Jessica Kodan (extreme right), Events and Community Engagement Manager, Dubai Holding is joined by Khalid Al Awar, Director, Sports Events Department, DSC; Mariana Marx, Lifeguards and Operations Director, Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Dr Teresa Arora, Assistant Professor, Zayed University and an Obesity Researcher, Al Jalila Foundation at the announcement of the Burj Al Arab Swim scheduled to be held on April 12. Image Credit: Alaric Gomes/Gulf News

Dubai: Safety will be of utmost importance as Dubai Holding hosts its 14th Burj Al Arab Swim at the iconic seven-star hotel from 6am on Friday [April 12]. This year’s swim, to be held over two distances — 800 metres and 1.6km — has already attracted a record field of more than 600.

Organised in partnership with Al Jalila Foundation with support from Dubai Sports Council, the swim is part of Dubai Holding’s drive for community wellness with all proceeds from the race being donated to the Al Jalila Foundation to support their Obesity Research Fund.

As many as 26 lifeguards will be on duty with 12 kayaks, three speedboats, two pontoons, four paramedics and an ambulance to ensure safety of participants on race day. The event originally started off in 1999 as part of the fitness regimen for lifeguards, but gradually went on to be a proper swim challenge for general public in 2002.