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10 Dubai 30×30 Events You And The Kids Can Join In On

November 02, 2020 Posted by: Kidzapp Team Health & Nutrition, Kids Activities, Parenting

Dubai 30x30 Fitness Challenge is back and we're already on our feet and moving! With a month-long line up of exciting fitness events and wellness-focused entertainment, there's so much to choose from. Best of all, there are also multiple ways to get your kids involved in all the action.


1. Kite Beach Fitness Village

Enjoy sun, sea, sand and endless free activities at Kite Beach during Dubai Fitness Challenge – simply book ahead to enjoy the fun.

One of three Fitness Villages in 2020, this expansive area is packed with incredible workout opportunities for every level, with a range of safety measures in place to keep you healthy.

From intense HIIT workouts and family fun at Aqua Park, to volleyball games and beach football kickabouts – you can come back and try something new each day throughout the challenge. You'll see plenty of your favourite play areas, all upgraded since last year's DFC.

New this year, you'll find trampoline workouts at Fitbit Rebounder, with a resident instructor on hand at all times. There's also a Ladies Pavilion, with facilities dedicated to women-only workouts. The enclosed area features LED screens for self training and guided sessions.

Bringing the whole family? The Teen Fit area hosts a variety of bootcamps, dance classes and functional training for 13 to 18-year-olds. The Kids Camp also has a Skill & Play area with monkey bars and climbing challenges to keep your little ones active.

Pack your beach gear and prepare for a sunny escape to the seaside – you'll wish you had more than 30 days to enjoy all the activities on offer!

Activities include:

-Etisalat Fitness Theatre-
The Etisalat Fitness Theatre is the center stage where a variety of fitness sessions with top trainers and fitness experts are hosted.

-Dubai Chamber Burn Camp-
The Dubai Chamber Burn Camp is perfect for fitness enthusiasts seeking strength gains and sweat. Loaded with weights, fitness benches and rigs, this is the ultimate fitness camp for core strength, functional workouts and bootcamps that everyone will enjoy!

-DP WORLD Beach Volleyball-
The DP World Beach Volleyball area is great for a casual game with friends – or some competitive showdowns. Please book ahead if to ensure you get your court.

-DP WORLD Freeplay Zone-
The DP World Freeplay Zone has courts available for football – just book ahead if possible.

-Emirates NBD Teen Fit-
Start training them young! Emirates NBD Teen Fit is dedicated to teens aged 13 to 16 years old. This zone is filled with bootcamps, circuit training and speed and agility sessions. The short workouts and team programmes are designed to include some order and discipline in fitness.

-Emirates NBD Kids Camp-
The Emirates NBD Kids Camp is all about learning new skills and playing with fun elements – including a climbing wall. Kids can play for free and enjoy the space under parental supervision.

-Fitbit Rebounder-
Visit the Fitbit Rebounder to jump and fly! This spot features a trampoline rebounder, used for jumping exercises in-sync with some lively music.

-Shield Me Combat Club-
Shield Me Combat Club is the space for energetic bag workouts, empowering people through fitness, boxing and a never-give-up mindset.

-IMG World of Adventures Watershed-
The IMG World of Adventures Watershed offers unmatched watersports experiences for anyone seeking some adventure and exploration. Hop on for some stand-up paddleboarding or a take it easy on a kayak ride.

-Aqua Park-
Splash and have fun in the Aqua Park! With a massive water inflatable, both kids and adults will definitely enjoy some epic water obstacles.

-Ian Poulter's Golf Challenge by DP World-
DP World and Ryder Cup legend Ian Poulter are laying down a golfing challenge at Kite Beach Village from 30 October to 28 November. No matter whether you are a seasoned player or new to the game, the chipping and putting challenge will give everyone the chance to test your skills, score points and win some fantastic golf prizes.

-Emirates Astral Zone-
The Emirates Astral Zone offers a wide range of classes, including yoga, pilates and barre. There are also wellness sessions, such as gong baths and meditation.

-DP World Women's Fitness Pavilion-
The DP World Women's Fitness Pavilion offers ladies-only classes for those who want to work out in a discreet location with programming from top female trainers.

-DP World Beach Football Arena-
The DP World Beach Football Arena offers sessions for leisure play or programmed training. Choose teammates, book yourselves in, show up and we'll take care of the rest.

-DAMAN Spin Station-
With rockstar instructors, amazing playlists and a full-body workout, spin classes will transform the way you look and feel.With a range of spin bikes, the Daman Spin Station is cycling, re-imagined!

-TALABAT Game of Throws-
If you want to take your game to the next level, grab some friends and head to the Talabat Game of Throws zone and shoot some hoops. The sessions focus on athletic skills for pre-teens to adults. The half-court zone can also be booked during "Book Your Court" timings.

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Location:
Kite Beach, Umm Suqeim, Jumeirah Beach Road
Working Hours:
Oct 30 - Nov 28, Sun-Thu 14:00 to 23:00, Fri-Sat from 07:00
Prices:
FREE

2. Al Khawaneej Fitness Village

Push your pedals and enjoy some family-focused fun at the Khawaneej Fitness Village. With an array of standing bikes, there are plenty of opportunities to complete your 30 on two wheels – and a lot more in store. Half-hour cycling slots are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Stay tuned for events and activations on the community workout stage, with lots of motivational moments to keep you moving each day. If you're bringing the kids, then the Family Fitness Zone is perfect for you. The spacious area has daily programming with group classes and open workouts for all fitness and experience levels.

Also brand new, the Kids Skill & Play Area features junior bootcamps, functional training, low climbing walls and parkour obstacles – with dedicated onsite staff available to assist.

In addition to the upgraded Fitness Stage, with a packed daily schedule, the Fitness Village includes an upgraded Ladies Pavilion. The completely enclosed facility offers dedicated workout programmes for ladies only.

Activities include:

-Emirates NBD Cycle Hub-
The Emirates NBD Cycle Hub is a must for all cyclists. Kids and adults can book bikes free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.

-Emirates Fitness Stage-
Emirates Fitness Stage is the heart of the village with a variety of fitness sessions for all ages, featuring top trainers and fitness experts.

-Dubai Chamber Family Fitness Zone-
Parents play a key role in shaping a child’s attitude towards exercise. Families that work out together form healthy habits that last a lifetime. The Dubai Chamber Family Fitness Zone is a flagship area where children, parents, carers and grandparents can get active and have fun together.

-Emirates NBD Kids Skill & Play Area-
The Emirates NBD Kids Skill & Play Area is this customised zone for kids aged 8 to 12 years and teens aged 13 to 16 years, with fun elements for climbing activities and team workouts.

-Aster Ladies Pavilion-
The Aster Women's Fitness Pavilion offers ladies-only classes for those who want to work out in a discreet location with programming from top female trainers.

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Location:
Next to Last Exit Al Khawaneej, Mirdif
Working Hours:
Oct 30 - Nov 28, Sat-Wed 16:00 to 23:00, Thu & Fri 16:00 to 00:00
Prices:
Entry: FREE

3. Hamdan Sports Complex Fitness Hub

Check out a packed week of sports and activities at Hamdan Sports Complex. The Middle East’s largest indoor sports venue will host a series of activities at no cost – simply register to take part in the action.

Make the most of three Olympic pools, badminton courts, gym and sauna facilities. The week’s activities will cater to all groups and experience levels, from beginners seeking a new sport to those seeking professional workouts – as well as families looking for a fun day out.

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Location:
Exit 611, Opp. Global Village, Emirates Rd
Working Hours:
Nov 1-7, Sat-Thu 06:00 to 22:00, Fri until 18:00
Prices:
FREE

4. Dubai Run

The Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) is bringing the biggest citywide fun run to residents and visitors with Dubai Run. On 27 November, the entire city will become a personalised running track for all ages, abilities and fitness levels; giving everyone exciting new reasons to join!

Run, jog or walk along your preferred route, distance, location and starting time with your friends and family, and have fun. From Jebel Ali to Jumeirah; Downtown to Dubai Creek - the track is yours to choose in any community or neighbourhood.

So get the kids geared up, and get moving!

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Location:
Multiple Locations
Working Hours:
Nov 27, Fri
Prices:
Registration: FREE

5. Festival City Mall Fitness Village

Dubai Festival City Mall will have its very own Fitness Village, complete with a range of attractions and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Get ready for a climbing wall with five routes, 200-metre zip line, plunging bag jump and the thrilling Quick Jump – the massive leap of faith from a 12-metre platform will have your heart racing and knees shaking.

The IMAGINE Fitness Workout with Fitness First is sure to get everyone moving. Sports lovers can also play football and basketball, while the Workout Stage offers a variety of special exercise routines and motivation throughout Dubai Fitness Challenge.

Activities include:

- Climbing wall
- Zip line
- Bag Jump
- Quick Flight
- Workout Stage
- Football
- Basketball
- Pump Track
- IMAGINE Fitness Workout with Fitness First

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Location:
Dubai Festival City Mall
Working Hours:
Nov 6-28, Sun-Wed 14:00 to 22:00, Thu until 00:00, Fri & Sat 10:00 to 00:00
Prices:
FREE

6. Spinneys Family Fun Run 3

If your little ones are teeming with energy, consider signing the whole family up for a free community race close to where you live. The third Spinneys Family Fun Run takes place on 28 November, inviting all ages and levels of runners to make the most of Dubai's cooler weather.

You can start with the single 2.2km lap to get into the racing spirit or dial up the stakes on the 4.4km route. After you're done, make your way to the Run Village to explore all the products on offer and enjoy a delicious snack.

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Location:
Cedre Shopping Centre, Dubai SIlicon Oasis
Working Hours:
Nov 28, Sat from 07:00
Prices:
FREE

7. Get Your 30x30 on at City Centre Deira

Take a break from your weekend shopping and entertainment to work up a healthy sweat at City Centre Deira this Dubai Fitness Challenge. One 45-minute session will run every afternoon from Thursdays to Saturdays, covering intensive and lively workouts like Zumba, Bollywood dance, body combat and more.

Fancy giving it a try? Head to the mall in your exercise gear, and visit the registration area at the entrance of the class. If there’s a spot available, given the strict social distancing norms in place, you’re all set to start.

CLASS SCHEDULE:

- Zumba – 3pm Nov 5, 12 and 19

- Bootcamp/ Fitness – 4pm on Nov 6, 13 and 20

- Bollywood Dance – 3pm on Nov 7, 14 and 21 Nov

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Location:
City Centre Deira
Working Hours:
Oct 22 - Nov 21, Thu-Sat 15:00 to 15:45
Prices:
FREE

8. Dubai Running Tours

Swap your regular sightseeing adventures for a more invigorating and memorable experience with Dubai Running Tours. For the duration of Dubai Fitness Challenge, the free initiative is a fun and active way to explore Dubai’s iconic landmarks and scenic locales, thanks to Arabian Adventures.

Participants can choose between three routes with varying difficulties – an easy 3km, a moderate 5km or an intense 10km. The first option meanders through the historic Al Fahidi district and Dubai Creek; the second winds past the suave downtown Boulevard area; and the third route sweeps along the beachside running track in Jumeirah, starting at Kite Beach.

The 3km run is self-guided, with the help of the Questo app. It’s ideal for a more relaxed pace and can be done at any time that’s convenient for you. The other two routes are guided by members of the ASICS FrontRunner club. Take advantage of the cool, breezy weather and wake up early for a 6am run or wind down with a sunset jog at 6pm.

All tours will have stops along the way, with interesting facts about Dubai and the surrounding sights. Book your spot today and share your run experience on social media by tagging @arabianadventures and using the hashtags #AAxASICS and #Dubai30x30.

All precautions will be implemented for everyone's utmost safety.

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Location:
Kite Beach, Umm Suqeim, Jumeirah Beach Road
Working Hours:
Oct 30 - Nov 29, Daily 06:00 & 18:00
Prices:
Per Person: AED 0.0

9. Skechers Performance Run 1

A fun day out for the whole family, the Skechers Performance Run starts off a series of six community races on 13 November. Open to all ages and abilities, the distance categories covered are 2.5km – the perfect one for mum, dad and the kids – as well as 5km and 10km options for the more sports-savvy participants.

After the races, breakfast boxes will be handed out to each contestant and the award ceremony will take place. Held at The Ripe Market over by the Dubai Police Academy, the route promises to be safe and entertaining, and also serves as a superb post-event spot filled with food, music and shopping.

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Location:
Sheikh Zayed Rd, Al Sufouh 1
Working Hours:
Nov 13 (schedule to be confirmed) 
Prices:
TBC

10. Get Your 30x30 on at City Centre Mirdif

This Dubai Fitness Challenge, take your sporty kids to the mall for free training sessions at Mirdif Camp, which will run from morning to evening for a full month. Parents can register children aged between six and 12 at the camp, where the young stars can polish their skills through fun exercises and games like football, basketball, tennis and dodgeball.

All camp courses are taught by certified coaches who will take the necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of the students at all times.

There’s more going on at City Centre Mirdif for fitness enthusiasts. Take advantage of the two-hour-long Monday morning workouts with Fitness First trainers and get your day started on an energetic note.

CLASS SCHEDULE

- Bootcamp - 2 Nov

- Yoga - 9 Nov

- Afro dance - 16 Nov

- Body combat - 23 Nov

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Location:
City Centre Mirdif
Working Hours:
Oct 30 - Nov 28 (Mirdif Camp schedule on inquiry)
Prices:
FREE

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• When they’re young, you hand over your phone to them willingly, to keep them occupied or quiet. This is how it starts.

• Kids may want a mobile phone or a video game because their best friend has one. This is when it aggravates.

• Eventually, physical play time turns into digital game time. This is when it becomes an addiction!

Burden of the problem

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3. Delays Physical Development

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4. Restrains Social Relationships

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5. Increases Risks of Obesity

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6. Causes Physical Strains and Pains & Sleep Disruption

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What can we do?

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the following:

Avoid digital media use (except video-chatting) in children younger than 12 months

• For the 18-24 months age group, choose high quality programming and avoid solo media use

• For children 2 to 5 years of age, limit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programming, and co-view with your child.

• Turn off televisions and other devices when not in use

• Avoid using media as the only way to calm your child

• Monitor your children’s media content, what apps are used or downloaded

• Keep bedrooms, mealtimes, and parent-child playtimes screen-free

• No screens 1 hour before bedtime

• Remove devices from bedrooms before bed

Nothing will ever replace human interaction and socialization. Play and interact with your child rather than using digital media. Talk and have an extensive discussion with your pediatrician about responsible screen time.

Authored by Dr. Romulo Dimarucut, Specialist Paediatrician at Filipino Family Clinic, Mediclinic Deira.

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HELP! My Child Won’t Eat Anything! What Can I Do?
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Respect your child’s appetite – or lack of one

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What causes a nosebleed?

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When should I call my child's physician?

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When should you be worried?

Almost always, children with a cold develop a cough and this is something parents worry a lot about. It is normal for that cough to last a few weeks, even up to 4 weeks. In fact, the coughing, although distressing for the child and parent, is doing an important job. Young children are very bad at blowing their nose, so the mucus can fall backwards into the throat, especially at night when they are lying down. A big cough is the best way for the child to clear the phlegm from the throat, and prevent it going into the lungs and causing more severe problems like pneumonia. The cough is the body’s way to fight the infection and protect itself. When you need to be worried is when the child has other problems than coughing. Ask yourself these questions:

- Is my child drinking ok and staying hydrated?
- Is my child breathing ok and not distressed or wheezy?
- Is my child having periods of normal playing and activity?
- Is the fever improving after a few days and not getting worse?

If the answer to all of these is yes, then good news! Give it a few weeks during which time the cough should slowly improve while the answers should remain yes to all of the above questions. Seek medical advice if the child is deteriorating, or if you are starting to say no to some of the questions.

The snot can be different colours, but again, it is all about how the child is as a whole. If the child has pneumonia, we would expect tiredness, persistent fever and breathlessness. If the child has asthma, you would expect to see breathlessness, decreased activity and expect to hear a wheezing sound.

When is it allergy?

One should consider allergy if the cough lasts a long time such as a few months, if your child gets an itchy nose a lot, and if what is running from their nose is clear, watery liquid. If there is associated wheezing, it makes allergy even more likely. It can be hard to be sure, however, as children can get one cold after another and therefore extend their coughing for several months. With normal colds though, we often see the cough improving as the child recovers from the first cold, just as they catch another.

Allergy is more likely if the child has other allergic problems like eczema or food allergy. Has something new happened at home like a pet arriving? Does the cough go away when the child is on holiday away from home? Is it seasonal and only there in the summer? Allergy cough is normally worse at night when exposure to dust mites is at its worse from the mattress and pillows in the bedroom. In Dubai, doctors often label a cough as allergy, but the best course of action is to get some allergy tests to confirm it before staying on allergy medication long term.

Is it coronavirus?

Children can get coronavirus but it seems to be a generally mild illness, much like other cold viruses. There are some very rare complications leading to more serious illnesess (e.g. PIMS – Pediatric Inflammatory multi-system syndrome) but the risk is very low, perhaps 1 in 5000 children may get this.

There is no specific treatment for a coronavirus cold, so if your child has a cough and has been in contact with the coronavirus, watch over them and make sure their drinking, breathing and activity is ok. Normally if children get a virus, it is not necessary to check which one it is, but with COVID-19 going around, we do need to test most coughs in children in nursery or school to reduce risk of spreading it. The best and most accurate test is still the nose test, so it is important to talk to your child and support them when having the test.

What medicines can I give?

Coughing is a good thing and is the best way to clear mucus. Keep your child hydrated with plenty of fluids to keep the mucus less thick and easier to clear. Saline drops in the nose for young children is important, so they can still drink from the bottle and breathe through their nose. Cough medicines should be avoided, especially those that make the child drowsy as there could be a risk of accidentally overdosing. Treat the fever with paracetamol or ibuprofen and consult your doctor if you are worried.

More and more families are also starting to use nebulisers at home. If you have one, you could try a salty water (saline) nebulizer and continue using it if it helps your child. However, we recommend to only use Ventolin if the child has wheezing and breathlessness as it won’t help a cough or sore throat but will only make your child agitated and restless.

When it comes down to it, a cough or cold is nothing for moms and dads to be worried about if the child is otherwise ok. Give your child lots of cuddles and fluids but check with your doctor if you start to see more worrisome symptoms or behavior.

In doubt? Reach out to Dr. David here if you want to book a consultation or call 800 1999

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Are You Concerned That Your Child Is Too Short?
February 15, 2021 Posted by: Kidzapp Team Health & Nutrition

Having your child being the shortest kid in class can be cause for concern for some parents. We spoke with Dr. Medhat Salem, a Specialist Paediatrician and Medical Director at Mediclinic Mirdif who helped shed some light on the matter.

“Doctor, my child is short, should I be concerned?”, is something Dr. Salem often hears from visiting parents. And this question is really important and interesting because of three reasons:

1) Short stature can cause lots of stress, especially psychologically, on the parents and on the child.

2) Short stature is not a disease, but it can be a symptom of a disease that should be treated and after the treatment, the child should grow normally.

3) The short child that is healthy can be treated with growth hormone and achieve an additional 7-12 cm at the final height.

How do we define short stature?

Short stature means the child is two standard deviations below of what they should be according to their age and gender. If your son/daughter is the shortest in the class that doesn’t mean he/she is short in stature. He/she has to go below two standard deviations and other children might be taller.

How do we measure the optimal height?

We add height of the father and mother, then for the boys we add 13 and divide by 2, and for the girls, minus 13 and divide by 2.

What are the causes of short stature?

80% of the causes are genetically determined. Genetic causes are familial short stature and constitutional short stature. Familial short stature is where the parents are short and the child is also short.

Constitutional short stature is when the child has delayed puberty, but when he/she reaches puberty the child gets to normal height. So he/she will be short initially and will achieve normal height when the child reaches puberty. This can be easily diagnosed, as one of the parents may have the same history, and this is the only condition where there is no treatment indicated.

Other causes will include the child being born small like IGR. Chronic diseases such as diabetes, chronic renal failure, malabsorption syndrome such as celiac disease or endocrine causes such as hypothyroidism can also cause short stature.

In addition, rare causes can be genetic syndromes, for example Down Syndrome, Turner Syndrome or disproportionate short stature where the trunk is normal but the limbs are short like in cases of achondroplasia.

What do we do? How do we work it out?

We usually do a complete history and complete examination and necessary lab investigations. We investigate mostly endocrine causes like thyroid deficiency, gross hormone deficiency, pituitary deficiency and we investigate for chronic diseases. After doing the full investigation and having the full picture of what is going on, if there is a disease, we treat the disease and the child’s short stature and general health can be rectified.

If the child is completely healthy and normal, he/she is not constitutionally delayed and everything is OK, we can also give him/her a growth hormone to improve his/her height by 7-12 cm if you choose.

Always remember that short stature is treatable and you need to see your child’s paediatrician.

For appointments call 800 1999 or visit mediclinic.ae

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