ARCAPITA INVESTS IN KSA FITNESS CHAIN
NUYU PLANS TO DEPLOY $67M TO LAUNCH OVER 20 NEW BOUTIQUE GYMS, CREATING HUNDREDS OF NEW JOBS
A FEMALE-ONLY CHAIN OF FITNESS CLUBS IN SAUDI Arabia plans to grow its business fourfold after Bahrain-based Arcapita invested $67m (SAR250m).
Arcapita, which specialises in Sharia-compliant alternative investments, said the extra capital will help grow NuYu’s network of gyms from seven to over 30 across the kingdom.
It added that the new centres are expected to create hundreds of jobs, as well as provide women access to fitness outlets in currently underserved locations, particularly following the landmark decision by the General Sports Authority to grant licences for female boutique gyms.
The female fitness market in Saudi Arabia is expected to grow at an annual rate of 30 percent over the medium-term.
“We look forward to working in partnership with NuYu, helping it realise its full potential during this exciting period of social change,” said Atif A. Abdulmalik, Arcapita’s CEO.
“The investment in NuYu is underpinned by robust fundamentals and demonstrates our confidence in the long-term growth prospects of Saudi Arabia’s sport and leisure industry. It is also aligned with the kingdom’s Vision 2030 goals of empowering women and for citizens to lead healthy and active lifestyles. NuYu is an industry pioneer in Saudi Arabia, with a strong core team that has established a successful operating model,” he added