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Al Marmoom Ultra Marathon

Monday December 9th, 2019
Al Marmoom, Dubai
Distance: 300 KM · Ultra

Launched under the initiative of UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of DubaiHis Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve will host the world's longest desert ultra-run Meraas Al Marmoom Ultramarathon.

Meraas Al Marmoom Ultramarathon is a 300km, 100km and 50km race across desert terrain and will be held 11th to 15th December 2018. A serious challenge for ultra runners, the 270 km will be completed in 5 days and the 100km and 50 km are continuous. Al Marmoom Ultra Marathon is organized under the umbrella of Dubai Sports Council.

Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve, the largest of its kind in the Arab world, stretches across 10% of Dubai’s land, and is part of a conservation initiative to promote Dubai’s commitment to a sustainable environment and preserving its cultural heritage. It provides a balanced ecosystem for thousands of wild animals and migratory birds, and includes environmental, cultural and sports-related activities.

Launching the project, HH Sheikh Mohammed said, “Preserving and investing in the environment means preserving and investing in one of our most important assets. The Marmoom Reserve is an environmental, touristic and sporting addition to life in the UAE.” He continued, “The desert is beautiful and inspirational; it provides a peaceful shelter to plants, birds and people. Our goal is to provide a fertile and robust environment for plants, a natural reserve for animals, and an important destination for tourists and families.” His Highness concluded, “When nine government agencies work as a team, the result will be exceptional, as reflected in the Marmoom Reserve.”


The reserve, home to over 204 species of native birds, 158 species of migratory birds, and over 10 km of lakes. is a protected area under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, with 4 of its species listed on the IUCN red List; Arabian Oryx, Sand Gazelle, Lappet –faced Vulture, Macqueen’s Bustard. Other species include 187 different types of birds, 26 species of reptiles, 15 species of mammals and 57 varieties of flora.

Al Marmoom reflects Dubai’s goal to preserve the local environment, including the nature of the desert, it’s cultural heritage, as well as providing a natural habitat for threatened wildlife.

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Race Date: 12/11/2018 Distance: 300 KM
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 31:17:29 Rachid El Mourabity 36 Moroccan
2nd Male 31:46:45 Merile Robert 47 France
3rd Male 32:30:06 Akbar Naghdiandaryan 36 Iran
4th Male 38:59:18 Ian Morgan 48 USA
Female 37:27:59 Magdalena Boulet 45 USA
2nd Female 40:03:20 Aziza Raji 29 Moroccan
3rd Female 42:17:43 Oksana Riabova 30 Russia
4th Female 46:54:44 Seda Nur Celik 27 Turkey
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 31:46:45 Merile Robert 47 France
M 50-59 47:08:40 Frode Lein 50
F 40-49 37:27:59 Magdalena Boulet 45 USA
Al Marmoom Ultra Marathon

Dubai has a very hot dry climate. Summers in Dubai are extremely hot and dry, with an average high around 42 °C (108 °F) and overnight lows around 29 °C (84 °F). Winters are warm with an average high of 23 °C (73 °F) and overnight lows of 14 °C (57 °F).

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