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Dubai Set To Become A City Of Cyclists

Firmer thighs and clearer skies…why Dubai’s plan to become a bicycle-friendly city is good news for all of us

If minimizing your carbon footprint whilst helping the environment and doing something good for your body are a few of your 2020 goals, listen up – nailing all three in one go just got simpler, as Dubai announces it’s plan to become the world’s latest cycle-friendly city.

Dubai Crown Prince, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has announced that Dubai will create the infrastructure and legislative framework to transform itself into a bicycle-friendly city – making traveling on two wheels in the Emirate a whole lot easier and safer.

As part of the plan, Dubai will introduce laws to promote cycling both as a sport and a means of environmentally friendly transport, and HH Sheikh Hamdan has directed authorities to adopt global best practices and safety and security measures required to develop a bicycle-friendly environment in the city.


The announcement is in line with the Dubai Vision 2021, which aims to strengthen the city’s position as the world’s most preferred place to live, work and visit. It also supports the objectives of the Dubai Traffic Strategy 2021 that seeks to reduce road fatalities, the UAE Energy Strategy 2050’s aim of achieving a 16% reduction in carbon emissions by 2021, and the goal of transforming Dubai into the city with world’s lowest carbon footprint.

The announcement comes after Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was spotted riding a bicycle with a group of friends and family close to the Dubai Canal.


The images, shared widely on social media, showed Sheikh Mohammed and a group of almost 20 friends and family cycling past the waterway, using a dedicated cycling path and wearing helmets.

Riding a bicycle has a direct effect upon reducing the world’s pollution – the more people that choose to leave their cars at home and use bikes instead, the better the air quality in our towns and cities will become. And while cycling on the main roads of Dubai is currently inadvisable, the new initiative intends to make our roads cycle-friendly and safe, impacting not only upon the environment but improving the health of residents who ditch their cars in favour of their bikes too.

And if you’re planning to get back in the saddle once the initiative kicks in, why not make it a two-pronged attack on climate change by buying a second hand or reconditioned bike from a local business?

Old bicycle isolated on white background

Poppy Purple, PRP AED 1400, available at charicycles.com

Old bicycle isolated on white background

Banana Peel, PRP AED 1700, available at charicycles.com

Dubai-based company Charicycles up-cycle bicycle frames to promote sustainability and a cleaner environment while encouraging a healthier lifestyle. Sourcing vintage Japanese bicycle frames that have been forgotten about, and restoring them into the beautiful bikes they once were right here in Dubai, a percentage of every purchase goes towards funding bicycles for children in refugee camps around the Middle East. 

Doing good for the planet, your body and making the lives of underprivileged children better in one bicycle-shaped step – sounds like a wheely good idea to us!


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Revitalise After Feasting: A Post-Thanksgiving Workout Regimen to Recharge Your Body

Revive, Recharge, Thrive

As the Thanksgiving feast fades into fond memories, it’s time to give your body the attention it deserves. In this post-feasting recovery guide, we’ll explore a tailored workout regimen designed to revitalise your body, recharge your energy, and counterbalance the indulgences of the holiday season.

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1. Wake Up the Body with Cardio Bursts:

Kickstart your post-Thanksgiving regimen with invigorating cardio bursts. Whether it’s a brisk morning walk, a jog, or a dance session, get your heart pumping and awaken your body from its food-induced slumber.

2. Core-Strengthening Pilates:

Engage your core muscles with a Pilates session to restore balance and stability. These low-impact exercises are perfect for toning and strengthening, providing a gentle yet effective workout for your post-feast body.

3. Yoga for Digestive Ease:

Explore a sequence of yoga poses designed to aid digestion and promote relaxation. Gentle twists and stretches will help soothe your stomach and release tension, leaving you feeling rejuvenated.

4. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT):

Inject a burst of energy with HIIT exercises to elevate your heart rate and boost your metabolism. Short, intense intervals followed by rest periods are an efficient way to burn off excess calories and jumpstart your fitness routine.

5. Mindful Cool Down with Stretching:

Wind down your workout with mindful stretching. Focus on areas that may have tightened during the holiday festivities, allowing your body to recover and preventing post-feast stiffness.

As you embrace this post-Thanksgiving workout regimen, remember that it’s not about punishment but restoring balance. This curated routine aims to invigorate your body, clear your mind, and set the tone for a healthy and active holiday season. So, lace up those sneakers, roll out the yoga mat, and let’s embark on a journey to revitalise and recharge after the Thanksgiving feast.

Frequently Asked Questions

How soon after Thanksgiving should I start this workout regimen?

The post-Thanksgiving workout regimen can be started as early as the day after the feast. However, listen to your body, and if needed, allow a day or two for digestion before engaging in more intense exercises.

Can I customize the workout routine based on my fitness level?

Absolutely! Tailor the regimen to suit your fitness level and preferences. Modify intensity, duration, or choose alternative exercises to ensure a comfortable and effective workout experience.

Is it necessary to follow the entire workout routine, or can I focus on specific exercises?

Feel free to adapt the regimen to your needs. While the full routine provides a well-rounded approach, you can choose specific exercises based on your preferences or focus on areas that feel particularly tight or in need of attention.


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