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Gov Games presents a race through the 828-meter Burj Khalifa in Dubai


Dubai: The Gov Games took its fifth edition to unprecedented heights this year with a new extra round of competition that sees teams from around the world compete in a race for the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

In the contest held today, one day before the fifth edition of the Gov Games (February 29 to March 3), teams from Kutná Hora, Czech Republic; Oviedo, Spain; and Copenhagen, Denmark, achieving 16 bonus points, recording 27:39.51 minutes, 27:39.90 minutes and 28:18.85 minutes, respectively.

The event designed to overcome the limits of human endurance, strategic thinking and teamwork was part of the ‘Battle of the Cities’ category.

By introducing the Burj Khalifa Climb to its roster, the Gov Games, which has become known for its innovative and challenging events, offered global competitors the unique opportunity to earn bonus points before the event. The new contest ensured that this year’s Gov Games get off to an electrifying, high-octane start.

The Burj Khalifa challenge featured international teams, each consisting of five athletes tied together by a single rope as they climbed the 160 floors of the 828-metre-high megastructure. Competing teams, which qualified for the Gov Games finals, represented cities from four continents, including London, Brisbane, Colorado and Copenhagen.

Marwan bin Essa, Director of Gov Games, said: “The Burj Challenge takes our competition beyond a physical challenge. It is a symbol of how competitors can push their limits and break new barriers when they work together with a shared bond and drive that can take them to the top.

“At the Gov Games, we believe that the pursuit of health and fitness can make the seemingly impossible possible. The Burj Challenge is a testament to the invincible human spirit and our determination to set our sights high, climb higher and achieve more than we knew we were capable of.

He added: “We are excited to see the Gov Games 2024 teams work together on this exciting new competition challenge and achieve great things together.”

For the additional Gov Games event, The Burj Challenge, no time limit has been set. Instead, organizers are focusing on encouraging teamwork, encouraging strategy, and fostering the ultimate goal of reaching the top as one team.

Teams were scored based on the time of the last team member to arrive, ensuring that every step taken was a collective effort. Any points earned during the Burj climb will be added to the team’s scores in the “Battle of the Cities” category of the Games.


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