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Dubai Festival City brings back the Dragon Boat Challenge


Dubai Festival City brings back the Dragon Boat Challenge

October 24, 2020

Dubai Festival City, Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate’s fully integrated destination, has announced that it is now accepting registrations for the most-awaited Dragon Boat Challenge, set to be held on the 30th and 31st of October. The event comes in line with Dubai Festival City’s focus on promoting health and fitness within its community and the city at large to help everyone achieve their fitness goals.  

The Challenge, which will be hosted at the Marsa Plaza Creek-side Promenade welcomes corporates, universities, schools and community groups from across the UAE. This year, due to health and safety regulations, teams can only register online. All necessary equipment including the Dragon Boat, paddles and life jackets will be provided. Each participant will wear their own private PFD and use their own paddle. No equipment sharing will be allowed. 

Due to the exceptional circumstances, new regulations have been put in place to ensure a safe and smooth edition of the Dragon Boat Challenge. The beach will be divided into two bubbles with 15 teams of 10 members on each side which will have its own entrance and exit. The team management will ensure a staggered entry of all team members. In addition, all teams will receive temperature checks as they enter the venue and social distancing will be maintained at all times. The pre-competition safety briefing will take place online.

Commenting on the event, Abdullah Hageali, Group Director, Mixed-Use Real Estate at Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate, said, “The Dragon Boat Challenge is becoming a yearly tradition at Dubai Festival City, and we are glad to be able to host it once again. On behalf of Dubai Festival City, I would like to welcome aspiring racers to take part in this challenge and reassure them that we will take the necessary precautions to ensure a safe and smooth race for everyone.’’ 

‘’As a destination, our emphasis has always been to bring sports and fitness events to the residents and community members. The Dragon Boat Challenge brings a team together as the water sport works on the core values of sportsmanship, strategy and technique’’, he added.

Dubai Festival City also boasts the Al Areesh Club, a family-friendly health, wellness, fitness and social destination which features sports academies, fitness classes, a fully-kitted gym and a new food hall. The food hall is a modern-day food marketplace, which brings together artisanal and niche F&B offerings including a live bakery, a live butchery, a specialty coffee experience, a fresh deli, a soft-serve ice cream parlour and a seasonal outdoor barbeque
Register now by emailing 

For further information on registration, please see below contact details:
Telephone: +971 4 446 2030 / Email:

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