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GALADARI BROTH­ERS BATS FOR FIT­NESS

dubai — With just more than a week left for the Dubai Fit­ness Chal­lenge to end, em­ploy­ees of Galadari Broth­ers are putting their best foot for­ward, lit­er­ally. This week­end was ded­i­cated to the much loved sport by the ex­pat pop­u­la­tion of the UAE, cricket.

Seven­teen teams from across the Galadari Broth­ers group bat­tled it out for the Galadari Cricket Cham­pi­onship ti­tle that was held at the Spring Sports Academy at JSS Pri­vate School from 7.30am un­til late evening.

To boost the morale of the teams and to mo­ti­vate them, Suhail Galadari, Di­rec­tor of Galadari Broth­ers, was also present on the field.

Suhail Galadari, who is an avid crick­eter him­self, said: “Cricket is a pas­sion for most of us. What makes it dou­bly sat­is­fy­ing is the fact that you rep­re­sent your com­pany in an ac­tiv­ity that you en­joy im­mensely. I’m happy to say that our em­ploy­ees are keep­ing up the mo­men­tum by get­ting in­volved se­ri­ously and tak­ing it to a new level. The Dubai 30X30 Chal­lenge has cre­ated a sense of eu­pho­ria among em­ploy­ees and we be­lieve that em­ploy­ees who ex­er­cise to­gether get to know each other and this trans­lates into en­hanced re­la­tion­ships.”

Manoj Ku­mar, Galadari Broth­ers Chief Hu­man Re­sources Of­fi­cer, said: “We are cur­rently rank­ing num­ber one on the Dubai Fit­ness Chal­lenge app in the group par­tic­i­pa­tion cat­e­gory and we hope to keep the mo­men­tum on and se­cure the first place. Be­cause of the large scale events we are hav­ing, our em­ploy­ees are show­ing great en­thu­si­asm and are par­tic­i­pat­ing in large num­bers. For me, more than win­ning, the welfare of the em­ploy­ees is im­por­tant and it is beau­ti­ful to see how all the em­ploy­ees of dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies of Galadari Broth­ers are bond­ing well as they meet reg­u­larly over week­ends and play to­gether. The Galadari Broth­ers fab­ric is seen to­day as we all come to­gether as one big fam­ily, that’s a win for me as we have emerged as one strong team talk­ing the same lan­guage of fit­ness.”

Ku­mar said the fit­ness chal­lenge at the group will con­clude on Novem­ber 15 at a mega clos­ing event. “Next week will be our mega event to mark the end of the month-long fit­ness chal­lenge. It will be a car­ni­val-themed event with a huge stage at the cen­tre and game and food stalls dot­ted around the grounds. We are ex­pect­ing a crowd of around 2,000 peo­ple of our group’s em­ploy­ees and their fam­i­lies where we will of­fer them free food and games and of course, some fun fit­ness rou­tines.”

Shishir Ka­pa­dia, Se­nior Vi­cePres­i­dent

— Fi­nance and Op­er­a­tions at Khaleej Times, was also present on the ground, buck­ing up play­ers. “Many of us played cricket in school or col­lege last and due to time con­straints and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, never got a chance to play the game later. This kind of ac­tiv­ity gives our staff mem­bers a chance to re­con­nect with the game.”

The day saw around eight league matches, four quar­ter fi­nals and two semi-fi­nals. The fi­nals will be held next week on Fri­day at the clos­ing week­end of the fit­ness chal­lenge, when Galadari Broth­ers will hold a mega clos­ing event for its em­ploy­ees and their fam­i­lies at the ICC grounds in Sports City.

Armed with cricket bats, wick­ets and ten­nis balls, around 200 staff mem­bers took to the cricket field, while an­other 100 staff mem­bers along with their fam­i­lies formed the au­di­ence.

The Dubai 30X30 Chal­lenge has cre­ated a sense of eu­pho­ria among em­ploy­ees and we be­lieve that em­ploy­ees who ex­er­cise to­gether get to know each other and this trans­lates into en­hanced re­la­tion­ships.” Suhail Galadari

Di­rec­tor of Galadari Broth­ers

Pho­tos by Shi­hab

TEAM SPIRIT: Suhail Galadari, Di­rec­tor of Galadari Broth­ers, and se­nior of­fi­cials with the em­ploy­ees of dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies of the group, dur­ing the cricket tour­na­ment or­gan­ised as the part of the Dubai Fit­ness Chal­lenge on Fri­day. —

EN­JOY­ING THE AC­TION: Suhail Galadari, Di­rec­tor of Galadari Broth­ers, shares a light moment with a staff mem­ber as teams from across the group com­pa­nies vie with each other in the cricket cham­pi­onship.

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