, Paris Norriss, famously known for his adventure specials called ‘Guy In Dubai’, currently being aired on Amazon Prime, Dubai One, Apple TV and more, was the first call, with Barney Lewis, Oliver’s best friend of over 25 years, the fourth member. With the team now formed, the planning and training phase of the challenge began. The team hired Gus Barton, an experienced trainer who has previously trained over 10 world-record rowing teams. Training for the group runs for five to six days a week, and includes an average of 40 to 60 kilometres for three days, as well as weight training done over two days. Oliver mentioned, “We, at the moment, are doing five to six days a week, with three days of rowing. Sundays are always a large row. We also have high-interval training and weight training dedicated to muscle groups for rowing, as we have to enhance our muscle mass.” Currently, in their last few weeks before the big row, the training for the tournament has ramped up, and is now focused on building strength and endurance, and getting race ready. As the group will be rowing without any stops, mental and survival training is a crucial part of their coaching. Paris said, “We have all done courses in first aid, sea survival, and ocean rowing because when we are out in the Pacific, we are in a remote area that is closer to the astronauts on the space station. We have to be self-sufficient, if anybody gets injured, we have to be able to fix it on the go.” The inspiration to take part in the expedition came from Cayle Royce, a British Army veteran who served alongside Harry Amos. While serving in Afghanistan, Cayle stepped on an explosive device which led to him losing both his legs, a part of his hand and a part of his face. Almost a year to the date of the incident, Cayle rowed across the Atlantic, and then again a second time with an all-amputee crew. Oliver said, “When I saw him doing it, he was a real big inspiration for me to row an ocean and in my eyes, it was now or never.” “I always had the vision to make the expedition slightly larger than I was able to, and there is one thing about getting fit to do an expedition like this while also raising money,” Oliver added. To help give back to the community, the group is raising money to donate to two organisations, The Invictus Games and the Blue Marine Foundation. The causes for picking the charities, as Oliver mentioned, “We needed to do this for charity and while choosing our charities, The Invictus Games helped Cayle Royce, and Blue Marine Foundation, which is an ocean marine conservation charity, ties in with our expedition.” Paris added, “We are all friends and get along really well. The idea that we are doing this adventure for us is fun, and as we are getting what we need out of this, if we can give back to the charities, it just makes it a win-win for everybody. Hence we are being really proactive in raising money for the charities.” As they are all friends, the challenge is one they are willing to undertake, with each member responsible for various aspects, catering to their strengths. Oliver said, “Everyone has their job in this, I run the team and do most of the admin, Harry is in charge of the equipment, the safety and training given, as he is an ex-operations military, Paris is in charge of the production and the media, and Barney is in charge of the money and the gala dinner, that we are having this year.” However, rowing across the Pacific Ocean is not an easy task to take part in, as there are many unforeseeable risks involved. Paris said, “There are real risks to what we are going to do, and then there are the perceived risks, and sometimes the perceived risks seem more scary than the actual risks. Statistically, the chances of us getting eaten by a shark are very small but it keeps me up at night. Every five days, one of us has to go underneath the boat and scrub the barnacles off to keep it streamlined. At the same time, two guys have to look down with snorkels to keep a check. The reality is that actually getting eaten by a shark is low but the injuries, the boat capsizing and what to do with hurricanes are.” Oliver added, “My biggest fear since I have assembled this team is the worst case, if someone perishes and, if someone falls in when not clipped in, you will not be able to get back on the boat.”