Melanie Swan, The National

Melanie Swan

The National

United Arab Emirates

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Past articles by Melanie:

Money & Me: 'I have set up a few businesses, lost them and got into debt'

Health entrepreneur Natasha Rudatsenko says her finances are now stable after fluctuating for many years → Read More

The new breed of camps, clubs and lodges redefining the desert experience

'I wanted to create an alternative for locals, tourists and residents where you can enjoy great food in a more upscale way,' says Stephanie Danial → Read More

Keeping up with the Thunbergs: How to reduce your carbon footprint as a family

From only taking direct flights to installing solar panels, experts reveal how families in the UAE can do their bit to save the planet → Read More

Lack of limbs won't keep Chris Koch away from Dubai Marathon

The Canadian will ride on top of a longboard during the event on January 24 → Read More

Inside the Cambodian circus offering women and impoverished children a place to thrive

Phare circus offers people a new path to a potentially lucrative artistic career → Read More

Digital intervention: how to help your children stay safe online

Melanie Swan discovers how some parents are still lagging behind when it comes to keeping their children safe online → Read More

Eating disorders in middle age: a complex issue

Eating disorders are becoming more common among women and men who have reached middle age → Read More

Does endurance training negatively affect the brain?

Endurance athletes may suffer from impaired cognitive abilities due to over-training, according to a new study. But how true are those claims? → Read More

Money & Me: 'Having two jobs has helped me manage my finances better​​​​​​​'

Ahmad Ammar works seven days a week as a civil engineer and a fashion designer → Read More

We are binge-watching ourselves to bad health

The habit is taking a toll on our physical, mental and social well-being, with children emulating adults to detrimental effect → Read More

Meet the Emirati athletes training for Al Marmoom

Meet the Emirati athletes training for Al Marmoom - the world's longest desert ultramarathon The 300km race will come to Dubai in December Following on from Dubai’s ultra­marathon debut last year, Al Marmoom race is back with another first to its name for 2019: this year, it will be the world’s longest desert ultra at a distance of 300 kilometres, up from 270km. Although 30km may not seem like… → Read More

Use bone broth and switch to Greek yogurt: here are 12 healthy diet swaps to make

A non-stick pan uses less oil, which ought to be coconut for cooking and olive mixed with water for salads → Read More

Balancing act: How the UAE's circus performers keep fit

We find out more about the eating and exercising regimes that four circus artists follow to stay in top form → Read More

Money & Me: 'I want to be financially independent by 40'

Entrepreneur Dana Al Sharif says making the right financial decisions for her family keeps her up at night → Read More

UAE comic Arzoo Malhotra's slot at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival brings her full circle

Malhotra knows she's not what people expect from an Indian woman, calling herself "the worst Indian ever” → Read More

Money & Me: 'You only realise the importance of an emergency fund when times are tough'

Fatema Abdullah, of Bespoke Getaway Safaris, says having a financial cushion is important → Read More

Paralysed Abu Dhabi rugby player prepares for Paralympic bid

Mike Ballard, 34, has spent years fighting back after breaking back in a tackle → Read More

Adults at risk of premature mid-life crisis in the UAE, study suggests

We examine the rise in cases of premature mid-life crisis and the tools you can arm yourself with to avoid or overcome it → Read More

Money & Me: 'I haven't taken a salary for almost two years'

Dubai entrepreneur Roy Koyess says he altered his spending habits after launching his own business → Read More

Money & Me: 'I save by not eating out or buying fancy cars and brunches'

Elena Kinane of Greenheart Organic Farms says her philosophy is to buy less, but good quality → Read More