Yellow Bus on Road Near City Buildings. Representational Image.
Yellow Bus on Road Near City Buildings. Representational Image. Max Avans/

The organizing committee of Gov Games has signed sponsorship agreements with four national institutions to support the fifth edition of the high-energy team-building challenge.

These four national institutions include the First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB), Dubai Festival City, Home Bakery and Al Fares International Tents.

Gov Games 2024 is happening in Dubai from Feb. 29 to March 3 under the directives of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, crown prince of Dubai and chairman of the Dubai Executive Council.

Launched in 2018, Gov Games is a unique initiative that has become one of the major sporting events in Dubai. It tests the physical and mental abilities of government employees and other participants from around the world.

DP World will serve as an official partner during the event, while Emirates General Petroleum Corporation (Emarat) and Damac Properties will be among its sponsors.

Gov Games director Marwan bin Essa said the competition will bring together hundreds of teams who will take "on physical and mental challenges in the spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie," according to WAM.

"The courses are designed to bring out the best in all the competitors regardless of their ability and ultimately everyone is pushed to their limits," he added. "Gov Games have become an integral part of Dubai's sports calendar. The games are a great demonstration of how fitness, sports and teamwork are embedded in life in Dubai."

Tracy Faulkner, group chief communications and external relations officer at FAB, expressed her excitement for Gov Games, noting that the bank has been associated with the event for the second consecutive year.

"FAB recognizes the benefits of leading an active and healthy lifestyle, and of always testing ourselves to achieve more. Through pushing participants to their limits, the games inspire people to redefine 'impossible' and turn challenges into opportunities," she added.

Hayssam Hajjar, assets management director for Al Futtaim Real Estate in UAE, explained that the Dubai Festival City is committed to creating exceptional guest experiences.

He also noted that this collaboration "is testament to the city's role as a hub that not only serves as a community destination but is contributing to transforming Dubai into one of the most vibrant and active cities in the world."

Home Bakery co-founder Abdullah Al Mulla and Al Fares International Tents project manager Anas Tash also shared how excited they are to serve as sponsors of Gov Games, which has introduced a new category of junior participants aged 10 to 13.