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    Though he's been sidelined by an injury, FIFA World Cup champion and FC Bayern München defender Jérôme Boateng won't let it stop him from enjoying Dubai.

    The footballer teamed up with Visit Dubai while he's in the Emirate recovering from an injury that's kept him out of the game since the beginning of the season.

    "I'm here for rehab trying to recover from my injury," he says in the short clip. "Staying at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saraay again. For me it's good. The rehab, the water, the beach. I can relax. I like Dubai a lot."

    Joined by his family, Boateng is using his time in the city to recuperate and will hopefully be on the field again next season. Let's hope all the sun treats him well and he' can be back in the game in no time!


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    Saudi Arabia has been making major strides for women in sports. In 2012, the Kingdom sent its first female athlete to the Olympics, and in 2016, the country sent three additional women.

    In the coming academic year, physical education will be introduced for girls in public schools--an initiative that's been in the works since 2012.

    Though it's rare to see women participating in sports publicly, the recent changes have sparked a movement in Jeddah, and women are taking to the streets with their bikes.

    Founded by Ndima Abul-Enein, Al-Besklita is a group of female cyclists who meet regularly to bike on Jeddah's corniche. It's a brave step for the 30 women who have joined the club since its launch about 18 months ago. "I hope the community will accept us coming out and freely practicing our hobby without harassment," Dina Al-Quthmi, a member of the team, said.

    Watch the video below to learn more about the women putting the pedal to the metal!


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    We all know that Dubai is the city of the future, and with flying taxis set to take to the skies before the end of the year, it seems that there's no limit to what's possible in the Emirate.

    It's not just flying taxis that will be invading UAE airspace, though, as a Dubai-based company has just partnered with an American firm to make drone deliveries in the city.

    Eniverse Technologies (the Dubai company) and Skycart, which is based in San Francisco, have teamed up and will soon start approaching businesses to make drone delivery in Dubai a reality.

    With the capacity to carry packages that weigh up to five kilos, the drones will begin delivering small items--such as takeaway, groceries, and home-items-- to select communities in Dubai in 2018. The plan is to expand across the city over the next few years. Initially, people living in Emirates Hills, The Meadows, The Springs, The Greens, Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim will be able to use the drone delivery service.

    The company, Space Autonomous Drones is looking to collaborate with businesses such as Emirates Post, Souq, DHL, Amazon, UPS, Aramex, and Alibab Group. Space Autonomous Drones "will introduce one of the world's most advanced, sophisticated technologies to the skies above the UAE, which will lead to an outstanding transformation in the logistics and delivery industry," a statement from the company reads.

    What does this mean for Deliveroo!


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    In Dubai, diversity is everywhere. Less than 20 percent of the population is Emirati, so most of Dubai's residents come from abroad, bringing their cultures, traditions, and food to the emirate.

    Now, the World Migration Report has been released, naming three contenders for the most diverse city in the world. Of course, Dubai has made the list.

    Along with Brussels and Toronto, Dubai was named one of the top three most diverse cities on earth, the report uses the term 'globalized' to describe a city's diversity.

    World Economic Forum asked people to weigh in on Instagram about which city they think is the most diverse, but it's hard to compete with Dubai, Brussels, or Toronto. World Economic Forum listed the reasons why each city made the cut:

    1. Dubai. Over 80% of the gulf state's residents are born abroad. But does a large foreign workforce really mean a city is diverse? (Source: World Migration Report)

    2. Toronto. More than 200 different ethnic groups call the city their home. Is that the best indicator of diversity? (Source: City of Toronto)

    3. Brussels. The administrative centre of the EU has around 60% of its population foreign-born. Should that mean Brussels wins the crown? (Source: World Migration Report)


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    At times, Dubai taxis can feel a bit dated. With no GPS, unreliable credit card machines, and no entertainment system, Dubai's taxi fleet is in need of an update.

    Lucky for frequent taxis riders-- all Dubai taxis will be getting a major makeover in 2018, and it's sure to change the way you ride.

    Though the overhaul will cost upwards of AED68 million, the improvements mean that Dubai's taxis will finally be as good or better as those in other major world cities. Over 10,000 vehicles will be fitted with the new smart systems by June 2018, and new updates include a meter with optical sensors that will detect when a customer gets in, a speed monitoring system, and flawless digital payment options.

    The best part? Mankani-- or Dubai Geographic Addressing System, which will have up-to-date maps of Dubai and surrounding emirates, meaning you'll never get lost again. You'll also be able to book taxis through the Mankani system.

    Additionally, all SALIK toll payments will be automated.

    The updates come at the same time that Dubai is set to welcome flying taxis, so there's about to be some competition on the roads (err..or in the sky)!

    Read more about the updates here.


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    Sangeetha Bhaskaran, a former Dubai expat who lived in the city for 30 years, recently moved out of the country. Having trouble reconciling her feelings about leaving the place she called home for three decades, she wrote a blog post about the move, and it's easy to see why it's gone viral.

    Anyone who's ever lived away from home will relate to Sangeetha's heart-wrenching story, but it'll particularly hit home with those who have spent time in the UAE.

    Read the whole post, Goodbye, Dubai, below, and visit her blog here.



    "After almost thirty years of living in Dubai, I left. Although the possibility of packing up had been hovering as a 'someday', the actual decision felt like an anvil hitting the pit of my stomach. I spent my last month in the city driving down forgotten streets, having long conversations by the beach with overly sweetened tea and basically soaking in as much of the past as I could before having to cut the cord. And before I knew it my visa was cancelled, the tickets were booked, suitcases and cartons stuffed after hours spent weighing on what were the real 'essentials' needed ( I'm basically an emotional hoarder who can attach the tiniest memories to thoroughly useless objects) and I was off to the airport.

    I am no longer officially an NRI.

    Reaching this point has not been easy and even now there are several times in a day I have to stand still, make an effort to breathe and release the knot that forms in my head. Is this the most ridiculous thing we're doing? Is my attempt to live out the "But what if I fly?" mantra going to land me in some god-forsaken crevice filled with darkness and crocodiles? Shit, shit, shit- where do I begin this whole attempt to re-boot my existence?

    The most painful part of this juncture has been saying good-bye to a city and people who have made me the person I am. The UAE was the country my father came to with nothing in his pocket. He worked like a mad dog and damn well made sure his daughters would never know the true magnitude of his struggles. He was part of the first generation of expatriates that partook in the stupendous transformation of a city from absolute aridity to a vista of skyscrapers that devour today's skies.

    We shared our home with other families, went for barbecues and picnics to Khorfakkan over weekends, sat in the car for hours as my father waited for his civil drawings to get plotted at the printers, went for swimming and tennis lessons at the Indian Sports Club (back when it was called that). My sister and I grew up with several comforts, the most important one being getting to spend enough time with our parents.

    In 2012 my father was given the letter by his company. I was at work and he called me up, telling me to come home in the evening. He gave me the piece of paper and sat watching me read it. It felt so heavy; the weight of all his work committed to one organization dissolving in words saying he was not needed anymore but thank you very much, the impending goodbyes to a city, family, friends and most importantly – a house.

    Home is where the heart is, but what if your heart is actually made up of little pieces that get deposited over time into concrete walls, lemon tree leaves, battered re-upholstered couches? How do you pack that home where the walls are layered with twenty-two years of paint coats mixed with memories of joy and pain?

    It was the night they walked for the last time down the cobbled pathway of an uprooted garden that changed something within me forever. Seeing my mother wail like she had never before and my father sitting in the car outside the house stone-faced and holding back his pain, I swore that I would never make the same mistake, never stay in a place for too long without having the opportunity to be its citizen.

    Now it is my turn, to get away and start over. The security that has been given to me by this city has also had a crippling effect by cocooning me into a state of disconnection from the rest of the world. Ahead of me is a clouded path without any safety nets or signs. I am bungee-jumping from an orderly, clean and safe environment to a jungle of chaos and clamor. India is a whole mess of its own that is going to entail a revolution of my insides in order to survive it, but for now it is my refuge, somewhere I don't need a visa for.

    Dubai is where I grew up, where I discovered myself, the love of my life, people I have come to cherish and value. I don't think I can truly ever say good-bye to a place that houses so many of my secrets and memories. Although it is futile to long for it to go back to the city that it once was, a slower, more community-focused one, that doesn't stop me from wishing it often. Too much has changed too fast and eroded a lot of what made the city meaningful to expatriates and that breaks my heart. But as they say, that's life right?

    Dear Dubai, I will miss you more than I can ever imagine. Pockets of memories are stitched all over your glittering landscape; meandering through Meena Bazar's gullies while looking for matching material and haggling with tailors before making the mandatory pit-stop at the little samosa and falafel shack where kitchen-gloves are never worn, driving down ever-bright Diyafah street and grabbing a mixed-fruit juice from Al Mallah, drinking pitchers of margaritas at Cactus Cantina and then heading to Copacabana's for a night of dancing, feeling my stomach lurch with giddiness as we descend a flyover in Sharjah, sauntering through Mall of the Emirates with hopes that retail therapy will calm my tired soul, swearing at crazy drivers who cut me off on Sheikh Zayed road, relishing the calm of the waves at the beach on a humid night with the muezzin's call breaking the silence.

    I don't know where I'm heading but at this point in my life I have decided to trade stagnation for struggle. I want to write, I want to observe raw humanity in its infinite forms and capture it with words, I want to raise my daughter in an authentic setting that will prepare her more for reality, I want to travel and people-watch, I want to go a little mad and stack up achievements that I am actually proud of. All these things and much more are scribbled around in an imaginary scrap of paper in my head and it is time to get down to making it all happen. Maybe I'll get one done, or ten, or none. Who knows? For now all I can say is that I'm going to try."


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    Disneyland might be considered the "Happiest Place on Earth," but we think that there are many other Disney destinations that are equally as magical. We rounded up the top Disney-related locations from around the world so that you can know where to have the ultimate experiences. We're talking parks, resorts, castles, and much more. Take a look!


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    Home to the world's best airline, it's no surprise that service at Dubai International Airport is top of the line. Customs is a breeze, baggage claim rarely takes long, and there's a wide variety of services and amenities for every type of traveler.

    The convenience that is DXB is even more impressive considering that the airport welcomes more international travelers annually than any other airport on earth.

    That's right: DXB is officially the world's busiest airport. During the first quarter of 2017, the airport had already welcomed 22.5 million passengers; by the end of the second quarter, 43 million travelers had passed through DXB.

    The UAE's airports and airlines have been racking up the accolades: in addition to Emirates being named the best airline in the world, both Dubai International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport were named among the top ten airports in the world by Travel & Leisure.

    Traffic at DXB is only expected to grow over the rest of the year, due in large part to the airport adding 11 new routes, attracting more international fliers than ever before.

    The best airline, the busiest airport, and one of the best in the world? What more could a traveler want!


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    Egypt is more likely to conjure up images of pyramids and the Nile than gorgeous beaches, stunning desert skies, and other natural wonders, but one couple is using their Instagram account to change that.

    Titled Around Egypt in 60 Days, Dalia El Debaiky and Omar Attia capture the diverse beauty of Egypt and share it with their followers. A book of the same name is set to come out within the next few months. Until then, click through to see some of this country's most stunning backdrops.


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    In what Human Rights Watch called a "landmark decision for women," parliament in Tunisia voted on Wednesday to "end all violence against women" in the country. Though Tunisia is one of--if not the--most progressive countries when it comes to women's rights in the region, nearly 50% of Tunisian women say that they have faced some sort of discrimination.

    "It's a very moving moment and we are proud in Tunisia to have been able to gather around a historical project," said women's minister Naziha Laabidi.

    The important decision will go into practice next year, and will recognize crimes of "physical, moral, and sexual violence."

    "Tunisia's new law provides women with the measures necessary to seek protection from acts of violence by their husbands, relatives, and others," said Amna Guellali, Tunisia office director at Human Rights Watch. "The government should now fund and support institutions to translate this law into genuine protection."

    According to Gulf News, "Tunisian women's rights organisations have campaigned for a domestic violence law for decades. Their lobbying also persuaded legislators to eliminate from the penal code a provision that allowed a rapist to escape punishment if he married his victim, striking a blow against impunity for rape."

    This groundbreaking new law will work to prevent violence against women, prosecute those who commit crimes, and protect survivors of domestic violence.


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    Dubai's population is just under three million, but throughout the year, that can increase by up to 459 percent. How does the population make such a big jump? And is there any other city that swells this much? The World Economic Forum recently released a study to explain Dubai's huge population growth-- here's how it happens.

    According to The World Economic Forum, every 30 new tourists that visit any destination create one job. Taking the number of international visitors to a number of the world's biggest tourist attractions, The World Economic Forum compared the number of visitors to the city's population to come up with a number for annual population growth

    The orange dots in the grid below represent the city's native population (each dot represents 100,000 people), and the blue dots represent annual visitors. Dubai attracts 15.3 million visitors per year, leading to a 459 percent growth.

    While Dubai's population increase is pretty big, the city that sees the highest influx of visitors is Paris, with 18 million visitors a year.


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