Dubai: Dubai will host the world’s largest fitness exhibition this year, which will see more than 100 athletes gathering at the Dubai International Marine Club, officials said on Monday.

The three-day event to be held on November 24, 25 and 26 will coincide with the UAE National Sports Day, which falls on November 25.

Designed with the aim of promoting health and wellness, Fitness Expo will be accessible to laymen, amateurs as well as professionals.

More than 100 live shows and competitions linked to fitness, wellness, mixed martial arts, parkour, muay Thai, kung fu for kids, bodybuilding, and healthy living will be on display.

The Expo will have performances, competitions and meet and greet sessions with renowned fitness celebrities such as Rich Piana, Craig Capurso, Sadik Hadzovic, Mike O’Hearn, Big Ramy and Shawn Ray.

Held under the patronage of Shaikh Ahmad Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the National Olympic Committee and Chairman of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, the event is being organised by Arif Mirza and, with the support of Dubai Sports Council.

“Dubai is a city of dreams, where you can achieve whatever you imagine. I thought about this just two years ago and here we are ready with this expo. Dubai is known to host these mega events and this expo won’t be different. It will the largest expo of its kind, catering to every segment of society,” said Mirza, CEO of Fitness Expo, speaking at a press conference announcing the event.

He added that this will not just be the largest, but the idea is to make it the best expo ever.

“Dubai’s leadership has done a great job in creating an atmosphere to strive for the best. Dubai does things that no one else does and people will see the same wow factor in this expo with all leading exhibitors coming together,” he said.

Prolific American body builder and an ambassador of Fitness Expo, Shawn Ray, hailed the event as a great platform for promoting active lifestyle.

“It’s great to be here in Dubai. I have been around the world promoting wellness and I always wanted to be here. I think this is going to be a great event and I would love to be part of Fitness Expo and share my experience and expertise,” said Ray, speaking at the press conference at Dubai International Marine Club.

More than 220,000 people are expected to visit the event, with 580 exhibitors already confirmed to participate in Fitness Expo.