Handy advice for a better life. FITNESS FILE: Newly opened Haddins Fitness offers group classes that include boxing, running, walking and circuit training. The classes take place outdoors at different sites including Al Raha Gardens, Zayed Sports City and the Corniche. In addition, you can enroll for one-on-one personal training or round up a small group of friends for private sessions tailored to your needs. University-qualified fitness specialists are able to train professional athletes at the Haddins Academy, located at Zayed Sports Academy. They also provide a corporate welfare scheme which aims to address a company's needs and increase its productivity by encouraging a healthier lifestyle for all employees. When the weather cools down in September, Haddins plans to add more sessions and starting "Pooch fitness" to keep your dog in tip-top shape. Singles and families pay Dh500 and Dh800 respectively for one month's unlimited classes. Single classes cost Dh100. Haddins Fitness, Abu Dhabi, 056 691 3820, www.haddins.com
Beat the identity card deadline Major General Nasser al Menhali, the assistant director general of naturalisation and residency, has announced that all UAE residents must have an identity card by the end of 2010. Concierge tells you what you need to do to beat the deadline: 1 Download the pre-registration application from the Emirates Identity Authority (Eida) website (www.emiratesid.ae) and fill out a printed copy of the form. Or get the form filled in for you at the typing centres at the Eida registration centres or Emirates Post for Dh40.
2 Due to the high number of applicants, an appointment system is not in place right now. But do check the Eida website for updates on whether appointments are necessary during the period you choose to go. Our advice is to get there as early as possible (7.30am) to avoid queues. 3 Pay a visit to one of the Eida registration centres, making sure to bring a filled pre-registration application form, original valid passport and original family book, valid residency permit, or original proof of residency in UAE depending on whether you are a UAE national, resident or a GCC citizen. Children under the age of 15 are not obliged to visit the registration centre, though their guardians must provide a photo along with the previously mentioned documents on their behalf.
4 The registration fee (starting from Dh100) must be paid at the Eida registration centre prior to the registration process. Collect a ticket and wait your turn. 5 Make your way to the designated counters once your ticket number is called. Your documents will be scanned and biometric data collected. 6 Your card will be sent to your address by registered express mail. Emirates Identity Authority, 600 523 432, located across the UAE (maps available at registration centre sites online), Sunday to Thursday, 7:30-20:30
Room Service UAE We stumbled upon Room Service Deliveries by mistake and were excited to find a gourmet food delivery service available to Abu Dhabi and Dubai residents. Customers can place their orders online or over the phone from a selection of Indian, Italian, and Japanese gourmet restaurants and have it at their doorstep within 60 minutes. Room Service charge a delivery fee and have a minimum order charge depending on the restaurant. Room Service Deliveries, 800 4788, www.roomservice-uae.com
Festival finale This year's Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival has been outstanding. Not only did we see Abu Dhabi's first full-length opera with the Puccini Festival Opera's stunning production of La Bohème, but an incredible array of musicians and performers in what will be remembered as one of the highlights of 2010. We can't wait for next year.
For more information go to www.abudhabifestival.ae