Fun Activities You Need To Try In 2016

Because Dubai is brilliant at tackling the mundane

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It's the new year so you're probably busy making promises of how this year is going to be different. You're going to choose a salad instead of fries, (but not on the weekends), you're going to take the stairs instead of the lift, (unless you're in a rush) and you're definitely going to stick to that punishing gym routine you've got planned (as long as work isn't too manic).

Instead of making promises (let's face it) that you probably won't keep, why not buck the trend and try something a little bit different this year? Here are some fun things to try in the new year...that won't bore you to tears. 

Sick of spin classes? Try Aquabiking...

Ever tried spinning? Well this is spinning Xtreme; a spin class inside a pool. Each 45 minute class will have you discover muscles you never knew existed in a seriously intense workout that leaves you feeling refreshed and invigorated. In a good workout you'll lose between 500-700 calories...where do we sign up?!

How much? AED 125 for a single 45-minute discovery class. 

Where? Al Wasl Road

Check out the Aquafitness website for more info

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Meet new people at Touch Rugby...

If you lack motivation there's nothing to get you going like a team sport. Touch rugby is a social, non-contact ball sport that is similar to Rugby Union for both men and women. Not only is this great fun, it's also a great way to meet new people. 

How much? Winter Season 350 AED (January to March)

Where? Dubai Exiles Rugby Club 

Check out their website or email for more info

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Chill out at SUP Yoga

That's Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga to you and me. Unfortunately this is not as easy or as chilled as it looks, however, if you want to be a pro you've got to start somewhere. Try this to improve your health, fitness and even balance. Hey, even if you don't like it, you'll get some amazing pics.

How much? Prices start at AED 125 for 1hr 30m lesson

Where? The Sofitel on the Palm (taking part in a class does include access to the hotels's facilities)

Check out this SUP Yoga website, these lessons are suitable for die-hard yoga fans and newbies alike. There's a pilates option too if that floats your boat instead.

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Try an Aerial Silks workout...

Have you ever imagined yourself swinging gracefully on silk, performing loops and shapes effortlessly? Well, now's your chance to learn how to pull it off without falling on your head. At this spot you can try aerial fitness, pole fitness, aerial hoop and pole for men too...get out of your comfort zone and try something new this year!

How much? AED 100 for one aerial class

Where? Dubai Marina

Check out this website for more info

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Bounce your way to fitness at Bounce Fit

If you can think of a more fun way to get in shape do let us know. Bounce is basically a massive room filled with trampolines. It is a high intensity, low-impact cardio workout that blasts your core, improves all-over muscle tone and lifts your heart rate. Taking part in one of these classes can burn up to 1,000 calories in one hour, perfect to get rid of any extra holiday padding !

How much? AED 80 per hour per person 

Where? Al Quoz, Industrial Area 1

Check out their website for more details

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Zipline over Dubai fountains with XDubai

You've probably seen some cool videos of people doing an unreal 80 metre zipline over the fountains and right past the Burj Khalifa... but what you may not know is you might get the chance to have a go too. All you have to do is follow XDubai on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook; like their posts and tag two friends you would take with you. 500 winners will be announced on the 6 Jan so get tagging before then!

How much? It's totally free, if you're lucky enough to get chosen!

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Try a Physique 57 workout...

This is a barre-based workout (looks pretty similar to ballet) that incorporates cardio, strength training and stretching...with the main purpose being to sculpt your body. The website says you will see results in as little as eight workouts. If this is the real deal we definitely want to try it.

How much? AED 130 for one class

Where? Al Wasl, City Walk or Al Thanya Mall, Al Thanya Street

Check out the website for more info and for price packages

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Visit the Al Qudra Lakes...

Located beside the Al Qudra cycling track, between the Seih Al Salam desert and Bab Al Shams, these man-made lakes were part of a green initiative to enrich that part of the desert. Home to over 100 bird species and with ample space for camping this is perfect for a night away from the city. This is the ideal place for camping newbies; you don't have to travel far from Dubai and the driving is easy so you don't need a 4x4 to find a nice camping spot.

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Try hiking part of Jebel Jais...

The UAE's highest peak, Jebel Jais stands at nearly 2,000 metres tall and is a steep, challenging climb for the adventurous ones amongst us. For those of you who aren't up for the climb, the Jebel Jais Mountain Road around the jebel has become a tourist spot in it's own right for drivers, sightseers and athletes alike. The road doesn't take you right to the top (the last 4.8 km is still rubble) but the scenery is still incredibly beautiful from the highest point. 

How much? Free to climb; getting there costs are your own

Where? Ras Al Khaimah

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Visit Dubai Safari Park

Not yet opened; you can add this to your 2016 to-do list. This massive park is set on 119 hectares of land and will be home to over 1,000 types of animals, of which, more than 350 will be species of rare and endangered animals. Located out near Dragon Mart; the park is due to open mid-2016.

Price: TBC

Where? Opposite Dragon Mart


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Take a spin on Dubai Eye

Take a trip on the world's largest ferris wheel (when it's completed later this year). The wheel along with a large souq, luxury hotel, retail outlets and al fresco dining options will make up Bluewaters Island, which will be connected to the mainland by a series of roadways. We're still waiting on a completion date but with 3 million visitors expected to the island each year, it's safe to say there are a lot of us who can't wait.

How much? Price TBC

Where? 500 metres off the Jumeirah Beach Residence coastline, near Dubai Marina


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