Dubai Marathon postponed after Qatar World Cup increases demand for hotel rooms and flights – News

The racing event was due to return for the first time since pandemic restrictions forced the hiatus

Published: Wed, Aug 17, 2022, 1:47 PM

The Dubai Marathon has been postponed due to high demand for hotel rooms and flights seen in Dubai in connection with the Qatar World Cup.

Originally scheduled for December 2022, Dubai’s most iconic running event will resume operations on Sunday, February 12, 2023. This is after organizers found limited availability of hotel rooms due to the increase demand during the FIFA World Cup. 2022 in Qatar.

It will be the first time the marathon has been held after the Covid-19 pandemic and is expected to attract over 30,000 participants from over 100 countries.

“As always, we have been keeping an eye on the flight and accommodation situation not only for elite athletes coming to compete, but also for marathon tourists, who are marathon runners and 10k runners based in overseas who like to come to Dubai to test themselves on a flat, fast course,” said event director Peter Connerton.

As the 2022 FIFA World Cup takes place in Qatar from November 21 to December 18, thousands of football fans have decided to settle in Dubai during the event. This has resulted in a shortage of affordable hotel accommodation in the city.

“Our first Dubai Marathon after the lifting of pandemic restrictions should be a celebration of running, and we want to encourage athletes to come and enjoy all that the city has to offer. By moving the date to February, we are confident that our overseas competitors will be able to enjoy better flight and hotel options, both in terms of choice and affordability. The date change will also allow us to provide the same to our team of overseas event officials, media representatives and spectators,” said Connerton.


Recently ranked third of all global marathons by World Athletics, the Dubai Marathon regularly attracts participants from around 145 countries and produces many of the fastest times in the sport. The last Dubai Marathon in 2020 produced 24 of the 100 fastest men’s times and 18 of the 100 fastest women’s times in history.

As usual, the marathon will be held in three categories: the full marathon, the 10 km race and a fun 4 km race. Those interested in participating can register on the Dubai Marathon website.

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