Dubai: It’s time to put on your sneakers, grab your workout gear and take on the challenge of getting fit, as registration for the much-awaited seventh edition of the Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) is now open.
Launched by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, in 2017, the city’s ultimate fitness event will reach new heights this year. Whether you are a seasoned athlete or a beginner looking for a better future, the Challenge offers participants the opportunity to be part of one of the world’s largest fitness events that never fails to spark enormous public enthusiasm at every chance.
DFC, which will take place from Saturday, October 28 to Sunday, November 26, is a month-long, citywide initiative that challenges residents and visitors alike to commit to 30 minutes of physical activity daily for 30 days.
Inspiring people every step of the way with an action-packed calendar of free and inclusive fitness centres, events, community centres, classes and activities, DFC is on a mission to transform Dubai into one of the most active cities in the world.
Promising to be the biggest edition yet, DFC this year will feature three 30-day fitness villages, including the return of the much-loved DP World Kite Beach Fitness Village, a bustling hive of sporting activity in one of the most iconic coastal locations. from Dubai. There will also be the new RTA Mushrif Park Cycle Centre, complete with guided bike trails, a pump track and free bike rental, plus Run and Ride Central presented by Meraas, which will serve as the ultimate destination for clubs, major brands, and all those interested in the benefits of running and cycling for their lifestyle. Featuring 600 free fitness sessions and over 400 hours of activities over a month-long programme, all against the stunning backdrop of Dubai’s famous skyline, the new venues will perfectly cater to those looking for easy access to fitness classes to support your 30X30. goals.
Community Fitness Centers
The Challenge will also feature 25 community fitness centers across the city, including Dubai Silicon Oasis, Dubai Multi Commodities Center (DMCC), Hatta, Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) and Dubai Police Officers Club, offering sports activations and fitness classes. free fitness.
Dubai Ride presented by DP World will mark its return on Sunday, November 12. Supported by the Roads and Transport Authority, it will offer families, recreational cyclists and cycling enthusiasts a truly unforgettable experience as they cycle through Dubai’s iconic landmarks along Sheikh Zayed Road and Downtown Dubai. To add to the excitement, the popular Dubai Run, presented by Mai Dubai and supported by Sun and Sand Sports, will also return, with participants running along Sheikh Zayed Road. Marking the culmination of DFC on Sunday, November 26, it will offer families, aspiring runners and professionals the opportunity to be part of the world’s largest free fun run. The last edition saw record participation in both events, with 34,897 cyclists taking part in Dubai Ride and 193,000 runners, joggers and walkers joining Dubai Run.
Leaving the new event
An exciting new mega event, Dubai Stand-Up Paddle, will liven up the DFC calendar. Set against the backdrop of the stunning and iconic location of Hatta, it promises an unforgettable day of activities dedicated to fitness and well-being. Taking place on Saturday 18 November, participants will join guided training sessions and a massive challenge event, before relaxing with a serene sunset yoga session. To ensure a seamless experience, attendees will also have access to free transportation from Dubai and high-quality boards.
Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), said: “Dubai Fitness Challenge, driven by the visionary leadership of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, continues to inspire residents and visitors to adopt a more active lifestyle and commit to a healthier future. Year after year, DFC has become one of the largest fitness events in the city, underscoring the dedication of our leadership to ensure Dubai is positioned as one of the most active cities in the world. For this year’s edition, we will offer an even greater and more inclusive variety of fitness activities and events, working with an impressive list of global partners such as adidas. “Our main goal is to encourage everyone, whether residents or visitors, regardless of their age or fitness level, to enjoy the outdoors and complete 30 minutes of daily activity for 30 days.”
Role of daily sport
Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council (DSC), said: “The Dubai Fitness Challenge, an innovative initiative by Hamdan bin Mohammed, embodies the vision and objective of our wise leadership to have a flourishing environment that focuses on the well-being of society and liveliness, with harmony among citizens. Furthermore, this initiative underlines the important role that daily sports play in having an active and healthy society. Since its inception, Dubai Fitness Challenge has achieved notable success and growth substantial, leaving a lasting impact both nationally and internationally. We believe the influence of this initiative extends beyond 30 days, as many sports enthusiasts have embraced regular physical activity across the city following previous events, “With a new conviction of the numerous benefits that fitness brings to your physical and mental health. We are proud to present the seventh edition of the Dubai Fitness Challenge, in association with the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism.”
The Dubai Fitness Challenge is organized by the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) and the Dubai Sports Council; with presenting partners DP World, Dubai South, Mai Dubai, Meraas and Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA); Partnership partners in sun and sand sports, AVIV Clinics by DP World, Dubai Chambers, Emirates Airline, Emirates NBD, Etisalat by E &, Mubadala Health, Optimum Nutrition, Talabat, Shamal — Kite Beach and Emaar; Official Partners in Hospitals, Clinics and Pharmacies Aster, Arabian Automobiles Co, Cigna, Emarat, Lipton and SIRO; Media Partner at Arabian Radio Network (ARN); and government partners at Dubai Ambulance Services Corporation, Event Safety Committee, Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Dubai Municipality, Dubai Police and Emirates Schools Establishment .