Escape the midlife crisis

By Jo Finzi

If you’re feeling stressed out, burned out and just generally in need of getting away somewhere different, here’s a few ideas that might appeal. pictureSporting Glory

Maybe you’re too unfit to play professional tennis camp, or see your name up there in the world rankings. Maybe not though.

If you still want that sporting glory, there’s always something a bit different. What about trying your luck at The World Championship of Dominoes - All Stars Weekend, in Montego Bay in Jamaica (pictured). It’s on this month from 18th to 21st - and there’s more that Dhs500,000 in prize money up for grabs. You can dine on jerk chicken and rum while you battle it out.

Entrance fee is Dhs575 a day, including unlimited food and drink. If you want to find out more, email the organiser Roddy Schaaffe on . Stay at the Holiday Inn Sunspree, where the championship is held. pictureDog Fight

Work getting you down? Want to have a major league fight with your boss? Save your aggression for a high-tech shoot-out at fighter pilot school in Arizona’s Phoenix Valley. The aircraft are equipped with gun sights and dual controls, but you’ll be relived to know that sound effects replace real bullets.

Details: Fighter Combat International offers various courses. Advanced Air Combat Mission costs Dhs4,000 for a three to four-hour programme, including 60-minute flight and aerobatics. The three hour Introduction to Air Combat Manoeuvring costs Dhs2,500, with 30 minutes in the air.

For more information call 00 1 480 279 1881, or visit pictureWagon wheels

If you want to stay on the ground for a thrill, there’s always the gladiator training school in Rome. Geared up in your tunic, sandals, belt, iron, protective gloves and a wooden training sword, you’ll learn all the key Russell Crowe moves.

Details: Gladiator school is Dhs2,600 a day for up to eight people. Stay at the Rome Cavalieri Hilton - 00 39 06 3509 2031, pictureUp the pole

Fed up with the sound of your mobile?. Go where they can’t find you - the North Pole maybe? The 15-day expedition leaves by boat from Murmansk, traveling on a Russian icebreaker ship through dense Arctic pack ice.

You’ll be up close to polar bears, and get a bird’s eye view from one of the ship’s helicopters. At the pole, there’s a chance to hike across the ice, and to walk around the globe in less than a minute.

Details: Starting from UK, the 15-day North Pole Expedition costs Dhs87,500 with WildWings including return flights from Helsinki to Murmansk, cabin accommodation, two nights in a Helsinki hotel, transfers to the vessel, all meals onboard ship, helicopter excursions and landings, complimentary parka, and posttrip CD with photos and videos.

For more details, contact 0044 117-965 8333, or visit pictureWork it out

This destination is a must for revitalising the mind and body. The Wildfitness retreat has a novel exercise regime. Forget the gym this programme means you will canoe through mangroves and run through the forest.

Your teachers are world-class athletes, commandos and yoga specialists, and shedding unwanted pounds is done the imaginative way. Groups are limited to 12 or fewer.
The cost starts at Dhs16,500 for a nine-day programme, including massages, yoga and nutrition workshops, three daily training sessions and all food.

For more details contact Wildfitness, or visit

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