Sheikh Hamdan Announces the Dubai Fitness Challenge for 2022

Free fitness activities, two fitness villages, and 19 hubs are lined up for the Dubai Youth World Cup.

The Announcement

Dubai: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, has introduced his flagship community fitness programme, the Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC), and has urged residents to make Dubai the world’s most dynamic city.

A New Challenge

A new challenge, the Dubai Fitness Challenge, has started from October 29 through November 27. Sheikh Hamdan looks forward to the community coming together to make Dubai the most vibrant and active city in the world.

Fitness Activities

Officials have announced all of the free fitness activities that will take place during the sixth DFC edition. These occasions include the UAE’s first World Padel Championship and the Dubai Youth World Cup, a brand-new youth football competition that coincides with the FIFA World Cup.

Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), Saeed Hareb, secretary-general of Dubai Sports Council (DSC), and Yaqoob Mohammad, manager – of Dubai Fitness Challenge, Dubai Tourism, announced the details at a press conference held at Zabeel Sports District on the rooftop of Dubai Mall Zabeel.

For emirate-wide participation, there will be over 10,000 fitness sessions and classes, two fitness villages, and 19 fitness hubs in addition to the flagship events Dubai Run and Dubai Ride, the specifics of which have already been revealed. The first Expo City Dubai Sports and Fitness Weekend will be part of the sixth edition of DFC.

Residents are urged to embrace exercise into their daily schedules by taking advantage of the city’s largest-ever calendar of free and welcoming fitness events, activities, and classes.

The DFC Participation

Al Khaja emphasised that since its inception in 2017, DFC has made a positive difference in many people’s lives, inspiring more registrations year over year and reaching over 1.65 million participants in 2021.

According to him, DFC continues to support the larger goal of making Dubai the best city in the world to live, work, and visit by encouraging everyone to commit to a healthier lifestyle.

“I urge everyone in Dubai to sign up for the citywide initiative and participate, whether they live there or are just visiting.” He also said, “It only takes 30 minutes a day to improve your health and happiness for the rest of your lives.”

Expecting New Record

Even though COVID-19 has been difficult, according to Al Khaja, the pandemic made people realise how important their health and fitness are to them.

They have defeated COVID this year under their leadership’s direction. They, therefore, anticipate much greater participation. They believe they will set a record with everyone’s help; Al Khaja told Gulf News outside the press conference.

Al Khaja also said that the retail sector had benefited DFC by offering many deals and discounts to get people to use fitness gear.

There are offers across the retail sector to make buying fitness gear easy. Over 10,000 free classes are available. So it’s a good affordable start. People can also win prizes in the many raffles.

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