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Action-packed two days to conclude Dubai Fitness Challenge

Last weekend will include guest appearance from boxing champion Anthony Joshua and a world record attempt

Staff Report
13:57 November 14, 2017

Dubai: The last weekend of the Dubai Fitness Challenge is set to host a line-up of activities, from a Guinness World Record attempt and a range of exercise classes to a celebrity guest appearance at Dubai Festival City on November 17-18.

The first Dubai Fitness Challenge was designed to inspire Dubai’s citizens, residents and visitors to boost their physical activity by committing to a minimum of 30 minutes of daily activity for 30 days.

The two action-packed days will include dragon boat racing, ninja warriors, sunset yoga on the Festival Bay Helipad, as well as spin classes and much more. Over the course of the weekend, visitors will be treated to an appearance from a current world heavy weight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, special edition IMAGINE shows throughout each evening, the Dubai Fitness Challenge awards ceremony and a Guinness World Record attempt for the most people simultaneously doing jump squats.

The weekend of celebrations will culminate in a spectacular fireworks display across Festival Bay.

The weekend fitness festival will also see performances from ballet dancers and football freestylers, and will carry out competitions and mass participation exercise classes. Across Festival Bay, there will be specific areas dedicated to sports as well as training and fitness, while a special children’s fitness zone will give young guests the chance to enjoy climbing walls, trampolines and parkour.

Les Mills classes designed especially for ages two to 12 years old will also be available at the venue.

“We are expecting thousands of people to come down to Festival Bay and join in with all the activities and entertainment going on throughout the weekend, as there really is something for everyone,” said Tim Earnest, group director of Retail Malls, Leisure and Hospitality for Dubai Festival City.

Launched by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council and Dubai Sports Council, the Dubai Fitness Challenge grand finale will be held from 1pm to 9pm on November 17 and from 1pm to 7.30pm on November 18.

“Over the past few weeks, as a destination, Dubai Festival City has come together to support this great initiative, with numerous activities for the community to get involved with. The closing ceremony is a wonderful opportunity for us to mark 30 days of the Dubai Fitness Challenge coming to an end and recognise the achievements of many of those involved,” said Abdallah Hageali, group director for Al Futtaim Group Real Estate.