In an effort to keep college aged youth in the UAE active during the summer, Canadian University Dubai hosted four days of free sporting activities at the Dubai World Trade Centers (DWTC) and Hub Zero in City Walk, Dubai. Called “Beat the Heat” the event was open to men and women aged 18 to 25, and took place from August 20th to 22nd, 2017.
The games were divided over three days with day one taking place at the DWTC and featuring traditional team sports such as football, basketball, volleyball and table tennis.
Day two, which was also hosted at DWTC, veered away from standard sports and offered participants the chance to compete in a ninja warrior challenge, dodgeball, a face the stars cricket challenge and a super keeper penalty challenge.
Day three was held at Hub Zero and challenged participants to tackle the climbing wall, sky trail, laser maze and the leap of faith. The fourth day featured an awarding ceremony at the University’s Dubai campus, where the winning teams and individuals received their prizes.
“Beat the Heat is Canadian University Dubai’s way of giving back to the community, particularly to those of university age, during the Year of Giving,” said Mr. Buti Saeed Al Ghandi, Chancellor of Canadian University Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Directors Emirates Investment and Development PSC, UAE. “You see lots of activities for younger children held over the summer months, but not much for those in their late teens and early twenties, many of whom will find themselves stuck inside or at the malls with nothing to do between semesters. This was an opportunity for these youth to get out of the house and get active and socialize. We were happy to give back and had a great time hosting them.”