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    The history-making Emirati footballer on what it takes to break boundaries

    IN PARTNERSHIP: Emirati female footballer Areej Al Hammadi is all about breaking boundaries.
    She made history this year becoming a Guinness World Record Holder for the most football ‘hotstepping’ in one minute.

    With options when she was growing up to play women’s football almost being non-existent, Al Hammadi definitely knows the key traits one should have on their journey to success.
    Pursuing football as a career needed courage, and it wasn’t an easy step for Al Hammadi. However, it was an easy choice because it’s where her passion lies.

    “I enjoy the freedom you have to express yourself by showing your skill with the ball at your feet, beating an opponent, controlling the ball, shooting for goal,” she tells Emirates Woman.
    The 34-year-old’s success is the result of grit, determination, commitment and daily training.
    “If you don’t train, you won’t succeed, it’s that simple,” she says. “Football requires a mix of talent, training, and commitment to be successful on the pitch.”
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    Al Hammadi likens this mixture to driving the new Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé – it’s like a loyal best friend every woman wants to have by her side to keep her strong.
    “Nowadays, women are breaking records and setting the bar high in sports all around the world more than ever,” she says. “However, I think there are a lot of cultural barriers and predetermined gender roles in Arab society that we have to overcome.”
    She believes the new Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé resembles what women in sport try to combine – preserving traditional values yet “continually demonstrating a drive to succeed, to step into the spotlight and become positive, successful role models on the sports field and in everyday life”.
    The new Mercedes boasts a sporty and elegant design with a touch of luxury offering Nappa leather-wrapped steering wheel and vertical fins in high-gloss chrome and, of course, the glamorous AMG logo.

    With a stylish and striking coupé silhouette, the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé strikes an ideal balance between design, sportiness, performance, and technology.
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    The free DIFC event that’s your one-stop-shop for culture, art and entertainment

    IN PARTNERSHIP: DIFC is known as the financial hub of Dubai, surrounded by some of the best restaurants in Dubai.
    Now, for the next two days, it’s also set to be the one-stop-shop for culture, art and entertainment with the return of DIFC Art Nights.

    For the 10th year running the event invites lifestyle, arts and culture enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the artwork from 40 local and international artists at the Gate Village.
    The DIFC Art Nights will also feature 3D calligraphy as well as some amazing pieces from galleries including The Empty Quarter, which was founded by Saudi Arabian Princess HRH Reem Al-Faisal and Emirati Safa Al-Hamed.

    Other galleries including Opera Gallery, Sconci Gallery and Tabari Art Space will also feature some eclectic art pieces.
    Platforms like Legacy Art are also partaking, and the event will also feature inspiring art collections by Amanda Ovington to acrylic and oil paintings by Mohamed Hussein, as well as emerging artists.
    DIFC Art Nights is running from November 17 to 18 from 6pm to 10pm, with entry being complimentary to the public.
    And, of course, the al fresco evening event will operate with strict public health procedures in line with UAE Government guidelines.
    DIFC Art Nights runs from November 17 to 18, 6pm to 10pm. More information is available at
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    10 hero buys to gift your loved ones for the Diwali season

    IN PARTNERSHIP: As we head into the last six weeks of 2020, we also approach the most fun time of the year – party season.
    Marking the beginning of the season is the festival of lights, Diwali, which is fast-approaching this weekend.

    If you’re looking for the perfect gifts to get your loved ones this Diwali season, then look no further than Galeries Lafayette in The Dubai Mall, which is your one-stop-shop for everything fashion, jewellery, handbags, accessories, makeup, home decor and more.
    With an array of luxury brands to their name including Louis Vuitton, Celine, Dior, Gucci, Fendi, Valentino, Chloe and Givenchy, Galeries Lafayette also holds many unique brands which could something new to your wardrobe, or the wardrobes of your loved ones.

    To give you some inspiration for this Diwali season, Emirates Woman has rounded up 10 hero buys from fashion, to accessories, to homewares.
    The hero buys
    Sarah Tamimi top, Dhs3,100 and Sarah Tamimi skirt, Dhs4,750

    Tory Burch sandals, Dhs1,300

    Alighieri earrings, Dhs1,115

    Longines watch, Dhs8,480

    Michael Kors bag, Dhs1,700

    Alighieri pendant necklace, Dhs975

    Iladro Lithophane Votive Light, Dhs325

    Tanagra frame Dhs1490

    Versace Gypsy Trinket Box, Dhs475

    Svenlars Geurkaars Neon Night Wit Candles, Dhs326

    All of these and more are available to shop at Galeries Lafayette The Dubai Mall (04 339 9933).
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    6 unique experiences you need to do in the Maldives

    IN PARTNERSHIP: As the travel industry slowly but surely begins to recover, some countries are ready to welcome back tourists with open arms.
    This includes one of our favourite holiday desintations, the Maldives.

    The country reopened its borders to tourists on July 15. Since then, the country has ensured it’s taking every precaution necessary to ensure the wellbeing and safety of its nation and tourists who are visiting.
    With regular flights from the UAE now running to the Maldives, it’s the perfect time to take a break in this luxurious oasis.

    If you’re on the fence about whether to travel right now, the Maldives really is the ideal place to go. With the unique and signature “one-island-one-resort” concept which the country is known for, it’s the perfect place to go to ensure social distancing measures are met in order to enjoy an isolation vacation.
    There are also many other aspects that are unique to the country. With that, here’s six bespoke experiences which you can do in the Maldives.
    Underwater dining

    While we know the Maldives is filled with sandy beaches and home to the some of the bluest waters you’ll find around the globe, have you ever thought about what it’s like underwater? With their seas filled with a rich variety of fish and other sea creatures, experience a one-of-a-kind dining extravaganza underwater. There are many resorts that offer the experience including SEA at Anantara Kihavah; Subsix Underwater Restaurant at Niyama Private Islands; and Undersea Restaurant at Hurawalhi just to name a few.
    In a bubble

    Perfect for those who are on a romantic break, enjoy a night sleeping under the stars right on the beach at the Finolhu Resort. Staying overnight in their bubble tents truly is a once in a lifetime experience and one that you’ll be sure to never forget.
    Movie night under the stars
    While you can enjoy a movie night under the stars all around the world, doing it amongst the serenity and relaxing atmosphere of the Maldives is like no other. Enjoy the picturesque backdrop of the beaches, along with some of your favourite flicks.
    Over the water villas

    This type of accommodation has become synonymous with the Maldives. Overwater villas are truly living at its finest. With resorts across the Maldives offering villas with their own pools, with uninhibited views of miles of sea, it’s the optimum opportunity to get away from it all.
    A private flight over the islands

    Whilst most of us have been on a plane at least once in a lifetime, taking a private flight over the Maldives will give you an experience you’ll remember for a lifetime. With expanding views of azure waters, sandy white beaches and the lush greenery of the islands, it’s something that is one-of-a-kind to the Maldives.
    The local culture

    It’s easy to basque in the glory of the views, crystal clear waters and sandy white beaches, but to truly get the most out of your holiday, immerse yourself in the local culture. The Maldives is a melting pot of culture, influenced by Indian, Sri Lankan, Malaysia, Arabs and more, locals are warm and welcoming people, always wanting to ensure their visitors have the best experience. Whether it’s trying the local cuisine, experience local music and dance or simply spending time with Maldivians, it’s something to add to your list when visiting this glorious country.
    Now, it’s time to book. With a negative COVID-19 test required and the country’s ‘Safe Travels Stamp’ – which has been endorsed by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) – you can be rest assured health and safety are being followed to the highest standards.
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    10 years after its Dubai Mall launch, Bloomingdale’s is taking another big step

    IN PARTNERSHIP: For the last decade, Bloomingdale’s has firmly made its mark in the Middle East.
    Having first launched in Dubai Mall 10 years ago, which then led to its launch in Kuwait’s 360 Mall, this new decade marks a big next step for the luxury department store.

    In the next chapter for Bloomingdale’s Middle East, its new e-commerce platform has now launched, which also marks its expansion into Saudi Arabia. Furthering their online offering, the popular department store has also introduced an iOS app for the region, meaning you can shop right on your phone – it doesn’t get much easier than that.

    Not only will shoppers have access to the most sought-after brands at their fingertips, but the delivery time for pieces will be minimal. For those based in the UAE, same-day delivery will be available and for Kuwait and Saudi, express shipping is available.
    If waiting for your delivery is even too long, customers in the UAE and Kuwait can skip it altogether by opting for Bloomingdale’s Middle East’s two-hour click and collect service.
    Shoppers will be spoilt for choice whether they’re looking for the latest pieces from luxury brands including Saint Laurent, Chloé, Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Balenciaga and Valentino, as well as contemporary labels like Needle & Thread and Nanushka.
    You’ll also be able to treat yourself to the best skincare has to offer from the most sought after beauty brands including Dr. Barbara Strum, Dr. Lancer and EW favourite 111 Skin. Bloomingdale’s is also making it incredibly easy for shoppers to refresh their makeup bags with buys from top brands like Givenchy Beauty.

    And as this year has been the year of all things interiors, the Bloomingdale’s e-commerce platform gives you access to top homeware lines like Cutipol, Wedgwood, Bloomr, L’Objet and Eichholtz.
    In addition, to ensure your little ones don’t miss out, you can treat them to coveted brands like Stella McCartney, Boss, Dolce and Gabbana, Fendi, Givenchy, Moncler and more.
    The Bloomingdale’s online platform is now live and offers delivery across the UAE, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. For more information, visit the bilingual e-commerce platforms – UAE:, The Dubai Mall, +971 80056; Kuwait:, 360 Mall,  +965 2208 4932; Saudi Arabia:, online only. 
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    The free event in Dubai you should add to your weekend plans

    IN PARTNERSHIP: When it comes to weekends in Dubai, we’re never short of anything to do, but the sheer amount of things to do can sometimes make it difficult to make a concrete decision.
    However, we may have found something that will tick all of the boxes. An interactive augmented reality (AR) event complete with art created by two local artists, as well as competitions and giveaways.

    In collaboration with Ariel Middle East, the pieces of art have been created by local artists, Paul Bruwer and Dreams of Grandeur.
    The one-of-a-kind Dubai-based experience will feature abstract art in AR form, bringing Ariel’s famous pods to life as ‘PodArt’.

    Taking place from Thursday, October 22 to Saturday, October 24 from 1pm to 11pm at The Beach JBR and City Walk in Dubai, you’ll be welomed with a sea of colour in an immersive AR experience by using your smartphone or tablet.
    Discussing the collaboration, artist Paul Bruwer praised Ariel for embracing colour in many different ways.
    “There is a unique aspect to this particular collaboration,” Bruwer said. “Ariel is all about caring for colour in so many ways, and so do we as artists in our everyday professional lives.
    “Colour literally is a part of us as we work, it comes home with us from ‘the office’ and we embrace this. Our stains of colour on our clothes are love letters to our past projects and therefore colour is a huge part of our everyday lives.”

    The free Dubai-based event showcasing the art perfectly correlates with the bold power of Ariel Pods – the super-concentrated cleaning power and are designed for brightening bold colours.
    It’s the ideal opportunity to see some new art installations, as well as discovering the innovative 3 in 1 benefits of Ariel Pods.
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    11 important questions about breast cancer answered by an expert

    IN PARTNERSHIP: Every year October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, encouraging women to check their breasts regularly because being able to detect cancer signs in its earliest stages means it is easier to treat.
    Self-examination is key for this, and then if something abnormal is discovered it is always best to get it checked out by a medical professional.

    In order to encourage women getting checked as early as possible, Mediclinic Dubai Mall is offering a free initial consultation with a family medicine doctor or another specialist for women age 40 and above – the age range where women are most affected by breast cancer – for those who have not a mammogram in the last 12 months.
    To give you the best advice possible, Emirates Woman spoke with Dr. Anjum Ishaque, who is based in Mediclinic Dubai Mall, about some of the key questions surrounding breast cancer.

    With more than 15 years experience in family medicine and having worked in both Dubai and London, Dr. Ishaque shares her expertise including when exactly is the time to get checked for breast cancer; debunking myths about breast cancer; the most common breast cancer questions patients ask; and more. 

    The main steps you should check for breast cancer yourself
    Examining your breast regularly increases detection of cancer at an early stage. This can be done in a few simple steps either by standing in front of a mirror or in the shower. The first three steps involve looking at your breasts and noting changes while in the last three steps you are feeling for changes.
    First look at the breasts with your arms at the side.
    Next put your hands on the hips and lean forward and tighten the chest muscles.
    Next raise your arms and put them behind your head and look at your breasts again.
    Place your Left hand on your waist and roll your shoulder forward on the same side. With the Right hand feel for any swellings in the armpit. Repeat this on the other side.
    Next raise Left arm and feel the breast with the Right hand. Using the pads of three or four fingers go in a circular motion or up and down. Try to be systematic so that the whole breast is covered and you do not miss any area.
    Lastly, lie down and feel your breasts and armpits again as described in the previous step.
    What is the sign you should look for to get checked out by a doctor?
    On examination, you should note changes in the skin of the breast like redness, dimpling or puckering or any visible swellings. Next look at the nipples and note the shape to see that one is not pulling in and there is no discharge. Then feel for any lumps or swellings in the armpits and breast tissue. All of the above can be signs of breast cancer and should prompt a visit to the doctor for further review. An early visit to the doctor may help allay fears if no cause for concern is found and improve your chances of survival if breast cancer is detected.
    What age should you start going for regular breast check-ups?
    Regular breast examinations by a doctor and mammograms are advised from the age of 40. If there is a strong family history of breast cancer from the maternal side, then regular visits to the doctor should start at an earlier age. A breast ultrasound is more accurate in this age group and will be advised if required.
    Are there any myths about breast cancer people believe that you can debunk?
    Patients are deterred from attending for mammograms as they worry that the radiation dose during the test will increase their risk of breast cancer. This is completely incorrect as most modern mammograms give an extremely small radiation dose and have not been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Missing early breast cancer by not having regular screening is likely to cause more harm as it would need more extensive treatment including radiotherapy as well as lead to more deaths.
    What is the main aim of Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
    The main aim is to increase awareness of the signs of symptoms of breast cancer so that patients seek help early and have better outcomes after treatment. Cure rates from stage I and II breast cancer are over 90 per cent. These rates tend to fall for more advanced disease. By encouraging the patient to self-examine, recognise symptoms of breast cancer and to have regular screening we hope to pick up Breast cancer at an early stage resulting in less aggressive treatment as well as improved survival rates.
    What are the treatments Mediclinic offers?
    Mediclinic offers a comprehensive service from diagnosis to treatment. All modalities of screening including ultrasound, mammograms and biopsies are available for detection of breast cancer. Surgery for removal of the tumour, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and reconstructive breast surgery are then offered as needed. A multidisciplinary team of specialists are involved in the management of each case to offer therapy tailored to the individual.
    What causes breast cancer?
    The causes of breast cancer are multifactorial. A strong family history (with specific gene mutations especially the BRCA1 Gene) is the biggest risk factor. In addition smoking, unhealthy eating habits, lack of exercise and being overweight have all been cited as factors. Having your first child late in life, not breastfeeding or taking Hormone replacement therapy for more than five years are all thought to be contributory factors as well.
    What type of doctor should I see if I think I have breast cancer?
    Family Medicine Doctors, General Practitioners, Breast and General Surgeons and Gynecologists are all able to examine patients and refer for mammograms and breast ultrasound if required. If breast cancer is diagnosed then patients will be referred to specialists for further evaluation and treatment.
    The most common questions you get from patients after a breast cancer diagnosis
    Patient’s first questions are usually about survival rates as well as the side effects of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Survival rates are very good even with more advanced disease and are constantly improving. Nausea and hair loss associated with chemotherapy though distressing is usually temporary. Reconstructive breast surgery after mastectomy can also lessen the psychological impact of treatment.
    A lot of people are currently afraid to enter hospitals due to COVID-19. Why is it still so important to ensure you get checked?
    It is extremely important to Detect Breast Cancer at an early stage as this leads to better survival rates and may result in needing less aggressive treatment.
    The stringent screening and hygiene measures practised in all Mediclinic hospitals and clinics ensure safety for our patients and staff. These safety measures are in place during all stages of the patient journey and it would be a real pity to miss an early diagnosis of breast cancer due to perception of infection risk by patients.
    Other essential information… 
    Breast cancer is a common cancer in women but the chances of survival are excellent and constantly improving due to early detection and advances in treatment. This should encourage women to come in for regular screenings as well as an examination if they are worried about any breast issues. A timely check-up will rule out cancer and allay anxiety if the symptoms are due to a benign cause. If Cancer is found then again you will get the treatment and support that is required to overcome this disease and for the best chance of cure. This month is a reminder to make your health a priority and don’t let fear stop you from getting screened for breast cancer.
    There’s currently a 50 per cent discount on screening mammograms if advised by a Mediclinic doctor. Complimentary breast reconstruction consultations are also on offer. There are limited bookings for the month of October. Mediclinic Dubai Mall from Sunday to Wednesdays, 8am to 5pm. Appointments only.
    For more information visit the Mediclinic website.
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    The luxury getaway that makes for the perfect isolation vacation

    IN PARTNERSHIP: Earlier this year, the travel industry was turned on its head due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Countries’ borders shut, planes were grounded and people were staying put.
    However, now the world is slowly beginning to return to a resemblance of normality, travel has begun to pick up. With that, we have the perfect holiday destination in mind for those looking to escape the UAE, even just for a little while.

    Say hello to the luxury oasis that is the Maldives.
    Having opened its borders on July 15, the country is taking every precaution necessary to ensure the wellbeing and safety of its nation and tourists visiting.

    Self-isolation and negative testing
    One of the main stipulations to be able to travel to the Maldives is that all tourists must undergo a COVID-19 PCR test receiving a negative result a maximum 72 hours before their departure order to be able to travel to the Maldives. This means there is no mandatory quarantine period upon arrival.
    Discussing the implementation of the mandated negative test, the country’s tourism minister Dr. Abdulla Mausoom explained that it will “guarantee safety and protection for tourists visiting the Maldives”.
    “In essence, Maldives is the best country to vacation safely from among global destinations,” he also said.
    This rings true, given the nation’s unique geography and one-island-one-resort concept – making the Maldives the perfect isolation vacation destination.
    Safe stamp of approval
    In further reassurance, the Maldives has received the ‘Safe Travels Stamp’ – which has been endorsed by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). It’s there to reassure travellers and affirm their confidence that their safety and hygiene is a top priority – something Maldives Tourism is putting at the forefront.
    A one-of-a-kind programme
    In order to further boost tourism in the country, the Maldives has launched a new initiative which is the first of its kind in the world. Enter the ‘Maldives Border Miles’ program.
    Spearheaded by the country’s minister of tourism, the program has been developed in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) and Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL).

    The three-tiered initiative will encourage tourists visiting the nation to enrol and they will earn points in conjunction with the number of visits they make to the Maldives, alongside how long they spend in the country. If visitors are deciding to visit the nation for a special occasion, they will receive bonus points.
    The three tiers for the program are as follows: Aida (bronze tier), Anantara (silver tier) and Abaarana (gold tier). These are all categorised by a variety of rewards, services or benefits, which increase in value as members progress.
    The program’s launch is set for December 1, 2020. Dr. Mausoom is hopeful the one-of-a-kind initiative will “further enhance the popularity gained in the key markets of Maldives tourism”.
    Time to book
    With sandy white beaches, crystal clear waters and welcoming people, the Maldives really is the perfect place for a vacation – and it’s just a five-hour plane journey from the UAE.
    Emirates flights to the Maldives have now resumed, and flyDubai also recently relaunched flights to the Maldives after a two-year hiatus. And with a whole host of luxury resorts to choose from, there’s really no more excuses left not to book!
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