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Little Gladiators

The first-of-a-kind, all-in-one kid’s fitness centre in the UAE, Little Gladiators is inspired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

On a mission to improve the health and wellbeing of the UAE’s citizens and residents, Sheikh Mohammed is a vocal advocate for healthy lifestyles and the pioneer of Healthy Children 2021, a campaign to reduce obesity in the UAE more than 20% by 2021.

However, despite the Sheikh’s vision, the UAE had no dedicated facility offering a wide range of activities for those who need them most – children and their families.

Then in 2016, husband and wife entrepreneurs JAVED and SHANNA GANI, arrived in Dubai, aspiring to open a business that would help give back to their adopted home.

Keen followers of Sheikh Mohammed’s work to improve the nation’s health, they devised a unique concept to support the UAE in achieving its ambitious plans for a healthy future and, in 2017 Little Gladiators opened its doors for the first time.

Located at the Golden Mile Galleria Mall, on Palm Jumeirah, Dubai – a city that is no stranger to world-first concepts – the first Little Gladiators covers a 7,400 square feet space and will be joined by two more facilities in the emirate over the coming months.

Activities at the gym include Gymnastics, Interactive Wall Climbing, Tree Climbing, Virtual Sports gaming, Kids’ Yoga, Kids’ Cardio, Kickboxing, Kids’ Hammam, Kids’ Spa and a Swimming Pool with highly qualified instructors leading all lessons. The gym also hosts pool parties for birthdays and special occasions, and private family swimming lessons.

Mums can join the fun too, with female adult aerobics held every morning. Bringing the latest trends to Dubai, classes include underwater cycling, underwater treadmills and water boxing classes by female instructors for female fitness fans.

The centre provides full changing and shower facilities and employs qualified, full-time lifeguards during all hours of operation.

Affordable fun

While Dubai is one of the most expensive cities in the world, not every activity in the emirate must come with a 5-star price tag. Acutely aware of how expensive family life can be, JAVED and SHANNA understand the financial pressures of keeping a family fit and healthy – not to mention what happens when families find themselvespriced out of a healthy lifestyle. That’s why Little Gladiators also aims to be the most affordable kids’ facility in the emirate, with opening promotions on annual passes that offer unlimited access to the gym and its facilities. Unlike adult gyms, the sign-up process is quick and easy – simply complete the forms, select a class or activity and the little gladiators are good to go.

 

Healthy futures

Under Sheikh Mohammed’s leadership, the UAE is prioritising health and wellbeing of all its citizens, with special focus on children. Vision 2021 details a nation-wide public health campaign initiated to reduce the prevalence of a number of lifestyle-related diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. Currently, 34% of children in the UAE are obese or overweight and in Abu Dhabi, figures from the World Health Organisation show 15.1% of school-age children in the emirate are obese, with a further 16.7% classed as overweight.Running in tandem with other initiatives, Healthy Children 2021 aims to reduce the number of children in the UAE classified as obese or overweight to 12%. Government-led campaigns to achieve this include the Health Heroes App, designed to educate children on how and why they should keep healthy through diet and exercise. However, Little Gladiators is the first fitness centre where children can actively improve their health and wellbeing, by learning new skills, making new friends and developing new hobbies.

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Gymnastics

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Wall Climbing

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Swimming

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