Festival Plaza, Jebel Ali Set to Host its Second Indoor Summer Running Series

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In partnership with Dubai Sports Council and Hopatec Sports, the much-loved community mall will host a series of 2.5kms and 5kms runs which are expected to see 1,000+ sports enthusiasts participate throughout the Summer

Participants will be treated to a delicious complimentary breakfast and coffee from IKEA and other exclusive runner offers available throughout the mall

Dubai: For those looking to keep fit whilst beating the heat, look no further as Festival Plaza, part of Al-Futtaim Malls, in partnership with the Dubai Sports Council and Return to Racing is bringing its much-loved Summer Running Series back for a second year running. Taking place on Friday 18th June, Friday 16th July, and Friday 20th August from 7:00am onwards, runners of ages 5 and above will be able to participate in a 2.5km and a 5km indoor Summer run by registering online at www.dubaifestivalplaza.com.  

Once crossing the finishing line and receiving a medal with a prize ceremony, participants will be able to sit back and indulge in a complimentary hearty and healthy breakfast and coffee from popular Swedish retailer IKEA. Plus, Festival Plaza will be offering exclusive promotions across various outlets at the mall for those who sign up.

Whether one is a professional triathlete, amateur runner or simply someone wanting to do something exciting with family or friends, this Indoor Summer Running Series promises great fun for all! To take part, simply register through dubaifestivalplaza.com and additional information regarding the race will be provided through email or via the website. 

The Summer Indoor Running Series will operate in line with strict adherence to all government regulations and guidelines to ensure the safety of all visitors and employees. Runners will be permitted to go off in 30 second intervals with only two or three allowed per batch. Additionally, registration will close three days prior to the event with no ‘on the spot’ registrations. Commencing between 7:00am onwards, those who love to run but require a steady stream of hydration will find water bottles and supplements off course on. The course will also have marshals placed at sharper turns to ensure personal safety. 

Sign up today at dubaifestivalplaza.com to compete on Friday 18th June, Friday 16th July, or Friday 20th August from 7:00am onwards. Registration closes three days before each race. 

We’ll see you at the finish line!

Festival Plaza offers a complimentary shuttle bus service every 20 minutes from Energy and Ibn Batutta Metro Stations, as well as Ibn Battuta RTA bus station, making it easier than ever to get to and from the mall. Whilst a hala pick up point is located outside the community mall entrance. 

All athletes and spectators, over the age of 16, should have fully completed both COVID-19 vaccination doses 14 days before taking part in the event. Furthermore adherence to 2 meter social distancing rules and wearing a mask at all times (unless engaged in a sports activity). For venue admission, athletes and spectators will need to present the ALHOSN app or vaccination card.

About Festival Plaza:

Opened in December 2019, Festival Plaza is Al-Futtaim’s latest local community shopping project. The huge retail precinct covers 64,800 square metres and serves as a convenient and local lifestyle destination at the centre of the upcoming Wasl Gate community. Bringing to life a new and exciting growth corridor, South Dubai, the project will appeal mainly to the nearby communities including Jebel Ali, Al Furjan, Dubai Marina and commuters from neighbouring Abu Dhabi.

The shopping destination is home to much-loved flagship stores including IKEA, M&S, ACE,  a new concept store from Lulu Hypermarket and the premium Al Futtaim’s Health clinic – Tashafi & Lutetia. The neighbourhood destination is also host to the second and biggest IKEA store in Dubai, spread over a huge 30,000 square metres with an added focus on sustainability and an international training centre for IKEA employees. 

These stores are joined by over an additional 120 others, as well as complimented by a 500-seat food court, over 40 dining and eating options, a Stay and Play offering and over 2,300 parking spaces.  With a multitude of retail, dining and entertainment options, Festival Plaza serves as a convenient and family lifestyle mall easily accessible from Sheikh Zayed Road, fifteen minutes from Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah and a few minutes away from RTA Energy Metro Station. 

About Al-Futtaim:

Established in the 1930s as a trading business, Al-Futtaim Group today is one of the most diversified and progressive, privately held regional businesses headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 

Structured into five operating divisions; automotive, financial services, real estate, retail and health; employing more than 42,000 employees in more than 20 countries in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, we partner with over 200 of the world’s most admired and innovative brands. 

Al-Futtaim’s entrepreneurship and relentless customer focus enables the organization to continue to grow and expand; responding to the changing needs of our customers within the societies in which we operate. 
By upholding our values of respect, excellence, collaboration, integrity; Al-Futtaim continues to enrich the lives and aspirations of our customers each and every day.