Dubai Crown Prince leads record-breaking Dubai run

The event, which took place on Sheikh Zayed Road, witnessed the participation of not only local fitness enthusiasts but also high-profile figures, including UAE astronauts Dr. Sultan Al Neyadi and Hazzaa Almansoori

In a remarkable display of unity and community spirit, Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, led an astounding 226,000 participants in the fifth edition of the Dubai Run, presented by Mai Dubai.

This grand finale marked the conclusion of the Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) 2023 and solidified the event’s status as the world’s largest community fun run, surpassing the impressive turnout of the previous year.


The event, which took place on Sheikh Zayed Road, witnessed the participation of not only local fitness enthusiasts but also high-profile figures, including UAE astronauts Dr. Sultan Al Neyadi and Hazzaa Almansoori.

Adding an international flair, Expedition 69 crew members, consisting of astronauts from various countries and Russian cosmonauts, joined in the spirit of fitness advocacy.

The symbolic passing of the Dubai Fitness Challenge flag from Dr. Al Neyadi to Sheikh Hamdan underscored a shared commitment to community well-being.

Transforming the iconic Sheikh Zayed Road into a colossal running track, the Dubai Run offered 5 km and 10 km routes, catering to runners of all levels.

The inclusivity of the event reflected Sheikh Hamdan’s vision, emphasizing the importance of physical activity for individuals of varying fitness backgrounds.

Dubai Run has become a highlight of the Dubai Fitness Challenge, an initiative launched in 2017 by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.


The goal of this initiative is to position Dubai as one of the world’s most active cities, aligning with the broader vision of making the city the world’s best place to live, work, and visit.

The participation of astronauts, both local and international, added a unique dimension to the event. Dr. Sultan Al Neyadi and Hazzaa Almansoori, UAE astronauts, shared the track with Expedition 69 crew members, fostering a sense of global camaraderie in the pursuit of fitness and well-being.

This convergence of individuals from diverse backgrounds underscored the universal appeal of the Dubai Fitness Challenge and the Dubai Run.

The record-breaking turnout for the Dubai Run not only showcases the success of the Dubai Fitness Challenge in promoting an active lifestyle but also emphasizes the role of community engagement in achieving ambitious goals.

As Dubai cements its position as a global hub for fitness and well-being, the Dubai Run stands as a testament to the city’s commitment to creating a healthier and more active community.


This article was created using automation technology and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

Tariq Saeed


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