Going Out: Get flexible under the stars and try rooftop yoga with Talise Fitness

Jay Asser 3/05/2016
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Last chance to attend: Monday is the final session in the Spring season.

With summer on the way, the session offers all yoga lovers a chance to escape the heat and exercise with the beautiful backdrop of Downtown Dubai.

Imagine doing a tree pose or upward facing dog while having Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and the rest of the Dubai skyline in your range of view.

Whether you’re an experienced yogi or just looking for something different, rooftop yoga is the perfect way to unwind from work or relieve stress.

The 90-minute class is mixed-level, so there will be something for everyone. You won’t be drenched in sweat, but you’ll get a workout to that will have you feeling fit and healthy.

Just bring a yoga mat, a water bottle and be prepared to get quality teaching from one of Urban Yoga Dubai’s expert teachers, who for this session, will be Brittany.

James Chandler, general manager of Talise Fitness at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, said: “Fitness has become such an important part of the Dubai lifestyle and people are always looking for something new.

“At Talise Fitness, we are focused on innovation and we want to offer some real value to the Dubai community, so the rooftop yoga was a natural evolution for us.

“Giving people access to some of the best yoga teachers in one of the most beautiful settings in Dubai is our way of encouraging more people to stay active.”

The session starts at 19:30 and runs until 21:00 on the mezzanine-level terrace of Emirates Towers.

Members and package holders of Urban Yoga can pay Dh50 for pre-booking and Dh70 on the day, while non-members are required to pay Dh85 beforehand or Dh99 as a walk-in.

To register, visit www.urbanyoga.ae or call Talise Fitness at 04 319 8660 and check out what all the buzz is about and experience the spin on the fitness craze for yourself.

What: Rooftop yoga with Urban Yoga Dubai
Where: Talise Fitness, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, mezzanine-level terrace
When: Monday, May 9 from 19:30 to 21:00
Contact: For more information and to register, visit www.urbanyoga.ae or call Talise Fitness at 04 319 8660

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Going Out: Women’s Football 5s

Denzil Pinto 30/04/2016
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Awesome arena: State-of-the-art Koora Dome.

The climate in the UAE is now getting hot but this hasn’t stopped Duplays from launching another football league.

Their latest is the Women’s Football 5s, to be held every Monday from May 9 to May 30 at the stunning air-conditioned Koora Dome at Al Wasl Club in Dubai.

As the UAE’s largest sport and social club with over 5,000 members, Duplays know a thing or two about sport. Their variety of leagues cover a range of sports including volleyball, cricket and badminton, which are hugely popular, and football is no different.

Following the success of their men’s game, their women’s events, launched in January, have already proved to be a big hit.

“This will be third edition since women’s football has been introduced to the Duplays schedule,” said Gareth Curtis, director of operations at Duplays. “Women’s football leagues are very rare in Dubai so this is a great opportunity for ladies who love playing the sport to get involved.”

Teams will play one match per week between 20:00 and 21:00 with the top two going head-tohead in the final week for the championship title.

Players must be 16 and over, with team entries priced at Dh1,500. Even if you don’t have a team, you can sign still up individually with entries costing Dh400.

Rapid rise: The women’s game is growing in the UAE.

Rapid rise: The women’s game is growing in the UAE.

“We realise that it can be quite difficult to form a team for a football league so we are also opening registrations for individuals to sign up,” said Curtis. “Once we have a finalised number of entries, we will then put those players into a team so they can play.

“Not only do they get a chance to be part of the league but it’s also a great way to meet new people.”

With a few days to go until the league begins, Curtis insists it’s one not to be missed.

“Football is very popular in the UAE but the women’s game is gradually growing and that was shown by how successful our previous two editions were,” he said. “The matches are played at the Koora Dome which is a state-of-the-art facility. It’s indoor meaning it’s air-conditioned which is a great plus given the weather temperature is now increasing in the UAE.

“It’s also played over four weeks, so it’s very short in duration. Most importantly it will be fun as it’s recreational level standard and we want as many ladies to sign up and be part of what will be an exciting league.”

WHAT: Women’s Football 5s
WHERE: Koora Dome, Al Wasl Club
WHEN: May 9 to May 30
CONTACT: For more information or to sign up, visit https://duplaysdubai.playpass.com

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Club of the Week: Inspire the next generation with ISM Sports

Jay Asser 28/04/2016
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It’s a team game: ISM have football coaching from three to 13.

Providing quality multi-sport coaching is no easy task, but ISM Sports have figured out the formula with their all-encompassing approach in the UAE.

Not only do they offer “quality-over-quantity”, mainly focusing on football and tennis, they also have after-school programmes for nurseries, in-curricular teaching and fitness boot camps for ages as young as three and up to 45.

There’s no lack of coaching in the region across a multitude of different sports, but where Jo Terry, football coach and ISM (which stands for Inspire Sports Management) co-founder, believes his company stand out is in the dedication and enhanced focus on each area of its expertise.

“When you come to an ISM Sports session, the outlook is right from the start,” said Terry. “The planning and preparation for the whole term isn’t just off the cuff; we have a whole syllabus that we stick to. The standards I think compared to others are high.

“The three main things when you come to a session are one, it’s going to be professional from the start, two, the kids are going to enjoy it and three, hopefully we’ll look at the development of the player and they’ll gain improvement in every session.”

Terry began the venture with his business partner Sam Whitaker in September 2014. ISM originally started small with one venue in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi, but it has since grown to include Dubai International Academy (DIA), Horizon School, Safa Community School, Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Radisson Blu on Yas Island and Yas Island Rotana, along with a handful of nurseries.

The great outdoors: Fitness sessions are a key part of ISM.

The great outdoors: Fitness sessions are a key part of ISM.

The staff has also expanded to six full-time members, many of whom boast plenty of experience as former athletes in their own right.

While Whitaker was already an established tennis coach, Terry was a PE teacher with a good reputation, which allowed him to bring some of the kids he had been teaching over to ISM. He’s now been working with some of those same kids for five years.

“We knew the demand for afterschool sports is huge in Dubai and a lot of parents are working very long hours and don’t have the time to take their children out to local parks and such,” Terry said. “So we offer that opportunity for kids to play two or three times per week and do a lot of different sports.”

Though the new term began in mid-April, children can still get involved by attending the communal sessions at Safa Community School on Mondays and Tuesdays from 16:30 to 17:30, as well as at DIA from 08:30 to 09:30 on Friday mornings.

For adults, the fitness boot camps take place on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at Safa Park from 08:00 to 09:00.

For more information about ISM Sports, including details on their full range of activities and upcoming events, visit www.ismsports.org or contact 050 519 3899.

What: ISM Sports
Founded: September 2014
Geared towards: Football, tennis, swimming and fitness enthusiasts
When & where: Operating daily at various locations in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Contact & info: Visit www. ismsports.org and www. facebook.com/ismsports for more information

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