12 February 2017

Saudi Arabia to start granting female gym licenses this month

Licenses will be granted for women’s gyms by the end of February, Princess Reema bint Bandar, vice president for women’s affairs at the General Authority of Sports, told local daily Okaz.

A target is in place to open gyms in every district and neighborhood, it was reported.

Three ministries are set to take part in this process, including the labor, rural affairs and commerce ministries.

Licenses will not be issued for gyms that offer competitive activities, such as football, volleyball, basketball and tennis. The focus will instead be on techniques that contribute to weight loss and fitness, such as swimming, running and bodybuilding. [Arab News] Read more