By Shruthi Kuttipravan
Embark on the exciting journey that is the Dubai Fitness Challenge (30X30)! Back for another thrilling installment, this month-long celebration of fitness was initiated by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai. Every year from October 28 to November 26, the city is alive with the rhythm of health and wellness.
Whether you’re a seasoned Dubai resident or a newcomer, the challenge is simple: dedicate yourself to a 30-minute exercise or 10000 steps for 30 consecutive days. Introduced in 2017, this forward-thinking initiative aims to invigorate residents through a variety of activities suitable for all ages and interests, promoting a sense of community unity.
If you’re unsure where to start, we’ve outlined key events, complimentary activities, and recommended apps to help you make the most of this year’s 30X30 challenge.
Dubai Ride 2023 (November 12): Join Dubai’s premier cycling event, sponsored by DP World. Choose between a 14-km general route along Sheikh Zayed Road or a family-friendly 4-km ride around Sheikh Zayed Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard. Registration is mandatory at dubairide.com.
Dubai Run (November 26): Lace up your running shoes for the return of Dubai Run. Select a 5-km family route or a challenging 10-km route for athletes, both starting near Emirates metro station. The routes offer breathtaking views of Dubai’s landmarks. Register at dubairun.com.
DFC SUP Challenge at Hatta Dam: Experience a unique mass stand-up paddle session amid the picturesque Hatta Dam surroundings. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced paddler, enjoy 45-minute classes or sign up for the DFC SUP challenge event. It’s a complimentary event, but registration is required at premieronline.com.
Other Must-Try Events: From the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon to Krispy Kreme’s Doughnut Run, the city is buzzing with activities. On November 18, the iconic Aura Skypool hosts a triathlon featuring rowing, cycling, and a lap of the infinity pool.
Iconic Spots to Get Fit
Explore 26 community fitness hubs scattered across the city during the 30X30 challenge. These hubs, located at landmarks like Hatta Wadi Hub, Dubai Marina Mall, and The Beach, offer daily complimentary activities to residents.
An exciting addition this year is the RTA Mushrif Park Cycling Centre’s Fitness Village, inviting cycling enthusiasts to join guided mountain bike trail rides or road track rides around the park.
Apps that Reward Your Dedication
Make the most of your 30X30 experience with apps that acknowledge your commitment:
Fitze: Earn coins for every step, redeemable for enticing discounts and rewards. Participate in the 30X30 challenge for daily vouchers and a chance to win staycations, dream trips, movie tickets, and more.
STEPPi: This fitness app, in conjunction with a wearable device, not only tracks steps but also records your activity. Partnering with The H Dubai for the Inter-corporate Fitness Challenge, STEPPi offers rewards ranging from fitness gear to activities.
Core Direction: Turn your life into a game with Core Direction, motivating users of all ages to lead a fit, active, and healthy lifestyle. Enjoy discounted access, private company leaderboards, and exclusive deals.
Most organizations across the city are offering free workouts, exciting tournaments, and wellness-centric entertainment to keep everyone in Dubai moving. The H Dubai has launched a fun Inter-Corporate Fitness Challenge as part of its Corporate Wellness Membership program between the hotel team members and the offices in the H Office Tower to boost an environment of wellness and health. Loads of exciting benefits are offered to participants along with a 1-month free health club membership for packages booked during the DFC.
So, what are you waiting for? Join the movement now! #Takethechallenge