the cop who vol­un­teers to build a fit­ter com­mu­nity

As part of the Day for Dubai ini­tia­tive, Khaleej Times brings you sto­ries of de­voted he­roes in our com­mu­nity who ded­i­cate their time to sup­port oth­ers through their skills and ex­per­tise. These in­di­vid­u­als of­fer their time to ben­e­fit our com­mu­nity and its

Khaleej Times - - NATION - Sa­man Haziq

14 cat­e­gories of vol­un­teer work spec­i­fied by Day for Dubai

Pas­sion­ate about health and fit­ness, Ab­dul­rah­man Ab­dul Rahim, a po­lice of­fi­cer, says sup­port­ing oth­ers comes nat­u­rally to him. “I am, how­ever, al­ways on the look out to ex­pand my hori­zons and sup­port more peo­ple than I ac­tu­ally do — par­tic­u­larly on my days off.

“I de­vel­oped a pas­sion for fit­ness af­ter join­ing the Dubai Po­lice Force, and af­ter my dad passed away, as I had to be fit and ca­pa­ble to ex­ceed ex­pec­ta­tions at my job and fol­low my fa­ther’s pas­sion. My work­outs of­ten en­tailed High In­ten­sity Train­ing (HIT) ex­er­cises aimed at im­prov­ing en­durance whilst also build­ing mus­cle and burn­ing away fat,” Ab­dul­rah­man said.

So, he de­cided to launch a plat­form for fel­low res­i­dents. “I hosted the first ever boot camp ses­sion at Kite Beach, af­ter which I founded ‘Kite Killers’. Passers-by would stop and watch my friends and I train. Week af­ter week, we’ve man­aged to build a Kite Killers com­mu­nity. I’m ec­static: Not only am I ful­fill­ing the dream of help­ing peo­ple, I’m also mak­ing friends, bring­ing peo­ple to­gether and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing first­hand the melt­ing pot that Dubai is by en­gag­ing with res­i­dents of dif­fer­ent cul­tures, all through ex­er­cise.”

Ab­dul­rah­man feels he is for­tu­nate enough to be able to ded­i­cate time, while lever­ag­ing his tal­ent and skills for a more pos­i­tive and co­he­sive com­mu­nity. “We all leave the weekly Kite Killers ses­sions feel­ing pos­i­tive, mo­ti­vated and en­er­getic. Be­ing be­hind that gives me a sat­is­fac­tion that I can­not ex­plain.”

Af­ter it started off as weekly work­out, he is proud to see Kite Killers de­velop into much more than that. To­day, it’s a com­mu­nity, a sub­cul­ture, a fam­ily. Peo­ple from dif­fer­ent walks of life came to­gether, and through Kite Killers, man­aged to over­come daily strug­gles and chal­lenges, build friend­ships, and be­come bet­ter ver­sions of them­selves, he says.

Help­ing peo­ple of de­ter­mi­na­tion

Now, he has ex­panded his ini­tia­tive to help peo­ple of de­ter­mi­na­tion. Ab­dul­rah­man says: “The fam­ily grew and we started part­ner­ing with like-minded en­ti­ties and in­di­vid­u­als who share our vi­sion. Re­cently, we’ve been work­ing with ‘Senses for Spe­cial Needs’ to en­gage peo­ple of de­ter­mi­na­tion with sport, and help them cul­ti­vate their ca­pa­bil­i­ties.”

Kite Killers also cre­ated a large num­ber of vol­un­teers. “It is won­der­ful to wit­ness how in­di­vid­u­als, who once needed all the sup­port in the world, turned into vol­un­teers them­selves to sup­port oth­ers and give back,” the founder says.

“By vol­un­teer­ing a lit­tle bit of my time, I’ve been able to de­velop my com­mu­nity and those around me. I be­lieve it needs to be em­bed­ded into the youths’ mind­set in the UAE.”

Ab­dul­rah­man en­cour­ages those in­ter­ested to join a Kite Killers ses­sion on Kite Beach ev­ery Satur­day, and to ded­i­cate their time on Fri­days to en­ter­tain peo­ple of de­ter­mi­na­tion.”

“We are for­tu­nate to be liv­ing in a city where our lead­ers are com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing and main­tain­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tive cul­ture of like-minded peo­ple who are pas­sion­ate about build­ing and sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity.”

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I am, how­ever, al­ways on the look out to ex­pand my hori­zons and sup­port more peo­ple than I ac­tu­ally do — par­tic­u­larly on my days off.” Ab­dul­rah­man Ab­dul Rahim, Kite Killers founder

Ev­ery Satur­day evening, Ab­dul­rah­man con­ducts the free Kite Killer boot camp on Kite beach for fit­ness en­thu­si­asts of all lev­els.

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