Energy Diet

A Journey We Will Not Forget

Al Nowais

Ali, Bodour, Mohamed, Hasan and Fatima

The Al Nowais family consists of five people: Our three children (Ali, 6, Hasan, 5, and our youngest, Fatima, 2), my husband Mohamed and myself, Boudour.

Mohamed is an accountant manager at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development. As for myself, I am a work as a graphics designer for Al Ittihad newspaper. We live in Abu Dhabi in a nice three-bedroom villa with small garden.

When I first read about the 360º Energy Diet Challenge, I felt very interested and decided to take the next step and see what the rest of my family would feel. As I discussed this challenge with my family, they all became excited and wanted to participate. My husband and I see this as a very important message that should be sent out to the people.

Also, being UAE nationals we hope to reach out to the other nationals and make them follow. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to do something to help take care of the environment; with this challenge I get the opportunity to make a change and also teach my children the importance of the environment.

You always want the best for your children: their health, good education, well being, and environment. We are currently living in a country where people are not aware how much we are hurting our environment. By entering this challenge I want to raise awareness to our generation and my children’s generation on how to make our world decarbonized.

We are so fortunate to have everything, and we are blessed to have such a great country, so why don’t we think to make it even better and start taking care of it like it does take care of us? I do not have much knowledge on the environment, but I am hungry for more information on how to keep our world healthy and safe for all the generations to come.

I do not know how these 12 weeks are going to be, but I hope to start strong and end even stronger. A few things that I will start at home are things like:

• When it comes to my children, they love their toys. I hope to be able to choose their toys more wisely and purchase less plastic or electrically charged devices and instead buy toys where they actually have to use their own energy.
• Using rechargeable batteries
• Reuse plastic bags, newspapers and plastic bottles. My children have art classes where they are asked to bring in these materials so that they can reuse them. Also, because the UAE doesn’t have an organized recycling system I would like to make the best of the material I bring into my own home.
• I would also like to organize my garbage, getting rid of the garbage, plastics, cans, and waste.
• We currently have three cars at home that consume more petrol than necessary. I would like to do more carpooling and try and use less petrol.
• Using energy-saving lights in the house and outside.
• Using the washing machine for 15 minutes washing cycles, as well as using the dishwasher on the economic option to use less water in a certain time.

I believe this is a learning journey, and there are so many things I have to consider, like our weather, our house, cars and disposing of the garbage — after all, it is a challenge. I am taking my family through a journey I am sure they will never forget.


  1. Souad
    January 25, 2011, 4:31 pm

    Dear Boudour,

    You have always cared for everyone so it is no surprise to me that you have embarked on this journey…The UAE needs more people like you and i hope that your message spreads to all ends of this beautiful country and its beautiful people. Maybe you can write an article for your newspaper and try to challenge more people, schools, associations to follow in your footsteps…

    I wish you lots of Luck with this new Challenge…



  2. Tom Sahagian
    January 26, 2011, 4:47 pm

    Hi Boudour — I am very curious about your three cars. There appear to be at most two drivers in your family! Maybe you could get rid of the least fuel-efficient car — but of course then someone else might drive it and waste fuel. So I guess maybe if you just drove the most fuel-efficient of the three most of the time, and let the other two sit for awhile, that might be a good strategy.

    Tom Sahagian, one of the coaches

  3. Boudour
    January 27, 2011, 2:56 pm

    Thanks a lot for the advice, we actually use the land cruiser for the whole family in the weekend mostly, I drive both the land cruiser and infinity which I have it always in an economic mode all the time. And like you said we can not give it a way. This is what I need to ask you how will I know which car takes least fuel-efficient. Theses are the models of the cars we own, can you help me on this. Land cruiser gxr model 2007, 6 cylinders Audi A8, year 2004, 8 cylinders Infiniti M37 year 2011, 6 cylinders.

    Thank you Best regards

    February 6, 2011, 5:21 am

    Dear Boudour,
    I am support your efforts and I like your way in presenting your experience. UAE families become more aware about energy save concept and govenment is enocuraging people to use reaources very effeciently.
    I can advice you to use fuel saver (external part available in UAE market ) and using best practise while driving.
    I hope success for you in this challenge

  5. boudour
    Abu Dhabi, uae
    February 7, 2011, 1:44 pm

    thank u very much for ur thoughts and support, i really apriciate it but can u kindly tell me where to find it please, i have been asking fo some thing like that, till now no info, can u provide with more info from where i can get it.

  6. ameena
    we are proud of you
    February 28, 2011, 9:23 am

    we are proud of you, what are you doing is very inspirational 🙂

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