Beyond the surface…
Widely known for its gleaming skyscrapers, high-end restaurants, and ‘Dubai Bling’ lifestyle, there’s a lot more to Dubai than might meet the eye.
Because despite what others may believe, Dubai residents don’t spend every weekend dining in DIFC or aboard a party yacht (as much as we would love that too).
And, as much as we love wining and dining in the emirate as much as the next person, Dubai is also a great place to relax, rejuvenate, and unwind.
With year-round sun, low crime rates, and stunning blue flag beaches, there’s a reason it was voted the second-best city in the world to live in for expats…
So without further ado, here are our top picks for wellness lovers in Dubai:
The Matcha Club
The Matcha Club is a boutique padel club that can be found in two locations across Dubai: Meydan and Al Quoz. The design-led club – with its terracotta courts, burnt-orange fencing, olive trees, and Mediterranean aesthetic – swiftly became the city’s iconic wellness lifestyle hub. From yoga and meditation classes to hip restaurants and cold water pools, it is the place to be for padel pros, wellness enthusiasts, and yogis as well as digital nomads and stylish young families.
Hatta Honeybee Garden
Between the beautiful Hatta mountains, experience the life of a beekeeper for the day at this honeybee farm just over an hour away from Dubai. With beekeeper suits on, visitors can get close to one of the 300 hives and learn about the fascinating creatures, as well as try and buy the unfiltered honey.
Emirates Bio Farm
Emirates Bio Farm is the largest privately-owned organic farm in the UAE, located between Dubai and Al Ain amidst the red desert dunes of Al Shuwaib. The farm is built on the ethos of sustainability, which applies to crop rotation, use of pesticides, right to the packaging of fruits and veggies sold from the farm. The farm has created a complete visitor experience, which includes a farm shop, outside dining and seating area, experience center, greenhouse restaurant as well as an Arabian tent overlooking the farm and open desert dunes. During visiting hours, you can hop on a tractor ride, walk the fields, feed friendly goats, or pick up seasonal fruits and veggies. There’s also the Farmer’s Table restaurant, serving organic juices, fresh salads and veggie delights. You can pre-buy tickets for Dhs45 online, with under threes entering for free.
There are plenty of pilates studios in Dubai and the full-body, low-impact workout has a long list of mental and physical benefits. Posture promises a mind-body-soul experience offering reformer, cadillac, and mat pilates for all levels. Located on the Golden Mile, Palm Jumeirah the Balearic-style studio honors the original style of Joseph Pilates and has a strong focus on form and core, rather than simply burning calories, and an emphasis on strength and mobility in all their signature classes.
Serving nature-inspired plant-based deliciousness, this vegan café and concept store is a hidden sanctuary in the heart of Jumeirah 1. A home away from home, you can take your shoes off and sit on the ground in the magical garden, explore the library, or take part in one of the wellness sessions from sound healing to Reiki. Seva is a beautiful escape from city life and a must-visit for all wellness lovers (must try: mango lassi!).
Brimming with art, music, food, and wellness experiences, you’ll find inspiration on every corner of Alserkal Avenue. The trendy district is packed with homegrown cafés, art galleries, hands-on activities, and more. From painting workshops at The JamJar to perfume workshops at Oo La Lab, a vegan pizza from Wild and the Moon to a matcha latte from The Edit, you could spend all day exploring and eating your way around Dubai’s cultural hub.
Museum of the Future
Museum of the Future, the most beautiful building in the world, has a whole floor dedicated to the future of wellness called Al Waha. You are encouraged to disconnect from technology and reconnect with your mind, body, and soul. Experience the meditative benefits of water, immerse yourself in vibrations, and stimulate all your senses with the intimate surroundings.
One of Dubai’s leading aesthetic clinics, located in Umm Suqeim in the heart of Jumeirah, has its first ‘healthness’ centre dedicated to personalised and preventative therapies for beauty from within. The new concept supports longevity, nutrition, and sleep with a team of experts on hand to help you find the best combination of biohacking therapies and advanced technologies. We recommend trying the Triple Detox iDome, Soma sleep therapy, and the diamond glow facial.
New Earth Café
Spend your morning surrounded by palm trees and sunshine at this stunning hidden gem. From smoothie bowls to avo toast, superfood lattes to affirmation juices, New Earth Café is a conscious eatery located in the green heart of Dubai, Al Barari, serving simple, honest food that nurtures and nourishes.
The highest 360º infinity pool in the world, located on the 50th floor of St Regis on the Palm, is an ideal place to destress and boasts some of the best views of Dubai. Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, you can take part in a morning yoga session at 8am followed by a delicious breakfast in the lounge area. This once-in-a-lifetime experience offers a peaceful way to see Dubai from the clouds.
Opening next month, Sanskara is a wellness space, day retreat, and chic eatery, opening its doors in Jumeirah on March 14. Whether guests are coming for a power hour of self-reflection in the lounge, or wish to curl up with a book in the open-air library, Sanskara promises spaces for all occasions. There will also be a curated retail space, offering a collection of sustainable, eco-friendly, ethically sourced wellness brands. From beauty and skincare to clothing and homewares, one-of-a-kind pieces have been selected for their ties to art and nature.
Dubai 2040 Urban Masterplan
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has a clear vision in mind for the city over the next two decades. The vision includes developing vibrant, healthy, and inclusive communities, doubling green and leisure areas as well as public parks to provide a healthy environment for residents and visitors. Public beach areas will also increase by 400 per cent over the next 20 years and 60 per cent of Dubai’s area will be nature reserves.
By 2040, Dubai is going to be home to a 93km city-wide climate-controlled urban highway called The Loop, which will connect residents across the city. This means that year-round, you’ll be able to walk and cycle around Dubai. Goodbye summer sweat. The project will feature sustainable and eco-friendly technologies, urban agriculture, parks, and amenities for surrounding residents, committing to being a sustainable and zero-emissions transport system.