All eyes on Abu Dhabi’s Special Olympic World Games
Thousands of international athletes are set to take centre stage on 14 March for what is touted as “the best World Games in the history of the Special Olympics movement”. This star-studded opening ceremony at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi will kick-off the first-ever Special Olympics World Games held in the Middle East.
The symbolic cauldron was lit on Sunday, 10 March by the torch of hope which travelled to all the seven Emirates before reaching its final destination – Abu Dhabi. The lighting was done jointly by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nayhan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed tweeted: “My brother Mohammed bin Zayed and I lit the Flame of Hope as part of the Special Olympics World Games taking place in Abu Dhabi. The capital welcomes 7,000 participants from 170 countries in the Olympics that the Middle East hosts for the first time. Welcome to the UAE.”
Further, a retreat for people of determination was signed by the duo to launch 31 sports, health, culture and education programmes in a bid to promote the integration of people with disabilities in society.
The opening ceremony parade will comprise 7,500 athletes from more than 190 countries. The event is also expecting to see a spectacular light and fireworks display. The Games’ anthem, ‘Right where I am supposed to be’ will be performed by various artists including Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne and Emirati singer Hussain Al Jassmi. Tributes will be paid to Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the sister of John F Kennedy, who founded the Games and died in 2009.
Chief executive of the Special Olympics, May Davis, said: “It’s a great pleasure for us to be here in the Middle East for the first World Games that have been held in this part of the world.”
During the eight-day extravaganza, the athletes will be participating in 24 Olympic-style sports including swimming, athletics, bowling, triathlons, table tennis, volleyball and badminton.<<< BACK
Pink Caravan begins 9th journey
The ninth edition of the Pink Caravan ride kicked off on February 23 in Sharjah. What makes this annual procession unique is its participants - 150 equine riders clad in pink and white and the volunteer-run mobile clinic equipped with a mammography unit.
The ride was flagged off by Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi at the Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club on Saturday. Also present at the event were Shaikha Jawaher Bint Mohammad Al Qasimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, Founder and Royal Patron of the Friends of Cancer Patients (FOCP), the force behind this campaign.
Dr Shaikh Sultan said, “Nine years have passed with people exerting their efforts to spread breast cancer awareness in the UAE. Many lives have been saved by these efforts. Today, all you brilliant rays of hope have come together, once again, to ensure this march continues to safeguard the health and well-being of our community.”
During the week-long event across all Emirates, the team will be travelling 154km to raise awareness about the importance of regular screenings and early detection in successfully tackling the dreaded disease. After Sharjah, the caravan will reach Ajman on Sunday, Dubai on Monday, Umm Al Quwain on Tuesday, Fujairah on Wednesday, Ras Al Khaimah on Thursday, and, lastly, Abu Dhabi on Friday.
This year, the ride is expecting to touch the lives of 9,000 people. Around 30 mobile medical clinics across the country and seven fixed clinics, one in every emirate, are offering free check-ups and screenings to both women and men throughout the duration of the campaign.<<< BACK
Sharjah to host world’s largest wheelchair, amputee games
The eighth edition of IWAS World Games is set to take place in Sharjah between February 10 and 16. The organizing committee during a press conference held at Sheraton Sharjah Beach Resort and Spa on February 4 confirmed that 555 athletes from 50 countries will participate in the world’s largest wheelchair and amputee sports championship to be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, supreme council member ruler of Sharjah. This is the second time that the championship will be held in UAE after its 2011 debut in the city.
Present at the press conference were Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi (in pic), chairman of the higher organising committee of the event; His Excellency Dr. Tariq Sultan bin Khadem, vice-chairman of the higher organising committee and chairman of the executive committee; and His Excellency Ali Salem Al Midfa, vice chairman of the executive committee.
Highlighting the importance of bringing these games to Sharjah and the UAE, Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed said, “Hosting this championship is one of the key steps for Sharjah in sharing its inspiring message to the world, which is to provide competitive opportunities to sportsmen and women with a physical disability. IWAS World Games deeply resonates with the emirate’s values demonstrated through our community initiatives directed towards achieving inclusivity and humanitarianism locally and internationally.”
Addressing the press, Sultan bin Khadem said, “Sharjah enjoys an international reputation for its cultural and artistic achievements, both at regional and global levels. The emirate has been at the forefront in offering a professional sporting environment for youth from different age groups and abilities to inspire their enthusiasm and competitive spirit.”
During the event, seven games including archery, athletics, badminton, swimming, shooting, table tennis and wheelchair fencing will take place across three state-of-the-art facilities in Sharjah: Al Thiqa Club for the Handicapped, American University of Sharjah (AUS) and Al Dhaid Shooting Club. Al Thiqa Club will be the venue for fencing competitions, archery and athletics. The badminton, table tennis and swimming competitions will take place at AUS. And, the shooting contest will be held at Al Dhaid Shooting Club.
Twenty-five players will participate in the archery game, 200 players in athletics, 25 players in badminton, 205 athletes in fencing, 24 in shooting, 28 in swimming and 48 in table tennis.
The winners of this year’s IWAS World Games will get the opportunity of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
The six-day sports event will see athletes from the UAE, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Algeria, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, India, Sweden, Ukraine, Thailand, Turkey, Brazil, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, Australia, Kenya, Russia, China, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Italy, South Africa, South Korea, Poland, Pakistan, Norway, Kenya, Latvia, Macau, Azerbaijan, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Germany, Serbia, France, Georgia, the UK, the US, Hong Kong, Greece, Czech Republic, Austria, Belarus and Comoros.
The sponsors and strategic partners for the event are Sharjah International Airport Free Zone, UAE Disabled Sports Federation, Sharjah Islamic Bank and Tilal Properties.<<< BACK
Fitness and wellbeing fest at Yas Island
The two-day fitness and wellbeing festival starting on March 1 at Yas Island seeks to inspire a healthy and happy lifestyle among people of all ages. The event will be held from 9am to 7pm on both days.
“The participants will get to learn from wellness gurus, zen out with mindful yogis, heighten their emotional intelligence, enhance their beauty with personalised tips, learn to make delicious and healthy food, join elite athletics outdoors and discover the latest brands,” states the event website.
One can choose to spend time in the indoor yoga and relaxation zones or workout at the outdoor gym, be a part of fitness, boxing and mix martial arts classes, climb a wall and take up an obstacle course. Listen up foodies, you can not only eat at several stalls and trucks offering healthy food, but also participate in healthy cook-offs. There will be a separate zone for the kids equipped with a 9-metre inflatable slide, a 1x bungee trampoline, soccer darts, a 6-metre slide, a bouncy castle and face painting. For the fitness freaks who love to shop, there will be more than 50 vendors offering exciting goodies.
You can avail free tickets from the event’s website.<<< BACK
Arab Health 2019
This year, the Arab Health exhibition starting January 28 at Dubai World Trade Centre is expecting to bring together over 4,000 exhibitors representing 160 countries and 85,000 visitors. It is one of the biggest platforms in the MENA region where healthcare professionals meet traders.
In a press release, the Arab Health organizers revealed that more than $778 million worth of business was generated by exhibitors during the previous edition of the show in 2018.
Exhibition director of Arab Health Ross Williams tells a local online media: “Some of the key factors stimulating the growth of the healthcare market in the region include the ageing population, increasing frequency of non-communicable disease, high cost of treatment and mandatory health insurance.”
The four-day exhibition will help connect manufacturers, purchasers and procurers, dealer and distributors and medical professionals. Several startups, SMEs and innovators will get a chance to display and demonstrate their new products and innovations to the region’s healthcare decision makers and future shapers at the Innovation Hub.
The hub will also be hosting a new programme called Innov8 Talks. “It is a dedicated programme to showcase the latest healthcare innovations in a series of sessions. With a dedicated theme, each day will revolve around the ‘pitches’, which eight companies will be presenting for eight minutes to our panel of experts,” states the Arab Health website. This would provide an overview of the latest products that have been changing the healthcare industry.
An important keynote speaker will discuss topics ranging from genomics, artificial intelligence and the digital transformation of the NHS each morning. In the afternoons, visitors can hear featured talks by CEOs, academics and global board of directors.
The visitors can also attend some trainings by Canon, Fujifilm, Olympus, Roche, Super-Care Pharmacy, Ansell, Medtronic and Gruppo San Donato.
A vast range of the medical products, including surgical instruments, orthopaedic equipment, medical ventilators, patient monitoring system, will be featured in the upcoming edition of the exhibition. There will also be 11 CME accredited conferences.
The registration for the exhibition can be done through the official website for free.<<< BACK
Dubai Health Forum begins
Dubai Health Forum (DHF), 2019, kicked off on Monday, January 21 in tune with the 2016-2021 goal of transforming the city into a favoured destination for medical tourism.
Hosted by Dubai Health Authority (DHA), the two-day event at Dubai World Trade Centre, is under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of UAE and ruler of Dubai. His Highness Sheikh Mohammad’s patronage will contribute to the success of the forum, as it has attracted medical experts, scientists, doctors and researchers be part of the conference.
DHA in a press conference said that the event is expecting 1,500 attendees who will benefit from the 62 sessions by 42 speakers from 15 countries. “The speakers include representatives of global organizations like World Bank, NASA, IBM and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development,” informs Dr Manal Taryam, CEO of DHA’s Primary Healthcare Sector and president of DHF.
“Dubai has world class infrastructure in healthcare, is equipped with the medical facilities and services, investment opportunities which are in line with the goals of the government and compete with modern international standards. These facilities and services are commissioned to help Dubai and UAE achieve happiness and satisfaction amongst its residents,” states the welcome note by the Director General of DHA, Humaid Al Qutami.
DHA is hopeful that the participants from various specialities will engage in discussions and exchange ideas revolving around innovation, technology and investment opportunities.
This year, the forum has several themes like family health and community wellbeing, human capital in health, patient-centered healthcare, public health, sustainable economics, technology and innovation and youth and healthcare.
Additionally this year, DHA has established ‘Dubai Health Hack’ to engage the community and promote an interest of technology in a healthcare focus. Dubai Health Hack will aim to increase community engagement, enhance patients care models and find innovative ways to provide health solutions for today’s challenges.<<< BACK
Dubai Marathon turns 20
The 20th edition of Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is set to take place on January 25. The event will be hosting a number of the world’s best athletes.
Dubai Marathon, under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is supported by Dubai Sports Council, adidas, Dubai Eye 103.8FM, Aquafina and Gatorade, Dubai Holding, Dubai Police, Dubai Municipality and the RTA.
Online registrations are on for:
While both the marathon and road race with start from Umm Suqeim Road opposite Madinat Jumeirah and in the shadow of the iconic Burj Al Arab, the fun run will kick off at Umm Suqeim Road on Al Sufouh opposite Madinat Jumeirah. All runs will finish at the Dubai Police Academy located at the end of Umm Suqeim Road.
One has to be 18 years or older to be a part of the marathon and 15 or above to participate in the 10km road race. The fun run is open for all. The entry charges are $130 (478 dirhams), $80 (294 dirhams) and $50 (184 dirhams) for the marathon, the road race and the fun run respectively.
The event also has corporate and team categories for the marathon and the 10km road race.
This year, the elite line up will see former champions Lemi Berhanu and Worknesh Degefa, both from Ethiopia, while double Paralympic gold medalist and the 2018 winner - Marcel Hug from Switzerland - is gearing up to defend his title this year.
The deadline to register for this fitness extravaganza is 5pm on Thursday, January 24. Even if you are not running, you can be a part of the event as a spectator and even track a runner by entering their ‘running number’ on the event’s website: www.dubaimarathon.org or simply entering the surname.<<< BACK
Fitness Festival Concludes
On its 50th birthday, Les Mills, Dubai, hosted a grand ‘The Trip’ session. The Trip is Les Mills’ signature indoor cycling session which combines 40 minutes of multi-peak cycling with a journey through “digitally-created worlds”.
On December 8 this year, the huge class took place at Dubai World Trade Centre with a cinema-scale screen and sound systems to accommodate as many people as possible. The session offered a selection of its latest workouts headlined by its international fitness stars in a full-day line-up. And for those not wanting to spin, there were high-intensity interval training HIIT sessions, along with a Les Mills barre session to burn calories in style.
The Auckland-based group fitness business has partnered with 290 gyms in Dubai and offers a wide array of workouts like body pump, body combat, body balance, CXWORX, body attack RPM, Sh’bam, body jam, body step, Les Mills tone, the Trip, Les Mills Barre, HIIT, grit strength, grit cardio, grit plyo, sprint and kids’ classes.<<< BACK
Horse yoga comes to Dubai
A new kind of wellbeing activity has entered Dubai in the form of horse yoga. It involves a combination of meditation, yin yoga and an up-close-and personal experience with a four-legged beauty.
Recently, a one-day yoga retreat at the Bab Al Shams resort witnessed a horse-human connection session whereby the participants had a chance to bond with the animal.
The equestrian programme was facilitated by yoga expert Amanda Cunliffe-Smith and Master Certified Equus Facilitator Kelly Eide.
“Yoga and horses may at first glance seem like they’re really different but there’s actually a great amount of overlap,” Eide tells a local newspaper. “They both come under the umbrella of connection.”
The session started with participants being introduced to a horse. They were encouraged to analyse the animal’s response to them and the stages that led up to a connection being established.
Eide added, “When you meet a horse, they look at you, there’s an awareness and they make a decision on how they are going to react, whether they are going to meet you or back away. A communication is happening all the time without words.”
The main takeaway of the exercise is an awareness of a non-verbal exchange. It teaches you to be more aware and connected to the people around you and in your relationships.<<< BACK
Desert Warrior Challenge at Al Qudra
Gear up to break a sweat in winter with the Desert Warrior Challenge at the Al Qudra lakes. The adventurous obstacles will certainly test your endurance.
The day-long challenge kicks off at 7am on January 11, offering participants the option to complete 20 gruelling tasks along a 10km track. However, the tasks are not as simple as jogging or jumping over hurdles along the track. The tasks require both mental and physical strength with climbing, crawling, hanging and swinging.
While the ‘Fearless Warriors’ should complete more than 12 obstacles within 5km, children aged six and above can take on eight obstacles along a 1km or 2km track.
Some of the obstacles are the beast, the humungous slide and the tricky ¼ pipe. These are made to get your adrenaline pumping in the desert. The spectacular view, however, will be a soothing consolation.
The challenge, which started in 2014, has gained huge popularity among the Dubai residents. “The Desert Warrior Challenge is one of our oldest and most popular events. As we move towards our goal of making Dubai one of the most physically active cities in the world, we expect another spectacular show from Dubai’s fitness warriors,” states Dubai Sport Council, that is supporting the event in association with LivFit by Oman Insurance.
The participation fee is AED 411 and online registration is on at www.desertwarriorchallenge.com/registration<<< BACK
Crown prince’s fitness dream inspires millions
It was collective enthusiasm and competitive spirit that brought together around a million Dubai residents from all age groups and backgrounds to be part of the month-long fitness activities that ran between October 26 to November 24 this year as part of the Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC).
With a great need to balance out our urban and often unhealthy lifestyles with some form of exercise, the challenge required participants to commit to at least half-an-hour of physical activities for 30 days (thus the 30x30 challenge). The initiative, which had involved a series of 250 events across the city and offering over 8,000 classes and activities, also transformed Dubai into the most active city in the world.
DFC was launched in 2017 by His Highness, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammmad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai. A lover of sports, the crown prince called on Dubai residents via Twitter(https://twitter.com/HamdanMohammed/status/1051467176463486976) to take the challenge. Not only was it the highlight of the year for the city, it also had a transformative impact on the entire country as the residents showed interest in adopting a healthier lifestyle.
Additionally, this year, DFC’s mobile app helped connect fitness enthusiasts internationally too. Speaking to a local newspaper, His Excellency Saeed Hareb, General Secretary of Dubai Sports Council said, “We saw participants from all over the UAE accepting the challenge. With the initiative gaining popularity on an international level and engaging participants from across the world.”
The fitness festival offered something for all participants with its range of energising outdoor activities including ‘Color Run’, ‘XDubai Spartan Race’, ‘Daman City Swim’, ‘X3JR Triathlon’ and ‘Emirates NBD Unity Run’ among others. While several families participated in fun and competitive events held at five themed Fitness Villages, others sweated it out in their homes, offices, gyms and schools.
Celebrities were not far behind in taking up the challenge as well. Gold medallist Sir Mo Farah, Australian fitness guru Emily Skye and local host Kris Fade showed up at various events to help motivate the participants. Also cheering the participants were local ambassadors like ‘Marathon Man’ Marcus Smith and Team Angel Wolf.
For kids, the event also offered a range of fun activities at the city’s hotspots. One among such events was the 30x30 Disney workout where children and teens were inspired by their favourite superheroes.
The carnival did not stop there. Both private companies and government offices also joined the fitness spirit by hosting an array of physical activities for their employees. For a change, staffers were seen taking time out for brisk walks instead of smoke breaks. Participants also enjoyed working out with the cityscape in the background and even on sandy beaches.
While the fitness app helped participants connect, explore activities and track their workout progress during the month-long festival, it will continue to help fitness enthusiasts with their exercise routines and provide information on various fitness programmes taking place across the city.
Keeping in mind the desire to work out in style, the DFC website has also put up some cool merchandise like sippers, bag packs, yoga mats and T-shirts at reasonable prices.
Regardless of age, the fitness festival helped connect people from various nationalities and professions by encouraging them to try and incorporate a healthy balance between work, education and a healthy life.<<< BACK
The last XDubai event of the Dubai Fitness Challenge 2018, XYoga was held at the the Emirate’s newest island destination, Caesars Bluewaters Dubai on 24th November. Over 250 men and women were led by yogi Melissa Ghattas through a calming Vinyasa flow and meditation sundowner session. Supported by sports apparel giant Reebok and European premium water brand, Melt Water this event will lead into the 2019 edition of XYoga Dubai – the annual large scale, two-day festival, which will take place on Kite Beach on 1-2 February 2019. <<< BACK
The Ripe Food and Craft Market
The Ripe Market in Dubai is back every week from this Friday at a venue in Academy Park, Umm Suqeim. They will be saying farewell to their old home in Zabeel and Al Barsha Pond Park and setting up camp in their new custom built venue every Friday and Saturday from 9AM – 7PM until May 2019!
Over 75 stalls of locally grown organic produce will be available at its new location inside the Dubai Police Academy.
Entertainment options along with shopping include Adventure HQ climbing wall or pump track, live music and a petting zoo.
Type in Ripe Market Academy Park and Google Maps will direct you to the venue.<<< BACK
Dubai Fitness Challenge: XYoga Dubai returns
XDubai will conduct a sunset XYoga Dubai session on 24 November. Closing the weekend of the second annual Dubai Fitness Challenge is XYoga Dubai which, following a large scale, two-day festival that took place in March of this year, will host a sunset yoga session at Caesars Bluewaters Dubai on Saturday, 24 November, starting at 4:30pm. Taking place in the Emirate’s newest island destination Bluewaters, Sundown Breath, powered by Reebok is expected to attract up to 250 yogis for a seaside sunset yoga practice led by well-respected local yogi Melissa Ghattas. Supported by sports apparel giant Reebok who has signed on as premium sponsor of the event, alongside sponsor European premium water brand, Melt Water, the event is expected to be the first of its kind to take place at Caesars Bluewaters Dubai, giving participating yogis not only a tranquil and inspiring session complete with breathtaking vistas and uninterrupted sunset views but also a luxurious sneak peak of the lavish new resort. Open to yogis aged 18 and above, the session will cost AED 60 per person and will include a number of surprises . Registration for the event is open online now through the XDubai website. <<< BACK
Avivo Group announces Breasthetica campaign
Avivo Group declared the launch of Breasthetica campaign in the UAE. Avivo Group, one of the fastest growing healthcare organizations in the GCC, announced the launch of Breasthetica – a social impact campaign for breast cancer survivors in the UAE providing Post Cancer Breast Aesthetic Surgery.
The campaign aims to help breast cancer survivors in the country through their recovery process by offering three women free breast aesthetic surgeries. Commenting on the Breasthetica campaign, Dr. Dilshaad Ali, Group CEO, Avivo Group, said, “Breast cancer is a tough battle to fight; physically, emotionally and psychologically. Through Breasthetica we not only want to spread awareness about the disease, but we also want to empower women to regain their confidence, and have happy and fulfilled lives, like everyone else. Breasthetica is Avivo’s contribution to society. Besides providing access to such specialized surgery to deserving patients, we see this as an opportunity for us to raise awareness that there is life after cancer, especially when detected early.”
Breasthetica will be led by Aesthetica Clinic Dubai – an Avivo Group Enterprise that focuses on anti-aging, aesthetic medicine and plastic surgical procedures.
Dr. Laila Al Jassmi, Advisor Breasthetica initiative said: “This year alone, over 4,500 people in the UAE were diagnosed with cancer, and within that more than 20 percent were breast cancer cases. This should give us an idea of how essential it is for every woman over the age of 40 to go for regular screening. Early breast cancer detection allows for more treatment options and better chances of survival. The UAE government is also making strident efforts to promote early detection through different health authorities in the UAE. Through Breasthetica, we want to complement the government efforts in raising awareness in the country and play our role towards early detection and curing breast cancer.”
Dr. Mario Russo, Director Medical Affairs, Aesthetica Clinic, said: “Aesthetica clinic aims to raise breast aesthetic surgery awareness in the UAE by educating women that they can rebuild their self-confidence through permanent aesthetic based procedures. The psycho-social aspect of recovery has often been related to the physical appearance post cancer treatment. Globally, breast cancer awareness campaigns have been very successful but post-mastectomy recovery has yet to gain awareness. Breast aesthetic surgeries in post-mastectomy women can play a critical role in aiding recovery, well-being and improving self-confidence. Our role at Aesthetica is to use the best and most advanced means and resources needed to make people look beautiful for breast cancer survivors, to help them feel complete, gorgeous and happy.”<<< BACK
Dubai Fitness Challenge: XDubai to host X3 Jr Triathlon
XDubai will host X3 Jr Triathlon on 23 November. As the UAE prepares for the second edition of the Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) (26 October – 24 November) action sports brand XDubai has announced a new event - the X3 Jr Triathlon, presented by Meraas at new event location La Mer –the world-class beachfront destination in the heart of Jumeirah. The event, aimed exclusively at youth aged 4 to 16, will see young athletes compete in one of seven categories – and course lengths - across swimming, cycling and running. With more race categories and a more challenging course, first, second and third winners will be named for girl’s and boy’s categories across all categories. An inclusive event designed with families in mind, the event will also include a race festival that takes advantages of the attractions available at the new race venue, La Mer.
In addition to a new location, the X3 Jr Triathlon will also have a new race ambassador, Egyptian professional triathlete Omar Nour. Registration for the event is now open through the XDubai website and would-be participants are also invited to attend two pre-race training sessions on 9 November at La Mer North and 17 November at XPark Jr, the details of which including times will be announced soon through the XDubai website. Tickets for participation in the X3 Jr Triathlon start at 120 AED for ages 4-11 and run to 160 AED for young people aged 12-16.<<< BACK
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to conduct ‘Unveiling Infinity’ in Dubai
Renowned spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will conduct a meditation class in Dubai next month. Vipul, Consul General of India in Dubai, has announced in a press meet that founder of Art of Living Foundation (AOL) and International Association for Human Values (IAHV), Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will visit Dubai to impart a two-day meditation master class – ‘Unveiling Infinity’, which will be held on 16th and 17th of November 2018 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Six thousand participants are expected for the two-day meditation class, being held for the first time in the Middle East.
Announcing ‘Unveiling Infinity’, Vipul, Consul General of India in Dubai said, “we are very fortunate to welcome one of the most well-known global spiritual leaders of our time. Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is an institution and his influence has touched millions irrespective of nationality, caste and creed. ‘Unveiling Infinity’ will further help the UAE residents take steps towards greater peace and contentment, making this world a happier place.”
“Art of Living Foundation’s message of peace and wellness is spread by 35,000 instructors across 12,000 of its centres all over the world, through practical steps that include breathing techniques, yoga and social initiatives. It has also conducted powerful empowerment and rehabilitation programmes, benefiting hundreds of thousands in prisons, war zones, refugee camps and even in remote militancy infested jungles,” said Vinay Kapoor, member of the executive committee, Unveiling Infinity Event.
Commenting on the vision and impact of IAHV, Dharmendra Patel, project manager, Unveiling Infinity Event and COO, International Association for Human Values, said, “the language, culture, and geography may differ across borders but Gurudev’s overarching message remains the same: that the world is one family, and that diverse cultures and traditions are rooted in the same human values of love, compassion, peace and non-violence.”
Participation fees for the two-day, three-session meditation master class is AED 1000 and AED 3000. For detailed information, please log on to www.gurudev.ae.
Medicia Wellness and Spa opened at Landmark Grand Hotel
Medicia Wellness and Spa was inaugurated at Landmark Grand Hotel, Deira, Dubai on 04th October. Hamid Mohinudin Sadique, director, Landmark Hotels, inaugurated the spa which is the latest venture by Dr. Tina Healthcare & Spa Consultancy. Seyed Mohammed Sadique, managing director of Landmark Hotels, graced the ceremony with his presence. Dr. Tina Dias, medical director, said: “Our team and Landmark Hotels are joining forces to provide a new spa and wellness experience. At Medicia Wellness and Spa, we create a journey of relaxation filled with health, beauty and wellness. This will be a destination you will want to visit every time. We have specialised therapies which would offer relaxation, detoxification, better sleep and stress relief.”
Some of the therapies offered at the spa are: Swedish massage, aroma sense, reflexology, acupressure, sports massage, body scrubs and wraps, hot stone therapy, facial and foot care. Ayurveda therapies include: Abhyangam: Indian herbal oils relaxation massage; Kizhi: Therapeutic pain management therapy; Shirodhara: Therapeutic stress relieving treatment, relief to headaches and sleep related problems; Kalari Marma therapy: Vital point stimulator and energy boosting massage.
To book an appointment, please contact at: Landmark Grand Hotel – Deira, Dubai. Phone: +97142740000, Spa Reception: 861. Mobile: +97150 502 7927<<< BACK
Change 'you are wrong' to 'you are different': Sister Shivani
'Awakening Harmony and Happiness with Sister Shivani’ was held yesterday at Dubai World Trade Centre.Internationally-acclaimed inspirational speaker Sister Shivani led around 4,650 attendees to a special evening filled with inspiration and uplifting experiences at the Dubai World Trade Centre's Sheikh Saeed Hall 1 on Saturday (October 6, 2018) during her public talk on the topic 'Awakening Harmony & Happiness'.
Sister Shivani's clarity in her thoughts, words and deeply calming stage presence created a powerful ambience during the three-hour event and engaged the multicultural audience and people from different walks of life - from CEOs to housewives, professionals and students - to a journey of self-reflection. She led the audience into inquiring their view of right and wrong within relationships and advised to start changing one's vocabulary from looking at right and wrong to accepting that we are different; incorporating a guided meditation of self affirmation in between.
"We are just changing one word: from you are wrong to you are different. We both are right but different," she said.
Organized by Roots Events, under the initiative of Raja Yoga Center and supported by the Consulate General of India, this major event was aimed at elevating awareness and engaging more people on how to tap these highest aspirations within everyone.
Prior to Sr. Shivani's talk, several special guests which included H.E. Mr Vipul, Consul General of India in Dubai; Ret. Lt. Col Mohammed Murad, and Raja Yoga Center Director Sister Jyoti shared their messages for the occasion.
Ret. Lt. Col. Murad said during his welcome address that it is important to understand how harmony and happiness can build a foundation and without them, it is impossible to function as normal human beings. Having worked for 20 years in challenging scenarios as part of his role, he realized that it is important to look after the wellbeing of those people working for emergency services. "Happiness is nothing but harmony working in the background."
Chief guest Consul General of India His Excellency Vipul, highlighted the important teachings of Raja Yoga in India and the popularity of Sr. Shivani, citing how many of her followers in Dubai got excited upon hearing her visit. He remarked that great souls in the past such as Mahatma Gandhi and souls in the present time such as Sr. Shivani shall uphold the heritage and culture of India.
The Consulate General of India had earlier announced that the event is one of its first supported activities in line with a two-year programme commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation of India.
Sr. Jyoti, Director of Raja Yoga Center who has guided thousands of practitioners in Dubai for decades, explained: "If I am clear that I want to experience positivity in my life and relationships, then I need to invest time and effort in improving the quality of my thoughts. While there are many temporary methods to help us do so, it is meditation that provides a permanent solution."
Roopesh Nambiar, CEO, Roots Events and organizer of the event, commented: "The UAE is keen on promoting happiness and has also appointed a Minister of State for Happiness and launched the Happiness and Positivity Programme. We, being part of the UAE, want to make our own contribution to this great initiative. We are delighted for the opportunity to partner with Raja Yoga Center and organize a beautiful event like this for the people."<<< BACK
Sister Shivani in UAE for [email protected]
The 150th birth anniversary of India’s Founding Father Mahatma Gandhi will be celebrated in the UAE from 02 October 2018 to 02 October 2020. The theme will be [email protected] The series of activities organised during the two-year celebrations will propagate Mahatma Gandhi’s message of truth, non-violence, love and harmony, said Vipul, The Consul General of India in Dubai. The series of events will kick-start in Dubai on Saturday, the 06th of October with a public seminar themed “Awakening Harmony and Happiness”, which is expected to attract over 5,000 participants from various communities. The inspirational talk aimed at awakening participants on the foundations of harmony and happiness will be delivered by renowned motivational speaker Sister Shivani, who inspires millions of people around the world through her public talks, TV programmes and YouTube channel.
“The theme, ‘Awakening Harmony and Happiness,’ is in tune with the policies of the UAE, which puts much focus on happiness and tolerance. That puts in perspective the lecture by Sister Shivani,” said Vipul.
“From 02 October, we will be celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Harmony and happiness are two themes that can be directly associated with the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. Thus this event is quite important as it will be the first event of the series,” he added.
“The challenges of today’s world have placed many individuals in stressful situations making happiness and harmony among each other difficult to experience. Sister Shivani employs a practical approach, making it easy for many to follow and apply in daily interactions with people,” said Jyothi Hulmani, director of Raja Yoga Centre, Dubai.
She will also deliver an inspiring talk at the Bright Riders School, Abu Dhabi on 05 October and at Dubai World Trade Centre on 06 October. It is a free-to-attend event for all.<<< BACK
Michael Phelps recommends Talkspace
Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has announced a partnership with Talkspace. Usually when you see decorated Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, it’s generally in replays of Herculean feats in the pool, or atop the podium as a glinting medal is laid around his neck. Phelps took a break from his mostly swim-centric Twitter feed to announce his partnership with Talkspace, an online therapy company, citing his own periods of depression. If you’re an avid listener of podcasts, chances are you’ve heard of Talkspace. A public endorsement for this, or any kind of mental health help from an athlete of Phelps’ prominence is significant. Phelps has spoken about his mental health in the past, where he acknowledged the stigma surrounding athletes who acknowledge needing help. “I think people actually finally understand it is real. People are talking about it and I think this is the only way that it can change,” he said to CNN in January. Phelps isn’t the only athlete with Maryland ties openly discussing mental health in the past week. Former Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. posted a column on NFL.com last Tuesday to discuss his own career-long struggles with depression. At the tail of his piece, he also urged anyone dealing with mental illness to seek out therapy as well. <<< BACK
Britney Spears fights jet lag with yoga
When you are traveling a lot, it can take a toll on you. Not only is it detrimental for your skin and sleep but sitting in a tiny airplane seat can really cramp up your body and make you feel, well, tight all over. That’s not something that jet-setting celebrities get a VIP pass from dealing with, either—they feel it, too.
Take Britney Spears, for example, who travels across the world for musical tours and vacations with her family. On a recent Instagram post, the pop star reveals that the staying in a foreign hotel and being away from home can make her feel out of touch. “Traveling from hotel to hotel can make you a little stir crazy,” writes Spears in her caption. “I decided to start doing two hours of yoga in each room!” says Spears. “The bare floors gave me a pretty solid grip on the ground without a mat.”
One glance at her Instagram and you’ll see plenty of gym selfies, workout videos, and dancing—so of course she gets loose when she is far away from home and in small places.
Kate Beckinsale celebrates birthday doing goat yoga
Happy Birthday, Kate Beckinsale! The actress turned 45 years old on July 26. And she celebrated it in the funniest way — with a goat yoga session. For those unfamiliar, goat yoga or "goga" is exactly what it sounds like: getting flexible surrounded by tiny four-footed animals. Kate brought along her ex Michael Sheen and their daughter, Lily, for the hilarious outing, which became her "best birthday ever." She shared photos on Instagram, showing off their group session and her extra-special birthday kisses. <<< BACK
India agrees to trade Yoga for South Korea’s Taekwondo
Indian yoga instructors can now open institutes in South Korea while South Korean taekwondo professionals can do the same in India. Both sides liberalized their services market under an upgrade of the free trade agreement (FTA) signed during the recent visit to India by the President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in. Under an early harvest of the comprehensive economic partnership agreement (CEPA) review, both sides agreed to allow yoga and taekwondo to be traded under the four modes of services.
This would mean Indian yoga institutions can set up branches in South Korea and Korean hospitals can seek opinions from yoga experts for particular ailments, said Pralok Gupta, an expert on services trade at the Centre for WTO Studies of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.<<< BACK
Dubai Police to take part in global fitness challenge
Dubai Police will participate in a global fitness challenge to promote employee well-being. They are cooperating with Virgin Pulse, an organisation which designs technology that cultivates good lifestyle habits for employees of firms, to discuss solutions that promote employee engagement, well-being, happiness and productivity.
Major-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, received a delegation of the Virgin Pulse at police General HQ. “Earlier in May, we pledged to participate in the Virgin Pulse Global Fitness Challenge to boost our employee engagement, health and overall well-being. Dubai Police are constantly striving to provide the workforce with the tools required to perform at their best — to lead, to innovate and to inspire,” Maj-Gen Al Merri said.
The Virgin Pulse challenge promotes physical health, psychosocial health and nutrition recommendations and demonstrate impacts of individual health outcomes in addition to employee performance and organisational culture and happiness. Jill King, director of International Markets at Virgin Pulse, praised Dubai Police’s efforts in protecting and securing the society. <<< BACK
The DHA adopts new values to improve efficiency
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has announced that it has adopted a set of new values. The set of values will be a basis for its work and corporate identity to improve the efficiency of medical facilities and increase happiness amongst patients and the community of Dubai. The DHA made this announcement this week during a workshop about its future institutional culture, which was attended by DHA directors and officials, to identify the set of values and principles governing the work and performance of its employees and corporate identity, in light of the current transformational phase the authority is witnessing. His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami, Director-General of the DHA said during the workshop that the authority has adopted a set of core values that will govern the work and performance of all the authority’s employees and officials. Al Qutami stressed that by adopting “quality and excellence” the authority will be able to achieve its goals of global competitiveness and providing quality healthcare that exceeds the expectations of patients in the UAE and abroad. <<< BACK
Yoga schools are booming in the Netherlands
The number of yoga schools in the Netherlands has soared by 124% over the past five years. There are now nearly 6,400 schools and private teachers offering yoga lessons, according to research by RTL Z. Most of them – 5,875 – are self-employed teachers, the figures, which RTL Z obtained from the Chambers of Commerce, show. The Dutch yoga teachers organisation said last year that 800,000 people in the Netherlands regularly take part in yoga. One teacher, who began in 2015, told RTL Z: ‘People do yoga because it works, particularly in these times. People are becoming over-sensitised, they work too much, their phones ping continually and they have no time left for themselves. Yoga helps you to become calm.’ <<< BACK
Yoga icon Wai Lana releases 'Colors' Music Video on Yoga Day
World-renowned yoga teacher Wai Lana is releasing her new "Colors" music video on 4th International Yoga Day. The one message Wai Lana wants to share more than anything is that yoga is for everyone. Wai Lana explained, "Too many people, when they think of yoga, only think of yoga asanas. But yoga asanas are just a small part of a complete, holistic lifestyle. On this Yoga Day, I would like to emphasize that the deeper aspects of yoga are relevant to everyone. Everyone can greatly benefit from the knowledge gained through self-realization and the practice of yoga meditation." Wai Lana points to racism as a problem that can be solved through the wisdom of yoga. "If we apply the teachings of yoga, there will not be conflicts between people just because they have different color skin." Wai Lana has crafted this timely and common sense message into her new music video, "Colors." Wai Lana is the host of the long-running public television series "Wai Lana Yoga," which has aired in the US and internationally for nearly four decades. Wai Lana has produced several yoga DVD series for people of all levels, published books, designed kids' yoga products, recorded music albums, released a meditation kit, developed a complete line of yoga gear, and even has her own line of all-natural snacks. In 2016, Wai Lana was honored with India's prestigious Padma award for her extraordinary achievements in popularizing yoga globally. <<< BACK
International Yoga Day Event in Dubai
Indian Consulate has announced events from June 20 to 22 to mark 4th International Yoga Day. Nouf Marwaai, Saudi Arabia’s first certified yoga instructor who India honoured with a Padma Shri award, will lead Dubai’s International Yoga Day celebrations this year. She will be the chief guest at the main event held to mark 4th International Yoga Day on June 21. She will lead thousands of yoga enthusiasts performing yoga to mark the day at Dubai’s Zabeel Park. The Yoga Day events will start with a function at Al Arabi Sports Club in Umm Al Quwain on June 20. The official event will take place at Zabeel Park on June 21, the International Yoga Day. Gates will be open at 6pm and the event will end by 9.30pm. On June 22, thousands of yoga enthusiasts will take part in the event to be organised at Expo Centre Sharjah. On the same day, several others will take part in the yoga events at Ajman Indian Association, American University in Ras Al Khaimah and Indian Social Club in Fujairah. <<< BACK
Meghan Markle’s daily routine involves yoga
Meghan Markle’s life has completely changed now that she’s married into Britain’s royal family. Given her commitment to pursuits such as healthy eating and yoga, it’s likely that some aspects of her old routine will carry into her new life as the Duchess of Sussex. Morning exercise is a must for Markle and her new husband, according to the Daily Mail. She reportedly jogs around the Kensington Palace Green on a weekly basis and is an avid practitioner of yoga. It’s no secret where she got her love of yoga from. Doria Ragland, Markle’s mother, has worked as a yoga instructor and introduced her daughter to the practice. The Duchess of Sussex told Women’s Health that yoga “is in my blood”.
She also relies on running, she told Shape, saying that, “I need it as much for my head and to clear my head as for keeping in shape.” Markle is also reportedly a big fan of Tracy Anderson’s online workout videos. Markle’s healthy lifestyle has also reportedly inspired her new husband to take on better habits. According to Vanity Fair, Harry has given up smoking and is striving to eat more nourishing meals. <<< BACK
Lady Gaga does yoga in boots with spike heels
In a recent Instagram post, Lady Gaga shared a yoga pose in glossy red boots with spike heels. Her latest look included a pale belted trenchcoat over a teeny black shift. Brightening her ensemble with a red lip and statement sunnies, the singer-songwriter opted for equally bold shoes. While the vampy stilettos certainly grab one’s attention, it’s Gaga’s yoga pose while wearing the inches-high heels that’s making headlines. <<< BACK
Indian PM releases his animation video of yoga poses
The yoga enthusiast and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has released a cartoon video of himself demonstrating different poses. The videos, published on Modi’s official YouTube page depict a 3D-cartoon of the Indian leader practising poses such as the Tadasana and the Trikonasana. Modi has made yoga a key part of India’s global outreach, convincing the United Nations to establish 21 June as International Yoga Day. <<< BACK