Sport in the UAE - Going Out: UAE's first women's only gym will make you roar for more

Jay Asser 16/04/2017
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Feeling fresh: There are new and innovative workouts on offer.

The UAE’s first women’s only collaborative ‘workout and work-in’ pop-up is here in ROAR by #PUMAWomen, giving ladies their own space to celebrate fitness and a healthy lifestyle.

Located on the ground floor of Building 6 in Dubai Design District, ROAR by #PUMAWomen is a physical activation of the #PUMAWomen campaign in the Middle East, led by global ambassadors like Rihanna, Cara Delevingne and Kylie Jenner.

It may sound like simply a gym, but ROAR is designed to be an all-encompassing community centre, offering a programme of workouts, drink and dining options, as well as lunchtime beauty services. There’s something for every women to enjoy in this comfortable setting.

Every Monday and Wednesday evening, in addition to weekends, ROAR will host workouts and through GuavaPass, visitors will be able to experience everything from hip hop yoga to rave aerobics.

The new and innovative workouts will give ladies the opportunity to get their hearts racing and pulse rising, whether individually or with a group of friends, co-workers or family.

Begin your routine with ‘Kick Start Your Week’ on Mondays, featuring workouts at 17:30 and 19:00. Follow that up with ‘Sweatworking’ on Wednesdays with 17:30 and 19:00 workouts, along with post-workout sweatworking sessions.

Dream team: ROAR is designed to be an all-encompassing community centre.

ROAR is designed to be an all-encompassing community centre.

Don’t let the weekends keep you from maintaining your fitness, with ROAR offering ‘The PUMA Breakfast Club’ at 09:00 on Friday, which will be followed by workshops and food to refuel. The post-workout brunch, which you can show up to in sweats, brings a relaxed and social vibe to make it a worthwhile morning of fun. The workshops, meanwhile, will have the latest creative brands from across the region and offer experiences like ‘Raw Cooking’ on April 14 and ‘Moss & Myrtle’ on April 21.

Cap it all off with ‘Wash the Weekend Away’ on Saturdays at 16:00 with a workout that will both end the week in strong fashion, while resetting you for another week of workouts.

Whether before or after your workout, grab a bite to eat with fresh food that will have women looking and feeling good throughout the day.

Speaking of looking good, you can also check out the pop-up beauty offerings, including braiding, express manicure, nail art and a head, neck and shoulder massage, through appointment between 10:00 and 19:00 on Thursdays.

Whatever your preference, ROAR has you covered with a women-only centre like no other.

WHAT: ROAR by #PUMAWomen
WHERE: Ground floor, Building 6, Dubai Design District
WHEN: Workouts held Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
CONTACT: Visit www.roarbypumawomen.com for more information

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Sport in the UAE: Zayed Sports City Kids Weekend Club

Denzil Pinto 16/04/2017
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Ice cool: Ice skating and bowling will be included on the ZSC programme.

Having started on March 31, numbers have already been encouraging so far and with it running until April 29, there’s still time for parents to enroll their children and see why it’s highly rated.

Held from 11:00 to 17:00 on Fridays and Saturdays, kids between five-years and 12 will not be left of options with plenty of sporting activities to keep them occupied.

ZSC are no strangers to hosting holiday camps with their Spring and Summer editions vastly popular, paving the way for management to make it a more regular thing.

“We’re constantly looking for new and unique ways to activate Zayed Sports City, and our kids activities have been very popular,” said Barry Bremner, general manager at Zayed Sports City.

“We have taken the best parts of our existing kids programmes and put them together into the ZSC Kids Weekend Club which gives the opportunity for kids to be active while parents can enjoy activities on offer at ZSC or to do other things they are unable to do during the week.

“Kids on our programmes always talk about how much they love ice skating and bowling, so we will be including that for sure. There are also group games and arts and crafts planned. We may do fitness sessions, picnic races, football, billiards or any number of other activities on any given day.”

Prices for the two days costs Dh300 while the daily rate is Dh200 per person. With two more weekends to go, Bremner insists there’s plenty of positives for parents to enroll their children.

Keeping active: The club allows children to enjoy activities to give parents some free time.

Keeping active: The club allows children to enjoy activities to give parents some free time.

“There are many reasons why a family would choose to enroll,” he said. “The main one being that we’re offering a high-quality, active child-care opportunity that kids are sure to enjoy.

“Being a father myself, there were certainly weekends when we had obligations that the kids would have rather skipped.

“That is certainly one reason why parents may choose to register by giving their children something productive to do while they do the errands.

“Other parents will choose to register in order to keep their kids active because we are planning lots of sports and activities throughout the day. All in all, the ZSC Kids Weekend Club meets all of these needs.”

WHAT: ZSC Kids Weekend Club

WHERE: Zayed Sports City

WHEN: April 21-22 and April 28-29

CONTACT: For more information or to register, visit www.zsc.ae.

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Going Out: The final Abu Dhabi Junior Aquathlon series

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The weather might well be getting warmer but don’t let that stop you from registering your kids for the final Abu Dhabi Junior Aquathlon later this month.

To be held on Friday, April 29 from 07:00, Al Bateen Beach will be the venue as youngsters from the UAE take to the waters and track in the multi-discipline event.

Previous editions have been huge hits with an impressive turnout with a number of schools from the capital competing and this month’s will be no different.

“We are expecting big numbers considering it’s the last race of the season,” said Steve Watson, managing partner of Gulf Multi Sport, organisers of the event.

“Although there’s still less than two weeks to go, a lot of people will leave registration until the last minute, which is quite normal in the region, but I’m sure it will be another big success.

“Since the very first one we held, the junior aquathlon programme has grown considerably and it’s now become a must-do for a number of reasons.

“Firstly, it’s a chance for them to embrace all the multi-sport disciplines. Aquathlon has generated an increase of participation from the schools over the years and it gives them the opportunity to close their season with a personal best.”

How to get involved

  • What: Abu Dhabi Junior Aquathlon
  • Where: Al Bateen Beach, Abu Dhabi
  • When: Friday, April 29 (7am)
  • Contact: www.premieronline.com

There are different age and distance categories to choose from. For those aged between 4-10, they will swim 50m followed by a 100m run to the finish.

The Splash and Dash event will see kids aged 8-14 compete the 100m swim and 750 run, while the Competitive categories is double the distance.

For those who want to test themselves further, the Super Sprint consists of a 375m swim followed by a 2.5km run.

With a few days to go, Watson says there will be plenty of positives for kids who sign up.

“The great thing about doing sports is that participation counts,” he said.

“It’s not just the parents, the schools also embrace the opportunity of allowing their pupils to live a healthy lifestyle and it’s a fantastic event that they will enjoy.

“It will be held a safe environment and although the weather will be a bit warm, there is plenty of shade and it’s done early in the morning before the heat really hits in.”

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