Dubai Fitness Challenge 2020 is here again and this time with social distancing

A jam packed calendar of over 200 virtual sessions and 2000 classes across 150 locations is what Dubai Fitness Challenge has to offer this year.

Krystien Meyers
November 2, 2020 6:50 PM

Most residents of the city have already made fitness a big part of their lifestyle in 2020, with the pandemic giving some people more time and others more reason. While several people have taken up running and yoga, there has also been a growth people using YouTube and other video portals for at-home workout routines.

Jenny O'rata said "Not to be cheesy but health is wealth, and this year has shown all of us that." Jenny during the lockdown was motivated to get her steps in by using the stairs of her building, and post lockdown has continued on a detox plan that has helped her loose a total of 6kgs. 

Jenny says she is excited to take part in DFC 2020's digital classes being offered throughout the month of November.

All public activities for DFC 2020 have a booking in advance rule to ensure proper social distancing. Masks and bringing personal exercise tools are a must, from things like yoga mats to skipping ropes. A whole list of classes and booking methods can be found on

The annual event, launched in 2017 by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, is one of the most sought events where families and individuals break a sweat, irrespective of their fitness levels.

The hybrid event has promised to make fitness easy and accessible to all — from young adults, teenagers, families, older residents and people of determination, to businesses and schools.

Saeed Hareb, Secretary-General of Dubai Sports Council, has promised the event will maintain strict safety and hygiene regulations, social distancing guidelines and sanitisation requirements.

“For us, sports are an essential activity at all times, but it has become even more important in this period of Covid-19. Exercising and staying fit strengthens your immune system and a strong immune system is your best defence against illness,” he said.

Residents can look forward to a packed calendar of free fitness events, sports activities, health and wellness programmes and virtual sessions, including three dedicated Fitness Villages, ten community-centric Fitness Hubs.

Participants can unlock free 30-day programmes from leading global apps – Fitbit Premium, NEOU, Steppi, Sweat, Sworkit, Daily Burn, FIIT and Les Mills on Demand.

This year, the challenge is placing an elevated focus on at-home sessions with the Find Your 30 virtual content hub. Free-to-access, the facility is being hosted on the DFC website, allowing participants to use a wide range of fitness content for all ages and abilities.

This includes workout videos, 30-day exercise programmes, discipline challenges, podcasts, healthy recipes, health and wellness articles and vlogs, workout graphics, educational videos for children that will be sourced from experts in the fitness and health industry.

New in 2020 will also be a programme of free, weekly guided Dubai Running Tours, providing a unique, on-foot perspective of iconic sights across the city. Organised in partnership with Arabian Adventures and sports brand ASICS, the tours will be available throughout the 30 days of the Challenge.

Are you taking part in this years Dubai Fitness Challenge? 

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