Dubai’s stunning skyline never ceases to amaze, with the city’s iconic Skydive Dubai helping to provide an incredible view of the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina and further afield.
In CNN’s new Great Big Story, skydiver Jarrett Martin takes to the sky again – in what was just one of over 1,000 jumps he has completed over the course of his career. A quite staggering number.
At the age of 18, the now full-time US-born skydiver was involved in a tragic parachuting accident – leaving him without use of his legs.
Despite this, his passion for scaling new heights and jumping from thousands of feet didn’t diminish – if anything – it only made his love for a sport ingrained in his family even stronger.
And thanks to new and improved adaptations made to skydiving equipment and landing style, the 26-year-old is able to fly higher and freer than ever.
In the video above, watch Jarrett take to the skies from Skydive Dubai and experience one of the most adrenaline fuelled activities in the UAE.
His jump isn’t for the faint-hearted though and if you suffer from acrophobia, get prepared to look away!
Fatima Al Harthi is one of the most promising equestrian endurance riders in the United Arab Emirates.
The 27-year-old was inspired by her mother’s love of sport as a child and took up riding as a result.
Despite having a full-time job, the young Emirati dedicates two hours a day to her training as she looks to make an impact in the field of endurance riding.
It’s a challenging sport which can require the riders to spend upto 15 hours in the saddle with races ranging from 80 kilometres to 120 kilometres but her passion for it is unwavering.
“I really love horses, I’ve always wanted to feel the connection between the horse and the human,” she said.
“Even in the races, I keep focusing on the horse and not just about controlling with the hand. It’s like a secret between the horse and the rider.”
Watch the video above for more on Al Harthi’s story.
* Video courtesy of Abu Dhabi Sports Council
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai Government and Dubai Sports Council launched the inaugural Dubai Fitness Challenge on Monday with the aim of motivating residents to take up physical activity and making Dubai the most active city in the world.
This enterprising new Challenge seeks to inspire Dubai’s citizens, residents and visitors to boost their physical activity by committing to a minimum of 30 minutes of daily activity for 30 days through a wide range of fitness activities, sports or exercise.
“Dubai aims to set an example for cities around the world in encouraging citizens to give high importance to physical activity and sports,” HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed said:
“We are very keen to spread a culture of fitness since we strongly believe that making physical activity and sports a part of their daily routines will help people significantly improve the quality of their lives. The Dubai Fitness Challenge has been designed to motivate people to pursue an active and energetic lifestyle. This complements other initiatives we are pursuing to transform Dubai itself into the world’s happiest city by providing a positive social environment and the conditions for an enriching lifestyle.”
Running from October 20 to November 18 2017, the flagship Dubai Fitness Challenge is the Emirate’s only multi-activity, city-wide fitness movement to date. Encompassing all forms of activity – from walking, team sports, intense fitness regimes, paddle-boarding and aerobics to football, yoga, cycling and everything in between – this will be an exciting, action-packed and most importantly personally rewarding month of self-discovery, social interaction and enjoyment for everyone of all ages, abilities and fitness levels.
It will also give participants the opportunity to experiment with new and exciting ways to improve their fitness levels, and experience the wide range of sports and exercise programmes that will be showcased across the city that they may not have tried before.
Highlights of the initiative include five weekend fitness carnivals starting at Safa Park on 20 and 21 October; celebrity guests, motivational experts and fitness professionals will make motivational appearances at various locations, dedicated events and live entertainment.
In addition to a packed schedule of daily fitness events, free exercise classes and dedicated community activities in each of Dubai’s neighbourhoods, Dubai Fitness Challenge will also feature a number of existing and highly successful partner events including Dubai Color Run, Dubai Mass Swim and Dubai Schools Fitness Games among others.
His Highness challenged all government organisations, public sector and educational institutions to be the drivers of change. He called on them to take the lead in spearheading the fitness movement and urged the private sector to be equal contributors in this Year of Giving by supporting their employees to participate through simple actions like time allocated for exercise.
HE Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, commented: “With the launch of the Dubai Fitness Challenge, we aim to become the most active city in the world, motivating everyone across all ages, and fitness levels, to start with small steps that will benefit them and their families. With just 30 minutes of physical activity each day for 30 days, we are confident that the city will begin to adopt a healthier and more active lifestyle as a choice for life. ”
Encompassing a huge range of sporting events and supported by partners from across the public and private sectors, Dubai Fitness Challenge boasts a packed diary of exciting and inspiring fitness activities throughout the month in locations across the city. With hundreds of events, classes and activities completely free of charge, there’s no excuse not to join in. To register and pledge your commitment to 30 minutes of activity for 30 days, simply visit www.dubaifitnesschallenge.com. Once the challenge starts, be sure to download the Dubai Fitness Challenge App to track your performance, discover events and unlock exciting rewards.
Today we launched the Dubai Fitness Challenge to help make Dubai one of the most physically active cities in the world #Dubai30x30
— Hamdan bin Mohammed (@HamdanMohammed) October 2, 2017
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) October 2, 2017