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Dubai to hand out $1.6m of gold to slimming contest winners

Participants in the much-hyped slimming challenge ‘Your Child in Gold’ will finally be rewarded on March 15

Dubai to hand out $1.6m of gold to slimming contest winners

The winners of Dubai’s much-hyped slimming challenge ‘Your Child in Gold’ will finally be rewarded on March 15, it has been announced.

The competition last summer offered one gram of gold for each kilo shed by participants – and required them to lose a minimum of two kilos to succeed.

Winners, whose overweight kids also lost weight, were promised double the reward.

Nearly six months after the competition was held, competition winners are still awaiting their gold. But according to news website Emirates24/7, Dubai Municipality has pledged to hand out the rewards next Sunday.

Indians topped the list of winners, with 5,616 set to take home gold rewards. Filipinos come in second with 1,423 and Pakistan was third with 387. Chinese are fourth with 225 of their nationals winning gold, while Egyptians were number five with 204. The UAE stood sixth with 146 winners, and 985 were listed as from “other countries”.

This year, 7,350 weight-loss winners will be rewarded with a combined 40kg of gold, worth nearly Dh6 million.

Dubai Municipality had planned to distribute the gold rewards in December. Waleed Al Shaibani, Dubai Municipality Club’s manager and chief coordinator of the weight-loss campaign, told Emirates 247 at the time, that the delay was due to the “sheer number of winners, which makes the planning and execution of the grand finale more difficult.”

The award ceremony will now be held at Zabeel Park from 12pm on March 15 and contestants will be informed via e-mail.

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