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Harriet Shephard

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With amazing weather and gorgeous settings, Abu Dhabi is a sensational place for some outdoor yoga.   Feeling the sun on your back while you’re moving into a vinyasa just makes that rush of energy feel extra powerful, so why not give it a try while the temperatures are still perfect?  Here are six of the most incredible places to flow in the fresh air: Cove Beach Abu Dhabi   This sizzling beach club might be...

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Local students Hanna, Jess, Sandra, Tala, Tamanna and Reem surely never would have imagined that one day they would be modelling striking and incredibly imaginative outfits made from milk bottles, old nylon tights and other bits of ‘junk’ in front of the country’s most iconic landmarks.    The UAE is no stranger to head-turning and glamour. However, these garments are normally made from the most expensive materials that money can buy, not what most people consider...

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Sweat drips down my face, a thumping beat surges through my body and multi-colored strobe lights illuminate figures that are moving around me in the dark. No, this isn’t an illegal desert rave. This is CRANK, Abu Dhabi’s trendiest new boutique studio. Already a well-established institution in Dubai’s Al Serkal Avenue, the Abu Dhabi branch is located at the freshly revamped Sheikha Fatima Park in Khalidiyah. Of course, the UAE isn’t short of fancy fitness...

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With most 2020 races cancelled due to the pandemic, the nation’s runners, triathletes and OCR (obstacle course racing) enthusiasts will be feeling more ready than ever to experience the buzz of competitive racing and have something to train for. Fear not, this winter is filled with countless opportunities to push yourself beyond your limits. Here are 6 of the best:  Spartan Race Gritty, filthy and demanding, one of the world’s most famous obstacle races is returning...

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Abu Dhabi is home to an amazing collection of marine life. Dolphins, turtles and even the occasional whale shark can all be spotted around the coastline, and these sightings are always met with immense joy and excitement.  But lately, a less-cuddly sea creature has been congregating in the emirate — one many people have no desire to see. The Abu Dhabi Environment Agency (EAD) has issued a warning to look out for sea snakes swimming...

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Providing an invigorating burst of fresh air and beautiful views, running or walking the many gorgeous pedestrian-friendly routes of the UAE capital is therapeutic for both the body and soul. The weather has cooled and now our excuse that ‘it’s too hot to exercise outside’ doesn’t have a leg to stand on. So, get ready to skip the gym and check out these picturesque routes instead. Al Maryah Island Head down towards the water from...

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Padel is the upbeat, exciting and ultra-trendy new kid of the sporting world. Best described as a cross between tennis and squash, and boasting a legion of celebrity fans, it’s fast, fun, riotous and one of the fastest-growing sports across the globe. Players in the UAE have thoroughly jumped on the craze, with new clubs popping up all the time. Even some tennis courts are being turned into areas to play this cooler-than-cool new racket...

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As a fun way of relieving stress, burning hundreds of calories and improving coordination, fitness, strength and focus, it’s no wonder squash is renowned as a sport bursting with health benefits.  Now, thanks to Kanzy El Dafrawy, once ranked as the 22nd best squash player in the world, the pastime has gathered a new legion of enthusiastic fans in Dubai. Born in Egypt, Kanzy earned her nickname “The Flying DAF” due to the way she...

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As one of Al Arabiya News’ most senior news anchors, Fatima Daoui hopes her new autobiography, Don’t Look Down, will inspire more women to forge a career in the Middle East’s media industry. However, she’s honest about the challenges she has faced, and that her journey to becoming one of the region’s most recognized faces wasn’t without complications. In her refreshingly candid book, the Moroccan journalist touches on sensitive subjects such as age discrimination, stereotyping...

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Can two wedges of strong, salty, cheese stuck together with a creamy, generous layer of butter form part of a healthy diet? On keto, yes it can.  The words “keto,” “ketosis” and “ketones” are bounced around all over the place these days. On restaurant menus, drinks bottles, delivery apps and across your social media feeds.   But despite its widely recognized health benefits — most famously that it can help you lose a lot of weight...

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For many people, the idea of living solely on a plant-based diet that sacrifices all diary, meat and fish might seem a little extreme.  Dimple Khitri, founder of delivery service Being Vegan Dubai, has taken that a step further by going raw vegan. She’s found that eating a diet of 70 percent raw foods, with only one small cooked meal in the evening, has totally changed her life, both mentally and physically. Now, she hopes her first...