Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) hosted a number of events at Al Shaqab’s Indoor Arena and at the Student Centre of the Hamad Bin Khalifa University on Tuesday to mark National Sport Day which attracted a large gathering.

QF chairperson HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser and vice-chairperson and CEO HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad al-Thani participated in the Sport Day activities in the morning. They joined the visitors at Al Shaqab’s Indoor Arena, where they toured the events and spoke with some of the participants.
Other top leadership of QF was also present at the venue. The fun-filled programme of activities including a walkathon and a 40km cycling event that started in Education City, aimed to create an active, sports-loving society, while encouraging the wider community to make long-lasting health and lifestyle changes.
Machaille al-Naimi, president of Community Development, QF, said, “Our National Sport Day programme is part of a wider, year-round campaign that aims to promote healthy living as an integral part of the day-to-day lives of all Qatar’s residents. Other examples include ‘Sahtak Awalan – Your Health First’, a joint initiative with Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar; and also the ‘Diabetes Prevention Camp’ run by Qatar Diabetes Association.”
“For every 10% of GDP growth, obesity rises by 7% globally. People need to burn more energy than they take in and the best way is physical activity. Qatar Foundation makes it easy to do it for its staff and families and today is a great proof of it,” said Egbert Schillings, CEO World Innovation Summit for Health, a global health initiative of Qatar Foundation.
Visitors to the Al Shaqab arena enjoyed a range of high-energy pursuits, including volleyball, football, pony riding, tug-of-war, cycling exercises, and an array of puzzles and games for kids. QF’s Nutrition Clinic was also on hand to provide nutritional advice to visitors, alongside a number of health food vendors.
Also at Al Shaqab, Qatar International Golf Club organised a fun skills game, while QF’s innovative National Reading Campaign was present with games for children at the campaign’s colourful Reading Van, which also operates as a mobile library
Additional QF Sport Day activities included ladies-only fitness classes at HBKU Student Centre, and QF’s Pre-University Education schools celebrated with a range of exciting Sport Day events, ranging from football to traditional games.