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Jenny Holzer's For Louvre Abu Dhabi and 6 more lady parts art not to miss

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When I visited the Louvre Abu Dhabi this week for a preview before it opens to the public this weekend (and boy is this a gorgeous building) I was particularly looking forward to installation commissioned from the American conceptual artist Jenny Holzer, titled, aptly, For Louvre Abu Dhabi. Although she is often known for using neon light, most recently seen in her current exhibition, Softer, at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, Holzer’s Louvre Abu Dhabi piece features something much different - and she is not messing around with the details.

It's back! It's back! Get ready for the Terry Fox Run 2018

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Go here to register for this 8.5km track along Abu Dhabi's Corniche on Friday, January 19. See you there!

If I knew then what I know now: Buying a car edition

I just returned from another trip deep into Mussafah, Abu Dhabi's industrial area, after taking my car into the Volvo dealership. It was to be a routine service, but as they delicately explained, there is something wrong with my engine. Gulp.

So I left the car, ordered a Careem, and am back at home expecting a big bill - or maybe having to decide whether I even bother fixing the car. But I'm also facing next week without a car, when I really need one, because the technician already warned me this was going to take awhile.

And here's where if I had to do it over again, I wouldn't bother buying a used car in Abu Dhabi. I would go new.

I bought my 2008 Volvo C70 back in 2013 because it was a) a convertible and b) a good price. And although I have loved that car more than any other in my life, it has had some major problems over the years. I once blew a radiator hose on a trip back from Yas Island, which damaged the engine (and which I suspect is the source of today's…

Today in firsts: Standup paddle boarding versus kayaking

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I've been meaning to try standup paddle boarding for 5 years now. During an interview with an expat website literally five years ago, I indicated that I was going to be trying standup paddle boarding imminently. 
And the thing was, I meant to. I really did. I don't know where the time goes on these things, but I guess it's the same gaping hole that swallowed my book and my screenplay. But you can't really compare something that would take two hours and is a five-minute drive from my house to something that would take hundreds of hours to complete.

FINALLY: You can book appointments at the Embassy of Canada in Abu Dhabi online

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While I have always taken great pleasure in getting to the embassy early enough to get the '001' ticket, I'd much rather do this. In an email sent out tonight to Canadians in the UAE, the embassy announces: 

To better serve your needs, we are pleased to announce our new online appointment system for requesting passport or consular services for Canadian citizens. This will avoid long and sometimes unexpected waiting times. You can do this either through the website or through Facebook.  

*Not a real Mountie.

People are super stressed out in the UAE and they often have no idea why

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I wrote an article on the link between depression and inflammation for The National this week and it's getting some really good traction and reaction. One of the most interesting things to me, in researching it, was that Lighthouse Arabia, a therapy centre in Dubai, sees the same pattern in the people who come in for help.

A few things I learned from Kim Kardashian West's Harper's Bazaar Arabia cover story

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• This month Kardashian West will launch a fragrance specifically for the Middle East. It is a blend of, and I know this will be hard to believe, oud and gardenia. The bottle is based on a healing crystal. (I'm not being sarcastic when I say I can't wait to see it.)
• Kardashian, who is Armenian, loves Cher, who is also Armenian. 
• The photo shoot with Mariano Vivanco had a "hard out" at 6.30pm, because Kim's nanny leaves at 7pm.
• At night, after the kids are in bed and she's waiting for Kanye to get home, she wears a robe and watches television. Chiefly Dateline and Family Feud
• Although she once said she's not a feminist, this time around she says in her soul she is a feminist, but she doesn't need labels to know what she is inside her soul.
• She has a group text chat going with hair guru Jen Atkin and Dubai beauty mogul Huda Kattan. The trio might "host a girl boss cruise or a retreat to give advice to girls looking to launch their own …