Dubai Fitness Challenge 2022: Here’s your ultimate guide to activities, events

More than 10,000 classes, the world’s largest trampoline fitness session, and the World Padel Championship are just some of the things in store for UAE residents

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Nasreen Abdulla

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Published: Tue 25 Oct 2022, 10:42 PM

Last updated: Sat 29 Oct 2022, 4:44 PM

Get your sportswear and running shoes ready — the Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) will be back this weekend.

More than 10,000 classes, the world’s largest trampoline fitness session, and the World Padel Championship are just some of the things in store for residents during the month-long fitness frenzy — which will run from October 29 to November 27.


The iconic Dubai Run and Dubai Ride that transformed Sheikh Zayed Road into a pavement for cyclists and runners will also be back.

Here is a quick look at this year's DFC:

  • 2 Fitness Villages
  • 19 Fitness Hubs
  • Dubai Ride - November 6
  • Dubai Run- November 20
  • 30-day Padel Programme
  • 30-day Football Programme

The Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum invited all UAE residents to participate in the 6th edition of the 30x30 challenge.


“I look forward to having the whole community unite to turn Dubai into the world’s most active and dynamic city," he wrote in a tweet.

Launched in 2017, the DFC encourages Dubai residents to take up 30 minutes of activity a day for 30 days and transforms the entire city into a fitness hub. Last year, the DFC saw a record participation of 1.65 million people.

Start planning your 30x30 calendar and take note of the dates for the key events. Here are the details:

Dubai Ride

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To be held on November 6

Two routes: 12-km ride on Sheikh Zayed Road; 4-km family route on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard.

Six start and finish gates including MOTF, Satwa, Coca Cola arena, lower Financial Centre road and Business Bay

Register on www.dubairide.com

Dubai Run

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To be held on November 20

Two routes: 10km and 5km

Register on www.dubairun.com

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World Padel Championship

The World Padel Championship will come to the UAE for the first time as part of the DFC. It will take place from October 31 to November 5 at the 5,000-seat Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium.

The two fitness villages of DFC will be back this year as well. Here are the details:

DP World Kite Beach Fitness Village

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Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 3pm-11pm

Saturday-Sunday 7am-11am

Attractions at this village:

Aqua Park

The Ring

Aviv Row- Ride- Jab

Etisalat by E& Base Main Stage

Fitbit- Core- Lift- Rebounder

Emirates NBD Cricket Arena

The Box by Nissan

Multi-purpose Court

Lipton Tone

Emirates Padel Court

Children’s Play Area

RTA Last Exit Fitness Village, Al Khawaneej

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Opening Hours: Monday- Friday 16:00-23:00

Saturday- Sunday 16:00- 00:00

Attractions at this village:

RTA Base Main Stage

Aster Ladies Studio

Mai Dubai Ride

Dubai Chamber Bounce

Children’s Area

This year, there will be a record 19 fitness hubs for the DFC, as compared to the 14 hubs last year. These are:

Dragon Mart

Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC)

Zabeel Sports District

Mohammed Bin Rashid Library

Sport Society

Dubai Silicon Oasis

Hatta

Dubai Design District

Champs Sports and Fitness Club

The Beach

Bluewaters

Dubai Multi Commodities Center

Palm Jumeirah

Dubai Sports City

The Space

Zabeel Ladies Club

Dubai Police Officers Club

Dubai Hills Mall

Dubai Festival City Mall

Dates for all the fitness hubs will be on the DFC website https://www.dubaifitnesschallenge.com/

Fitness Weekend

An exclusive sports and fitness weekend will take place at Expo City on November 12-13. The activities will take place in 5 locations:

Al Wasl Dome

Jubilee Park

Surreal Water Feature

Garden In the Sky

Al Forsan Park

Some of the activities will be:

Expo City Run with distances of 3k, 5k, 10k or 15km

Expo City ride with distances of 12km, 18km, 40km and 74km

AC Milan football academy

Yoga sessions

Spinning

Gymnastics

Zumba and

The world’s largest trampoline fitness session

Last year, the DFC saw a record participation of 1.65 million people. “This year, we are expecting the numbers to be much higher,” said Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment. “Covid taught people the importance of being fit and healthy. So far, the numbers have been very encouraging. We are hoping to top last year’s participation numbers.”

  • 2017 — 786,000 participants
  • 2018 — 1,000,000
  • 2019 — 1,100,000
  • 2020 — 1,500,000
  • 2021 — 1,650,000

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