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First Sandstorm obstacle race set to be held in Dubai desert

Jan 27 event takes place across 5km and 10km distances through four terrains - rock, sand, water and mud

First Sandstorm obstacle race set to be held in Dubai desert

The first Sandstorm event, an obstacle race open to all fitness levels and backgrounds, will be held in the deserts of Dubai later this month.

The event takes place across 5km and 10km distances through four terrains - rock, sand, water and mud with more than 30 obstacles that blend into a backdrop of sand dunes, lakes, greenery and wildlife.

The first edition of the race will be held on January 27 at the Al Qudra Lakes, within the Al Marmoum Conservation Reserve Dubai.

Designed by an award-winning team of international course designers, the course also includes a dedicated Race Village facility, which will offer a range of entertainment and leisure activities for race participants and families.

Ahmad bin Byat, vice chairman and managing director, Dubai Holding, said: "Sandstorm marks the onset of 10th year anniversary celebrations of Dubai Holding Corporate Wellness Programme. It also underscores our organisation-wide commitment to supporting initiatives that encourage health and well-being in a variety of forms, from simple healthy eating campaigns to organising and participating in national competitive events."

He added: "We are very encouraged to see growing interest and enthusiasm for Sandstorm, and we look forward to welcoming participants from across the UAE and beyond to participate."

Registration is now open for participants of all fitness levels. To ensure the safety for all involved, full risk assessments have been completed by qualified experts, and trained marshals and first aid personnel will be onsite throughout the event.

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