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6 pocket-friendly wellness activities in Dubai

With Dubai’s fast-paced fitness scene introducing exciting new experiences like underwater cycling workouts and hours of trampolining on an everyday basis, it can be hard for your wallet to keep up with the latest exercise trend. Staying in shape doesn’t have to break the bank – you just need to look in the right places for fitness sessions that will make both you and your wallet smile. Here’s a list of community fitness activities that are either free or cost mere pennies.


Take your wheels for a spin at Dubai Autodrome Club Circuit

Take your bicycle or roller blades for a spin at Dubai Autodrome Club Circuit. As part of Train Dubai hosted by Daman’s Active Life, the public is invited to work up a sweat at the circuit every Wednesday from 6PM to 9PM. Blaze through the 2.46 kilometer flood-lit circuit with a bunch of fitness bunnies. If you’re not decked with a set of wheels, don’t worry about feeling left out. You can tag along at the circuit for a quick sprint, an energetic run, or a leisurely walk!

Wallet rating: Free.

Pencil this down: Ensure you’ve signed in and don’t forget your helmet at home. With summer back in full swing, bring along a chilled bottle of water and stay hydrated.


Get fit and flexible with yoga at JBR’s The Beach

Swap out your breakfast espresso for a morning session of invigorating yoga by the seashore. Lap up tons of Vitamin D, good vibes, and serene sounds of the ocean waves. Everyone from yoga experts that can twist themselves into a pretzel to beginners who aren’t even sure which color yoga mat to pick is welcome. JBR’s free yoga sessions are hosted on the South Lawn (beside the kid’s play zone) on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings.

Wallet rating: Free.

Pencil this down: Fight the temptation to hit that snooze button! JBR’s yoga sessions commence bright and early, running from 7AM to 8AM. It works on a first come – first served basis. Remember to bring along your own water bottle, yoga mat, and towel.


Take a spiritual trip at the Taijitu House of Om

Whether you’re looking to get in touch with your spiritual side or just chill out with a bunch of cool kids – you can do both at Jumeirah’s quaint little House of Om. Stepping foot here teleports you to another world using an immersive blend of fascinating sights and sounds. Slip into your comfiest clothes and dive into its various wellness gatherings. If you’ve missed its most recent event, just wait for a few days until the next one rolls in. House of Om’s calendar is usually packed with engaging events, ranging from inner child meditation and gonging to kriya flow yoga.

Wallet rating: Free.

Pencil this down: Taijitu House of Om is located in Jumeirah 1. Stay posted on its social gatherings on its Facebook page here: 


“Just Do It” with Nike Run Club DXB

Dust off those sneakers you’ve squirreled away in your closet and hit the pavements with Nike Run Club DXB. Hosted internationally, the UAE has its very own fitness communities based in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Download the app and keep track of the essentials like the distance you’ve covered, the time it took you to crush that run, your heart rate and more. It’s even got a social feature that lets you get your friends involved and make new ones along the way. For beginners, Nike’s website offers A+ tools and articles on figuring out what stride and plan work best for you.

Wallet rating: Free.

Pencil this down: Keep your eyes peeled for Nike Run Club events near you by subscribing to its ME Facebook page here:


Tone up with a hula hooping session at Flow Ground

What was once introduced as a children’s toy in the late 50s has now taken the world by storm. Hula hoops have enjoyed moments of stardom everywhere from public performances in Times Square, New York to being set on fire and daringly twirled around on beaches in Thailand. If you’ve always wanted to master the hoop, now’s your chance. Get involved with Flow Ground – a hula hooping center that hosts free classes at The Fridge in Alserkal Avenue every week.

Wallet rating: Free, once a week. Paid classes are also an option.

Pencil this down: Flow Ground hosts weekly “flow jams” every Tuesday at 7.30PM. These sessions are free. Personal and corporate team building sessions are also available.


Move to the groove with a free zumba trial at Tribe Fitness

Get your blood rushing with hardcore music and bursts of enthusiasm at Tribe Fitness in Dubai Marina. Zumba lessons, along with all other lessons at the gym, are free to gym members. If you’re not a member, you can still give it a try upon request. You may fall in love with Tribe after a single session and sign up (although you’re not pressured to do so). With a stunning view of the sparkling Marina waters, get in touch with Tribe and sample its energetic zumba class!

Wallet rating: Free for members. Free trial for non-members upon request.

Pencil this down: Zumba sessions are conducted on Sundays, Tuesday, and Thursdays. Reach out to Tribe Fitness at 800 87423 or just swing by and check the space out at its outlet in Silverene Tower, Dubai Marina. You can hit the marina for a jog later, if the gym doesn’t impress you.


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