Dubai’s financial centre to get its own Square Mile Relay

DIFC joins the list of financial hubs where the Bloomberg sponsored race already takes place, including London, Singapore and Shanghai.

Neil Churchill January 19, 2016

Dubai has been inundated over the last couple of years with new running events. Marathons, 10ks, triathlons and Iron Mans have populated the fitness vocabulary of local running fraternities.

But there’s room for more it seems with yet another fitness event breaking onto the scene, although this race has a far more niche crowd and specific reason.

The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay will stage its inaugural Dubai event next month in DIFC, becoming the sixth global financial hub to host a leg. The international series includes relays in London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Sydney.

The one-mile – 1.6km – circuit will be in the heart of DIFC, with runners challenging each other along corridors, up staircases, through buildings and out onto surrounding paths.

Corporate teams must enter 10 individuals to compete in the relay, with the winners receiving a AED 30,000 cheque for a charity of the company’s choosing - although bragging rights over rival firms will be just as big an incentive. Several DIFC institutions have already entered, including Standard Chartered, J.P. Morgan, EFG Hermes, Clyde & Co and Dubai Mercentile Exchange. 

Nick Keller, managing director of the event organiser Square Mile Sport, said: “Excitement for the first Bloomberg Square Mile Relay in Dubai is already building within the corporate community in Dubai.

“The unique relay event taking place in the heart of Dubai’s financial district is a great opportunity for companies to take part in a team-building and corporate networking activity whilst at the same time enjoying the atmosphere and camaraderie.” 

General entry for a team of ten runners is AED 5,500, with companies allowed to enter up to 10 teams. For more, visit