• Taking place on Friday 23 October at the Dubai International Financial Centre
  • Limited places available – runners are encouraged to enter now to avoid missing out
  • Runners can expect a revised route and strict Covid-19 safety measures 

Registrations are filling up fast for the 2020 Mai Dubai City Half Marathon – the first mass running event to be staged in Dubai and the UAE since the start of the  COVID-19 pandemic.  

Taking place on Friday 23 October 2020 in the heart of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) – the destination where business and lifestyle meets, the half marathon (21km), 10km & 5km races will feature an improved route as well as a range of innovative measures to ensure the safety of all participants.  

The inaugural event saw over 2,500 participants take to the streets of Dubai; however, this year’s event will have a strict number on entries to ensure participants enjoy the run in a safe manner. With less than two weeks until the event, runners are advised to enter now to avoid missing out.

Steven Matthijs of Promoseven Sports Marketing: “The safety of runners, staff and contractors is our top priority and we are working closely with relevant partners and Government bodies including the Dubai Sports Council and The Supreme Committee, as well as taking best practice from similar events held around the world to ensure that all necessary procedures are in place. We are confident that the 2020 Mai Dubai City Half Marathon will be fun and challenging for all runners while adhering to all social distancing parameters.” 

Some of the latest measures which will be introduced as part of the race experience to ensure the wellbeing of all participants are:

  • Drive-through race pack collection to reduce participants touch points
  • Contactless temperature checks for all participants before and after the race
  • Automatic no touch sanitization and water distribution on the course 
  • Enhanced sterilization and cleaning regimes in key areas
  • Staggered race start times to ensure safe management of runners

Endorsed by the Dubai Sports Council, the race route will start and finish in front of The Gate Building and loop around the picturesque Dubai International Financial Centre, providing runners with breathtaking views of the city’s well-known, architectural marvels. 

Matthijs added “It’s been a challenging year for many us and we’re so excited to be staging this much-loved running event for our community. Staying active is vital for our physical and mental well-being and we hope that people of all levels of fitness and running experience will join us for what promises to be a fun and energetic morning.”

The Mai Dubai City Half Marathon is open to participants aged 16 years and over.  It will feature 5km, 10km and 21km race categories to encourage involvement from all fitness levels. 

Categories, fee & start times 

Distance Age Categories Fee Start time 
21km 16-19, 20-29 

30-39, 40-49

50-59, 60+

AED 285 06:00hrs
10km 16-19, 20-29 

30-39, 40-49

50-59, 60+

AED 180 06:10hrs
5km 16-19, 20-29 

30-39, 40-49

50-59, 60+

AED 130 06.20hrs

The Mai Dubai City Half Marathon is in partnership with Mai Dubai – title partner, Dubai International Financial Centre – official venue partner, Crowne Plaza – official hospitality partner, parachute.ae – official e-commerce partner, Marathon Photos – official race photographer, Al Laith – official logistics partner, LOMAS_cares  official screening partner, SaniPro UAE – official sanitization partner, Audiouae – Official Audio Partner and Creative Technology NEP live events Offical Communciations Partner, organized by Promoseven Sports Marketing.

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