It’s time to large up your lunch break…
Fed up of just diddle-dallying your lunch time away on take-outs and Instagram? We’ve found ten ways to maximize that un-used time you have in your day to do something fabulous.
Express beauty treatments, quick workouts, physical and emotional wellbeing check-ups and even speedy slap-up meals. Here’s our pick of ways to get you away from your desk and making the most out of your day.
1.LVL Lash Lift
Where: Pastels Salon
Time: 45 minutes
Chuck out the torturous eyelash curlers and extensions – the latest in eye-opening beauty treatments is the LVL Lash Lift. Lasting for six to eight weeks, this gentle-on-your-lashes treatment curls the lashes at the root and finishes off with a tint without damaging your natural lashes. Results are said to be dramatic, so heading back into the office looking oh-so-refreshed should glean a comment or two.
The Ritz-Carlton JBR, daily 9am to 7pm, Dhs300. Tel: (04) 399 5016. Taxi: Ritz Carlton JBR. pastels-salon.com
2. Advanced dietary analysis
Where: Talise Spa
Time: 45-minute sessions (x2)
Whether you have a specific health issue you would like to look at, or you just want to take your healthy lifestyle further, Talise’s lovely nutritionist Sinead will give you a deep insight into your eating habits and how they are working for you. Not just your normal “eat more vegetables” advice, Sinead uses advanced, non-invasive technology to analyse the levels of minerals and heavy metals in your body, as well as your antioxidant levels, before arming you with a detox plan and a tailor-made diet. Well worth a visit.
Al Quasr, Madinat Jumeirah, 8am to 8pm, Dhs1,500. Tel: (055) 115 1977. Taxi: Madinat Jumeirah. talisenutrition.com
3. Skin Analysis
Where: Herbal Essentials
Time: 20 minutes
Known for their no-nasties, natural approach to beauty and skincare, Herbal Essentials’ ethos is based on ‘ancient beauty wisdom’ Ayurvedic principles, and combines natural ingredients with water from the Himalayas. Nip off from the office for a free 20-minute beauty consultation for one-on-one advice on ageing, pigmentation, acne, sensitive skin and more.
Mercato Mall, daily 10am till 10pm, Tel: (04) 379 0878. Taxi: Mercato Mall. herbal-essentials.com
4. Barry’s Bootcamp
Where: Barry’s Bootcamp, DIFC
Time: 50 minutes
If you haven’t tried out Barry’s yet, now’s the time. Offering a 50-minute class at 12.30pm every weekday, this high-energy, club-like workout is the perfect way to energise yourself for an intense afternoon of meetings (or burn off the office biscuit indulgences). Best of all, they have great shower facilities and a ‘fuel bar’ serving up delish protein shakes. Top tip – pre-order your protein shake before class for added time efficiency. We love the Chocolate PB (peanut butter) shake.
Central Park Towers, DIFC, daily 12.30pm, Dh120 (discounts on packages). Tel: (04) 2544775. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall. barrysbootcamp.com
5. 30-minute Mental Wellbeing Consultation
Where: Lighthouse Arabia
Time: 30 minutes
Giving mental health a good name, psychology and psychiatry centre Lighthouse Arabia offers a 30-minute mental wellbeing consultation where you can chat with an expert about how things are for you right now, identify any trouble areas that might be brewing and just generally check in with yourself. You take your car for a service, why not take yourself too.
Al Wasl Road, near Al Manara Street, Sat to Thur 8am to 8pm, Dhs250. Tel: (04) 3802088. Taxi: Al Wasl, Al Manara crossroad. lighthousearabia.com
6. Clay Detox Treatment by Maria Dowling
Where: Be Bar Blow Dry Bar
Time: 30 minutes
Give your tresses a little lunchtime pick-me-up with this 30-minute treatment at Be Bar. Made entirely from natural ingredients, this Clay Detox treatment from Dubai’s very own Maria Dowling will detoxify your hair of products and pollutants, leaving it fresh, shiny. squeaky clean and full of volume. Price varies depending on hair length.
Jumeirah Beach Rd, between Umm Al Sheif and Al Manara, Mon to Thur 8am to 8pm, Fri and Sat 9am to 8pm, Sun 10am to 7pm, from Dhs150. Tel: (04) 3212348. Taxi: Elevation Burger. mybebar.com
7. HD Brows
Where: Browz Dubai
Time: 30 minutes
For a great use of your lunch break, check our the HD brows treatment at Browz. Tinging and shaping, all in 30 minutes. Especially great for people with healthy brows that need tidying up, the treatment is also good for those who are a bir lacking in the brow department, as it can help glam up the brows you have. Even better, Michele and her team are super professional and welcoming, so you can just lie back and know your brows are in good hands.
The Mall, Jumeirah, Sun to Thur 10am to 10pm, Fri and Sat 10am to midnight, Dhs300. Tel: (050) 841 4289. Taxi: The Mall, opposite Jumeirah Beach Hotel. browz.ae
8. Mani pedi
Time: 15 minutes
Book yourself in for an Essential Express Manicure (or Pedicure), which takes just 15 minutes and costs Dhs50 at JetSet’s new flagship venue at D3 Design District. Alternatively, try out one of their facials – all of which take 25 minutes (Dhs120-150). Choose from the Phyto Caviar Radiance, the Detox Cleanse and the Triple Effect.
Dubai Design District, Dubai, Sun to Thur 9am to 9pm. Tel: (04) 553 9699. Taxi: D3 Design District. jetsetuae.com
9. Boxing workout
Time: 30-minute workout
Created by kickboxing world champion Shannon ‘The Cannon’ Hudson and his wife Heather, 9Round promises an intense full body workout in just 30 minutes, offering new workouts every day. The big selling points are that there are no class times, so you can show up whenever suits you; there are qualified trainers to monitor you throughout the workout, so it’s better than just popping into a gym; and you get proper boxing wraps on your hands, which always makes us feel powerful.
Mazaya Building, Al Manara, Sheikh Zayed road, daily noon to 10pm, Dhs2,800 for three months. Tel: (04) 3217997. Taxi: Reem Al Bawadi. uae.9round.com
10. Business lunch at Copperdog
Time: 1 hour
The homely, cosy Scottish restaurant is offering a fab lunch deal of two courses and a house beverage for just Dhs75. The menu changes regularly, but you can expect good lunchtime classics such as salads, soups, fish ‘n’ chips, and gourmet sandwiches.
DoubleTree by Hilton, JBR, Sun to Thur noon to 5pm, Dhs75. Tel: (04) 5595355. Taxi: DoubleTree By Hilton JBR. copperdog.ae