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Harriet Shephard

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As someone who loves nothing more than a super sweaty gym class, it’s almost shameful to say that, before this week, I had never experienced the fitness phenomenon that is Barry’s Bootcamp. Calling it a phenomenon is by no means an exaggeration. Founded in Hollywood in 1998, Barry’s boasts over 77 branches across 15 different countries, including seven in just London alone. Abu Dhabi’s fitness enthusiasts have looked on enviously since Barry’s made its UAE debut at DIFC, Dubai...

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Known for its luscious green oasis and towering Jebel Hafeet mountain, the garden city in the emirate of Abu Dhabi has long been a tantalizing natural playground for runners, cyclists and outdoor fitness enthusiasts. Not only that, but it’s recently welcomed an influx of flashy gyms and boutique studios, and offers an increasing selection of healthy eateries. Quiet and peaceful compared to the bustling cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, residents and visitors are invited...

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There are a growing number of homegrown UAE fitness-wear brands to turn to these days, each featuring trendy, ethical and performance-focused pieces perfectly suited to the balmy local climate and its thriving fitness scene. Indeed, choosing regional labels is an easy way of shopping more sustainably, supporting the nation’s small businesses, and gaining a sizzling, comfy and versatile new exercise wardrobe in the process.  Check out Livehealthy’s favorite UAE-founded fitness brands to work up a...

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With the pandemic closing gyms across the world for months on end, the way that we like to work out has shifted considerably.    Many of us have clocked on to the fact that exercising at home involves less traveling and expense, not to mention staying cool inside with the air conditioning, and this has prompted a whole new wave of cutting-edge digital home gym equipment.   Forget unsightly treadmills and bulky spinning bikes, these days it’s...

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When it comes to flashy gyms and upscale yoga studios — even new health food options — Abu Dhabi and Dubai tend to get all the attention. But with well over a million people, Sharjah is bursting with people looking to destress and boost their health and fitness levels by getting active. Here are some of the best places to work on your health and fitness. Gyms Fitness First Popular throughout the Middle East, Fitness...

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Fancy heading indoors and mixing up your exercise routine and trying one of the new UAE gyms that have opened (or are soon) just in time for summer? Ranging from sleek and stylish spinning studios to raw and rugged CrossFit playgrounds, here are 10 options that can offer countless ways to make you feel happier and healthier. Get ready to fall back in love with fitness. CAMP – Dubai Launched at the end of January, this trendy...

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Want to escape your daily routine and let your imagination run free? Joining a workshop at one of the UAE’s many fabulous, community-focused arts centers lets you pick up a new skill, meet like-minded people and nurture your artistic talents whilst having lots of fun in the process. 1) 
Alserkal Avenue (Dubai) Dubai’s cooler than cool art district isn’t just a trendy place to peruse art galleries, shop from homegrown start-ups, sample tasty artisan culinary...

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So many people talk about wanting to make the world a more welcoming and inclusive place for people with disabilities, but a select few are determined and passionate enough to actually do something about it. One example is Australian Paralympian and disability awareness advocate Jessica Smith. A successful public speaker and diversity consultant, she has also co-founded TOUCH Dubai, the inclusive talent agency. Now, after having three children and noticing the lack of disabled characters...

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A year ago, it was fairly easy to count all the padel courts in the UAE. These days, it’s virtually impossible to keep up with them all.    New ones are popping up across Abu Dhabi, Dubai and into the northern emirates at an incredible rate, including at hotels, sports centers and purpose-built new padel clubs.  A kind of cross between tennis and squash that is easier to play (and arguably more fun), many in the...

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This Saturday (March 5 2022), yoga fanatics are invited to gather at Bodytree Studio in Abu Dhabi for a full day of classes, workshops and live music.   Tickets cost Dh150 for the day, including unlimited classes and wellness experiences such as massages and Reiki taster sessions. Or, those who just want to browse the market can enter for free and explore stalls from Lululemon, Kata & Asana, Art Central, Kibsons, The Clean Touch, Modi Body,...

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It’s no secret that the UAE capital is home to a vast array of unique wildlife, but still, the fact that Abu Dhabi has the second largest dugong population in the world is nothing short of amazing.   Known as a ‘sea cow’ due to its love for foraging on seagrass beds, there are about 3,000 of these harmless sea mammals living in the emirate’s waters.  Dugongs are a huge part of the area’s maritime culture...