TELLING TALES

Friday - - Editor’s Letter - Natalie Long Ed­i­tor nlong@gulfnews.com

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n last week’s let­ter, I men­tioned how im­por­tant it is for us to hear from you, our read­ers. We love it when you write in and tell us your thoughts on each week’s mag­a­zine. Now, we want to go be­yond that, and in­vite you to tell us much, much more. To­day, you be­come sto­ry­tellers. In this weekly fea­ture, we’ll pub­lish your sto­ries, ad­vice and ideas on a spe­cific topic – it might be se­ri­ous, it might be fun, it might be food. Hope­fully, it’s some­thing we’ll all learn from and en­joy.

LET’S START RIGHT NOW

Go to our Face­book page @fri­day­magazine or our Twit­ter page @fri­day_­magazine and leave your piece, short or long, in the com­ments. Our first ques­tion: What brought you to live in the UAE? I’m sure you know why we’ve started with that ques­tion – of course, we’re only a week out from the coun­try’s 45th Na­tional Day. If you’re won­der­ing what fun is lined up for that day, turn to our newly ex­panded, ul­tra-in­for­ma­tive Leisure Charts. We’ve got a full page on Na­tional Day events around the coun­try, from fire­works dis­plays to cul­tural vil­lages to where to eat those lit­tle dumplings of date­doused de­li­cious­ness, aka lo­gay­mat. (More events are be­ing an­nounced all the time, so make sure to check fri­day­magazine.ae, where up-to-the-minute list­ings will be added through­out next week). Also in the Leisure Charts? All the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix par­ties, from the su­per-chic club nights (hello, Drake!) to free con­certs that all the fam­ily can en­joy.

The en­tire coun­try gets swept up in For­mula 1 fun, and our fash­ion depart­ment is no dif­fer­ent. Our team was lucky enough to do a fash­ion shoot page 54, on the track at Yas Ma­rina Cir­cuit, where, for only the third time in the ADGP’s eight-year history, the driv­ers’ cham­pi­onship will be de­cided. Will Nico Ros­berg nab his first ti­tle? I’m not even a mo­tor­sports fan, but it’s ex­cit­ing to see our home be the fo­cus of such a dra­matic fin­ish.

If you’re stay­ing in this week­end, we un­der­stand. All the ex­cite­ment of liv­ing in the UAE can be pretty tir­ing, too. Take a look at our fea­ture on fa­tigue on page 30, and learn some per­haps sur­pris­ing tech­niques to com­bat this wide­spread is­sue. My favourite tip? Spend­ing time with friends. Yes, of­ten it feels like the last thing you want to do (hey, my TV is my friend, right?). But the im­pact it can have on your well-be­ing is proven. Even a quick chat is like a shot in the arm some­times.

And don’t for­get, sto­ry­tellers – we’re also here to lis­ten.

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