Watch: Sheikh Hamdan presents Dubai Fitness Challenge 2022, full events list revealed

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People of all fitness levels can choose from diverse events and activities across the city
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Dubai: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, on Tuesday invited residents to turn Dubai into the world’s most active city with his flagship community fitness initiative Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC).

“A new challenge is coming up for Dubai from 29 Oct-27 Nov…The Dubai Fitness Challenge. I look forward to having the whole community unite to turn Dubai into the world’s most active and dynamic city,” Sheikh Hamdan posted on social media.

New highlights announced 

DFC Youth World Cups

In recognition of FIFA World Cup that commences during the course of DFC 2022, there will be four 5-a-side football tournaments for the youth.The tournaments comprise of Under 14 and Under 11 for Boys and Under 14 and Under 11 for Girls. Matches are predominantly played at the multipurpose pitch at the DP World Fitness Village Kite Beach.

Up to 128 teams are expected to take part comprising squads totalling over 1,000 young football players. Teams will reflect the national teams playing in Qatar with a random draw being conducted for entrants to allocate the team names and the group fixtures. The games will take place through the 30 days of DFC 2022 with all the finals being staged on the final weekend of the event at the DP World Fitness Village at Kite Beach.

DFC Fitness Hubs

Throughout the course of DFC this year, 19 new fitness hubs will appear across various local communities all over the city, including Bluewaters, Champs Sports & Fitness Club, Dubai Design District (D3), DIFC, DMCC in Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dragon Mall, Dubai Police Officers Club, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Inspiratus Sports District (ISD) at Dubai Sports City, Hatta, Mohammed bin Rashid Library (MBRL), The Palm Jumeirah, The Space-Dubai Investment Park, Zabeel Ladies Club, Zabeel Sports District, The Beach, Sport Society, Dubai Hills Mall and Dubai Festival City Mall. Each Fitness Hub will support the 30×30 challenge goal of inspiring communities to seek healthy and active lifestyles by providing daily free activities and workout sessions for all the family. Choose from hundreds of free activities, from hiking in the Hatta Wadi, stretching the limbs in Pilates and Yoga classes, working up a sweat in Body Combat or Zumba classes, or taking on treadmill challenges.

Expo City Dubai Sports and Fitness Weekend

IT will take place on November 12 and 13. Exercise enthusiasts or fitness first-timers can sample one of dozens of keep-fit classes, from LES MILLS Body Balance and Body Grit classes, Crank cycling sessions, yoga, gymnastics, and – for the hardy residents – Barry’s Bootcamp will put participants through the paces with a sweat-busting workout.

Key highlights include The Expo City Dubai Run, powered by Gatorade, on November 12, which is open for everyone, from social to advanced runners, young or experienced as well as people of determination with distances of 3k, 5k, 10k or 15km to choose from, as well as the Expo City Dubai Ride powered by Gatorade, taking place on November 13, giving cyclists the chance to re-experience the incredible route within the Expo City Dubai passing existing pavilions, parks and surrounding attractions with distances of 12km, 18km, 40km and 74km.