There’s been a change to the dates of the Dubai Fitness Challenge

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The dates of the 30-day Dubai Fitness Challenge have been changed and it will now take place between 26th October to the 24th November

Originally scheduled in for between 19th October to 17th November, Dubai Week has just received news of the updated details of the challenge’s start and end.

It’s still the same call for residents to commit to 30 minutes of exercise every day for a month. And no pressure, but the call is not coming from us, but His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Last year, the sports loving Crown Prince of Dubai challenged us all to improve our health by signing up the Dubai Fitness Challenge. Fun fact: during the 30 days of DFC last year, the percentage of residents who completed 10,000+ steps a day doubled from 16 per cent to 32 per cent.


Last year’s event was pretty epic, with a two-hour yogathon at Safa Park and eight kilometre race through JLT to help nail Dubai’s claim as the world’s most active city.

Now the flagship fitness initiative returns bigger and more active than ever. Yep, DFC got swole. Join the free fitness events, flexing around the city to entice one million people of all ages and fitness levels to sign up to half-an-hour of daily activity for 30 days.

New for 2018

Five themed fitness villages will run for 26 days during DFC and they sound immense. Is there one near you? Read on…

  • DIFC Fitness Village: There’ll be 300 free fitness classes on the main stage, the latest Technogym equipment (including bikes and treadmills), a jolly wizard looking golf simulator and teqball tables to help FIFA-up those football skills.
  • DMCC Park Fitness Village: The DMCC Park Fitness Village, presented by Decathlon, will be a centre for team and adrenaline sports. Find over 400 free fitness classes on the main stage, and football, volleyball and basketball tournaments. The fun-for-all sizes Just Play Adrenaline Village has a gymnastics zone, one-on-one adults ninja warrior obstacle course, acrobatics workshops and a bouldering zone
  • Kite Beach Fitness Village: Slap on the sunscreen and get involved with beach volleyball, cricket and soccer. There’s a water sports zone with kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and in excess of 400 classes on stage. The City Swim takes place on 27th October and features a range of courses from 250m to 2500m. You’ll also find The National Obstacle Course here spanning 2km with 12 obstacles.
  • Palm Jumeirah Fitness Village: Ready, set, run – Palm Jumeirah will be the runner’s hub and everybody can get involved. With pre and post-natal fitness classes for baby-mamas and nearly baby-mamas, and a The Virtual Fitness Trail with a digital trainer for those in need of some virtual PT guidance. Which is great, because they wont be able to answer back when we tell them how we feel about doing another set of burpees. There’ll also be the Palm Jumeirah Glow Run, a 3.2km course with themed lighting and interactive audio, creating a virtual rainforest and a colour brick road.
  • Al Khawaneej Walk Fitness Village: Facilities will also cater for the over 60s, people of determination and feature special ladies-only times. There’ll be static Technogym bikes and exhilarating night ride. For those who prefer two wheels to two feet, the cycle club hub will sit in Quran Park

From low-key walking to intense paddle board sessions, it’ll be even more action-packed and entertaining this year. Weekend fitness carnivals will also take place, so all the family can get involved, try out new sports and improve their fitness levels.

More details are coming, but for now, you can sign up at

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