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The Health promotion Department announces the launch date for the 7th Sehati Conference

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The Health Promotion Department of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah has announced that the 7th edition of Sehati Conference 2018 will launch during November 26-28, under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs.

During a press conference that was held at its headquarters on Monday, the Health Promotion Department announced that the World Health Organization’s Regional Meeting will take place during the first day of the Sehati Conference, which will be held under the theme of “Talk, Listen, Change.” The 7th edition of the conference will target the youth demographic and will focus on nutrition as a key factor in preventing chronic diseases.

The department also revealed that the conference will be held amidst the participation and attendance of a large number of local and international experts and specialists, as well as hobbyists and enthusiasts from both inside and outside the country. The event will be organized in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Ministry of Health and Prevention, the University of Sharjah, and the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA). The department has called on anyone who would like to attend the conference to register by calling the number (80080000).

This year’s event focuses on the theme of obesity, as it is now one of the most prominent diseases of our times. The conference will present various topics that will benefit both individuals and the community, which comes in line with the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda to provide a healthcare system that operates under global standards to reduce the spread of obesity, especially among children.

HE Iman Rashid Saif, Director of the Health Promotion Department and Chairman of the Supreme Committee of the Sehati Conference, stated that due to the wise vision and directives of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, the emirate of Sharjah adopted a plan entitled “Serving the people,” which led to the development of a comprehensive healthcare system that aims to achieve the emirate’s noble humanitarian goals to ensure the happiness of the country’s citizens.

HE Iman Rashid Saif remarked that conference is back for the 7th year in a row with greater momentum and a large international participation, thanks to the patronage and support of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs to this event, which is one of the key reasons that prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to praise Sharjah’s efforts in promoting health awareness. She then expressed her thanks and appreciation to Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi for her unlimited support and her patronage and directives to this event. She also thanked the strategic partners for their cooperation with the Health Promotion Department in organizing this conference and cooperating to achieve its objectives.

HE Dr. Hussein Abdel Rahman Al Rand, Assistant Undersecretary for Health Clinics and Centers Sector at the Ministry of Health and Prevention, stated that the ministry launched a comprehensive framework to combat obesity among children and youth, as part of the ministry’s efforts to achieve the targets of the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda that aim to reduce obesity among children and youth from the ages of 5 to 17.

Dr. Ayoub Al Jawaldeh, Regional Adviser in Nutrition at WHO (EMRO), praised the Emirate of Sharjah’s efforts in preventing noncommunicable diseases. He underscored the importance of the conference’s theme of obesity, which is considered one of the most prominent global challenges, as well as a significant public health problem.

Dr. Amina Mohammed Almarzouqi, Acting Dean of the College of Health Sciences at the University of Sharjah and Chairman of the Scientific Organising Committee of the Conference, reviewed the expected outcomes of the conference, which includes educating and raising the awareness of around 2000 members from the community, as well as reviewing and developing the national plans of action to prevent obesity, launching new WHO policies on the labelling and marketing of unhealthy foods, and introducing new WHO policies and guidelines for the prevention of obesity, in addition to launching a regional policy for the prevention of obesity in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, and adopting international initiatives and practices showcased at the conference with the aim of preventing obesity.

Dr. Tareq Osaili, Member of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA), clarified that the academy’s role in the conference will focus on raising the health awareness of the members of the community, in order to reduce the spread of diseases related to nutrition, and obesity in particular. He added that statistics show that 13% of the global population suffers from obesity, and that it is considered one of the most prominent causes of diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease. He expressed that he expects the event to achieve success in light of the importance of its topics presented and the conference’s ability to attract the participation of a group of well-known regional and international researchers.

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Middle East’s Greatest EDM Extravaganza Takes Center Stage

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  • The two-day BAO festival announces a never seen before Main Stage and it’s going to be gigantic

The excitement is mounting as Meydan gets ready to host 12 of the world’s Top 100 DJs at BAO Festival on the 29th & 30th of November. Dubai will be witnessing the headliners – MARTIN GARRIX, DIMITRI VEGAS & LIKE MIKE, AFROJACK, DON DIABLO, NERVO, R3HAB, ALOK, SALVATORE GANACCI, BROOKS, DANTE KLEIN, MARCUS SANTORO and DJ LICIOUS perform within a span of 48 hours, making it a never seen before spectacle.

BAO will bring in the most spectacular, immersive and innovative state-of-the-art lighting, pyrotechnics and sound design to the electronic dance music industry in the Middle East. The 12 artists will be seen performing against unmatched amount of CO2, intense lasers and flames, making it a never seen before set-up. Dubai skies will be lit up with extensive pyrotechnics used during both the days of BAO.

The organizers of BAO take pride in giving EDM fans a ‘jaw dropping’ stage set up over both days in order to create a magical experience, better than some of the biggest festivals in the world. Inspired by Chinese heritage, a 72-meter long Dragon will be seen wrapped around the main stage highlighting the magnificent landscape of the festival. A 65-meter wide and 25-meter high main stage will be seen supporting the 7m3 Dragon head. Never before has a stage of this magnitude been designed and will be exclusively seen at BAO Festival in Dubai, with the global launch of this massive festival.

This main stage has been designed by the Dutch Create! agency, known worldwide for their intricate stage designs. They have an exciting portfolio working for events like WISH Outdoor Netherlands & Mexico and Dominator Festival. The Belgian creators behind the stages of Tomorrowland- BM, have built the BAO main stage along with the ultimate centerpiece, The Dragon.

BAO project creator Bingchen Li said, “Our aim is to entice fans globally and elevate the overall guest experience from entry to exit – which translates into events that fans want to keep returning to. The main stage creators have been working relentlessly to create a masterpiece and we invite the EDM music lovers across the globe to BAO, the Final Frontier to discover this extraordinary voyage and treasure it for a lifetime.

The event producers, Envie Events have transformed the events industry in the Middle East by bringing in the most remarkable events to the UAE. Well-known for their exceptional and large format events, fans can expect nothing but the most memorable experience at BAO, making it a journey filled with endless treasures for the festival-goers.

This massive stage set up is not to be missed and is sure to leave the visitors in awe. Embark on this mesmerizing journey and buy your tickets via Day and weekend passes are available starting from AED 395 as well as a ticket for the elevated ‘Deluxe Area’ for AED 2,300. Exclusive VIP table packages start from AED 10,000.

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Al Masaood Projects & Engineering Services Division set to Share Global Energy Solutions at ADIPEC 2018

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  • Top Longstanding Exhibitor to Showcase Wide Range of Industrial & Engineering Equipment

Al Masaood’s Projects & Engineering Services Division (PESD) will appear at this year’s Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) for the 20th consecutive year, to share comprehensive energy and petrochemical services in cooperation with internationally-acclaimed service providers from around the globe.

Joining over 100,000 regional and international participants, Al Masaood’s PESD is one of the major partners and exhibitors of the upcoming premier event, held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

This prestigious event is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and runs from November 12th -15th, 2018. PESD’s exhibition stands will be situated within Hall 3; Stands 3430 and 3530.

Mr. Robert Schwarz, Chief Operating Officer of Al Masaood, said “PESD’s participation in ADIPEC enables our high-level representatives to engage with key industry leaders and like-minded peers worldwide. This is an ideal opportunity for Al Masaood to showcase its portfolio of integrated energy services and our contributions to the overall development of the UAE’s energy – particularly oil and gas – markets. We look forward to sharing our four decades of experience serving a range of clients from the power, oil and gas, and petrochemical industries in the UAE and its neighboring countries.”

Since its inception, PESD has been collaborating closely with various global technology partners to embark on key ventures, designed to help boost Abu Dhabi’s energy growth and infrastructure.

The division has been at the forefront of a number of major projects of national importance, such as the Das Island LNG trains, the Gasco Ruwais gas train, and the sour Habshan field development. In addition, the division has supported the provision of electrical power grid connections to Saadiyat Island and other similar projects, aside from being a major contributor to ADNOC’s in-country value (ICV) program.

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HE Abdulla Ali Bin Zayed Al-Falasi officially opens HR Summit & Expo 2018

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  • Golden era of HR technology being held back by old, ineffective systems – experts

HE Abdulla Ali Bin Zayed Al-Falasi, Director General for the Dubai Government Human Resources Department (DGHR) today officially inaugurated the 15th edition of the HR Summit and Expo, the region’s largest gathering of human resources experts.

HE Abdulla Al-Falasi said, “The UAE is dedicated to the development of human beings within organisations which is why government agencies have taken steps to develop and implement courses and training programmes to the highest of standards.

“The human element is a cornerstone of societal development and the UAE is keen to provide opportunities that advance HR management. This is a crucial aspect as we enter into the fourth industrial revolution.

“The HR Summit and Expo is the ideal platform for exchanging views and experiences among the world’s human resources experts who take advantage of the latest developments and technology within the industry.”

Following the official opening, HE Abdulla Al-Falasi toured the exhibition halls, meeting with exhibitors who have congregated in Dubai for the three-day event at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Ankur Modi, CEO for Status Today, the world’s fastest growing employee insights platform, believes the introduction of innovative technology has the potential to revolutionise HR.

He said: “We are experiencing a golden era for AI and HR technology. As companies are trying to become more data driven, many are continuing to use the old traditional HR tools such as surveys to see results. It’s our duty to provide companies with the cost-effective platforms and technology they need to get faster, more reliable results.

“We are lucky to be living in a technology driven era where we have the opportunity to get rid of timely frustrating surveys, and have access to immediate and cost-efficient tools that give faster results, improving efficiency across the whole business.”

Global Consultancy Company, Cubiks, designs tools and solutions for assessing and developing people. Cubiks uses software powered by artificial intelligence and complex algorithms to provide visually attractive tools that help organizations make better people decisions.

James Raley, the company’s Country Manager, said: “Systems and technologies that create efficiency are now more important than ever. In our industry we lose so much time on administration and other routine tasks that can all be automated.”

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9th Sharjah Stamp Exhibition kicks off Tuesday at Mega Mall Sharjah

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In the presence of Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Council, the 9th edition of the Sharjah Stamp Exhibition will launch on Tuesday morning at Mega Mall Sharjah. The exhibition, which will be organized by the Emirates Philatelic Association in cooperation with Mega Mall Sharjah during November 13-17, will feature 120 platforms and the participation of stamp and coin dealers and exhibitors from 17 countries. It will also feature an auction for several rare postage stamps and currencies, which are expected to attract serious hobbyists in the region, as well as many other events aimed at the general public.

Palestine Post will be the guest of honour at the Sharjah Stamp Exhibition, which is its first participation in the event. A group of International arbitrators and coordinators from Indonesia and Singapore will also participate for the first time. These first-time participations help to highlight the prestigious status occupied by the exhibition, and its continuous expansion in terms of the number of participating exhibitors, which makes it one of the most prominent regional exhibitions for stamps and currencies.

Abdullah Khoury, President of the Emirates Philatelic Association, said: “We welcome all participants, enthusiasts and visitors to the new edition of the Sharjah Stamp Exhibition, which will include a variety of rare and valuable products that offer enthusiasts the chance to add more stamps and currencies to their collections, and the opportunity to communicate and share skills with each other, as well as offer members of the community the chance to begin a new hobby that highlights important facets of culture and history.”

Mohammed Sorour, Marketing Manager of Mega Mall, stressed that the Mega Mall team has completed their preparations to host the Sharjah Stamp Exhibition, which will represent an additional point of attraction for visitors of the mall, especially by enthusiasts and foreign tourists. He stated that the facilities for both exhibitors and visitors will contribute in attracting a large crowd of people that look forward to discovering rare and valuable stamps and currencies.

In addition to providing the opportunity to buy stamps, postcards, envelopes, and paper and coin currencies, the exhibition will also include the participation of 3 international and Arab currency grading companies, which include PMG (Paper Money Guaranty), PCGS Currency, and DIM (Dinar Islamic Museum), the first Arab company to evaluate paper currencies.

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Saudi Championship for E-sports and Cartoon Characters

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  • The Land of Civilizations Hosts the Japanese Civilization

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is hosting in mid-November the largest open amateur sports and cartoon characters simulation event since the establishment of the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports.

On the sidelines of the tournament, famous cartoon singers and Japanese anime program hosts will perform live shows on Al Qarah Mountain stage, led by Tareq and Mohammed Al Arabi Tarqan, who are known for the composition and performance of a wide range of musical soundtracks of children TV shows and animations, most notably Conan, Mowgli, Ninja Turtles, Zoro, Captain Majed, and Hazeem Al Raa’d.

The most famous site of the world heritage of Al-Ahsa region; Al Qarah Mountain celebrates the Japanese civilization during 14-17 November, with a variety of events starting with the famous Japanese electronic sports competitions such as FIFA19, Fortnite and Tekken 7, through the Japanese cartoon characters’ simulation competition (Cosplay), in addition to a Japanese exhibition on the banks and caves in the mountain.

“The introduction of Japanese civilization in the land of civilizations in Al-Ahsa, which has recently been added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites, is a reflection of the message of Saudi Arabia and Gulf states that are open to other civilizations and people who love peace and harmony,” said Mushary Aljabr, board member at the host organization.

The competitions and associated events will be broadcasted through various media channels that are interested in the amateur electronic sports and anime shows. Recent statistics indicate that Saudi Arabia is in the forefront of sales of electronic games in the Arab markets, with China leading globally, followed by the United States which is competing with Japan in the third place, followed by the German and British markets.

According to Marwan Alshawan, Head of the organizing committee, gifts and prizes will be presented to the competitors and the audience, including a car provided by Kia Aljabr, iPhone devices from Mobily and electronic game devices from Al Jomaih Bottling Plants, in addition to cash prizes of SAR140,000. The competitions will be held under the consideration of specialized arbitration committees, and under the supervision and sponsorship of the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports.

In addition to Al Arabi Tarqan, the audience will meet a host of social media influencers such as Etookb, S7S, 3boosh, AI Show group, and other creators of channels that are interested in Japanese games and animation.

It is expected that the event will attract more than 30,000 visitors during 4 days at several locations within the event’s area, including its historic cave known for its mild summer and winter temperatures, the outdoor theater, the famous animation shows, the championship platform, the Japanese exhibition, and restaurants and coffee shops.

The event was named “Game Nation” as an expression of the gathering of fans of electronic games and cartoon competitions, and it is organized under the slogan “Are you gamer? Or Do you Love Animations?”

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Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi Launches Second Season of “Power Owners”

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  • As part of a special event hosted by Sharjah Press Club

Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Media Council, launched the second season of the “Power Owners” talk show, in the presence of the Kuwaiti cast, including host Othman Al Anjari and the show’s social media ambassador Fahed Al-Rahmani,.The launch took place during a special event hosted by Sharjah Press Club, an initiative by Sharjah Government Media Bureau, at Al Majaz Amphitheatre in Sharjah.

The event was attended by a galaxy of media personalities and academics. It highlighted the talk show as a unique media model adopted by young talents from the Gulf region. The show has attracted renowned public figures from all over the world, including statesmen and business leaders, as well as athletes and three Nobel laureates. The list of guests includes veteran US media personality Larry King, former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who is responsible for major developments his country has witnessed, former boxing champion Mike Tyson, YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley and many others.

Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Council, stressed Sharjah’s keenness to support innovative talents and bolster media cooperation at the Arab level. He praised the efforts of “Power Owners” cast, who, in a record time, managed to present a unique Arab experience and establish the show’s position to train the spotlight on international leaders who have left a positive mark on many areas.

The Chairman of Sharjah Media Council called on the youth to adopt innovative ideas and convey the experiences and expertise of people of logic, knowledge and positive influence to the public.

He pointed out that the Sharjah Press Club, as a specialised knowledge and professional community, is keen to highlight successful media experiences from all over the Arab world through its various events and sessions.
Othman Al Anjari, the show’s host and CEO of its production company, said: “We created this show as a platform to meet with leaders and stars from all over the world for the purpose of conveying the meaningful message that power, for those who hold it, is the power to control oneself without restrictions or pressures”.

He expressed his appreciation for Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi for launching the second season of “Power Owners”, and for Sharjah Press Club for creating a dialogue platform that allowed the programme’s team to communicate openly with the public to encourage and develop this kind of meaningful production.

The event also featured a brief summary of the show’s first season and some of the scenes that were filmed behind it as the cast tried to convince guests to participate.

Together, the show’s host and social media ambassador talked about the making of the show, from inception to broadcast, as well as details of the budget allocated for the show. The team revealed challenges and difficulties that they and their fellow members had encountered to complete the production before they finally opened the floor for questions from the audience.

The event was hosted by Sharjah Press Club to highlight the ​​significance of the talk show, which was filmed in several countries and launched its first season in Kuwait in 2017. The content of “Power Owners” consists of interviews with personalities who left their mark in the world and changed history.

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‘Eye on Earth’ Underscores the Importance of International Environmental Data Collaboration at the Paris Peace Forum

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  • One of 120 global initiatives selected from nearly 900 projects worldwide, Eye on Earth was chosen to present at the inaugural event attended by world leaders

Eye on Earth (EoE), a global movement that brings together environmental data experts from around the world to tackle the root-causes of widespread information-related impediments to sustainable development, was selected from nearly 900 projects worldwide to highlight its relevance to global peace and security at the first Paris Peace Forum (PPF).

Commemorating 100 years since the end of World War I, the PPF is set to focus on governance projects that tackle global challenges through international cooperation. The event is attended by Emmanuel Macron, President of France, Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General, HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance for the UAE, and over 50 other world leaders.

EoE was established in 2011 by the UN Environment Programme in partnership with the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), through its Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI). It grew to include the World Resource Institute, Group on Earth Observations, and International Union for Conservation of Nature as Alliance Partners, forming a consortium to guide defining priorities, functions and emerging issues for the global community which now includes over 5,000 members.

“Living in a data revolution, we have the ability to measure every aspect of our society and our planet. Yet, despite all this progress, most of the world still lacks the infrastructure to address fundamental environmental obstacles, which hinder us from achieving our collective UN Sustainable Development Goals”, said Alexandre Caldas, Chief of Country Outreach, Technology and Innovation Branch in the Science Division at UN Environment Programme.

Stressing the importance of international cooperation, Alexandre Caldas will be joined by Derek Gliddon, Head of Network Coordination Unit, Eye on Earth and Tsuyoshi Kawakami, Principal Fellow, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, in a debate moderated by distinguished science writer Oliver Morton to discuss how reducing barriers to data and information can contribute to peace and security across the globe.

“The importance of knowledge and information cannot be overstated—data, in all its forms, is now regarded as an essential pre-requisite to achieving sustainable peace and security. With climate change posing as one of the biggest threats to our planet, informed, trans-national collaboration has never been more pertinent,” said HE Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General of EAD.

She further added, “EoE engages an international community of leading experts, innovators and decision-makers, to collaborate on, and advance the availability, accessibility and usability of environmental data and information. This is allowing us to close the data, information and knowledge gap, overcome impediments, and focus on sustainable development with greater transparency and societal engagement than ever before.”

PPF is tackling the world’s biggest challenges by inviting public, private and not-for-profit actors to present and share effective solutions that strengthen international cooperation and mitigate global tensions. The event is taking place at the Grande Halle de La Villette between 11-13 November.

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NMC Healthcare wins at this year’s Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Awards, Middle East

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  • UAE’s largest healthcare provider scoops Leveraged Finance Deal of the Year

NMC Healthcare was awarded the prestigious Leveraged Finance Deal of the Year at Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Awards which took place last week.

Organised by GFC Group, Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Awards, Middle East, the region’s largest finance and investment conference recognises excellence and outstanding achievement to issuers, borrowers and market professionals for their work on landmark transactions.

The Leveraged Finance Deal of the Year award was presented to NMC Healthcare CFO, Mr Prashanth Shenoy for the group’s syndicated multi-loan which was signed off in March 2018.

The US$2,000,000,000 syndicated loan was utilised to refinance some existing debts as well as to support the group’s growth strategy in making accretive acquisitions.

Speaking about the award-win, Prasanth Manghat, CEO and Executive Director NMC said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to receive this award which serves as a testament to the standards of professionalism under which we operate at NMC. This accolade is also proof that, with the right partners and the right structures in place, NMC has the potential to scale new heights through acquisitions and consolidations.”

Mr Manghat, who can be credited with spearheading the successful listing of NMC Healthcare in the premium segment of the London Stock Exchange, added: “Such recognition is a clear sign of how we do things properly at NMC, which will undoubtedly inspire even more confidence in our shareholders.”

Upon accepting the award Mr Shenoy stated: “We are honoured to be recognised for our achievements by a jury of some of the world’s most influential international investors from leading banking and finance institutions. The award serves to highlight the hard work and unfailing commitment of the NMC Healthcare team and our partners.”

Today, private healthcare operator NMC Healthcare offers international services across 17 countries.

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The Dubai Fitness Challenge has sparked a rush for healthy food deliveries – and some truly unusual location requests.

Nando’s outlets across the city are reporting a surge in orders from morning until the early hours as fitness fanatics look for a post-workout boost.

It has seen their delivery drivers head to destinations including desert boot camps, remote cycle paths and gymnasiums from Dubai Marina to the Sharjah border.

George Kunnappally, Nando’s UAE Managing Director, said: “The Dubai Fitness Challenge has been taken up by so many people and a lot of them have switched to meals which are healthy and heavy in protein.

“Nando’s is the perfect solution as our chicken is flame-grilled and with the incredible PERi-PERi spice kick, it is also full of flavour. Usually, we deliver to homes and offices but with the post-workout demand, we are going to beaches, the desert and gymnasium after gymnasium.

“At any given time, we are seeing between a 20 and 30 per cent increase in orders and it has been brilliant to be part of it all.”

Dubai Fitness Challenge 2018 runs until the end of November and there are activities running right across the city.

The mission is to turn the population into the most active in the world with a challenge of taking part in 30 workouts – all in the space of 30 days.

Nando’s has a rich history in Dubai and across the UAE as there are now a total of 22 outlets in the country, the first of which was opened 16 years ago.

They are often the choice of athletes and fitness fanatics with fans ranging from footballers to WWE wrestling superstars.

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