On September 9th, The United Arab Emirates (UAE) made a significant showing of support in the nation’s capital for the 2017 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Deputy Chief Mission at the Embassy of the UAE Omar Al Shamsi was among several hundred UAE staff, diplomats, and students who came to Washington DC to participate in both the Race for the Cure’s 5K race and single-mile charity race.
The 2017 Race for the Cure had the UAE as an official sponsor that both provided its own runners and accommodated participants/spectators in a hospitality tent. Participants and spectators in the UAE hospitality tent were able to enjoy a variety of raffle prizes, henna art, and Emirati refreshments.
Positive ongoing collaborations
In recent years, the UAE has continually made a concentrated effort to show more public advocacy for organized health initiatives. One of the most prominent partnerships with medical institutions that the UAE has made in the United States is the Sheikh Zayed Building for Personalized Cancer Care at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Some of the other established health organizations that the UAE has notably gotten involved with include John Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute (Sheikh Zayed Tower) and the Children’s National Medical Center (Sheikh Zayed Institute). The UAE Embassy has also shown support for the annual Health Kidney 10K organized by The New York Road Runners.
A global initiative
According to Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE’s involvement in the Race for the Cure is an essential aspect of making sure that its survivors and supporters can come together to better raise awareness. As medical technology continues to advance, the UAE has been heavily invested in joining the forefront of international organizations worldwide committed to fostering better health care.
As the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is the single largest fundraising event for breast cancer support on the planet, the UAE’s participation is a strong sign of its commitment to getting deeply involved in global healthcare advocacy.