Recession boot camp

Bad Times boot camp launches to help Dubai's recession hit recover

Feeling fed-up after losing your job? Now's the time to dust yourself off, and get fit, with other people in the same position.

26-year-old Brit Alex Light lost his job this year, like many other expats, but he wasn't going to dwell on it.

Instead, Alex set up Bad Time Boot Camp. A three-times a week workout session on Jumeirah Beach for people like him to let of steam and get together.

It is free to anyone who wants to get fit, but as the operating hours suggest, it is aimed at the unemployed.

Launched in mid-March, the boot camp has been growing slowly, and currently attracts about a dozen people each day. As well as encouraging fitness, it is also designed to bring job hunters together to chat and network.

Light says the boot camp is open to anyone who wants to come along, and is grounded in his core belief of free exercise for all.

So why not give it a go, you've got nothing to lose.

Bad Times Boot Camp takes place on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, visit

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