With the community’s growing appetite for healthy living, many new active wear stores (both brick and mortar and online) have sprouted up across Dubai and the www to cater to every need and workout style – be it Bikram Yoga, Pilates, CrossFit or Stand-up Paddle Boarding. Gone are the days when we had to rely on expensive overseas Shop & Ship deliveries for specialized yoga leggings. Today, most of our favorite brands are available in #myDubai. It’s entirely possible to walk into a little boutique and get yourself a matching set made out of recycled plastic bottles in Sweden – or a pair of leggings designed and produced by hipsters in California. Globalization at its best!
It’s great to see the health and fitness movement growing across the UAE and to embrace local businesses that (like us) are committed to making the sandpit a fitter, healthier, and a happier place.
Here are our favourite Dubai-based fitness & yoga apparel stores that we regularly shop from:
yApparel is a charming specialty shop in Jumeirah 1 that stocks some of the best-in-class brands for yoga and active living. The product selection is curated by its owner Dina Ghandour who is committed to bringing high-quality yoga and fitness gear to the Middle East that performs well on the mat and looks good off it.
yApparel recently launched its online shop that ships across the region: it’s a flat rate of AED 24 for the UAE (and free for orders above AED500), AED 79 for Saudi Arabia, and AED69 for all other GCC countries. Score!
All brands available: Dharma Bums, Divine Goddess, Duskii, Iam Vibes, La Vie Boheme Yoga, Manduka, Tonic, Wellicious, Zara Terez, Under The Same Sun, Liquido.
Jumeirah Centre, Beach Rd
04 344 3013
Shop online on yapparel.com
This multi-brand concept was born out of the need to find fitness wear that does not compromise on style, so your work-out clothes work a tad bit harder – from a pilates class to a work meeting to a night out. Hautletic stocks active wear brands that keep their performance promises and can be effortlessly integrated into your daily wardrobe (here‘s how we styled their workout wear into everyday dressing).
What we love: anything and everything from Michi, print sets from Prism Sport, and sports bras from Vie Active (they’re amazing for yoga, gym or SUP – here‘s how we wore them for the day at the beach)
All brands available: Splits 59, Michi, Vie Active, Alala, Pilot Athletic, Prismsport, Outdoor Voices.
Al Marabea Street, Al Quoz (next to Art Sawa)
04 338 4088
Kata & Asana
The apparel division of Venus Sports (the leading supplier and distributor of yoga related brands and products in Dubai), Kata & Asana is a hidden gem in Al Barsha Mall that stocks some of our favorite active wear brands.
What we love: Manduka yoga mats (we love their Eko Series), colorful Toesox to rock your next Pilates class, and celebrity loved Alo Yoga wear (check Kino MacGregor’s Instagram for some inspiration)
All brands available: Alo Yoga, Jade Yoga, Prana, Manduka, Toesox, Yoga Paws, Suria, Hard Tail, Inner Fire, Kiava, LOVEZUVI, OmShanti, OmGirl, Raw Designs, Super Buddha.
Al Barsha Mall, Al Barsha 2
050 853 7080
Shop online on venussportsme.com
The Hot Box Kit
A Dubai-based online store offering a selection of funky, sexy and high-performance yoga, dance & workout gear hand-selected by its founder Hannah.
The Hot Box Kit ships across the UAE for a flat rate of AED25 (and free for orders above AED350), and across the GCC for AED 100.
What we love: Onzie bras, Teeki Deer Medicine leggings, and Zara Terez capri pants.
All brands available: Beyond Yoga, Nina B Roze, Pointe, Teeki, Tima, Vie Active, Zara Terez.
Shop online on thehotboxkit.com
A newly launched online store with a wide selection of high-performance workout gear – anything from yoga tights to sport bras for running and CrossFit to hoodies and cover-ups.
What we love: NUX coverups, Olympia mesh shirts, and Lexie Sport printed tank tops.
All brands available: Body Language Sportswear, Drop of Mindfulness, Lexie Sport, Nina B Roze, NUX, Olympia, Pilot Athletic, Tonic, Vie Active, Every Second Counts, KORAL, First Base, HPE, Nimble, Heroin Sport
Shop online on fitplum.com
Where do you get your workout apparel in Dubai? Share your favorite spots in the comments below.