Let's state the obvious, summer is upon us, so we mentally brace ourselves for spending the next four months indoors trying to escape an extra minute outside. While we miss the cool weather and fresh air, we are all set on finding new experiences we can enjoy. Aside from shopping and dining, here's a list of six activities you can try that are a little different, educational, fun, and beneficial (some are free, too!).
Do a Free Run Test
Whether you're a runner or like to take long walks, having the correct shoes is crucial. Did you know we have different pronation levels, and if your legs pronate while walking, jogging, or running, you risk being injured? It is crucial to wear correct running shoes, and that's why ASICS offers Run Analyzer, a free screening to select the right shoe based on your physique and pronation levels. It takes about 15 minutes to get done and is available at key locations in the Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Mall. You just need to show up, ask for Run Analyzer screening, and do a short walk on a treadmill.
- Go Sport, Mall of The Emirates
- Runners Store, The Dubai Mall
- Free, any time
Visit a Fair for Mums
TishTash Mums Club is hosting a series of events for mums at Times Square Center. Once a month until the end of September, this is an ideal opportunity to meet fellow mothers and explore new brands and activations relevant to parenting, kids, and the community. With a brand roster including names such as L'Occitane, Citron, Boxfetti, Fakeeh Hospital, Aventura, Pinca Play, We Love Art, The Workshop Hub, Rude Health, Champion Cleaners, Zumba Middle East, Studiyolab, Eggs and Soldiers, Sambazon and others, the upcoming schedule is set to bring an array of innovative concepts on board for mums to engage with. Open to all and free to attend, guests can expect workshops on relevant topics, fitness activations, snacks and refreshments, entertainment, brand pop-ups, and pampering sessions.
- 1st floor of Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road
- June 22, July 20, August 24, September 21
- 10 am – 2 pm
- RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Try out Reformer Pilates with stunning views of Dubai Marina
Try a free trial class at 11 Pilates, a UK-based reformer studio that has recently opened in Dubai Marina, offering top-level instructors, glorious views, and exquisite equipment – making it super fun along the way. Training is open to people of any age, gender and fitness ability; whether you're a complete beginner with limited mobility, someone wanting to start a new hobby, a seasoned athlete, or gym goers wanting to enhance your training – Pilates offers health benefits for all.
- 11 Pilates, Dusit Princess Tower, Dubai Marina
- Monday – Sunday
- Free trial session, classes start at AED145
- For bookings visit: 11pilates.ae
Experience Sound Healing or Yoga
Whether you were always curious to try it out or are in need of a break and relaxation, Seva Experience offers an array of wellness experiences, including Sound Healing and Yoga classes. Choose from Crystal Bowls Guided Sound Healing, Sound Journey with Tea Ceremony or Kundalini Yoga with Gonging, among many more – these sessions are open to all, no matter your age or experience.
- Seva Experience, Jumeirah 1
- From AED 130 for a class
- For bookings visit: sevaexperience.com/class-schedule
Go for a Free Trial Class at a Cool New Gym
Chalk Training Grounds recently opened on The Palm, at the new Golden Mile 3 right next door to Nakheel Mall and offers an array of fitness sessions focused on strength and conditioning, high-intensity interval training, CrossFit, endurance training, functional circuits, maximal aerobic capacity and more. Uber-cool interiors and super friendly staff and members make it a fun outing. Definitely worth a try!
- Chalk Training Ground, New Golden Mile 3, The Palm
- Free trial session
- For bookings visit: chalktrainingground.com
Read & Dine – Savor the changing Body & Soul Menu and read the magazine at Jones the Grocer
An ideal venue to catch up with friends and family over wholesome, fresh and natural food bursting with flavours and colours. Jones the Grocer boasts a wide selection of products, some exclusively available in the UAE through the store. The award-winning café and gourmet grocer introduces a new menu every quarter along with their Body & Soul magazine. In addition to good food, the magazine is an amazing read, and you may also pick up some gourmet products while you're there.
- Jones the Grocer, Al Manara, Sheikh Zayed Road & across various locations in the UAE
- For more information: www.jonesthegrocer.com