The most prominent abaya designer in the UAE, and also an entrepreneur, HE Sara Al Madani (31) spoke with us about life, careers, motivation, and businesswomen in the Emirates. She had just come back from America, where she launched a new company, in addition to three other businesses she runs in the UAE. The impression is that she doesn’t want to be remembered as the designer who made an abaya for Madonna, but for many other far more important achievements: she entered the world of fashion at the age of 15 and today is the youngest board memeber at the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The ruler of Sharjah, Sheikh Sultan Al Qasimi, has honoured her with the title Her Excellency. Al Madani works almost 24/7 and did this interview in the middle of the night. When asked how she manages to find the right balance in life, she said: Balance is a beautiful myth that doesn't exist, you create your own balance, and you adapt to it.

It is hard to believe there are still many fatal, not sufficiently explored diseases in the 21st century. One of them, Ebola, took more than 11.000 lives during a three-year-long outbreak in West Africa. In order to increase the public’s awareness of this issue and help students to understand more about how Ebola is diagnosed and treated, Sadhana Anantha, only 19, has designed a simulation of the diagnostic test for this illness. The way she did it and the feedback afterwards brought her the title of 2016 National Young Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of the USA. This is her story.

Clemence Digiovanni and Clara Pulja, both only 25, are already successful entrepreneurs. They get up every morning at 4 a.m. and work more than twelve hours so their customers can be happy and well fed. Although each of them originally decided to choose different life paths, an unplanned encounter in Northern France brought them together and allowed them to become business partners. Belgrade’s unique vibe enchanted them immediately, and without much planning they picked it as the right hot spot for their culinary adventure. Today they are the proud owners of the only genuine French bakery in the Serbian capital, called La Petite Cantine. In less than a year it has become a place that people talk about and rush to in the early morning hours, so they can grab their almond croissants while they’re still hot. And while their guests praise Clara and Clemence, calling what they do pure magic, they claim their business is just a reflection of themselves, representing the simplicity of life's pleasures at their best.


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