HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has announced the second edition of the Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC), following the success of the inaugural challenge in 2017. For 30 days, the, Crown Prince of Dubai and the Chairman of Dubai Executive Council urged people living in the city to pledge to complete 30 minutes of physical activity a day for 30 days. The challenge asks people to sign up online as either an individual, a private organization, a government organization, or a school, with all participants tasked with completing 30 minutes of physical activity per day throughout the duration of the challenge. The fitness movement is set to kick off this year on October 19 and concludes on November 19.
During the duration of the month-long event, a number of gyms and fitness studios will be offering free classes, passes, and sessions for residents who want to get involved. The program’s official website will also have an action-packed calendar of all fitness events that will take place throughout the month, though you can also complete the 30 minutes a day on your own.
Last year, in an effort to get as many people on board as possible, the young royal challenged some of the UAE’s biggest companies—such as Emirates and DEWA (not to mention the Dubai Police Force)—and all accepted. The total engagement was 786,000 UAE citizens and residents who all committed to 30 minutes of physical exercise for 30 days. This time around, His Highness aims to up the ante and see over 1 million participants take part in the movement by way of more than 2,000 free classes, events, community-led activities, and “Weekend Carnivals”. There will also be an all-new fitness app that serves to monitor your workouts and track your progress over the 30 days. The goal? To be the most active city in the world.