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UAE Press: Hamdan’s clarion call for fitness is timely

UAE Press: Hamdan’s clarion call for fitness is timely

ABU DHABI, 22nd November, 2020 (WAM) — A UAE newspaper said that at a time when the coronavirus has virtually locked people up in homes,…

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ABU DHABI, 22nd November, 2020 (WAM) — A UAE newspaper said that at a time when the coronavirus has virtually locked people up in homes, spiralling levels of inactivity in the process, fitness clamours for attention. With so many virtual meetings being conducted online, physical exercise has taken a backseat, which can put health in jeopardy in the long run.

"It is against this backdrop that the Dubai Fitness Challenge, the annual celebration of health and fitness, re-emerges to send a message for all-round wellbeing," said Gulf Today in an editorial on Sunday.

"Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is a shining beacon of fitness. He is an avid sports enthusiast, and loves the outdoor adventures, whether it is skydiving, trekking in the mountains (as he did a few years ago through the Yosemite Park in the United States, where he encountered wild animals) and even braving endurance-style obstacle courses," the paper added.

It continued, "It is therefore apt that he remains an ideal model for Dubai, which has made sport a part of its way of life. This ensures a healthy society and a healthy society is a productive society. Over 20,000 cyclists joined Sheikh Hamdan in the Dubai Fitness Challenge on Friday, as they rode through Dubai’s iconic Sheikh Zayed Road, which was, for the first time, converted into a 14-km cycling track.

"Hundreds of cyclists, kitted out with all kinds of gear, made history with a unique cycling experience along the magnificent road.

"They hit the […]

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