The best news? These events are all completely free to attend and have themed zones, markets, kids’ fitness classes, assault courses, trampolines and advice from experts.
The challenge kicked off last week, on Friday October 30, when His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council for Dubai Government, launched the Dubai Fitness Challenge, aiming to make Dubai the most active city in the world.
Between Friday October 20 and Saturday November 18, HH Sheikh Hamdan is asking you to commit to just 30 minutes of daily exercise, for just 30 days.
You don’t have to do be an expert runner or super weightlifter to take part – there’s a massive range of sports and classes for all levels of fitness.
Across the four weekends there will be the chance to try out more than 70 different sports and fitness classes, ranging from breakletics, boxercise and ballet, to Sharmila dance, yoga and Zumba.
Each carnival will feature dedicated zones where participants can try sports such as suspension training, volleyball and boxing with expert trainers, while kids will also be catered for with special “fun and fitness”, areas featuring climbing walls, football and cricket coaching, horse hoppers for toddlers, and much more.
Each event will also have its own unique feel. The Kite Beach carnival will have many sand- and sea-based activities (think beach volleyball and beach cricket), Skydive Dubai will focus on adventurous sports (BMX, parkour, climing and ninja training) as well wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby.
The gathering in Burj Park on the fourth weekend will focus on classes from Dubai gyms and fitness.
The final session at Dubai Festival City will have dragon boat racing and a firework display.
And for fitness-loving kids, the Superhero Walkathon takes place from 2pm to 4pm on Friday November 3. Dress up in your best Superman or Batman outfit and make your way along a 3.2km route through Dubai Marina. There’s also a Mums and Strollers Walkathon from 9.30am to 11.30am on Tuesday November 7 at Mamzar Park.
Across the 30 days there will be more than 1,500 free workout classes in 85 sports facilities across the city.
Other major events include Dubai International Triathlon 2017 (November 10), XDubai Spartan Race, Dubai Desert Warrior Challenge, The Color Run, Dubai City Swim, 2XU Triathlon, Dubai Women’s Run, Super Sports Mina Mile Swim Series, Pink Ladies Games (October 26), ADI Super Sprint Triathlon Series, Global Mala, Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge, Saucony Time Trial Run, Fitness Expo Dubai, and Dubai Schools Fitness Games.
“Dubai Fitness Challenge offers an unprecedented line-up of sports and fitness activities taking place throughout the city and appealing to all ages and levels of fitness,” says Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing.
“The weekend carnivals and hero events are some of the many highlights in the packed programme, and we encourage all citizens, residents and visitors to take part, get fit and make the most of the huge variety of activities on offer to ultimately make a positive change that lasts a lifetime. All you have to do is commit to 30 minutes of daily activity for 30 days, while encouraging friends, family and colleagues to join in, so we together make Dubai the most active city in the world.”