By Sam Bridge
Citywide fitness movement, launched by Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan in 2017, broke all records
More than 1.1 million people took part in the 2019 edition of the Dubai Fitness Challenge, it was announced on Tuesday.
The citywide fitness movement that was launched by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, in 2017 broke all records as 1,108,890 residents and visitors joined in.
The 30-day festival of health encouraged everyone to complete 30 minutes of physical activity daily for the period, transforming Dubai into a city gym with over 13,000 fitness and wellness activities and events.
Organisers said DFC 2019 delivered a comprehensive calendar of fitness options across a multitude of disciplines, easily accessible to the masses every day.
The success was evidenced as over 285,000 people attended the free all-month Fitness Villages at Dubai Festival City Mall and Kite Beach, and more than 30,000 visited the 11 Fitness Hubs across residential and business districts.
The range of activities on offer ranged from beach and water sports, martial arts, skill-based challenges, to strength and endurance training, balance and meditation.
A highlight this year was when Dubai’s iconic Sheikh Zayed Road turned into a giant running track for the city, as 70,000 participants took over the highway for the inaugural Dubai Run 30x30 led by Sheikh Hamdan.
Helal Saeed Al Marri, director general of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), said: “To witness such incredible participation from the city for this year’s Dubai Fitness Challenge is an immensely inspiring moment for us all, as it showcased the solidarity of our society and the unwavering commitment of our people to an active lifestyle.
"The aim for DFC has always been to create an inclusive movement for all, and it’s our belief that providing convenience and access can and will motivate habitual changes to lifestyle.”
The third edition of DFC was organised by Dubai Tourism and Dubai Sports Council.For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.