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Dubai Fitness Challenge 2023: See the Full Schedule of its Biggest-Ever Edition


Dubai Fitness Challenge has officially returned for its 2023 edition, and it is set to be the biggest one yet. Helmed by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, the flagship event urges residents to engage in 30 minutes of exercise for 30 days.

As the city transforms into a hub of activity from October 28 to November 26, read on for all the major challenges to join now.

Dubai Women’s Run, November 5

Dubbed the largest female sports event in the city, the Dubai Women’s Run features three races—3km, 5km, and 10km—with monetary prizes for winners in each category. Expected to see over 3,000 participants at at Dubai Festival City, the run will also be joined by international athletes Nada El-Kurdi and Jennifer Tomazou from Lebanon, Heba Omar from Palestine, and Madalina-Elena Sirbu from Romania.

Dubai Run, November 26

Arguably one of the most awaited events of the year, the Dubai Run sees the iconic Sheikh Zayed Road transformed into a jam-packed running track. With the road closed to traffic, participants take to the longest highway in the Emirates for both, 5km and 10km runs, with landmarks like the Museum of the Future, Emirates Towers, and the Burj Khalifa as their backdrop. Few lucky runners may also have the chance to spot HH Sheikh Hamdan himself leading the path.

Dubai Ride, November 12

Another popular event on the schedule for biking enthusiasts, the Dubai Ride offers two options: a 4km family-friendly route through Downtown, and a 12km one along Sheikh Zayed Road. After registering for the free event, participants can choose between five starting gates: Museum of the Future, Satwa, Coca-Cola Arena, Business Bay or Lower Financial Street.

Dubai Stand Up Paddle, November 18

The RTA-led Dubai Stand Up Paddle is a new addition to DFC’s 2023 schedule and will take place on the serene Hatta Dam. The thrilling event is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for participants to glide a SUP board along the waters of the Dam with the picturesque Hajjar mountains in the background while soaking in the region’s cool weather. Participants can either bring their own boards or use one provided by the organizers, and proceed to take a complementary training session or dive right in for the DFC SUP Challenge session from 5:00pm to 5:30pm.

Fitness Villages

Three dedicated locations across Dubai invite challenge participants for various exciting activations including talks and workout sessions. The most popular one at Jumeirah’s Kite Beach features 24 specialized fitness zones with something for everyone. Think, padel, pilates, cricket, yoga, golf, gymnastics, and much more from 3pm-10pm on weekdays and 7am to 10pm on weekends. At Mushrif Park, the RTA-led Cycle Centre’s Fitness Village will host a range of cycling activities including mountain bike trails, a pump track, and track cycling. Weekday sessions will be held from 7am to 8am and 4pm to 8.30pm, while on the weekend, the center is open from 7am to 10am and 4pm to 10pm. Those who love intense workout sessions can’t miss the Run and Ride Central at One Central which is offering a variety of complimentary classes, from running to workouts like HIIT and Body Combat, as well as a dedicated spinning studio.

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