You live in Dubai right? Part of the reason you moved here was to take advantage of this glorious winter weather. Here’s where you can break out of the gym and work up a sweat in the great outdoors.
Run or cycle at District One, Meydan
Bike owners, this 8.4 kilometre track near Meydan is a great way to stretch your legs.
The picturesque route might not share the cycle hire facilities of its big brother at Al Qadra, but it does have some great views over Downtown Dubai and is lit with solar-powered lights, so it can be used after dark.
Alternatively, pound the four metre wide running track, where there are plenty of break areas to take a timeout and enjoy the scenic surroundings.
Bootcamp in the park (locations around Dubai)
Fact- nobody likes burpees, and we should be very wary of people that say they do. They are however made somewhat more tolerable, when performed to the perfume of freshly manicured grass. The outdoor group workouts by Universal Fitness promise to shape you up with an energetic hour of exercise, including burpees.
Find morning and evening classes at five outdoor locations around Dubai including three Business Bay spots – Bay Avenue, next to Dubai Water Canal and South Ridge Park, there’s also Uptown Mirdif Park and Zabeel Park (Gate 4).
First class is free, AED 80 after that and packages are available. universalfitness.ae
AquaSpin, Fairmont the Palm
Immerse yourself in Fairmont’s outdoor pool and pedal against the water, while stunning views of the dramatic Dubai Marina skyline distract from your burning muscles.
Tried and tested: By the end of our class, we are breaking a sweat and our legs felt like jelly. We’ve been for spin classes before, and Aquaspin is nothing like them!
Fairmont the Palm. AED 85 per class. Visit www.fairmont.com or call 04 457 3330.
The Wall at Dubai World Trade Centre
**Disclaimer*** This place is awesome, it is also currently temporarily closed for renovation, due to reopen, according to their website, ‘soon’.
Head for heights? Not everyone knows there’s an outdoor climbing wall at DWTC and at 15 metres, it’s the tallest in the UAE.
They have monthly tariffs as well as tutored packages – The Wall (queue Game of Thrones theme music) has gnarly over-hangs and varied ability routes up the structure – meaning it’s suitable for all climbing.
Dorell Sports Services Climbing Wall. The Club of Dubai World Trade Centre. dorellsports.com/climbing/05 679 93630. 2pm-10pm. One hour introductory session: AED 60. other packages from AED 50.
Street workout park, Skydive Dubai
Swing, grapple, climb and hang from the bright yellow bars of this 24/7 al fresco workout area.
You’ll need to set your own exercise routine or download a fitness app, but it’s completely free to use the pull-up bars, parallel bars, monkey bars and abs bench.
This popular callisthenics park also has great views over the coast and Dubai Marina.
By Skydive Dubai, Dubai Marina.
Volleyball courts, Kite Beach
Grab some friends and challenge them to eat sand!
The volleyball courts at Kite Beach are always busy with players of all skill levels. Floodlights mean you can play until late and a courtyard of kiosks will keep you well stocked with refreshments.
No-one to play with? These friendly groups regularly hit the nets. www.meetup.com
Explore Dubai on a rented bike
Get on yer bike. But if you don’t have a bike – don’t worry. There are multiple bike rental services across Dubai, but Byky have some of the more convenient locations (Creek Park and the Dubai Marina Mall Promenade) and exotic inventories,
Tandem dreams? In addition to traditional metal steeds, they have bicycles made for two – bicycles made for four and pedal power go-carts. There’s a bunch of cool equipment for the kiddywinks too, meaning the family can get active in these picturesque locations.
From AED 40 for 45 minutes. Dubai Marina, JBR, Creek Park, Zabeel Park, Al Barsha Park. www.q8byky.com 042384344