Posted on 27 January 2015

Vie Activist, Elisha Elliott, is an Australian born- Dubai based pilates instructor, STOTT trainer and avid coffee lover. Check out her top ten things to do in the gorgeous city of Dubai.

1. Pilates 
I've been doing Pilates for nearly 10 years, teaching it for almost 8, and I'm still not bored. And while I might be biased (as I teach there!) I think Real Pilates has the best teachers and variety of classes. A newer one of ours is called Core Physique; which is interval training, with a variety of props like medicine balls, flex bands and stability balls. An amazing way to get your heart rate up, burn fat while still keeping the movements safe. 

2. CrossFit
I've been doing CrossFit now for almost two years and I love the element of surprise and hat there's always something to work on, or improve. I currently train at both CrossFit Metalize and InnerFight as they've both got amazing coaches and facilities and push me far beyond the potential I think I have.

3. Ripe Markets 
A favourite for me every Friday is to head to the Ripe Markets, a food and craft market held outdoors during winter in Zabeel Park. There's amazing organic food, freshly ground coffee, arts, crafts and beautiful fresh flowers. 

4. Rent-a-bike 
100 bikes have been made available to rent for tourists and residents in Downtown and the Marina, similar to those run in European cities. They're cheap to rent, and with 10 different rental stations dotted around the two main locations, they're easy to find. They've even got cute little baskets on the front, to fill with your shopping. 

5. Bounce Inc
Bounce has just opened in the Middle East and they run an awesome class called Bounce Fit; think high intensity cardio, while bouncing around like a 5 year old! Hard work but high fun! 

6. SUP
Surf House Dubai have rentals for surf board, kayaks and my favorite: stand up paddles. There view of the Burj Al Arab is amazing from the water, and the weather is amazing right now. 

7. Indoor skydiving 
For my birthday this year, I wanted to try something a little different. Being the middle of summer, skydiving wasn't an option (I actually think the heat would cause you to spontaneously combust!) so I tried the indoor variety at iFly and had the most amazing time! Nice small groups, great instructors and two turns in the 'wind tunnel' that blows up to 200kph and lifts you up to 10m high. 

8. Pancakes at The Cycle Bistro 
The Cycle Bistro is a paleo cafe inside Cycle Hub in Motor City. Not only do they have a variety of paleo dishes, awesome coffee and smoothies, they've also the best almond pancakes I've ever eaten. There was almost tears when I showed up once and they'd run out of a key ingredient and had taken them off the menu. The head chef is Very proud of his pancakes and has been playing around with the recipe for a very long time to perfect it. And for me, they're worth the 25 minute drive from Downtown to eat them. 

9. The Beach
The area of Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) has been renovated lately and The Walk, a 1.7km long shopping promenade now boasts not only some amazing restaurants and shops, but a bouncy castle in the sea, a red running track and exercise equipment set up from the beach. Lots of grassy areas to picnic also, a photo booth to capture memories from the day and an outdoor cinema for the evening. 

10. Jetty Lounge
Sometimes you need a comfy lounger, flickering candles and chilled out tunes. And a cocktail (or two) doesn't hurt. One of my favorite spots to relax and enjoy the sunset with my favourite friends. 
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