Peter Hellyer
Peter Hellyer

Officials inspect recently uncovered artefacts in the UAE. The National
UAE archaeology had a golden year in 2022

Researchers, include many Emiratis, made a number of discoveries that advance our understanding of pre-history in the lands that now make up the Emirates

December 22, 2022, 2:00 PM
Vegetables and fruits to mark arranged like the United Arab Emirates flag, at a supermarket in Mushrif Mall, Abu Dhabi. Khushnum Bhandari/ The National
Insight into the UAE's progress – through a supermarket aisle

Browsing the fruits and vegetables available here from all over the world can leave you with a feeling of awe

May 26, 2022, 9:00 AM
Exam season is a stressful time for many pupils. EPA
If your children are afraid of exams, maybe you are partly to blame

Learning is a lifelong process, and parents shouldn't set their expectations too high

May 12, 2022, 7:00 AM
Whether an internship at the police department in New York, or teaching at a school in Nigeria, there is much to be gained by work experience overseas. Getty Images / AFP
There is a lot to be gained by working overseas

A career stint abroad is good for both people as well as for society

April 28, 2022, 8:00 AM
A merchant displays jewellery at his shop in Dubai's Gold Souk. AFP
There is value in passing down skills of the trade

Jewellery-making isn't the only trade where knowledge and experience counts for a lot

April 14, 2022, 7:00 AM
Pedestrians at Al Hamra village during a sandstorm in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. Reem Mohammed / The National
Was my asthma attack triggered by air pollution?

The UAE has it better than many cities in the world as great attention is paid to the complex task of monitoring air quality

March 31, 2022, 9:00 AM
A child at a workshop during an art event at Khalifa Park, in Abu Dhabi, on June 3, 2021. Jake Badger/The National
Child protection is the responsibility for all in a community

At times, we need to intervene in the private lives of other people

March 17, 2022, 9:00 AM
A statue of the Soviet-era leader Vladimir Lenin in the capital of the self-proclaimed state of the Donetsk People's Republic (PDR) in eastern Ukraine. AFP
In times of geopolitical uncertainty, our memories are more important than ever

Remembering the past can help us keep a close eye on sudden changes in the world around us

March 03, 2022, 8:00 AM
The Women's Excellence Group in partnership with Zayed University began a mentoring project, "Big Sisters/Little Sisters," that matched mentors with mentees from various cultural, academic and work backgrounds. The icebreaker event was held at Zayed University on April 19, 2011. Salama Al Romaithi, centre, was matched with two big sisters, Mahasen Al Mahasneh (right) and Maha Wadad. Delores Johnson / The National
Being a good mentor takes listening

Passing on knowledge gathered with experience is important – to those interested to learn

February 16, 2022, 2:00 PM
The 10km run for ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon at the ADNOC Headquarters, Abu Dhabi, November 26, 2021. Khushnum Bhandari / The National
To make new friends, step out of that bubble

Taking up an activity, whether running or birdwatching, can be a great way to meet people from diverse backgrounds

February 03, 2022, 2:00 PM
Daraxa's Garden, once also known as Garden of the Orange Trees, in the Nasrid Palaces of the Alhambra, Granada. Photo by Kira Walker
The value of old water channels returning to life

Architects of the irrigation systems of Al Andalus have much in common with ancient inhabitants of the UAE’s mountains

January 13, 2022, 9:00 AM
Former royal security guard Mohammed Salama, 37, has teamed up with Yas Viceroy Hotel to bring his organic fruit and vegetable market, as well as a selection of his ducks, chickens and rabbits, to the hotel’s new Saturday family picnic brunches on their lawn. Ravindranath K / The National
City-dwellers have a responsibility to keep nature in their lives

Children who grow up without seeing much green end up poor stewards of the environment

December 30, 2021, 9:00 AM
A memorial to Sergeant William Donnelly, a member of Britain's Royal Air Force who was killed when his plane crashed in Sayh Dhadnah in the emirate of Fujairah during the Second World War, was dedicated by members of the British Consulate and family on January 27, 2010 in Fujairah. Amy Leang / The National
A family nugget mingled in the Emirates' Second World War tales

That a cousin of mine died here in the Second World War is not something I expected to stumble upon

December 16, 2021, 9:00 AM
The UAE's Al Fursan aerobatics demonstration team perform a flyover at the Dubai Airshow 2021, in Dubai on 17 November 2021. EPA
The UAE at 50 and my 45 years of memories and pride

I recall an early National Day, in 1977, when there was a modest parade along Abu Dhabi’s Corniche

December 01, 2021, 9:00 AM
The UAE's gleanings from Glasgow as it plans for Cop28

The climate summit in 2023 will be as much of a diplomatic exercise as it will be about logistics

November 17, 2021, 7:00 AM