The UAE has more options to live healthy than ever, whether its wellness retreats, chances for families to compete together, additions to the sharing economy or giving you a chance to finally embrace ugly fruits and vegetables. Read on.
Order the UAE’s first “ugly” fruit and veg box
The UAE government recently announced aims to cut food waste by 50 percent by 2030, and you can do your part by rescuing fruit and veg that might otherwise be thrown out. The new venture EroeGo reclaims excess produce – what doesn’t make the cut for local grocery stores based on how it looks, or is too close to its sell-by date – and offers it to consumers at big discounts. Just choose the box that suits your needs and order, and the EroeGo will pack and deliver it. And for every box you order, EroeGo will provide meals for two people in need. There are up to 10 types of vegetables and five of fruit per delivery, everything from carrots to mangoes to butternut squash. Delivery is free; boxes range in price from Dh60 for a small up to Dh177 for large.
Plan to tackle a World Championship Spartan course
The 2022 Spartan World Championship is coming back to Abu Dhabi, December 3-4, 2022. This is the second year the emirate is hosting the world championship, set in the sand dunes of Al Wathba. Top qualifiers from the Spartan season will fly in from all over the world to compete in the individual event on Saturday and team competition Sunday. There are also a variety of events for Spartans of all abilities and ages, as well as as families, so they can get a chance to compete on the World Championship course. Some of the races require qualifications, but many do not. Check out the Spartan race website to register and find out more.
Listen to a radio show dedicated to local and regional artists
Big Hass, a DJ and advocate of the diverse artists throughout the Arab region now based in the UAE, is host of the new weekly show Catch A Vibe. The show airs Sharjah’s first and only English radio station, Pulse 95 Radio every Saturday from 9-10pm UAE time via 95FM on the radio dial or Pulse 95 Radio’s Website.
Book a stay at a 5-star healthy retreat in Ajman
Billed as the first five-star retreat of its kind in the Middle East, Zoya Health & Wellbeing Resort is now open in Ajman. The 61-room getaway is Saudi owned and operated by Premedion, a German spa and management company. Retreat programs are guided by doctors, wellness specialists and nutritionists, starting with consultation and diagnostic tests, with the resulting information used to create a wellness and nutrition plan. There are also a variety of all-things-healthy tailored programs to choose from, including Immune and Liver Support, Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation and Weight Management, ranging from three to 13 nights. Check out the website for options and more information.
Check out this 40 over 40 list
Youth often gets all the attention when it comes to accomplishments, but the trend is the increasing recognition of wisdom and experience – and the latest sign is a new list from Raemona Magazine. Raemona is the online venture from Natasha Hatherall-Shawe, founder of TishTash, the Dubai-based digital marketing and PR agency. Their game-changing, carefully curated 40 over FORTY list recognizes the achievements of women of substance in the UAE.
Rent books and tools for your kids
Toyshare, the brainchild of Hand AlQattan, an Emirati airline captain, allows families to rent books and toys instead of buying them. AlQattan thought of the addition to the sharing economy after realizing that the books and toys his children would use were usually abandoned after two weeks. His goal was to increase the lifecycle of books and toys, and reduce expense — and clutter — for parents. The platform has 100 brands on offer for children ages one to 12, including Chicco, Lego, Nerf guns, LeapFrog and thousands of educational wooden and plastic branded toys. There are also hundreds of books to choose from, including the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Dog Man, and many more. Everything is ordered online and then dispatched via Aramex. There are monthly memberships, too, and when books and toys are retired they are donated to Toys With Wings to be distributed in hospitals, orphanages, refugees camps and centers for disabled children. The Toyshare app is available via the App Store and Google Play.
Plan a healthy cruise via Blue World Voyages
Blue World Voyages is the first cruise line dedicated to sports and wellness, which is expected to spend the first six months of the year exploring destinations in Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt, with stops in Abu Dhabi and Dubai too. The second half of the year will include stops in Greece, Italy, Spain, England, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and other regions. The ship offers a sports deck, private fitness studios, golf training, a variety of simulators, physical therapy and a first-in-the-industry sea water lap pool. There are also two entire decks dedicated to spa facilities. Wellness features include Himalayan salt room, outdoor and sleep-under-the-stars options while four eateries serve up healthy meals. The vessel itself was designed to carry 500 people (compared to 1,500 on most cruise ships), so guests don’t feel crowded.
Ann Marie McQueen
Ann Marie McQueen is the founding editor-in-chief of Livehealthy and host of The Livehealthy Podcast. She is a veteran Canadian digital journalist who has worked in North America and the Middle East. Her past roles include features editor for The National, trends writer and columnist for the Canadian newspaper chain Sun Media, and correspondent for CBC Radio.