• Dubai to celebrate the final stretch of the 2019 Dubai Fitness Challenge with new events, activities and challenges for the entire city to enjoy
  • Programme to feature fitness classes and entertainment from NIKE basketball clinics, Daman DXB Swimfest, Yoga Day Out at Global Village and the inaugural Dubai Run 30x30on Sheikh Zayed Road

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 07 November 2019: With just over a week to go for Dubai Fitness Challenge 2019, the citywide fitness initiative is kicking the action into an even higher gear. With an incredible array of free citywide fitness events, activities and wellness sessions on offer, people of all ages, abilities and levels of fitness can join the movement and make strides towards a more active lifestyle.

Dubai Run 30×30 on Sheikh Zayed Road will take place on November 8, as the iconic highway welcomes runners and athletes of all ages and abilities to come together and show their support for Dubai Fitness Challenge. The 5km fun run is perfect fun start to your morning with friends and family, while a timed 10km run caters to seasoned runners aged 18 years and above.

Make sure you visit DFC’s dedicated Fitness Villages with family and friends to try out a variety of free activities and classes. Kite Beach Fitness Village presented by ENOC in association with Etisalat and Meraas continues to be open to all from 7am to 9pm from Saturday to Wednesday and 7am to 11pm from Thursday and Friday. The beachside venue hosts a number of different activity zones including the DEWA Beach Sports Arena where you can book times online for a variety of sports, Emirates NBD Water Sports and Aqua Park where you can enjoy the waves, Fitbit Spinning Zone with stationary bikes, and the Etisalat Mainstage, amongst others. To keep track of your body composition, visit the Daman BMI activation in the Village.


The Festival City Mall Fitness Village presented by DEWA in association with Fitbit & Al-Futtaim, open from 12pm to 10pm from Sunday to Wednesday and 12pm to 12am from Thursday to Saturday, is a mall-wide maze of fitness zones for everyone. There are only a few days left to try your hand at some of the fun challenges in the DEWA 30X30 Skills Zone for a chance to win a daily prize as well as a grand prize of AED 50,000 in Dubai Festival City gift cards. Alternatively, head to the Fitbit Fitness One and Fitbit AI Zone to join the city record 1 billion steps with Fitbit, or be in sync with lights and water effects with the IMAGINE Fitness Workout in partnership with Fitness First. For a bit of an adventure, rent a bicycle at the Dubai Chamber Cycling Hub and ride to the Dubai Chamber Beach Sports Zone at Marsa Beach for beach activities from 3pm to 7pm.

Those looking for something closer to home or work can head to Fitness Hubs located in neighbourhoods around Dubai for a daily workout located. Below are the fitness hubs that are active during the upcoming period of DFC 2019:

Date/Timing Hub Location
Until 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. Al Qudra
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. Dubai World Trade Centre
8 – 16 Nov

9am – 9pm

Bluewaters: Surrounded by scenic views of the Arabian Gulf, stay active with free community classes ranging from yoga, HIIT, Zumba and bootcamps. Bluewaters Island
10 – 16 Nov

7:30am – 9pm

Dubai Design District: Join Dubai’s most photogenic hub for a cool take on free fitness at The Block for one week and experience a schedule of fitness activities with Adidas and TAG Heuer Dubai Design District
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. Emaar Boulevard
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. Khawaneej

In addition to the Dubai Run 30×30 on Sheikh Zayed Road this weekend, there are many more exciting events to watch out for till the end of the 30 day challenge. Basketball lovers from 12 to 18 years of age have a reason to celebrate with the Nike x NBA Basketball Clinics taking place on 8 and 9 November at Kite Beach. The two-day clinics offer players a chance to train with top NBA accredited coaches, as well as a customised NBA x Nike jersey.

To find your centre and refresh your mind and body, try Global Village’s Yoga Day Out on November 8 from 7am to 12pm. The free to attend session at the newly-reopened venue will be led by Allie McLaughlin and Neha Duseja, ambassadors from activewear brand lululemon, and is open to participants over the age of 15. Other citywide events taking place during the third week of Dubai Fitness Challenge include:

Date Event Location
8 Nov 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. The Pointe
8 Nov 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. Rashid School for Boys
8 Nov United Premier 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. Smaash Insportz, Al Quoz
8 Nov 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
8 Nov 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. Global Village
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. Kite Beach Fitness Village Basketball Court
9 Nov 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, Jebel Ali
9 Nov 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. Jameel Arts Centre
13 Nov Wild Workout at Zabeel Park: Part of the Connect with Nature initiative, join the fresh air for a meditative cardio session in the fresh air with fellow running enthusiast Zabeel Park
14 – 16 Nov MEFIT Summit at Fairmont the Palm: The ultimate fitness summit for professional and experts to meet and greet, get ready for this three-day event dedicated to making you fall in love with health and wellness Fairmont The Palm
15 Nov The Emirates NBD Unity Run: The 3km fun run is an annual event aims to support and empower people of determination and encourage inclusivity within society, and makes for a fun day out with delicious food, live entertainment and music Dubai Silicon Oasis
15 Nov Wadi Bih Run – Hatta Edition: Escape the city to the UAE’s most rugged terrain at the Wadi Bih Run in Hatta and take part in a tough 70km, 35km or 20km race. JA Hatta Fort Hotel, Hatta
15 Nov Beat Diabetes Walk: a family friend walk for a great cause, join the community and show your support at the walk’s 10th edition to raise awareness for diabetes and support those living with the condition. Zabeel Park
15 Nov Tough Mudder: Sign up for the toughest, muddiest obstacle course in the city, with unique 5km and 10km for adults and a 1.6km Mini Mudder course for kids. Dubai Festival City
15 Nov Under Armour #IWILL Challenge: Obstacles, weighted carries, rope climbing and more, this endurance challenge is not for the weak hearted. Made for testing physical and mental strength, winners will be rewarded with three, six or 12 months of athlete sponsorships. Kite Beach Fitness Village
16 Nov La Mer Open Water Swim Series: Swimmers of all ages and athletic levels can paddle through 200m, 400m, 800m or 1600m distances followed by a fun team relay, while being surrounded by music and community spirit. La Mer South Beach
16 Nov X3 JR Triathalon: For little ones that want to participate in their own triathlons, this challenge is made up of competitive swimming, cycling and running, children can put their sports skills to the test. Kite Beach
16 Nov M1 Run: This features the staircase of the beloved Media One Hotel, where runners will ascend towards the summit to be one of the top three racers. Media One Hotel
16 Nov Dhyanotsav Wellness Fest by Heartfulness: Settle into an evening of meditation and relaxation at the Dhyanotsav Wellness Fest at DWTC. Hall 8, Dubai World Trade Centre

The fitness extravaganza continues with Spend & Win presented by Emirates NBD in association with Al Rostamani. By simply spending AED 250 in City Centre Mirdif, Times Square Center, Oasis Mall, Burjuman or Reef Mall – you can be in the running to win a grand prize of a brand new 2020 Nissan Patrol.

There’s also a number of online resources to help you get and stay fit – visit the Find Your 30 to see workout videos, nutritious recipes and advice on fitness, mental health and wellness. The website is also home to City is a Gym, a virtual map that highlights various locations around the city, each with a special locator and QR code that connects participants to a workout video unique to that location.

Residents across Dubai can join in and be ‘In It Together’ with DFC 2019 by registering on the Dubai Fitness App or the DFC website for access to a multitude of fitness and wellness activities in the city. For more information on citywide events and activities during Dubai Fitness Challenge, please visit




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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.

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