5 Best Gyms in Business Bay, Dubai

Written by Bethan Hurst-Haynes

Set in the North of the city, comprising an eclectic mix of residential and commercial buildings, Business Bay is closely bordered by Downtown and Old Town. Vibrant and bustling, the communities are geared towards an active lifestyle - in this blog we’ll take a look at 5 of the area’s best gyms, with something to suit all budgets and goals.

1. Fitness First Business Bay

Fitness First Business Bay

Occupying the C Floor of Vision Tower, this 19,000 sq ft facility caters to both men and women and is a platinum-level club uniquely designed to show off the brand's new image. The open plan workout area is complemented by a large entertainment wall (vital for distraction when completing that last set) and the studio offers an incredible view of the Burj Khalifa. The club has a team of Personal Trainers as well as a yoga area, members’ lounge and sauna / steam rooms in the spacious changing areas.

Originating in the UK Fitness First, and its 17 years of helping members achieve their goals, was brought to the UAE by Landmark Group. The Business Bay club is managed by Mohamed Hosny, who says the team's mission is to, “inspire people to work on their fitness in a way that suits their style and their increasingly busy lives”.

The club offers several membership plans, divided into ‘Home’ (one club only) as well as ‘Platinum’ and ‘Titanium’. Home memberships are offered on a 3 or 6-month basis and start from AED 1,700 (AED 300 per month). Open from 5:30pm to 11pm Saturday to Thursday and 7am to 9om on Fridays, the club can be contacted on 04 232 8002.

2. The Gym

The Gym

Another offering in Vision Tower, The Gym positions itself as a “hub of luxury” with the promise that they will “nurture your mind with the team, nurture your body with top machines and nurture your soul at the muscle bar”.

The Gym is owned and operated by husband and wife team Hud and Maxine Russell who have poured their combined 22 years of experience and passion into creating a unique concept catering to a niche cross-section of Dubai’s market. They are actively involved in the day-to-day operations of The Gym, both undertaking personal training and keeping a watchful eye on everything that happens. They believe that, “every person's body and lifestyle is different - it’s our job as professionals to figure out what your body responds to”.

There is no pricing available on their website, but various monthly packages are available, ranging from 1 to 12 months with preferential rates for couples joining together. They also offer a limited number of VIP memberships each year which include 48 personal training sessions, a drink from the muscle bar on every visit, dedicated parking, a locker and 10-day passes for friends and family. To find out more, you can contact them on 04 442 6586. The club is open from 6am to 10pm Sunday to Thursday and Saturdays from 8am to 8pm.

3. UFC Business Bay

UFC Business Bay

Billed as the “ultimate MMA-inspired fitness experience”, this club promises to “unlock your potential and elevate your performance in a highly energized and supportive environment.”

Located in Bay Square Building 1, the brand was founded in 2009 and as well as well-equipped facilities with welcoming staff, they have their own coaching certification. Additionally, their diverse team specializes in personalised plans and programmes for everyone from the functional fitness beginner to the MMA expert.

Unfortunately, there is no pricing on their website but they do have a range of memberships and you can try the club for free with a day pass - they’re open daily from 5:30am to 11pm. You can contact them on 800 832496.

4. GFX Business Bay

GFX Business Bay

Most definitely not a traditional gym, there is no mindless treadmill pounding here, nor the clang of weights being thrown carelessly around. Instead, you can take advantage of a host of group classes to help you “get fit the fun way”. Their website promises a “high-energy and exciting” atmosphere, where you can feed off the energy of other participants (or just enjoy beating them).

Their schedule includes boxing, Les Mills body pump, zumba, yoga and Pound - a new concept total-body workout using upbeat tracks and dance-based moves coupled with bright green drumsticks that you hit on the floor or in the air - live your rock n roll drummer fantasy!

In keeping with their unique approach, GFX do not offer contracts - all payments are made month to month but no pricing is listed on their website so you will need to contact them for more information on 04 425 5940. They are open 6:30am to 10pm daily and have free parking on site.

5. Warehouse Gym Business Bay

Warehouse Gym Business Bay

The concept of Warehouse Gym (WHG) is clear - nothing sterile or plain but instead gyms that are full of character. This particular club offers both mixed and ladies-only areas and their PT team is all-female. Classes are of course on offer with Crossfit, cycle, Grit and ab-focused options to suit all goals.