Yoga festival to be held in Dubai

Thousands expected for event devised by extreme sports company XDubai and Dubai Tourism.
XYoga will promote the practice in ‘a uniquely Dubai way’ and a number of events are planned for next year. Sarah Dea / The National
XYoga will promote the practice in ‘a uniquely Dubai way’ and a number of events are planned for next year. Sarah Dea / The National

ABU DHABI // XDubai, the outfit behind such extreme sports offerings as Jetman and the gruelling Spartan Race, is diversifying into the much more grounded and calming world of yoga.

This week the action sports group and its partner Dubai Tourism announced its latest venture, XYoga Dubai, described as a year-round celebration of the ancient practice.

Javad Khoramifar, XDubai’s marketing director, said XYoga will promote yoga in “a uniquely Dubai way” and will balance out its adrenaline-packed action sports.

“The initiative has a lot of benefits, and highlights the accessibility of yoga as a lifestyle choice to help encourage people to defy their bodily limits and mental boundaries,” he said.

“Yoga is part of every athletes’ life, especially those who are into action sports, which is and remains a core focus for XDubai. As a sport, yoga is a culture, a life choice and a challenge.”

A number of events are planned throughout next year, beginning with a public yoga session on the morning of January 1 at the beach opposite Jumeirah Beach Residence.

The main event for next year will be the two-day XYoga Dubai Festival in February, which is expected to become an annual fixture.

Organisers said the festival will offer a series of free sessions, meditation and healthy eating workshops and talks, accompanied by live music and DJ sets.

More than 10,000 people are expected to participate in a mass yoga session on the morning of February 19.

The festival, to be held at Burj Park, Downtown Dubai, from February 19 to 20, will be open to all members of the public with free admission. Activities are planned for all ages and abilities, with classes such as vinyasa yoga and Acroyoga, organisers said.

“XYoga Dubai highlights the inclusivity that Dubai promotes as we welcome everyone from athletes, professional instructors, experienced and beginner yogis to parents and children to come down and enjoy the celebrations,” said Issam Kazim, chief executive of Dubai Tourism.

Mr Kazim said he expects XYoga’s festival to become the largest yoga event of its kind in the Middle East.

* This article has been amended since it was first published

Published: December 25, 2015 04:00 AM


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