Hamdan bin Mohammed welcomes Gov Games contestants

May 8, 2018  
Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the The Executive Council, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum welcomed local and international contestants taking part in the first edition of the Gov Games starting tomorrow.

The unique event, which will test the mental and physical skills of contestants from Government organisations, is organised by The Executive Council of Dubai in collaboration with the Dubai Sports Council. Meraas Holding is the strategic sponsor of the event.

His Highness expressed his happiness at the large participation the event has attracted. He said the event follows the directives of Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to launch initiatives that help instill a strong culture of teamwork and encourage innovation and creativity among government employees.

The first round of competitions at the four-day Gov Games kicks off tomorrow at 17:00 hrs at the Kite Beach in Dubai.

Day One of the competition is devoted to the women’s qualifying rounds. A total of 64 women’s teams will be put through two rounds of seven different challenges. The first round starts at 17:00 hrs while the second begins at 20:00 hrs. The top six teams will go through to the final round to be held on Saturday at 17:00 hrs.

The men’s competitions, which will take place on 10 and 11 May at 20:00 hrs will see 90 teams competing in a total of nine different challenges. The top six teams will qualify for Saturday’s grand final to be held at 20:00 hrs.

The first initiative of its kind in the world, the Gov Games aim to promote team spirit and collaboration among government employees. The competitions at the Games have been designed according to the highest global standards. The winning men’s and women’s teams will be awarded the title of ‘Gov Games Champions’. A total prizemoney of AED 2 million is at stake at the Games.

In the run-up to the event, the Games attracted huge interest from the public on social media. The Gov Games and its hash tag #1team1spirit saw over 245,000 social media interactions. The event is open to the public and admission is free. However, only women will be admitted to the women’s competitions.


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