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Fitness activities helped me settle in Dubai, says expat – News

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An accountant and fitness enthusiast explains how the Dubai Fitness Challenge played a major role in helping him settle in the city

Published: Sun 7 Nov 2021, 6:15 PM

Last update: Sun 7 Nov 2021, 6:16 PM

Although an accountant by profession, Indian expat Favas Thaniyeppil has devoted himself to fitness and adventure sports. The 32-year-old, who had just arrived in the United Arab Emirates when he landed here towards the end of 2019, says he is amazed and delighted to be taking part in his first-ever Dubai Fitness Challenge this year.

“Fitness is my life, my passion and the one thing that brings me immense happiness. And I’m so happy for this amazing initiative called fitness challenge here in UAE, something I never seen or heard in my life. To me, it says a lot about the visionary leaders of the UAE who show they care about their people by introducing such a fantastic initiative that motivates everyone to take care of their health and to have a good life,” he told the Khaleej Times.

Favas worked as an activity instructor in India for seven years, where he took groups on fun fitness activities such as biking, hiking and camping. In search of similar opportunities and to give wings to his passion, he landed in Dubai, which he calls the city of dreams, where he aims to become better known in these activities and work full time in the same domain.

However, due to Covid, he couldn’t find the right job in this field and ended up being an accountant, but that didn’t dampen his spirit and he decided to pursue his passion in all the free time he had. he could have.

“I didn’t know anyone in the city when I came here, but thanks to DFC and the number of fitness related groups on social media and WhatsApp, I made several friends in the city. It’s thanks to these activities of fitness that I managed to settle in this beautiful city because I made such great friends who share the same passion to stay healthy, fit and enjoy at the same time. So I credit DFC with playing a major role in helping me settle in Dubai, I couldn’t have survived here without friends and fitness activities,” he said.

A fitness enthusiast, Favas says he dedicates two to three hours daily to fitness activities.

“My day starts with community football in my area from 7am to 9am, after which I freshen up and go to work. In the evenings, I go to badminton sessions where I teach and manage groups of badminton enthusiasts. On weekends, I hike in the mountains of Ras Al Khaimah or Fujairah with some hiking enthusiasts, whom I joined through one of these social media groups. fun sports activities which in such a short time I have made such good friends from different nationalities, age groups and cultures.

Coming to the UAE and participating in the DFC, Favas said, gave her unimaginable exposure and free access to different sports and fitness activities.

“It gave me the experience of interacting and bonding with people of different nationalities and backgrounds and the trip was absolutely amazing,” a happy Favas said.

Intense activity is what Favaas is looking for and what keeps it going, the sports enthusiast told KT. “I can’t sit idly by because it depresses me. I don’t sleep if I don’t do any strenuous activity. I really want to get tired and I find happiness through fitness activities because it helps me escape negativity. Fitness activities gave me a life to look forward to in Dubai. I hope that I will soon be able to convert my passion into a profession.