Gold’s Gym, the largest international gym chain in the world and a member of Al Ahli Holding Group in the UAE, has thrown open the doors of its first fitness facility in Ras Al Khaimah at an inauguration ceremony on August 30 at Mina Al Arab. The launch was attended by His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed bin Saqr Al Qassemi, Al Ahli Holding Group’s Executive Director, Salem Khammas, Head of Ventures Division, Ali Al Samahi, Gold’s Gym’s Chief of Operations, Nitesh Seebran, Chief Operating Officer, RAK properties, Mohammed Al Tair and Acting Director of marketing & Sales, Haleima Mohammed Al Dhanhani were also present at the occasion.
The new facility spans a substantial 7,500 sq ft area in Ras Al Khaimah’s Mina Al Arab waterfront community, and is the 14th club in the chain’s health and fitness push across the UAE.
The inauguration was a high-energy affair as merited by Gold’s Gym fitness ethos, and was accompanied by a dance routine by the Gym’s GX team. Entertaining group exercises were part of the schedule of events. An Awards Ceremony recognised the winner of the ‘Extreme Marine Fitness Challenge’, while 1st member Awards were handed out by Club General Manager Kas Syed and Chief of Operations, Nitesh Seebran.
The launch is accompanied by special founder membership for registrations to the club as Gold’s Gym looks to cater to fitness enthusiasts, while staying approachable and family-friendly. Early bird members will be offered a complimentary “Strong Start” Fitness Journey that includes three gym sessions, a personal training consultation and a full InBody Analysis.
Mohamed Sultan Al Qadi, Managing Director and CEO, RAK Properties, said, “We welcome Gold’s Gym to the Mina Al Arab community. More and more people are looking to set up their dream home here in Ras Al Khaimah and convenient facilities like Gold’s Gym are strategic additions that not only tend to attract more potential residents but also reinforces our promise of a luxurious and comfortable lifestyle in this emirate.”
“We are delighted with our new facility in Ras Al Khaimah. Gold’s Gym’s passion for fitness has reached yet another Emirate in the UAE, making it the third where we have a presence. We offer a superior experience, a cut above the rest in terms of passion, facilities and tradition and we’re proud to be able to bring that to fitness devotees, athletes, women and entire families in Ras Al Khaimah,” said Nitesh Seebran, Chief of Operations, Gold’s Gym UAE.
The new facilities offer breathtaking lagoon views to complement a fully stocked Technogym. Like Gold’s Gym’s other facilities, the new club will offer an entertaining mix of fitness and wellbeing classes including Gold’s Group Exercise (GGX), Body Jam, Body Combat, Body Pump and more. Group personal training is also on offer, along with social ways of keeping fit through Latin dance and Belly dance classes. Exclusive ladies-only classes and monthly family functions round off a packed portfolio of fitness and wellbeing activities.
“All our clubs are united by a passion for fitness and self-development. Our expansion plans are driven by the desire to create awareness of the importance of health and wellbeing and to let communities know that they can walk into a nearby Gold’s Gym to start a fit and active lifestyle in a modern, friendly and welcoming facility. Our eventual goal is to reach communities all across the UAE with Gold’s Gyms operating in all seven emirates,” said Ali Al Samahi, Head of Ventures Division, Al Ahli Holding Group.
RAK Properties, a Public Joint Stock Company listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Market, is a real estate development company established to implement the emirate’s plans to promote real estate, tourism and leisure facilities in RAK and invest in interesting projects. It is intended that its activities will encourage economic growth in the UAE in general and Ras Al Khaimah in particular. The company launched its first project, Julfar Towers – a 45-storied twin office and residential project at a cost of AED 500 million – in February 2006 followed by Mina Al Arab – spread over 43 million sq. feet at a cost of AED 10 Billion – in May 2006. It also launched RAK Tower in Abu Dhabi at Cityscape Dubai