The first ever ‘Gov Games’ in Dubai took place last week at Kite Beach. The games aimed at promoting team spirit and test mental and physical stamina of employees of participating gov entities. The games also involved guest parties representing the public sector and international squads from other countries including the US Consulate General in Dubai and Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Participants competed in events like cycling, rowing and scaling obstacles. Both male and female teams had to undergo what was ‘fierce and grueling’ obstacles to test stamina, physical and mental agility, as they compete for Dh1 million prize.
The games were held in partnership between the General Secretariat of the Executive Council of Dubai and the Dubai Sports Council with support from Meraas Holding. Dubai Government Games, an initiative launched by Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, intended to create unity among government employees from the UAE and abroad entities that participated over four days, from May 9 to May 12.
The sport activity involved six teams of government employees with each squad consisting of five players (one of them as a team captain) that matched up to decide who were the best teams that would go on to the finals. Nine unique obstacles were prepared for the qualifying round and one major obstacle challenged participants who made it to the final round. Teams were tested on strategy, collaboration, adaptability, mental agility, stamina, strength and endurance.
Gov Games 2018 put the spotlight on law enforcement officers: Dubai Police, Abu Dhabi Police, Fujairah Police, and Sharjah Police and many more participated for the local force as well as police departments from abroad like Thailand Royal Tourist Police, UK Metropolitan Police, and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the iconic group that is also one of the largest municipal police departments in the United States.
So, who made it to the finals? For the women, The Dubai Police, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai Municipality, US Consulate General in Dubai, and Ministry of Interior. For the men, Shaikh Hamdan who led the F3 squad, Ministry of Interior, Sharjah Police, Fujairah Police, Ministry of Education and Abu Dhabi Airports.
These teams competed in the final obstacle that involved “climbing up a wall, flying down a zip-line — over fire at the start — and running 1km while carrying a log around the course,” mentioned Gulf News. What was a stake? Honor, Pride and Teamwork.
The allotted time to complete each stage pushed each team to its limits. A team of judges rated each of the squads’ performance with a score based on teamwork, technique and speed.
On the final day of the competition (on Saturday), it was Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, with his team, F3, who won first place in the men’s category. In the women’s contest, the winning team was the US Consulate General in Dubai that decided to donate the Dh1 million prize money to an unspecified Emirati charity.
Building team spirit while having fun was the main legacy of these first government games. Understanding how each person depends on others to succeed is a successful feat.
The Dubai Government’s first staff ‘Gov Games’ were a success thanks to the participating teams, as well as the partners and sponsors. Now it’s time to shape next year’s event.