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Dubai to reward weight loss with gold

Dubai Municipality and DMCC offer gold to those who go from fattest to fittest

Dubai to reward weight loss with gold

Dubai’s heftiest residents are being encouraged to shed their excess pounds with the lure of real gold.

Dubai Municipality this week launched the month-long competition with Dubai Gold & Jewellery Group and Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC).

Those who lose a minimum of 2kg of weight will win 2g of gold, while the top three losers will each receive a gold coin worth AED20,000 ($5,445).

No limit has been set on how much gold will be given away.

DMCC executive chairman Ahmed bin Sulayem said he was willing to donate to the gold haul after struggling with his own weight loss in the past because of an injury.

“We hope DMCC’s contribution of AED100,000 worth of gold coins will help motivate individuals to reach the final target of improving and sustaining a healthy lifestyle and consequently a better quality of life,” he said.

One-third of the UAE population is clinically obese, according to a recent United Nations report.

Participants in the gold competition must register with an Emirates ID card and be weighed in one of the registration desks at Gate 3 of Zabeel Park, the main gate of Khawaneej jogging track, the start of Mamzar Beach jogging track, Gate 4 of Safa Park, or the main gate of Al Barsha Pond Park, between 8pm and midnight from Friday.

Competitors must have excess weight to lose and commit to using only healthy weight-loss methods. Medical and nutritional experts will be available to give advice.

The final weigh-in will be on August 16.

A minimum of 2kg must be lost to be eligible for the gold prizes.

Dubai Municipality director-general Hussain Nasser Lootah said there were 91 public places to exercise, including parks, squares, jogging tracks and beaches, and more were being opened each year.

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Sharon 6 years ago

You guys should maybe consider 'reading' your own headlines before publishing nonsense that would cause offense...Shame on you

Chris Fernando 6 years ago

What in the hell is "fatties"?

Ahmed 6 years ago

Fatties!!!! Fatties!!! what kind of a language is this???

Ahmed Bin Sulayem 6 years ago

I agree, Arabian Business should consider being competent with thier articals & headlines, using the word Fattiess is unacceptable & shows lack of respect.

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Lose your weight in gold initiative launches in Dubai & sponsored by DMCC

arenanic 6 years ago

BELVIQ is used along with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for chronic weight management in adults who are: obese (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or greater), or overweight (BMI of 27 kg/m2 or greater) with at least one weight-related medical condition (for example, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or type 2 diabetes).

targets hunger receptors in the brain causing satiety also works to control blood sugar levels.

Obesity is a worldwide epidemic.

Noonu Enoch 6 years ago

The motive behind this competition seems good but, I think to conduct it during the Holy month won’t be a good idea. For me Ramadan is a time to purify my soul, mind and body. In this month our focus should be on God’s words. Hoisting such competition now makes it sound like distracting people from the real purpose of fasting in Ramadan.

hussam 6 years ago

it is very good ,but I think what is very important to create places where people can exercise ,that is not too expensive .a second idea is to create gyms for kids ,as these fat cells are formed in childhood. The problem with actual gyms that they don't allow under 16th to use the gym ,which I find it a bit strange ,because it is important to start early .they can restrict under 16th to be with parents for responsibility.

andrés 6 years ago

I think that is the most effective measure that can be, on the other hand makes evident how rich this state and if there is a true commitment by the authorities to improve the health of its citizens have always believed that the best way to avoid is by prevention