Fitness and wellness in Dubai
LUXOS looks at the hottest gyms and health centres in townby Rebecca Anne Proctor
Dubai boasts some of the best fitness centres and wellness spots to indulge in treatments. Its boutique health and fitness centres offer members all the best resources to reach personal goals for both the mind and body. Set within aesthetically appealing and innovative modern design structures, Evolve, U-Concept and SpaDunya specifically promote programmes designed to increase physical strength and mobility along with a healthy diet and mental wellness.
U Concept, a unique fitness centre
Power couple Nick and Delphine Watson first established U Concept in 2003 in response to an overwhelming demand from the UAE’s health-conscious fitness community to lead a healthy lifestyle within a bespoke and multi-purpose fitness environment. A personal training centre catering specifically to the client’s needs, U Concept is located within Dubai’s DIFC (international financial centre) to promote physical health within a cutting-edge design concept. When you first enter, the facility looks more like a restaurant and an art gallery than a fitness centre. “We wanted to create an experience way beyond what any other training venue offers: a new lifestyle approach to fitness,” says Nick Watson, founder of U Concept. “The client follows our own methods and philosophy and is looked after by adhering to personal needs of wellness and fitness. It’s about establishing a personal route.”
The venue covers over 650 square metres offering state-of-the-art equipment and amenities including personalized training sessions, a running track, a functional performance/sports specific training floor, a fighting cage and a climbing area, unique group classes emphasizing stretching techniques, a live DJ, a healthy juice bar, and a plush lounge area. In addition, U Concept also boasts U Escape, a therapy and spa getaway, and U Fuel, a healthy gourmet food and juice venue in the DIFC.
Building 4, The Gate Village
Dubai International Financial Center
Tel: +971 (0)4 4228 721
SpaDunya Club, from colour therapy to yoga classes
SpaDunya promotes wellness for the mind and the body through colour therapy, a way to balance one’s mood through the selection of colours corresponding to various essential oils. “If we create holistic harmony within ourselves we can be at peace with the world. We want to empower our clients with the tools they need to harmonize themselves,” says founder of SpaDunya, Shahida Saddique. As a healing practice, colour therapy has been around for centuries but it wasn’t until the early 1900s, through the work of Hindu scientist Dinshah P. Ghadiali, that it was officially recognized.
Clients choose a selection of hues from a chart reflecting their current emotional, physical and mental state. The colour combination is then used in the client’s session through the application of corresponding essential oils, each containing a variety of plants, flowers and herbs. Colour therapy also influences the physical exercises SpaDunya recommends for its clients. The club offers daily yoga, Pilates, dance and personal training sessions as well as face, body and beauty treatments amidst a calming ambience.
Shams 1, Plaza Level,
The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence
Tel: +971 (0)44 393 669
Train and recharge at Evolve
The mission of Jumeirah-based Evolve is to challenge conventional notions about health and fitness, emphasizing strengthening exercises, nutrition and conditioning techniques within a trendy and state-of-the-art facility. “We have designed Evolve to be a functional and multi-faceted training space,” says co-founder Dan Harrison. “Evolve is a facility which technically and scientifically caters to each individual.” The spacious centre encompasses indoor weights, a functional training area as well as access to two outdoor roof decks, which provide individual and group training sessions.When you aren’t working out, take a break at the club’s café or attend various seminars on health and nutrition held by highly-qualified practitioners from around the world.
Jumeirah Terrace Rooftop
Tel: +971 (0)4 3254 499
If you are based in Dubai, or passing through on a short stint, take advantage of these venues to make a change from your typical fitness experience. These facilities are tailored to your personal needs, creating an environment, which is designed to encourage, educate and mentally revitalize – an experience meant to enrich not just physical strength, but balance it with an alert and tranquil mind.