Moving to the UAE presents expats with a plethora of new opportunities, both in business and outside of the office.
As a journalist, these opportunities are narrowed somewhat by strange working hours but as a sports fanatic, this scribe decided that taking up swimming on a daily basis would be a great idea.
The sport has experienced a meteoric rise in popularity in the region in recent years due to its accessibility to participants young and old, competitive and casual.
It was wholly apt and very well received therefore, when a stylish duffel bag from Speedo containing high quality goggles, a towel and a water bottle arrived at the office desk.
Through these four carefully selected items Speedo have captured the essence of what being fit in the UAE is all about, while encouraging users to make use of all the region’s natural resources to keep healthy and fit.
The towel is quick-drying, lightweight and is perfect for the pool, gym or just a lazy day at Kite Beach. Being 100% cotton ensures it is stylish, comfortable and durable too.
The duffel bag is stylish enough to satisfy UAE’s most fashion-conscious residents, while the lightweight design, drainage holes and non-slip strap ensure that it is also a very practical item for wet areas around the pool and changing room.
The most important part of the package is the water bottle. Good hydration is the golden rule of good health and smashing PB’s in the pool will not be possible without it. The 800ml capacity ensures that there are minimal refill breaks during exercise too.
The goggles feature Speedo’s latest anti-fog technology, which is especially useful for a wannabe triathlete. The UV protection ensures that there is minimal glare from the Middle Eastern sun, while the snug fit meant no stopping to empty out leaking water.
As a leading swimwear brand there is always pressure on Speedo to deliver, but their latest range of apparel for the pool will suit the needs of any swimmer, whether professional or beginner.
We rate the kit: 9 out of 10: Practical, fun and underpinned by a great message.
Where to Buy: Available at Stadium and major sport stores across the Middle East.
Football’s most iconic boot has been brought into the 21st century with the release of the COPA SL, the latest product from the Limited Collection – a range of exclusive boots released in limited quantities to show adidas’ flair, innovation and creative spirit.
Worn by some of the game’s most decorated players – including Franz Beckenbauer and Franco Baresi – the COPA Mundial graced some of football’s biggest stages following its release in 1982.
From European Cups to World Cups, the COPA Mundial was the boot of choice for the world’s greatest players in the 80s and 90s and the perfect choice of boot to pay homage to in adidas’ latest release from the Limited Collection.
The COPA SL has been stripped back to its lightest form whilst still keeping some of the design elements that created the iconic boot. Synthetic materials replace the black leather to offer a more lightweight, streamlined look and feel, whilst still paying homage to the original model.
Speaking about the creation of the boot, Sam Handy, VP of design, said: “When we looked at recreating a classic boot, the COPA Mundial was the stand out option.
“The brand has a huge depth of heritage in our back catalogues but this is the boot that stood out above the rest.
“Redeveloping this classic icon was a rewarding project that allowed us to add a modern take on a true football icon.
“We’re fiercely proud of the Mundial but wanted to inject a new twist on the boot – something I can proudly say we’ve achieved with the COPA SL.”
The COPA SL are available to purchase in limited quantities now.
We rate it: 8 out of 10: A sleek remake of an unforgettable classic.
Where to Buy: adidas store at Mall of the Emirates
BILLABONG’S 2016 JUNIOR COLLECTION – SO YOUR KIDS CAN SURF IN STYLE
Billabong is a brand built on a foundation of inspiring youth. And its latest collection, made for the grommets – the surf term for kids aged 16 and below – continues to carry that spirit.
The 2016 collection for the groms, keeps true to the brand’s iconic surf heritage with its classic, laid-back aesthetic to ensure that even the smallest surfers hit the waves in style.
The collection is available for kids aged 0 to 16, and comes in a myriad of electric prints, combined with those all important kid-friendly details, like non-irritating overlocked seams and safe zippered pockets.
Price range: From Dh95 to Dh295
Where to Buy: Billabong stores
LE COQ SPORTIF’S R900 PARIS-ROUBAIX – TRIBUTE TO A HISTORIC RACE
The famous Paris-Roubaix cycling race celebrated its 120th anniversary earlier this month and as a partner of the annual spectacle, Le Coq Sportif released an exclusive capsule collection. The LCS R900 Paris-Roubaix is made from premium materials such as nubuck, perforated at the base to give a subtly elegant look.
The race’s identity is perpetuated with a speckled effect on the sole as a reminder of the rough, cobbled route plus the dedicated logo on the tongue.
Where to Buy: Level Shoe District at The Dubai Mall
STADIUM’S SPRING/SUMMER 2016 COLLECTION – A COLLECTION TO FULFILL ALL YOUR FITNESS NEEDS
Stadium, the multi-brand sports and active lifestyle retailer, has launched its stylish new Spring/Summer 2016 collections.
Fusing fitness and fashion, the new ranges showcase the latest designs from brands available at Stadium, including adidas, Reebok, Nike, Puma, Umbro, Under Armour, Fitbit and Drift.
Stadium also retails some of the latest sports technology, with a range of new season fitness accessories now available in stores. Bringing together over 48 of the world’s biggest activewear brands under one roof, Stadium is a one-stop-shop for the region’s fitness enthusiasts.
Where to Buy: Stadium stores
Reebok has redefined functional training with its hardest-working CrossFit collection yet.
The new Spring/Summer’16 training collection combines eye-catching styling with the latest technology, such as the brand’s patented ActivChill fabrication and SpeedWick moisture management, to maximise your potential and help you test your limits.
Women’s and men’s apparel highlights from the S/S’16 collection include:
Disrupt Reversible Tights, Dh375
Designed to offer two looks in one, wearers can choose from a solid colour or reverse the tights to reveal a vibrant ‘happy accident’ graphic inspired by the CrossFit community.
SpeedWick technology offers increased ventilation, while a lack of front rise ensures a great fit and smooth front.
Disrupt Reversible Chase Bootie Shorts, Dh225
Match any mood and express your unique personality with these reversible bootie shorts. Choose a calm and cool single colour or opt for the adventurous patterned side.
ONE Series ActivChill Crazy Camo Tight, Dh295
With laser perforated waistbands and ActivChill mesh panels for added breathability, these ONE Series tights are designed to keep athletes cool and comfortable.
Reebok CrossFit Kevlar Boardshorts, Dh495
Flexible and durable enough for any workout, the CrossFit Kevlar Boardshorts are built with Kevlar fibres and Cordura technology.
Hard-wearing Kevlar is woven into the front of the short to provide protection on the upper leg against tears and abrasions from workout equipment.
We rate it: 8 out of 10: Bold prints, comfortable styles, what’s not to like?
Where to Buy: Reebok stores
GEOX NEBULA SHOES FOR MEN – THE ULTIMATE WALKING SHOE
A vibrant fabric upper is combined with soft suede and mesh inserts to create the high-tech Nebula footwear.
So much more than a sneaker, this is a shoe suited to any occasion thanks to the 3D Performance Unit of the sole, the Net Breathing System and the Inner Breathing System, which combine to create practical, incredibly flexible, light and ultra comfortable footwear without ever compromising on style.
Designed for travelling the world, perfect for any season, they naturally adapt to every movement of the foot.
This is the perfect shoe for those who love to travel with style and personality, without compromising on comfort.
The shoe is equipped with 360° breathability thanks to the special lining that supports temperature regulation of the foot. Maximum flexibility, stability, and grip are guaranteed by the 3D Performance Unit, with a slip-on fit for easy wear.
Price range: From Dh677 to Dh703
Where to Buy: Geox stores
BILLABONG’S BEACH BLEACHED COLLECTION – BEACH CHIC WITH A TWIST
A collection that is washed out, worn out, and softened by the sun. A utopia where tom-boy meets beach bohemia; bleached tones meet neon; and the vintage style of the 70s meets the 90s.
Persian-inspired prints are anchored on a palette of whites and blues, with hints of faded neon placed on soft shape maxis, shift dresses and cropped tops. Bleached-out indigo jerseys in faded blue have a rugged vintage sport feel; while denims are trashed and all about the pull-on waist.
Price range: From Dh75 to Dh365
Where to Buy: Billabong stores
BILLABONG’S SURFPLUS COLLECTION – A GATEWAY TO A STRESS-FREE LIFE
The people at Billabong work passionately to create products that carry the perfect blend of functionality and style.
It’s about championing a culture that’s been led on by a fuss-free, stress-free life.
This season, they have taken that belief one step further and created a utilitarian inventory that’s not just innovative and durable, but also looks great.
In short, the SurfPlus collection is designed for surfers by surfers, and is built to withstand a lifestyle full of adventures.
But best of all, the range is all about versatility, fitting seamlessly with all aspects of our daily lives.
Price range: From Dh135-Dh550
Where to Buy: Billabong stores