Omaira Farooq Al Olama is the founder of Advance Learning Formulas Administration (ALF), helping Emiratis enhance their employability and companies to address issues such as talent retention. During the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, she tells Vision how she is empowering the nation’s workforce
‘Happiness is heritable’, says Meike Bartels, Professor in Behaviour and Quantitative Genetics at the Department of Biological Psychology, VU University Amsterdam.At the World Government Summit in Dubai, Vision talks to the author of a groundbreaking genetic study in the Netherlands, which found three genetic variants for the ‘happiness gene.’ Comparing identical twins to fraternal twins, those genetically identical to those that do not share all their genes, Professor Bartels found that differences between people are 40 per cent accounted for by genetic differences, and that individuals who are similar in their feelings of happiness, also have similar DNA. Bartels' 300,000 person study found the first genetic variance, so ‘we really now know where on the human genome that are variances that are related to difference in human happiness’, she says.
For acclaimed journalist Jon Ronson, no source is too far away or too extreme to speak to – from a man who believes lizards rule the world, to a convicted warlord. He talks to Vision about the profound value of telling stories that break rules
Bullied for being a sports-loving girl, threatened by the Taliban and forced to hide inside her bedroom for three years – Maria Toorpakai Wazir has had to endure more than most on her way to becoming a professional sportsperson. But as she tells Gruffudd Owen, her ambitions go beyond the squash court