Crown Prince Hamdan launches Dubai Government Games

By Divi S.

DUBAI 5 March 2018: Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, yesterday announced the ‘Government Games’ initiative, the first initiative of its kind in the world that aims to promote teamwork and team spirit among government employees.

Deputy Ruler of Dubai and First Deputy Chairman of The Executive CouncilSheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Second Deputy Chairman of The Executive Council Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum attended the launch of the initiative at the Emirates Towers along with members of the Board of The Executive Council.

“We are in a constant race for excellence. We do not know what the future holds, but one thing remains constant in our journey – our ability to respond positively to what the future will bring,” Sheikh Hamdan said.

“The team is the foundation of any institution and the most important factor behind its ability to achieve its goals. Anyone can build a team, but the hardest task is to build team spirit, which is the energy that animates a team’s members and transforms challenges into opportunities.

“We are a team that has imbibed the pioneering spirit of Dubai, which makes us eager to embrace what tomorrow will bring. We work with endless energy and a tireless creative spirit. The ‘Government Games’ translate this spirit into a competition that tests our ability to collaborate and think out of the box in unusual and challenging situations. It is the first of a series of initiatives aimed at strengthening team-bonding in government teams. This initiative will redefine the meaning of government teamwork that lies at the heart of our beloved nation’s achievements,” he said.

“The core objective of the ‘Government Games’ is to give participating teams a new experience that teaches them the true meaning of determination, harmony, commitment, passion and collaboration. I am sure that the lessons learned from this initiative will have a positive impact on the performance of government entities,” Sheikh Hamdan said.

The competitions featured in the ‘Government Games’ are aimed at testing the teamwork, strategic thinking and fitness levels of participating teams. The new initiative is part of the Dubai government’s efforts to raise levels of team bonding and performance across government entities in order to enhance their ability to achieve the highest levels of excellence.

The ‘Government Games’ encourage government teams to participate in a range of physical and mental challenges that test a team’s strategic thinking, problem solving skills and endurance levels. The elimination round of the competition features nine different tests while the final round features a single test. The tests have been designed according to global benchmarks. The competition’s prize money of Dh2 million will distributed equally between the winning men’s and women’s teams.

The event, to be held from 26 – 28 April, at Kite Beach in Dubai, will be open to all local and federal government entities including government employees of other emirates. The Executive Council will oversee the organisation of the initiative in partnership with the Dubai Sports Council. Meraas will be the strategic sponsor of the ‘Government Games’. More details on the initiative are available on