Boxing champ Haye eyes expansion after opening Dubai gym

Two-time world boxing champion David Haye has opened his Hayemaker Gym in Dubai with the support of Dubai Investment Development Agency (Dubai FDI), an agency of the Department of Economic Development (DED).

Hayemaker Gym Dubai aims to be a centre of excellence for sports and performance coaching, a statement said, adding that Haye also has plans to expand into smaller specialised units such as boxing studios and hypoxic training facilities.

Expanding across the wider GCC and Middle East in the same format would be the next step, the statement added.

Commenting on supporting Hayemaker Gym to move to Dubai, Fahad Al Gergawi, CEO of Dubai FDI said world class health and fitness facilities moving to Dubai is reinforcing the emirate’s growing appeal as a lifestyle and health tourism destination.

“Dubai’s efforts to become a leading healthcare destination and supporting initiatives such as the Dubai Healthcare City is providing vast opportunities in various disciplines of health and wellness,” he said.

Haye launched his signature gym after 22 years of professional boxing, saying: “Having been a frequent visitor to Dubai I know it’s a city where people demand the best and where they come to improve their lives.

"The Hayemaker Gym Dubai will fill the niche for world-class fitness expertise and equipment that the Dubai community deserves. It will be a driving force for the health and fitness community in the emirate.”

The Hayemaker team is led by Haye himself, along with Alberto Barbieri who brings a wealth of knowledge in hospitality and customer service, and Diana Gaskell, a veteran in opening and operating clubs around the world, the statement said.

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