The third Abu Dhabi Dash saw teams of workers race against each other in a bid to promote healthier workplaces in the UAE.

Over 390 employees from government departments and private companies took part in the relay in Khalifa Park on 23 October.

Teams of 10 runners race against each other through 1.5km laps of the park. Team Haddins came out victorious with a time of 53 minutes and 53 seconds.

The Abu Dhabi Dash is organised by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council to encourage workers in the emirate to get active.

The race is held in partnership with the Department of Health and NMC Healthcare.

NMC Healthcare’s chief operating officer Michael Davis explained: “Initiatives like Abu Dhabi Dash encourage healthy activity in our community and focus on preventative healthcare.”

Mohamed Hamad Al Hameli, Undersecretary of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Health, said: “We strive to make our vision towards ‘a healthier Abu Dhabi’ a tangible reality, and we support Abu Dhabi Dash for its contribution to achieve that.

“Nothing makes us happier than seeing Abu Dhabi’s community, and all of its diverse groups, take steps to lead a healthy life with regular physical activity and healthy eating considered as key pillars of healthy living.”

As well as the main relay race, the Abu Dhabi Dash also featured health screenings and nutrition tips for participants. There were also other fitness sessions and team-building activities.

Senior leaders from some of the organisations taking part also raced a short distance “activity sprint” known as the Executive Challenge.

This raised 10,000 AED for cancer patient care in the UAE and was won by Mohamed Tarmoon of Mubadala.