Sheikh Zayed Road will close to make way for the world’s largest fun run… 

Dubai’s main road, Sheikh Zayed Road, will close for a few hours this weekend to make way for the Dubai Run.

Sheikh Zayed Road will close in the early hours on Sunday, November 26, from 3.30am until 10am, and will be transformed into a running track for the annual Dubai Fitness Challenge fun run.

Members of the public are encouraged to use the metro on Sunday morning. Those participating in the run can get off at Dubai World Trade Centre station.

Last year, 193,000 runners, joggers, and walkers took part in the Dubai Run, and you can expect a similar epic turn out this year.

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This fun run is perhaps one of the most iconic in the world, passing some of the most beloved landmarks the city is home to. You and your loved ones can jog passed the Dubai Mall, Dubai Opera, and Burj Khalifa, and if you’re a seasoned runner, you will zoom all the way to the gorgeous Dubai Canal.

Running with the whole family? The 5km route is the way to go due to its flat terrain which makes it ideal for runners of every level. For the more experienced runner, the 10km route takes you to the Dubai Canal, looping back again towards the World Trade Centre and ending at DIFC.

The Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has not yet announced alternative routes or when the roads are expected to reopen, however, last year, the road closures began at 4am and reopened at 10am.

Stay tuned to What’s On to keep updated with the latest information.

What is Dubai Fitness Challenge?

Taking place from Saturday, October 28 to November 26, 2023, it’s a 30 day challenge to get you doing at least 30 minutes of exercise every day.

Now in its 7th edition, the Dubai Fitness Challenge has one aim: to transform Dubai into one of the world’s most active cities. You can register for your interest here to receive all the updates and fitness events taking place around the city.

Here’s everything you need to know about Dubai Fitness Challenge 2023.

Dubai Run, Sheikh Zayed Road, November 26, register at

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