The race route.


Dubai Run 30X30: Race, Metro, Parking and all you need to know

DUBAI – Dubai’s iconic highway of Sheikh Zayed Road will turn into a running track for one morning only for the Dubai Fitness Challenge on Friday (November 8) as thousands are expected to race in the Dubai Run 30X30.

The free-to-attend event will see runners set off along the 14-lane Sheikh Zayed Road before passing a number of the city’s iconic buildings on both the 5km or 10km routes.

Here’s all you need to know:

What’s it all about?

Two races will be held on Sheikh Zayed Road: a 5km fun run and the 10km run.

When is it happening?

November 8, with the 10km run starting at 6:30am and the 5km run starting at 6:45am. Both races start at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

What are the timelines?

4am: Parking spaces at Dubai World Trade Centre and One Central open

4:30am: Doors open at Dubai World Trade Centre

6am: Parking facilities at Dubai World Trade Centre closes due to road closures

6:15am: The latest time of entry to the official Assembly Area with bib for 10km participants

6:30am: Start of the Dubai Run 10km. There will be a loud start signal, but this is only for the 10km runners.

6:30am: The latest time of entry to the official Assembly Area with bib for 5km participants

6:45am: Start of the Dubai Run 5km

9am: End of event

When do we need to show up?

Participants are requested to be ready on the track with their race number visible by 6:15am for the 10km race, and 6:30am for the 5km fun run.

Can I still join the races if I am late?

No. Latecomers will not be allowed to take part in the race.

Who can join the races?

The 5km fun run is open to everyone of all ages, while the 10km-run is open to anyone 18 or older. Children under 8 do not need to register for the 5km fun run.

How do I register?

Pre-registration is a must. Click here to register

What can we expect to experience on the 10km run?

The race will start at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC); taking all participants along a 2.5km stretch of Sheikh Zayed Road. The 10km run will then see runners make a turn towards Financial Centre Road and along Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard past some of the city’s most iconic buildings, before participants head back to the finish line at DWTC along Happiness Street.

What else do I need to know about the 10km race?

Doors open 4:30am.  The 10km run begins at 6:30am sharp, the latest time of entry to the official Assembly Area with your bib is 6:15am. It is open to those who are 18 years and older (you will need to present valid ID in order to collect your bib prior to the run on Friday). The race will be timed, chips will be part of the race pack for each runner.  The course will need to be completed in 80 minutes. If in doubt, call Platinumlist to switch to the 5km distance.

What can we expect to experience on the 5km run?

The 5km fun run takes participants down a similar route on Sheikh Zayed Road, before heading through the high-rise buildings of DIFC, making a hairpin turn straight to the stunning Emirates Towers and back down Happiness street to the finish line at DWTC.

Dubai Run 30X30

What else do I need to know about the 5km race?

Doors open 4:30am. The 5km run begins at 6:45am sharp, the latest time of entry to the official Assembly Area with your bib is 6:30am. This is a free fun run, but all participants will still need to register and have a bib. Each child must be accompanied by a registered adult who has a bib. This route is open to all ages and abilities. Both strollers and wheelchairs are welcome.

What are the prizes at stake?

There will an exciting range of prizes with a total value of more than Dh200,000 to be given away on the day. Prizes will be given for the overall top 3 male and 3 female finishers of the 10km run, and spot prizes awarded throughout the morning.

What if I don’t finish the race on time?

Given that this run is being organised on public roads, they will have to re-open for regular traffic, and at that time, if there are runners still on the route, they will be transported in a vehicle to the finish line.

Important info

The Event Area is open only for registered participants with bibs. There will be no room for spectators.

Please only bring essentials as there are no lockers or storage spaces for your personal belongings.

When can we collect race kits and bibs?

Race bibs must be collected prior to race day from Dubai World Trade Centre and selected Sun and Sand Sports stores, and DFC Fitness Villages at Kite Beach and Dubai Festival City Mall.

All participants 8 years and above must have a bib in order to participate in the run. Children below 8 must be accompanied by their parents. They will be provided with a wristband to write their parent’s phone numbers in case of an emergency.

Bib collection is available from

Dubai World Trade Centre Concourse 2 (access from Happiness Street or DWTC Plaza Entrance): November 7, 9am to 11:59pm

Sun and Sand Sports Stores (The Dubai Mall, City Centre Mirdif-Dubai, Jumeirah Centre-Dubai, Marina Mall-Abu Dhabi

Sun and Sands Sports stores:
Thursday: 10am – Midnight

Kite Beach Fitness Village: 7am – 11pm

Dubai Festival City Mall Fitness Village: 12pm – midnight (near the information desks)

All participants must bring a printed or mobile copy of their registration ticket to collect their bib.

Participants of the 10km race must bring a valid ID (passport or Emirates ID) to verify their age. When you arrive to collect your bib, please park at the Happiness Street parking lot. It is  possible to collect a bib for someone else, as long as you have a copy of their ID and their Platinumlist ticket. Bibs and race chips are not transferable to any other individual.

Prizes will be given for the top 3 finishers (men and women), organisers will contact them after the event to collect their prizes

What about transportation, parking and facilities?

Limited free parking will be available at and around the venue and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please refer to the detailed parking map below.

Free parking is available from 4am at Dubai World Trade Centre and One Central.

Dubai Metro will be available from 4:30am. Full details available via RTA website.

The Mall of the Emirates parking will also be open at 4:30am, for people to park there and take the Metro to DWTC Station.

DWTC Metro station will be closed from 6:15am, so please ensure you arrive prior to 6:15 am.

All parking facilities in DWTC will be closed off by 6am due to road closures.
It is highly advised to come by public transportation such as Careem, Uber or Taxi and be dropped off by Zabeel Gate on 2nd Zabeel Street.

Alternative parking can be found across Sheikh Zayed Road opposite to DWTC, in the vicinity of Fairmont and Conrad Hotels. Use the DWTC metro station bridge to arrive at the venue.

Exit from the parking will be limited until 9am due to road closures.
Participants are encouraged to come with necessities only as there will be no space allocated for bags or lockers available onsite. Toilets and prayer rooms are available at DWTC.

What should I wear?

All participants are advised to wear suitable sportswear in order to participate in the event. Attendees that are wearing inappropriate attire will not be able to participate. Wearing a hat and applying sunscreen is recommended

Metro timings

4:30am: Dubai Metro opens

6:15am: Dubai World Trade Centre Metro Station closes for disembarkation

The Mall of the Emirates parking will also be open at 4:30am, for people to park there and take the Metro to DWTC Station.

Will there be food available?

Light snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at a number of cafes and outlets which will be open at DWTC and One Central. Water stations will also be available at regular intervals along both routes, courtesy of MonViso.


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