Festive Gift Ideas from The Curve

Still stuck figuring out what to get your loved ones for the holidays? Can’t find the perfect gift yet? Why not give the give the gift of learning?

The Curve offers great gift options for people who want to give a  thoughtful present this year. Gifting is simple on the site – all you have to do is click “This is a gift for” on the checkout page and add your recipient’s name. The email receipt will be sent to you and you can choose the perfect moment to surprise your loved one!
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Here are just a few fun ideas for the festive season:

2 Hour Wakeboarding Session
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This is the perfect gift for your adventurous friends or family members! The 2 hour session can accommodate instruction for up to FIVE people which means you’ll even probably get the chance to tag along for the ride. The coupon is valid for 3 months, so the recipient can book their day on the water at their convenience. 

Crafty Christmas
Beginners Knitting

Your crafty friends will love receiving a Craftland course in their stocking this year! Machine sewing, quilting, knitting – the choice is up to you! Pick the perfect skill and book your friend in for a clever little course.

Photography
shutterstock_114693637 For the friend who is always snapping pics at your gatherings, a photography course could be just the thing! Gulf Photo Plus is one of the leading photography studios in the UAE and conducts great introductory courses throughout the year.

Pilates Reformer
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Fitness is on nearly everyone’s resolution list every single year! Help a friend make this resolution materialise with Fitness 360’s Pilates Reformer 10 session package. The package is valid for 3 months from the first session so there is plenty of time to get off the couch and work off the holiday pounds!

One on One Guided Meditation
meditation-6After a crazy holiday season, your friends will love you for booking them a private one on one guided meditation session with Third Eye Center. Help them regain some peace and zen with this high value gift!

Private Group Makeup Tutorial
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Keep the party season going by booking this package for your friends and have a private makeup tutorial in the comfort of your own home. Perfect for upcoming birthdays, bridal showers, or even baby showers!

Check out these ideas and more on thecurve-me.com! 

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Ditch the mall crawl, take a class this summer instead!

As the summer sets in, the population of the UAE goes into hibernation. When the humidity thickens, the road traffic thins out and the malls fill up. Year on year the UAE hides out in these air conditioned havens, thirsty for something to do that won’t leave them needing 3 showers a day. Months of this not only impact our wallets but also our waistlines (ahem Shake Shack overdose anyone?).

While the malls can be a good option to escape the heat, we at The Curve have so many more for you to try that won’t deflate your wallets or inflate your waistlines. Here are 5 options we recommend:

1. Water Sports

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What better way to beat the heat than hitting the water? Head out to play on the waves with these wakeboarding, water skiing, and wake surfing classes!

2. Photography

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The majority of people say they’d like to learn photography. Some even go so far as to buy a DSLR that they keep on Auto mode. Why not finally take that desire off the backburner and sign up to a short photography course this summer? Your holiday shots will definitely look a lot better afterwards.

3. Muay Thai

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Or any other martial arts for that matter! Summer is a time to get fit, and Muay Thai is a high intensity sport that will definitely help you do that!

4. Organic Cooking

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Ok so we said these classes wouldn’t impact your waistline, but hey if it’s going to be a food related activity it might as well be a healthy and organic, right? Bonus: everyone in the class gets a free basket of organic produce to take home courtesy of The Green League!

5. The Psychology of Successful Weight Loss

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If fitness or healthy eating don’t help you keep the pounds off this summer, then maybe it’s time to test the old adage “mind over matter.” In this one off workshop on June 22, you will learn to build a healthy mental foundation that will be the key to future weight loss.

If these classes won’t drag you away from your regular Summer routine, check out the hundreds of others on http://www.thecurve-me.com and we’re sure you’ll find something that will!

Learning to {Wakeboard}

When Xtreme Wake signed up with us, I was hesitant to try their wake boarding classes as I was still haunted by my terribly failed attempt to waterski on our honeymoon. I definitely wasn’t too keen on swallowing another gallon of sea water.

But when my brother came to visit from Qatar he was looking for  some adventure so I put my pride aside and called the guys from Xtreme Wake to book us a session. In my head, I comforted myself with the though that if I was still too chicken to try it I could at least soak up some rays on their gorgeous new boat – not a bad way to spend a Friday morning if you ask me!

Early on Friday morning, five us of met the team at the Marina Walk where their boat is docked. Karim & Ahmed, the owners of Xtreme Wake, are super friendly and immediately put everyone at ease. We headed out towards the boat (which is AWESOME!) and set out onto the water.

Leaving the marina

Leaving the marina

My two brothers were both experienced with water sports and started off the lessons with ease. With the bar set that high, I was even more nervous to go next.

Karim showing Ousama the proper starting position

Karim showing Ousama the proper starting position

Sami gearing up

Sami gearing up

Ousama getting fancy

Ousama getting fancy

It was my turn next, and with my competitive edge setting in, I was adamant not to let my brothers outdo me.

Putting on a brave face

Putting on a brave face

Karim gave me a few pointers on the proper way to start and how to stand up and then off I went into the water. As the boat began to pull, I immediately found myself swallowing seawater. Apparently, I was far too eager to stand up and caused myself to faceplant into the water – not too impressive of a start! However, with a few corrections and tries, I actually found myself standing up and staying up! I had always imagined wake boarding to be harder than waterskiing, but in reality it was FAR easier. It amazed me at how simple corrections to your positions could make the whole process so simple and enjoyable.

After two hours, we had all had a shot at the sport and agreed that it was definitely something we would want to do again. Being out on the water with the great weather, great company, and learning something new all added up to a fun and memorable group experience that is worth repeating!

The group

The group

Check out our Facebook page for the rest of the pictures!

{The facts}
Activity: Wake boarding
Provider: Xtreme Wake
Location: Dubai Marina Walk
Timing: Fridays & Saturdays
Duration: 2 hours [anything from 1 hour to a full day is available]
Price: 1,000 AED
Maximum participants: 5
Book it