UFC Gym’s flagship Middle East location will celebrate its grand opening on October 22 in downtown Dubai.

“This is a monumental day for us, as our vision is now a reality,” UFC Gym CEO Hamad Al Sayer said. “UFC is the fastest growing sports brand in the world and our locations will offer fight fans in Dubai a unique opportunity to train like mixed martial artists. The response we’ve received from our residents has been amazing and we look forward to making this location the best gym in Dubai.”

Located in Bay Square within Business Bay, the 23,000-square-foot facility is highlighted by UFC’s trademark 24-foot Octagon, strength training and cardio machines, battle ropes, agility ladders, bag room, large mat areas featuring Brazilian jiu-jitsu, wrestling, and other martial arts for youth and adults.

“The Middle East is a very important market for UFC Gym and we are tremendously comfortable knowing we have the right partners in place to realize that potential,” UFC GYM COO Brent Leffel said. “The response we’ve received regarding this facility has been incredible and that’s a testament to Hamad’s team. They’ve embraced our unique fitness concepts and as a result have elevated our brand to another level.”

UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, who recently announced the pending opening of his own UFC GYM location in Costa Mesa, CA, will be on hand as a special guest.