14 things to get that step (and smile) count up in Dubai this week

With Dubai fitness challenge kicking off this Friday, it’s time to get our bodies and minds in peak competition condition.

We’ve found some events to help this, and a load more fun stuff to help you find that yin yang balance.


Sunday 15th October 

DIFF Volunteers

Lights, Khaleeji, Action

Where has the year gone? Dubai International film Festival will be with us again in a few short months, but if you would like a once in a lifetime chance to be a volunteer at the glittering gala and get a little closer to your celluloid heroes, then now is the time to register.

Volunteer orientation in November, festival 6th-13th December. Register at www.diff.ae


Golden Mile Galleria

That extra golden mile

From Monday until 11th November, Golden Mile Galleria shopping centre will be hosting free group workouts.With an incredible range of ways to perspire and propel yourself into a healthier lifestyle through Zumba, circuit training, yoga, kick-boxing and more, getting fit can be fun.

Free entry. Until 11th November. Golden Mile Galleria, Palm Jumeirah. 04 390 3333


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It’s business time

Are you a business person that does business at a place of business? If you’re in the Barsha Heights area, the Mercure has an incredible new AED 55 lunchtime buffet, with soups, salads, main courses, desserts and live cooking stations. Now that sounds like good business.

From AED 55. 12pm-3.30pm. Mercure Dubai Barsha Heights Hotel Suites & Apartments.


Monday 16th October 


Rio Grande

If you’re the parent to a young Lionel Messi, Four Seasons and Football Escapes have teamed up to bring soccer legends Rio Ferdinand and Eidur Gudjohnsen to a football academy for two special weeks of intensive training. Ages 5-15 welcome.

AED 3,000. From 16th October. Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach. 04 270 7777


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Unlimited Eats

2 Unlimited foretold of a world without limits. Perhaps they were presciently referring to Monday night at Japanese restaurant Sho Cho where you can enjoy unlimited food. There is also a happy hour between 6pm-9pm and a certain Mr Samad Idas on the wheels of steel. No no limit. Reach for the skies.

Packages from AED 150. 7pm-11pm. Sho Cho, Jumeirah 1. 04 346 1111


Tuesday 17th October 



Black cygnet

Enana Ballet Dubai offer two weekly slots of after-school ballet for beginners. Children from the age of four are introduced to the basics, focusing on improving skills of balance, stance, posture, dance and improvisation whilst having bags of fun.

AED 75. 4pm-5pm Sunday and Tuesday. Enana Ballet Dubai, Al Sufouh. 04 447 4754.


This, is Spartan

XDubai Spartan Race season is back. The actual race isn’t until November, but registering in advance nets you a t-shirt and entry to the free workout tour, which takes place on Friday morning at to be confirmed location in Dubai.

Register at www.spartanarabia.com



Hug of coffee

Cuppie the Costa Coffee UAE mascot is here to launch the Hug a Mug campaign. Every time you buy limited edition white chocolate lattes and yummy Al Noor cupcakes from the coffee chain, the proceeds will go towards Al Noor Training Centre for children with special needs.

White chocolate latte from AED 20, cupcake AED 10. Stores across Dubai.


Wednesday 18th October 

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Banish flight mares

Does the prospect of checking-in fill you with dread? Does a fear of flying hold you back from your dream holiday? Let Captain Steve Allright from British Airways dispel the doom and give you a new way of looking at air travel.

AED 1,499. From 9am. Sheraton Grand Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.   www.flyingwithconfidence.com


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Wellness Wednesday

To promote the opening of its indulgent new Heavenly spa, the Westin in Al Habtoor city is offering a 50 per cent off 20 treatments every Wednesday. Guests taking up this offer are also invited to use the WestinWORKOUT gym, so you can sneak in your fitness challenge 30 minutes of daily exercise.

Treatments from AED 255. 9am-9pm. The Westin, Al Habtoor city. 04 437 3300.


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Totally tropical

Club Vista Mare is launching a trio of Tropical Wednesdays. On the 11th, 17th and 25th of October, customers will be able to bear witness to an extravaganza of Latin beats and dancers. There will also be discount across all the resort’s restaurants: Ají, Gursha Ethiopian Restaurant, Abyat, Breeze Beach Grill, Ibn AlBahr, Simply Italian and The Tap House.

Free entry. 8pm-10pm. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah. 04 390 3333


Thursday 19th October 


Art of the meal

La Serre Boulangerie will be hosting the 4th EMERGEAST silent auction. Guests of the restaurant, as well as those visiting the auction site online will be able to bid on a beautiful selection of canvasses from local and regional artists hanging on the restaurant’s walls.

Until 5th November. Vida Hotel, Downtown Dubai. www.emergeast.com


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Voice of a Veneracion

Filipino acting and singing super star Ian Veneracion is in Dubai for one very special date. His show, aptly entitled ‘Finally in Dubai’, will provide a rare opportunity for his fans to see him in our beloved emirate. Tickets are on sale now.

Tickets from AED 75. 8pm-11pm. Sheikh Rashid Auditorium. www.tickets.virginmegastore.me



RitaAll seated for Rita 

The extraordinarily talented ladies and gentlemen of Dubai Drama Group are bringing their version of the heartwarming tale, Educating Rita to The Courtyard Playhouse. The Willy Russell story, made popular on the big screen won the BAFTA award for best film back in 1984.

Free entry. 8pm-10pm. The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, register at www.courtyardplayhouse.com

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