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President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (centre) speaks with members of Swim 62 Group, during a Sea Palace barza Image Credit: Mohamed Al Hammadi/UAE Presidential Court

Abu Dhabi: President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan received the UAE’s ‘Swimming Team 62’, who completed 62km-swim around Abu Dhabi island.

During the meeting, which took place at Qasr Al Bahr, Sheikh Mohamed exchanged cordial talks with the team and urged them to continue participating in awareness initiatives that contribute to educating the community and strengthening its role in preserving the marine environment.

The swimming initiative, in which a number of government and private institutions participated, aims to enhance community awareness of the importance of the marine environment and water safety. A number of swimmers, namely Mansour Al Dhaheri, Vania Neves and Arjuna Don, succeeded in completing a 62km-swim around Abu Dhabi, which took 34 hours non-stop.

Wider aims

The initiative also aims to introduce the importance of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28), which the UAE will host later this year, in addition to preserving the environment and achieving sustainable development goals.

The initiative team undertook a year-long intensive training, during which they swam a total of 900km.

On the other hand, and within the framework of this initiative, the Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi organised an event through which the department set a Guinness World Record for the largest number of participants in a water safety lesson in one place.

A number of entities, including the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge, Abu Dhabi Maritime, the Make A Wish Foundation, and the Storm Swimming Academy, participated in the “biggest lesson on water safety”, which highlighted the dangers of swimming in open water and raised awareness on relevant safety measures.

The lesson also saw the participation of 336 students from Abu Dhabi’s universities and schools, including a number of people of determination.