By Carolina D’SouzaStaff Reporter www.gulfnews.com
The Dubai Sports Council (DSC) has launched a map of sporting venues in the emirate aimed at promoting an year-round fitness culture among residents and highlighting options they can make use of to stay active during the summer.
The first of its kind in the UAE, the Sports Destinations Map lists around 100 venues with GPS coordinates, contact information and Dubai Metro connections to cater to a wide range of physical activity interests from jogging to cycling and diving.
The initiative is spearheaded by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and President of the DSC. The DSC seeks to raise awareness on the importance of physical activity, specifically sport, and to promote an active lifestyle among the general public.
Dr Ahmad Al Sharif, general secretary of the DSC, said that residents have little excuse not to be active given that there are more than 500 public and privates sporting facilities in Dubai, of which the major ones are represented on the map.
Speaking to Gulf News, Al Sharif said there are both indoor and outdoor sports facilities available across the emirate, and residents can choose their preferred activity. When these options were fully utilised, physical activity would become a habit regardless of the weather, he stressed.
The council has conducted several studies over the past four years with health authorities to ascertain the percentage of the UAE population involved in fitness-related activities, and to find solutions to close the gap.
The map will play an integral role in this effort, Dr Al Sharif said. More info