LOOK­ING AT THE BIG PICTURE

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

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can’t help but feel a twinge of sad­ness as we come to the end of Ra­madan, and with it the words of the guest colum­nists who have spent the month with us.

I was lucky enough this week to en­joy an if­tar with Shaikha Shamma Bint Sul­tan Bin Khal­ifa Al Nahyan, who, over the past few weeks, has been writ­ing about ded­i­ca­tion to char­ity, com­mu­nity and vol­un­teer­ing. In this col­umn, the last in the se­ries, she takes on an­other of her favourite top­ics – sus­tain­abil­ity. I can’t wait to see what she does next.

Wael Al Sayegh wraps up his se­ries on bring­ing the con­cept of ‘flow’ to your mind and body this Ra­madan, with an im­por­tant mes­sage about the ben­e­fits of stress for our health. Sounds coun­ter­in­tu­itive? Wael’s col­umns have been noth­ing if not sur­pris­ing and in­for­ma­tive – and he fin­ishes off by show­ing us how to put the five ex­er­cises he’s shown to­gether for a com­plete work­out. It’s per­haps some­thing you’ll try af­ter bak­ing up a batch of Jas­mine Ban­dali’s Eid sweets. These bite-size desserts are per­fect for wrap­ping up as a gift, or keep­ing all to your­self.

As I am sure you have all no­ticed from our front page, we have some­thing ex­tra-spe­cial to usher in Eid Al Fitr: An ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with Princess Haya Bint Al Hus­sain. Fri­day’s award-win­ning writer Anand Raj OK goes to the heart of her com­mit­ment to hu­man­i­tar­ian causes in his piece on page 28, in which Princess Haya, wife of Shaikh Mo­ham­mad Bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, Vice-Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, talks about the is­sues that can be solved, one of them be­ing hunger. Anand also ex­plores Dubai’s In­ter­na­tional Hu­man­i­tar­ian City, a hub that sends aid to the needy around the world at a mo­ment’s no­tice – just one of the agen­cies there has enough sup­plies to pro­vide for 350,000 peo­ple. See how the op­er­a­tions work on page 34.

It’s an­other way, in this Year of Giv­ing, of see­ing how the world can, and does, come to­gether to make a dif­fer­ence for those in need. Ear­lier this month, we learned how all UAE res­i­dents can lend a hand; this week we ex­plore some of the big picture – the need for fund­ing, the weight of bul­let-proof hel­mets, the toys in dis­as­ter-re­lief shel­ters.

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