#SuhoorRuns: A New Fitness Activity this Ramadan in Dubai

Runners after the first Suhoor Run at Al Reef Bakery on Al Wasl Road
Runners after the first Suhoor Run at Al Reef Bakery on Al Wasl Road

On Saturday night, we had our first Suhoor Run in Dubai, which is a social and a fitness gathering for running and general fitness and wellness enthusiasts in the city. The idea is to meet for a light work out, followed by a small snack at the restaurant or cafe that the run started at. The runners are also more than welcome to donate water/beverages/food from that place and/or any nearby supermarkets to hand them to people (e.g. janitors, cleaners, laborers etc.) and/or leave them at a nearby mosque or Ramadan Fridge.

For the first run, we started at Al Reef Bakery on Al Wasl Road, jogged/walked towards the canal before gathering again at Al Reef for manakeesh, pictures and to get food/beverages to give away. More than twenty runners joined the run, which I personally enjoyed (Hope the fellow runners did, but I cannot talk on their behalf :p)

For anyone who would like to join the upcoming runs, you can find out more details at each run’s Facebook event from the list below and/or via my Instagram account at @OmarDXB or on Twitter (Same handle – @OmarDXB)

Dates, locations and links to the corresponding Facebook event:

Tuesday May 22nd at 9:45 PM – Meet outside Heat Cafe on Beach Road

Sunday May 27th at 9:45 PM: Meet outside Zaroob in Dubai Marina (https://www.facebook.com/events/785038365023386)

Wednesday May 30th at 9:45 PM: Meet outside Aroos Damascus restaurant on Al Muraqqabat Road in Deira (https://www.facebook.com/events/206589496736665/)

Monday June 4th at 9:45 PM: Meet outside Al Mallah Restaurant on Diyafa Road AKA. 2nd of December Road (https://www.facebook.com/events/220698405356110/)

Saturday June 9th at 10:15: Meet outside the old Al Safadi Restaurant on Sheikh Zayed Road – Next to Dusit hotel (https://www.facebook.com/events/1949759701911225/)

Tuesday June 12th at 9:45 PM: Meet outside Falafel Factory in Mirdif (https://www.facebook.com/events/2519406818283536/)
More details on the runs are provided below:

– We meet at the stated time of the session for the brief. Run starts after 15 minutes from the stated starting point. 

– Social run/walk for 5-7k (You can jog and/or walk it), so fitness enthusiasts of all abilities can join.

– After the run, you are free to pass by a mini market/supermarket to donate water/juice/snacks to a nearby mosque, street cleaners, janitors, and/or Ramadan fridges etc. (this is NOT compulsory).

– An optional light snack/suhoor to follow at the restaurant/café (At the same meeting point, which is paid separately by each runner). The run is optional as well if you prefer to meet and eat instead of running.

– Feel free to organize your own #SuhoorRuns (or even #SuhoorSwims or#SuhoorRides) with your own group/in your own city. This is not a social gathering that is limited to me and/or Dubai 🙂

– This is NOT to market and to promote any restaurants in any way, however, if any restaurants/cafes want to support these runs (and to give something to charity), then they’re more than welcome to do so.

I started a Whatsapp group for this to help with sharing details for future runs, to join the group, DM me with your name and number and I will be more than glad to add you accordingly. DM via Instagram at @OmarDXB or on Twitter (Same handle – @OmarDXB).