#WorldsCoolestWinterChallenge reaches its conclusion


With support from the UAE Government Media Office, prizes were on offer for participants who shared their outdoor experiences on social media and over 28,000 pieces of content were posted

Fahad Al Hassawi, Acting CEO, du

Dubai, UAE: du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), has announced the conclusion of the #WorldsCoolestWinterChallenge following a successful period broadcasting the UAE’s rich diversity. du launched the contest in collaboration with the UAE Government Media Office, supporting the “World’s Coolest Winter” campaign launched by H.H Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. 

During its run between December 15th and February 10th, audiences were asked to share content demonstrating the Emirates’ beauty in the winter season, which was met with enthusiasm across the country. The aim was to uncover the UAE’s hidden gems by enticing people to share their outdoor experiences in creative images and short videos. In total, over 1,800 residents published their favorite outdoor adventures on social media channels, with more than 28,000 posts, which resulted in over 2.1 million user engagements, and 110 million impressions. As part of the challenge, two lucky winners also received prizes worth AED25,000 each week and 11 participants shared an overall prize pool of AED 275,000.

Fahad Al Hassawi, Acting CEO, du, said: “As a leading national organization, du has always been keen to join the Emirati community in inspirational initiatives that engage the masses and showcase the UAE’s culture, heritage, and attractions to people across all continents. The #WorldsCoolestWinterChallenge represented the latest step of this enduring commitment, bringing people even closer together through innovation and technology. Despite recent challenges, our values of friendship, tolerance, and togetherness have prevailed once again, which have collectively driven the campaign’s response, reception, and success. We are grateful for the contributions of every UAE resident and look forward to holding similar programs again in the future.”

du has significantly expanded its mobile network with the latest 5G technology across UAE, focusing on tourist attraction areas to improve capacity, enhance customer experiences, and meet expectations and demands. The company continually reviews end-to-end connectivity and monitors all network nodes, optimizing and fine-tuning network configurations and settings to ensure top performance. These efforts were instrumental in supporting the #WorldsCoolesWinterChallenge and played a key role in its success.

The winners comprised of Emirati, Indian, Filipino and Pakistani nationals, many of whom were professional videographers, photographers, and content creators. The names of the winners are Basher Fayez Khalifeh, Aisha Hussain Alhammadi, Muhammad Abu Bakar, Sayedammar Alsayedahmed Alashoor, Subodh Bhujanga Shetty, Selim Mejri, Mohammad Haris Sharif, Ahmed Hasan Mohammed, Joebel Artesano Garcisto, Ahmad Jaafar Malulein and Peter Jay Tacbobo.

About du:

Operating under the steadfast umbrella of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), du is an integral driver of the UAE’s economic, social and digital transformation. Thriving on digitally innovating all facets of the contemporary telecom experience, we touch the lives of millions of customers everyday as a dedicated enabler of connectivity, continuity and growth across consumer and enterprise segments. Whether delivering state-of-the-art Smart City infrastructure, bespoke enterprise ICT solutions, government communications, secure data solutions, or the very best in home entertainment and value, we are a reliable telco and ICT player shaping the future of communication for a more connected tomorrow.