Salt Ramadan fitness
DUBAI: Get in on the final days of the SALT Ramadan Fitness Revolution with free Physique57 classes in the early evenings on Kite Beach. The popular burger outlet has held daily classes throughout Ramadan with Fit Inc, Gym Nation and Voyoga. From June 10 through June 17, the classes will be courtesy of Physique57, a tough barre-style workout loved by celebrities, including the American model Chrissy Teigan and talk show host Kelly Ripa. The classes will be offered each day, 5.30-6.30pm. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday’s classes will be ladies-only. Space is limited, so sign up ahead of time.
Get the Play:Date app
EVERYWHERE: Download the Play:Date app for Android or iPhone and help build your son or daughter’s social circle and connect with like-minded parents. The app requires a profile be set up on Facebook. It then enables users to match each other, based on their declared interests. There is a chat feature and a meet-up organizing function, too.
Try a ChromoAroma facial
ABU DHABI: Check out the curious-sounding CromoAroma facial at the new Marzia Clinic at the Anahata Spa. The Italian skin experts have a range of treatments that combine color and aroma, attending not only to the physical appearance of the skin but its “emotional and psychic state” as well. The facials are all-natural, using oils extracted from barks, resins, flowers and fruits and products that are certified vegan and free from parabans, preservatives, mineral oil, silicone and alcohol.
Dine at Crazy Fish Dubai
DUBAI: Order the fresh catch of the day in a baked or salt crust at Crazy Fish Dubai, located in the Currency House at the Dubai International Financial Centre. Executive chef Franco Blois has seafood flown in from Mediterranean ports at least three times a week to this wild-fish haven, which comes to Dubai via Monte Carlo.
Art in Al Serkal
DUBAI: Get some culture by visiting Iranian artist Nargess Hashemi’s exhibit I Will Build a Tall City Interconnected by Cul De Sacs at the Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde at Al Serkal Avenue in the Al Quoz neighborhood. Hashemi represents nature in his hand-crocheted curtains and drapes, using greens and blues to conjure up the earth and sky. On until August 31.
Tackle your tech
EVERYWHERE: Seize control of your phone use, either by downloading Apple’s new Screen Time app or another called Moment, which is free for iOS and Android. Apple’s app tells users how much time they are spending on each app and how often they pick up their phone, comparing the figures to the average. Moment, also has a handy version called Moment Family, which lets parents manage their entire family’s screen time from one phone.
Wellness camp for kids
ABU DHABI: Sign up your child for Junior Wellness Camp this summer, organized by the lifestyle wellness consultancy Inner Seed. The week-long sessions will be held at The Studio, a pilates and yoga studio by the Corniche. Inner Seed promises that your child will burn off their energy through physical activity. It also says kids will unplug from technology, and build mindfulness, body awareness, social skills, self-confidence and self-esteem. Sessions run from July 8-12 and 15-19.
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.