Chill out at the UAE’s hottest new wellness centers    

Summer vacations are always heaps of fun, but crashing back down to reality feeling tired, sluggish and out-of-step with your usual healthy routines is never a pleasant experience, especially when it’s over 40 degrees outside. Thankfully, the UAE is home to dozens of nourishing and inspiring wellness centers that are sure to have you feeling back to your usual vibrant self in no time. 

Offering life coaching, family constellation therapy, hypnotherapy, ice baths, physiotherapy and much more, below are some of the most exciting new wellness centers to try this September. 

Another Mars – Dubai  

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This sustainable, members-only wellness club is all about promoting the powers of meditation, a practice that is known for reducing stress and anxiety, promoting relaxation, decreasing blood pressure and improving attention span, memory and sleep. 

Offering every different kind of meditation you can imagine, including natural stretching meditation, instrumental chanting meditation, Himalayan salt meditation, cosmic roam meditation and many other creative forms, you’re bound to find a technique that works for you. Whether you meditate daily, or you’ve never tried it before, Another Mars is the perfect place to properly explore its many benefits in a welcoming group setting.  

Inspired by founder Grace’s time living in Kathmandu, Nepal, the center also provides Himalayan sound bowl therapy and massages, and hosts events throughout the year.  

Another Mars has been such a big hit in Umm Suqeim that a second branch is set to open in DIFC very soon.  

Massages start from Dh550, while membership prices are available upon request.   

Dr.stretch – Abu Dhabi   

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Founded in Japan and boasting over 220 branches across Asia, specialized stretching studio Dr.stretch made its debut in the UAE this August at Shams Boutik Mall, Reem Island. 

Incorporating more than 200 different stretching techniques (all of which have been tried, tested and developed while working with elite professional athletes), the one-on-one stretching sessions promise to bring all kinds of benefits. Whether you want to improve your mobility and posture, ease joint stiffness or relieve muscle pain and soreness, Dr.stretch has the answer.  

Founded in 2010, the brand has helped over a million people discover a life that is free from unpleasant aches and pains.  

• One to three sessions per week are recommended to see optimum results. Appointments start from Dh280 for a 40-minute introductory session. For a limited time only, first-time clients get 40% off. 

Keyani Wellness – Dubai  

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Originating from Arabic, Farsi and Urdu, ‘Keyani’ is a word that has multiple meanings, including ‘my essence’, ‘my existence’ ‘to be complete’ and ‘to be fulfilled’.  

Advocating the idea of ‘conscious living’, Keyani Wellness in Al Manara offers a wide array of holistic healing therapies that are designed to improve physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health.   

Alongside the packed schedule of yoga classes, you can take a deep dive into yourself with family constellation energy healing, hypnotherapy, transpersonal psychotherapy, Jin shin Jyutsu, theta healing and many more alternative therapies.  

It also hosts workshops in arts and crafts such as soap making, Arabic bakhoor making and essential oils, and kid-friendly activities like seashell crafts and oil wax tile making.  

The café is pet friendly and offers tonnes of vegan and gluten-free options, while the shop is filled with locally made, artisan products that are perfect for gifts or treats for yourself.  

• Yoga classes start from Dh110.   

Pilatiq Fitness Studio – Abu Dhabi   

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Aimed at helping Abu Dhabi residents discover a stronger, healthier, happier and more confident version of themselves, Pilatiq in Khalifa City offers an array of different mat Pilates, reformer Pilates, barre, stretching and other fitness classes.   

The reformer start-up classes are ideal for those who are new to the practice and want to improve posture, mobility and strength, while anyone who spends the day hunched over an office desk will surely benefit from the spine corrector sessions.   

Meanwhile, the Friday Bliss restorative stretch session provides the perfect start to your weekend. There are also pop-up classes in belly dancing, assisted stretching and yoga and Pilates sessions led by guest instructors.   

The shop is also filled with tempting items, including the studio’s own range of colorful activewear sets, and bamboo lightweight hats that offer vital UV protection.   

An inspiring and invigorating place to work out, it offers everything you need to get back into your post-summer fitness routine. 

• Drop-in mat classes start from Dh103.   

Samadhi Wellness – Dubai  

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Decorated in natural textures and tones inspired by the four elements of nature – earth, fire, water and air – minimalist and stylish new yoga and wellness studio Samadhi Wellness instantly instills a sense of calm and peace.   

Launched in May 2023 in Jumeirah 3 by Kuwaiti architectural engineer Samar AlSalem, it offers everything you could ever want in terms of relaxation and nourishment.  

Skilled at making everyone feel welcome, it specializes in helping people to manage stress and avoid burnout.   

Presenting an unparalleled choice of state-of-the-art wellness facilities, every yoga class comes with free access to the indoor sauna, ice bath and an idyllic outdoor pool. Surrounded by lush greenery, the latter feels more Bali chic than Dubai glam, and it offers a tranquil oasis away from the noise of the city. 

Making it easy to turn one yoga class into a whole day out, there’s also a healthy café, a retail shop filled with artisan brands and products, a hair salon offering restorative hair treatments and a lovely garden lounge.  

Intended to be a transformative experience, the yoga classes range from gentle prenatal practices to hot infrared yoga and the energetic Power Flow and Yoga Twist, which incorporates handstands, arm balances and creative sequencing. Outdoor classes are also offered throughout the cooler months.  

Intro classes start from Dh67.  

The Flow Space – Dubai   

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Far more than just a place for spiritual therapies and relaxation, The Flow Space in Dubai Hills works with qualified doctors and specialists to deliver the best in sports medicine, rehabilitation, family medicine, fitness and wellbeing.  

This center is a sort of cross between boutique gym, wellness center and a very stylish and welcoming doctors’ surgery, the services range from treatments for injuries and ailments, to clinical Pilates, sports physiotherapy and personal training.   

Aiming to leave every guest feeling healed and empowered, those serious about boosting their fitness and performance can undergo deep dive health assessments, and sign up for special programs dedicated to running, strength and even golf. Meanwhile, those interested in the emotional side to good health can participate in mindfulness coaching and women’s circles. 

• Trial sessions and PT session packages are available, while monthly memberships cost Dh1,200.  

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