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Standing almost 900 feet or 300 meters high and visible from miles around, the FIVE Jumeirah Village hotel is one of Dubai’s most striking new buildings. But beyond bringing a touch of chic to Jumeirah Village Circle (infinity pools on most of the rooms’ balconies will do that), it has also provided a much-needed boost to the community’s health and fitness options, including short workouts. The new InstaBody gym is a sprawling facility with four...

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Parents need to intervene early when they see their children are overweight, to prevent any associated health risks and help them grow up into healthy adults. That’s the message from Imperial College of London Diabetes Centre’s pediatric endocrinologist and diabetologist, Dr Sherif El-Refee. “It is estimated that around 40 percent of children in the UAE are either overweight or obese,” says the Abu Dhabi-based specialist. “And obesity increases their risk for a host of serious...

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As a physical education teacher, I see every day that children are eating food that is bad for them. They are eating too much processed food, including sodas, sweets, fast food and other junk foods. All are packed with unhealthy ingredients. But why are they eating this stuff?  Well, bad food is big business. Billions of dollars are made each year by junk food manufacturers. Food that is sweet and fast and cheaper to make,...

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Louise Ryan did everything right: the British opera singer, who has performed with the UAE National Symphony Orchestra, eats well, exercises regularly and manages her stress. But in February last year, she experienced the worst headache of her life and after being rushed to hospital, found out she had a type of aneurysm known as a subarachnoid hemorrhage — a very rare form of stroke in which there is bleeding into the brain. She underwent...

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The UAE is taking workplace wellness to the next level by promoting the WELL Building Standard, which aims to boost employee performance by improving everything from the air they breath to the desks they sit at.  “Currently, companies are looking at wellness strategies, like programs for nutrition, smoking cessation, giving somebody a gym membership and they’re really not working,” said Ann Marie Aguilar, director of European operations at the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) in...

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It’s 10pm at the Kibo Hut, which sits at an elevation of 4,750 meters above sea level in the Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania. There are 22 women, including me, all sporting Gulf for Good-branded yellow duffel bags and hiking backpacks and we are packed like sardines into a tiny room at this final camp before the mountain’s summit.  In two hours, at midnight, we will begin our slow, arduous trek up to the 5,895m Uhuru...

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Starvation detoxes are out, and ultra hip, fitness-meets-fun wellness retreats are in. Here are some that get it right – and why they’re worth traveling for.  There was a moment during W Hotel’s Fuel Weekend where I knew I wasn’t cool enough to be there.  Everyone had finished a day of trendy workout classes led by boutique gym instructors from across Dubai. The visiting fitness influencer, Bradley Simmonds, was wrapping up his outdoor HIIT class and...

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Functional medicine and optimum health is the focus of my work at Dubai’s DNA Center. But I’m also a new father to nine-month-old twins and over the last six months I’ve shifted my obsession to ‘longevity science.’ I think having my twins made me want to live as long as possible (maybe live to 100).  So what are the ways to live to 100? Here’s some of the new things I’m doing to get there. ...

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The Instagram video shows a stunning bare-faced model staring into the camera as Scars To Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara plays in the background. Words begin to appear in bold black marker pen on her face and body: fat, stupid, fake, ugly and failure. But as the key changes in the song, so does the sentiment. The descriptions are replaced with positive messaging in white and red. The woman behind the concept and indeed in...

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To stay young, the 16th century Transylvanian countess Elizabeth Bathory reputedly bathed in the blood of slaughtered virgins.  Juan Ponce de León, who may have accompanied Christopher Columbus on his 1493 voyage to the New World, led an expedition in 1513 to the rumored fountain of youth located on an island known as Bimini, on the coast of what is now Florida. To  this day people still search for it there. And who can forget Indiana...

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UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi gave fans in the UAE a chance to see a live UFC event for the first time in five years, with popular MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov producing a memorable victory.  The end product on any given fight night often belies the weeks and months of preparation that go into being a professional MMA fighter. For all the blood, sweat and tears seen at UFC events, it’s true to say a...