Sheikh Hamdan to lead the charge at Dubai Run on Friday

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed will lead the way as thousands march for the return of the Dubai Run on Friday.

The Crown Prince of Dubai is urging the public to put on their running shoes and hit the road for a flagship event aimed at seasoned runners and newcomers alike.

He shared an Instagram story with his 12.7 million followers to promote the fitness festival – and called on everyone to ‘join me’.

Sheikh Zayed Road will once again be transformed into a race track for the morning as one of the highlights of the annual Dubai Fitness Challenge soars from the starting blocks.

Last year’s event took a socially distant detour due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with runners negotiating multiple routes in a bid to avoid overcrowding.

But all eyes will once again be on Sheikh Zayed Road as the busy stretch of Dubai is emptied of cars and filled with huge crowds of runners looking for a good time.

All ages and abilities can participate

Registration is open for the Dubai Run, which is divided into a family run of 5 km and a more difficult 10 km for recreational and professional runners.

The start line is near the spectacular Museum of the Future, and the scenic route will pass through landmarks such as the Emirates Towers, the Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa before ending at Al Mustaqbal Street near the Dubai World Trade Center.

Dubai Run first took place in 2019 and drew thousands of participants in its first two editions.

“Dubai Run has become a flagship event on the annual Dubai Fitness Challenge calendar of events. After the great success of last year with tens of thousands of participants, we expect even more participation this year, from sports and fitness enthusiasts of all ages, nationalities and abilities, as well as runners. professionals and amateurs, ”said Saeed Hareb, secretary general of Dubai Sports Council.

“We look forward to transforming Sheikh Zayed Road into a giant race track and bringing Dubai closer to one of the most active cities in the world.

“Dubai Run is the epitome of what Dubai represents, a melting pot of different cultures and peoples, who come together in harmony to enjoy the quality of life that the city has to offer and take advantage of the multiple events and activities that allow them to lead healthier and more active lifestyles, during the Dubai Fitness Challenge and throughout the year.

The race starts from 6.30 am. For more information on the event and how to register, visit

Updated: November 21, 2021, 13:57

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