DUBAI FITNESS CHALLENGE 2020 HEADS TO THE FINISH LINE
- Last chance to sign up and take part in free fitness activities, on-ground classes, virtual sessions from leading experts and so much more
- Residents to celebrate their #Dubai30x30 by taking part in the city’s biggest fun run, Dubai Run presented by Mai Dubai
- Free DFC workout sessions with Kayla Itsines and Kelsey Wells now available on DFC website
- Save the date for an exclusive weekend of discounts of up to 90% across 500+ brands from 26-28 November with 3 Day Super Sale
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 26 November 2020: As Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) 2020 enters the final stretch, participants are encouraged to make the most of the final weekend and take active steps towards a healthier and happier lifestyle.
While a jam-packed month of exciting events, virtual sessions and activities draws to a close this weekend, that does not mean the end of Dubai’s fitness journey. Residents and visitors can stay motivated with DFC’s virtual content hub and continue to access the free resources on www.dubaifitnesschallenge.com.
RUNNING TO THE END IN STYLE
Put on your running shoes and get ready for the city’s biggest, free-to-enter, fun run on 27 November with Dubai Run presented by Mai Dubai. Don’t worry about having a starting time or track marked for you, as the entire city will become a personalised running track for all ages, abilities and fitness levels. This year’s edition is all about shaping your own route to run, jog or walk. So, choose your own distance, location, start time and running partner. You can even stand a chance to win one of many prizes with a total value of AED500,000 simply by sharing a photo of yourself on your run, tagging @dubaifitnesschallenge and using #DubaiRun on your post.
To register to take part in the Dubai Run, visit www.DubaiRun.com.
Whether you’re looking to explore Dubai with a fresh perspective or eager to step away from the treadmill for an outdoor run, the Dubai Running Tours invite you for an active adventure across the city. Mark your calendars for these free guided tours, running daily in partnership with Arabian Adventures and sports brand ASICS. Choose from three routes across varying distances: a self-directed, 3km journey through Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood and Dubai Creek; a 5km guided tour in Downtown Dubai; and an adventurous, 10km, guided beachside run along Jumeirah Beach.
Book your spot today on www.dubaifitnesschallenge.com.
FLAGSHIP FITNESS VILLAGES
DFC’s exclusive Fitness Villages are getting ready to close DFC 2020 in style, with fun, exciting and free activities for the whole family.
Whether it’s family fun or adrenaline-pumping thrills you’re after, the Mai Dubai Fitness Village Festival City Mall is the place for you. Enjoy limitless fun at The Arch for free before DFC wraps up this weekend, and take your pick from the newly-opened tandem 250-meter zipline that takes you alongside the iconic Dubai Festival City fountain, a 4m and 6m bag jump, two quick flights and the region’s largest mobile pump track.
To celebrate a spectacular close to the month of fitness, the Village will also host the city’s biggest jump event for one session only on 28 November. Don’t miss a one-of-a-kind 60-minute trampoline class under the glistening lights and music of Dubai Festival City Mall, led by rockstar instructors from Fitness First.
For even more exciting exercise routines, join the IMAGINE Fitness Workout with Fitness First or check out dance and fitness sessions at the Etisalat Urban Fitness Theatre. Sports lovers can also play football and basketball at the Urban Turf Football and Street Basketball zones.
Mai Dubai Fitness Villages Festival City Mall welcomes visitors from 4pm to 10pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; and 4pm to midnight, Thursdays to Saturdays.
Take your fitness to the shore at the DP World Fitness Village Kite Beach. From water activities to HIIT workouts, explore a variety of fun activities to make DFC’s last weekend a truly memorable one. Feel energised at body combat classes, battle it out at fun-filled volleyball games and beach football kickabouts, or simply rewind with zen yoga and meditation sessions.
DP World Fitness Village Kite Beach welcomes visitors from 2pm to 11pm on weekdays; and from 7am to 11pm on Friday and Saturday.
If you haven’t already, rise to the 30×30 Challenge on two wheels at the Emirates NBD Fitness Village Al Khawaneej. Book half-hour cycling slots free of charge and take the whole family for a ride. Stay tuned for plenty of events and activations throughout the afternoons as well, and choose from a packed calendar of daily programming with group classes and open workouts for all.
Emirates NBD Fitness Village Al Khawaneejwelcomes visitors from 4pm to 11pm, Saturday to Wednesday; and from 4pm to midnight on Thursdays and Fridays.
FITNESS WITHIN EASY REACH
While DFC 2020 draws to a close on 28 November, that does not mean the end of your fitness journey.
Keep going and take your fitness progress to the next level with free online classes and virtual sessions that will continue to keep you moving and motivated well beyond DFC 2020. More than 200 daily, online live classes and virtual sessions, as well as DFC’s virtual content hubs, “Find Your 30” and “City is a Gym”, will continue to live on the DFC website and can be accessed for free any time, anywhere. Try exercises crafted by Sweat trainers Kayla Itsines and Kelsey Wells, specially designed to give women the tools and confidence to workout at home, without equipment.
If you’re looking for an extra push to stay motivated beyond DFC, sign up to access premium fitness content on leading global fitness apps for free this weekend – including Fitbit Premium, NEOU, Steppi, Sweat, Sworkit, Daily Burn, FIIT or Les Mills on Demand.
COMMUNITY FITNESS HUBS
For those wanting to work out close to home or work, there are still a number of Fitness Hubs that welcome visitors from diverse residential and commercial neighbourhoods until 28 November. Below are the remaining fitness hubs active during the last weekend:
|Until 28 Nov 6:00am – 8:30pm||d3 Fitness Hub at The Block: Try out a range of fun activities at d3’s outdoor workout space, set to host fitness activations exclusively for DFC 2020. Choose from running, air badminton, basketball, body combat and volleyball.||Dubai Design District (d3)|
|Until 27 Nov 6am – 8am; 6pm – 9pm||Dubai Sports City Fitness Hub: As one of Dubai’s most active destinations, Dubai Sports City is now taking its fitness platform to another level by hosting fitness sessions for the whole family, a 5k community fun run with Ultimate Athletics, a cycling event – Dubai Pulse Ride with The Cycle Hub, and much more.||Dubai Sports City Sports Park, Mohammed Bin Zayed Road|
|until 28 Nov all day||Hatta Fitness Hub: Immerse yourself in the serenity of Hatta with this brand-new fitness hub and transform your regular yin yoga and meditation routines into a memorable experience.||Hatta Art Hub|
DFC’s final weekend will also see a slew of exciting family-friendly events taking place around the city. If your little ones are teeming with energy, consider signing the whole family up for the Spinneys Family Fun Run 3, or rent out a pitch to play with friends at Dubai Sports World. Young adults of determination, aged 13 and older, can also enjoy fun fitness experiences in a safe environment at the Doris Duan-Young Autism Center (DDY) Fitness Camp, under the close supervision of the institution’s behaviour therapy specialists.
|28 Nov 7am||Spinneys Family Fun Run 3: The third Spinneys Family Fun Run invites all ages and levels of runners to make the most of Dubai’s winter weather. Start with the single 2.2km lap to get into the racing spirit or dial up the stakes on the 4.4km route.||Dubai Silicon Oasis|
|Saturday, 28 Nov 9:30am – 11:30am||DDY Fitness Camp: The Doris Duan-Young Autism Center (DDY) welcomes young adults of determination, aged 13 and older, and their siblings throughout the Dubai Fitness Challenge. All activities are carefully facilitated by the institution’s behaviour therapy specialists and supervised by a board-certified behaviour analyst to promote an active and healthy lifestyle among young adults of determination.||Dubai Sports World|
|until 28 Nov 8am – 11:30pm||Dubai Sports World: Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) is turning up the heat with the 10th edition of its indoor sports arena, Dubai Sports World. Football, basketball, cricket, badminton or tennis – you name it and you’ll find it at Dubai Sports World. The indoor venue caters to all skill levels and interests and there are many ways you can get involved, whether you want to rent out a pitch to play with friends or join a sports academy to refine your skills.||Dubai World Trade Centre – Za’abeel Halls 4-6|
|until 28 Nov 7am||Dubai Festival Plaza: Stay zen and feel refreshed with free, daily yoga sessions, as part of the ‘You Gotta Nourish to Flourish’ series.||Dubai Festival Plaza|
|Saturday, 28 Nov 11am – 12:30pm||Nakheel Mall: Step up the pace of Saturday afternoons with a 30-minute Zumba or Bootcamp class hosted by Fitness First. Keep an eye out for giveaways, as instructors will be handing out free guest passes worth AED130 to all attendees.||Nakheel Mall, Palm Jumeirah|
|until 28 Nov||City Centre Mirdif: For some free fitness fun for kids, children aged 6-12 can train with certified coaches at Mirdif Camp.||City Centre Mirdif|
|until 28 Nov||Mall of the Emirates: Be the first one in with the Mall Walkers mall run, enjoy discounted meal plans and nutritional advice from Right Bite or simply enjoy some wellness-centric entertainment throughout the weekend. You can even stand a chance to win an outfit worth AED1,000 from Lululemon by uploading your fitness and wellbeing video on Instagram, with the hashtag: #thesweatlifeme.||Mall of the Emirates|
|until 28 Nov Fri: 9am-10am Sat: 5pm-6pm||City Walk: Join free yoga classes every weekend from 6 November, hosted by popular yogini Dina Cassir. Embark on a journey of flexibility and movement that focus your mind and build your core strength.||City Walk|
|until 28 Nov||Dubai Marina Mall: Find exclusive offers on all health and wellness-related brands and products, whether you’re looking for on-trend yoga ensembles at lululemon, sporty t-shirts and trainers at Adidas, supplements for a nutritional boost at Good Health Nutrition and more.||Dubai Marina Mall|
|until 28 Nov||The Dubai Mall: Find unbelievable discounts and special offers as you shop for all your fitness, wellness, and nutrition essentials from over 1,300 retailer brands.||The Dubai Mall|
3 DAY SUPER SALE
Save the date for an exclusive weekend of retail deals during the 3 Day Super Sale from 26-28 November. For three days only, 500+ of your favourite brands will come together to offer shoppers unbelievable discounts of up to 90% on lifestyle, beauty, fashion, electronics and more. Full list of participating brands will be announced here soon.
Don’t miss out on the final weekend! Access full details on www.dubaifitnesschallenge.com.
The entities helping DFC strengthen the spirit of the community this year include organisers Dubai Tourism and Dubai Sports Council; presenting partners DP World, Emirates NBD and Mai Dubai; association partners Dubai Chamber, Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai Municipality, Emirates, Fitbit, Etisalat and Shamal – Kite Beach; official partners Arabian Radio Network (ARN), Aster Hospitals and Clinics, Barakat, Daman, IMG World of Adventures, Gulf Marketing Group (GMG), Shield ME and Talabat; and government partners Event Security Committee, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Dubai Police, Ministry of Education and Roads & Transport Authority (RTA).
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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, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai. DFC has been created to motivate the people of Dubai to adopt an active and healthier lifestyle and commit to 30 minutes of daily activity for 30 days. Running from October 30 to November 28, 2020, DFC encompasses all forms of activity, in an action-packed calendar of virtual and physical sessions, to make fitness accessible and easy for all. This year’s programme will have the highest standards of safety precautions and social distancing measures in place to ensure Dubai’s residents and visitors can stay connected and safe.