TAKE YOUR SPIN CLASS UNDERWATER IN DUBAI – Fairmont The Palm offers a range of nifty fitness classes including Aquaspin, where it takes its state-of-the-art spin bikes and puts them underwater. There are early morning and evening classes seven days a week, each focusing on strength, cardio and combat movements under water. Light water weights, speed and longer sets build endurance. Classes are 45 minutes and cost Dh75.
FIND OUT WHAT A “NOTORIOUS” WORKOUT FEELS LIKE – The claim? Burn 1,000 calories with the Bare Fitness #TrainBLACK classes, which combine high intensity fitness and weightlifting, neon and black lights into one 50-minute workout. Their message to newcomers? Show up, do your best and don’t be afraid.
SIGN UP FOR A TIBETAN SINGING BOWL MEDITATION IN ABU DHABI – These singing bowls have been used for centuries in meditation, to promote deep relaxation and healing. Whether you believe they are “energy medicine” or you just want to chill out to some deep and varied tones, one thing is for sure: you will leave BodyTree Studio more relaxed and centered than when you arrived. Led by Lina Jarad, certified reiki healer and sound therapist. Monday, July 16, 7-8 pm. Dh100.
CHECK OUT A YEAR OF ZAYED PHOTO EXHIBITION IN DUBAI – The Arabian Court One&Only Royal Mirage has launched a Year of Zayed exhibition in its Grand Gallery that is free and will run until the end of the year. Among the curated selection of 69 images is a meeting between Sheikh Zayed, the founder of the nation, and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, and another taken in 1981 of Sheikh Zayed watering a date palm.
CHECK OUT A SOMATICS CLASS EXCLUSIVELY FOR WOMEN – The Osteopathic Health Center in Dubai is introducing a new Somatics class exclusively for women at its Umm Suqeim branch. Led by physiotherapist Mariam Mohyeddin, it is designed to benefit people with muscle tension and those who want to improve posture, move with awareness, learn how to relax and enhance their mind-body connection. Dh84, Thursday July 12, 4.30-5.30pm. To book your spot, call 04 348 7366. Osteopathydubai.com.
GET YOUR GIGGLE ON WITH THE LAUGHTER FACTORY – The laughs don’t stop in the summer, with the week-long tour by American comic Jimmy Shubert in Dubai and Abu Dhabi kicking off on Thursday at the Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach at 9pm with. Shubert describes himself as a “low-maintenance, high-performance act.” Tickets Dh150. For locations and timings, Thelaughterfactory.com
SAVE DIRHAMS AND CHECK OUT A NEW GYM OR YOGA STUDIO – This is the time of year when gyms and yoga studios offer discounts from 10 percent and up on their memberships and class packages to get you through their doors. There are free classes, too, so why not take advantage and try something new?