‘Dubai Investments Green Run’, a 3km fun & 5 km jog or run for all ages and all abilities, took place at the Dubai Investments Park (DIP) on Saturday 15th January 2022. Dubai’s first green run supported Smart Dubai initiatives founded on the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to promote a green economy.
A ‘run-by-any-means’ all-inclusive run, the event encouraged families, students, environment advocates and running enthusiasts, to take part and contribute towards the environment. The participants ran, walked, pushed strollers and used wheelchairs to make their way towards the ﬁnish line. All participants also received a free T shirt made from recycled materials and there were sustainable prizes for top finishers as well as spot prizes for special effort and green initiatives.
His Excellency Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council said, “Dubai Sports Council is pleased to support the Dubai Investments Green Run, an initiative that puts the focus on sustainability and encourages participants to adopt a green lifestyle. Sustainability is one of the main pillars of the UAE National Agenda and our wise leadership wants to ensure sustainable development, while preserving the environment. We are hosting the world here in Dubai for Expo 2020 Dubai, which is also championing sustainability and promoting a future where mankind can live in harmony with nature and technology”.
“Dubai Investments consciously embraces innovative initiatives aimed at protecting the environment and aims to amplify the contribution towards reducing environmental impacts. We were very excited to host Dubai’s first green run in Dubai Investments Park offering the participants a unique experience encouraging them to run a green race and help in adoption of practices that lessen the burden on the planet. We are pleased that the Dubai Investments Green Run was a smarter, greener, happier race adopting green practices throughout”, said Mohammed Saeed Al Raqbani, Head of Sustainability Committee, Dubai Investments & General Manager, Dubai Investments Industries.
The run adopted smart practices including paperless communications and registrations, as well as sustainable route signs and finish arches. As part of the run, participants were encouraged to bring their own re-usable, refillable water bottles that were filled at water stations, promoting ‘reuse, recycle and reduce’ with single use plastics and recycled materials. Recycling bins were also placed at the start and finish areas, along the route and in the run village with the facility to recycle other plastic materials.
As part of the race, participants got an opportunity to access the Green Run Village – The Smart Zone, for the whole family, with family style environmentally friendly activities and entertainment. Recycling bins, clothes and shoe donation boxes, electrical and phone recycling drop off zones were also be located around the village.