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Harriet Shephard

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For many of us, the idea of adding another social media platform to our already web-centric lives is very unappealing. But refreshingly, ASKWHO isn’t about gathering as many likes and followers as possible.  Founded in Dubai by expats Michael Askew and Matthew Gaziano and currently available around the world”, the group social media app encourages users to connect with others from their local area, share tips, exchange ideas and even meet up in person.   With...

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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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Many of us start every new year vowing to do more exercise and live a healthier lifestyle and thanks to Active Parks, Abu Dhabi residents are off to a good head start.   Over the next four weeks, the new initiative is hosting an incredible 380 fitness classes across 12 of the emirate’s most picturesque and popular parks. And the best bit is that each session is absolutely free.  This means that you can work up a...

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Shop with a conscience this festive season and treat your loved ones to Christmas gifts that make it easier for them to care for their own health and wellbeing, as well as the world around them.  SQUATWOLF fitness apparel   Edgy, cool and almost too beautiful to work up a proper sweat in, SQUATWOLF’s outfits are so gorgeous they might even motivate your most gym-averse friends to get back into a fitness routine. Designed for...

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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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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...