Buying a gym membership nowadays can be an expensive affair, but not if you look in the right places, as we found out…

With so many gyms and fitness classes launching in the UAE, we’ve quickly realised that, if you look hard enough, there are some great deals to be had. Most gyms are willing to negotiate a little, and even if they won’t budge on the price, you could always try and snag yourself a few free classes or personal-training sessions.

It’s like heading into a car dealership – your level of preparation will play a huge part in the outcome. Just remember, watch out for sneaky sign-up fees, and ultimately, be prepared to walk away if you’re not 100 per cent sure.

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Luxurious gyms can be a novelty, but they can also be pricey, which is why we’ve thrown together a list of the best value Dubai gym memebership deals:

Annual Membership: Dhs1,350

Target Gym

Where? Target Gym

Free trial? Yes, upon request.

How much? Dhs750 for three months, Dhs1000 for six months and Dhs1,350 for the year.

Extras? All classes are included and your membership grants you access to all seven locations.

Details: Target Gym, locations in JLT, International City, Discovery Gardens, Al Nahda, Silicon Oasis, Sharjah and Ajman. Tel: (800) 827438.

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Annual Membership: Dhs2,400


Where? Colosseum

Free trial? No.

How much? Dhs900 for three months, Dhs1500 for six months and Dhs2,400 for the year.

Extras? With your membership you get one free session of martial arts, an initial fitness assessment, as well as access to steam room, sauna and swimming pool. Kickboxing classes are also available.

Details: Colosseum Health & Fitness Club, Zabeel Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3372755.

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Annual Membership: Dhs1,618

V Fitness

Where? V Fitness

Free trial? No.

How much? Dhs300 for one month, Dhs600 for three months, Dhs900 for six months and Dhs1,618 for the year.

Extras? The facility comes kitted out with a climbing wall, hydraulic circuit, as well as their very own simulated altitude training chamber that can imitate altitudes of up to 5,400m. They also offer a variety of classes including martial arts, climbing, zumba, suspension trainingall of which are included in the membership price.

Details: V Fitness Club, Prime Residency II, Spain Cluster, International City, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4308405.

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Annual Membership: Dhs1,700


Where? Unifit Gym

Free trial? Yes. If you head to their website and print out where it says ‘get a free trial’, they’ll offer you a day’s free trial.

How much? Dhs200 for one month, Dhs500 for three months, Dhs900 for six months and Dhs1,700 for the year.

Extras? Your membership will also get you access to their steam room, sauna, shake bar and WiFi. Kickboxing and mixed martial arts classes are also available.

Details: Unifit Gym, Zabeel Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3369963.

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Annual Membership: Dhs2,500

 Fitness Factory

Where? Fitness Factory

Free trial? Yes. One day free trial, requires registration on their website.

How much? Dhs900 for three months, Dhs1400 for six months, Dhs2,500 for the year.

Extras? There are 27 locations throughout Dubai and Abu Dhabi, so chances are there’ll be one close to home. With each package, you’ll also be given three personal training sessions for free. Classes are included.

Details: Various locations in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Tel: (04) 3486377.

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Annual Membership: FREE

Dubai Sports World

Where? Dubai Sports World

Free trial? N.A.

How much? Free! But is only available from June 21 to August 29.

Extras? You’ll be granted access to the facility’s football and rugby pitches, tennis, volleyball, basketball and badminton courts, running track, cricket nets, skate park and gym.

Details: Dubai World Trade Centre, June 21 to August 29.