Danae Mercer

Danae Mercer

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Beyond Meat has shot to fame with its signature ‘bleeding’ meat, and now the vegan brand is popping up at restaurants, grocery stores and food delivery apps throughout the UAE. Here’s where to find some incredible Beyond Meat burgers, plus a few burritos too.  Plant Power Business Bay: Available by delivery only, this happy, healthy venue serves up salads with a side of calorie and macro breakdown. Their Beyond Meat burger comes with cashew chipotle...

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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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Dubai Fitness Challenge – aka the Dubai 30 x 30, which aims to get everyone in the city exercising for 30 minutes a day all month long – keeps growing. The 2018 event recorded an impressive 34 percent increase on 2017, with more than one million people registering to participate. This year is no different in terms of scale. Running from October 18 to November 16 across the city, organizers have planned more than 40 events...

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Have your children fallen into a steady diet of chicken nuggets and pasta with white sauce? Let these parents and experts show you the way to get your kids to eat healthy. Or at least, healthier. (Hint: it’s not just about hiding vegetables. Just sometimes) Lead by example Dubai mom Hadil Alkhatib, owner of The Roost Rotisserie, has always given her children smaller, slightly more bland versions of healthy adult food. She believes parents can...

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Dubai yoga and stretch instructor Clare Moukabaa understands the importance of getting her kids to eat their vegetables. She creates the prettiest little lunchboxes for her daughter: tiny slices of sandwiches, bits of cucumber, rolled turkey with cheese, fresh berries, raisins, pretzels – even the occasional fancy dessert.  “If she doesn’t eat her broccoli for her evening dinner, it goes into her lunchbox, where I know she’ll eat it,” says Moukabaa. “Ayla started nursery at...

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With around one in eight women being diagnosed with breast cancer, now is the perfect time to check in on your own health while also helping others. Here are our top picks for UAE events that are helping generate breast cancer awareness and actually do good. We promise, there are no ‘pink washing’ brand-exercise events in sight.   Ignite Pink is Punk October 11th – From Dh73.50 Doing sport in a beautiful setting is always enjoyable, but the...

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As the temperatures (slowly) start to drop and the the city’s buzz heats back up, new fitness-inspired and workout styles are popping up daily. From big shoes to tight biker shorts, we’ve picked our favorite fashion from what’s trendy and hot right now – and tell you where you can get them in the UAE. Hot trend: Neon Local UAE brand Squat Wolf sells gym wear at affordable prices for both men and women. Gents...

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The signature facial at the Native Club, Zabeel House by Jumeirah, is one of the best I’ve ever had – and with my job, I’ve had a lot.  It lasts a decadent 90 minutes and includes the elements you might expect (cleaning, exfoliating, moisturizing) along with a few of the touches you hope for (a head massage and a face massage, with no pressure to buy products). But the real kicker is the spa’s use...

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People in the UAE like meat. But amid the region’s Arabic grill-loving, Aussie barbecuing, meat-sweat-brunch feasting culture is a growing movement toward all things vegan and vegetarian. Enter Beyond Meat. This US-based company has absolutely sizzled to stardom with its signature “bleeding” burger. With a flavor profile and texture similar to real meat, the Beyond Burger blows away limp, sad veggie patties of the past, all while maintaining a protein and calorie profile similar to actual...

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As the highest five-star resort in the Middle East, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar, in Oman’s Hajar Mountains, feels like an escape into the clouds.  Health here comes in the form of all things outdoors. You can hike through wadis (the resort offers two guided tours, each around four hours, at varying levels of difficulty) or grab a bike and cycle through the local village. If adrenaline is your thing, there’s Via Ferrata, which basically...

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Hailed as a health food with numerous benefits for the gut microbiome, kombucha has taken the global wellness world by storm. Yet it was never officially for sale in the UAE — largely due to concerns over whether or not it contains traces of alcohol — leaving fans to brew their own or get their fix elsewhere. But that issue appears to have been addressed, as in recent months kombucha has been turning up for...