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

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


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. 


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 Restaurant.JBR@hilton.com.


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.


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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