Shoppers at mall in Dubai take part in fitness challenge

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Many activities were prepared for the visitors in the seven different fitness zones the mall was divided into.

By Saman Haziq

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Published: Sat 19 Oct 2019, 10:48 PM

Shoppers at the Festival City Mall were pleasantly surprised on Friday to see the mall decked up with the Dubai Fitness Challenge 2019 flags inviting them to test their physical fitness levels.
Many activities were prepared for the visitors in the seven different fitness zones the mall was divided into. The zones spread across the mall, including the mall promenade outdoor, were packed with free activities for all ages and abilities. These will continue to be available throughout the 30 days of the fitness challenge.
Although the indoor activities started at 12 noon, the party at the mall picked up only after 4pm as main workout stage and other outdoor activities were conducted after 4pm.
The audience was treated with a spectacular display of fireworks at 7.45pm. The outdoor Festival City Promenade was transformed into a large workout space with exciting attractions, including sessions with professional fitness trainers against a backdrop of a special fitness-themed Imagine show that will continue twice every evening.
The Fitness Village is also offering group classes like HIIT, sunset yoga sessions and Zumba, mixing fitness with fun. Also, a bike rental on site attracted lot of young enthusiasts.
Siblings Tuqaa and Iqra Widen were the first ones waiting at the cycle stand to get a chance to ride bikes for free at the Festival City Promenade.
"We make it a point to attend DFC fitness villages every year and every weekend with our families. The best part about the DFC is that we get to do so many outdoor activities free of cost. I came here with my family and while my parents are looking to attend the stage workout with professional trainers, I and my siblings are looking to enjoy free fitness games, prizes to be won, biking and other fun exercises that we learn and then can do it at home too, " Tuqaa said.
Indian Expat Bhavya Aggarwal was a bit disappointed at the Festival City as she felt the number of engaging activities had gone down. "My whole family is into fitness which is why we wait for the DFC annually. But this time, I am a little disappointed as there is only stage workout activities happening outdoors and the other zones are in far off areas in the mall. This time I got my mother-in-law and kids also so they could enjoy different activities but there are not many activities within our reach. For some, we have to shop for Dh100 in the mall or else we have to walk to different areas/zones, which is tough for us as we have elderly persons and kids with us. But we religiously follow the strict 30 minute 30 days policy at home during the DFC, and over the weekend, we come to fitness hubs to learn more exercises which we then later do at home."

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