PANAJI: With an incredible display of enthusiasm and determination, 146,000 people converged on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai to take part in Dubai Run 2021, the world’s largest run. Presented by Mai Dubai, Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) is a citywide initiative of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, which aims to make Dubai the world’s fittest city. Inspired by the vision of its leadership, Dubai is the only city in the world to offer its citizens, residents and visitors an entire month of all inclusive, free fitness events, including the Dubai Run, while also keeping the nation and its people safe and healthy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The city’s superhighway, Sheikh Zayed Road, was transformed into a giant running track for Dubai Run, as participants of all ages and abilities ran and walked at their own pace on 5km and 10km routes. Passing some of Dubai’s instantly recognisable landmarks including Emirates Towers and Burj Khalifa, runners crossed the finishing line at Al Mustaqbal Street near Dubai World Trade Centre.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai said: “Running alongside 146,000 people who completed the Dubai Run today, I was moved by the strength of our community and seeing what we can achieve when we work together. By turning out in such numbers for Dubai Run, we have shown the world that this is one of the greatest cities to live in, work in and visit; a city with an unassailable spirit and ability to achieve.”
Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO of Dubai Festivals & Retail Establishment, said: “Dubai Run has become an annual display of our city’s collective efforts to embrace a healthier lifestyle. Watching our community come together for events like this is a sign of how far we’ve come as a city, as we continue to prioritise our health and wellbeing and show the world how much Dubai can achieve.”