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Run for Smiles to make a difference

Operation Smile is celebrating 10 years with a RUN FOR SMILES initiative on 3 April and YOU can get involved!

Held under the patronage of Sheikha Alyazia bint Saif Al Nahyan and in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Al Ain Zoo, the initiative aims to change the destiny of children with cleft lip or cleft palate.


Here’s how to take part


Choose your distance you want to run:

  • 10 km
  • 5 km
  • 2.5 km

For every entrant, Operation Smile will receive AED 35. The proceeds will go into supporting projects around the world and helping children gain a bigger smile.

Each entrant will receive a bespoke Run For Smiles T-Shirt and finisher’s medal, which we think is the perfect keepsake.

Now’s your chance to experience running with nature.

So, join Operation Smile and Al Ain Zoo residents for a 2.5km short lap, 5km long lap or two long laps for the 10km option – all for a great cause.

So, who’s ready to run alongside Al Ain Zoo and simultaneously raise funds?

Don’t miss out! Register now.


Start Times


6.30am – 6:45am: 10 km

6.50am – 7:10am: 5 km

7.15am – 7.25am: 2.5 km



  • Due to government rulings under 12s or over 60s are not allowed to participate in this event
  • Participants must provide their PCR negative test result within 48 hours prior to the event day
  • Those who are vaccinated with the sign (*), (E) or (V) in their ALHOSN app must provide a negative PCR test result within seven days

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