- Week 3 of the Dubai Fitness Challenge offers a jam-packed calendar of new events, activities and challenges for everyone to experience
- Dubai Run to turn the city’s iconic Sheikh Zayed Road into a running track on 8 November
- WWE® Superstar Becky Lynch® to join in the fitness fun at the Al Jalila Children’s Fitness District on 1 November
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 6th November 2019: As Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) 2019 hits the halfway mark, there’s still plenty to get involved in as the 30-day challenge takes fitness to a new level. With a plethora of citywide fitness and wellness events, sessions and activities to choose from until 16 November, DFC 2019 provides Dubai’s residents and visitors with an opportunity to dedicate themselves to a healthier and fitter lifestyle.
Transforming the city into a gym has been taken one step further with DFC’s newest event, Dubai Run 30x30 on Sheikh Zayed Road, which will see Dubai’s iconic highway turn into a running track. Taking place on Friday 8 November, the free-to-attend run marks the first time the public will be allowed to run on a section of the road, and aims to encourage the city to get active together. Pre-registration on PlatinumList is required for all participants looking to take part in the 5km course (open to all ages and abilities) or the 10km run (for runners 18 years and older who will need to complete the distance in 80 minutes or less).
DFC’s free-to-attend Fitness Villages are the perfect opportunity to spend time with your friends and family while being active. The Festival City Mall Fitness Village presented by DEWA in association with Fitbit & Al-Futtaim, opens from 12pm to 10pm from Sunday to Wednesday and 12pm to 12am from Thursday to Saturday, and features many exciting zones appealing to people of all ages and fitness abilities. All those taking part in the 2-hour skill-based challenge at the DEWA 30X30 Skills Zone have a chance to win daily prizes and a grand prize of AED 50,000 in Dubai Festival City gift cards. Participants can also help Fitbit record 1 billion steps over 30 days at the Fitbit Fitness One and Fitbit AI Zone. Work outs in the fresh air at the IMAGINE Fitness Workout in partnership with Fitness First are also available, or rent a bicycle at the Dubai Chamber Cycling Hub to ride to the Dubai Chamber Beach Sports Zone at Marsa Beach from 3pm to 7pm.
Kite Beach Fitness Village presented by ENOC in association with Etisalat and Meraas, which opens from 7am to 9pm from Saturday to Wednesday and 7am to 11pm from Thursday and Friday, is where you can join in a variety of instructor-led workout sessions at the Etisalat Mainstage, tackle muddy obstacles at the ENOC Mudder Village, find your zen at the Emirates’ Yoga and Meditation Zone, or enjoy the waves while working out the Bridgestone Open Beach Gym. To refresh yourself after working out, head to the MonViso hydration booths or the Pocari Sweat Metabolic Booster Bar located within the Village.
Communities across Dubai can also complete a daily 30-minute workout at dedicated Fitness Hubs in around Dubai – located within multiple residential and commercial neighbourhoods. Below are the fitness hubs that will be active over the next week:
1 – 7 Nov
Weekdays: 6:30-9:30am; 4:30-9:30pm
Weekends: 7:30-9:30am; 4:30-9:30pm
DMCC: Join daily sessions with exciting activities, extreme sports and yoga sessions, fitness bootcamps, dance classes and more.
1 – 9 Nov
Weekdays: 6 -10am; 4-8pm
Weekends: 6am - 8pm
Sustainable City: Try free horse-riding, or get moving with hip hop, karate, Zumba, body attack and more classes for the whole family.
Until 16 Nov
2pm - 9pm
Downtown Dubai: Take part in multiple activities such as spinning classes at 1Beat in Burj Plaza, boxing and bodyweight training at Underdog in Emaar Square, and high-energy aerobics classes at Masted Jeda at Downtown Eats.
Until 16 Nov
4pm - 11pm
Quranic Park: Presented by RTA in association with Dubai Municipality, this hub features a kids’ park with inflatables and a play area, along with a running track and a cycling hub with 100 free-to-use bicycles.
Until 14 Nov
7am - 8:30pm
One Central: Join the cosmopolitan destination packed with Zumba classes, Running Zone, Table Tennis, and Ride, Climb & Lift classes in association with 1Beat.
8 – 16 Nov
8am – 9pm
Bluewaters: Surrounded by scenic views of the Arabian Gulf, stay active with free community classes ranging from yoga, HIIT, Zumba and bootcamps.
A host of fun and diverse fitness and wellness events will continue to build a collective active spirit for residents across Dubai. Exciting events taking place this week include the highly-anticipated Dubai Pink Ride, the Mercedes-Benz Challenge and the Dubai Festival City Half Marathon. WWE fans can also rejoice as WWE® Superstar Becky Lynch® is set to visit the Al Jalila Children’s Fitness District on 1 November to meet and greet young fans as well as lead them in a fun, child-friendly workout session.
Details on these and other citywide events taking place during the third week of Dubai Fitness Challenge include:
Dubai Festival City Half Marathon: This exciting half marathon features four different race lengths around the stunning waterfront scenery of Dubai Festival City.
Dubai Festival City
Al Jalila Children’s Fitness District: Join WWE® Superstar Becky Lynch® at Al Jalila Children’s Hospital for kid-friendly fitness activities at the Al Jalila Children’s Fitness District.
Spinney’s Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge Build-Up Ride 3: Take part of the third and final Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge Build-Up Ride - which consists of an 85km route.
Grit + Tonic Triathlon: Hatta: Experience the majesty of Hatta’s landscape as you swim through the Hatta Dam, bike across the tarred roads of Generator Hill, and run up steep inclines to push your limits.
Mercedes-Benz Challenge: This competition features 100 teams of 2-4 players completing seven challenges hidden in various corners of Dubai to win a remarkable prize– a brand new Mercedes-Benz GLC 200.
1 Nov, 8 Nov
Al Marmoom Ultramarathon Build-Up Run: This is a build-up for the longest desert ultramarathon, which welcome running enthusiasts from around the world to take on a gruelling 300km, 100km or 50km route.
Desert Conservation Reserve
Dubai Pink Ride: This event welcomes people ages 15 years and older to learn about the importance of early detection and regular screening to catch cancer in its earlier stages.
Cigna Park Run: 2 November: Join Cigna for a fun-filled, untimed race to promote fitness and well-being. Young or old, novice runner or fitness enthusiast, this run is open to all with 2.5km and 5km options.
Wild Workout at the Sustainable City: Enjoy a 3.8 km jog at sunset through the lush greenery of The Sustainable City, Dubai’s first net-zero energy city.
The Sustainable City
Ashurst Trifest At The Palm: Challenge yourself at this thrilling race taking you from land to sea featuring three distances – Super Sprint, Sprint and Olympic Series.
Desert Road Runners Cross Country: Run two challenging laps on natural terrain with the city’s oldest running club – older runners can try a 5km race, while juniors can opt for a 2.5km trail.
United Permier League: A must attend for competitive cricket lovers, this indoor tournament welcomes players of all skills and ages to take to the indoor cricket field.
The Great Dubai Pulse Ride – Off Road: One for cycling lovers all over the city, choose a route of 5km, 10km or 20km and cycle with friends and family.
Dubai Sports City
Yoga Day Out at Global Village: Visit the newly re-opened Global Village with a Yoga day out, and experience a rejuvenating session of stretching and asanas.
8 – 9 Nov
Nike x NBA Basketball Clinics: Basketball lovers can learn how to play at an NBA level by registering for two-day clinics and training with NBA-accredited coaches
Daman DXB Swim Fest: Back for its second edition, swimming enthusiasts can take part in this exciting event and compete in a 100m (adult) and 300m (junior) competition
JA The Resort
Mindfulness Sound and Gong Session: Join wellness expert Zarine Dadachanji on a journey of meditative breathing and relaxation exercises to the soothing sounds of a gong.
All residents and visitors can be ‘In It Together’ with DFC 2019 and register on the Dubai Fitness App or the DFC website. For more information on citywide events and activities during Dubai Fitness Challenge, please visit www.dubaifitnesschallenge.com.Take advantage of Dubai Fitness Challenge’s digital resources, created especially to facilitate your fitness journey. Whether you’re looking to start getting fit, enhancing your routine or beating your personal best, the Find Your 30 hub can help you – with content ranging from workout videos and daily challenges, to recipes and advice on fitness, mental health and wellness. Additionally, you can use the City is a Gym virtual map to visit various locations around the city, and scan the QR code on a special locator to access a workout video unique to that location.
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About Dubai Fitness Challenge
The Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) is an initiative of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council. DFC has been created to motivate the people of Dubai to boost their physical activity and commit to 30 minutes of daily activity for 30 days. Running from October 18 to November 16 2019, the Challenge encompasses all forms of activity – from cycling and football, to kayaking, team sports, walking and yoga, as well as wellness and healthy lifestyle. Everyone is encouraged to participate individually or together with friends, family and colleagues and enjoy new and exciting ways to improve their fitness and health levels. Participants can track their performance on the Dubai Fitness App and help make Dubai the most active, healthiest, and happiest city in the world.