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A record total of 1.1 million residents took part in Sheikh Hamdan’s flagship initiative, Dubai Fitness Challenge, making it the most successful edition yet.

1.1 million take part in Dubai Fitness Challenge 2019

The last four weeks saw Dubai transform into a massive fitness centre with themed villages, hallmark events, marathons and trainings organized across the city, recording a whopping 1.1 million (1,108,890) residents and visitors taking the challenge by working out for a minimum of 30 minutes daily during the month-long initiative.

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Photograph credit: Dubai Fitness Challenge

Here’s a roundup of Dubai Fitness Challenge’s highlights that drew large crowds, making it the most successful edition yet.

70,000 take part in Dubai Run debut

In a first, the iconic Sheikh Zayed Road was turned into a flat marathon course as 70,000 participants hit the ground running at the inaugural Dubai Run.

A section of the highway was dedicated to the marathon, with participants taking over the lanes surrounded by some of Dubai’s iconic landmarks, like Burj Khalifa, Dubai Opera, Emirates Towers and The Dubai Mall. Our very own Crown Prince, HH Sheikh Hamdan led the run.

“Every year, to achieve the noble objectives of Dubai Fitness Challenge, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan keeps coming up with unique initiatives and events. This year, he has launched the historic Dubai Run, the first such event on the bustling Sheikh Zayed Road, a truly fascinating new addition to Dubai’s many splendorous sporting milestones, bringing together thousands of people of different age, abilities and cultural backgrounds.”

His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Deputy Chairman of Dubai Sports Council

Middle East’s largest High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) session with Joe Wicks

Instagram fitness sensation Joe Wicks led a free High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) session at Skydive Dubai, with thousands of residents turning up to take part in a series of short and intense periods of anaerobic exercises.

Even though the participation wasn’t enough to beat the world record of 3,804 held in London in 2017, the event claimed the title of the region’s most attended HIIT session. 

First-ever IMAGINE Fitness Workout

DFC 2019 ended the third edition with an immersive first-of-its-kind IMAGINE Fitness Workout, featuring workouts choreographed in sync with the show’s famous water and visual effects at Dubai Festival City Mall. Here’s what it looked like:

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Photograph credit: Dubai Festival City Mall

Loads of celebrities took the Dubai Fitness Challenge

This edition was quite a star-studded affair, with WWE sensation Becky Lynch, AC Milan royalty Clarence Seedorf, UK’s inspiring Paralympic athlete Christian Karembeu and former England captain John Terry descending upon the city to take part on day-one of the challenge, conduct sessions and participate in the Dubai Run.

Virtual buddy to help participants achieve the 30×30 challenge

As if the Dubai Fitness Challenge’s busy events calendar wasn’t enough, this edition featured a ‘virtual buddy’ created by homegrown gym Inner Fight to cover workouts for participants to try at their convenience and achieve the daily target of 30 minutes of exercise.

Every school in Dubai took the Dubai Fitness Challenge

Reaching the 1.1 million mark probably wouldn’t have been achievable without the youth. The 2019 edition witnessed 100% of schools in Dubai pledging to take the 30×30 challenge, in line with making Dubai the most active city.

“To witness such incredible participation from the city for this year’s Dubai Fitness Challenge is an immensely inspiring moment for us all, as it showcased the solidarity of our society and the unwavering commitment of our people to an active lifestyle. The aim for DFC has always been to create an inclusive movement for all, and it’s our belief that providing convenience and access can and will motivate habitual changes to lifestyle.”

His Excellency Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM)
Dubai Fitness Challenge 1.1 million participants 1,108,890 Sheikh Hamdan Fazza Dubai Run Sheikh Zayed Road Joe Wicks HIIT session Skydive Dubai Virtual buddy 30x30 schools pledge

Photograph credit: Dubai Fitness Challenge

This year’s record beat the 2018 edition by a close margin. Learn more about last year’s statistics here.

Stay updated with Dubai Fitness Challenge through their website.

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