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Sophie Malpass started Super SUP Fit, which provides bespoke and boutique HIIT, pilates and yoga-inspired workouts on the water in Dubai, after working on a cruise ship as a professional dancer.  Five years later, the aim of this British Dubai resident’s SUP classes is to create a fun atmosphere involving effective workouts with balls and bands and a good chance of a nice cool dip. Partnerships with Drift Beach, One&Only Royal Mirage and Fairmont, The Palm...

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Dubai-based founder of The Gbemi’s Kitchen, Gbemi Giwa, wants her new Nigerian restaurant to feel a bit like home.  “It’s more than food,” says the Nigerian native. “It’s the vibes, the expression and a lifelong dream.”  She has succeeded. The Gbemi’s Kitchen does feel like home. The Cluster R restaurant is small, with a handful of tables lined by pillows and vividly patterned Nigerian pop-art wallpaper. When we visit, there’s one waitress and a few...

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The Gbemi’s Kitchen serves healthy Nigerian food like this #recipe for Suya Chicken. If you don’t want to serve this main dish on a salad, serve alongside rice.  Ingredients 2 chicken breasts, approximately 120g each   1 tsp suya spice mix: 1 tsp peanut powder (optional) 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp cayenne pepper ½ tsp smoked paprika  1 tsp onion powder ½ tsp garlic powder 1 tsp chicken bouillon powder 1 tsp olive oil, plus...

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Few people lucky enough to live in the developed world, safe within the protective armour of modern sanitation, clean drinking water, decent nutrition and first-rate healthcare, will have heard of many of the 20 conditions categorised by the World Health Organization as “neglected tropical diseases.” Thankfully, they are spared the horrors of such life-altering conditions as dracunculiasis, Buruli ulcer and chistosomiasis. Yet between them these diseases and others like them, thriving in populations mired in...

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When it comes to making decisions, we like to think that our rational, logical mind is in control of what we do.  Unfortunately, for most of us, our rational mind is rather like a man sitting on top of an elephant. The elephant is emotion. The little man, the logical chunk of our brain, can tug and pull on the ears of the elephant of emotion, but that elephant is vastly stronger than the little...

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HOW SWEET IT ISN’T: On December 1, the UAE government enacted its first-ever tax on sugary drinks. And on January 1, many people will vow once again to change their eating habits for good. That’s why livehealthy.ae is taking a closer look at scientific and anecdotal evidence telling us that the sugar we love to eat is hurting our health. In my work as a physical education teacher and health promoter, I see two of...

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Vegans are now spoiled for choice in small cafes and restaurants, but hotels have been slow to take note of the trend. That’s all changing now, as venues are realizing the demand for vegan-friendly hotels in the UAE.  Here are some of our favorite plant-forward hotels in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Arjaan by Rotana, Abu Dhabi While Cafe 302 tends to be vegan-friendly all week long, the Roots and Shoots Night all-you-can-eat buffet has taken...

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Dubai Active is coming to Dubai from December 5 to 7 and that means three days of celebrity-led workouts, browsing boutique activewear brands, free healthy snack samples and more. Here’s all you need to know about the hottest health and wellness event around.  What is Dubai Active exactly?  Dubai Active is a three-day wellness and health event that includes a range of fitness and yoga classes, meet-and-greets, expert talks, and quite a lot more, all...

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Kelsey Wells has more than 2.5 million followers on Instagram, many of them drawn to the new mom’s incredible home workouts — PWR At Home — and constant stream of positive messaging. Although she’s as fit and slender as a celebrity trainer can be, Wells first went viral around a campaign encouraging women to ‘screw the scales’. Now she’s bringing that health-not-aesthetics focus to Dubai Active for the first time, where she will host her...

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The medals have been designed and the race course set for the second ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon. There’s the full marathon, of course, and a roster of runners from elites on down to first-timers. Then there are 10km, 5km and 2.5km races for everyone else, and when they finish, their medals will read “I did it”. Marathoners get the slightly hipper 42.195km on theirs, but then again, they earned that, didn’t they?   In the leadup...

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This month’s collection of new wellbeing books include guides for self-care and how to argue better; an examination of our obsession with being liked and a self-help spin-off from Michelle Obama’s blockbuster memoir, Becoming. There’s also a children’s book that any age can enjoy and a 2019 reboot of a seminal book about abundance and gratitude from the 1990s. The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care: From A to Z Anna Borges      ...