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Weekly Planner: What’s on the Agenda for May 2-5

Mental health is front and centre this week – here’s why.

SUNDAY, MAY 2

In honour of Mental Health Awareness Month, Thrive Wellbeing Centre launches online platform Thrive in 5 today, making access to mental health and personal development more affordable and approachable. Four courses are currently available – Managing Anxiety, Perfectionism, Avoiding and Managing Burnout, and Communicating as a Couple – each conducted online in order to ensure the utmost in privacy. Priced at AED 474, they’re also considerably more affordable than a regular one-to-one session. 

MONDAY, MAY 3

Sunshine is a great mood-booster and keeping your vitamin D levels topped up is a proven way to counteract depression, so how about a family day at the beach to keep everyone happy before it gets too hot? The Family Daycation/Beach and pool day passes at Dubai JBR Hilton’s Wavebreaker Beach Club offer brilliant value for money at just AED 129 per person, with full F&B redeemable credit on weekdays.

Better still, kids under five benefit from free entry, whilst children aged 6-12 years get a 50% discount on the entry fee. With several water activities on offer, a volleyball court, and a kid’s playground right in the sand, there’s lots to keep everyone entertained – as well as plenty of opportunity to laze the day away on a sun lounger with a good book, should you so wish.

Available Sunday-Thursday from 8am-7:30pm, call 04 318 2319 to book, or e-mail [email protected]

TUESDAY, MAY 4

For the duration of Mental Health Awareness Month, The LightHouse Arabia is offering a variety of free-of-charge online support groups. Starting this Tuesday from 3:30-4:30pm, and every Tuesday until May 25, Clinical Psychologist Dr. Robert Chandler will host Emotional Health During Times of COVID-19. This adults-only group meets to discuss emotional and mental health concerns, along with stress-related issues caused by social isolation, self-quarantine, and other implications of the pandemic.

For the full events calendar and to register, visit lighthousearabia.com.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5

We all know the benefits of exercise on our mental health, so if you’re yet to join a gym this year, now is the time to do it as the latest Fitness First has officially launched. Moving to a new location in the centre of Dubai Festival City Mall, the brand new club boasts an array of industry-leading concepts, pioneering workouts, innovative equipment, and an extensive range of group exercise classes – all set across a whopping 20,000 square feet of training space.

Centred around four outstanding Fitness First workout concepts, along with dynamic strength and cardio freestyle areas and a dedicated ladies-only section featuring state-of-the-art equipment, the new location offers dynamic boxing classes that provide a sensory knockout, immersive indoor-cycling experiences that draw on data visualisation technology and online gaming, a Hot Studio powered by an infrared heating system that warms the body directly rather than heating the air, and a modern GX Studio with over 200 weekly workout sessions to choose from. 

Add that to luxurious changing facilities, steam rooms, and a members’ lounge for guests to unwind and refuel, as well as MYZONE to help track workout efforts in real time and Fitness First’s ‘Good Vibes’ app (a member-exclusive lifestyle rewards programme that offers unlimited access to exciting discounts from over 900 brands), and we’re sold.

We’ll see you there! Click here to get a free day pass.

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