When we walked into a mall we heard an unfamiliar sound…. the distinctive “swapp — swapp — swapp — swapp” of a basketball being dribbled on a tile floor…. you’ve all heard it, right? No mistaking that sound at all. But in a mall? What the heck??
Went a little further and saw this gent – he was here from Chicago, and was conducting some basketball clinics in order to promote teamwork, leadership and training, plus some athleticism for the younger residents.
Obesity is at epidemic levels in the UAE, especially in the younger age groups. Diabetes is also at epidemic levels in the UAE. Back in 2007, ABC News was reporting that one person in four had the disease, that is 25% of the population! By some calculations, over 40% of the UAE’s population will have diabetes by the year 2020! So there is a big media and social push on to promote a more healthy lifestyle, including diet and exercise.
It was so unexpected to see a man as tall as TBG, and speaking with an American accent as well – just one of those “huh?” moments I’ve encountered.