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A Gym Enthusiast’s Guide to Dubai


Some people believe that exercising is nothing more than a matter of staying in shape. For some this might be true, but for others, it is more a question of the lifestyle than anything else. Those who call themselves ‘gym enthusiasts’ cannot possibly fathom going through their day without having at least one solid workout. This is why they can get quite picky about their traveling locations. Before going on a holiday, they first thoroughly study the area they are going to. If they don’t find the workout conditions to their liking, they are likely to go someplace else. For all those gym enthusiasts still contemplating whether to go to Dubai or not, here is a short guide which should help.

Al Barsha Pond Park

Seeing how Dubai has pretty much constant weather conditions, the opportunity to train outside is one of its greatest appeals. There are numerous great places for working out outdoors in Dubai, and one of them is the Al Barsha Pond Park. The park prides itself in a soft 1.4km running track, which completely encircles the pond. Furthermore, the track is marked at every 100m, which makes it extremely easy to monitor your progress.

Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel

Those who don’t have a bigger budget might want to settle into one of the most prestigious hotels in Dubai. If possible, it would be smart to look for a hotel with an infinity swimming pool, like the Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel or the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. The infinity pool, if you weren’t already aware when observed from the outside, gives the impression of merging with the surroundings, which is quite a unique experience. However, for you as a gym enthusiast, the fact that you have someplace to swim your daily laps is much more important. The breathtaking views can only help you get more inspired. On the other hand, for those who can’t afford such a luxurious vacation, there are many pools for under Dhs100 in Dubai that can serve the purpose.

Finding the Best Gym

It goes without saying that you can’t hope to call yourself a true gym enthusiast without frequenting a gym, even while on vacation. Luckily for you, in Dubai, you won’t have a shortage of quality gyms in any price range. However, what matters, even more, is getting the right personal trainer, and this is something Dubai can pride itself in. Your safest choice might be to go with the incredible Symmetry Gym. There is a huge difference between training on your own and with a professional skilled both in exercises and motivation.

Dubai Steps

We must also mention one future project, which means that this list wouldn’t be complete without the 100m high Dubai Steps. As soon as they are finished, this 500 steps ascent will become a spot for one of the world’s best cardio exercises. The most curious thing about this landmark is the fact that it doesn’t lead anywhere. It was just meant to be a staircase, and that’s it. On the other hand, this is what will make it something unique and even become a landmark of this amazing city. According to some of its chief architects, once the planning and future location are determined, it shouldn’t take more than a year for this project to be finalized.


If you want to see the world, but loathe the idea of leaving your exercising habits behind, Dubai is the right spot for you. As we have already emphasized (several times), price ranges vary and so do experiences, but it would be safe to say that Dubai has something to offer for everyone.


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