Dr. Khaled Al-Suwaidi becomes the first Emirati to run a 327 kilometer ultramarathon from Fujairah Port to Zayed Port in support of cancer patients
Dr. Khaled Jamal Al-Suwaidi was able to achieve an extraordinary achievement on Tuesday, 6 February, 2018, when he successfully completed his private initiative, “The Rahma Run”, in which he managed to complete a gruelling 327 kilometer non-stop ultramarathon from Fujairah Port in the Emirate of Fujairah through Khalifa Port to Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Port. He was able to cross the distance in 80 hours, less than four days.
Thus, Dr. Khaled became the first Emirati citizen to complete this long distance from the east coast to the west coast of the United Arab Emirates. He was greeted at the finish line by H.E. General Mohammed Khalfan Al-Rumaithi, Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, H.E. Captain Mohammad Juma Al-Shamsi, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Ports Company, and H.E. Dr. Ali Bin Tamim, Director General of Abu Dhabi Media Company.
H.E. Prof. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cancer Patient Care Society, “Rahma”, expressed his pride and pleasure in his son Dr. Khaled and his delight at his son’s completion of this extraordinary challenge, made in conjunction with “The Year of Zayed”.
H.E. Prof. Jamal said: “The name of the United Arab Emirates has always been associated with noble humanitarian work. I, as a father, hope that the initiative of my son Dr. Khaled will inspire the people of the UAE to do good deeds and demonstrate solidarity with the needy and patients. This stems from genuine, humanitarian, and civilized Emirati fundamentals, values, and principles, which are rooted in the teachings of our religion and the practice of our wise leadership, which follows the approach of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God bless him and grant his soul peace, in providing charity and aid to the poor as well as helping those in need.
H.E. Prof. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi praised the great support provided by national organizations and companies to this noble humanitarian initiative, led by the General Headquarters of Abu Dhabi Police, Abu Dhabi Ports, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, and NMC Hospital.
His Excellency stressed that this support and generous care emphasize the roots of the culture of giving and social responsibility in our beloved homeland.
Dr. Khaled Al-Suwaidi, after completing the challenge, said, “The Rahma Run is to be considered one of the most exciting experiences of my life. It was a dream and now it is a reality. It was not easy to complete this difficult challenge, especially through the harsh conditions that I experienced on this long journey. I would like to thank all the supporters who made every effort to make this run a success and enabled me to reach the finish line. I would also like to point out that the reason for my challenge is to support cancer patients and the Cancer Patient Care Society, ‘Rahma’, which contributes to providing financial and moral support to cancer patients and their families. It is true that the challenge has come to an end, but the humanitarian work is not over and I hope that companies and individuals will continue to support Rahma. I am very happy that I have completed this run, and I am looking forward to some comfort and seeing my wife and my twin children.”
Three years ago Dr. Khaled suffered from obesity and he weighed about 125 kg. During his visit to the doctor, the doctor faced him with the possibility of being diabetic and suffering from high cholesterol and other health symptoms. Dr. Khaled felt frustrated and sad, and this was the defining moment for him, the moment of transformation in his life. From that moment on, and after he received his two children, Dr. Khaled radically changed his life and began to work hard to improve his lifestyle, reduce his weight, and maintain his health. He was able to lose 50 kg.
H.E. Captain Mohammed Jumaa Al-Shamsi, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Ports Company, commented: “Dr. Khaled has provided the greatest example in the world of sports with regard to love of his homeland, devotion, and hope. This system relieves pain and gives hope to cancer patients. Congratulations to the UAE, Abu Dhabi, and Abu Dhabi Ports, which supported this initiative.”
On his side, Mr. Abdullah Salem Al-Kaabi, Director General of Rahma, said: “We are very pleased with the success of Dr. Khaled Al-Suwaidi’s initiative. The completion of this challenge is in fact a reflection of our society’s objectives in addressing challenges and difficulties and providing all support to these patients. Dr. Khaled’s initiative helped raise awareness of the wonderful work of charity in our society. We would like to thank Abu Dhabi Ports for their support of this initiative.”
Commenting on the success of Dr. Khaled’s initiative, H.E. Mr. Aref Al-Awani, Secretary General of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said: “It is really a great and extraordinary achievement. We are extremely happy for the success of Dr. Khaled’s initiative. Our support for this initiative comes from a belief in the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle and the importance of sport in changing the routine of individuals. I hope that Dr. Khaled’s experience will inspire others.”
It is worth noting that this initiative was inspired by the experience of
H.E. Prof. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cancer Patient Care Society, “Rahma”, in facing cancer and overcoming it.
The Rahma charitable ultramarathon was organized by the Cancer Patient Care Society, “Rahma”. The list of supporters of the event, in addition to Abu Dhabi Ports, include Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Agthia Company, NMC Hospital, CRYO Abu Dhabi, Revive, and Simple Cafe.