Dubai health, fitness industry growing by 15pc a year

DUBAI - The health and fitness industry in Dubai is registering 15 per cent annual growth as mega leisure projects and rapidly growing in-bound tourism create demand, according to Signature, one of the Middle East's leading fitness and well being equipment suppliers.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 18 Aug 2004, 9:52 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 11:45 AM

Anne Taraby of Signature's says, increased awareness of the health benefits of regular exercise will help drive further growth as the reputation of Dubai as the region's sports and leisure centre spreads.

According to Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, tourism's contribution to Dubai's GDP exceeded 17 per cent, in 2003, and its indirect impact reached a whopping 28 per cent.

Taraby also said: "Growth is certain in Dubai, with the creation of major leisure and tourism projects, such as Dubai Sports City and Dubailand, spurring the economy. The fitness and well being sectors are bound to benefit as developers and facility managers source the latest equipment."

Revenues generated by Dubai's hotel and serviced apartments last year recorded a 17.64 per cent growth exceeding Dh4 billion and up from Dh3.4 billion in 2002.

The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Dubai has forecast that these figures will go up significantly in the next three years, with tourism and real estate projects announced by the government coming on stream by 2006-2007.

Sportex Middle East 2004 , organised by International Expo-Consults (IEC), will be one of the largest event and till date companies from 10 countries have confirmed their participation.

The Sportex Middle East exhibition will feature a South African pavilion for the first time, as well as an official delegation from China.

The latest Spa Capsule will make its Middle East trade show debut at Sportex Middle East 2004, to be held in Dubai from September 7 to 9.

Mohammed Falaknaz, vice president, IEC, said: "Awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle is growing rapidly throughout the Middle East. As a result the fitness and well being sectors, in particular, are booming thanks to the demand generation by massive leisure and tourism investment in facilities.

"Sportex Middle East will provide a networking forum for the leading players in the sports and leisure industries interested in the latest technologies and industry trends."


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