Joshua has confirmed his participation in the city-wide fitness initiative, vowing to play his part in encouraging people to boost their physical activity and commit to a healthy lifestyle.
Joshua’s impressive career has seen him win all of his 18 fights at Amateur level, including winning the Senior ABA Championships in 2010.
The following year, Joshua made his mark on the global boxing scene by representing Britain at the 2012 London Olympic Games, where he won gold in the Super Heavyweight division.
In 2013, Joshua turned professional, signing with Matchroom Boxing, and for the next three years he remained undefeated in 19 fights, including his successful defence of the Heavyweight belt he won in April 2016 against USA’s Charles Martin.
Speaking ahead of his Dubai Fitness Challenge appearance, Joshua said: “It’s been a year since my last trip to Dubai and I am excited to be going back again to be part of the inaugural Dubai Fitness Challenge. It’s a great initiative that encourages people to get active for 30 minutes daily for 30 days. I am committed to getting people moving and I’m looking forward to being part of this fitness movement. Yallah! See you there!”
Dubai Fitness Challenge has been created to motivate Dubai’s citizens, residents and visitors to boost their physical activity and commit to 30 minutes of daily activity for 30 days.
Running from 20 October to 18 November 2017, the Challenge encompasses all forms of activity – from beach cricket, cycling and football, to paddle-boarding, team sports, walking and yoga, as well as everything in between.
All ages and fitness levels are encouraged to participate individually or with friends, family and colleagues, and enjoy new and exciting ways to improve their fitness levels. Participants can track their performance on the Dubai Fitness Challenge app.
There is no shortage of top sporting events in the Emirates and here’s our one-stop diary of everything that’s going on — welcome to our weekly feature, What’s Up UAE.
Are you attending or participating in one of the following events?
Thursday, November 9 – Saturday, November 11
The inaugural Dubai Fitness Challenge continues with a fun-packed free weekend carnival of events at Burj Park, including a ladies-only day on Thursday.
Some of the activities available to try include: Sunrise Yoga, HIIT, Hatha Yoga, Les Mills Bodybalance workout, ZUU fitness class and Tabata classes.
VENUE: Burj Park
TIMES: 8AM-10PM on Thursday, 10AM-9PM on Friday and 10AM-7PM on Saturday
MORE INFO: dubaifitnesschallenge.com
Friday, November 10
With over two million competitors across 21 countries, The Spartan Race returns to the UAE to find the Spartan warriors in Hatta.
There are three different levels of challenges and this time Hatta will experience the Spartan Sprint and the Spartan Super.
The Spartan Sprint is a 5k run with over 20 obstacles to overcome while the Spartan Super is a 13k run with over 35 obstacles. These obstacles include multiple terrains and a number of other physically challenging hurdles.
There will also be a Junior Race for 4-15 year olds from 800 meters to 1.5km. There will be live entertainment, food and beverages for both Spartans and spectators.
TIMES: Registration opens at 6am
MORE INFO: Spartan Race
Friday, November 10
Tri Fest returns to Dubai, with a host of challenging races, including the Olympic Triathlon, Sprint Triathlon, Super Sprint Team Triathlon and the fourth Dubai International Triathlon – complete with a new distance.
Taking place at Jebel Ali, the event will feature a 1.5 kilometre swim followed by a 80 mile bike ride and a 10km run.
If you are looking to push the boundaries and challenge yourself physically, the Dubai International Triathlon is the best way to achieve your fitness goals.
WHERE: Jebel Ali
MORE INFO: Dubai International Triathlon
Friday, November 10
The first race of the new season gets underway at Meydan this week as local and regional racers battle it out for spots in premiere races like the Dubai World Cup carnival and ultimately the season-ending Dubai World Cup in March 2018.
The first race at the venue is expected to be a highly competitive meet and the action begins at 6.30pm.
General admission is AED 50 at the venue while there are hospitality options to sit in Meydan’s new Grandstand.
VENUE: Meydan Racecourse
MORE INFO: Meydan Racing
Friday, November 10
Presented by Daman ActiveLife, Dubai is once again set to become an island-style paradise and amass crowds, surpassing the number of attendees during last edition of The Color Run.
Combining colour, positive vibes and catchy tunes, new and returning entrants will experience the all-new “Tropicolor Zone” – be bathed in sweet scents as they make their press through the 5km course at Dubai Autodrome.
Since its inception in 2012, The Colour Run has deserved its worldwide recognition, featuring in over 200 cities and 35 countries every year. It is arguably the most distinct, exhilarating running event in existence.
VENUE: Dubai Autodrome
TIMES: 7am – Midday
MORE INFO: The Colour Run
Friday, November 10
The Abu Dhabi City Run returns to the Heritage Flagpole, offering a 2.5k, 5k or 10K option for both casual and experienced runners.
Encourage your friends, family, colleagues and neighbours to join in the race so they can test their running ability in one of the capital’s most popular races.
VENUE: Heritage Flagpole Road
MORE INFO: Abu Dhabi City Run
Friday, November 10 – Saturday, November 11
Dubai International Marine Club features a double header this weekend, with the second round of the 22ft Dubai Traditional Dhow Sailing Race on Friday and first round of the 60ft category on Saturday.
It’s the second race on the marine calendar before the final heat in mid-December.
VENUE: Dubai International Marine Club
MORE INFO: Dubai International Marine Club
Barasti Beach at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina will host the 21st swim of the Super Sports Mina Mile Open Swim Series on Saturday.
Around 400 swimmers are expected to enter and several different race distances are on offer which include a 200m for those under 13, 400m, 800m as well as the one mile (1.6km) course.
The main event will be a one mile (1,600m) swim with four different male and female aged categories: 18 years and under, 19 to 39, 40 to 49 and 50 and over. A 200m swim for those aged 12 and younger will also take place and be divided in to two categories, under nine and nine to 12.
VENUE: Barasti Beach, Dubai
MORE INFO: Mina Mile Open Water Swim
Saturday, November 11
The second annual Le Meridien Open Water Swim sees participants swim from the hotel’s beach to Al Maryah Island before paddling back in the 1km feature race.
The event comprises numerous short distance contests suitable for all ages and abilities ahead of the grand final 200m ‘free’ race.
Here, swimmers from various race categories participate and enjoy the waters by the beach. ‘Floaties’ are welcome.
VENUE: Le Meridien Beach, Abu Dhabi
TIMES: From 7.30am
MORE INFO: Le Meridien Open Water Swimming Festival
Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi, the UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, has described the Dubai Women’s Triathlon as a platform for “positivity and happiness” after watching more than 250 women of different nationalities cross the finish line in the first such event of its kind in the Middle East.
Organised by the Women’s Sports Committee of the Dubai Sports Council in association with the Dubai Ladies Club, the newest addition to Dubai’s sporting calendar got off to a successful start on Friday, attracting both triathlon regulars and first-time enthusiasts, including more than a 100 Emiratis, who were assured of complete privacy as no men were allowed near the swimming competition. Even the lifeguards were ladies.
“This triathlon is a celebration of being in a place that is inclusive,” said Al Kaabi, the guest of honour at the presentation ceremony at Dubai Ladies Club, after presenting medals to the top three in each category.
“You have many communities – Emiratis and non-Emiratis, and I am really proud of seeing all of them participating. It’s the first event of its kind here in the Middle East, yet you can feel the vibe. You can also predict that we are going to have more participation in the future.
“This is an important platform for positivity, for also promoting happiness, promoting the quality of life. So therefore you can see all of the elements that we are working on from a government perspective – the community perspective and sports perspective are combined here to achieve such goals.”
H.E. Mona Al Marri, Chairperson of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of Dubai Women’s Establishment, Moza Al Marri, Board member of Dubai Sports Council and Chairperson of DSC’s Women’s Sports Committee, and Lamia Khan, Chairperson of the Organising Committee, Vice Chairperson of DSC’s Women’s Sports Committee and Director of Dubai Ladies Club, were also present at the awards ceremony.
This being the Year of Giving in the UAE, the organising committee has decided to donate all the proceeds from the event to global philanthropic organisation, Al Jalila Foundation, to support women with disabilities and provide them with prosthesis.
“We at the Women’s Sports Committee are really pleased with the great success in organising this first-ever ladies triathlon in this region and the participation of more than 250 ladies of different age and nationality,” said Lamia Khan. “The three-week pre-event camps were also a big success, helping lift the fitness of the ladies and giving them the confidence to participate in the triathlon.
“Those pre-event camps helped raise the number of entries. The enrolment increased over the last days as the ladies gained in confidence, training on the Dubai Ladies Club beach. The Women’s Sports Committee aims to hold more such events and increase the participation of women in sports – women from every segment of the society, beginners or professional athletes.
“The proceeds from this event will go to a venerable institution to help women who have lost their limbs and give them an opportunity to live and exercise like other women.”
The Al Jalila Foundation was represented at the triathlon by three teams of three members each, one of them being Iraqi amputee Zainab Al-Eqabi, who lost her left leg in a Baghdad bomb blast and uses a prosthetic now.
“This whole event is amazing because I think the fitness industry is changing in the Middle East, particularly in the UAE and Dubai, where women are so encouraged to work on themselves, motivate each other, be fit and take care of their health,” said Al Eqabi, a well-known face on the public speaking circuit, who did the cycling section for one of the Al Jalila teams.
The Dubai Women’s Triathlon was sponsored by Dubai Ladies Club, RTA Dubai, Arabian Radio Network (ARN), Dubai Police and Dubai Ambulance.
SHORT COURSE (1.5km swim x 30km cycling x 10km run)
Age 16-29: Marsha Yecla (Philippines) 2:28:56; Donna Christie (Philippines) 2:30:13; Airene Rosei (Philippines) 2:52:27
Age 30-plus: Svetlana Blazevic (Russia) 1:52:36; Lisa Hancox (Great Britain) 2:00:21; Lynette Wam (New Zealand) 2:05:51
Team: The Girls (Zimbabwe) 1:51:20; GRIT (Great Britain) 2:31:09
SPRINT COURSE (750m swim x 20km cycling x 5km run)
Age 16-29: Helen O’Neile (Great Britain) 1:04:23; Megan Elliott 1:17:47; Sofia Chudinova (Russia) 1:18:22
Age 30-plus: Deirdre Casey (Ireland) 1:01:08; Emma Deane (Australia) 1:08:27; Bianca Beisetzer-Clark (Canada) 1:11:17
Teams (UAE): Dubai Municipality-1 1:10:34; Team 52 1:24:20; ANAGOW1 1:28:15
Teams: Ladies Warrior (Philippines) 1:18:29; Burek Brigade (Russia) 1:23:16; Push the LIMIT (Philippines) 1:48:12
SUPER SPRINT (400m swim x 10km cycling x 2.5km run)
Age 16-29 (UAE): Aisha Al Metiari 50:57; Asma Al Janahi 53:53; Rona Salman 58:06
Age 16-29: Fiona Dutton (Great Britain) 43:08; Miriam Howard (Ireland) 47:40; Olga Zolotova (Russia) 53:02.
Age 30-plus (UAE): Nada Omar 53:32; Alison Round 56:04; Amani Mohamed Saif 56:20
Age 30-plus: Leanne Carson (Great Britain) 43:21; Islay De Nil (Great Britain) 43:32; Diane Gordon (Canada) 44:06
Teams (UAE): WonderWards 46:08; Dubai Municipality-5 46:19; Dubai Municipality-6 48:39
Teams: Vatikaki (Zimbabwe) 47:08; Super Woman (Egypt) 49:19; Super Sprinter CAV’s (Philippines) 52:33