Personal Trainers in Dubai
Have you been thinking about working abroad? Considering personal training opportunities in Dubai? There are loads of opportunities for qualified personal trainers in Dubai and it can be quite an attractive and lucrative opportunity for trainers who work hard and have the right experience.
Although The Fitness Associates focuses primarily on helping our clients find personal training and fitness opportunities within the UK, we recognise the appetite for advice and opportunities about working abroad. For this reason, we also include fitness opportunities in Dubai on our online job platform and seek out trusted employers in Dubai with diverse and exciting roles.
What do I need, to relocate to Dubai as a personal trainer?
This depends whether you are planning to open your own studio, or whether you are seeking employment with an established gym, hotel or club. We have broken down some of the requirements below, but encourage you to do your own independent research to suit your own situation:
- a valid passport;
- an approved trade license and work permit issued through the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare;
- authority from the Department of Economic Development and an inspection of the gym/studio to ensure that it meets health and safety requirements (if planning to open your own place of business);
- relevant personal training qualifications, acknowledged by the UAE Register of Exercise Professionals; and
- experience working as a personal trainer (you may also need a certificate confirming your competence).
Why should I consider personal training opportunities in Dubai?
There are lots of elements to consider when thinking about moving to Dubai. After all, they have almost 365 days a year of beautiful sunny weather and a strong economy. But aside from the sunshine, why are so many personal trainers moving from the UK to Dubai? Here are a few key reasons:
- It is quick to set up. Although we have mentioned that there are a number of licenses and certificates required to get started as a personal trainer in Dubai, the feedback is that these are usually processed within a matter of days.
- There is a huge demand for personal trainers, particularly in expat communities. It is a common complaint from expats moving to Dubai that they put on weight – home delivered foods, long hours, high-stress jobs, lack of sleep, reduced activity and hot weather are all to blame, so people are naturally turning to personal training to support them in returning to or maintaining a healthy weight.
- There is no personal income tax. Yep, that’s right. You don’t need to pay tax on your income and perhaps even better, is that personal trainers are not required to keep any records of their revenue. If you don’t like bookkeeping, Dubai could be a great option for you!
- It is a city of luxury. If you like high-end shopping, eating out at fancy restaurants and checking out the local sights, then Dubai is the place to be. Of course, from a personal training perspective, this lifestyle also attracts high-end clients in deluxe gym facilities. Once you have some experience, clients and referrals under your belt, you can start going after roles in the more affluent fitness clubs.
What can I expect, working as a personal trainer in Dubai?
First up, we just want to put this out there: not everyone can just pack their bags and move to Dubai. But, if you get knocked back on your first go, don’t lose faith. It might just mean that you need to secure a little more experience or change the way you are selling yourself in your job applications, before you can make your Dubai dream a reality.
If you are successful in securing a role in Dubai, here’s a taste of what you can expect:
- The job is the same. Although you might be working with different types of clients, a personal trainer role in Dubai is just as it is in the UK.
- Salaries are varied. When you are starting out working in Dubai, the money might not be as rewarding as you’d hoped, especially when you take the high living expenses into consideration. Remember that there are always opportunities though, to climb the ladder, go out on your own, or work towards roles in more affluent facilities.
- You need to be careful of labour bans. In Dubai there are a range of contract terms that may require you to stay in your role for 12 months or longer. If you do not abide by these terms, it could result in a six-month labour ban, during which, you will not be eligible to work. Ensure you read your contracts carefully and enquire about labour bans if you are thinking about leaving your job.
So, what are you thinking? Are you still considering a personal training role in Dubai? If you are, we would love you to check out the opportunities available on our job platform.