The top stories of 2015 from The Review section

The National

Two of the top stories are linked to NYUAD’s artistic output – one detailing a collection of historic Middle East images at its photography centre and another about an unconventional yet thrilling performance of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Dubai's first tech hackathon

Arabian Business

“They are all adults with experience. But that made us work harder,” says Rayan Ibrahim, an 18-year-old student of New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), speaking about other participants of the third StartUp Weekend Dubai held recently at AstroLabs.

Making their marks - the faces of 2015

The National

A year and some change after becoming the first executive artistic director of the Arts Centre at New York University Abu Dhabi, Bragin has been instrumental in strengthening the capital’s arts scene.

Learning from Charlie in Abu Dhabi: The legacy of a Catholic teacher from Brooklyn lives on at NYU's campus on the Persian Gulf

New York Daily News

As bright and articulate as college students could ever be, four young scholars spoke with journalists in a New York University cafeteria 6,800 miles away from Washington Square in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates.

New audience for Antara, the desert warrior-poet

The National

“The Library of Arabic Literature is a research project funded by the New York University Abu Dhabi Institute, and the mission is to produce editions of works of old Arabic, and to translate them into modern, lucid English in a contemporary idiom,” Prof Montgomery says.

Abu Dhabi students helping UN initiative to aid Syrian refugee families

The National

Abhimanyu Vasishth, 19, Miha Klasinc, 20, Peter Hadvab, 21, and Dominique Lear, 21, all from NYU Abu Dhabi, have launched a social media campaign to raise awareness about a United Nations initiative in Jordan called Lifeline Appeal, and said they have contributed to its financial success.

NYUAD Art Gallery Exhibit Tops List of World's Best in 2015


"It’s hard enough compiling best-of lists for single cities — try the world. Our international picks span 11 cities from Taipei to Mexico City, and amount to a small sampling of notable art shows mounted this year."

Young Muslims React to U.S. Republican Debate


CNN's Becky Anderson speaks with a panel of four students in the UAE, including two NYU Abu Dhabi students, about what they make of the Republican rhetoric and how they see the race for the White House.

With N.Y.U. Abu Dhabi, John Sexton Pays Tribute to His Mentor

Huffington Post

It's no coincidence that New York University's pristine Abu Dhabi campus mirrors the demographic diversity of a New York City subway car. But ask the nearly 900 or so students representing more than 100 nationalities for the one proper noun that encapsulates the school's mission and they'll typically reply in unison.

Hammour than meets the eye: NYU Abu Dhabi study reveals species’ secret

The National

Researchers at New York University Abu Dhabi analysed DNA from 140 tissue samples collected in four fish markets. Remi Ketchum, a graduate from NYUAD, says the genetic study showed up three separate species.

The Best Non-Profit Art Spaces in the UAE

Art Slant

Like other industries, the art world should come under the scrutiny of fair and equitable business practices. With so much privatization in the gallery and museum world, it's as good a time as any for consumers of culture to question where funds come from—and where profits are going.

Students take obesity war straight to society

Khaleej Times

Hala Aqel and Alyssa Yu, two students from the New York University of Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), are determined to make a difference in the lifestyle habits of the residents of Al Sila, a traditional town of approximately 10,000 people in the Capital's Western Region. The students recently won the Public Health Think Tank, where over 30 students from the country submitted proposals on grass-root level solutions to fighting obesity. Aqel and Yul collaborated to plan an intervention strategy for Al Sila.

The University Gallery

Harper's Bazaar Art

The Art gallery at New York University Abu Dhabi opened last year, located on the University's new, permanent campus on Saadiyat Island.

New kid on the block

Abu Dhabi Week

In just a year, Bill Bragin has curated a new performing arts season and, together with fellow ambassadors, is setting the stage for a cultural community.

Syrian artist Diana Al Hadid’s exhibit to open at NYUAD Art Gallery next year

The National

Internationally renowned Syrian contemporary artist Diana Al Hadid’s travelling solo exhibition, with works of Renaissance and classical imagery, will open at New York University Abu Dhabi in March, next year.

Cheick Tidiane Seck of Les Ambassadeurs: ‘It felt like a happy school reunion’

The National

In perhaps the most high profile act performing as part of the inaugural season of New York University Abu Dhabi Arts Center, the reformed Malian big band Les Ambassadeurs will make their UAE debut tomorrow night with a performance at the campus. Keyboardist and arranger Cheick Tidiane Seck told us about bringing the band back together.

Decoding the date palm

Nature Middle East

A team of scientists has found the genetic mutation responsible for the red or yellow colour of the sugary date fruit and linked date palms with their distant cousin the oil palm, separated by 60 million years of evolution.

Falconry conference begins in Abu Dhabi

Khaleej Times

It's been over a decade since the UAE began a conservation programme for endangered wild falcons, encouraging falconers to use captive bred falcons instead.

Better resolution with novel digital X-ray detector

Nature Middle East

A team of scientists in Germany, France, the UK and the United Arab Emirates has developed a cost-effective flat-panel X-ray detector with improved resolution.

How do our brains reconstruct the visual world?

The Conversation

Given that we see the world through two small, flat retinae at the backs of our eyes, it seems remarkable that what each of us perceives is a seamless, three-dimensional visual world.

Challenges of translation debated at Arab Publishers Conference

Khaleej Times

In a panel discussion involving experts in the world of translation and moderated by Dr. Parween Habib, Arab poet, academic and media researcher in the cultural and literary fields, panelists discussed issues such as the evolution of the translation movement and the governments' role in supporting it.

Cross-cultural collective The Nile Project prepared for NYUAD show

The National

The Nile Project is more than a mere performing ensemble. The cross-cultural collective brings together musicians from the 11 countries that the titular, 6,800km African waterway flows through.

UAE Weekly - Drones for Good

City7 News

In February this year, the UAE hosted the inaugural edition of the Drones for Good Awards, aimed at transforming the technology of civilian drones into practical and reliable solutions for the welfare of citizens. After gaining much attention for their use in strategic warfare, the unmanned aerial vehicles have certainly garnered interest for civilian purposes. We meet one of the winners of the competition to find out how drones can become a part of our daily lives and what the future holds for them.

Consulting projects target undiscovered territory

Financial Times

It had all the makings of a typical MBA consulting project: under the supervision of a faculty member, a group of MBA students from NYU Stern worked on-site with a client conducting analysis, forecasting market potential, and making a financial model for a new venture. But the project — developing a business plan for Wadi Wurayah, the first national park in the United Arab Emirates — was anything but standard.

CNN's The Silk Road


CNN's Sumnima Udas discovers the burgeoning uses of commercial drones and unmanned robotics in the United Arab Emirates. (NYUAD coverage starts at 7:55)

On the Rocks: The Challenges of Predicting Sea Level Rise

Earth and Space Science News

As the loss of West Antarctica's ice sheet threatens to raise sea level and flood the world's coasts, scientists must improve projections by understanding the physics where glaciers meet the ocean.

Abu Dhabi students’ mosquito-killing device earns international prize

The National

Students from New York University Abu Dhabi won a bronze medal at a recently held science competition in the United States for an invention that could quell the spread of deadly mosquito-borne illnesses.

Corals get by with a little help from a friend

Nature Middles East

To study how a rise of temperature would affect coral reefs, scientists at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) in the United Arab Emirates are looking at the extreme temperatures of the Persian/Arabian Gulf.

Ragamala will be dancing to a new beat in NYU Abu Dhabi performance

The National

Last week, Ragamala Dance, a United States-based traditional Indian ensemble, debuted a new work, They Rise at Dawn, over three nights at New York’s Joyce Theatre. Tonight, they will perform the piece at NYU Abu Dhabi.

A Different Script

Concierge Abu Dhabi Magazine

A cultural movement is taking shape amidst the building blocks of concrete and steel in Saadiyat Island as The New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Arts Center stages some of the most innovative and respected artists in the world for its inaugural season of performing arts.

Free and fun live-art project, We Built This City, comes to Abu Dhabi

The National

From thousands of discarded cardboard boxes will rise a ­mini-city, complete with skyscrapers and bridges, on the grounds of New York University Abu Dhabi.

NYU Abu Dhabi goes pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The National

New York University Abu Dhabi, is lighting its campus pink to as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Along with the pink lights, NYUAD kicked off a month-long awareness campaign with a pink themed high tea where survivors, doctors and community members came together to listen to speakers including Dr Margaret Blott, head of obstetrics at Corniche Hospital, and Dr Nadia Malik, specialist radiation oncologist at Gulf International Cancer Centre.

There’s smoke, but is there ire?

The National

What should be read into the much higher rate of smoking among expatriate schoolchildren in Abu Dhabi compared to their peers elsewhere in the world? The survey by NYU Abu Dhabi researchers was based on just over 400 Year 9 pupils attending five private schools but despite the small and selective sampling, it ought still to be broadly representative of UAE society as a whole.

Abu Dhabi fruit fly study could shed light on humans’ body clock cycle

The National

New York University Abu Dhabi’s Professor Justin Blau could help to shed light on the control of daily rhythms in people. It could even improve the understanding of spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA), a neurodegenerative disorder.

Construct a cardboard metropolis at Polyglot Theatre’s ‘We Built This City’ show

Time Out Abu Dhabi

Kids tired of being told to sit quietly and watch the show will love ‘We Built This City’ next weekend at NYUAD. Children are encouraged to climb over boxes, build them to the sky and then tear it all down in a joyous clamour.

UAE-based scientists hope to predict monsoon rains in India

The National

UAE-based scientists are helping to predict rainfall during the monsoon season in India as part of a three-year collaboration between the Centre for Prototype Climate Modelling (CPCM) of New York University Abu Dhabi and the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore

My UAE: A positive future ahead for Khaled AlHosani

The National

Khaled AlHosani, just started at New York University Abu Dhabi, has spent the past nine months doing his military service. And while it was tough at the start, he’s pleased to have done it.

Abu Dhabi professors publish first Emirati Arabic textbook

The National

The first modern standard Arabic language textbook for the Emirati dialect has been published by two New York University Abu Dhabi professors. Ramsah, which means “talk” in Emirati Arabic, is a 352-page workbook and audio guide that aims to serve as a resource for educators and students.

Campus ambience matters, say NYUAD freshers

Khaleej Times

Nothing says nervous and excited at the same time more than beginning a new academic journey. After a week-long orientation on campus, class of 2019 took the first step into their future at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) recently.

Concert preview: Notes of a new era as Kronos Quartet heads to Abu Dhabi

The National

The kind of classical music championed by the Kronos Quartet is not classical at all. Much of it could be characterised as such, to be sure, but the tag is not quite right if by “classical” we mean stuffy, stilted, or in some self-regarding way walled-off from all the many other kinds of thrilling, clashing music in the world.

New York University-Abu Dhabi explores humidity as a source of energy

Gulf News

A laboratory in New York University-Abu Dhabi is leading the research on developing smarter and more efficient technologies, including the use of humidity as a source of energy. Professor Pance Naumov, who has already been awarded the prestigious Humboldt Research Award, is leading the ground-breaking and innovative project at the university.

Global hacking contest at NYU Abu Dhabi

Gulf News

More than 100 programmers and coders will lock horns in Abu Dhabi this weekend for a global hacking competition. The 24-hour programming contest, called AngelHack Hack-athon, will be held at New York University (NYU) Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat campus on September 4 and 5.

Making Abu Dhabi art centric

Khaleej Times

On September 2, singer, songwriter and guitarist Toshi Reagon is inviting the Abu Dhabi audience to experience something new - a concert that blends science-fiction with African-American spiritualism. Her's will be the first show in a nine-month season of performing arts presented for the first time by New York University - Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). Just like the mother university in the Big Apple, NYUAD has set up an arts centre offering art programmes for the general public.

The pick of the shows at NYUAD Arts Centre inaugural performing arts season

The National

A impressive line-up that ranges from established and influential names to indie darlings. This article includes some of the key performances to look out for during the inaugural season.

NYUAD athletics director on how he is reimagining sport in Abu Dhabi

Time Out Abu Dhabi

NYUAD’s campus is filling up this week with eager students. Time Out speaks to its athletics director about how he’s reimagining sport.

Science issue: the UAE’s innovators

The National

Dr. Pance Naumov, associate professor of chemistry, and Dr. Youssef Idaghdour, a biology professor who studies the relationship between genes and the environment, have each earned well-deserved recognition for their respective research aimed at making a practical difference for those who live and work in the UAE.

Aussie mum in Abu Dhabi eyes new world record

Gulf News

An Abu Dhabi mum and fitness instructor at New York University (NYU) Abu Dhabi, Eva Clark, is aiming to set three new world records by doing the highest number of pull-ups by a woman in six, 12 and 24 hours.

Toshi Reagon in Abu Dhabi

Time Out Abu Dhabi

Toshi Reagon is a musical powerhouse. She’s as close as it comes to musical royalty in the US. If you haven’t heard of Toshi Reagon, here’s your chance to see her live when she visits the capital on September 2 to kick off NYUAD Art Centre’s fall programme.

Fruitflies and the four seasons

Nature Middle East

A handful of central brain neurons help fruitflies adapt to different seasons, new research shows1. These “clock neurons” drive the internal clock or circadian rhythms in fruitflies. Justin Blau and his teammates from New York University Abu Dhabi and US-based New York University identified a specific protein that drove the plasticity of the clock neurons in fruitflies.

Emirati students reach for the stars

The National

For Ahlam Al Qasim and Fatema Al Khouri the sky isn’t the limit – they have big plans to go farther. The Emiratis have returned from a two-week internship with the Italian Space Agency and now hope to forge a career in the industry and play a part in the UAE’s Mars mission.

New executive director at the NYUAD Arts Center is a musical omnivore

Time Out Abu Dhabi

Bill Bragin is a musical omnivore and has big plans to create a community centered on the arts. The center announced a stellar fall program with talent ranging from interpretive dance to interactive theatre to dancing robots with rhythm.

Emirati entrepreneurs driven more by purpose than profit

The National

With 2015 having been declared the Year of Innovation in the UAE, the topic of entrepreneurship has reached new levels of interest and urgency in this country.

Changing clocks and changing seasons: Scientists find role for neuronal plasticity


A team of scientists has linked changes in the structure of a handful of central brain neurons to understanding how animals adjust to changing seasons. Its findings enhance our understanding of the mechanisms vital to the regulation of our circadian system, or internal clock.

Scientist at work: Mathematician collects ocean and glacier data in the field to make climate models in the lab

The Conversation

David Holland's research focuses on global sea level change. If the main ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica even partially disintegrate, the consequences for society are immense – they hold about 70 meters of potential sea level rise. Even a relatively modest amount of disintegration would put places like coastal Florida, New York City or Abu Dhabi partially underwater.

Abu Dhabi coral reef monitoring stations set up

The National

The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi is surveying the condition of the coral reefs in the emirate’s coastal waters through 10 new monitoring and control stations. John Burt, the associate professor and head of the NYU Abu Dhabi marine biology lab, studies the reefs in the UAE.

NYUAD professor receives Humboldt Research Award

Gulf News

A professor from New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) was the recipient of the prestigious Humboldt Research Award, which recognises the work of academics from all around the world for excelling in their fields of research. The award is given by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation based in Germany.

Guardians of Ras Ghanada: Abu Dhabi’s most vibrant coral reef

The National

Rough weather has prevented Dr John Burt from visiting the coral reef in Ras Ghanada, near the border with Dubai, for several months. In that time the marine biologist has been growing increasingly impatient.

Greenland’s Iceberg Factory – Where the Empire State Building is Too Short a Yardstick

New York Times

It’s worth being reminded occasionally of the stunning scale of the world’s great ice sheets and the glaciers that connect them with faraway coasts when cleaved icebergs (and flowing meltwater) outweigh the gain of mass from snowfall in the frigid interior, contributing to sea-level rise.

Life After Genocide: Comparing Bosnia and Rwanda

Foreign Affairs

Michael F. Harsch, NYUAD Faculty Fellow of Social Sciences, and Tyler Y. Headley, NYUAD Student (Class of 2018) publish a story on a comparison of the socio-economic recoveries in Bosnia and Rwanda.

Where is There?

Art Asia Pacific

It is eerily fitting that the final exhibition by Dubai’s The Third Line gallery in the space it has called home for the past nine years should be entitled “The Sands of Time.” French-Algerian artist Zineb Sedira’s photographic meditation on the worldwide sugar trade spoke metaphorically of uneasy impermanence, of endless shifting and resettling, and of the frail traces left behind by our transient presence.

U.S. Lags The World When It Comes To Women And Tech


Despite all the efforts to increase the number of women in technology, computer science programs in the United States are increasingly male-dominated. In 2013, 18% of computer and information sciences bachelor’s degree recipients were women in 2013, down from 37% in 1985, according to the National Center for Women In Technology. This has huge implications for women in tech startups or tech jobs in general. The pool is shrinking.

Humidity-driven movement

Nature Middle East

Researchers based in Abu Dhabi have designed a new ‘smart’ polymer that responds to both humidity and light.

Arab women show the way with computer science aptitude

Gulf News

The research was presented during the Women in Computing in the Arab World conference held at NYUAD recently. The conference discussed the challenges women in the Middle East face in the information technology sector.

Abu Dhabi students' robots put to the test at Sumo challenge

The National

The robot’s name was Marshmallow, but when it came time to battle, it was anything but a softie.

Student-led research lends clarity on dokha haze

Yahoo Maktoob

Most university students who smoke dokha agree that it’s an unhealthy habit, but consider themselves to be healthy, according to student-led research into the trend. The survey of dokha smokers from two leading universities in Abu Dhabi was carried out by Lakshmi Menon, a student at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), as part of the university’s capstone project undertaken by graduate students.

ADNOC and NYU Abu Dhabi sign MoU

The Gulf Time

In support of student and employee development in areas of career, education, and training, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) on Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote partnership and collaboration in the areas of educational programming, community engagement, and professional development.

Failing Education Calls for Analytical Resurrection

Addis Fortune

But with tens of thousands of university graduates in Ethiopia joining the job market each year, even as the level of unemployment continues to increase, “paper smarts” will not cut it forever. Being able to think critically and ask questions in the process will soon be what sets young graduates apart.

From dance with a twist to magic and Arabic jazz

Khaleej Times

The New York University Abu Dhabi’s (NYUAD) Arts Centre announces its Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 lineup, an impressive collection of music, theatre, dance, poetry, film, and family programmes.

Lead by example, Gordon Brown tells NYU Abu Dhabi students

The National

ABU DHABI // Former British prime minister Gordon Brown was a guest of honour at New York University Abu Dhabi’s graduation ceremony on Sunday.

University graduates share the vision of a better tomorrow

The National

When New York University partnered with Abu Dhabi to create NYUAD, what emerged was a local institution with global ambition. From a student perspective, this institution offered the ability to further one’s education from anywhere on the planet with seamless continuity.

Surviving harsh environments becomes a death-trap for specialist corals

Science Daily

Researchers from the University of Southampton and the New York University Abu Dhabi found that local adaptation to high salinity levels in the southern Persian/Arabian Gulf (PAG) may prevent coral escaping their fate, as they lose their superior heat tolerance in waters with normal salinity levels.

Two short films inspired by life in the UAE to premiere at Cannes

The National

Of the thousands of films jostling for attention in the Cannes Film Festival’s “Short Film ­Corner” next month, at least two of them were filmed in – and partly inspired by – the most desolate landscapes of the UAE. And Georgian Beso Turazashvili was involved in the making of them both.

Bill Bragin on artistic investigation and process at NYUAD

The National

Bill Bragin, the executive artistic director of New York University Abu Dhabi’s Art Centre, has been busy since his appointment last year. A key part of Bragin’s role at NYUAD is building and shaping the public arts programming on the new Saadiyat Island campus.

UAE to produce Rhodes Scholars

The National

The Rhodes Trust is putting its name to scholarships for UAE students to attend the University of Oxford in England. Two NYU Abu Dhabi students will start at Oxford this year: Arfa Rehman, who is studying social research, public policy and visual arts; and Hamel Al Qubaisi, who is studying political science.

Forging global citizens is electrifying, says head of NYU Abu Dhabi

Times Higher Education

Vice Chancellor talks to Chris Havergal about breaking free from Western constraints.

The Verona Quartet plays with Emirati student poets

The National

The Verona Quartet, who until this month were known as the Wasmuth Quartet, are quickly establishing themselves as one of the most innovative young groups on the international music scene.

NYU Abu Dhabi lights up blue for Autism Awareness Month

Gulf News

New York University Abu Dhabi is taking part in the global campaign ‘Light it up Blue’, and lighting part of the exterior of the campus blue in recognition of Autism Awareness Month.

Hamlet unearthed

Abu Dhabi Week

Theater Mitu, a New York City theatre company currently in residence in Abu Dhabi, is staging a rebooted version of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Abu Dhabi: Student app monitors health of labourers

Gulf News

Several apps created by students, including one that monitors the health of labourers to ensure their safety and health, were presented during a hackathon event at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) on Sunday.

NYUAD’s class of 2014: where are they now?

The National

From Oxford scholarships to pioneering projects, the university’s 140 inaugural graduates are pushing boundaries around the world.

Research Could Shed Light on Messy Wars

Al-Fanar Media

Events can move so fast on modern battlefields that it’s almost impossible to tell what’s going on. With multiple warring factions, vague battlefronts, kidnapped journalists, and online public-relations skirmishes, misinformation is rife.

A pearl in the desert

The Economist

A Middle Eastern outpost of an American educational empire.

Bubbly, but deadly: Experts say shisha is far more harmful than cigarettes

Al Bawaba

Policy-makers, health experts and advocacy professionals warned of the dangers of inhaling the smoke of these water pipes at the opening of the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Abu Dhabi on March 17, 2015.

Imagine a marriage of science and art

Nature Middle East

The Middle East’s first science film festival hopes to inspire more scientists to look to art to communicate their work.

Special report: Arabic ‘at risk of becoming foreign language in UAE’

The National

Arabic is in danger of becoming a foreign language as pupils complete their education with poor speaking and writing skills, experts warn.

Newly discovered algae could save world's coral from climate change

Al Jazeera

Rising ocean temperatures threaten reefs, but special heat-tolerant algae could help, according to a report.

Answering remaining questions about Ukraine’s Maidan protests, one year later

The Washington Post

A year has passed since mass protests on the central square in Ukraine’s capital Kiev, also known as the Maidan, culminated in bloodshed and President Viktor Yanukovych’s unexpected flight to Russia.

Slavs and Tatars encourages art that you’re allowed to reach out and sit on

The National

After just a few minutes in Payam Sharifi’s company it becomes clear why he employs a full-time academic researcher, rather than a more traditional artist’s technician, to assist him in his work.

NYUAD Art Gallery to present Slavs, Tatars exhibit

Gulf Today

New York University Abu Dhabi Art Gallery is set to present a major solo exhibition of the art collective, Slavs and Tatars, entitled ‘Mirrors for Princes’, on view from February 28 to May 30.

Scientists to map Gulf’s elusive coral reefs

The National

Coral reefs in the Arabian Gulf and Sea of Oman are recovering from recent natural and man-made disasters at a healthy rate.

Winners of Khalifa International Date Palm Award announced

The National

Khalifa International Date Palm Award organisers yesterday announced the winners of its seventh annual prize, including researchers and horticulturalists based in the UAE.

NYU Abu Dhabi launches ‘Science on Saadiyat’ week

Gulf Today

New York University Abu Dhabi, NYUAD, on Monday announced the opening of Science on Saadiyat, a series of three science-related public programmes that will run for a week, with the aim of sparking dialogue and igniting a sense of scientific wonder.

Science and cinema to meet in Abu Dhabi film festival

The National

The New York-based film festival Imagine Science Films, in partnership with NYU Abu Dhabi, is to bring its science film festival to Abu Dhabi from February 19 – 21 in collaboration with the NYUAD Institute and the NYUAD Arts Center.

Singer Mary McBride to perform at talk and concert celebrating UAE/US cultural relationship

The National

The cultural relationship between the UAE and the US will be at the heart of an innovative event on February 12. Mixing information and entertainment, it will feature a panel discussion and a concert by pop singer Mary McBride.

University students win drone award in UAE

Al Arabiya

A team of university students in the UAE on Saturday won a $280,000 prize for creating an environmental protection drone, in a competition aimed at promoting peaceful uses of the unmanned flying devices.

Imagine Science Film Festival opens next month

Gulf Today

New York-based film festival Imagine Science Films, in partnership with NYU Abu Dhabi, will present the singular science film festival in Abu Dhabi from February 19-21, in collaboration with the NYUAD Institute and the NYUAD Arts Center.

How a special graduation ceremony lifted my spirits

The National

When I first started teaching, I thought that education could change the world. Over the years, however, that belief got buried under bureaucracies, committee meetings, apathetic students and the demands of earning tenure.

Innovative minds to enhance users’ mall experience

Khaleej Times

Engineering students come up with creative ideas to enhance users’ experience in malls.

NYUAD student Sherina Al Sowaidi is finding the artistic side of the AD skyline

Time Out Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi has one of the most recognisable skylines in the world. Liz Totton speaks with NYUAD student Sherina Al Sowaidi about the city’s most iconic buildings.

NYUAD to recount the satirical nature of Molla Nasreddin’s tales

The National

From Croatia to China, and across the Middle East, people have long been entertained by the misadventures of Molla Nasreddin, the folkloric figure of the Sufi wise man-cum-fool who is often depicted riding backwards on a donkey.

Should men in the UAE be entitled to paternity leave?

7 Days

A number of high-profile figures in the UAE believe the country should introduce European-style paternity leave for dads, allowing them to take as much as six months off work – fully paid – to help look after new-born children.

Walled wonders: a walking tour around Abu Dhabi’s lesser-known architecture

The National

As much as possible, I usually avoid downtown Abu Dhabi. While by rights it’s the centre of the city, for me it smacks of being in a ghetto. I find its shopping malls, shops and restaurants largely depressing, dirty and crowded. On foot, there are few destinations worth visiting, and driving there can be, well, ­challenging.