Fitness enthusiasts in the UAE are used to exercising in extreme weather, but now thanks to the Dubai Fitness Challenge, they can workout at the other end of the scale in -4°Celsius.
Ski Dubai, the world’s largest indoor ski slope, will be hosting free fitness events over the next two weekends. The first is a snow hike led by trekking group Adventurati that will guide participates up the icy slope in a workout aimed to get the blood pumping and muscles working. The hour-long class will take place on Sunday, November 15, at 8am and is limited to 30 participants.
The following week, international fitness studio F45 will host a free 30-minute high intensity interval training (HIIT) class in the snow on Sunday, November 22, at 8am. It is limited to 20 participants.
All guests planning to attend have to register to secure a spot and are asked to bring their own towels. Participants will also be required to wear a mask during the activity, but may lower it during strenuous exercise if needed. It is advised to wear workout attire, but Ski Dubai jackets and trousers will also be available.
The 30-day challenge, launched by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, in 2017, returns for its fourth iteration this year. It offers more than 2,000 free fitness sessions across the emirate and runs until Saturday, November 28.
As with previous years, DFC asks Dubai residents to commit to 30 minutes of exercise every day for a 30-day period to improve their health and overall well-being.
"The return of Dubai Fitness Challenge is a testament to the emirate's resilience and its commitment to rebuild a stronger and happier society by embracing the benefits of fitness and wellness habits. When we create the right habits and make them a part of our lives, we have the opportunity to truly transform ourselves," Sheikh Hamdan said.
"Dubai is a city that recognises the importance of physical, mental and social well-being, and constantly strives to provide everyone opportunities for an active lifestyle. All it takes for you to succeed is an unyielding pledge to enjoy 30 minutes of activity for 30 days. I challenge each and every one of you to embrace your fitness journey and make a difference in your life. Together, let's make the UAE the most active country in the world."
To register for the classes, click here.