UAE & Dutch Ministries of Health cycle together to highlight the importance of physical activity and healthy living

This morning the Dutch (Acting) Minister for Health, Welfare and Sport, H.E. Martin van Rijn, was joined by members from the UAE Ministry of Health, the local Dutch community and ladies of UAE Cycling Girls for a cycling and walking event in Dubai. The event, organized by the Consulate General of the Netherlands, coincided with the Day of Physical Activity, of the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention and allowed the Ministry and H.E. Van Rijn to highlight the importance of physical activity and healthy living.

The Netherlands is world's premier cycling country, boasting infrastructure that caters to the needs of cyclists. Nearly one third (31.2%) of the Dutch considering the bike as their main mode of transport for daily activities and more than a quarter of all trips in the Netherlands are made by bicycle. To highlight the importance of physical activity and healthy living, the Consulate General of Kingdom of the Netherlands in Dubai, in coordination with the UAE Ministry of Health & Prevention, organized a cycling event at District One Cycling and Running Track located in Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City – District One, Dubai.

Around 40 cyclists joined H.E. Martin van Rijn, the Dutch (Acting) Minister for Health, Welfare and Sport and H.E. Dr. Hussein Al Rand, Assistant Undersecretary of Health Centers and Clinics and Public Health and H.E. Dr. Amin Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for Medical Practice and License Sector, both from the UAE Ministry of Health, in the cycle tour around the 8.4km track with views over downtown Dubai.

As part of the event, H.E. Martin van Rijn met with Ms. Asma al Janahi, co-founder of the UAE Cycling Girls. They shortly discussed the budding local cycling culture and Ms. Asma al Janahi explained the filosphy behind her group.

Healthcare trade mission from the Netherlands

H.E. Martin van Rijn, the Dutch (Acting) Minister for Health, Welfare and Sport, is visiting the UAE with a trade delegation comprised of 30 companies from the life sciences and health sectors who are seeking opportunities and cooperation with the UAE. The past three days the delegation met with the Minister of Health and Prevention, H.E. Abdul Rahman Bin Mohammed Al Owais, and a variety of other parties in the UAE including Health Authority Abu Dhabi, the Dubai Health Authority, and Dubai Healthcare City. Visits to Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and Al Jalila Children’s Hospital were also included in the program.

The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands organized a seminar on healthcare in the UAE and the Netherlands entitled “Shared Challenges, Smart Solutions”. This seminar included presentations from respective Ministries of Health, as well as several Dutch speakers who sought to highlight challenges in the healthcare field, as well as ways in which the UAE and the Netherlands can work together.