DUBAI: An impressive roster of talent will mark their presence at the Dubai Muscle Show that takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre early next month.
Middle East champion Big Ramy will be joined by former Stranger Things star Kai Greene and the ‘World’s Strongest Man 2017’, Eddie Hall as well as some social media personalities Simeon Panda, Paige Hathaway, Jay Cutler and Ronnie Coleman. A series of meet-and-greets, question and answer sessions, seminars and on-stage competitions over two days of exhibitions are likely to be held at the two-day event.
Here’s what you need to know about these ‘big’ stars:
Egyptian bodybuilder, Mamdouh Elssbiay, widely known as the Middle East’s most successful bodybuilder, serves as an inspiration to upcoming athletes in the region. He has been competing as a Pro Bodybuilder since 2013. After clinching first place at New York Pro, he secured the title of Mr. Olympia in 2013 and came second at this year’s competition in September
How to meet Ramy: Ramy will be doing a meet & greet session at GAT Sport stand on both days.
A professional bodybuilder known as ‘The Predator’ in industry circles, Greene came second at the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Mr Olympia competitions, and was most recently victorious at the 2016 Arnold Classic. He plays Funshine, the warrior with a heart of gold, in season 2 of Netflix hit, Stranger Things and is also involved in the filming of the martial arts movie Crazy Fist, due for release in 2018.
How to meet Kai: Kai Greene will conduct a Guest Pose on the main stage on December 9. You can also catch a glimpse of the star as be takes part in the celebrity Q&A.
World’s Strongest Man title holder Eddie Hall is the only person ever to have deadlifted half a ton that caused him to burst a blood vessel.
How to meet Eddie: Only VIP ticket holders get a chance to attend a Q&A session with Eddie on Day 1. A free interactive training session for all ticket holders will be held on Day 2.
Considered by many as the greatest champion in bodybuilding history, Coleman has bagged eight Mr. Olympia titles (more than Arnold Schwarzenegger) and has claimed victory in the IFBB 26 times. The most decorated bodybuilder in history may be retired but he’s as close to the sport as ever and his appearance at the Dubai Muscle Show this December is a major coup for regional fans.
How to meet Ronnie: Ronnie will be speaking at VIP Platinum Theatre and will be available to meet and talk with at the Ronnie Coleman Signature Series. An exclusive seminar hosted by Ronnie will be held on December 9, from 4 to 6pm open to visitors with Ultimate Ronnie Coleman Fan Experience tickets.
British social media personality Simeon Panda has a social media following of nine million and has competed in Musclemania competitions worldwide, winning the European championship in 2013 and earned himself Musclemania Pro status. He owns SP Aesthetics Sportswear and Just Lift and has featured on Forbes as one of the world’s top influencers for fitness.
How to meet Simeon: Simeon will take part in the Athlete Q&A on December 8 and will be available on both the days.
One of the most popular female heavyweight champions, Paige Hathaway is also a fitness model and has 9.7 million followers on social media.
How to meet Paige: Paige Hathaway will speak to fans at Athlete Q&A on December 8. She will also be available for meet and greet at Squat Wolf Stand.
Winner of four Mr. Olympia titles and a legendary IFBB professional bodybuilder, Jay Cutler has built a lasting legacy on sacrifice, dedication and hard work. He has a much-documented rivalry with fellow bodybuilder Ronnie Coleman, and fans can look forward to a clash of the titans as the two go head-to-head in a nail-biting showdown on stage at 11am on December 8.
How to meet Jay: Meet and Greet Jay at BPI Sports stand on both days.
When December 8-9
Where: World Trade Centre Zabeel Halls 5 & 6