The 30 day fitness challenge will run from Friday October 18 to Saturday November 16, with brilliant events taking place all around the city..

The annual Dubai Fitness Challenge is back for its third edition in 2019. Taking place from Friday October 18 to Saturday November 16, the initiative challenges Dubai residents of any age, gender, fitness or ability to do 30 minutes of exercise every day for 30 days to improve their health.

For 30 days the city will transform into one ginormous gym, running across two fitness villages and 10 community hubs, where there will be 40 events and over 5,000 fitness classes and activities during the month-long event.

We’ve rounded up some of the biggest events on the Dubai Fitness Challenge calendar, so go on, set yourself a challenge… 

Tough Mudder

Tough Mudder has been announced as the main event for the Dubai Fitness Challenge. The endurance obstacle challenge is renowned worldwide so if you’ve ever fancied giving it a go, there’s no time like the present – but be prepared to get seriously dirty. It will take place at Dubai Festival City on Friday, November 15 and there’s four courses to choose from; Tough Mudder 5k (with 13 obstacles on a 5km route), Tough Mudder Classic (25 obstacles on a 10km route) or for the real fitness buffs, there’s Tougher Mudder (25 obstacles on a 10km route but timed for the fastest scores). If the little ones (aged 5 to 13) want to get involved, there’s a special Mini Mudder over a 1.6km route, so round up the troops and get a group together to compete.

Tough Mudder, Dubai Festival City, Friday 15 November, Tough Mudder Classic from Dhs400.

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UAE Triathlon

If you live and breathe triathlons, you might want to strap on those running shoes and get training as a seriously tough one is coming to Hatta on Friday November 1. If you’ve never actually done one before but fancy the challenge, let us give you the lowdown; you’ll be expected to run, bike and swim during the gruelling race. All manners of terrain await you, from swimming in Hatta Dam and Wadi to running and biking through Hatta’s picturesque, palm tree-lined villages and tackling some seriously steep inclines through the rocky mountains. If you fancy giving it a go, you’ll need to register by Wednesday, October 30 via PremierOnline to secure your place.

Grit&Tonic Hatta Triathlon, Friday, November 1, registration from 6am, race from 7.30am, priced from Dhs200.

Les Mills

Les Mills, the creators behind sweat-inducing classes such as Bodypump, Bodycombat, RPM and Les Mills Grit, are encouraging Dubai residents to get active by completing 30 of their classes over the 30 day period of the Dubai Fitness Challenge. To help you on your way, Les Mills will be offering an array of free fitness classes throughout the Dubai Fitness Challenge at Kite Beach, Dubai Mall & various locations around Dubai. You will also be able to enjoy a free 30-day trial of Les Mills On Demand, meaning you can complete workouts at home, on the go, or wherever you are, at whatever time you want. There’s over 800 workouts to choose from, ranging from 15 to 55 minutes. You just need to sign up online. We’ll be giving the challenge a go too, and if you fancy joining us, there’s a Polar fitnesss watch up for grabs for one lucky reader. Check the terms and conditions here.

Les Mills 30×30 Challenge, Friday October 18 to Saturday November 16, various locations across Dubai.

NRG Fitness

NRG Fitness are the official partners for the Dubai Fitness Challenge Zone in Dubai Marina Mall. Every day throughout DFC, they’ll be holding two free fitness classes per day, at 7am and 5.30pm for you to get involved in which include cycle, HIIT, circuits and Zumba on the promenade outside Dubai Marina Mall. Need an extra push? They’ve also teamed up with EMAAR to do a 30 day weight loss challenge, where the most successful person could win up to Dhs3,000. This will be done with real training and food plans from certified coaches. To register for the daily fitness classes or weight loss challenge, call or email NRG Fitness directly at

NRG Fitness, The Walk, Dubai Marina (near Spinney’s), fitness classes twice daily at 7am and 5.30pm, from October 20 to October 17. Tel: (050) 652 7722..

Kite Beach

Kite Beach is well known for being a family-friendly activity spot and one of the best places in Dubai for some al fresco group exercise classes. They’re celebrating Dubai Fitness Challenge with the annual Fitness Village, which will run from October 18 to November 16 with over 300 complimentary fitness activities that you can take part in. Find your chi with sunset yoga or beat out some frustration with boxing and martial arts. There’s even a tough mudder or mini mudder style challenge, an inflatable aqua park or watersports like kayaking or canoeing so literally the whole family can get involved. There’s even an open-air cinema with child-friendly films showing from October 24 to November 8.

Kite Beach, Jumeirah, Dubai, 7am to 9pm, weekdays, 7am to 11pm on weekends, October 18 to November 16, free. Tel: (04) 317 3999.

Dubai Festival Mall Fitness Village

Besides the Fitness Village at Kite Beach, Dubai Festival Mall will also have a version, perfect for those who live Downtown. Every evening there’ll be a loads of different group exercise classes to get involved in, where you’ll copy the trainers from their space on a huge stage, with a fitness version of the famous DFCM light show, IMAGINE, going on behind them. Sunset yoga, Zumba and tabata will all take place, plus there’ll be beach sports, VR cricket and even bike rental and trails to have a go at.

Dubai Festival Mall Fitness Village, Dubai Festival City, 12pm to 10pm, Sun to Wed, 12pm to midnight Thurs to Sat, October 18 to November 16, free.

Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge Build-Up Ride

If you’re a keen cyclist, you may have already signed yourself up for the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge on November 28 and 29, where you’ll cycle a massive 92km to complete it. We’re sure you’re already well in training if you have, however as part of The Dubai Fitness Challenge, there’ll be a 3rd meet build up race, taking place in the Al Qudra desert on November 1, which will determine individual’s start times for the race. The race is open to anyone aged 16 and over and if you don’t have a helmet or equipment, you can hire them. Once the trail is done, you’ll be able to catch up at the Cycle Village where there’ll be breakfast and loads of family-friendly activities to keep the little ones entertained.

Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge Build-Up Ride, from 6am, Friday November 1, Top of the Al Qudra Cycle Path, Seih Al Salam (near Zads and Trek shop), Dhs70.

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