Sail eMagazine’s 4th Anniversary – Save The Date & Spread The Word!

Iman Ben Chaibah (@ImanBenChaibah)

Iman Ben Chaibah (@ImanBenChaibah)

Iman Ben Chaibah, founder of Sail Publishing, a digital publishing house for online magazines and ebooks, and editor in chief of the Emirati Sail Magazine, an online magazine about community and culture written in English by Emirati columnists. Iman is a multi award winner in digital publishing, entrepreneurship, and literature. Iman has also completed the Leadership Strategies in Magazine Media Course in Yale University. Besides her work in publishing, she also lectures in Canadian University in Dubai.
Iman Ben Chaibah (@ImanBenChaibah)

Sail eMagazine 4th Anniversary - E-invite

Here We Start – Issue # 47 & Anniversary Invitation

Iman Ben Chaibah (@ImanBenChaibah)

Iman Ben Chaibah (@ImanBenChaibah)

Iman Ben Chaibah, founder of Sail Publishing, a digital publishing house for online magazines and ebooks, and editor in chief of the Emirati Sail Magazine, an online magazine about community and culture written in English by Emirati columnists. Iman is a multi award winner in digital publishing, entrepreneurship, and literature. Iman has also completed the Leadership Strategies in Magazine Media Course in Yale University. Besides her work in publishing, she also lectures in Canadian University in Dubai.
Iman Ben Chaibah (@ImanBenChaibah)

With our 47th issue we are marking the end of our 4th year of publication, and with our next issue on 1st of March, we will be celebrating our 4th anniversary of running this amazing magazine with the great team that we have, and the wonderful fans and supporters we’ve had all along.

Artwork by Anood AlMulla (@AnoodAlMulla_)

Artwork by Anood AlMulla (@AnoodAlMulla_)

We would like to invite you all to celebrate with us our 4th anniversary. We will be hosting discussion panels with the management team of the magazine, selected number of our writers, and our creative team. We will be having exciting giveaways as well for our loyal readers and supporters, and much more.

Join us in our 4th anniversary:

  • Date: 1st of March, 2014
  • Venue: Hugo’s Café, Palm Strip Mall, Jumeira, Dubai.
  • Time: 4:00 PM
  • RSVP on: RSVP@SailEMagazine.com
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We are looking forward to hosting you all, and we can’t wait to start revealing more details about our upcoming anniversary!

And now to our issue #47 – February 2014 in brief:

Enjoy our reads, and don’t forget to check out our illustrations by our creative team: Anood AlMulla, Dana Al Attar, Hayat AlHassan, and Marwa Fadhel.

To keep up with our monthly-published issues and to know about any of our coming events, make sure you register with us by clicking here. 

Help us spread the word about the magazine and share the articles with your friends! 

Warm regards,
Iman Ben Chaibah
Editor in Chief

Tamashee; Recreating Tradition

Alwid Lootah (@AlwidLootah)

Column: Lost in Reverie
Alwid is a young lady who aims to become the change she wants to see in this world by spreading positivity and leading youth towards the road of unlimited possibilities. She recently founded her own website hearmyeche.com through which she aims to become the voice of youth and share unrecognized talents. Her column “Lost in reverie” is a place where she allows her thoughts and emotions to flow and a place where she can hopefully create a change.

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Article in brief: the author writes a feature piece about Tamashee, the new Emirati footwear brand that launched last month.

A Side of Tamashee Men's Collection Display

A Side of Tamashee Men’s Collection Display

Tamashee, which means walking and compatibility in Arabic, is a newly launched Khaleeji footwear brand that came to life through an inspiration that branched from the unique fashion sense of the people from the Arabian Gulf (Khaleej) with three goals in mind: preserving identity, representing culture, and coloring lives. The designers of Tamashee turned traditional footwear into fashionable canvases that will make you stand out and create a fashion statement while still preserving the Khaleeji tradition in an urban and trendy way.

The journey of Tamashee began when the creators of the brand gathered together and put their efforts in producing a plan to bring this brand to life. Aiming to preserve their identity, represent the Arabian Gulf, and give back to the society, the creators of Tamashee launched the footwear brand and recreated the sandal that was seen in historical pictures in a way that can be easily blended with our current style.

From a fashion perspective, fashion trends change from time to time and what was yesterday’s trend could be today’s fashion crime. However, it is important that we hold on to our tradition and culture and this is one of the goals of this footwear brand; to represent culture. The designers of Tamashee were inspired by yesterday’s trends to create today’s fashion statement.

Tamashee’s debut collection is under the theme of art and paint. As art is a language understood by people all over the world who speak different languages and have different cultures; the theme aimed to bring people together. What appealed the most to me in this collection are the bold colors that could either make every outfit brighter or tone it down, the variety of colors will satisfy ones fashion needs.

During the launch of the footwear brand, 3 Emirati female artists were asked to create a piece of art using a pair of Tamashee sandals, and every artist had her own touch on the piece. The pairs are to be sold at an auction later on and the proceeds will go to the UAE Down Syndrome association. The pairs created were spectacular, and it was a great way for the talented artists to showcase their passion on a rather different canvas, a Tamashee sandals.

The Painted Tamashee Sandals On Auction

The Painted Tamashee Sandals On Auction

As for the men’s collection, the Tamashee trip begins with the Plain Canvas pair in the color white that is easily worn with your everyday outfits to the Collage Classic pair with vibrant colors that are great for making your outfit stand out. They don’t only want people to wear a fashionable item but they also want them to stand up for a cause and become social consumers.

Moving along to the women’s collection, the design of the Tamashee sandals is originally for men but the creative people behind the brand wanted to put women in the picture as well and allowing them to contribute in their social causes. This collection holds different shades that will appeal more to women and the designers’ take on colors like royal purple and vivid red created a modern sandal that could be worn in different ways and occasions.

The third goal of this brand is to color lives, not just in a fashionable way but also in a humanitarian way. Through Tamashee’s ‘Every Sole Matters’ program, they joined hands with the UAE Down Syndrome Association to support individuals with Down syndrome because they believe that every person in our society matters. Part of their sales proceeds will go towards this association, so by buying a pair you won’t only color your outfit but you’ll color a life too.

Here are a few personal tips on how to wear your Tamshee:

  • When creating your outfit remember to focus on one piece of the clothing at a time, if you’re going to wear a bright outfit tone it down by wearing the Plain Canvas pair for example.
  • The Classic Collage men’s pair can easily be worn with a white T-shirt and jeans to maintain a casual look.
  • As for the women, since the weather is a bit chilly nowadays a pair of Pigment Tamashee can be matched with an oversized kitted sweater in colors like Beige or Black. Don’t be afraid, shine by your colorful sandals.
  • The men’s Hue and the Plain Canvas Sandals will look great worn with the Kandoora as they are rather simple.

Change Yourself For the Better

Alia Al Hazami (@AliaAlHazami)

Alia Al Hazami (@AliaAlHazami)

Column: Hidden Promises
Alia is an AUS student double majoring in International Studies and English literature. She is also the author of Alatash fictional novel. Her main goal is to make a change and empower the youth. Her column is meant to help the younger generations deal with tough situations. It was given that title as hidden promises is what us teenagers often believe; false promises.
Alia Al Hazami (@AliaAlHazami)

Article in brief: The author states her beliefs of true change.

Artwork by Dana AlAttar (@DanaAlAttar)

Artwork by Dana AlAttar (@DanaAlAttar)

Change can happen due to different reasons and like they say, to each their own. In the spirit of 2014, I decided to talk about changing due to the New Year that was just a while ago, as well as about change in general.

I could start off with a cliché such as ‘New year, new me’, but that isn’t the case here. Every year, billions of people say that and sadly, it’s mostly all talk.

Don’t get me wrong here; I do want to become a better person as much as the next guy, but I don’t want to end up beating myself up when December comes.

Yes, that’s the harsh reality, that’s what happens in most scenarios. The majority of people put up almost preposterous resolutions that often leave them tasting defeat by the end of the year because they couldn’t achieve them in the assigned time!

I personally don’t believe in New Year resolutions to be specific and it’s kind of obvious that not many believe in it as well. I, for one, think that resolutions are evil and plain wicked. Their sole purpose is to allow you to lie to yourself without feeling any ounce of guilt.

Despite what can be inferred from my previous words, I do believe in change and its genuineness. To be clear here, I’m a strong believer in self-modification, it’s a beautiful thing that I highly appreciate. What I do is set goals on improving myself and work my hardest to reach those goals I put for myself through time.

To me, nothing feels better than looking at how you evolved throughout the passing days. You begin to look at how you were and how you changed positively. I know that modification of one’s personality is the whole reason resolutions exist, but it’s kind of uncalled for to have them on New Year specifically.

I seriously don’t get the concept of waiting for a whole year to pass in order to enforce change. Time waits for no one, so why should we? Instead of waiting around, you can change at any moment you wish. It really doesn’t matter what the month is.

In order to change, believing in oneself and the possibilities is the key to transform to the best. In addition to that, I learned that change comes naturally, it can’t be forced. A person needs to have the power of will to change and with that attitude they will. It’s all about determination, perseverance and most importantly, insistence to improve, so why wait for the New Year!

The Joy Of Smiling At Strangers

Haif Zamzam (@haifnothaifa)

Haif Zamzam (@haifnothaifa)

Column: Joie de Vivre, Ex-Column: Sense and Sustainability
Haif Zamzam is a bon viveur who just can’t get enough of life. Her inflexibility for the norm coupled with her constant hunt for a challenge pushed her to the private sector where she is a professional in a top-tier consulting firm. Haif has an MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelors degree from the AUS. Through her column, Joie de Vivre, French for “Joy of Living,” Haif hopes to show how living with your head in the clouds is highly underrated.
Haif Zamzam (@haifnothaifa)

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Article in brief: The author challenges readers to discover the joy of smiling at one stranger at a time.  

Artwork by Hayat AlHassan (@HayatAlH)

Artwork by Hayat AlHassan (@HayatAlH)

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, and honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~Leo F. Buscaglia
 

I’m one of those people that walk around everyday smiling at people.  I’ve gotten snarky comments from family, friends and strangers that I’m “passing out smiles”, but I just laugh at it.  It is an automatic reaction that I get when I make eye contact with a person.  I may be overthinking this small act, but smiling to me respects the humanity that we share with one another.

Our culture is built on the beauty of hospitality, one may even argue, especially to strangers.  However, far too often I have met non-Arabs who ask me where I’m from and are pleasantly surprised when I tell them I’m Emirati.  Some of them have shocked me by saying that they have lived in the UAE for a number of years, but I’m the first Emirati woman they’ve spoken to.  I find that very hard to believe, but realize in today’s world, people are preoccupied with their own thoughts and the noise of the world today that could lead them to miss out on the simple act of smiling at strangers.

I vividly remember a specific feedback session during my year at business school where we were asked to constructively criticize our team members after working with them for months.  In between all of the helpful remarks, one of my team members said, “I don’t know what it is about you, but your smile makes me feel happy.  And you smile a lot, so I’m always happy.”

A study was completed in mid-2012 that revealed that small gestures, such as smiling or nodding can make people feel more connected, which stems from the fact that people are social beings adapted for group living. The feeling of connected-ness was in contrast to the feeling of being ostracized or purposely overlooked, which results in mainly a psychological pain, but sometimes, a physical pain too.

I don’t know about others, but I can personally say that smiling makes me happy.  It raises my spirits, and apparently, makes other people happy too.  That’s when the whole concept of the power of a smile hit me. It’s a simple gesture that allows you to connect yourself with another human being for a split second.  It allows you to free yourself from the noise of your own thoughts by noticing the beauty in other people and the world around you.

A smile is welcoming and will make people instantaneously feel more at ease when you walk past them or walk into a room. I’ve had numerous conversations with strangers throughout the last few years, whether it was while I was waiting for a flight at an airport lounge, or grabbing coffee at the café next to home, or at large dinner parties. Through those short conversations, I managed to meet people from all over the world and give them a glimpse of who I am, what I stand for and where I come from. It gives me the opportunity to be an ambassador of myself, my country, women of the region, the private equity industry (as an ex-financier), the consulting industry and pretty much anything else that comes up in conversation. It’s a good feeling to be able to exchange ideas and knowledge with people that you were introducing yourself to in the same seating.

So go on, I challenge you to smile at one stranger today. A couple of strangers tomorrow, three strangers the day after and so on. Because, why not? The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) even said, “Smiling in the face of your brother is charity.” Check how you feel about yourself and the people around you in a month. I guarantee you that you will notice a change about how you feel about yourself, about the people around you and the obstacles that come your way. Be the person that brightens up a room with your smile.

Turning off Autopilot Mode

Budoor Al Yousuf (@BAlYousuf)

Budoor Al Yousuf (@BAlYousuf)

Budoor takes a unique look at the world around her. She applies a sense of the mystical to everyday happenstance and turns it on its head. The result is her column: “Mental Pondering”.
With a background in communications, her passion for writing is driven by the need to voice her thoughts. Budoor also hold an eMBA in innovation and Entrepreneurship, other than writing, her interests include reading and traveling.
Budoor Al Yousuf (@BAlYousuf)

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Article in brief: Have you ever felt like you have driven to work only can’t remember anything about the drive? Or that you have performed a task or done something but can’t remember the details of it? Have you ever wondered why that happened?

Artwork by Hayat AlHassan (@HayatAlH)

Artwork by Hayat AlHassan (@HayatAlH)

“Autopilot” is a word most people know as a function in which an airplane flies itself on a specific route without a pilot guiding it. As a matter of fact, the human brain also has an “Autopilot” mode, although scientifically it has other names and can cause more harm than good.

“Autopilot” in humans reflects on those times when a person performs a task but doesn’t recall its details, like driving to work in the morning only not remembering the drive, or washing the dishes at night and not noticing a chipped glass. Surprisingly enough, people are on “Autopilot” over half the time (46.9% exactly) when they are conscious.

Scientists have discovered that the human brain functions in two different modes, the “Autopilot” mode (also known as “Default Network” or “Narrative Circuit”) and “Direct Experience” mode. The main difference in the two modes is how the person experiences their surroundings and how information is processed in real time.

It is very easy for people to slip into “Autopilot” mode as it is the default way of functioning, when a person gets used to doing something repetitively, like driving home after work, the brain has enough information stored to allow that person to drive without paying complete attention to the road, if something different does happen on the way (construction, traffic, detours) that person will automatically snap back as the brain doesn’t have enough information to deal with the situation at hand, the danger is however that it takes longer than expected to snap back which may cause accidents on the road.

In “Autopilot” mode, people are usually lost in their thoughts; they are either thinking about the long day ahead of them, or the problems they are currently going through, instead of enjoying the traffic free road to work or the breeze of fresh air on their skin.  Unfortunately, people don’t realize how much they miss when they are on “Autopilot” and how being in that mode causes unhappiness.

Imagine sitting on the beach, the weather is more than perfect, the sea is calm, and there are no sounds around except for the sounds of the waves and your breathing. Without realizing it, the mind wonders into other things, thinking about a person that is deeply missed, wondering when life had become so complicated, thinking about what to buy a friend for their birthday, and so on, and that is the “Autopilot” mode.  Instead of enjoying what is around and allowing the senses to take in the surroundings, unhappiness kicks in as the mind doesn’t stop wandering long enough to enjoy life. Putting a full stop to the wandering of the brain, the “Autopilot”, and focusing on the sun, the sand, the sea, the breeze is what scientists call “Direct Experience”.

It is very important to know when the “Autopilot” mode is on and try to shut it off, a life lived in the “Direct Experience” mode is much more fulfilling than living in “Autopilot” as it changes the way a person experiences life first hand and helps the small things in life give their full effect.

* Note from writer: The next article will be about ways to minimize the time spent in Autopilot mode

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Dictionary:

  • Autopilot: functioning in an unthinking or reflexive manner.

References:

The Risk of Driving Without a Driver’s License

Omar Al Owais (@OMSAlowais)

Omar Al Owais (@OMSAlowais)

Omar is an International Relations Student at the American University of Sharjah, with a passion towards politics and a devotion towards the rhythmic arts of poetry and prose.
https://omaralowais.wordpress.com
Omar Al Owais (@OMSAlowais)

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Article in brief: To drive or not to drive? That is the question.

Artwork by Marwa Fuad (@Elmeem_artistry)

Artwork by Marwa Fuad (@Elmeem_artistry)

Here’s a scenario most teenagers today can relate to: a 16 years old kid driving around town without a driver’s license. Not a good scenario for anyone involved, especially, if it’s the police.

I, for one, solemnly believe that skills matter far more than age, but you simply shouldn’t drive without the right documentation. Your skills are insufficient giving your lack of adequate practice at this stage. Not only that, but it has become a recent trend to boast the fact that your are driving without a license on social media platforms.

Tears will be shed, lives will be lost, fines will be paid, cars will be towed and relationships will be severed. These are not just predicted consequences; this is what the law states and based on previous reckless teen driving, these are just a few consequences. Do tell me, how many times have you been going through your twitter timeline, only to discover that a young tweep you know has passed away as a consequence to these actions, whether by himself or others. How many of them were your siblings or cousins? How many mothers have wept longing for their kids? How many friends were separated by death? This has to stop.

First of all, if you’re a teenager, then you’ll get your license in no time. An Arabic proverb says “All in good time”. Have faith that everything happens for a reason and the fact that you’re still license-less isn’t a punishment but a chance to do greater things. Driving isn’t the only thing in life you know.

I understand how difficult it is to get a ride sometimes. Been there, done that. You could use public transportation such as taxis and metros or you can carpool with a friend if your house is on their way. I know many families don’t allow their children in taxis, keep in mind that they surely won’t allow underage and reckless driving either.

Another issue is peer pressure. Teenage boys spend the majority of their time with their peers, so it is easy to be influenced by your friends. If you know anybody that drives without a license, speak to them; let them know that you are not okay with it. Advise them, but do so tastefully; nobody likes being told off. If they persist in their wrongdoing, refuse riding with them. Silence to such actions is the equivalent of nodding in consent.

In Australia for example, despite the fact that the minimum driving age differs from state to state, teenagers may apply for driving classes under qualified supervision from the age of 15 years and 9 months. Similarly, in preparation for that, a course is taught in many schools called “Road Ready” to increase the students’ awareness on road safety.

Think about it this way, the time that you could spend engaging in underage driving, which often times result in accidents and hefty fines, you can instead spend it educating yourself or volunteering in community service. The first activity plunges your community down a never-ending dark hole, whereas the second one allows it to rise and dance between the stars. The decision is yours, except, you’re not the only one who will suffer the consequences, your community will as well. Think wisely.

Grow a Healthy Relationship with Your Children

Ayesha AlJanahi (@_AyeshaAlJanahi)

Ayesha AlJanahi (@_AyeshaAlJanahi)

Column: The First Years Last Forever
A loving mother of a son who has changed her life and put it into perspective. Ayesha is a senior social media specialist, a Global Leader for young children in the Arab region, and a writer in few Arabic publications. Her column is written in collaboration with the Arabian Child organization, and offers inspiration and an in-depth exploration of early childhood development.
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Article in brief: Children and teenagers who don’t have a healthy relationship with their parents can get a very low self-esteem which can make them an easy victim to predators when it comes to cyber bullying and cyber grooming. 

Artwork by Dana AlAttar (@DanaAlAttar)

Artwork by Dana AlAttar (@DanaAlAttar)

Everyone remembers an awful story about school bullies they encountered at a certain age back in school. Maybe they stole your pencil case, bloodied your nose, pulled your hair, or spread a rumour about you that made you hate going to school.  We do see bullying a lot in the news recently whether it’s direct (such as hitting, name calling) or indirect (such as threatening, teasing). Moreover, the situation today is even more severe since bullying can happen not only on school grounds but they can also happen in cyberspace where bullies can hide their identities and skilfully lurk where they cannot be seen.

Cyberbullies use Internet tools to abuse or harass other people in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner. Some children or teenagers are getting connected to Internet communication tools such as mobile phones, social networking, chat rooms, email, and instant messaging which might make them exposed to different types of cyber harassment, and certain children, like those with low self-esteem, become an easy victim.

Children are innocently conditioned to think that everything and everybody in life is wonderful, but in today’s world, this concept is challenged and threatened. Parents need to focus on developing a healthy and strong relationship with their children starting from birth, because this is when the seeds of self-esteem are sown which in turn increases their positive sense of self and will help maintain successful experiences in both cyberspace and offline.

Observably, the absence of a healthy relationship with parents can encourage some children to communicate with strangers online through chat rooms or social networking websites and get emotionally attached to them because they made them feel somehow worthwhile and fill the aching void inside them and here where the cyber grooming starts.

Predators take on a false identity spending a number of months befriending a child to prepare for the abuse in the real world. It’s not always easy for a child to tell when the new friends online have bad intentions. Some of them pose as a 17 years old teenagers where in reality, they are a 45 years old male and that can make the child at potential risk of encountering predators.

“My life is ruined”. “Nothing ever is going to be the same” are a couple of expressions that were miserably stated in the movie “Trust” that tells its story of a teenage 14-year-old girl who was targeted by an online sexual predator. The movie shows how an online chatting with a predator ended up psychologically devastating a teenage girl. This example could happen with anyone who is in a vulnerable state especially the youth whose minds are still developing. The predator starts seducing them through attention, flattering and kindness because they seek face-to-face meetings to have sexual interface.

Online predators take advantage of being anonymous to build trust and develop online relationships with innocent children. They usually target children who have very low self-esteem and have problems in house or school to sympathize with them, this is when the trust is built, and the tragedy starts.

The predator tries to gain children’s trust at first by pretending to share common interest. Then they try to ease the concept of pornography by gradually showing them some sexually explicit material and that could be fulfilled by communicating with them online through social networking sites. After the connection is built with the children, meetings start taking place to complete the obnoxious acts that most probably have a shocking ending.

Parents can’t help with cyberbullying and cyber grooming if they are not well educated about the social networking tools and not aware of what is going on with their children because some of them are busy placing unrealistic demands of perfectionism on their children.

Make sure that your children feel very comfortable coming to you when they face any problem in the offline/online worlds and that won’t make them reluctant to have a heart to heart talk with you when they are troubled either of the worlds.

If love and guidance are not provided by a child’s parents, he or she can feel more needy and insecure because their emotional needs are not met properly. Here they are more likely to be exposed to the fake sweet talk and encouragement furnished by strangers online since children take everything literally, it doesn’t matter if the stranger’s fake tender loving care converts their untainted social path to explosive landmines.

Written in collaboration with Arabian Child organization. Visit www.arabianchild.org for more information about early childhood education in the United Arab Emirates.

Moving Towards Individualistic Sports

Khalifa Al Hajeri

Khalifa Al Hajeri

Column: Tifosi
Khalifa was born and raised in the UAE, with a 4 and bit years university stint in the Canadian lands, before coming back home to work for one of the investment arms of the Abu Dhabi government. Inspired to be the Ray Romano of the magazine, only as a sports journalist that is.
Khalifa believes the world of sports never gets the credit it deserves for its impact on this world. For some, its mere entertainment, but for some its soul therapy and sometimes, survival. In this sports universe, deep in its pockets, he was able to find a lot of pleasure reading for sports journalists like Phil Ball, Gabriel Marcotti, among many others. Considering some of his favorite literature comes from sports writers, he will use this column titled “Tifosi”, which stands for “fan” in Italian, to share this passion with others by discussing sport events that can relate to both fanatics and non fanatics.
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Article in brief: What are the factors contributing towards the change of direction in the sports world, which is heading towards more individualistic sports.

Artwork by Marwa Fuad (@Elmeem_artistry)

Artwork by Marwa Fuad (@Elmeem_artistry)

For the optimists who have not waved the white flag yet, the beginning of the New Year presents everyone with an opportunity to start on a fresh note. A new year was always seen as the best time to start new good habits and lose decayed older habits. Year after year, people are inserting new sports regime in their lives, and this is becoming apparent by the day. You can barely make it through the day without running into a Facebook status update, a tweet or an instagram photo that is about someone obsessing over their new workout. So, what is behind this new fevered sensation?

Besides the accessibility of social media and people’s obsession to show us their new training shoes, the sporting world is heading towards new horizons with more and more individuals heading towards sports that are more individualistic than collective. In this article, I will explore the reasons behind this phenomenon that is attracting our youth.

There are many reasons that could be attributed to the sudden surge in people participating in solo sports – but one of the main causes for this increase is the convenience of solo sports.

Looking back at my own experiences, one of the biggest drawbacks in team sports such as football, is that if you don’t make the numbers needed, the activity risks getting cancelled, therefore, people are never able to freely choose when they can participate in a sport. The convenience generated by solo sports such as cycling, which is a sport that an individual can exercise more freely on their own, is one of the main reasons people are heading towards solo sports. Besides the lack of dependency on people and facilities, solo sports have also, over the years, overcome many barriers of entry such as accessibility or costs associated, making these sports easier to access and cheaper to participate in.

Another reason behind the shift of sports can be credited to the change in the mentality of people. In team sports such as football, the victory is shared among the team and rarely celebrated the individuals. This is not an indication of people becoming more selfish, but more of a reinforcement of the notion that sports always had competitiveness in its roots, hence, a solo sports such as rock-climbing rewards the participants in a manner which is unique and more personal. Furthermore, extreme solo sports such as skydiving or rock-climbing are risky sports and the desire to overcome personal fears encourages people to conquer these sports.

Also, it must be said that technology played a role in changing the course of sports. Just like how people enjoy sharing images of their last meal and vacation, the same can be applied to people who would like to share with their friends the satisfaction of their new physique or the new sport they are practicing. Footage of our skydiving are far more interesting and enjoyable to watch than watching an amateur 90 minute football game waiting for someone to score.

In conclusion, there could be many other reasons behind the sudden change of sporting interests, but the important message is that more and more people are able to access sports. Whether this will have any impact on other sports, such as football and basketball for example, remains to be seen, but we can now say that day by day there are less excuses for people to fail on their New Year resolutions.

What is Autism? And How to Deal with Children with Autism?

Salma Bin Faqqas (@SalmaOA_)

Salma Bin Faqqas, an aspiring 17 years old chemical engineering student that took a leap of faith into the unknown where she found out what she is truly capable of becoming. She believes that people too weak to pursue their own dreams will always find a way to discourage hers. An official addict to positivity and spreading joy. Through her column: "To a better tomorrow" she focuses on common problems found in our society and psychologically analyses them. It also gives simple solutions to the raised issues in order to make the community a better place to live in.

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Article in brief: Latest researches in the U.A.E have found that one out of every 50 children born is autistic. What is really scary here is that most of the U.A.E citizens either do not know, or know very little, about autism. In this article, the author will discuss this disorder in a brief straightforward way. 

Artwork by Anood AlMulla (@AnoodAlMulla_)

Artwork by Anood AlMulla (@AnoodAlMulla_)

Autism is a growth disorder and a developmental disability that continues throughout the life of an individual and affects the way a person acts and speaks; it affects the link to those around them. It is very difficult for children and adults with autism to make clear and strong connections with others, and they usually have limited abilities to create friendships and understand how others express their feelings.

Early diagnosis is a very important step in the treatment; it enhances one’s chance of getting the right help and support.

The symptoms of autism that parents should be aware of are the following:

  • Difficulty in engaging in any social relationship. Autistic kids tend to spend less time with others, and show less, or no interest in making new friends.
  • Difficulty in verbal communication and non-verbal communication. Their language development is very slow, and in some cases it may not develop at all. They do not have the ability to fully understand the meaning of common gestures, facial expressions and voice tones.
  • Difficulty in the development of interpersonal play and imagination. There is a lack in innovative play. The child does not try to start any fictional games except for a limited number of imaginative activities, copied and used with frequent strict manner.

Communicating with autistic children is very important; it gives the child a sense of safety and security. To communicate with your autistic child, you must try to attract their attention in a very clear way by using short sentences and simple words, play with them using simple games that fit with their level of understanding, understand their abilities, and try to deal with them very patiently.

Because of the nature of autism, symptoms differ from one to another. There is no particular way to decrease or eliminate the symptoms of autism in all cases, but we can help an autistic child by involving him/her in programs that work on treating their behavioral and language problems, developing their social skills, and overcoming their sensory issues. Yet we must make sure that these problems are addressed by trained specialists in consistent and comprehensive ways, which also happen to be flexible to change with the situation of the child.

Even though autism is a lifetime disorder, most autistics live an independent, nearly normal life, and that is because as children their parents engaged them in special educational programs that are especially structured to meet the child’s educational needs. They’ve put the child’s abilities under consideration, and motivated him/her to do the best they could one step at a time. They are also engaged in behavioral modification, and speech therapy programs that support any positive behavior by strengthening it, weakening any negative behavior, and increasing their ability to function and interact with their surroundings.

Look at your autistic child with your heart; sometimes your eyes might miss a lot of things. And just like someone once said, “Autism is no processing error. It is just a different operating system.”