H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed: Promoting the Culture of Physical Fitness

  • 5 October 2013

The statement made by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces – while participating in sports activities at the Yas Marina Circuit as part of the ‘Train on the Yas Marina Circuit’ program – reflects the great interest the UAE leadership takes in sports and in encouraging members of the society to participate in these activities. On the occasion, His Highness said that all forms of sports promote a healthier lifestyle besides helping in preventing chronic diseases.

The UAE pays great attention to sports and encourages members of society to take part in such activities. His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan expressed the hope that more people would take up such activities and make sporting activities part of their lifestyle. His emphasis underlines the importance of sports in society in general due to which the UAE is always keen to inculcate its habit and build an atmosphere for all members of society to take part in it. Sports don’t mean physical exercise alone. It also demonstrates lifestyle and social culture that signify vitality of the society and its capabilities.

Sporting activities are not limited to physical education and have many more advantages. They encourage people to adopt healthier lifestyle, revitalize their bodies and increase economic activities. Sports are regarded as essential for creativity and innovation and play a vital role in safeguarding people from being infected with diseases. This has become more critical considering the recent spread of diseases in the UAE, which are associated with lifestyle and are characterized by physical inactivity. H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said that sports has become more important than ever, especially in modern times.

Work, responsibilities and other routine should not deter people from taking up physical activities on a daily basis. Statistics reveal that 40 percent of children in the UAE suffer from overweight and obesity while 19 percent suffer from diabetes type 2 as a result of physical inactivity and lack of awareness among children regarding benefits of sports. The progress made by the UAE in terms of sports infrastructures has been the main reason behind its selection to host major international sporting activities such as FIFA Club World Cup UAE in 2009 and 2010 and FIFA U-17 World Cup, which is scheduled to be held from October 17 to November 8 this year.