Corporate Social Responsibility

A Golden Performance from competitors of The Emirates Group Martial Arts & Fitness Club

DUBAI, U.A.E., 2 August 2019: The Emirates Group Martial Arts & Fitness Club recently welcomed back two of its members from the World Peace Taekwondo Festival in South Korea which took place at Shinhan University in Uijeongbu, on August 2nd. Club Chairman and Training Specialist with Emirates Group Security Reza Nobahari and Cabin Supervisor and Security Trainer Natalie Daher performed remarkably in this competition, each winning gold medals in their respective categories.

Running since June 2018, the aim of the EGMAFC is to help to enhance the health and fitness level of Emirates Group employees with a variety of high quality martial arts and fitness sessions.

Having a long and successful history with martial arts Dr Reza stated “taking part in this competition had some unique challenges, both from a sports and organisational perspective. It was a great experience for both Natalie and I and we’re delighted to have been able to compete at such a high level”. Natalie Daher, no stranger to winning at martial arts competition herself, having competed successfully at The Karate World Championships in 2002 and 2005, said “We were both battling injuries during the preparation process, but we managed to work within our limitations and overcome these challenges. There was a true sense of teamwork and support from the taekwondo group and our colleagues in the Aircrew Security Training office during our sessions”.

Over 40 countries participated, adding up to more than 10000 competitors. To reach the final Reza and Natalie had to face competitors from different countries, each stage consisting of three rounds of 2-minute. The entire event was a true celebration and homage to Taekwondo itself, with emphasis on sportsmanship, discipline and competitive spirit. “We’re so happy to have represented Emirates Group Security, and to help put our club on the map in this way” said Reza.

On the current club schedule there are five different disciplines to choose from: Taekwondo, Shotokan Karate, Zumba, Yudansha and Neuro Pilates. Emirates staff can benefit from these sessions in a newly equipped room in building A, airplane shape, Training College, Ground floor, in Al Gharhoud. Every employee is encouraged to try these sessions and improve at their own pace. To inquire about sessions and timings please write to Bishnu Rana.