The Coolest Clubs in the UAE

18 Mar 2013

A good gym has enough machines to handle the post-work rush. But a great one offers more — like multiple infinity pools, dazzling views or free kit bags. We found locales with lots to love

Best For The Competitive Set

Type-A personalities flock to these adrenaline-fuelled cycling studios, where each two-wheeler displays the rider’s speed, resistance, and energy exerted in real time. Students can even opt to have their stats exhibited on the studio’s Torq Boards (large flat screens at the front of the room) and participate in races throughout the class. From Dhs110 a ride(

Best For Great Scenery

If you’re having trouble breathing during a workout at this pristine property, the view may be to blame. The glamorous gym fitted out with state-of-the-art equipment is part of a five-star beach club that overlooks the Gulf. Once you’ve finished your workout, take a dip in one of the infinity pools or chill out on a glamorous white lounger with a fresh juice. Priced Dhs500 a day. (meydanbeach.)

Best For Group Exercise

When you want to get in shape, a gym can look a little intimidating, but Fitness First is there to give you a guiding hand. From the moment, you sign up, the team will give you all the tools you need to get into shape - including a kit bag to take to your first workout. As well, as having the usual gym equipment to play with, Fitness First comes into its own with its classes. If you want to try TRX, Zumba, Grit or Swing Yoga, this is the place to be. Check out the Motor City club for extra inspiration as the studio overlooks the track. Memberships from Dhs1,999. (

Best For Variety

Do you get bored easily? This three-storey gym will keep you occupied. When you tire of the woodchip treadmill (yes, really), head over to the monkey bars of the Queenax platform. And before you question how you’re going to spend the rest of your week, you’ve still got Body Bikes, Grit classes and a Nike Training Club to enjoy too. From Dhs299 a month.(

Best For Babes On A Budget

The price of admission may be low (membership costs as little as Dhs307 a month), but your expectations shouldn’t be: Each Fitness 360 facility has everything a dedicated gym rat needs, including clean locker rooms. Within the Fitness 360 gyms you’ll find Cybex cardio and strength equipment, spacious fitness studios, and in the case of the ladies gym at J3 Mall, Al Wasl Road, a boxing ring. Seriously, what’s not to like? (

Best For Getting Serious

Push yourself to your limits at this gym founded by UAE PT Dan Harrison.  They offer one-on-one sessions and group classes. You won’t find any pretty pieces of kit here – this is the home of tyres, sledge hammers and ropes. But you will find the high performance group Inner Fight who work with female PTs and triathletes. The Evolve team is also keen to develop your interest in fitness and nutrition so look out for talks from international experts, which are held on a regular basis. Sessions priced from Dhs350 per hour. (

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