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ABU DHABI CALLS LADIES TO RACE THE DASH, Ladies only wellness event set for UAE National Sports Day
05 March 2018

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 5 MARCH 2018: The Ladies Dash is returning to the capital for the second time on 7th March at Al Bateen Beach for Women, with over 600 attendees expected.

This fun and interactive, ladies-only wellness event will be held on UAE National Sports Day and on the eve of International Women’s Day. The Ladies Dash is designed to incentivise ladies of all abilities and backgrounds to get active, try new sports and celebrate personal achievements. The Dash is also proud to support Cancer Patient Care Society - Rahma.

The event activity village will host a wide range of sport and fitness activities for participants to try, health and wellbeing experts offering assessments and advice, games and activities and a kids zone with arts and crafts, soft play and inflatables for young children. The main stage programme will run throughout the evening including inspirational speakers and fitness showcases for all to join.

The Dash relay race encourages ladies to run in teams of five, with each runner completing a 400m race route before handing the baton to their team mate. Teams will be made up of runners from a wide background including corporates, families and friends.

Dr Omniyat Al Hajeri, Director of Public Health at the Department of Health: “Partnering with the Ladies Dash is part of our commitment and dedication to growing wellness initiatives across Abu Dhabi. This event dedicated to ladies and girls is a fantastic opportunity for ladies in Abu Dhabi to be involved in a fun and accessible wellness event in a private environment, as well as for all of us to build healthy communities that reduce the prevalence of lifestyle-related diseases in the UAE.”

The event will close with an awards ceremony celebrating the best supported team, best dressed team, most improved, as well as the fastest teams and individuals. A donation to the Official Charity Partner will also be presented during the ceremony. Prizes include gym passes, spa vouchers,

The Ladies Dash is part of the Dash series held under the patronage of Abu Dhabi Sports Council and presented by the Department of Health. NMC Brightpoint Royal Women’s Hospital and strategic healthcare partner of the Ladies Dash – is delighted to work with the Department of Health and other organisations in encouraging a preventative approach to health issues in support of women in the UAE.

The Dash is delighted to work once again with Daman as Associate Partner and Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Academy as Strategic Partner. The Dash is also proud to continue supporting the Cancer Patient Care Society - Rahma as the Official Charity Partner.

The Ladies Dash is the only event of its kind in the capital, providing a completely private ladies only fitness event and is organised by INTERACT, the owners of the Dash series which includes the Abu Dhabi Dash corporate race and Mini Dash children’s race.

“We were thrilled to see the success of the Ladies Dash in 2017 and are very excited to see how this unique event can grow in the future. I am particularly passionate about offering more opportunity to ladies, both at the Ladies Dash and throughout the year so girls and ladies can exercise in a private environment they are comfortable with. We have opened the event to girls over 13 this year to allow mothers and daughters to enter together to create a fun environment for the family. We feel very honoured to have such great support from our partners and believe this is a reflection of the importance for community sports in the region and in our ultimate goal of building a healthier, more active generation.” Commented Sally Corander, Founder of The Dash Series and MD of INTERACT

“Working closely with our communities is the cornerstone of our philosophy. NMC is excited at this association and we look forward to a day of health and happiness all around, more-so-over since sports build character and is an effective tool to group bonding and team building.”, said Prasanth Manghat, CEO and Executive Director, NMC Health Plc.

Bayna Al Awani, Chief Innovation Officer at National Health Insurance Company – Daman commented; “We are very pleased to see the Ladies Dash return for a second event after last year’s remarkable success. Daman has been a long-term supporter of women’s sports and this is another important piece in the jigsaw of realising our goal to create healthier communities across the country. Women-only events in particular ensure maximum accessibility for all women in our society. I sincerely hope that women participating in this event take up running or walking as part of their daily or weekly routines, as both are easy to do, considering the beautiful gardens around the city and the weather at this time of year. Daman’s ActiveLife GoYAS and iTrainSaturdays are weekly events that women attending the Dash can participate in as part of their journey towards physical fitness.”

Mr. Abdulla Alkaabi, from Official Charity Partner, Rahma Cancer Care continued; “We are very happy to be involved in The Ladies Dash, which shares our goals of encouraging ladies and girls in Abu Dhabi to participate in sports in order to improve health and prevent diseases such as cancer”.

Registration for the Ladies Dash closes on March 6th and costs 150AED per person plus VAT. The fee includes entry to the race and access to all activities in the village. Ladies can register at  

Official branding provider ICON are once again supporting the Dash series for 2018-2019.


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