Whether you’re a fitness fanatic or an exercise newbie – or simply have a phobia of working out – we guarantee that we’ve found a gym for you. Goodness has searched the city high and low to uncover the best workout spots in Dubai, from the super exclusive and über luxurious to the fun-packed healthy hangouts and perfect picks for more adventurous types – all guaranteed to whip you into shape in no time.
Originally hailing from London, Embody Fitness boasts a client list of countless celebrities, influencers, and professional athletes, which is hardly surprising seeing as it has some of the best PTs in the business. The fact that it’s more luxurious than most five-star hotels also helps. Ever been to a gym scented with Hermès? Thought not. The ultimate place to get fit and healthy, Embody brings tailored PT workouts, nutrition, and sports therapies together in one impressive members-only destination, complete with changing rooms and shower facilities to rival a high-end spa.
You’ll be given an eight- to 12-week program completely tailor-made for you, in addition to starting with a thorough body consultation that covers everything from your sleep patterns to your mobility levels. This is where to go if you’re looking to transform your body by focusing on strength and conditioning. Don’t believe us? Then visit the website to see some of its incredible body transformations.
Lamborghini Building, Sheikh Zayed Road
(+971) 52 723 9333
Speaking of mega-luxurious gyms, The Gym is so pretty that you’ll forget you’re there to work out. It’s honestly worth a visit just to admire its beauty – think: plush velvet sofas, bold black-and-white prints, and showers paved with gold tiles. A top interior designer from South Africa was flown in for the décor, and it shows. The breathtaking views of Burj Khalifa are an added bonus.
Aesthetics aside, this is also a seriously impressive gym thanks to its top-notch PTs and state-of-the-art facilities. Each machine was custom-made for the gym, while cardio machines with built-in interactive entertainment allow you to surf the web or watch Netflix (making the treadmill almost bearable). Plus, you have The Muscle Bar to look forward to, a cool and cozy space that serves up post-workout shakes and healthy lunches made by the “Chief Beverage Officer”. It features a lounge area complete with a huge plasma and Apple TV, so you can cozy up under a blanket for a post-workout nap or just catch up on your favorite show with your shake. Sold.
The Vision Tower, Business Bay
(+971) 4 442 6586
This is your one-stop fitness shop because Fit Republik has it all – literally. An Olympic-sized pool, CrossFit rigs, 12 weightlifting stations, martial arts, gymnastics, barre, yoga, Pilates, an outdoor-running track… the list goes on. Plus, it also has Nathalie’s, a café and kitchen concept that shuns additives, preservatives, and scary ingredients you can’t pronounce. Instead, it focuses on fresh, wholesome concoctions to keep you in tip-top shape.
You could spend a whole day here and barely scratch the surface, making it perfect for anyone who gets bored doing the same old thing at the gym. Try out a group class, book in with a PT, or just hang out and get inspired whilst sipping on your super juice.
(+971) 4 556 1888
6 Pillar Fitness
Whether you want a PT session, to get fit with your BFF, or find working out in a small group more motivating, 6 Pillar Fitness offers personal training sessions to suit everyone. Set in a cool space, this boutique gym is all about focusing on the six pillars that form a healthy body: fitness, health, nutrition, well-being, strength, and lifestyle – just as the name suggests.
Providing a holistic approach that focuses on the inside as well as the outside, this place is always buzzing with people lifting weights, lunging across the astroturf, or sprinting on the treadmill. A relaxed, welcoming atmosphere means it’s not intimidating, and you’ll probably find yourself chatting and hanging out with fellow gym-goers in no time.
Palladium Building, Al Quoz
(+971) 4 325 1002
If boutique health clubs are more your speed, DIFC is where you’ll find one of the best in Dubai. Uenergy is an über-trendy gym that offers the best of the best, including seriously cool and inviting surroundings. There are tailored workouts, an array of classes ranging from spinning to core sessions, and even post-session sports massages to tend to your aches and pains – not to mention the relaxed lounge area where you can catch up with friends while you try a gourmet salad made fresh at the U Fuel café. If you work in the area, there are lunchtime classes perfectly timed so you’ll be back at your desk within the hour.
The Gate Village, DIFC
(+971) 55 919 6666
TribeFit’s “Socially Active” tagline says it all. Here, you’re encouraged to have fun during your workout and work up a sweat whilst connecting with others in a trendy, urban space (graffiti and all). There’s even a live resident DJ providing the perfect beats for your workout soundtrack. You’ll find a first-class gym, a club, and a café in the 23,000-square-foot space.
There’s every exercise class you could possibly want – from body pump to kickboxing and TRX to tabata – as well as private PT sessions and group bootcamp classes. TribeFit also hosts social events including camping trips, movie nights, and coffee mornings, making it even easier to embrace the healthy lifestyle.
Silverene Tower, Dubai Marina
The Warehouse Gym
A workout institution in Dubai, The Warehouse Gym is the go-to for fitness fanatics. Famed for its CrossFit classes, the gym also hosts boxing sessions, spinning classes, personal trainers, and weightlifting stations. And – as its name suggests – you’ll be working out in a warehouse, complete with neon lights, graffiti, and wall art that adds a fun and urban vibe.
Its newly opened sister gym down on the Beach opposite JBR is the perfect place to get your sweat on in the sand during the cooler months and tuck into tasty and nutritious delights served up by Common Grounds. Win-win.
(+971) 4 323 2323
Max & Aegle
Despite only opening a few months ago, Meydan’s mega new fitness center Max & Aegle has taken Dubai’s fitness scene by storm. Covering a whopping 500,000 square feet, it has everything you could possibly want from a topnotch gym. Olympic-size swimming pool? Check. 1,400 meter running track? Check. Yoga lawn with downtown skyline view? Of course. Even better is you can workout indoors or outdoors, and despite having enough space to accommodate up to 5,000 guests, they limit numbers to 2,000 members so you never feel overcrowded.
Inside you’ll find five specialized indoor training zones that range from conditioning stations to cross-training, functional training, and even martial arts. On top of that, there also countless exercise classes to choose from, with ladies only options and dedicated kid’s classes. Memberships include a Fit3D Body Scan, a one-month nutrition plan, and health assessment. To top things off, the 100&Ten juice bar and restaurant serves up healthy snacks and light bites. Knowing that their sugar-free cheesecake with oats and peanuts is waiting for you is bound to get you through that last uphill sprint.
Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba
(+971) 4 259 5555
Engine Health & Fitness
Housed inside a sleek modern glass-structure, Engine Health & Fitness is the ultimate one-stop-shop to all things fitness. A three-story state-of-the-art gym, it offers an impressive array of exercise classes, from intense bootcamp sessions and sweat-inducing HIIT classes to the more Zen option of swing yoga. Whether you’re a beginner or fitness fanatic, you want to build muscle or stretch things out, there’s something for you.
The name of the gym itself is a metaphor for the human body’s ability to work as efficiently as a machine, and after a session or two here, we guarantee yours will feel stronger, fitter, and more motivated. It was also the first gym in the UAE to be awarded LEED Gold Certification, an internationally recognized green certification awarded to buildings designed and built using sustainable practices. So book in for a class, try a session with one of their expert PTs, or hit the gym floor solo, because it’s time to rev your Engine.
Working out shouldn’t break the bank, which is exactly why Gymnation is revolutionizing Dubai’s fitness scene. Dubbed ‘the people’s gym’, it offers memberships for as little as 159dh per month, and you can pay monthly with no binding contract. The 45,000 square-foot space is home to a spinning studio, treadmill room, boxing ring, free-weights area, and three separate studios for classes. It’s cool and modern with an urban, industrial edge.
If that wasn’t reason enough to give it a try, it also offers over 200 free classes per month, has over 500 pieces of the latest equipment and a separate ladies-only gym and studio, and it’s open 24-7. Oh, not forgetting its on-demand virtual reality classes, where you can select any class, any time, and workout under the guidance of your instructor who appears on the big screen. Welcome to the future of fitness.
Al Quoz & Bur Dubai