Hundreds of people from the general public participated in the annual race, this year named “Run to Fly”, organized by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) on Friday 16 January in Zabeel Park, Dubai. The event is part of GCAA’s “Love Your Sky” campaign, which aims at raising awareness among the general public about the aviation industry in general, as well as the importance of security and safety for passengers when travelling by air.
Aiming at raising awareness with the flight and passenger safety all over the UAE, the Love Your Sky campaign focuses on a wide range of topics and issues that constantly face passengers and cause damage or disturbance whether to airports or carriers or passengers.
H.E Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of GCAA, inaugurated the family day’s activities, and kick-offed the different competitions which men, women and children engaged in. The event was also attended by a number of GCAA Managers. Guest of Honor was Rashid Al Qubaisi, who is the UAE runner and the UAE athletic Federation champion.
This year’s race catered a variety of activities such as the warm-up before race, Bouncy Castles, tug-of-war, flying kites, wall climbing and face painting. The activities were dedicated to educating children how important the physical health is, to aviation awareness as well as creating a relaxing atmosphere for the general public and GCAA staff to socialize.
H.E Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, said: “GCAA is very keen to support these kind of social and sportive events as it facilitate the purpose of educating the general public in aviation safety matters, while being physically active. It is also important to us that our staff socialize outside the office to strengthen their relationships and the company culture.”
He added: “The Run to Fly Day is an ideal opportunity to directly connect with the public in an attractive sportive approach while understanding the campaign’s message. The “Run to Fly" Day integrates well with the GCAA social responsibility, which aims at supporting sustainable contact with different parts of society and building safe and mindful aviation travellers.
Laila Ali Bin Hareb Al Muhairi, Assistant Director General – Strategy & International Affairs, stated: “To operate the aviation sector effectively, it is crucial that we engage the public and educate them about aviation safety. The GCAA, like other government entities, understands the importance of serving the society and achieving welfare. For this reason, the GCAA launched this awareness race six years ago, and we are looking forward to many more.”
Winners at the competitions received their awards from the GCAA’s Director General and Rashid Al Qubaisi who welcomed them to the stage. Winner of the men’s race of 2km was Yahia Bin Youssif, and the winner of the women’s race of 1km was Malika Al Sulaiman. They both won an Etihad ticket to any destination Etihad flies to. Runner up in the men’s race was Ismaeil Saj and in third place came Yaseen Al Aamri. Second place in the women’s race was Sara Abdul Ahad, and Ann Aye came in third place.
Ahmad Abdul Kareem won the children’s race for boys, in second place came Assad Ryan Asif, and Ryan Iqbal came in third place. Aisha Tariq won the girl’s race, in second place came Malak Yousif Ahmad and Noura Omar Ali came in third place. GCAA congratulates all winners and hope to see everyone at next year’s race!