With the world’s sporting eyes now on Abu Dhabi the emirate is on a fitness drive with healthy living campaigns and more sports going into schools. However. finding accommodation with its own gym can still be difficult. New housing complexes and towers may have a fitness centre but many of the older ones, particularly on the island, do not. You'll also often find independent boot camps running inside those newer developments, getting residents into early morning or dusk step climbing and lunges.

There are plenty of gyms to join and hotels offer health club memberships if your complex doesn't have facilities. Hiltonia Health Club & Spa and Monte-Carlo Beach Club have excellent gyms, beaches and swimming pools. The Fairmont Bab Al Bahr has gyms and outdoor pools, while the Sheraton has an established gym with squash courts and plenty of classes. The Club offers beaches, a swimming pool, tennis courts and a good gym but membership can be steep and waiting lists long. 

Independent gyms usually offer day passes for Dhs.100 to Dhs.250. Or join group exercise classes or a team sport to get your active kicks, Zayed Sport City being a great first port of call. The Abu Dhabi Country Club also offers personal trainers, and coaching in squash, tennis and swimming.


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