When it comes to business, there’s little doubt that teamwork is a major factor in whether or not a company succeeds. It shouldn’t just happen in specific siloes either. People from across the company need to feel comfortable working together.
One way to encourage that is through big team-building seminars and events. Trouble is, they tend to only happen once or twice a year. Moreover, the people who organise them don’t often come cheap.
Fortunately, there are a variety of events out there that can help your average employee feel like they’re part of a team, especially if you’re willing to throw in a little physical activity.
And if you’re worried about the cost, relax, most of them are probably well within your budget
Supported by Dubai Sports Council, the Dubai Dash is the UAE’s largest corporate relay race and networking after party.
Designed to promote a healthy active lifestyle amongst corporates, the Dubai Dash sees teams of 10 people competing in a relay race. The race itself lasts approximately one hour (each person runs 1.5km). Team entry includes access to the Interactive Sports Village and After Party, plus food and beverage following the race.
The Warrior Challenge is trail running taken to the extreme. Rather than just going through the usual off-road terrain, participants are expected to make their way through a number of physically challenging obstacles.
It’s a chance to push yourself, get a little muddy, and have a lot of fun in the process.
Corporate teams get discounted entry, custom T-Shirt design and printing, preferred starting times, and the option of privately catered events afterwards.
Warrior Challenge events in the UAE take place in Dubai and Ajman.
The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay takes place in seven cities across the world, including Dubai.
In Dubai, the race takes place amidst the urban setting of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Runners from corporate teams challenge each other for position as they navigate tight turns, sharp bends, and flights of stairs.
As well as allowing corporate workers the chance to race through areas usually reserved for business, the relay benefits a number of charities, including the Emirates Red Crescent.
If you’ve ever watched The Amazing Race, you’ll get a sense of what the Rush-A-Way Corporate Challenge is all about.
Calling itself an adrenaline inducing adventure ride, the challenge consists of 100 teams comprising two to four members competing with other participating teams to win. During the course of the event, the teams will navigate through eight specially-crafted challenges.
For each challenge, teams will earn points based on how fast they complete the same. After accomplishing each challenge, teams will receive location details for their next challenge.
The challenges test teams on physical fitness, mental strength, navigational skills and to what extent they can work together.
The marquee event of the Dubai road-running calendar, the Dubai Marathon, attracts top runners from around the globe.
While you might not necessarily be among them, there’s no reason for your company not to be part of the festivities. In fact, there’s a corporate challenge specifically designed to get companies involved.
To be a part of the Corporate Challenge, from any company, a minimum of three participants for the 42K and a minimum of five participants for the 10K, must register through the online registration form and enter their company name.
Taking advantage of the calm waters off the UAE coastline, the City Swim series is set to be the biggest series of open water swimming events in the UAE.
Originating in the canals of Amsterdam, the now global series has arrived in the UAE and includes races in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Ajman.
Each event is suitable for novice to expert swimmers, and covers a range of distances. While there is no specific corporate offering, companies can organise among themselves to enter teams.
Held annually at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, the Corporate Touch 6s is a touch rugby tournament aimed at encouraging employees to get out from behind their desks for a bit of healthy team building. It also provides companies a platform for additional branding and exposure, and supports corporate social responsibility initiatives.
Has your company entered teams into any of these kinds of events? Which were your favourites? Let us know in the comments section below.