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Once flashy epicenters for self-indulgence, the UAE’s malls are becoming playgrounds catering to the nation’s new found love for health and wellness. These days, in among the endless high-end brands and lavish restaurants, we can find free exercise classes, state-of-the-art gyms, fitness festivals, indoor runs and other mood-boosting experiences. Swimming on the roof Circle Mall at Jumeirah Village Circle just opened HUNA Aquatics, which boasts a world-class swimming academy – and the first mall rooftop...

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With the new year well underway, many people are taking part in Dry January as a way to cut back after overindulging at Christmas, to explore the sober curious lifestyle, or because they may have developed some concerns about the extent of their drinking. According to a recent report from the British Beer & Pub Association revealed that Britons were expected to drink as many as 8 million pints of low-to-no alcohol drinks as a...

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Pouya Parsafar had never owned a pet before when adopted a mixed-breed puppy, Mocha, in the summer of 2020 after moving to a Palm Jumeirah villa. “Growing up, my family and culture didn’t allow pets, so I had never experienced the value one can bring to a household,” she explains. “We moved to our villa when the pandemic struck and decided to add a puppy to the family. Mocha caught my eye, stole my heart...

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In Saudi Arabia, yoga is coming out of the shadows and making up for lost time. Men and women across the Kingdom have embraced this practice for decades in small, private settings, through personal invites, private social media posts, and word of mouth. But it was only 2017 when that all changed, and yoga was officially recognized as an important sports activity by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Sports, a push instigated by Princess Reema bint Bandar,...

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Register for Livehealthy Festival tickets here. Mark your calendars, the Livehealthy Festival is back this coming January 21 and 22, 2022. The third edition of  the festival will be a celebration of life and community as we emerge from two years of the Covid-19 pandemic. There are two ways to participate in the Livehealthy Festival 2022: via the Week of Wellness, and our sessions at Manarat al Saadiyat on January 21 and 22. Sessions will take...

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With countless picturesque green spaces, exercise tracks and outdoor gym equipment spread throughout every community, the UAE capital has long been a fabulous place for joggers, cyclists and fitness fanatics. And the emirate is ramping up its commitment to encouraging residents to take up active and healthy lifestyles and spend more time exercising out in the fresh air.  Last year saw the opening of Al Gurm Corniche, including a 3.5km cycling and running track and...

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Gaj Ravichandra is an organizational psychologist, career, mindset and peak performance coach and a mental toughness expert, as well as co-founder of Compass Consultancy. He splits his time between Sydney and Dubai helping a roster of international clients with everything from overcoming self-doubt and imposter syndrome, to job search and interview skills, to mental toughness and resilience, all through the lens of psychology. He brought some of his top tips for tackling change – an apt topic...

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From January 16 through January 20, LiveHealthy Festival 2022’s Week of Wellness will offer participants the opportunity to try out new and existing fitness and wellness brands, gyms and yoga studios for free or at discounted prices. There will also be opportunities to dine on specially curated healthy menus at selected restaurants (subject to health authority approval). Read more about the festival here. Here’s your guide to the LiveHealthy Festival 2022 Week of Wellness discounts. Healthy Eats Soul Vegan...

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Hanaa* has worked at a media agency in Dubai for three years and she’s on a comfortable salary that comes with a premium health insurance package. However despite suffering with stress and anxiety for the last two years (partly related to Covid-19) she refuses to get help through her insurance provider. “I think it’s a bit of a risk,”  she worries. “What if my employer finds out through the health insurance company, and then it...