organizers of the Dubai Racewhere participants take over the 14-lane Sheikh Zayed Highway for a few hours, they hope to break a record before the race even begins, with registrations set to exceed 200,000.

The annual race, one of the largest of its kind in the world, is held each year during the Dubai Fitness Challenge. This year’s event, which will take place on November 26, will once again be free and open to participants of all ages and physical abilities.

Last year 193,000 participants attended and organizers from the Department of Economy and Tourism and the Dubai Sports Council say they are preparing for even bigger participation this year.

“I look forward to seeing more people take part in the excitement of our city’s iconic free race,” said Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment.

Dubai Race and Walk in Dubai are two of the flagship events of the Dubai Fitness Challenge. Launched in 2017 by Sheikh Hamdan bin MohammedCrown Prince of Dubai, the month-long event aims to transform the emirate into one of the most active cities in the world, encouraging everyone to commit to physical activity for 30 minutes a day for 30 days.

Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Dubai Run.

When will Dubai Run 2023 take place and what time will it start?

The Dubai Run will take place on November 26 and participants will have the option to choose the 5km or 10km route.

You can choose your arrival time when registering as there are different time slots for both routes. The capacity of each place has a limit for the safety of the participants, and the first race begins at 4 am

Participants are encouraged to arrive early to ensure a good spot to start their race. Late arrivals may not have time to complete the entire route. The race must end at 8:30 a.m. so that the roads can be reopened to traffic.

What are the routes this year?

Both the 5km and 10km routes give participants the opportunity once a year to run along Sheikh Zayed Road.

The 5 kilometer route begins near the Museum of the future. It then passes Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Opera and ends near the Dubai Mall. This is a flat route suitable for runners of all ages and levels.

The 10-kilometre route will also start near the Museum of the Future, go along Sheikh Zayed Road to the Dubai Water Canal, then return towards the World Trade Center before ending at Al Mustaqbal Street near the Dubai International Financial Centre. This route is suitable for more experienced runners.

Who can participate?

The Dubai Run is open to everyone, regardless of age and physical ability.

Determined people are also encouraged to join and should get in touch to find your dedicated home area.

How to register for the race

Participants must register for free at and then collect your Dubai Run number, without which you will not be able to participate.

Bibs can be picked up at Fitness Village: Run and Ride Central, located in One Central.

How to get to the event

Routes along Dubai Run will be closed to motorists on the morning of November 26, with the Roads and Transport Authority announcing specific closures soon. The Dubai Metro will open early and is the easiest way to travel to and from the event. Make sure you have a Nol card with a credit of at least Dh15 to use the metro.

Those walking the 5km route should head to the Emirates Towers or Financial Center metro stations to start. Those traveling the 10km route should head to the World Trade Center or Max Fashion subway stations.

For those who prefer to drive, limited parking is available near all subway stations. Alternatively, park at one of the Dubai World Trade Center car parks for the 10km route, or at The Dubai Mall for the 5km route, where participants can reach the start line using the Dubai Metro.

Updated: October 19, 2023 at 6:14 am