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There’s no denying there are many reasons why 2020 was a year to forget, but it did produce a few positives and one of them was the growth of the UAE’s cycling scene. The sport took off in a big way last year. A survey of 3,100 riders by the country’s Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Centre of at the end of 2020 revealed that 20 per cent of them had got into the sport because...

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The Emirates Literature Festival is back at Dubai Festival City from February 4-6, with events also at the Jameel Arts Center and Al Serkal Avenue. This year’s program features a range of talks by authors and writing workshops, explorations of poetry, art and creativity, alongside sessions that address our environment and basic physical and mental health.  Celebrating Nature Major Ali Al Suwaidi, president of the Emirates Marine Environmental Group, often called ‘the UAE’s last pearl...

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Swiftly becoming one of the world’s most interesting book festivals, the 12th edition of the Emirates Airline Festival Of Literature also has strong health, mindfulness, food and environmental strands. Among 185 writers from 37 countries are vegan chefs cooking up a storm on YouTube, Buddhist monks discussing happiness and a host of other appearances devoted to mind and body, too.  Delna Prakashan and Rachael Lynn Moving to a completely new country to live and work...

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If you’ve ever wanted to watch an international artist create an eco-friendly live installation, listen to experts talk about everything from mental health to active children, try creative workshops focused on the mind and sample dozens of fitness classes meant to challenge your body, then say hello to the Livehealthy Festival. This first-ever event, which ran on January 24 and 25 at Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, brought together people from all over the world...

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As January is a great month to start a new health and fitness regime, or to ramp up  whatever you’ve got going now, signing up to compete in a race or run can prove a valuable motivator. So here is a list of some of the best UAE races for the year ahead to keep you motivated. Al Wathba Cycle Race 2020 — Abu Dhabi  Both casual and hardcore riders alike can participate in the...

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Dubai Active is coming to Dubai from December 5 to 7 and that means three days of celebrity-led workouts, browsing boutique activewear brands, free healthy snack samples and more. Here’s all you need to know about the hottest health and wellness event around.  What is Dubai Active exactly?  Dubai Active is a three-day wellness and health event that includes a range of fitness and yoga classes, meet-and-greets, expert talks, and quite a lot more, all...

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Kelsey Wells has more than 2.5 million followers on Instagram, many of them drawn to the new mom’s incredible home workouts — PWR At Home — and constant stream of positive messaging. Although she’s as fit and slender as a celebrity trainer can be, Wells first went viral around a campaign encouraging women to ‘screw the scales’. Now she’s bringing that health-not-aesthetics focus to Dubai Active for the first time, where she will host her...

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The medals have been designed and the race course set for the second ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon. There’s the full marathon, of course, and a roster of runners from elites on down to first-timers. Then there are 10km, 5km and 2.5km races for everyone else, and when they finish, their medals will read “I did it”. Marathoners get the slightly hipper 42.195km on theirs, but then again, they earned that, didn’t they?   In the leadup...

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Kayla Itsines is arguably one of the largest fitness influencers in the world, with a whopping 11.9 million Instagram followers and an at-home workout brand worth estimated millions – all at just 28 years of age. Her guides focus on simple high-intensity moves anyone can do at home. There are separate food and fitness programs, plus an incredibly active online community BBG, for Bikini Body Guides. Now Itsines will be bringing her powerful online presence...

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Dubai Fitness Challenge – aka the Dubai 30 x 30, which aims to get everyone in the city exercising for 30 minutes a day all month long – keeps growing. The 2018 event recorded an impressive 34 percent increase on 2017, with more than one million people registering to participate. This year is no different in terms of scale. Running from October 18 to November 16 across the city, organizers have planned more than 40 events...