UDC celebrated National Sport Day at The Pearl-Qatar with series of sports-related activities in cooperation with General Retirement and Social Insurance Authority “GRSIA” and Public Works Authority “Ashghal”

February 13, 2019 / News

United Development Company (UDC), one of the leading Qatari public shareholding companies and the master developer of The Pearl-Qatar and Gewan Islands, has celebrated National Sport Day on Tuesday, 12 February 2019, in cooperation with General Retirement and Social Insurance Authority “GRSIA” and Public Works Authority of Qatar, “Ashghal”.

Events took place simultaneously in Costa Malaz and Porto Arabia districts, where employees, residents and visitors of all ages took part in a variety of sports, entertaining and challenging activities.

The activities included football tournaments, walkathon, gym area, obstacle games, wall climbing, foosball tables, ping-pong, quiz games that are related to health and sport and other sports related activities.

President of the General Retirement & Social Insurance Authority and UDC Chairman, H.E. Mr. Turki bin Mohammed Al-Khater, urged participants to embrace sports as a lifestyle, noting that it will help protect them against chronic diseases and their dangerous complications.

H.E. Mr. Al-Khater said: "National Sport Day promotes awareness of health and safety notions and instils a culture of ‘a healthy mind in a healthy body’ among community members. Thus, I invite all participants to engage in sporting activities as a daily routine rather than on certain occasions, in order to build a vibrant society in line with the State's development policies and National Vision 2030”.

Highlighting the contribution of sports to public health, H.E. Mr. Al-Khater called on employees to continue exercising, which will boost their energy and increase their productivity.

H.E. Mr. Al-Khater added that the large turnout reflects participants’ belief in the values that the National Sport Day embodies, noting that Qatar is a pioneer in sports education. This day reflects Qatar’s belief in the importance of human development, knowing that human capital is the most precious resource, where sport is a right for all and its practice should not be restricted to professional athletes.

On this occasion, H.E. Dr. Eng. Saad bin Ahmad Al Muhannadi, President of The Public Works Authority, said: “Ashghals’ activities for the National Sport Day 2019 were in cooperation with the United Development Company and the General Retirement and Social Insurance Authority, where the event included a full day of various sport activities in Costa Malaz and Porto Arabia districts at The Pearl-Qatar.

H.E. Dr. Eng. Al Muhannadi added: “The authority is keen to organize many sporting events for its employees throughout the year, whether on the National Sport Day or during internal competitions held throughout the year or during the Holy Month of Ramadan. Ashghal also encourages its employees to exercise continuously at the authority gymnasium, where it includes all the sports equipment and specialized trainers”.

“Temba Arena” Football Court in Costa Malaz, has been officially inaugurated, on the early morning, by UDC President & CEO, Mr. Ibrahim Jassim Al-Othman, along with senior Company’s officials and employees.

On this occasion, Mr. Al-Othman said: “The opening of the latest football court at The Pearl-Qatar, “Temba Arena”, reflects our commitment to national and human development, by supporting and encouraging sports-related initiatives and activities that fall in line with UDC’s social responsibility efforts”.

Mr. Al-Othman added that UDC’s support for sports-related activities will continue throughout the period leading to the upcoming FIFA World Cup, the world’s top sporting event that The State of Qatar will host in 2022.

Mr. Al-Othman continued: “UDC will continue to promote sports in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030, which places strong emphasis on the contribution of sports to human development and aims to cement the country’s position as a regional sporting hub”.

Mr. Al-Othman concluded: “Through its participation in this unique day, United Development Company seeks to promote sports and raise awareness about the importance of exercising and adopting a healthy lifestyle. With these initiatives, UDC is contributing to the human development pillars that lead to a healthy society”.

Every year, UDC regularly hosts public sports-related events across the Island to encourage residents and visitors to partake in sports activities. The Pearl-Qatar remains an ideal location to lead a healthy lifestyle with plenty of open spaces, landscaped green areas, sea-facing facades, and various amenities and facilities that support a broad range of indoor and outdoor recreational activities across the Island.



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