Sport in the UAE - Going Out: Grab your hiking boots this Autumn and try the Gulf for Good Himalayan Challenge

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Untapped beauty: Bhutan’s culture and tradition has been retained to this day.

One intrepid explorer is preparing for the adventure of a lifetime this autumn ­– and up to 20 members of the public are invited to go along with him.

Adrian Hayes is leading a life-changing journey, trekking through the last surviving Kingdom of the Himalayas with Gulf for Good from 27 October to 4 November.

The first challenge of its kind in the region, Hayes will lead this week long trek through the mountains, delivering inspiring daily workshops on personal growth, leadership, and team development.

Unlike anywhere else on earth, Bhutan is a mystical kingdom filled with dense forests, impressive mountains, ancient monasteries, and a culture unchanged by and isolated from the modern world; this will be a test of physical fitness as well as an opportunity for self-discovery in a spectacular, unspoiled country steeped in ancient history and tradition.

“This trek is not about summitting Everest; instead about overcoming the ‘Everest’ within all of us,” says Hayes.

“We will be doing some ground-breaking and change-inducing development and self-growth work, suitable for all ages, genders, and backgrounds.”

Hayes is a British record-breaking adventurer, author, speaker, presenter, leadership consultant and campaigner. An Arabic and Nepalese speaking former British Army Gurkha Officer and Special Forces reservist, he has achieved major goals in the past 10 years – Everest, K2, the North Pole, South Pole, the length of Greenland by kite-ski, the Arabian Desert by camel, two Guinness world records, two documentaries and two books.

Gulf For Good, which invests in regional children’s charities, leaves a long-lasting mark.

Gulf For Good, which invests in regional children’s charities, leaves a long-lasting mark.

He will offer insight to challengers on leveraging strengths and goal setting, maximising potential, comfort zones and overcoming challenges, as well as leadership and real teamwork.

Hayes leads this challenge in partnership with Gulf for Good, a UAE-based charity of which he is an ambassador, with challengers raising funds for the Mission Himalaya Children’s Eco Home & Farm in Nepal, a self-sustaining orphanage for abandoned children.

“We are proud to announce this challenge as a real first of its kind in the region,” said Brian Wilkie, chairman of Gulf for Good. “It offers a unique opportunity for people to spend a week of learning and development with Adrian in one of the most beautiful and remote countries in the world. The trek will be physically challenging, but certainly doable by anyone with determination and commitment.”

WHAT: Gulf for Good Himalayan Challenge
WHERE: Bhutan
WHEN: October 27 to November 4
CONTACT: [email protected]

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Immerse yourself in Global Wellness Day at the Shangri-La Hotel in Abu Dhabi

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Lie back and relax: Yoga is a way to unwind from daily stresses.

Celebrate Global Wellness Day with the rest of the world and let all of your problems float away this coming Saturday as part of the Shangri-La Hotel’s take on the free health campaign.

The not-for-profit initiative was established in Turkey as the “first” day dedicated to living well, and since its inception in 2012, the healthy living concept has been accepted worldwide  – set to be celebrated in more than 100 countries across 4,000 different locations this year.

And Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, have designed a feel-good programme that will leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed and ready to attack the day.

The hotel has invited tourists and residents in Abu Dhabi to participate in a morning of wellness programmes, and the activities are free to attend for those who register in advance – including hotel guests.

The Global Wellness Day programme kicks off with an early morning session of indoor yoga in the hotel’s health club with Isabel Lourenco, a professional yoga instructor.

The one-hour class starts at 7:30am, and helps participants meditate and relax before they proceed with their day of rest and revitalisation.

Following the yoga session will be a zumba class – a dance fitness programme that involves aerobic  movements set to music – at the health club organised by Shangri-La’s in-house instructor, Rosalie Zabala.

Abu Dhabi’s Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, is a five-star resort.

Abu Dhabi’s Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, is a five-star resort.

Held from 8:30am until 9:30am, this class is specifically designed to encourage an active lifestyle and whether you’ve never tried zumba before or are something of an expert, the hour will be suitable for all skill levels.

To finish off the morning and spreading the spirit of complete wellness, participants will be treated to a healthy breakfast designed by the hotel’s executive chef Mansour Memarian while being treated to breathtaking morning views of the canal weaving into The Souq.

Mansour, who has amassed 21 years of experience in the industry and is a Michelin-starred chef, is responsible for ensuring the hotel’s restaurants and bars serve food that come complete with an extra special touch.

Spaces are limited for the classes and prior registration is mandatory, however, so don’t miss your chance to treat yourself to some time and join a worldwide community taking part.

WHAT: Global Wellness Day
WHERE: Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
WHEN: June 10 from 7:30am
CONTACT: 02 509 8903 or [email protected]

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FitRepublik’s Summer Camp offers host of sports to stay active and social

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The camp also incorporates martial arts into its programme.

With the school year finishing and summer dawning upon us, children can continue to stay active and social by joining FitRepublik’s Summer Camp.

Held at the fitness centre in Dubai Sports City, the camp is for kids aged five to 14 and runs from July 2 to August 31, with today the final day to register for the early bird discount promotion.

Take part in the summer camp for daily fun and excitement, with it promising to be a great experience where kids will enjoy their escape from the scorching heat.

Core activities will include aquatics with ‘Wibit’ – an inflatable assault course in the pool – as well as a wide variety of offerings like martial arts, gymnastics, CrossFit and different styles of dance.

The kids also have an opportunity to engage in action sports, take part in an array of challenges and team races, as well as explore their creativity with arts and crafts projects.

Some of the other exciting activities which will take place at the summer camp are cricket, dodgeball, flag football, kickball, rugby, tag, ultimate frisbee, egg/spoon races, obstacle course, three-legged races, tug-o-war, sack races, wheelbarrow races and more.

All activities will run at the FitRepublik and at Dubai Sports City’s The Dome, an air-conditioned indoor pitch. Children will be grouped by age from five-seven years, eight-10 years and 11-14 years, with one group leader for every 15 campers.

Early-morning aerobics to get the pulses racing.

Early-morning aerobics to get the pulses racing.

Prices for FitRepublik’s Summer Camp start at Dh250 for a full day, Dh1,000 for mornings only throughout the week and Dh1,200 for full days all week long.

Make sure to take advantage of the early bird promotion, expiring today, to receive a 20 per cent discount for the mornings only and full days all week packages.

There’s also a sibling discount, with 10 per cent off if signing up two siblings and 15 per cent off if signing up three siblings.

Lock in the early bird promotion now and register for the camp by calling 04 5561800.

The camp will run Sunday to Thursday from 09:00 to 15:45, with drop-off starting at 08:30 and pick-up ending at 16:15.

Begin your journey to fun where it’s all about making new friendships that will last a lifetime.

WHAT: FitRepublik’s Summer Camp
WHERE: FitRepublik, Dubai Sports City
WHEN: From July 2 to August 31, from 09:00 to 15:45
CONTACT: Visit www.fitrepublik.com for more information and call 04 5561800 to register

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