Dubai Run
Dubai run on Shaikh Zayed Road. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: For the first time ever, Dubai’s iconic Sheikh Zayed Road will turn into a running track on Friday, November 8, as the ongoing Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) 2019 is inviting residents for the ‘Dubai Run 30x30’ on Shaikh Zayed Road.

The free-to-attend event includes a 5km-run and a 10km-run, with both routes starting and ending at Dubai World Trade Centre.

This marks the first time that people have been allowed to run on a section of the 14-lane highway, giving participants a unique, on-foot perspective of iconic sights as they come together to demonstrate their commitment to an active lifestyle and DFC’s vision to make Dubai the most active city in the world.

The 5km fun run is open to all ages, abilities and fitness levels – also accommodating strollers and wheelchairs to be as inclusive as possible for families and people of determination. It also serves as a fun day out for schools as well as government and corporate groups, who are encouraged to sign up and attend the run with all their friends and colleagues.

The 10km-run, meanwhile, has been created for running enthusiasts who are 18 years of age or older, in which they can aim to beat their personal best.

Registration is essential prior to the event for all attendees eight years and older for the 5km fun run and 18 years and older for the 10km run. Children under 8 do not need to sign up to take part in the 5km fun run.

Registration is open on PlatinumList:

Dubai Run is presented by DEWA, in association with Etisalat, Dubai Police, RTA and ARN.

Dubai Run 30x30

  • Where: Sheikh Zayed Road (starts and ends on Dubai World Trade Centre)
  • When: November 8, Friday
  • Registration:

About DFC

The Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) is an initiative of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council. DFC has been created to motivate the people of Dubai to boost their physical activity and commit to 30 minutes of daily activity for 30 days.

Running from October 18 to November 16 this year, the Challenge encompasses all forms of activity – from cycling and football, to kayaking, team sports, walking and yoga, as well as wellness and healthy lifestyle. Everyone is encouraged to participate individually or together with friends, family and colleagues and enjoy new ways to improve their fitness and health levels. Participants can track their performance on the Dubai Fitness App.