(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 6, 2017 Afghan visitors ride a fairground ride at the Park Shahar or City Park in Kabul.
Agence France-Presse's chief photographer in Kabul, Shah Marai, was killed April 30, AFP has confirmed, in a secondary explosion targeting a group of journalists who had rushed to the scene of a suicide blast in the Afghan capital. Marai joined AFP as a driver in 1996, the year the Taliban seized power, and began taking pictures on the side, covering stories including the US invasion in 2001. In 2002 he became a full-time photo stringer, rising through the ranks to become chief photographer in the bureau. He leaves behind six children, including a newborn daughter.

Pushing yourself beyond what you find comfortable is a good habit to get into. Shah Marai/AFP

Step out of your comfort zone: it's the best thing for your business

The moment you decide to become an entrepreneur you should realise that certainty goes out of the window. You no longer can predict how your weeks and months to come will pan out for you. That’s what the package contains and there’s no way out of it.

Let me give you an example: at one point in my business, I was completely broke, and at another months passed by without proper income because of the tough economic situation, and then came the time when my arms ached all night because of the number of emails I had to type, replying to all interested potential clients.

This is how crazy my entrepreneurial journey has been, but I would never trade it for certainty. Certainty equates boredom for me, and nothing gives me an adrenaline kick more than entrepreneurship.

The bottom line is that in this journey, you can’t really guarantee anything, except that you will be placed outside your comfort zone more than you’d like.

The good thing is that at least you have one thing guaranteed: you will often be faced with this situation. And the best way to handle it gracefully, is to prepare for it.

Yes, that’s right!

Practicing to be outside your comfort zone, is something you can learn. Let me share my experience with you:

Do something new that's outside your comfort zone

I love traveling but I am an absolute chicken on a plane. The slightest bump in the flight sends my brain in hyper-drive imagining the worse possible scenarios. I hate the way I feel because I’m always calm and collected, and I don’t like that side of me that exposes itself on the plane. So, what did my friend suggest? That I should do it more often, to deliberately fly in winter when the plane is bound to shake and move, and to listen to podcasts by ex-pilots who explain the dynamics of the plane and its engine. And so, I did.

It wasn’t easy at first, but it got better with time. I decided to apply that to my daily life. For instance, I got on roller-coaster rides which absolutely terrify me, slept in a resort that had lizards roaming around freely -- and you guessed it right -- those tiny shy creatures terrified me and I travelled to new destinations that I wouldn’t have chosen prior to that.

I also went through a 100 days of life experiment where I tried new things every single day of that period, and that has altered me completely. It broadened my perspective, made me more appreciative of the smallest things, and simply made me a happier, more collected person.


Read more:

Success: let things take their own sweet time 

Important tips for putting sales ahead of marketing strategy

Social media influencers’ days may be over thanks to AI


Assume different roles in your business

The more you are aware of the different parts of your business, the better prepared and more understanding you become when an unexpected crisis hit that particular part of the entity. In my media company, for instance, I look after the marketing and business development sides, but from time to time I deliberately juggle other tasks to understand them more fully. Lately, I’ve been working a lot with the creative team, specifically, with videographers, and what are the best shots to choose in order to keep viewers glued on social media platforms. I’ve also been executing photo shoots around cultural topics, and I discovered that I enjoy that process very much; something that I see myself doing more of in the long run.

Focus on the good

Last but not least, as terrible as your situation may be, remember all the good stuff that are still going right for you. It may sound a bit cliché but it’s true. These are the kind of things that keep us going. My comfort zone, my happy place, is my home. I love the fact that I can always guarantee comfort and peace there no matter how hard my day may be. I love that my family is supportive, caring, and their love pulls me through any dark day. Focus on “good things” and always, always keep in mind that no matter how hard a thing may seem, it is only temporary. It too shall pass, and you will have another day, to face something different, and that will be all right as well.

Manar Al Hinai is an award-winning Emirati writer who manages her branding and marketing consultancy in Abu Dhabi


Name: Kinetic 7
Started: 2018
Founder: Rick Parish
Based: Abu Dhabi, UAE
Industry: Clean cooking
Funding: $10 million
Investors: Self-funded

If you go

There are regular flights from Dubai to Kathmandu. Fares with Air Arabia and flydubai start at Dh1,265.
In Kathmandu, rooms at the Oasis Kathmandu Hotel start at Dh195 and Dh120 at Hotel Ganesh Himal.
Third Rock Adventures offers professionally run group and individual treks and tours using highly experienced guides throughout Nepal, Bhutan and other parts of the Himalayas.


Championship play-offs, second legs:

Aston Villa 0
Middlesbrough 0

(Aston Villa advance 1-0 on aggregate)

Fulham 2
Sessegnon (47'), Odoi (66')

Derby County 0

(Fulham advance 2-1 on aggregate)


Saturday, May 26, Wembley. Kick off 8pm (UAE) 

What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying or online bullying could take many forms such as sending unkind or rude messages to someone, socially isolating people from groups, sharing embarrassing pictures of them, or spreading rumors about them.

Cyberbullying can take place on various platforms such as messages, on social media, on group chats, or games.

Parents should watch out for behavioural changes in their children.

When children are being bullied they they may be feel embarrassed and isolated, so parents should watch out for signs of signs of depression and anxiety

Q&A with Dash Berlin

Welcome back. What was it like to return to RAK and to play for fans out here again?
It’s an amazing feeling to be back in the passionate UAE again. Seeing the fans having a great time that is what it’s all about.

You're currently touring the globe as part of your Legends of the Feels Tour. How important is it to you to include the Middle East in the schedule?
The tour is doing really well and is extensive and intensive at the same time travelling all over the globe. My Middle Eastern fans are very dear to me, it’s good to be back.

You mix tracks that people know and love, but you also have a visually impressive set too (graphics etc). Is that the secret recipe to Dash Berlin's live gigs?
People enjoying the combination of the music and visuals are the key factor in the success of the Legends Of The Feel tour 2018.

Have you had some time to explore Ras al Khaimah too? If so, what have you been up to?
Coming fresh out of Las Vegas where I continue my 7th annual year DJ residency at Marquee, I decided it was a perfect moment to catch some sun rays and enjoy the warm hospitality of Bab Al Bahr.



Director: Matt Johnson

Stars: Jay Baruchel, Glenn Howerton, Matt Johnson

Rating: 4/5

High profile Al Shabab attacks
  • 2010: A restaurant attack in Kampala Uganda kills 74 people watching a Fifa World Cup final football match.
  • 2013: The Westgate shopping mall attack, 62 civilians, five Kenyan soldiers and four gunmen are killed.
  • 2014: A series of bombings and shootings across Kenya sees scores of civilians killed.
  • 2015: Four gunmen attack Garissa University College in northeastern Kenya and take over 700 students hostage, killing those who identified as Christian; 148 die and 79 more are injured.
  • 2016: An attack on a Kenyan military base in El Adde Somalia kills 180 soldiers.
  • 2017: A suicide truck bombing outside the Safari Hotel in Mogadishu kills 587 people and destroys several city blocks, making it the deadliest attack by the group and the worst in Somalia’s history.
Match info

What: Fifa Club World Cup play-off
Who: Al Ain v Team Wellington
Where: Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
When: Wednesday, kick off 7.30pm

Water waste

In the UAE’s arid climate, small shrubs, bushes and flower beds usually require about six litres of water per square metre, daily. That increases to 12 litres per square metre a day for small trees, and 300 litres for palm trees.

Horticulturists suggest the best time for watering is before 8am or after 6pm, when water won't be dried up by the sun.

A global report published by the Water Resources Institute in August, ranked the UAE 10th out of 164 nations where water supplies are most stretched.

The Emirates is the world’s third largest per capita water consumer after the US and Canada.


Company name: Klipit

Started: 2022

Founders: Venkat Reddy, Mohammed Al Bulooki, Bilal Merchant, Asif Ahmed, Ovais Merchant

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Digital receipts, finance, blockchain

Funding: $4 million

Investors: Privately/self-funded

Empires of the Steppes: A History of the Nomadic Tribes Who Shaped Civilization

Author: Kenneth W Harl
Hanover Square Press

if you go

The flights

Emirates have direct flights from Dubai to Glasgow from Dh3,115. Alternatively, if you want to see a bit of Edinburgh first, then you can fly there direct with Etihad from Abu Dhabi.

The hotel

Located in the heart of Mackintosh's Glasgow, the Dakota Deluxe is perhaps the most refined hotel anywhere in the city. Doubles from Dh850

 Events and tours

There are various Mackintosh specific events throughout 2018 – for more details and to see a map of his surviving designs see glasgowmackintosh.com

For walking tours focussing on the Glasgow Style, see the website of the Glasgow School of Art. 

More information

For ideas on planning a trip to Scotland, visit www.visitscotland.com

Energy This Week

Expert analysis on oil & gas renewables and clean energy

      By signing up, I agree to The National's privacy policy
      Energy This Week