Doha Bank, a leading private commercial bank in Qatar, with branches in Abu Dhabi and Dubai as well as a newly opened representative office in Sharjah, participated in the annual Dubai Marathon held on January 24, 2014.
Seven of the Bank’s staff finished the full distance course (42.2km) in a very respectable average time of round 5 hours. The average time in which professional runners completed the race was around 2 hours.
The start and finish for the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 2014 was in Downtown Dubai adjacent to Burj Khalifa. The Bank’s runners competed in the Corporate Challenge category and were kitted out in Doha Bank’s striking blue livery. According to the rules of the challenge, a minimum of three runners from each team must have completed the marathon course, with the first three in each team to finish counting towards the final team placing.
Doha Bank Group CEO, Dr. R. Seetharaman congratulated all the runners for their accomplishments: “The efforts of our team in the 2014 Dubai Marathon are testament to the spirit of perseverance and commitment that we try to encourage across the organization. Completing a full 42km marathon is truly a great achievement and that our entire team managed to finish the race was amazing.”
Mr. Nael El-Zagha, Acting Head of the Bank’s Dubai Branch and Mr. Pierre Matar, Head of the Abu Dhabi Branch also congratulated the winners after the race.
Doha Bank hosts its own annual 3km run in Qatar every year to encourage people to lead healthy lifestyles, as well as generate awareness of environmental issues. The Bank’s “Al Dana Green Run” was successfully completed in December 2013 in which many of the bank’s staff also participated, including the Group CEO, Dr. Seetharaman. The Bank also confirmed that many of its staff, including senior management, are participating in this year’s Qatar Central Bank 3km run which is being held on National Sports Day on 11th February 2014 in Doha.
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