If you took part in the second edition of Sheikh Hamdan’s Dubai Fitness Challenge last year, give yourself a pat on your back. Over one million participants took part in the 2018 edition according to statistics released last week.

One million participants in Dubai Fitness Challenge

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum’s flagship initiative, Dubai Fitness Challenge witnessed an unprecedented 1,053,100 residents taking up the challenge, requiring them to exercise for half an hour daily from 26th October-24th November last year. It was a 34% increase from the first edition, in which 786,000 residents participated.

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92% of participants achieved the 30×30 target

As per the statistics, it’s praiseworthy to reveal the second edition witnessed 92% of the one million participants achieving the daily target of 30 minutes exercise during the month-long challenge. 61% of participants recorded activity of at least 30 to 60 minutes, 21% of participants recorded activity of at least 60 to 90 minutes and 10% of participants performed over 90 minutes of daily activity. A driving force for participation was the establishment of pop up fitness villages in JLT, DIFC, Al Khawaneej, Kite Beach and Palm Jumeirah.

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Dubai among the most active cities in the world

Thanks to Dubai Fitness Challenge, the initiative witnessed changing mindsets towards positive health and lifestyle changes. Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment says, “The second edition of Dubai Fitness Challenge, an incredible initiative of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has dramatically changed the mindsets of people towards achieving positive social and lifestyle changes. Our recent consumer research that compares pre and post DFC behaviours to assess tangible impact, reveals extremely high satisfaction scores across all aspects of the festival itself, in addition to a marked improvement in lifestyle choices. These are strong indicators that this city-wide movement is turning into a social platform for good health, and by extension, well-being and happiness of Dubai’s entire community.”

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