“The BRIDGE is a disruptive space for authentic fitness, culture & humanizing wellness.” THE BRIDGE
The Al Qana waterfront development in Rabdan Al Maqta is now home to THE BRIDGE Lifestyle Hub, a unique new experience for Abu Dhabi residents. The 8,000 sqm contemporary space integrates seven ‘tracks’ (aka concepts) under one roof. Each of the tracks have been designed to compliment each other by offering a unique approach to achieving a healthy lifestyle, self-development and holistic wellness.
The seven tracks, MOVE, PAUSE, TASTE, CHOOSE, SEEK, EXPAND and LEARN are spread across the different floors. Predominantly it’s a members only space with some public spaces that are open to non-members.
We visited TASTE, the large farm-to-table culinary area on the ground floor that has indoor and outdoor seating. There’s two venues in one, a cafe and restaurant, offering an organic menu with all-day breakfast options, healthy soups and mains, juices, vitality shots and speciality coffee. It’s a sizeable space with various seating areas including a waterfront terrace.
The food and smoothies we tried were tasty and I’m definitely planning on returning to sample more of the menu. When we visited they were still in their soft opening phase with a limited menu so we received 15% discount off our bill.
Members will have their own private version of TASTE on the rooftop terrace when it opens. Non-members are also welcomed at CHOOSE, the ground floor retail area and PAUSE, where recovery and restoration are the primary goals. CHOOSE offers a range of curated sustainable and ethical lifestyle products and housemade supplements. Yoga, meditation, pilates, hydroxy-therapy and a custom built modern spa are part of PAUSE. The spa is a small but cool space with separate but identical men’s and ladies facilities offering treatments and rituals including massages, hammam and sound healing. There’s additional areas dedicated to cold therapies.
We were given a tour of the whole facility and it’s first-class, far removed from your usual gym experience. Members have multiple work out options within the MOVE spaces that encourage both solo and group training. All members have an introductory assessment where muscle mass, body fat, mobility and agility are measured to set appropriate goals and devise an individualised training programme. There are gym and fitness areas with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, a dedicated boxing area, indoor running track, spin room and so many more specialised spaces. A programme of fitness classes is available to members as well as personal training sessions
SEEK offers off site trips and adventures to specially selected destinations where members can connect to nature. Artistic experiences and social interactions are the inspiration behind EXPAND, a track for members to connect with other like-minded people. LEARN offers members educational spaces designed to inspire personal growth and knowledge.
The BRIDGE hub has taken five years to complete, a huge landmark project that massively elevates the capital’s health and wellness opportunities. It’s an impressive place led by a 200-strong team and everyone we encountered was welcoming and well informed. If you are looking for a place to boost self-improvement or perhaps you’re a digital nomad looking for a new working space then this is quite possibly the place for you.
THE BRIDGE Lifestyle Hub
Location: Al Qana, Al Maqta Street, Rabdan Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi
Telephone: 050 130 4879
Unless otherwise stated all photos © Jo Brett 2022. All rights reserved. Featured image used with courtesy of THE BRIDGE Lifestyle Hub.