Published on : Monday, January 27, 2014
On 21 February more than 800 swimmers are expected to take part in the event which raised over AED 220,000 last year. Proceeds will be donated to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) with the support of the UAE’s Red Crescent Society. MSF works in nearly 70 countries and provides medical aid to those in need regardless of their race, religion, or political affiliation.
Individuals can sign up and train for first, second and third place finishes in the competitive 800 and 1600 meter categories. Teams of up to four swimmers can compete in the 1600 meter event. The 2013 winner, UAE national swim team captain and Olympic representative, Obaid Al Jasmi, will defend his title this year. After the race, families, friends and social swimmers can enjoy rare views of the Burj Al Arab during a relaxed, non-competitive open swim along an 800-meter course circling the hotel.
“Wild Wadi’s Swim Burj Al Arab event is a fun, community-minded concept which emphasizes health and fitness and is set against one of the city’s most iconic backdrops. The event raises funds and awareness to help those in need. With participants of all ages and abilities, it’s a fantastic morning out for both competitive swimmers and more social participants that gets more popular, and consequently helps more people, every year,” said Chris Perry, general manager of Wild Wadi.
Swimmers from the age of seven to 60+ are eligible to enter the event and will be under the watchful eyes of Wild Wadi’s award-winning lifeguard team.
“Medical care and other emergency aid is urgently required in places just a short flight from Dubai, and a growing number of people benefit from the funds raised annually by the Wild Wadi Swim Burj Al Arab event,” said Ghada Hatim, Executive Director, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). In addition to the logistical and health and safety role played by Wild Wadi, several organisations provide support for the annual fundraiser, including Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts, Speedo and Brocot.
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