Healthy thirty

Fitness goes free for the next few days as the Dubai Fitness Challenge rolls out at full speed across venues in the city.

Bay Avenue Mall: Clock in more cardio than your average mall trawls with their Fitness Fest, which lets you sign up for a series of free activities and events, such as yoga, zumba, body combat and boxing conducted by experts from Fitness First.

Cult Fit: The Indian fitness chain is the latest to join Dubai’s growing bandwagon of health and wellness venues and they believe in going big or going home. They’re offering over 50 free classes a day during Dubai 30 x 30, which means you’ll get to try 30-minute workouts of various formats like HIIT, boxing, strength and conditioning, yoga, dance fitness and the celebrity workout HRX by Hrithik Roshan. For details visit


Habtoor Palace Dubai, LXR Hotels & Resorts: Limber up and release stress and negativity with the resort’s free Vinyasa Yoga class on November 9 from 9am-10am in the hotel’s lush gardens. Participants will also have the chance to win fitness-related prizes, including a voucher for

one-month worth of free classes with Yoga House. To register, call the hotel’s concierge desk on 04 435 5555.

Jumeirah Emirates Towers: Talise Fitness at the hotel is offering free 30-minute HIIT and LBT classes. HIIT class every Saturday at 12. 30 pm and LBT class every Sunday at 1. 30 pm, until November 16. Call 04 319 8660 or email

Fitness Village, Kite Beach: The beach turns into an alfresco gym again this year with around 300 free classes/sessions for all to join in. Choose from sunset yoga, boxing, martial arts and complete tough mudder and mini mudder obstacle courses.

Sustainable City: Starting today Sustainable City is hosting a community fitness hub for families and residents from across Dubai to engage in sports activities and classes such as horseback riding, aerobics, body attack, body combat, yoga, hip hop, and karate boot camps. What’s even better is, you can bring your pets with you too when you participate in Wild Workouts – a 30-minute walking or jogging exercise for families around the farm area.

Cinema Alfresco

Kite Beach has a pop-up cinema running until November 8 – all you’ve got to do to watch your favourite stars under a starry sky is spend Dh30 at the community beach. Today, animated-film fans can catch screenings of Moana and Despicable Me at 5pm and 8.30pm, respectively. Tomorrow, Potterheads, both old and young, should gather at the beach at 8.30pm for a screening of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone. For more 90s nostalgia, there’s a 5pm screening of Toy Story 2.

Bounty hunting


Good food and great shopping abound at the Bounty Beets Market – the weekly pop-up market featuring homegrown brands and labels at Bounty Beets, the healthy eatery at the Le Meridien Mina Seyahi. In collaboration with Tied Up With String, you’ll be supporting local brands by shopping for handmade jewellery, accessories, home items, kids’ toys and the latest fashion trends from the stalls set up on Bounty Beets’ idyllic terrace. From 6pm to 10pm the Up Beet offer kicks off, letting you eat from a 100 per cent gluten-free menu for Dh199, or opt for the Beat It package, which offers four-hours of unlimited healthy bites and a refreshment of choice for Dh99. The market runs every Tuesday from 5pm-9pm. RSVP to

Twice the laughter

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Indian stand-up comics Abish Mathew and Rohan Joshi are set to spread some good humour on November 7 – they’re performing at RajMahal Theatre, Bollywood Parks Dubai as part of the Colors Comedy Night. The double bill ensures you’ll be in for a night of humour that’s both wholesome and edgy – Abish, known for his talk show Son of Abish, will bring with him his brand of clean humour while Rohan, one of the founding members of the comedy group AIB, will come in tow with his sarcasm-laced observational humour that takes the mick out of everyone and everything. Tickets from Dh75 at; show starts at 9pm.