In pictures: Sheikh Hamdan launches Dubai Fitness Challenge

Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, inaugurated the Dubai Fitness Challenge at Safa Park, kicking off a 30-day first-of-its-kind challenge that aims to transform Dubai into one of the most active cities in the world.
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H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, launched the Dubai Fitness Challenge, as part of the Opening Weekend Carnival at Al Safa Park in Dubai.
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The 30-day fitness challenge involves physical and sporting activities and includes the participation of many community members and groups, in the light of the keen desire of various departments, authorities and educational institutions, as well as individuals, to promote exercise.
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Sheikh Hamdan expressed his happiness at the large turnout, the response of the people of Dubai, and the participation of a wide segment of the local society from all ages in the challenge, to make Dubai one of the most active cities in the world.
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"I am happy to see this enthusiasm and preparedness in participating in the fitness challenge. The aim of the event is to educate people on the importance of sports and its positive effect on the health of people. I wish that our people would continue exercising, with the same enthusiasm, after the end of the fitness challenge," Sheikh Hamdan said.
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Kids play football during the Dubai Fitness Challenge Opening Carnival at Safa Park on October 20, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The inaugural Dubai Fitness Challenge kicks off this weekend, a first-of-its-kind challenge which runs from 20th October to 18th November sees hundreds of thousands of participants from across the city commit to 30 minutes of any exercise for 30 days. The Challenge boasts a packed calendar of sporting events, over 1,500 free workout classes and 75 pop up fitness locations with the aim of making Dubai the most active city in the world. (Getty Images)
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Kids take part during the Dubai Fitness Challenge Opening Carnival at Safa Park on October 20, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The inaugural Dubai Fitness Challenge kicks off this weekend, a first-of-its-kind challenge which runs from 20th October to 18th November sees hundreds of thousands of participants from across the city commit to 30 minutes of any exercise for 30 days. The Challenge boasts a packed calendar of sporting events, over 1,500 free workout classes and 75 pop up fitness locations with the aim of making Dubai the most active city in the world. (Getty Images)
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People attend the Dubai Fitness Challenge Opening Carnival at Safa Park on October 20, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The inaugural Dubai Fitness Challenge kicks off this weekend, a first-of-its-kind challenge which runs from 20th October to 18th November sees hundreds of thousands of participants from across the city commit to 30 minutes of any exercise for 30 days. The Challenge boasts a packed calendar of sporting events, over 1,500 free workout classes and 75 pop up fitness locations with the aim of making Dubai the most active city in the world. (Getty Images)
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X-Dubai in action during the Dubai Fitness Challenge Opening Carnival at Safa Park on October 20, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The inaugural Dubai Fitness Challenge kicks off this weekend, a first-of-its-kind challenge which runs from 20th October to 18th November sees hundreds of thousands of participants from across the city commit to 30 minutes of any exercise for 30 days. The Challenge boasts a packed calendar of sporting events, over 1,500 free workout classes and 75 pop up fitness locations with the aim of making Dubai the most active city in the world. (Getty Images)
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People attend the Dubai Fitness Challenge Opening Carnival at Safa Park on October 20, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The inaugural Dubai Fitness Challenge kicks off this weekend, a first-of-its-kind challenge which runs from 20th October to 18th November sees hundreds of thousands of participants from across the city commit to 30 minutes of any exercise for 30 days. The Challenge boasts a packed calendar of sporting events, over 1,500 free workout classes and 75 pop up fitness locations with the aim of making Dubai the most active city in the world. (Getty Images)
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People practise Mass Mala Yoga during the Dubai Fitness Challenge Opening Carnival at Safa Park on October 20, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The inaugural Dubai Fitness Challenge kicks off this weekend, a first-of-its-kind challenge which runs from 20th October to 18th November sees hundreds of thousands of participants from across the city commit to 30 minutes of any exercise for 30 days. The Challenge boasts a packed calendar of sporting events, over 1,500 free workout classes and 75 pop up fitness locations with the aim of making Dubai the most active city in the world. (Getty Images)