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Want to push your body to the absolute edge of its ability? Try one of these workouts…
If you’re looking to switch up your al fresco training routine for something indoors this summer, or if you’ve just enjoyed one too much Harees at iftar, we know what you need – a grueling workout. From bootcamps to bare, we’ve rounded up some of Dubai’s hardest workouts for you to sweat it out at.
Here are 12 of the toughest workouts in Dubai.
Popular with A-listers, a class inside Barry’s red room, fitted out with a long run of state-of-the-art treadmills and lit like the Ministry of Sound, is said to burn 1,000 calories. You’ll be stretched to your limits by a turbo hour of synchronised sprints and matwork sessions. The music is loud, the work varied, and the sessions pass in a flash. What’s more, they are wickedly addictive. Look out for a Dubai Marina outlet opening soon.
Central Park Towers, Ground Floor DIFC, Dubai, Dhs126. Tel: (04) 2544775. barrysbootcamp.com
Rather than a traditional kickboxing class, at 9Round you’ll work your way through nine stations, guided by the resident trainers: strength stations (think kettle bells, medicine balls and more), kickbox fitness stations where you’ll spar, and an abs and core station where you’ll work on that elusive six-pack. The class will burn a minimum of 500 calories in a painful – but quick – 30 minutes. Look out for the JLT branch opening soon.
Indo 6, Mazaya Building, Al Manara, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Sun to Thur 7am to 10pm, Fri 4pm to 10pm, Sat 11am to 10pm, Dhs990 for one month unlimited. Tel: (04) 3217997. Metro: FGB. uae.9round.com
Combining HIIT, functional training and circuit training, these 45-minute sessions are as varied as they are intense. There are 31 workouts, all with epic-sounding names, such as Firestorm (which involves 54 circuit stations), Brooklyn (which is boxing and MMA based), and Wingman (in which you work in pairs). Also, they hold regular eight-week challenges and other competitions.
Kojak Building, Dubai Motor City, Dubai, Sun to Thur 6am to 8.45pm. Tel: (050) 3839445. Taxi: Motor City. f45training.ae. ALSO: Dubai Marina
Imagine if you walked into a cinema, but instead of seats in front of the screen, there were rows and rows of stationary bikes – that’s what you’ll get at The Trip. Les Mills spin class uses a huge screen, but instead of your RPM, it’s like a virtual tour that you cycle along to. The mix of special effects, a dark room, bright lasers and thumping music makes for a really immersive experience, a bit like playing an exhausting computer game
Bay Avenue, Executive Towers, Business Bay, Dubai, Dhs85. Tel: (04) 4255940. Taxi: Bay Avenue. gfx.ae
A black room, black lights that make everything glow, banging beats and a ridiculously intense workout that will burn up to 1,000 calories in just one session, the Tag Heuer cross-training workout at Bare is up there with one of the most effective ways to get body-changing results – fast! Friendly trainers and a fun, welcoming atmosphere make this a favourite with everyone from beginners to fitness professionals.
Clover Bay Tower, Business Bay, Dubai, Dhs120 for 50-minute session, or Dhs1,000 for ten. Tel: (054) 4550597. Taxi: Business Bay. bare.fitness
Nothing gets people motivated like knowing they’re being monitored in some way, shape or form. Cycling studio Flywheel keeps you accountable with a Torqboard, a scoreboard at the front of the class that the instructor occasionally lights up during the ride, allowing you to see how you are faring against the rest of the class.
Duck, dive and jab your way through a calorie-torching session at the no-frills, butt-kicking boxing warehouse in Al Quoz. It’s raw, slightly intimidating but the workouts are some of the best in town. Bonus: Training in the punching bag room makes you feel like you’re part of a Rocky montage.
364/19 Street, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, Sat to Thur 8.30am to 10pm, Fri 8am to noon. Tel: (04) 3380101. Taxi: opposite Alserkal entrance. round10boxing.com
Barre at Define
This boutique studio in Dubai Marina is home to arguably the city’s toughest barre workouts. If you’re a ‘no pain, no gain’ exerciser, you’ll take pride in keeping up with the relentless lunges, squats and lifts, many of which use ankle weights, dumbbells and exercise bands. Each set of repetitions is designed to strengthen and tone the smaller muscle groups that old-school aerobic workouts barely touch. Classes last 45 minutes, burning 400-800 calories.
Famous for its intense workouts, The Circuit Factory also offers nutrition advice, food boxes, menus, recipes and lots more to help people shift extra kilos fast. Classes run in six locations across town, including Al Quoz, Mirdif and Springs, seven days a week, mornings and evenings – give them a buzz for a free trial.
Springs, Dubai, Sun to Thur 6am, Dhs85. Taxi: Springs. circuitfactory.ae. ALSO: Al Quoz, Downtown Dubai, Mirdif, Motor City, Skydive Dubai
Elite Aesthetics Bootcamp
Think running with a parachute on your back, pushing cars across parking lots, lots of laughs and buckets of sweat – this is your ultimate early morning workout.
SkyDive Dubai, Dubai, Sun, Tue and Thur 6am, Dhs800 per month. Taxi: SkyDive Dubai. eadxb.com
Vinyasa Flow at Zen
Legendary yoga teacher Melissa Ghattas’ crowded evening vinyasa class begins with simple joint-loosening movements, but quickly builds to a tough, sweaty practice. Complicated poses are often repeated, giving students a chance to find a deeper stretch each time. You need to be fit for sure, and you will sweat—but you’ll emerge feeling wide awake, serene and ready for action.
Zen, Dubai Media City, Dubai, Sun and Tue 6.30pm, Thur 8.45am, Fri 5pm. Tel: (04) 3670435. Taxi: BBC Building. Yoga.ae
Owned and run by Marcus Smith, home-grown UAE brand InnerFight made a name for itself when it launched back in 2008 as being one of the toughest, but most effective workouts in town. Ten years on and it’s no different. Offering Mainline classes for performance and conditioning, weightlifting classes, gymnastics, strongman and kids fitness, Marcus and his team also offer nutrition advice, education and lots more to get you in your best shape ever.
4th Street, Al Quoz, Dubai, Dhs160. Tel: (04) 3212899. Taxi: Al Quoz. innerfight.com
The Holy Month is often a time of increased road accidents
The RTA has issued a warning to Dubai motorists to cease driving immediately should they feel drowsy or exhausted while on the road.
The notice came in the form of an SMS sent out to drivers over the first week of Ramadan, reminding them that reckless driving that endangers the lives of others is punishable by a fine of Dhs2,000, 23 black points and the confiscation of their vehicle for up to 60 days.
Ramadan is often a time for increased road accidents in the UAE. The National quotes a study showing that over 1,600 accidents during the Holy Month last year were found to have taken place during the late morning rush hour between 10am and 11am.
Fasting can result in low blood sugar and dehydration, which can slow reaction times and affect concentration. To which, the RTA recommends that drivers are fully rested before they set out on a journey.
Each week this Ramadan, we’ll shine the light on three must-try iftars happening across the city…
During Ramadan, “iftar” is the meal served at sunset to break the long day of fasting (the word literally means “break fast”). Friends and families often gather together for this meal, and many hotels and restaurants across Dubai put on a special feast for the occasion.
Even if you’re not fasting, anyone is welcome to come along and experience iftar. In fact, it’s a wonderful way to get into the spirit of the holy month.
The JW Marriott Marquis’ exquisite iftar takes place in the ballroom, which is transformed into the white and gold Al Fanous Lounge through Ramadan. As well as a central dining area, guests can reserve separate Majlis for a more private iftar experience. It serves up an extensive international buffet that ranges from traditional Arabic dishes to sushi, peking duck and pancakes and even a traditional roast. Be sure to save room for dessert, it’s got one of the widest spreads in the city.
The world-famous QE2 cruise ship is hosting its first floating iftar and suhoor. A purpose-built (and air-conditioned) majlis is set up on the ship’s largest deck, and houses an Arabic buffet of live cooking stations, traditional Emirati dishes, mezze, desserts and classic Ramadan juices. It’s a wide selection, and the mezze alone is worth the trip. It’s got some of the most friendly and helpful staff in the city, so if you fancy an after-iftar tour, they’ll gladly show you around.
QE2, Mina Rashid, daily from sunset to 9pm, Dhs250. Tel: (04) 526 8888. qe2.com
Dhs250: Pai Thai
This picturesque spot is one of the prettiest in the Madinat. Right on the waterfront, an al fresco table will get you the best views of the water and the passing abras. This Ramadan, the award-winning Thai restaurant is serving up a three-course sharing iftar menu of well-loved Thai classics and signature dishes all designed for sharing. There’s plenty of healthy options and vegan dishes on the menu too, so it’s a guilt-free feasting.
Pai Thai, Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, daily from sunset, Dhs250. Tel: 04 432 3232. jumeirah.com
The Flying with Confidence course currently boasts a 98 per cent success rate.
Are you a nervous flyer? According to a study commissioned by British Airways, one out of five residents has a fear of flying, so the airline is bringing a one-day course to Dubai in a bid to banish those flying fears.
The Flying with Confidence course is split into two sessions over a single day, and currently boasts a 98 per cent success rate.
British Airways Captain Steve Allright, who has already helped more than 50,000 attendees confront their aerophobia will lead the course on Friday June 1. In the sessions, the pilot will address common areas of apprehension, such as the functionality of the aircraft, the causes of turbulence and the technical aspects of air travel.
Participants will also receive breathing advice and learn relaxation techniques to swap pre-flight and on-flight jitters for excitement and comfort.
Plus, all course participants will earn themselves a 10 per cent discount on their first British Airways flight. A discounted flight that’s fear-free? Sounds like a good deal to us…
Flying with Confidence, Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, 10am to 1pm, Friday June 1, Dhs1,499. flyingwithconfidence.com
Another seafood spot arrives in the city, but can it catch a break in the saturated DIFC dining scene?
Crab Market is not an easy find. Located on the 15th floor of Emirates Financial Towers (the same building as the recently closed 7 Elephants, not to be mistaken for Jumeirah Emirates Towers, the home of Hakkasan and La Cantine), you have to take two separate lifts up through the office towers to reach it.
Once you reach the restaurant, you’ll be welcomed into a cool, contemporary space, split into a lounge of high bar tables and a slightly more formal restaurant, with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over Downtown Dubai and Burj Khalifa.
We find a booth in the centre of the restaurant, and can’t help but look enviously at the window tables. The menu – which you guessed it, heavily focuses on crab- has been created by chef Vladimir Mukhin, the brains behind Moscow’s White Rabbit restaurant, which is currently ranked No 23 on the World’s 50 best restaurants list.
We slurp down half a dozen oysters (Dhs15 per piece), which slide effortlessly out of their shells, before tucking into an avocado and tomato bruschetta (Dhs37) and octopus carpaccio (Dhs105).
The Kamchatka crab legs with lime aioli (priced at Dhs70 per 100g) are served in a white pepper sauce (there’s a selection of five signature sauces) and a vongole with garlic, chili and lemon (Dhs120). The crab flesh is meaty, flavourful and well-priced for a serving for two, while the vongole is a simple but filling dish that’g punch thanks tho the welcome kick of chili.
For desert, try the mango panacotta (Dhs35). It’s light relief from the extensive menu of seafood, and complimented by a crunchy lychee granite.
The food is the real star of the show at Crab Market, and you can tell that the chefs left in charge truly know their stuff. Hopefully the tricky location doesn’t put Downtown dwellers off, as this is a real contender to be a top Dubai restaurant.
Crab Market, North Tower, 15th Floor, Emirates Financial Towers, Dubai, Sun to Fri noon to 4pm, 7pm to midnight, Sat 7pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 564 5525. crabmarket.com
The clock is counting down with less than 900 days to go until Expo 2020 when Dubai opens its doors to over 180 countries.
In a video released by the Dubai Media Office, you can bare witness to the transformation that is taking place at the site in Dubai South where all the action will take place come 2020.
Turning this tranquil desert landscape in 2016:
Into a marvel of cutting-edge architecture and engineering in just four short years:
Over 15,000 workers have already spent more than 16 million man hours preparing the 4.38km sq site, which is scheduled to be ready a full year before doors officially open to the world on October 20, 2020.
In the timelapse video below you can see the site coming together, from the spherical structure that will act as Expo 2020’s central hub, to the tracks for Route 2020, the extension to Dubai Metro being purposely built for the fair.
180522 Drone MAY 2018 WEB - YouTube
Not much longer to go now, we can’t wait to see it finished.
Sponsored: Enjoy iftar and suhoor under the stars at this stunning venue…
Want to celebrate the holy month with family and friends in a spectacular setting? Well, why not book your very own Ramadan tent for an evening?
ikandy ultralounge at the Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai has seven traditional Ramadan tents which have air conditioning, TVs, games and more.
The luxurious tents are dotted around the poolside of the relaxed outdoor lounge, and boast stunning views of the Burj Khalifa.
Each tent can only host up to 10 people, so it all feels very VIP – but the minimum spend for a tent is just Dhs1500, so it’s still affordable (especially if you’re splitting the costs).
In the comfort of your tent, you’ll be served a bespoke iftar menu featuring Middle Eastern specialities and beverages. Or if you come later in the evening, there will be a suhoor menu with a selection of bites, beverages and shisha. You can enjoy the tent anytime from sunset until 2am.
That’s not the only great deal at Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai this Ramadan. The family-friendly Dunes Café is putting on an iftar buffet for the special price of Dhs180 per person, with an array of traditional Arabic cuisine from all over the region on offer.
You could even turn the occasion into a little staycation. Starting from Dhs900, you can enjoy an overnight stay in one of the Shangri-La’s newly-renovated premier rooms, which includes in-room suhoor, iftar for two at Dunes Café, and late checkout.
We know where we’ll be making ourselves feel at home this Ramadan…
The hotel will offer eight private villas and be free of all single-use plastic bottles…
The UAE has its fair share of luxury resorts, and while many of them offer five-star-and-greater service and cracking beaches, none of them can claim to be fully sustainable and eco-friendly.
That is until now. The Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi is set to open its doors on Sunday, 11 November and will offer a host of environmentally conscious initiatives.
The 293-room beachfront hotel will be completely free of any single-use plastic bottles and plastic straws. Instead, it will provide complementary reusable plastic bottles for all guests, who will be encouraged to refill at water stations throughout the property. In addition, local filtered water will also be served in glass bottles as an alternative.
Of course, there will still be plenty of luxury for guests to enjoy in amongst all the planet-saving, including three infinity pools, a spa with 14 treatment rooms, and nine kilometers of sweeping beachfront where, during the right season, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the Hawksbill turtles that are native to the island.
In addition to its standard rooms, the property will also offer eight villas with private pools and 70 suites. Six of the suites have panoramic floor-to-ceiling glass walls which can open up to take advantage of the sea breeze. There’s even a VIP couple’s suite with its own private entrance.
On the F&B front, the Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort will have a total of eight outlets including, a chic all-day dining venue, an authentic Italian restaurant, plus a Levantine-inspired eatery and a sports bar.
We can’t wait to check it out. Saving the environment while lavishing in luxury sounds like a win-win to us.
Inside you’ll find 100 shops and restaurants, 650 parking spaces, and a soon to open six-screen Reel Cinema…
While Dubai may have no shortage of shopping malls, we’ve got great news for anyone living around the Springs – as there’s a brand new mall to check out. The Springs Souk, a development by Emaar is now open in the heart of the Springs community.
The new retail and leisure destination is made up of around 100 shops and restaurants split across two levels. Inside, you’ll also find a large Carrefour Market, family clinic and a gym.
And that’s not all, as a new family entertainment concept and a 6-screen Reel Cinema are set to open shortly.
Extending across 23,000 square metres of leasing space, whether it’s a bite to eat, your grocery shop or you’re looking to treat yourself this weekend, we reckon this might be just the place for anyone living around the Springs area to keep cool.
But what about getting there? Well, The Springs Souk has over 650 parking spaces as well as 95 bicycle racks to use.