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Your Weight in Gold: Dubai Municipality to give more gold for weight losers

Participants who lose 10kg can win 30 grams of gold

  • By Mariam M. Al Serkal, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 16:38 July 27, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Clint Egbert/Gulf News
  • People queue for the official inauguration of the ‘Your Weight in Gold’ initiative at Safa Park on Friday.

Dubai: Participants who registered in the civic body’s weight loss campaign can now have double the incentive, as they can now win twice the amount of gold for every kilo lost.

“Instead of the previously announced one gram, we will give two grams of gold for each kilogram lost for those who lose five kilograms and above, and three grams of gold for each kilogram for those who lose 10 kilograms and above,” said Eng Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality.

This means that people who shed five kilograms will now stand to win 10 grams of gold, and 30 grams of gold if 10kg of weight is lost.

However, he pointed out that the minimum weight to lose in order to be eligible for gold remains the same at two kilograms, and the grand prizes for the top three winners is also the same at Dh20,000 worth of gold.

The decision to increase the gold prizes was made after the campaign received an overwhelming response from residents, as nearly 5,000 people registered in the ‘Your Weight in Gold’ initiative in the first three days.

“The new decision is expected to motivate more people to participate and encourage a healthy competition among the participants, hoping to make it the biggest community initiative in terms of effective participation,” said Lootah.

“The enormous interest to participate in the contest shows the high level of public health awareness and education of the citizens and participants in the emirate of Dubai,” he said.

Residents can continue to register on any day before the campaign’s deadline on August 16, and can do so at fives sites across Dubai, including Gate 3 of Zabeel Park, the main gate of Al Khawaneej jogging track, starting point of the jogging track at Mamzar Beach, gate 4 of Safa Park, and the main gate of Al Barsha Park.

Comments (11)

  1. Added 15:51 July 28, 2013

    The Deadline has been extended to 31st Aug and registration deadline to 31st July. I registered on 23rd July received the SMS today.

    Steven, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 13:43 July 28, 2013

    I request the Dubai authorities to extended the deadline by 1 week, because of registration issues. i registered on day 1 but until today i did not receive confirmation when i called municipality they said go register again because they used pencil and paper to do registration and not computer so maybe some got lost.

    James, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 13:23 July 28, 2013

    Do they have a website? where we can check our registeration since mine is no different from others i.e still didn't get any confirmation.

    Youvee, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 12:53 July 28, 2013

    I have not received any sms for confirmation, which i registered one week back, there is no proper organised this campaign.

    madhan, Dubai, India

  5. Added 11:53 July 28, 2013

    Can register even not resident in dubai? resident in abu dhabi particularly.

    Mark, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 11:51 July 28, 2013

    Is there any registeration centre in Ras Al Khaimah? Please advise and give us a chance.

    anou, ras al khaimah, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 11:24 July 28, 2013

    It's an excellent programme and I appreciate to Dubai to give opportunity to people to reduce their weight with a chance to win gold, for which normally people do not follow to doctor's advice to keep their body healthy. But I am sure, people will encourage by this programme and grab this opportunity to keep their body healthy.

    Dilip Patel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 10:26 July 28, 2013

    I am sorry but where is this campaign headed?? Wasnt this supposed to be a campaign for health 'improvement'?? Shedding 10 kilos in a month is preposterously unhealthy and unsafe! Also for anyone planning to register be prepared to stand in a line for 2 to 3 hours in the heat. It is very poorly organized as well.

    Roshni, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 09:58 July 28, 2013

    Its very nice campaign and great awareness for the weight loser.

    Fawad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 09:39 July 28, 2013

    I will register... I have already lost 5kg, I am planing to lose 10 more.

    Yasmine, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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