7 free activities to do for Global Wellness Day

From spinning classes to spa treatments, it’s time to get motivated


There comes a time in our lives when all we need is a little nudge to get us out of our leisurely routine and on the road to fitness. Be prepared, as Dubai will be offering plenty of nudges in celebration of Global Wellness Day.

Around the week leading up to Saturday June 9, the city will be filled with free fitness and spa sessions to get people out of their seats and motivated to start a healthy living.

Get involved in this worldwide movement and put on that active wear – it’s time to make a difference. As its slogan suggests, one day really can change your whole life, so why not make that day during Global Wellness week.

Discover inner peace at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
If this jam-packed day won’t alter your mindset, we don’t know what will. Throughout the day, guests and UAE residents are welcome to join a cluster of activities at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, completely off charge. Kick off the day with an early yoga session on a floating platform in the sea. Afterwards, sweat out any negative energy at the intense HIIT workout, and then relax with a foot massage by the indoor pool. Guests and residents will also get the chance to join the ‘Better Sleeping Through Aromatherapy and Meditation,’ to get better quality sleep. Finish off the day with a round of Yin Yan Yoga in partnership with Core8. Check out the full list of timings here.
Free (hotel guests and local residents). Sat Jun 9, activities from 7.30am-7.30pm. Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, www.fourseasons.com/dubaijb/ (04 270 7777).

…and at Four Seasons Hotel DIFC
Both branches of the Four Seasons are setting up a unique day of wellness, but Four Seasons Hotel DIFC is offering a day all about healing. Exclusively for Global Wellness Day, holistic healer Muneeza Jaffer Labuschagne will assist guests through meditative techniques in one-on-one sessions. Each meeting will be an hour long from 9:00 am and 11:00 am, and 2:00 and 6:00 pm. Be sure to get down there early as sessions are on a first-come-first-serve basis. 15-minute aromatherapy massages will also be in full swing, which aims to relax muscles and enhance health with pure oils and gentle techniques. This is the place to de-stress and take care of your well-being.
Free (hotel guests and local residents). Sat Jun 9. Time vary. Four Seasons Hotel DIFC, www.fourseasons.com/dubaidifc (04 506 0000).

Make your own face masks at Shangri-La Hotel
What’s that saying – give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, teach him to fish and he’s fed for life. Well, who needs to buy expensive face masks when you could learn to make your own? CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel is offering people the chance to create their own cleansing face masks, with three to choose from. The papaya mask helps remove all of its impurities, the egg mask gives your skin a timeless and smooth look, while the banana mask is rich in Vitamins A, B and E to maintain that youthful look. They all sound pretty delicious. It doesn’t stop there, as the spa wants you to find your inner chi with an hour-long calming yoga class and an intense 45-minute spin session.
Free. Sat Jun 9. Yoga class: 8pm-9pm. Spinning class: 9.15p,-10pm. Facemask session: 10pm onwards. Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.shangri-la.com/dubai/shangrila/ (04 405 2441).

Free yoga classes at Shine Spa
In celebration of Global Wellness Day, Shine Spa at Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel is offering all yogis – beginner or pro – a complimentary yoga session. The worldwide day is dedicated to living a healthier life, so kick off the journey to the new you with this free class. Don’t forget that yoga mat.
Free. Sat Jun 9, 9am-10am. Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.shinespadubai.com (04 377 2353).

Soothe the senses at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
With the gentle sounds of waves along the shores of the beach, only enhanced by calming music, this free yoga session is aims to take you on a journey of self-discovery. Taking place on the beaches of Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa at 7.30pm, get ready for a 90-minute stretch with yoga guru Digvijay Singh, along with a meditation session to soothe the senses. The resort’s SoSPA believes wellness shouldn’t be celebrated in just one day, which is why it’s offering 50 percent off its for the rest of the summer as well.
Free. Sat Jun 9, 7.30pm-8.30pm. Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, East Crescent Road, Palm Jumeirah (04 455 5434).

Free workouts at The Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City
Sometimes, we all need a good kick to get us motivated, and The Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City is providing a mighty one to get us back into shape. From Wednesday June 6 to Thursday 14, the hotel is inviting everyone to participate in a number of activities, including a 5km run along the Dubai Water Canal on Global Running Day and special 30-minute treatments for just Dhs100. What’s more, people can take part in a range of classes from the coaches of BeStrong, including air drumming, dancing and circuit training.
Free (BeStrong classes, run), from Dhs100 (spa treatments). Wed Jun 6-Thu Jun 14. Times vary. The Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City, www.westindubaialhabtoorcity.com (04 437 3333).

Stretch on the beach at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
Start your trip to a healthier living with a soothing morning stretch on beach of Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah at 8.30am. Once you’re loosened up, indulge in a complimentary back neck and shoulder massage to loosen those pent up muscles, all the while sipping on teas from noon until 2pm. Better yet, try your hand at making your own facials and end the day with yoga on the beach while watch the sunset. Healthy wellbeing, here we come.
Free. Sat Jun 9, Stretch: 8.30am-9pm. Massages: noon-2pm. Facial session: 3pm-4pm. Yoga: 7pm-8.15pm. Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, Crescent Road, waldorfastoria3.hilton.com/

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