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Health in pet ownershipOctober marks the beginning of Adoption month at Ras Al Khaimah Animal Welfare Centre (RAKAWC). While adopting a pet can offer the unique kind of enjoyment that comes from owning a pet, there is mounting research that suggests that it can actually help to improve your health too.

Fitness is significantly improved in dog owners who are 34 percent more likely to complete the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week. Having a family dog also increases activity among adolescents which is of particular importance where childhood obesity is at such high levels.

The simple act of gazing into an aquarium, or petting an animal, results in a drop in blood pressure and releases ‘good mood’ chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine. Some researchers have found that in hypertensive patients pet ownership blunted the blood pressure response to mental stress, while traditionally prescribed blood pressure medication did not. Read more

IMG_6253 After the success of the first Nasimi Watersports Festival  in April 2013, Nasimi Beach in collaboration with Great events & Shamal Kitesurfing Dubai proudly presents the second edition of  the Nasimi Watersports Festival

Join in the2nd Nasimi Watersports Festival, a fun water sports festival with great / chic / relax atmosphere and festivities for the whole family. The festival includes fun races for kids and adults that will ensure that any intermediate / recreational water enthusiast can participate regardless of their ability, in addition to a SUP clinic, expo, demos, races and plenty of action for paddlers of all abilities. The 2nd NWSF will bring together international competitors from different nationalities. Read more

emirates-festival-of-literatureAt Expat Echo Dubai we believe that many of our readers will have some great stories to tell.

Would-be novelists have the opportunity of taking the first step on the publishing ladder thanks to a competition organised by the Emirates Festival of Literature. The writing competition gives previously unpublished writers, who must be over 21, the opportunity to have their work reviewed by leading UK literary agent Luigi Bonomi and to attend the London Book Fair.

Last year over 100 entries flooded in from writers of all nationalities living in the UAE and stories encompassed a variety of genres and experiences. The 2013 competition was won Read more

madinatMadinat Theatre, in association with The Barnyard Theatre, is proud to announce open auditions for this year’s festive family show ‘Beauty and the Beast‘. In true Madinat Theatre tradition of presenting a top class festive show, a specially created version of the family classic Beauty and the Beast will be their pantomime this December, and you could be a member of the cast!

Do you want to be a part of the magic?
If you are aged between 6 to 16 years and can act and dance, come along to the auditions at the Madinat Theatre. They are looking for vibrant young actors who will perform alongside an international cast of professional performers, choreographers and a brilliant director.

Participation is absolutely free! Read more

Missing CatPet’s Name or Answers To:  lovely Lola
Last Seen or Found:  last seen in Springs 3, street 7
Microchip Number: None
Municipality Tag Number:  None
Collar Color:  Pink Read more

photo-holidaysFollowing a decision by the UAE Cabinet, the public sector will be off from Sunday, October 13 to Saturday, October 19, with work resuming on Sunday, October 20.

Private sector workers will be off for three days, from Monday, October 14 to Wednesday, October 16, the Labour Ministry announced. Read more

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