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In the space of eight days in November, the UAE will host a pair of boxing events that could prove to be ground-breaking for the development of the sport in the emirates.  On November 13 at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, one of the greatest boxers of all time, Floyd Mayweather Jr, faces YouTuber Deji Olatunji in his second exhibition fight in the UAE in the past five months. Despite being retired from professional boxing,...

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Dubai Active Show lunged its way into Dubai World Trade Centre this weekend in a show of furious fitness classes, a series of wellness talks and a whole lot of flexing. The event, which has been combined with Dubai Muscle Show and Dubai Active Industry, forms the biggest gatherings of industry experts in the region, where fitness fanatics and professionals can find inspiration, meet the stars of the industry or even just refresh their workout...

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The Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) returns for its sixth edition on Saturday October 29 2022, encouraging residents to exercise for 30 minutes a day for 30 successive days. The event, which runs until November 27, has become a mainstay on the Dubai calendar.  Over the years it has proved a vital entry point to exercise and an active lifestyle for many, while helping others achieve new fitness goals and milestones. With a huge range of...

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The AD Movement was launched in 2016 to empower women in Abu Dhabi as they pursue holistic fitness and wellness journey.  Now after a Covid-19-length break, in a dramatically different fitness landscape, they are back, with plans to offer health and wellness events that promote inclusivity, self-love, positivity, and empowerment for Emiratis and expats. The first will be October 30 at The Bridge Lifestyle Hub in Al Qana. Co-founders Abeer Amiri and Sarah Al Nowais tell...

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FitnessWhat about walking?

October 24, 20228 min

So many articles and advice in the fitness arena overlook one of the fastest ways to get fit and improve our overall health: a regular, if not daily, walking program. It’s the one obvious solution that will keep you fit, healthy, get you outdoors and provide all the energy and endorphin boost you will ever need. If you are thinking ‘well, walking isn’t really a workout, I’m going to stop you right there. As a...

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UFC 280 — aka the Ultimate Fighting Championship fight card — is rolling back into Abu Dhabi, with its colorful cast of characters set to deliver another crowd-pleasing dose of MMA, sprinkled with an inevitable smattering of trash talk at Etihad Arena on Yas Island October 22 2022. Since the UAE capital penned a five-year deal in 2019 with the UFC to hold events, Abu Dhabi has played host to some of MMA’s most iconic...

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‘Golf in the desert’ has become one of sport’s great oxymorons but the arid landscape of the Middle East is now punctuated by some of the world’s finest golf courses. Since Emirates Golf Club opened in 1988 as, quite literally, a green oasis in the desert, the UAE’s golf profile and its role in the global game has grown enormously. The history of golf in the Gulf The Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club has hosted...

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The NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2022 have begun, as the capital gears up to host its first-ever preseason matchups between the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks. The games — at Etihad Arena on Thursday October 6 and Saturday October 8 — mark the official launch of a ground-breaking, multi-year partnership between the American National Basketball Association and the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi. Four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal is the ambassador for #NBAinAbuDhabi and he...

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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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One of the UAE’s most popular children’s programs – Pirates Surf Rescue – has expanded to Abu Dhabi. The weekly watersports and lifestyle sessions, which have 900 children signed up and another 8,000 on the waiting list, teach active skills such as paddle boarding, surfing and rescue. They’re building a community of young warriors, having fun and learning how to look after the planet and each other. So, what exactly makes Pirates Surf Rescue such a draw?...

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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...