Three fitness festivals to check out in Dubai this month
Want to get outdoors, work on your fitness and have fun? Well these three events this month celebrate the best of Dubai’s health and wellbeing scene…
1. Dubai Tri Fest
Dubai continues to go triathlon crazy. This month sees the city’s largest triathlon weekend, which will take place at a brand new venue in Jebel Ali. On Friday, you can take place in the shorter distance duathlon and triathlon races, which are open to all ages from four years old and upwards. Then on Saturday, the hardcore athletes will take on the Dubai International Triathlon, a half Iron Man distance that includes a 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride and a 21.1km run (ouch). There are prizes up for grabs in every category.
Why you need to go
The city’s triathlon community continues to go from strength to strength, and the Dubai Triathlon Festival is a great way to get involved. Even if you’re not sporty, there are short distance races that are good for beginners, plus plenty of entertainment on offer and, as Tri Fest race director Paul Venn notes, it’s a wonderfully family friendly event. “The whole format is geared towards families racing together so Mums and Dads can race then watch their kids. We also have events with kids as young as four running alongside their parents,” he said.
November 11 and 12
Dubai Waterfront, beyond Jebel Ali, 6am, Dhs375 for the Olympic triathlon (1500m swim, 40km bike ride, 10km run) and sprint triathlon (750m swim, 20km bike ride, 5km run); Dhs900 for Dubai International Triathlon (Dhs700 for ages 16 to 19). Tel: Taxi: Jebel Ali waterfront. premieronline.com
Dubai’s yoga and wellness scene is booming; it’s never been easier to drop into a class, pick up a green juice or find healthy yet tasty vegan food. You’ll see the best of the city’s wellbeing scene showcased at the upcoming Yoga Fest, a celebration of all things yoga. Now in its sixth year, visit the lovely outdoor setting in Dubai Internet City to take part in a host of free classes, shop sustainable and ethically sourced goodies from eco-friendly vendors and tuck into good-for-you food. Entry is donation based and you need to pre-register online at eventbrite.com.
Why you should go
Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced yogi, YogaFest is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in Dubai’s wellness scene. You can meet yoga teachers, try out new styles of yoga, learn about new studios and discover healthy eating spots. Plus, entry is donation-based, and funds raised will go towards supporting the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children, which offers support services against domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking.
November 18 and 19
Dubai Internet City Amphitheatre, Dubai, 7am to 7pm, donation-based entry. Tel: (05) 5537785. Taxi: Internet City Amphitheatre. yogafest.me
3. Fitness Expo Dubai
If you want to go from admiring those people working out on the weekends, to actually being one of them, attending the Fitness Expo Dubai could be an excellent first step. Aside from meet and greet sessions with fitness celebrities, you can also sign up for zumba and yoga classes, as well as join talks and seminars led by industry professionals. The event also sees the StrongWoman competition take place, and an attempt to break Guinesss World Records in the Truck Pull, Log Lift, and atlas stone disciplines.
November 24 to 26
Dubai International Marine Club, 11am to 10pm, Dhs200 (single entry), Dhs450 (three-day entry). Tel: (055) 5379390. Taxi: DIMC. fitnessexpo.ae