Videos 2023

The Finish Line

After an enforced move to a new venue at the magnificent setting of Expo City Dubai, runners of all ages and abilities made it to the finish line of the Marathon, 10km and 4km runs – we caught up with a few of them to share the moment…

The 2023 Dubai Marathon… in 60 seconds!

After a change of venue forced organisers to come up with a new route for the Middle East’s oldest international road marathon, the 2023 Dubai Marathon got underway from Expo City Dubai. And it turned out to be a family affair for brother and sister-in-law Abdisa Tola and Dera Dida, while Eden Rainbow-Cooper and Marcel Hug enjoyed success in the wheelchair division.

Running in the Family

After winning the men and women’s titles at the 2023 Dubai Marathon, Ethiopia’s Abidsa Tola and Dera Dida – who are actually brother and sister-in-law – react to the runs that won them the Middle East’s oldest international road marathon.

Champions Talk

Marcel Hug, the man known as the “Silver Bullet”, and England’s Eden Rainbow-Cooper talk through their superb wins at the 2023 Dubai Marathon.

From Karachi to Dubai…

After months of training, a team of intrepid runners from Karachi is ready to take on the challenge of the Dubai Marathon 2023. We caught up with them as they prepared for their first taste of the Middle East’s oldest marathon at Expo City Dubai.

Lady Rabia and the Dubai Marathon

The charismatic and influential Lady Rabia is a colourful character ready to light up the 2023 Dubai Marathon. The former Miss Teen Cayman Islands 1986 was also a founding member of the national Cayman Islands Taekwondo team, for several years. In 1992, she was awarded the 1992 Sportsperson of the Year. We catch up with her on the eve of the big race…

Dubai Marathon 2023 42.195km Route Preview

A quick preview of the 42.195km route starting in Jubilee Park and ending on Al Wasl Avenue in front of Al Wasl Dome. The race begins at 6.00am UAE time on Sunday, February 12.

Dubai Sports Council Secretary General Saeed Hareb

Dubai Sports Council Secretary General Saeed Hareb speaking about the Dubai Marathon and its 2023 home at Expo City Dubai

Eden Ready For Dubai Debut

Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist and Great North Run champion Eden Rainbow-Cooper arrived in Dubai ready for her debut at the Dubai Marathon . The 21-year-old is a prodigious talent who trains twice a day, six days a week to be among the very best in her sport.

Giving Back Through YallaGive

Sixteen international and local charities are set to get a welcome boost from this week’s Dubai Marathon thanks to a special partnership between the popular race and its Official Fundraising Partner YallaGive. The new initiative allows any runner competing in the Dubai Marathon on Sunday (February 12) to raise funds for any of the 16 charities by joining or creating their own campaign.

Blind Ambition

We catch up with a pair of admirable youngsters as they prepare to join the thousands taking part in the 2023 Dubai Marathon at Expo City Dubai on February 12.

Marathon Memories – Dubai Marathon 2011

The 2011 Dubai Marathon continued its growth with a share of the spoils between the two powerhouses Kenya and Ethiopia. In the men’s race, Kenyan David Barmasai took the tape by almost a minute in 2:07:18, while in the women’s event Aselefech Mergia of Ethiopia won the first of her three Dubai titles in 2:22:45. Registration for the 2023 Dubai Marathon – being staged on February 12 – will continue until February 11 at

It’s All About the Dubai Marathon Experience!

With less than two weeks to go, we dipped into the archives to find out why many of our previous runners signed up to run at the Dubai Marathon – to enjoy the same experience, sign up for this year’s event (to be held on February 12, 2023) by registering at Registration ends on February 11. Good luck!

Marathon Memories – Dubai Marathon 2010

Ethiopian running legend Haile Gebrselassie had won the event in both 2008 and 2009. In 2010, the “Little Emperor” returned for a third straight run at the title and, with his appearance guaranteed to draw in the spectators, the desire to see a Haile hat-trick was immense. Follow the action from 2010 to see how he did…

Marathon Memories – Dubai Marathon 2009

The 2009 Dubai Marathon saw a second successive victory for Haile Gebrselassie as the Ethiopian saw off a talented field – and a remarkable Dubai downpour. Equally adept in the wet and cool conditions was Ethiopia’s Bezunesh Bekele who won the women’s race.

How Was It For You?

While the winners of the Marathon itself always grab the headlines, there are thousands of runners ready to make their own memories across the three races – Marathon, 10km and 4km. Make Sure of your place on the start line on February 12 by signing up at Registration ends on February 11.

Marathon Memories – Dubai Marathon 2008

2008 saw the start of the ‘Haile Years’ at the Dubai Marathon. The mercurial Ethiopian Gebrselassie drew huge crowds as he battled to better his own world record, narrowly missing out and running what was at the time the second fastest Marathon in history (2.04.53). Birhane Adere made it a double for Ethiopia.

Marathon Memories – Dubai Marathon 2007

In 2007, Kenya and Ethiopia shared the spoils with victory in the men’s marathon going to Kenyan Willy Rotich, while the women’s event saw victory go to Ethiopian athlete Askale Magarsa. By this stage, the number of Dubai-based runners continued to climb as the race made its mark on the international calendar.

The Language of Running

No matter whether it’s 2006 or 2019 Dubai Marathon runners all had their own stories to tell. Register for the 2023 edition, which takes place on February 12, and find out why the longest-running Marathon in the Middle East is such a challenge.

Marathon Memories – Dubai Marathon 2006

Marathon Memories – Kenyan runners returned to the top spot on the podium with race wins for Joseph Ngeny and Delia Asiago in February 2006. It would be the last time the race would be held in February until its return to the racing calendar this year on February 12. Check out the action from 17 years ago.

Marathon Memories – Dubai Marathon 2005

Marathon Memories – for the second consecutive year in 2005, Ethiopian runners made it a double for the African nation as Dejene Guta and Diribe Hunde stormed to victory in the Dubai Marathon. We take a look back at some of the action from that sunny morning 18 years ago.

Marathon Memories – Dubai Marathon 2004

Ethiopians finally stamped their names on the Dubai Marathon when Gashaw Melese and Leila Amman won the men and women’s races respectively at the 2004 Dubai Marathon. Check out some of the action from 19 years ago and let us know if you took part! 

Registration Extended

You spoke and we listened… by popular demand, registration for the 2023 Dubai Marathon has been extended for all three races! Runners who have yet to do so can register online only for the race of their choice but must do so and collect their run number by February 11 at the very latest. We look forward to seeing you all run on February 12!

Marathon Memories – Dubai Marathon 2003

The Dubai Marathon has enjoyed many a success over the years – twenty years ago, another beautiful January morning saw victory go to Kenyan and Russian runners for the fourth straight year. It would be 12 more months before their grip on the event would be broken…

One Month To Go!

The Dubai Marathon is renowned as one of the most colourful events on the regional sporting calendar. If you’ve ever taken part, you know what we mean. And if you haven’t, why not sign up today at and join us on the start line on February 12, 2023?

How Was Your Dubai Marathon?

The Dubai Marathon is one of the biggest challenges of the year for runners of all ages and abilities. Everyone has a story to tell about their experiences of running on the fast streets of Dubai before finally collecting that well-deserved medal. We spoke to a few of them…

Going for Gold at the Dubai Marathon!

Listeners to radio partner Gold 101.3 know how to register for the 2023 Dubai Marathon… to make sure of your place in our Marathon, 10km and 4km line-ups on February 12, register today through this official website

Marathon Memories – Dubai Marathon 2002

Dubai Marathon Memories – the 2002 Dubai Marathon saw Kenya’s Wilson Kibet gunning for a third straight title in the Middle East’s first international marathon. The number of entries was again a record for the event as the runners of Dubai joined the elites to tackle the flat and fast route. Check out the action from 2002…

Channel 4 104.8 & the Dubai Marathon (English Promo)

The Dubai Marathon is once again delighted to be working alongside our radio partners at Channel 4 Dubai for the 2023 Dubai Marathon, which will take place on February 12 – register now to make sure of your race number and a place through the home page of this website.

Al Rabia & the Dubai Marathon (Arabic Promo)

Another great teaser from radio partners @alrabiafm as we count down to the 2023 Dubai Marathon. Have you signed up for your race number and a place on the start line for the 4km, 10km or the famous Marathon itself? If not, head over to the official website at and register online. We’ve got your number…

Marathon Memories – Dubai Marathon 2001

Dubai Marathon Memories – the 2001 Dubai Marathon saw the number of local and international competitors begin to climb with Wilson Kibet and Ramilya Burangulova returning to defend their titles. Enjoy a glimpse of some of the action from 2001 – and register for the 2023 event on February 12 at!

A New Year Message from Haile Gebrselassie

Three-time Dubai Marathon champion Haile Gebrselassie welcomed in 2023 with a special message for the event organisers and runners taking part in the 22nd edition of the Middle East’s most famous international marathon. The mercurial Ethiopian – who won in 2008, 2009 and 2010 – is delighted to see the event back on the calendar and looks forward to seeing elites and amateurs alike in action on February 12. To register for the Marathon, 10km or 4km races, runners are invited to visit the official website

We’ve Got A Race Just For You in Dubai…

Where you train doesn’t matter. Your age doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter if you run in the sun, rain or snow… there’s a race for you at the 2023 Dubai Marathon. Register online at to make sure of your place in the 4km, the 10km or the Marathon itself and we’ll see you at the start on February 12, 2023!

Marathon Memories – Dubai Marathon 2000

Dubai Marathon Memories – thousands are expected to run the 2023 Dubai Marathon on February 12, but how many of those runners were on the road when the Dubai Marathon first became an international event in 2000? Check out some of the action on the streets of Dubai from nearly 23 years ago!

Why Do You Run The Dubai Marathon?

Everyone has their own reasons for running the race of their choice at the Dubai Marathon. We asked some of the thousands of runners who take part just what drives them on and keeps them focused. To run the 2023 event on February 12, register now at

Your City, Your Race

Runners looking to take part in the 2023 Dubai Marathon, the 10km and the 4km races can register online at We’ve got your number!

Dubai Marathon Set For February 2023

The Dubai Marathon takes runners across the flat and fast roads of the city and will be back for the first staging since 2020 on February 12, 2023. Runners looking to take part in one of the three races – Marathon, 10km and 4km – should register through this website’s home page.


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