An estimated 12,000 people turned up for the “Dubai Walks” held under the auspices of the Dubai Sports Council-organised “Dubai Pulse Program” around Burj Khalifa yesterday.
“We are pleased with the response from Dubai residents. We are hoping there will be a growing interest in such activities in the future as well,” noted Dr. Ahmed Saad Al Sharif, Secretary-General, DSC.
“We are always seeking ways and means to popularize programs backed by the Dubai Sports Council, and this particular program is an attempt to Dubai residents revert to a healthy lifestyle,” Nasser Al Rahma added.
“Dubai Walks” began with residents assembling near Burj Khalifa before embarking on a designated route around the world’s tallest building. “Besides the walk people enjoyed their presence around such a world landmark and they were keen to record these moments by taking photographs,” the DSC official added.
The DSC launched its “Dubai Pulse Program” while setting a target to make residents aware of the ill-effects of unhealthy living. “Following a healthy lifestyle can help tackle several ills within society such as blood pressure, diabetes and obesity,” remarked Nasser Al Rahma, in-charge of the annual “Dubai Pulse Program”.
The second edition of the “Dubai Pulse Program” started off with the “Dubai Swims” at Al Mamzar Beach in the last quarter of 2010 followed by a “Day of Physical Activity” held in the Hatta region last month. The program still has “Dubai Bikes” and “Dubai Runs” as part of the second edition.
In addition, the DSC will be hosting other sub-activities like indoor walks in prominent malls in the emirate like Burjuman Mall and the Mall of the Emirates during the course of the year.