Danae Mercer

Danae Mercer

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With gyms closing in Dubai and residents opting for self-isolation across the UAE, there’s never been a better time to dive into some great at-home workouts. Here are some of the best from pros across the region and beyond.  Lilly Sabri – YouTube This physiotherapist-turned-fitness influencer has hundreds of free YouTube videos ready to make your core burn and your heart rate soar. Most of her workouts are equipment free, although there is the option...

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Coronavirus isn’t going to stop Dubai personal trainer Emma Jane Robb from getting to the gym. “I’m definitely still training,” she says. “Due to the lower numbers of other people in the gym, I’m actually really enjoying being there. So I’ve been more motivated to go.”  People are definitely using hand sanitizer more and staff seem to be wiping down machines even more frequently.  “I think it’s somewhat ironic that it’s taken a pandemic to...

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Chickpea omelettes are popping up everywhere, from slick cosmopolitan cafes to trendy boho breakfast spots, giving vegans a tasty breakfast option that extends beyond avocado toast. Gram flour, or ground chickpeas, are increasingly being used to replace the eggs and when done correctly, they create a light, fluffy alternative with a crepe-like yet crispy crust.  “They’re healthy, nutritious, low in calories and high in protein and fiber,” says Sharmila Shahani-Sewrathan, MS, RD. “They can help...

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StudioRepublik is one of those spaces that’s easy to fall in love with and hard to leave. Sprawling across 6,000 square meters, this brand new structure off Sheikh Zayed Road offers rooms for everything from drama to music to pilates to HIIT –  and does it all seamlessly.  “It’s not just a gym,” said Adriana de Caires, head of arena at StudioRepublik. “It’s a hub centered on community building, where people feel welcome to hone...

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If you’ve ever wanted to watch an international artist create an eco-friendly live installation, listen to experts talk about everything from mental health to active children, try creative workshops focused on the mind and sample dozens of fitness classes meant to challenge your body, then say hello to the Livehealthy Festival. This first-ever event, which ran on January 24 and 25 at Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, brought together people from all over the world...

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People sure are interested in the Keto diet here in the UAE: Searches for ketogenic have shot up more than 1,000 percent in the UAE over the last three years, according to survey for the new year conducted by digital marketing suite SEMrush.. And while lots of people may be eating paleo, the same survey found searches for that way of eating have fallen by 19 percent in the same period. The ketogenic diet recommends...

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Sure, you can go to the mall and get your friends and family a tech device or some sports paraphernalia that’s been imported from abroad. Or, you could get some healthy gifts and support the dreamers/doers who are producing their own products right here in the UAE.  Dubai upside down If you’ve ever dreamed about holding a handstand, this is the guide for you. Created by UAE-based yoga teacher Sarah White, the (Dh147) ebook offers...

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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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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...