DUBAI 16 October 2020: Braving a 25-kilometre stretch from Al Seef to the beginning of Dubai Water Canal in Jumeirah, professional competitive swimmer, Shehab Allam is geared up to make history as he uses endurance and a monofin to set a world record.
The world’s first monofin (a type of swim fin used for underwater sports) swimming champion, Shehab Allam, is set to swim along the Dubai Water Canal’s 25-kilometre stretch this Friday, October 16, 2020.
The challenge commences at 6am from Al Seef and end at 2pm at the Dubai Water Canal boardwalk, covering a total distance of 25 kilometres.
Event: Monofin Challenge
Date: Friday, October 16, 2020 from 6AM to 2PM
Starting point: Al Seef by Meraas
End point: Under the Dubai Water Canal bridge on Jumeirah Beach Road
If spectators are to attend and watch in-person, please ensure to follow social distancing guidelines.
As the 2008 six-kilometre Monofin Swimming World Champion of Columbia, first place Arab Champion 2006-2008, and first place Champion in the modern Pentathlon in 2007, and currently a swimming instructor at Enhance Fitness, Shehab specialises in long-distance swimming across 20 kilometres and more. Having moved to the UAE from Egypt two years ago, he now has his eyes set on setting world and national history.
“I’m thrilled to be taking up this challenge and contributing to the modern history of the UAE that is very close to my heart. I hope to inspire people of all ages to discover the riveting effects of fitness and to push themselves to achieve great things. I’d also like to thank my team at Enhance Fitness for making this possible,” says Shehab Allam.
Shehab is a certified swimming and freediving instructor, fitness instructor and coach with more than 12 years of experience in his field.