Dubai Holding Supports Dubai Fitness Challenge with the Return of its SkyRun and a Packed Calendar of Events and Activities across the Group’s Destinations

Dubai Holding Supports Dubai Fitness Challenge with the Return of its SkyRun and a Packed Calendar of Events and Activities across the Group’s Destinations

  • Dubai Holding SkyRun 2022, a flagship race on Dubai’s sporting calendar, returns for this year’s edition of Dubai Fitness Challenge – registration is now open at
  • Dubai’s only official stairclimbing race will see participants climb 1334 steps over 52 floors at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, raising funds for female cancer patients and survivors
  • SkyRun is part of an extensive calendar of fitness events and activities across Dubai Holding destinations as part of the Group’s commitment to wellbeing across the workplace and community

Dubai Holding, the diversified global investment company with operations in 13 countries, is bringing back its hugely popular Dubai Holding SkyRun 2022 – Dubai’s only official stairclimbing race – as part of a number of fitness challenges and events hosted across the Group’s destinations during Dubai Fitness Challenge 2022 (DFC). 

In line with its longstanding commitment to community health, fitness and wellbeing, Dubai Holding is once again contributing to the success of Dubai Fitness Challenge; the month-long challenge launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, which challenges residents to commit to 30 minutes of exercise every day, for 30 consecutive days.

The sky's the limit with Dubai Holding SkyRun 2022

The pinnacle of Dubai Holding’s month-long programme for Dubai Fitness Challenge will see the return of Dubai Holding SkyRun 2022, a flagship charitable event on Dubai’s sporting calendar, that will welcome 250 participants as they race to the top of Jumeirah Emirates Towers’ 52-floors via 1,334 stairs. Taking place on Saturday 12 November, all proceeds from Dubai Holding SkyRun will be donated to Al Jalila Foundation’s Majlis Al Amal in support of the wellbeing of female cancer patients and survivors. Registration is now live at for the “Open” and “Teams” categories, with the fastest elite athletes and team of four to receive a cash prize from Dubai Holding. 

To motivate and encourage participation in the annual 30-day challenge, Dubai Holding is also activating fitness events across its renowned destinations open to people of all ages and levels of ability.

Exercise against a spectacular backdrop at Bluewaters

Dubai Fitness Challenge participants can head to Bluewaters, one of the official DFC Fitness Hubs, for a full calendar of activities and classes, including:

  • Yoga Flow – 5, 12, 19 and 26 November at 8:00AM
    The session is dedicated to help participants stretch, relax and build core strength.
  • Zumba Party – 6, 13 and 27 November at 6:00PM
    The class is aimed to break a sweat on a Zumba party dance floor, a fun-filled way to get your heart racing.
  • Run Club – 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 21 and 23 November at 6:30AM
    Running gatherings are set to urge participants to burn calories early in the day. 
  • HIIT Beach Body Workout – 2, 9, 16 and 23 November at 6:00PM
    A High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) beach body workout at the Bluewaters Promenade.
  • BHANGRA – 20 November at 6:00PM
    A high-energy, Bhangra-style workout session, the traditional folk dance of Punjab.

 Book your class here to take part in all what Bluewaters has to offer.

Boost activity levels at The Beach

The Beach, a laid-back urban beachfront Dubai Holding destination and another official DFC Fitness Hub, will be empowering visitors to make the most of their weekend with energising and exciting free 45-minute fitness classes. Beginners and experts alike can participate in a variety of activities such as Bootcamp, Zumba, Box Fit, HIIT, Strong Nation, Bollypop, and Yoga.  Sunrise and sunset sessions start from 8:30AM and 6:00PM every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 27 November.

Book a spot here.  

Get fit under the sun at JBR

Why not try Bollypop, Urban Hiphop, or Desi Dx? The sixth edition of Dubai Fitness Challenge is providing more venues to take part in exercise than ever before. But an old favourite that has become a Dubai institution for outdoor exercise in the winter months is the beaches and promenades of JBR, a Dubai Holding destination. Exercise classes with a funky beat will pull in people who want to try their hand at a new style of fitness class or return to a familiar routine like Zumba - all set against a beautiful sea-view. Sessions include:

  • Bollypop – 13 November at 6:30PM
  • Afro Beat – Every Tuesday from 2 to 22 November at 6:30PM
  • Body Combat – 2 and 16 November at 6:30PM
  • Desi Dx – 21 November at 6:30PM
  • Zumba – 3, 10, 17, and 24 November at 6:30PM
  • Bhangra Burn – 7 November at 6:00PM
  • Urban Hip-hop – 9 and 23 November at 6:30PM

Participants can register here.

Run and cycle the Giant Duathlon at Dubai Parks & Resorts 

Runners and cyclists can take part in the first of the Giant Duathlon series on Saturday 5 November at Riverland in Dubai Parks and Resorts, held in collaboration with Race ME, Giant, and Dubai Sports Council. Set in the iconic surroundings of Dubai’s integrated theme park destination, those taking part can enjoy the rich architecture in Riverland inspired by India, France and mid-century America.

The Dubai Holding destination will provide a backdrop like no other for this twin-sport event that challenges entrants to push themselves to the limits of their endurance. With routes mapped out across Riverland’s four vibrant districts, the course will snake alongside the river that runs throughout. After entrants cross the finish line, Riverland is the perfect place to relax and recover with friends and family and enjoy the multiple dining, retail and entertainment options on offer.

Registration is now open at Race Me.

Train at Al Khawaneej area

Head over to Al Khawaneej Walk, one of Dubai Holding’s destinations, to exercise at Level Gym and test your endurance over heart-racing cycle challenge spin sessions or explore the nearby RTA Last Exit Al Khawaneej Fitness Village, with its five different fitness zones, all dedicated to helping participants achieve their 30x30 fitness goals. 

Located in the ranch-themed Last Exit, the fitness village offers a huge range of group workouts suitable for all fitness levels, including pilates, core conditioning, dance classes, deep stretching and Tabata classes. Children can get a taste of martial arts and yoga, or enjoy dance, zumba, bootcamps – and more. Starting from 5:00PM every day throughout Dubai Fitness Challenge, Al Khawaneej Fitness Village is open until 11:00pm Sunday to Thursday, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Fitness sessions at Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts

This year, Jumeirah Group, a member of Dubai Holding, is hosting a myriad of activities at its luxury hotels in the emirate. Workout beginners to fitness enthusiasts can take advantage of free classes and gym access and savings on a game of padel tennis.  On 13, 20 and 27 November, participants can aid their recovery from high intensity training with free active recovery classes at Jumeirah Emirates Towers. They can also energise with a game of Padel Tennis and 50% savings on court bookings at Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, daily until 30 November. Both sessions are arranged by the J Club, Jumeirah’s ultimate lifestyle, fitness and wellness destination.

Register via; +971 440 68872.  

Jumeirah Creekside Hotel will also be offering free access to non-members to The Aviation Club on Saturday and Sunday throughout November with its indoor gym and outdoor pool. No registration required. 

Box yourself fit at Boxpark Dubai

If you’re looking for a new challenge or want to hone your combat skills, then Boxpark Dubai is the place during Dubai Fitness Challenge. From 10:00AM to 10:00PM every weekend at this Dubai Holding destination, participants can take part in a 30-minute EMS Fitness Challenge and a 30-minute Boxing Challenge. In fast and intense sessions, participants will learn correct techniques, as well as how to use tried and tested training methods. No registration required.

Take a dance class at Al Seef

Dance can be the perfect gateway into a healthier lifestyle at Dubai Holding’s Al Seef. Participants can get involved with free Bollywood dance classes from 6 to 13 November at 5:00PM, and Zumba classes from 5 to 12 November at 5:00PM. Engaging the brain to move in time with the music is a great way to stay alert and reap physical benefits suitable for all ages and abilities. Best of all, it is fun and something that can be done with the entire family. No registration required.

Take on the challenge at City Walk 

From 5 to 25 November, City Walk will be buzzing with free fitness classes in collaboration with Fitness Zone. From Body Combat to Pilates and Zumba, participants can register for the morning and evening classes here.

Photography enthusiasts can also strike a fitness pose in front of City Walk’s Art Walls for the chance to win an Apple Watch Series 8 every week during the fitness challenge. Simply share on Instagram with #ArtMeetsFitness.

Boost your step count at Global Village

If you’re looking to stretch your legs, there is no better way to do that than walking around Global Village, a hugely popular Dubai Holding destination. Download the Global Village app on App Store or Google Play and sign up for the Ozka’s Step Challenge. Any guest who walks more than 20,000 steps in one evening will get a Carnaval Wristband, making them eligible for free rides for the night and a chance to win an Apple or Android watch. The challenge is running from 17 to 27 November.

Challenge yourself with ARN

Dubai Holding’s Arabian Radio Network (ARN), the largest radio network in the region, is hosting a wide range of activities and challenges during Dubai Fitness Challenge through its channels. These include school activations and challenges with Dubai 92; fitness challenges with HIT 96.7 for a chance to win daily and weekly prizes; soccer tournaments with Shoma 93.4 for a chance to win a grand prize of AED10,000; the 30x30 Spinathon with Virgin Radio for a chance to win a free 30-month gym membership, 30 spin sessions and shopping vouchers from the biggest sport brands in Dubai, and much more.

Dubai Holding has contributed to Dubai Fitness Challenge since it was launched in 2017 through more than 150 fitness activities organised across the Group to date. The company has also introduced various incentives to recognise the most active employee and most active company across the Group over the years.