Dubai Fitness Challenge: Number of participants doubles in 4 years, says top official – News

This year’s challenge offered a more diverse and inclusive range of free fitness activities than ever before



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Published: Thu 25 Nov 2021, 15:52

In four years, the number of participants in the Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) has doubled, a top official says.

In an interview with Khaleej Times, Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment, said: “At the first edition in 2017, the number of participants for DFC was 786,000. Last year, more than 1.5 million people across the city took part in the initiative, with more than 20,000 taking part in the inaugural edition of the iconic Dubai Ride in 2020 on Sheikh Zayed Road.

“In 2020, more than 100,000 participants took part in Dubai Run, with routes throughout the city. Last year, 70,000 participants also saw the debut of Dubai Run in 2019, which took place on Sheikh Zayed Road.”

He said the DFC is one of the biggest citywide fitness challenges in the world. “Dubai is the only city in the world to offer its citizens, residents and visitors thousands of free live and virtual fitness and wellness events, classes and activities for 30 days, regardless of age, ability or fitness level.

“This year’s edition also features a more diverse and inclusive range of fitness activities and events than ever before, with a particular focus on encouraging participants to get outside to complete their 30 minutes of daily activity over 30 days,” he added. ready.

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Al Khaja said this year’s challenge offered a more diverse and inclusive range of free fitness activities than ever before.

“This would not have been possible without the tremendous support that we and our fellow organizer, Dubai Sports Council, have received from all our amazing government and business partners. Our partnership with like-minded organizations who are also committed to making Dubai a healthier and happier city is critical and has helped ensure the countless free events take place in the city over 30 days.”

The 2021 edition of the challenge offered three free Fitness Villages at Kite Beach, Expo 2020 Dubai and Mushrif Park; 14 Fitness Hubs in City Business and Residential Communities; major sporting events and over 5,000 free live and virtual fitness classes.

Sheikh Hamdan shows the way

Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the face of this challenge. Being a fitness enthusiast himself, his posts have resonated with the masses.

“The annual success of DFC proves how strongly the Dubai Crown Prince’s vision to make Dubai the most active city in the world resonates with the people of Dubai. The number of DFC participants increasing with each edition speaks volumes about the impact and inspiration the Crown Prince of Dubai has had on the citizens and residents of this city,” said Al Khaja.

Impact on personal routine

The DFC has had an impact on Al Khaja’s life, he said.

“Personally I enjoy cycling and padel tennis, and with DFC I have been able to find my 30s in these sports and commit myself to regular exercise on a daily basis.

“The challenge has been very helpful in terms of motivation and encouragement to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle not only during the 30 days of DFC but also after the month is over, which is what this initiative is really about,” he added. .

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He said the lives of many of his friends and relatives have changed for the better after taking on the challenge.

“I can say without a doubt that many of these individuals have been able to change their lives for the better and have continued that momentum after the month of DFC has ended. This shows that Dubai is truly a city that recognizes the importance of physical health and embraces the fitness journey.”

Al Khaja said the DFC is the “perfect opportunity” for everyone to create healthy habits and incorporate them into their daily routines and regimens.

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