Sports for all: Qatar sweats it out on Sport Day

February 14, 2013 - 5:09:11 am

Local companies gathered their employees yesterday to celebrate National Sport Day with a wide variety of events and activities, including basketball, cricket, walking and races, among others.


Ministry of Interior


The General Directorate of Civil Defence organised the ‘2nd Challenge Championship for Fire Safety and Rescue Personnel’ at Aspire Park for two days. Twenty-nine teams representing the Operations Department of Civil Defence, Internal Security Force, Qatar Petroleum and UAE-based Asteco Company, participated in the championship. The challenge was organised with the aim of testing the physical fitness and preparedness of civil defence personnel and rescue officers.


Sidra Medical and Research Center


On the occasion of the second edition of National Sport Day, Sidra launched its new Wellness at Work programme, ‘Bil Afia.’ This is a comprehensive programme that consists of initiatives that will help employees improve general health and productivity, while creating a workplace culture focussed on long-term well-being. The motto is: Eat well, live well, be well for yourself and for others. The name reflects the fact that the programme will place a significant emphasis on nutrition. Sidra employees also took part in a five-kilometre walk along the Corniche and hosted employees and their families for breakfast at the Sheraton.




Mowasalat Sports Committee organised several sports activities, including a 3km run, followed by a relay and a friendly basketball match at the Karwa City premises. Entertainment was arranged for families and children. The company also announced the launch of its annual tournament titled Chairman’s Cup, under the patronage of Jassim Saif Al Sulaiti, Mowasalat Chairman and Managing Director.




More than 200 Vodafone staff, family and business partners, including more than 1,400 members of the public, participated in the Vodafone-sponsored Doha Dash. The Lusail International Circuit played host to the event, which included a 5km and a 3km timed race, plus a ladies’ walk and a 1km Mini Doha Dash for children. Vodafone was also present in the Festival Village, where the company hosted a number of Al Sadd football club’s players.


Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation also took part by supporting the Dolphin Energy Doha Dash at Lusail International Circuit.


W Doha was an official partner of Qatar’s first Dolphin Energy Doha Dash. The Dash, officially launched this year, comprised of 1km, 3km and 5km runs as well as a 1km ladies walk that took place at the Lusail Circuit.


Over fifty members of the W Doha team joined a run along with visiting 2012 Olympics Silver medallist Samantha Murray of Britain.




The Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQatar) and Malomatia’s employees, together with their family members, celebrated the day at Park 65 in the Dafna Area. The activities began early in the morning, featuring walking and running in the park, followed by football matches between the ictQatar and Malomatia teams, plus many other entertainment activities for women and children.

Enterprise Qatar


Enterprise Qatar participated with a creative booth at Katara under the slogan ‘Workplace Gym’. The booth raised awareness in hundreds of guests about the importance of having a healthy lifestyle, spreading an exercise culture in the workplace and eating healthy foods in order to increase productivity levels. The CEO of Enterprise Qatar, Noora Al Mannai, commented that owners  of SMEs and Qatari entrepreneurs understood that employees who enjoyed higher physical fitness levels were the ones with the highest rates of production due to the fact that “great minds come in healthy bodies.”



As part of its social responsibility towards the community and its belief in the importance of sports for a sound body and mind, Qatar Fertiliser Company stitched together a busy schedule featuring various sports activities. The celebrations began at the premises of the company’s clubs, Al Banush and Al Maha. The activities included competitions in football, cricket, volleyball, table tennis, handball and squash, in addition to child sports and entertainment games. At the end of the Sport Day celebration, participants were honoured with special gift items and awards.




The travel management specialist that offers a range of travel and related services to individuals, corporate and government clients, was founded by Ibrahim Al Asmakh. The day for RTT began at its state-of-the-art head office, located at Suhaim Bin Hamad Street in Al Sadd area.

A brief on the importance and benefits of physical exercise through outdoor sports and healthy living and eating habits was delivered to all the employees, followed by a photo session. The company organised a friendly football match for its employees at the Mesaimeer Sports Club.



About 15,000 people enjoyed Qtel’s athletic activities at the Museum of Islamic Art Park. The activities included traditional sports like football and volleyball, and creative twists with oversized versions of baseball, bowling and American football.

Qtel also hosted a social media competition called ‘Play Like the Good Old Days.’ Participants submitted photos of themselves as children playing sports, and then recreated the scene at a special booth at the Qtel Sports Day. A panel of Qtel staff judged the best photo recreations, and the top five participants won a range of prizes.

Promoting healthy lifestyles is one of the five pillars of Qtel’s ‘Hand in Hand for Qatar’ strategy for corporate social responsibility. Qtel is firmly committed to encouraging sports and healthy lifestyles at both the grassroots and national levels through a variety of sponsorships.



Tasweeq held activities at the outdoor premises of the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Employees and their families engaged in diverse sports activities organised for different age groups. All staff boosted their energy with a starting Boot Camp session. Women joined private yoga and Pilates sessions, tailor-made for them. Children also had their share of specially-designed sports and fun activities in the Kids Area. Other adult activities included beach volleyball, mini-football and multiple competitions.

NDSQ and Mawashi


Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar organised sporting activities in Ras Laffan for 600 employees who took part in football, cricket, basketball and volleyball tournaments. The activities began at NDSQ’s residence camp in Ras Laffan with an opening ceremony. Almost 30 teams took part in the tournaments, which climaxed in finals that were watched by crowds of NDSQ employees.

Mawashi, the company for meat and livestock trading, wrapped up a series of friendly matches with Qatar Charity, Qatar Public Prosecution and Qatar Airways at the Markhiya Sports Club.

Retaj Hotels and Hospitality


Retaj Hotels and Hospitality had a big show on the road carrying the company’s flags and announcing the opening of the Retaj Royale Istanbul Hotel. The team didn’t forget the young children, distributing candy and chocolate while they were moving along the Corniche.

Q Media


The event included several sporting activities such as football, volleyball and tennis, as well as games for children. Yousif R Al Khater, Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Media Services, said: “The Sport Day gives great importance to health and well-being, and by that it conveys the message of health to the community.”

Al Khater added: “Without doubts, exercising the body is a critical activity to the health of human beings; therefore we at have encouraged our employees to exercise on a continuous basis, and not only on the Sport Day, in order to stay healthy and fit.”



Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani) participated by marching and exercising beside the Corniche. Ahmed Yousef Al Mas, the company president, led the event, reminding employees that “a healthy mind is a healthy body. “



For HSBC, Qatar National Sport Day this year had a dual purpose — members of staff were active on the track and in the process raised funds for the Terry Fox Foundation for Cancer Research.

On Tuesday , more than 100 members of staff and their families represented HSBC at the annual Terry Fox Run that was held at CNA-Q. The 5km run took place in a fun and engaging atmosphere with members of staff who also challenged each other to raise the most funds.

“The Qatar National Sport Day is a unique initiative to encourage corporates to invest in the well-being of their staff, and the Terry Fox Run has always featured high on the priority list for HSBC as a community activity. Combining these two events this year was a perfect opportunity to give our staff a day of enjoyment and support a worthy cause. The day also brings all members of the society, young and old, together while they participate in a variety of activities,” said Abdul Hakeem Mostafawi, CEO of HSBC in Qatar.



Employees of Binghalib engineering spent the day engaged in sports like basketball, volleyball, badminton, darts, table tennis and cricket. The day started with a warm-up exercise and concluded with prize distribution.

Imtiyaz Rahiman, general manager, and Saquib Raza Khan, commercial manager, congratulated the people of Qatar and thanked the leadership of Qatar for providing this sports day.

The Peninsula