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Over 700 swimmers race around Burj Al Arab to raise funds for charity

Over 700 swimmers race around Burj Al Arab to raise funds for charity

Dubai, 23 February 2014:  More than 700 swimmers took part in Wild Wadi’s Swim around Burj Al Arab  this weekend and raised over AED 240,000 for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) with the support of the UAE’s Red Crescent Society.

At the 12th annual charity event Thomas Dalgarno, from the UK, won the 1600 meter competitive men’s event with a time of 23 mins 11 seconds and Gwen Van Beek, from the Netherlands, won the female race with a time of 23 mins 47 seconds. Families and friends of all ages and backgrounds then enjoyed a leisurely 800 metre ‘open swim’ around one of Dubai’s iconic landmarks. The event was open to swimmers from the age of seven to 60+ who were all under the watchful eyes of Wild Wadi’s award-winning lifeguard team. 

The funds raised will go towards MSF which works in nearly 70 countries and provides medical aid to those in need regardless of their race, religion, or political affiliation.

Chris Perry, General Manager of Wild Wadi, said: “The community spirit as well as the focus on fitness and fun at Wild Wadi’s Swim around Burj Al Arab makes for a fantastic event. We’re delighted to see a growing number of participants, which means more funds raised for those in need every year.”

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Notes to Editor:

  • More information about the event can be found here
  • Links to video footage here

About Wild Wadi:

Located in Dubai and situated in front of the stunning Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi offers 30 rides and attractions for all the family. Wild Wadi is themed around the tale of Juha, a known character from the Arabian folklore.  

For more information about Wild Wadi, please contact us at: +971 4 348 4444 or email: wwinfo@jumeirah.com

About MSF:

MSF is an independent medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflicts, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, and exclusion from healthcare. MSF currently runs projects in many countries in the Middle East, including Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen ,Egypt, Sudan and others. MSF has its regional office in the UAE.

About Jumeirah Group:                                                                                              

Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts includes Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi; Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai; Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa in Kuwait; Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel in Baku; Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives; Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai; Jumeirah Frankfurt in Germany; Jumeirah Grand Hotel via Veneto in Rome; Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa in Mallorca, Spain; Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah in Istanbul; as well as Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah LivingTM; the wellness brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi WaterparkTM; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and SiriusTM, its global loyalty programme. 

For more information contact:
Nerry Toledo
The Portsmouth Group
Telephone: +971 4 369 3575
Email: nerry.toledo@theportsmouthgroup.com 

Omar Abdraboo, The Portsmouth Group
Telephone: +971 4 369 3575
Email: omar.abdraboo@theportsmouthgroup.com