SPORTS | Sheikh Hamdan’s Dubai Fitness Challenge Is Returning This Month

The annual fitness initiative, championed by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, is returning this month for its fourth edition.

The Dubai Fitness Challenge 2020 will begin on October 30 and will run for 30 days until November 28. The city-wide fitness movement, established in 2017, encourages Dubai  residents to be active for 30 minutes a day, for 30 days, with the goal of energizing the community to maintain healthier and more active lifestyles.

Throughout the month of the 30×30 challenge, residents can access a virtual calendar of events which includes sports, health, and wellness programs, in order to support those taking part in the challenge to complete their 30 days of fitness. Similar to previous years, there will be a plethora of free classes, challenges, and activities for individuals to engage in, so residents can chose to try a new activity or sport which they have not tried before. Several gyms and fitness centers across Dubai are also expected to participate in this year’s Dubai Fitness Challenge with classes of Zumba, spinning, HIIT, Pilates, and yoga to be among the option for residents to choose from.

Previous years of the Dubai Fitness Challenge have proved extremely successful, with the 2019 edition hosting over 1.1 million participants. Dedicated fitness villages were opened at Kite Beach and Festival City Mall to welcome visitors for their daily exercise, as well a the option for virtual workouts too. Last year Joe Wicks, also known as the Body Coach made an appearance at the event and lead the region’s largest-ever HIIT class at Skydive Dubai. The Dubai Fitness Challenge website is also accessible for those who prefer to learn and engage in fitness and virtual activities from the comfort of their own homes.

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Saudi Arabia Halts Flights From More African Nations – State News Agency

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Turkey Closes Borders To Five Countries Due To New COVID-19 Variant

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Saudi – Led Coalition Carries Out Strikes In Yemeni Capital Sanaa – State TV

PARIS, France – The Saudi – led coalition fighting in Yemen said early on Saturday it launched air strikes on military targets in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, asking civilians not to gather around or approach the targeted sites, Saudi state TV reported. The coalition, which intervened in Yemen in March 2015 after the Iran – … More Saudi – Led Coalition Carries Out Strikes In Yemeni Capital Sanaa – State TV

Oman Bans Travellers From 7 Southern African States Over COVID Variant

PARIS, France – – Oman has suspended entry to travellers from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho and Eswatini starting from Nov.28 due to the spread of a new variant of COVID – 19 discovered in South Africa, the country’s state news agency said in a tweet on Saturday.

Saudi Arabia Suspends Flights To And From Seven Southern African States Over COVID

PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia has suspended flights to and from seven southern African nations due to concentration related to the spread of the new variant of COVID-19. According to a statement carried by the state news agency (SPA), the seven countries are South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho and Eswatini. A senior official in … More Saudi Arabia Suspends Flights To And From Seven Southern African States Over COVID

Saudi Arabia To Lift Entry Ban From Six Countries, Including Egypt, Pakistan And India

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia on Thursday announced that it will lift an entry ban on expats from six countries that was introduced to curb the spread of COVID-19. Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior issued directives to allow direct entry for full vaccinated expatriated from Indonesia, Pakistan, Brazil, Vietnam, Egypt and India without the need to spend … More Saudi Arabia To Lift Entry Ban From Six Countries, Including Egypt, Pakistan And India

Saudi Arabia Working On 160 Privatisation, Says Finance Minister

PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia is working on 160 privatisations and intends to announce more next year, Finance Minister Mohammed al – Jadaan said on Thursday. Speaking at a financial forum in Riyadh, he said plans to privatise assets in the education and logistics sectors were ongoing. Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia suspended the privatisation of … More Saudi Arabia Working On 160 Privatisation, Says Finance Minister

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