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500,000 Students Made Dubai A Fitter City

Giving extra credit where it’s due

Dubai Fitness Challenge has been a grand success across the board, rallying residents of all ages and backgrounds to clock in 30 minutes of daily exercise for healthier lifestyles. We’re proud to say that Dubai’s school communities were key champions in this effort, as over 455 organisations and more than 500,000 students have joined this year’s initiative!  

“Dubai Fitness Challenge reinforces core values of the Ministry of Education’s Physical and Health Education programme, by encouraging participation in physical activity to help promote an active and healthy lifestyle,” said Shaun Popple, Physical and Health Education Programme Manager at the Ministry of Education. 

Whether it was ‘The Body Coach’ Joe Wicks training over 8000 students, or star athlete Manal Rostom inspiring 5000 girls with her story, the Dubai Fitness Challenge has left a resounding impact on schools across town. “The challenge and events are sure to have a lasting impact on students, as they see ordinary people coming together to achieve extraordinary things,” said Niall Statham, the Head of Physical Education at Hartland International School.

The initiative took on diverse shapes to keep children involved and engaged with unique ways to stay active. At the Kite Beach Fitness Village, more than 15,000 students between the ages of five and 18 attended coaching sessions from specialised instructors and pushed their limits in challenges like the Tough Mudder practice obstacles. Dubai Parks and Resorts welcomed over 4800 students and teachers to complete their 30×30 in a fun environment.  

Schools also planned daily 30 activities at an individual level. Hartland International School offered popular running programmes, while Raffles International School hosted in-class challenges and visits by athletes from Kenya, Dubai Rugby Sevens and more.

As Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), put it: “The Dubai Fitness Challenge is about being fit and active, and living a healthier lifestyle. But it’s about more than that – it’s about getting more enjoyment out of life by choosing and doing activities that we like. It’s about feeling love for ourselves and the community we’re a part of. Fitness helps our hearts to be healthier; being part of the Fitness Challenge helps our hearts to be fuller.”