BAHRAIN is the top favourite among international athletes to train in combat sports in 2017, according to the leading Mixed Martial Arts website - Arabs MMA.
Athletes from the US, Russia, UK, Ireland, Kuwait, Egypt, India, Pakistan and Mexico have visited Bahrain for training this year, thus boosting foreign investment and surge in employment opportunities in the fitness, tourism, hospitality and service sectors.
The projected growth in the sector is estimated to be 31.7pc during the financial year, according to the website.
“KHK MMA is one of the most advanced and sophisticated training camps in the region. This has prompted inflow of international athletes including top fighters in Brave Combat Federation, UFC, Titan FC and Bellator to choose Bahrain as their destination to prepare for their upcoming competitions,” said CEO of KHK MMA Mohammed Shahid.
KHK MMA is an initiative under the leadership of Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, first deputy president of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports.
As Bahrain is set to organise the week-long Mixed Martial Arts event in November which features IMMAF World Championship, Combat Sports Expo and a major edition of Brave Combat Federation, the number of athletes and sport enthusiasts is expected to rise.