GO ON A DIGITAL FAST – Aim for at least a day and get the whole family involved. The Steigenberger Hotel in Dubai’s Business Bay is ahead on this trend, with plans to launch a digital detox day for guests. But you don’t need to pay for this, and you can do it whether you are at home or on holiday. Just put your phones away and do anything else: read, play a game, cook an elaborate meal, put together a jigsaw puzzle, swim in the ocean or go for a walk at night when it’s cooler.
CHECK OUT REFORM ATHLETICA STUDIO IN DUBAI FOR FREE – The hot new Jumeirah Pilates Reformer-based studio is offering the first of two community TRX Athletica classes on Saturday – but act fast, there are only 12 spaces. Or watch their Instagram for the next one.
GET A DISCOUNT FOR HELPING THE ENVIRONMENT IN ABU DHABI – Now this is a promotion we hope lasts all year. Until August 31, the owners of of the 12 vendors at Yas Mall’s new home-grown food vendor concept, Urban RetrEAT, will offer 20 per cent off to diners who bring their own container or cup. The options include: Sukkar Dose, Joe’s Sliders, Tawa Bakery, Casa Latina, Chez Moe, Piddza, Casa de Churros, Firefly Burger, Hue Pasta, Fatteh O’Salata and Off the Hook.
SAVE ON YOUR WORKOUTS WITH FITPASS.COM – The fact is, gyms and fitness classes are expensive in the UAE. But if you go to Fittpass you can not only get a deal, but sample some of the new additions to the Dubai and Abu Dhabi fitness scenes. Right now, FITTPASS has deals on memberships and one-time visits for everything from large gyms (Fitness First), hotels (Shangri-la Hotel Dubai), specialty classes (TK MMA Fitness in Dubai) and pilates (Sol Pilates).
START TRAINING FOR ABU DHABI’S FIRST-EVER MARATHON – It’s not until December 7, which means you have almost four months to train for the Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon, organized by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council. The full-distance, 26.2 mile event runs alongside more accessible races. So while elite runners are expected, families can participate too. adnocabudhabimarathon.com
CHECK OUT A BOLLYWOOD TRAINER’S NEW STUDIO IN DUBAI – Yasmin Karachiwala has taught her body-tightening regime of pilates to celebrities, including Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt. Now, she’s partnered with her niece Shaazia Qureishi on The Pad, a pilates and dance studio in The Greens. Classes start from Dh70. ThePADXB on Facebook
GET FREE ORGANIC COFFEE FROM COFFEE PLANET – Order one, get one free until August 31, with free delivery over Dh100. Coffee Planet roasts some of the best coffee in the UAE, whether you use it for drip, press, espresso or pod-based machine. coffeeplanet.com