- Acclaimed annual CSR initiative now open for registrations
- A day-long Beat Diabetes event to take place at Zabeel Park on 26 November
- Landmark Group to match donations 1:1 for the amount raised across its extensive network of brand outlets in support of Al Jalila Foundation
- The Group seeks to contribute to UAE’s goals to go carbon neutral at this year’s Beat Diabetes Event
Dubai, UAE: The Landmark Group, the region’s leading retail and hospitality conglomerate, today announced that it has flagged off the 12th edition of its annual CSR campaign, Beat Diabetes. The Group is set to host a day-long Beat Diabetes event this year on Friday, 26 November, at Zabeel Park in Dubai, to enable widespread awareness amongst UAE’s communities about the diabetes and the management of the disease.
Following a virtual edition in 2020 due to Covid protocols, this year, the flagship CSR initiative spearheaded by the retail and hospitality conglomerate seeks to bring together UAE citizens and residents to raise awareness about diabetes all within mandated government safety and Covid norms.
According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), 55 million people in the MENA region are now living with diabetes, contributing to the alarming reports estimating that 463 million people have diabetes worldwide today. The number in MENA is set to rise to more than 108 million by 2045, which highlights the need to educate the public about the condition in its various forms.
The Beat Diabetes event aims to highlight the importance of getting tested, eating healthy and staying active. The event is set to include a 3km walk to encourage residents to increase their daily physical activity. Participants can complete the walk with their families anytime during the day to add to the cumulative step count. Landmark Group has partnered with STEPPI to measure the cumulative number of steps completed by participants at the event.
Like every year, participants will also get the chance to get their blood sugar levels measured at the complimentary testing kiosks set up at the venue. The full-day event will also have packed schedule for the entire family filled with activities for kids and adults, including Zumba, Yoga, and healthy cooking classes, foot stalls, a SuperKidz arena and a lot more.
This year, in keeping with UAE’s commitment to achieving net zero emissions, the Landmark Group have partnered with Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence to measure the carbon emissions from its day-long event and to subsequently explore offset opportunities with carbon trading platforms, making it a carbon neutral event. Furthermore, the Group will install filtered water refill stations with EcoSense to reduce use of plastic at the event.
In addition to the event, the Landmark Group will also join hands with their customers to raise funds across its extensive network of brand outlets in the UAE in support of Al Jalila Foundation, a UAE-based not-for-profit organisation established by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. All proceeds from the fund-raising drive will contribute towards diabetes research and treatment. This year the Landmark Group will match the donations raised in store 1:1 in an attempt to further the cause.
Speaking on the importance of the campaign, Renuka Jagtiani, Chairwoman and CEO of the Landmark Group, said: “Following a year of virtual initiatives, we are pleased to announce the Beat Diabetes event once again this year. Diabetes is a cause that is extremely close to our heart and we as a family have experienced the impact of the condition too. We started driving this cause passionately to encourage families to come together and make easy lifestyle changes that can manage this condition.”
“At a time when diabetes is becoming increasingly common in the region and the world over, the need to promote healthy living is critical. We have been committed to the cause since 2009 and are deeply grateful to the leadership of the UAE and our long-standing partners, Dubai Sports Council, Al Jalila Foundation, Dubai Health Authority and the Emirates Diabetes and Endocrine Society, for helping us advance the health and diabetes focus in the region. Since the launch of our Beat Diabetes initiative, we have seen communities across the UAE come together and join us in our efforts to raise awareness about the condition, and we would like to call on them once again to support this cause.”
She added: “I would specially like to thank our key sponsors TCS, Mashreq, Bureau Veritas, Novo Nordisk, Aramex and our very own Landmark Group brands for coming together to support the upcoming event and play a very vital role in deepening the impact of the Beat Diabetes initiative”
H.E. Saeed Mohammed Hareb, DSC Secretary General said, “Over the past decade, the Landmark Group has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to educating the community about diabetes as well as encouraging the UAE population to pursue a healthy and active lifestyle. This aligns strongly with our organisation’s efforts to improve healthcare outcomes for all. We are proud of our long-standing partnership and pleased to join hands with the Group once again to bring the community together for a cause that is of immense importance to our region.”
Open to all ages, registrations for the 12th annual Beat Diabetes event on 26th November in the UAE can be completed online at www.beatdiabetes.me from 1st to 22nd November 2021. While children below eight years can join for free, a participation fee of AED20 per adult and AED10 for children between eight and 14 years will apply. All funds generated from the participation fees will be donated to Al Jalila Foundation.
About the Landmark Group:
Founded in 1973 in Bahrain, the Landmark Group has successfully grown into one of the largest and most successful retail and hospitality organizations in the Middle East and India. An international, diversified retail and hospitality conglomerate that encourages entrepreneurship to consistently deliver exceptional value, the Group operates over 2,200 outlets encompassing over 30 million square feet across the Middle East, North Africa, India and Southeast Asia.
The Landmark Group has a strong workforce of over 42,000 employees and provides a value-driven product range for the family through its retail concepts: Centrepoint, Babyshop, Splash, Shoemart, Lifestyle, Max, Shoexpress, Home Centre, Home Box, Emax, UAE’s first grocery discounter, VIVA and Styli, the Group’s first online-only fashion offering.
The Group is committed to being an employer of choice and has been recognised over the years, recently being named among the top five of Asia’s and the Middle East’s Best Workplaces in 2021 by Great Place to Work®. The Group were also recipients of the prestigious Brandon Hall’s Human Capital Excellence Awards 2021.
The Group brands ensure the delivery of a seamless shopping experience to customers through a keen focus on their e-commerce and omni-channel capabilities.
The conglomerate’s portfolio encompasses food and hospitality with Landmark Leisure, Citymax Hotels, Fitness First and Foodmark, the restaurant division, which operates the Group’s own and franchise food outlets.
As a high-volume retailer, the Landmark Group operates the MENA region’s largest privately owned logistics and distribution hub. The company has now advanced to offer 3PL logistics services with the launch of its fully automated Mega Distribution Centre at JAFZA, Dubai under the brand name of Omega Logistics.