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Registration opens for 12th annual Wild Wadi swim around Burj Al Arab

Registration opens for 12th annual Wild Wadi swim around Burj Al Arab

Dubai, 26 January 2014: Registrations are flowing in for one of Dubai’s most scenic swimming events held in aid of humanitarian relief. 

On 21 February more than 800 swimmers are expected to take part in the event which raised over AED 220,000 last year. Proceeds will be donated to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) with the support of the UAE’s Red Crescent Society. MSF works in nearly 70 countries and provides medical aid to those in need regardless of their race, religion, or political affiliation. 

Individuals can sign up and train for first, second and third place finishes in the competitive 800 and 1600 meter categories. Teams of up to four swimmers can compete in the 1600 meter event. The 2013 winner, UAE national swim team captain and Olympic representative, Obaid Al Jasmi, will defend his title this year.  After the race, families, friends and social swimmers can enjoy rare views of the Burj Al Arab during a relaxed, non-competitive open swim along an 800-meter course circling the hotel.

Wild Wadi’s Swim Burj Al Arab event is a fun, community-minded concept which emphasizes health and fitness and is set against one of the city’s most iconic backdrops. The event raises funds and awareness to help those in need. With participants of all ages and abilities, it’s a fantastic morning out for both competitive swimmers and more social participants that gets more popular, and consequently helps more people, every year,” said Chris Perry, general manager of Wild Wadi.

Swimmers from the age of seven to 60+ are eligible to enter the event and will be under the watchful eyes of Wild Wadi’s award-winning lifeguard team.

“Medical care and other emergency aid is urgently required in places just a short flight from Dubai, and a growing number of people benefit from the funds raised annually by the Wild Wadi Swim Burj Al Arab event,” said Ghada Hatim,  Executive Director, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). In addition to the logistical and health and safety role played by Wild Wadi, several organisations provide support for the annual fundraiser, including Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts, Speedo and Brocot. 

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Notes to Editor:

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,
Tel no: +971 4 369 3575
Email: nerry.toledo@theportsmouthgroup.com 

Omar Abdraboo
Tel no: +971 4 369 3575 
Email: omar.abdraboo@theportsmouthgroup.com