5 Ways Millennials Can Secure Their Future Financially

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How can millennials secure their future financially in the absence of a suitable pension system for them.

Artwork by Hamda AlMansoori (Instagram: @planet64)
Artwork by Hamda AlMansoori (Instagram: @planet64)

With the UAE’s pension system that isn’t open for the non-Emirati population within the UAE, and with the Emirati millennials (and all millennials for that matter) following a lifestyle that can’t fit the pension system, what are the youth in the UAE doing today to secure their tomorrow?

The Emiratis who were born in the 50s and 60s, who worked their whole career in one company, are often caught talking about receiving their pensions or processing the last paperwork to start receiving it into their accounts. The ones born in the 70s often spent their whole career in two or maximum three workplaces, so they’ve struggled a little bit in sorting their pension paperwork when moving between jobs. However, with the millennial (those born post-1980), the case is a little different.

The millennials across different behavioral research are known to have much shorter tenures than their predecessors. In a research done by PayScale -an online salary, benefits and compensation information company in the US- it was found that people born in the 50s and 60s had a tenure average of over 15 years, people born in the 70s had an average tenure of over 5 years, and the millennials had an average tenure of 1.5 to 2 years[i].

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10 Facts You Need to Know About Ahmed Zewail

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Many of us woke up today to the saddening news of Professor Ahmed Zewail’s death. A figure that inspired us all in so many ways, and inspired a whole generation of science lovers in the Arab region upon being awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry back in 1999. He was a respected professor of chemistry and physics, was known for spreading his knowledge in every way he could, and he made it his mission to inspire. But what do we really know about him? Do we know his life happenings that made him who he is? Do we know his actual achievements aside of the Nobel award? And do we even know what exactly was the research that won him the Nobel?


Here are 10 facts about him, to help us all know more about our late cherished professor Ahmed Zewail:

  1. He was born and raised in Egypt, and he got his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Chemistry from Alexandria University in 1967 and 1969.[i]
  2. He moved to the US to complete his Ph.D. in Pennsylvania by 1974, and then moved to the University of California, Berkeley, for his postdoctoral studies. After which he was appointed as a faculty member in California Institute of Technology (CalTech). [i]

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Why Do Some People Read And Some Don’t?

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Why do people read? What do people read? Why do some people not enjoy reading? Being an avid reader and a true believer in the benefits of reading, I will try to answer some of those questions from my own observations and experiences.



As many of you know, the year 2016 has been announced to be the year of reading in the UAE, with all efforts directed towards creating a sustainable reading culture in the country. But the announcement has brought forward some questions like: Why do people read? What do people read? Why do some people not enjoy reading? Being an avid reader and a true believer in the benefits of reading, I will try to answer some of those questions from my own observations and experiences.

I started reading from a very young age because I was blessed with parents who are both enthusiastic readers. My parents till today are regular visitors to bookshops and the annual Sharjah International Book Fair. I only recently realized that that was something not to be taken for granted, and that not many parents enjoy reading.

I have read throughout my childhood and adolescence. I enjoyed reading everything, from the most imaginative and unbelievable fiction/non-fiction to the most scholarly research papers. Whether I was happy or upset, there was always some joy to be found in reading. If I felt low, reading fiction would, within a few pages, make me forget my surroundings and everything else, transporting me to the magical life of the book. I recall that even when I was in the middle of writing my Master’s dissertation, I would write for an hour and take a 10-minute break to read whatever fictional book I had at the time.

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A Historical Moment In The UAE’s Road to Women Empowerment

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Yesterday we witnessed a monumental moment in the history of the UAE’s journey in empowering women. This moment was when Her Excellency Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi chaired the UAE’s Federal National Council (FNC) as the first appointed woman to ever take this position. It represents a hugely important moment in time for women empowerment in the country, and proves that the UAE walks the talk and practices what it preaches when it comes to women.

H.E. Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi has a history of great achievements backing her appointment. She started working in academia after graduating with a PhD in Architecture from University of Sheffield in year 2000[i]. H.E. has been in a large number of committees and organizations that focused on architectural heritage and preservations. Her most recent positions are General Manager of Abu Dhabi Education Council and Board Member in Abu Dhabi Executive Council[ii].

Her appointment as Chairperson of the FNC will serve as a precedent for having a woman as chair in an Arab parliament. For a person like myself who is always fascinated by case studies and data, this is a great foundation to build case studies on what impacts it would have on an Arab community and society with women leading the parliament. Statistics have been showing that companies led by women (or have more women on their board of management) perform better on equity, return on sales, and return on investments[iii] [iv], which surely means higher productivity in the overall work environment. So in the case of having a woman chair a parliament, how will that be reflected in the decisions that will be made, in the regulations that will be revised, and on the community overall?

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What Having A Girl Guides Association Mean for the Generation of Tomorrow (@ShjGirlGuides)

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Article in brief: the author talks about Sharjah’s Girl Guides, and explains the importance of Girl Guides associations to empower women and combat unconscious gender bias in the society.

Picture provided by Sharjah Girl Guides (SGG)
Picture provided by Sharjah Girl Guides (SGG)

I can’t even begin to imagine how different my life would have been if I had been part of a Girl Guides or Scouts as a little girl. Can you imagine your own life with it? A couple of days ago I attended the badge award ceremony of Sharjah’s Girl Guides[1], under the patronage of HH Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of UAE Girl Guides Association and patron of Sharjah Girl Guides (SGG), wife of Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. I had to fight back my tears when the Girl Guides’ activities were listed and they walked proudly and confidently on the stage to receive their badges from HH Sheikha Jawaher. I welled up with pride and joy looking at how much they had achieved.

Let me tell you why this is such an important thing in our community. The leaders of the country have a very clear message when it comes to educating and empowering women. Ensuring women’s education is attainable by putting down proper rules and regulations, but the empowering part will always remain a difficult part to enforce. No matter how much the country tries to mandate gender quotas on leadership roles, if women don’t believe in themselves, and if society keeps thinking of them as the “soft gender”, all efforts are in vain.

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The Comeback of Iftah Ya Simsim, The Arabic Production of Sesame Street (@iftahshow)

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Article in brief: As the Arabic production of Sesame Street is returning after more than 2 decades of hiatus, the author explores the background of the show in it’s original and Arabic production forms.

Iftah Ya Simsim - Picture provided by Bidaya Media
Iftah Ya Simsim – Picture provided by Bidaya Media

The question isn’t whether you know it’s back or not, the question is: will it have the same impact now as it first did back then? It’s safe to say that the majority of those who are extremely excited about the comeback are either the generation born in the late 70s and 80s, or the generation who are parents to them. We’re talking about the official comeback of Iftah Ya Simsim, the Arabic production of Sesame Street. Before we talk about the comeback, let’s shed some light on the history and background of both the original and the Arabic productions.

Sesame Street, first aired in 1969, it’s an educational-entertainment show that targets preschoolers. Joan Cooney founded the show with a huge part of its success contributed by Jim Henson, who brought in the complete set of Muppets that Sesame Street is famous for. The main purpose of the show is to teach kids: numbers, letters, words, and grow in them the love of learning, developing, and their sense of curiosity all in a fun and entertaining approach. Sesame Street across the years has been used as a vehicle to instill certain values in the kids in fascinating ways, one of the most obvious examples being racial acceptance and equality among the new generation. They included “ethnic” kids in the show at a time civil rights were newly given to the African Americans in the US. The founder, Joan Cooney, told the Newsweek in an interview few years ago, that it is possible the ethnicity inclusion introduced in Sesame Street may have planted the seeds to now have an African American US president.

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Here We Start – Issue #56

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Artwork by Hayat AlHassan (@HayatAlH)

November is finally starting with all its galore. It’s the month of two main events in UAE: Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) and AbuDhabi Art Fair. This is the 33rd year the SIBF is running. I still remember when I was a kid and my father used to take us there to get our books stock for the year, as bookshops weren’t exactly as wide spread as they are nowadays. I used to be so fascinated by this fair, actually, I still am! I get excited months before it starts, and I begin to plan my agenda around its schedule of events, ensuring I go few times to get the most of it, browse the new and old books available, and buy my pick. This is one ritual I don’t think I’ll give up in my life, because till date, nothing beats the feeling of being in the middle of books and people who love books and reading. It often feels like finding home within home.

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