The Guide: A handbook for expats in the UAE

For the relaunch of The National’s website I was asked to research, write and edit a resident’s guide for newcomers to the UAE. The Guide, as it became known, is divided into three sections: practical advice for day-to-day living; social tips for enjoying free time; and a final section on the heritage and culture of the UAE.

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Dying teenager’s IVF baby hope

This story originated from an everyday ring-in to the district office about a charity evening for IVF research. When I asked the caller, who turned out to be Martin’s sister, why she was organising the evening she told me about her 19-year-old brother who had terminal cancer and wanted to have a baby with his fiancee after his death. I made a direct approach to Martin and he and Susan agreed to speak to me.

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Dubai24 audio slideshow

To accompany the video with Karim Al Azari, I produced this audio slideshow to go with The National’s coverage of the Dubai24 endurance race. Here, Will Catron, a pit mechanic, talks about the demands of the 24-hour endurance race that attracted 78 supercharged cars.

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