Join in a healthy action-packed month of free-to-attend fitness sessions at 12 public parks across Abu Dhabi
18 January 2022| Last updated on 19 January 2022
Over 300 FREE fitness activities, happening daily until January 26.
Sometimes, you don't need a fancy gym membership or expensive workout equipment to start embracing a fit lifestyle. The best workouts can oftentimes be done right at your local park
That's why we're happy to announce that The Department of Community Development (DCD) in Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC), is running the Active Parks campaign, an exciting free-to-attend program held in 12 public parks across the emirate.
Taking place from December 30 to January 26, UAE residents are invited to participate in 380 free-to-attend fitness sessions hosted by qualified instructors!
So far, hundreds of members across Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Al Dhafrah’s rich and diverse communities have participated in more than 160 programs since December.
What to expect at Active Parks
The month-long program offers communities a wide range of fun and healthy activities including DanceFit, RunFit, Bootcamps, CrossFit, and Yoga, with special classes for People of Determination.
Participants can also share their progress by using #ActiveParks on social media!
Which parks can I go to?
Active Parks is running across the following parks and urban spaces in Abu Dhabi, Al Dhafrah and Al Ain regions:
- MBZ Park
- Sheikha Fatima Park
- Khalifa City Park 3
- Al Shamkha Park 4
- Dolphin Park
- Khaleej Al Arabi
- Electra Park
- Al Jahili
- Al Towayya
- Al Wadi Park
- Al Marfa National Park
- Madinat Zayed
"Active Parks was launched in line with Abu Dhabi’s vision to build and nurture an active community committed to practicing sports, and the program is already cultivating healthier, fitness-oriented lifestyles through public participation and numbers which are highly encouraging," said H.E Mohamed Helal Al Balooshi, Executive Director of the Strategic Affairs Office at DCD.
"Our communities are embracing the opportunity to stay fit and healthy by taking part in a diverse range of free classes in line with their requirements and needs, in the abundant green spaces which form part of the emirate’s world-class integrated infrastructure."
Do I need to be fit to participate?
Any level of fitness is welcome, from beginners to fitness pros!
H.E. Talal Mustafa AL Hashemi, Executive Director of Sports Developments Sector at Abu Dhabi Sports Council, added: "After a successful launch, we can see how well the inclusive Active Parks program is being embraced by our multinational community."
In fact, Active Park's schedule of activities caters to all ability levels.
"It is evident to everyone here how inclusive and welcoming the sessions are, regardless of ability," said H.E. Talal Mustafa AL Hashemi.
With Active Parks leveraging the Emirate’s array of community parks and urban infrastructure investments, the fitness initiative is in line with the Government of Abu Dhabi's commitment to promoting active lifestyles and healthy habits in line with World Health Organisation Guidelines.
Adults are encouraged to engage in a minimum of 150 minutes of physical activity every week for improved mental and physical wellbeing.
So put on your gym clothes, download your favourite workout playlist, and head on down to any participating public park for a round of fit, healthy fun.