Cool and cre­ative

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steps to bridge the gap and then sup­port you on the jour­ney. If this all sounds a lit­tle scary, maybe assertive­ness is some­thing you want to work on: Spear­head Train­ing (www. spear­head-train­ of­fers one-day cour­ses through­out the UAE year-round – it could be your first step to work­ing out what you re­ally want out of life. If it’s sim­ply the chance to be among other in­no­va­tors and en­trepreneurs that you yearn for, try Si­mon Hud­son’s next Startup Grind (­tup­ It aims to meet ev­ery four to six weeks in Dubai and ev­ery­one is wel­come. Photography is a very re­ward­ing way to push your cre­ative but­tons, with in­stant re­sults. Well-re­garded cre­ative hol­i­day spe­cial­ist Frui ( runs a range of photography hol­i­days, in­clud­ing one to the glo­ri­ously pic­turesque Ker­ala in south­ern In­dia from March 1-10. Or if the beaches and skyscrap­ers of Dubai are more your thing then the Mid­dle East’s photo com­mu­nity Gulf Photo Plus (www. gulf­pho­to­ is a great place to hook-up with fel­low snap­pers and take some work­shops.

If cook­ery’s more you, Hervé Cour­tot, chef de Cui­sine at Nobu at the At­lantis Palm Jumeirah, runs monthly sushi mas­ter classes, which cost Dh1,250 a time (­lantis­thep­

If you’d rather do it from home, the ac­claimed Rouxbe ( is the world’s first online cook­ing school and prom­ises to, “Guide you along the same learn­ing path used to teach as­pir­ing chefs in pro­fes­sional culi­nary schools around the world.”

If you like mu­sic but can’t play a note, Dubai Drums ( meets ev­ery Mon­day night at Duc­tac at the Mall Of Emi­rates. And if none of th­ese sug­ges­tions take your fancy, spend an hour online and you’ll dis­cover count­less op­por­tu­ni­ties to tap into your cre­ative side and push your­self to­wards great­ness. For some re­ally ad­ven­tur­ous ideas, take a look at www.go­ for de­tails of ev­ery­thing from Fla­menco gui­tar lessons in Spain to jew­ellery-mak­ing hol­i­days in France.

Fit and healthy

One of the best ways to push your­self is by set­ting a fit­ness goal. Com­mit to los­ing 5kg, and you should soon see re­sults; tell your­self you’ll be able to run 20km this time next year, and a well-crafted train­ing pro­gramme will help you on your way.

For women, one sure-fire way to pro­vide fo­cus for your fit­ness am­bi­tions would be to sign up for the ladies-only Dubai Desert Boot Camp (www.dubaidesert­boot­camp. com), a seven-day fit­ness and weight loss pro­gramme that prom­ises, “The ideal way for women to lose weight, get fit and tone in an all-fe­male en­vi­ron­ment.” The next course starts on Jan­uary 11.

For a less rigid com­mit­ment, the UAE is awash with per­sonal train­ers and cut­ting-edge gym pro­grammes – such as those of­fered by The Cir­cuit Fac­tory (www.cir­cuit­fac­ which has classes in Al Quoz, Mead­ows, Springs and Jumeirah and sets par­tic­i­pants a four-week chal­lenge that they say is guar­an­teed to work.

If you’re al­ready in good shape and sim­ply look­ing for some­thing mean­ing­ful to train for, the wildly pop­u­lar Amer­i­can ob­sta­cle race

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