TIME FOR A DIGI DETOX
People sitting side by side, preoccupied by their phones and ignoring each other - it’s a familiar scene here. The 2016 We Are Social report places UAE in the number one spot for internet usage by country with 98 per cent, followed by UK with 92 per cent.
In terms of social media usage, we are second to South Korea, with 68 per cent active accounts in the top social networking site.
According to digitaldetox.org, 61 per cent of people admit to being addicted to the internet and their gadgets; and “high social media use can trigger an increase in loneliness, jealousy and fear.” This is why the US-based website organises tech-free retreats to help in mental, physical and emotional wellness. Although we love our tech here in the UAE, it might be an idea to join the “digital detox movement”. Here are some local offers to help you unplug...
FRIENDS OVER PHONES
Middle Eastern restaurant Kosebasi in JBR invites guest to literally put their phone down for a fun phone stack game. Starting today, diners are challenged to deposit their mobiles in the box on the table so they can enjoy an entire
DETOX IN THE DESERT
Can you last a day without internet? The Arabian Nights Village is offering a weekend digital retreat in the middle of the Abu Dhabi desert (in the Razeen Area of Al Khatim) with no wifi, limited phone connections or even television in the rooms. The package includes fun activities like dune bashing, camel riding, live oud music, pool access and more to reconnect people with nature and encourage family, friends and even other guests to interact with each other. “We have had some people arrive concerned and a bit agitated that they won’t get through the weekend without logging on. Suddenly they start really noticing the desert around them, tuning into the peacefulness, the bird song and totally relax. It’s very warming to see,” says manager Rashad Qudsi. arabiannightsvillage.com
There’s no better reason to hide away your tech than a day of splashing in the water. This Thursday and Saturday – just in time for the long weekend – Aloha Arabia is hosting a paddle boarding and snorkelling trip to Dibba Rock. The daytrips are inclusive of transportation, buffet lunch, tutorials and great fun under the sun from 7am to 3pm for Dhs395 per person. Gadgets are allowed, of course, but why risk them getting wet? Book your spot at alohaarabia.com
SOCIAL: According to studies, 50 per cent of people today prefer to communicate digitally than in person