Inside Dubai's giant studio gym: StudioRepublik
A fabulous new facility has just opened on Sheikh Zayed Road and it seems a bit like a gym... but it's not quite.
Well, it is, but it's also a lot of other things. Newly opened StudioRepublik is a sister brand of Dubai Sports City's Fit Republik but without the running tracks, the Olympic swimming pool, and instead is home to a full wellness facility - with a physiotherapy unit, dance studios, meditation areas, a stage for performances, and interestingly, a music studio.
The philosophy behind the spacious facility is that it plays to all your senses, if you want to join the music jams, or do a bootcamp, a dance class or get a full health analysis, then this is the place for you.
Classes have live DJs and percussionists providing the tunes, which is unusual, but a definitely fun addition.
There's a cycling studio with a staggering 75 bikes, as well as a huge projection wall, and interestingly, the various classrooms have aerial hoops suspended from the ceiling to provide some acrobatic entertainment for you while you workout.
There's also a healthy cafe, called ROH, and a space within the cafe for live performances.
It's just opened on Sheikh Zayed Road, near Lime Tree Cafe, and will cost you Dhs550 per month to be a member (quite cheap!).