Posted on February 13, 2019

Qatar National Sport Day 2019, held on Tuesday 12 February at MIA Park, was a huge success according to organisers Ooredoo; thousands of participants and spectators, scores of exciting activities on offer and an electric atmosphere with great fun had by all.

One of Ooredoo’s National Sport Day highlights was the football match that took place between the stars of Qatari clubs, with the participation of the Asian Cup champion Hassan Al Haydous, and the Ooredoo team.

Official data from the event confirms some 31,000 participants registered to take part, meaning MIA Park was teeming with enthusiastic Qatari citizens and residents heading into the winter sunshine to get active. A phenomenal 75,185,264 steps were taken throughout the day, with plenty of those being taken while park visitors were enjoying some of the many activities on offer. All ages and fitness abilities were catered for, from tiny toddlers to grandparents and from those new to fitness to seasoned athletes. Organisers also made sure there was a huge variety of activities on offer so everyone could enjoy a favourite sport, try a new discipline or have fun joining in with something a little more light-hearted.

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The Park was divided up into six zones so participants could easily find activities to suit them and their families. Little ones had hours of fun on a range of giant inflatables in the kids zone, while a whole host of sports and games were on offer for the bigger ones in the other zones; there were several traditional sports such as boxing, Zumba, taekwondo, aerobics, volleyball and basketball, as well as a variety of wacky, fun activities such as a three-legged race, human chess and games of Ping Pong Waiter. To ensure participants and their families could stay and enjoy the fun all day, there was also a zone featuring a number of food stalls – including healthy options – and plenty of amenities including a separate mosque for men and women. All the focus, whether in a serious game of volleyball, a professional bike tutorial or a rather more madcap tug of war, was on getting event-goers active in order to promote the importance of fitness and activity as an integral part of a healthy lifestyle for Qatar.

In order to encourage its customers to join in the day’s theme of being active, Ooredoo offered 200 MB free data for every 2,000 steps taken, with the maximum free data on offer 1 MB for walking 10,000 steps. It also offered 500 MB free data for any customer scanning the QR code hidden in MIA Park, making sure customers made their way to the park to see what was on offer. In total, a whopping 7,658 GB of data was given away by the telco leader, to enthusiastic customers taking strides around the Park and joining in the various activities.

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As part of the Qatar National Sport Day celebrations, Ooredoo also held a contest to find out 2019 goals; customers were asked to video or photograph themselves explaining their goals for 2019, and two lucky winners – Bader Abu Yasine and Tamara Anwar – were selected to win a whopping 500,000 Nojoom points to spend with one or more of the awesome Nojoom network of partners.

His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al-Thani, Chairman of Ooredoo, said of the event: “We are immensely proud to say the 2019 Qatar National Sport Day was such a resounding success, and we were incredibly pleased so many Qatari citizens and residents came to MIA Park to enjoy it with us. I had the pleasure of joining in with the day’s activities and it was exceptionally rewarding to see so many participants – from those just learning to walk to senior generations – trying out new sports, enjoying favourite disciplines and generally having fun being active. Supporting community events that promote fitness and activity as part of a healthy lifestyle is a key part of Ooredoo’s corporate social responsibility strategy, and we are delighted we could contribute to such a popular, worthwhile event. We hope everyone found an activity they enjoyed, so Qatar stays fit and active!”

For more information on Ooredoo and other community and sporting events it supports, please visit ooredo.qa.

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