Hatta to host world champions in mountain biking and sporting events

The attention of sports enthusiasts from around the world will be riveted to Hatta, which will host a huge number of outstanding world champions in mountain biking and sporting events, as well as professional and amateur athletes from the UAE and beyond, who will take part in several sports championships organised in cooperation with the Dubai Sports Council during the current sports season (2022 – 2023); including eight international and social championships to be held in the magnificent mountains, valleys and on Lake Hatta Dam.

Hatta will host the 3rd Hero Dubai Hatta Race, one of the three stages of the Hero International Mountains Bike Race series. An elite group of world champion mountain bikers will compete on 5 February 2023 for the title of winner of this international championship, held on mountain courses that are carefully designed to allow participants to enjoy the natural scenery surrounding the tracks in the Hub Valley. Competitors will reach the highest point of the trails at 1,600 metres above the ground.   


Male and female participants will be divided into three categories: professionals, who will compete in 60km / club and association members, who will tackle 60km and 18km / amateurs, who will compete in 18km and 60km. Another category is reserved for children from 4 to 14 years.

The children’s race will start at 10:30am with a huge number of children taking part, with the aim of encouraging them to get involved in cycling and take part in a unique experience to achieve their dreams of becoming future champions. Children aged 4 to 6 will compete on the 600m track, children aged 7 to 11 will compete on the 1600m track and children aged 12 to 14 will compete on the 3200m track. 

The first leg of the Dubai International CrossFit Championship will be held on 1 December 2022 at Hab Valley in Hatta with 40 of the world’s top CrossFit men and women competing. Participation in this championship is limited to a direct invitation. As such, invitations will be extended to the top 20 CrossFit men and top 20 CrossFit women players from around the world, who will compete for a valuable prize of one million dirhams. The championship will be broadcast live on various sports channels, the official championship website and the championship channel on YouTube.   


The DSC is also organising several women’s events in Hatta. The Women’s Walking Half Marathon is scheduled for November 13, 2022 over the Hatta Mountains. A women’s cycling race will also be held in Hatta.  The Beh Valley Race, one of the most challenging and famous races in the region, will be held on November 27, 2022 in the Hatta mountains. Participants in this race will compete in two categories: the 70km and 35km team category / the individual category for the 70km, 35km and 20km distances. For children, a 2.5 km distance is allocated. A campsite will be set up at the start site at the Hatta Fort Hotel, which will be open to participants the night before the start of the event. The campsite will provide other areas for participants, including a food and training area, as well as the opportunity to use the swimming pool.

The Hatta Triathlon will be launched on 19 February 2023. Participants will be divided into the following categories: sprint distance for local people / Olympic distance for local people / sprint distance for local women / super distance for local people.

The Hatta Hills Half Marathon will take place on March 5, 2023 and will be run by athletes of varying fitness levels and ages from 9 years and above. Participants in the half marathon will compete in 21.1km, 10km, 5km and 2.5km courses. The routes of the marathon pass through the spectacular scenery of Hatta: valleys, fruit and palm farms, the beautiful blue waters of the Hatta Dam, mountains and hills. Hatta will also host one of the stages of the cycling tour organised by the UAE Cycling Federation.

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