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Lose your weight in gold initiative launches in Dubai

The first three winners will be eligible to win a gold coin worth Dh20,000

  • By Mariam M. Al Serkal, Senior Reporter, and Mary Achkhanian, Special to Gulf News
  • Published: 16:12 July 16, 2013
  • Gulf News

Dubai: Residents planning to shed those extra kilos can now visualise their extra weight in gold – thanks to a new health initiative that will be launched on Friday.

The Dubai Municipality announced on Tuesday the launch of its weight loss programme, “Your Weight in Gold,” which will run from July 19 to August 16.

“We carry out a number of health initiatives every year to benefit the community, and this year’s event aims to encourage adults and children to lose weight and be healthy,” said Eng Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality.

Top winners will be those who lose the most weight during the 30-day programme, and the first three winners will be eligible to win a gold coin worth Dh20,000 through a lucky draw.

All registered participants have to lose a minimum of two kilograms to win gold, and will receive a gram of gold in return for every kilo lost. The weight loss contest is sponsored by Dubai Multi-Commodities Centre and Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group.

“Dubai has 91 places to practise sport activities including residential parks, public parks, squares, jogging track and beaches. The heat should not be an excuse because you can walk or exercise in the evening or early morning,” said Lootah.

The weight of each participant will be measured on both the date of registration and on the final day of the programme, but Lootah pointed out that “participants can register any day during the month”.

Programme volunteers will record the weight of participants through registering their national ID number at five sites from 8pm to midnight, including Gate 3 of Zabeel Park, the main gate of Al Khawaneej jogging track, the starting point of the jogging track at Mamzar Beach, gate 4 of Safa Park, and the main gate of Al Barsha Park.

“I personally think it is a great idea as I was looking for ways to become healthier, and would like to see more of these initiatives happening not only in Ramadan but throughout the year,” said Ahmad Bin Sulayem, executive chairman of Dubai Multi Commodities Centre.

“There are lots of ways to lose weight and also excuses to delay [getting fit]. A sprinter is different than a marathon runner, and everybody has their own techniques in becoming fit. If somebody wants to do body-building they can do so, but they have to be aware that they might gain weight,” he added.

- Mary Achkhanian is an intern at Gulf News

Comments (8)

  1. Added 14:06 July 17, 2013

    Why didn't you tell me before? I've lost 10 kg lately. Would have been saving that for Ramadan ;) Now can't do more :( 42 kg is already low. But great deal for obese people. Hopefully the news will get to them.

    Sonya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 12:58 July 17, 2013

    its good opportunity to lose weight . any nationality can take part in it can u please tell me

    zahra, abu dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 12:21 July 17, 2013

    This campaign is of course a great initiative!!! However, this shouldn't have commenced in the month of Ramadan. As Ramadan is a month where Muslim's control themselves and remain fasting without food for the sake of his lord (Allah). With this program in between there are chances his/her intentions are interrupted. Maybe the officials must reconsider the dates and have this without conflicting the month of Ramadan. My comment is purely on spiritual perspective.

    abu thahir, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 12:15 July 17, 2013

    Its really a good initiative to motivate people to fight against obesity. When registration will starts? from 19th july or before?

    aneela, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 12:09 July 17, 2013

    When is the registration will start?

    Sham, dubai, Philippines

  6. Added 11:34 July 17, 2013

    Does this win gold by losing weight initiative applicable for other nationals?

    syed sami, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 10:01 July 17, 2013

    Good Initiative! bit every one has to follow the practice forever.

    Eric, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 09:31 July 17, 2013

    Totally amazing the initiative taken towards the well being of the public. Excellent job done

    ZAID, SHARJAH, India

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