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7 ways to get involved with the Dubai Fitness Challenge



After a massive weekend launch party that saw the likes of former Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand attend, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council for Dubai Government, month long fitness initiative has officially begun.
To help you make the most of this initiative that aims to encourage Dubai residences to take part in 30 minutes of exercise a day, we’ve shortlisted eight activities that we think will help keep you active and fit.

Cycle 45
Get your blood pumping and heart racing at this complimentary 45 minute cycling class. As a team that’s done it before, we recommend that you do your stretches (well in advance), bring a towl (a few) and get ready to feel the burn later (for a few days).
When: 6.30am, Monday, October 23*
Where: The Platform, Dubai Marina
Price: Free to attend, registration is required.
Contact: +971 4 435 8083, website

Military Bootcamp
It’s called military bootcamp for a reason, it’s hard. By hard we mean that you will have run, jump and crawl, all whilst holding back your tears to get to the finish line. No, but in all seriousness, it’s a great way to test your endurance and you will, undoubtedly, feel accomplished once it’s done.
When: 6am, Tuesday, October 24*
Where: Ignite, The Palm Jumeirah
Price: Free to attend, registration is required.
Contact: + 971 4 456 2482, website

Artistic yoga session
Find your inner peace while burning a few calories at this 60 minute class that aims to address your strength, flexibly, coordination, cardiovascular endurance and agility.
When: 7am, Wednesday, October 25*
Where: Artistic Yoga, Motor City
Price: Free to attend, registration is required.
Contact: 800 9642, website

Hit the Platform
Work out a sweat at this 45 minute high-intensity class, designed to leave you feeling fit and in a slight modicum of pain – we jest, that’s just us and well, maybe you.
When: 6.30am, Thursday, October 26*
Where: The Platform, Dubai Marina
Price: Free to attend, registration is required.
Contact: +971 4 435 8083, website

It’s a 8km road race through the streets of Jumeirah Lakes Towers. The race is set to start at 3pm, and is expected to finish at around 5pm. While the course is 8km long, you are free to stop whenever you like – good, because we can only run 1km, 1.5km if we’re pushing it. The event’s start and finish line will be at JLT Park. And, once the race that supports breast cancer awareness research is done, you can take part in a number of group exercise classes and enjoy the live entertainment.
When: From 3pm, Friday, October 27
Where: JLT Park
Price: AED50 for kids and AED125 for adults – anyone participating in the Dubai Fitness Challenge will get a 30 percent discount.
Contact: +971 50 887 8532, website


XDubai Spartan Race
Organised by Dubai Sports Council, this year’s race will take in Hatta for the very first time and will include over 70 obstacles. The race that is set to take place on November 10, aims to find “Spartan Warriors” among average residents. The annual race will once again feature three categories; Spartan Sprint, Spartan Beast, and Spartan Juniors. Aside from proving that they can compete in one of the toughest races known to man, “Spartan Elites” will be competing for cash prizes that range from US$5,000 to US$400 – depending on their race ranking. Just a quick warning, the race is not for the faint of heart and you need to sign a waiver – it’s that difficult.
When: From 6am, Friday, November 10
Where: Hatta
Price: From 364
Contact: website

The Color Run
The Color Run’s Dream World Tour is set to arrive in Dubai on Saturday, November 11. This year’s 5km dream course will feature a new foam zone, an inspirational dream wall (like a wish board, only bigger and slightly more colourful) and a number of new courses. There will, of course, be music playing throughout the event and some pretty unique costumes, dances and, judging by the many unicorns on the website, a number of keep sakes paying tribute to the mystical creature.
When: 7am, 12pm, Saturday, November 11
Where: Dubai Autodrome
Price: From AED160
Contact: website

*The following classes take place on numerious days through the fitness challenge, for the full schedule download the Dubai Fitness App here.

Dubai Fitness Challenge
When: until November 28
Where: Various locations across the city

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