The newest escape room to hit Dubai is Escape Reality, with 8 themed rooms based on popular movies and TV shows.
Some of the games include Nosferatu that sees players transported to a time where vampires existed and they must attempt to defeat them. Alcatraz, on the other hand, sees players using guile and skill, battling to make their escape from the world’s most notorious former prison.
We tried The Iron Kingdom as its based on Game of Thrones – which we are huge fans of.
This was our first time in any escape room ever and we were entering an unknown territory.
The BEEhive, Dubai’s newest edutainment play-area for children,is located at the Dubai Canal in Business Bay.
The idea of the BEEhive was ignited when Shahdan ElKhatib, mother of three, realized that more and more parents are getting frustrated from the current generation’s addiction to technology, gaming and tablets.
The BEEhive has different hives covering activities in Science, Music, Art and Crafts among that allow children to explore, learn, break out of their social shell and uncover their hidden talents while acquiring new skills.
Dubai gets new beach volleyball and beach tennis courts at Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR).
The new beach volleyball & tennis facilities at Sea Breeze Play – is a joint venture between DUPLAYS and entertainment specialists RED Events, Rackets Academy and JBR developer Meraas.
The venue has four flood-lit courts for beach volleyball and tennis.
Conceived to provide sports enthusiasts with a tailor-made venue to get outdoors in the Dubai sun, enjoy a social hit or ace rivals in a competitive league meeting.
Aventura Adventure Nature Park has opened in Dubai’s Mushrif Park.
Set in a Ghaf tree forest, the park has adventures planned in sand and on trees.
There are 5 circuits and we tried 2 of them.
There are a safety briefing of 20 minutes, which includes wearing your harnesses and security equipment and then an instructor demonstrates how to use the equipment.
L’Atelier Aquafitness in Dubai offers aquabiking sessions, on the hour, every hour, seven days a week.
We tried the 7am class. We had to wear lycra active wear and special shoes for the water.
The instructor showed us how too set the bike’s seat, handle and intensity levels outside the water.
We then plunged in, adjusted the aquabike and were ready to start spinning. The instructor showed us four biking positions and we set out for the workout.
After 10 minutes or so, we were huffing and puffing, and realised, its quite intense to bike in water.
There were some exercises that were off the bike and some upper-body movement like swimming.
After the 45 minute session, we were all sweating and had a good start to the day.
A unique workout option if you don’t like the gym.
See http://www.latelieraquafitness.com/ for more info
There a number of workouts available in today’s world. From pilates, yoga, cross fit, circuit training, kick boxing to personal training. There are ample options to get on the fitness path.
We tried the Cross Cuit class, which is a hybrid between Cross Fit and Circuit Training at A Tone Fitness Lounge.
There were 6 people including me in the studio, of all levels. There were exercises written on a board to be followed for 40 seconds to a minute. The final challenge was for 6 minutes, where a number of reps of different exercises had to be done.
Initially I had a lot of energy, so tried to match up with the pros in the room. But slowly and steadily, my aim turned to doing the exercise the right way rather than doing it as many times.
The music was heart pumping and the instructor keeps a tab on the exercises. However, the studio was a bit cramped for some of the exercises.
I did manage to last the hour long session. It was definitely a good workout, as my body and muscles were sore for the next 3 days.
If you like a hard core workout then Cross Cuit is for you.
Contemporary dance form is beautiful yet tough. I gave it a try at Mad About Dance studio in Dubai.
The trainer asked me if I have danced before and I said yes. So he gave me a few tough moves, involving a lot of floor work.
I start on my favourite Bollywood track ‘Kabira’ and soon realise that this dance form needs a lot of strength.
It also requires flexibility and agility for all the floor work. I had to ask the trainer to cut the floor work a bit, else I’ll be sloppy.
The two dance classes made me do just a minute and a half of the song, and I was breathless.
The trainer Shahid is patient and kept changing the moves to make me comfortable.
The studio is spacious and gives a lot of room to dance about and accommodate quite a few people.
I definitely recommend taking up this dance form at Mad About Dance studio.
The world’s first hot-air balloon and falconry experience launched in Dubai.
The MYLAND experience offers adventure-seekers in the UAE a unique desert experience with hot air balloons and never-before-seen falconry demonstrations.
A Land Rover picks you up and takes you to the ballooning take-off site near Sky Dive Dubai on Dubai-Al Ain Road.
Balloon Adventures Dubai then gives you safety instructions and you hop on the balloon. We joined the Land Rover balloon, which accommodated eight people, a captain and a falcon – Pikachu – with its trainer.
We were the first to take off and seeing the other balloons from up above was fascinating.
The desert from a hot-air balloon is beautiful and it’s a very calming experience.
Our balloon even had a proposal, at 2600ft, where the man went down on his knees to ask for his girlfriend’s hand in marriage. The woman was surprised, shocked and happy. It’s not every day that you get to go in a hot-air balloon and on top of that see a proposal mid-air.
To top this, once we reached 4000ft, Pikachu was ready to take flight. The trainer opened the falcon’s mask, gave it something to eat and let it fly.
To see the falcon flying at that height, with other balloons as a backdrop, left us in awe.
The falcon then came back to the balloon and we had a photo op with Pikachu.
The entire balloon ride lasted 70 minutes, where we experienced some low flying, climbing in altitude, falconry and a marriage proposal.
Post landing we were taken for a gourmet breakfast at HH Sheikh Butti bin Juma Al Maktoum’s private property.
The camp, food and the ride were great and added to the overall MYLAND experience.
The experience didn’t end there. We were then taken back to the road in a vintage Land Rover through the desert, where the new premium Land Rover stood to take us home.
Land Rover Middle East and North Africa launched MYLAND Falconry experience under the patronage of HH Sheikh Butti bin Juma Al Maktoum, in partnership with Balloon Adventures Dubai and Royal Shaheen.
This once-in-a-lifetime experience can be booked via 04 388 4044 and is available for Dhs1,100.
RE Salons and Spas has a unique tummy tuck treatment that involves actual fire.
I visited to try out the spa’s bespoke therapy.
The tummy tuck fire therapy uses natural ingredients like coffee, essential oils and actual fire.
The treatment has various advantages including stimulating blood circulation, alleviating constipation and reducing burning sensation in the epigastrium.
The coffee scrub exfoliates, reduces cellulite and smoothens the skin.
The secret blend of essential oils consists of seven different oils with specific properties.
Some are purifying and help break down the cellulite; some are antiviral, antiseptic, diuretic and stimulant.
Others cleanse and energise body tissues helping to reduce cellulite and body inflammation.
Three areas of my stomach were measured at the beginning. I was then made to lie down and the coffee scrub was applied.
The massage with the scrub was quite vigorous and I felt a bit uneasy as I haven’t had a treatment like this before.
The vigorous massage technique with exfoliation is to break down the water retention that surrounds the fat cells in the tummy.
After about 20-25 minutes of massage, my stomach was then wrapped with cling film to maintain the body temperature of the treated area.
And then started the fire therapy. I was quite nervous with the use of fire but then they put a small towel, dabbed a mix of vinegar and alcohol and lit the towel on my tummy.
The therapist then moved the towel all over my tummy for the heat to get into the layers of stomach and break the fat.
This continued for about 30 minutes, after which, the cling film was removed, scrub wiped clean and then measurements taken again.
I must admit, I was hesitant to try this therapy. The massage was quite hard and a bit painful as well. The fire made my tummy feel quite hot at certain points of the treatment.
So, would I do it again? Yes. Why? Because I saw an instant result.
The measurement after the therapy saw losses between half an inch and one inch in the three areas of my tummy.
Dhs300 for 60 -90 minutes. See www.resalonsspas.com