Almost 1,500 members of Dubai Police gathered on Sunday to break a sweat, and break a record.
Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed and Maj Gen Abdullah Al Marri, commander-in-chief of Dubai Police, joined 1,455 police staff to do thirty minutes of exercise on the sixteenth day of the Dubai Fitness Challenge.
A video from Dubai Police showed the group going for a walk and then taking part in a group work-out consisting of burpees, push-ups and squats.
The mass exercise earned them a Guinness World Record for the most number of people participating in the city-wide challenge, compared to the previous gathering of 689 people.
Sheikh Mansoor and Maj Gen Abdullah accepted the certificate from the director of Guinness World Records, Huda Kassab, on Sunday.
The fitness challenge was launched last month by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed with the aim of motivating residents to take up physical activity and making Dubai the most active city in the world.
“Dubai Police, I look forward to seeing everyone in action from October 20 at least 30 minutes for 30 days,” the Crown Prince of Dubai said at the time.
Maj Gen Al Marri praised the fitness challenge for its role in fostering a culture of health and fitness and increasing the number of people who exercise.
“I am pleased to see this number of people taking up the '30x30’ fitness challenge and people’s willingness to lead a healthy lifestyle by exercising regularly,” he said.
Maj Gen Al Marri said he hoped participants would continue to exercise beyond the 30 days.
“I look forward to seeing all participants making the daily commitment over the next 30 days a lifetime commitment and make physical fitness as a daily practices and healthy lifestyle,” he said.