By Andy Sambidge
Tourism chiefs announce plans for second marathon to highlight how safe the city is
Dubai tourism chiefs have announced plans to host a second marathon, starting at midnight, to highlight how safe the city is.
The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is to organise the Dubai Midnight Marathon as "a proclamation to the world of the safe, secure and positive environment" in the city.
Launching at midnight on December 12, Dubai Midnight Marathon will become "an integral part of the Dubai calendar of events in the future", officials said in a statement.
Khalid Bin Sulayem, director general, DTCM said a fun run will also be held on the following day alongside music concerts at Burj Khalifa Park.
Bin Sulayem said the marathon event aims to attract "world-renowned professional marathoners in the coming years" but the first one would be open to just the first 12,000 people who register.
Sheikha Ebrahim AlMutawa, director, Business Development, DTCM, added that the event was one of the initiatives of the Dubai Green Award Programme promoting Dubai as a tourism safety destination.
The midnight event will join the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon which next takes place on January 25 2013.