More than 200 participants from some of Qatar’s largest corporate organisations are limbering up to compete in the third annual Maersk Oil & Qatar Petroleum (MOQP) Challenge, Qatar’s most exciting corporate adventure race.

All money raised from registration fees will be donated to Action on Diabetes (AoD), a public-private partnership which aims to help raise awareness of diabetes, assist those at risk to avoid it, and help people already living with the condition better manage their health. The 2013 challenge event raised an impressive US$100,000 last year, which was donated to the Qatar Diabetes Association – Qatar Foundation and used to help fund the 14th Al Bawasil Camp for children with diabetes.

Managing Director of Maersk Oil Qatar, Lewis Affleck, said:

More than 200 participants from 27 teams competed in last year’s event, but the MOQP Challenge 2014 promises to be bigger, even more challenging and more enjoyable! This is a chance for corporate teams – be they from the private or public sectors – to compete in a fun, yet competitive environment and most importantly raise awareness of and money to fight one of Qatar’s largest health challenges – diabetes. At Maersk Oil Qatar we are committed to bringing meaningful benefits to the State of Qatar, so I could not think of a better cause to support.’

In partnership with Qatar Petroleum, Maersk Oil Qatar operates one of the world’s most complex fields, offshore at Al Shaheen. It produces a third of Qatar’s oil. Turning marginal and challenging fields into successes has been the cornerstone of Maersk Oil’s growth since it began in 1962. This is particularly true in Qatar, where Maersk Oil took over the Al Shaheen field in the early 1990s at a time when others walked away. Maersk Oil has now recovered in excess of one billion barrels of oil from the field, which currently produces around 300,000 barrels of oil per day. Success has come from Maersk Oil’s experience, expertise and close relationships.

For the first time since the launch of the event in 2012, the MOQP Challenge 2014 will feature mountain biking and kayaking, in addition to stages that test skills in GPS orientation, construction projects, desert navigation at night and complex team problems. The winner of the event will need to combine mental agility with strong physical performance and impressive team work to beat the other teams. Executive Director of the Qatar Diabetes Association, Abdulla Al Hamaq, said:

Last year, Al Bawasil camp hosted 60 children from seven regions of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the financial support from the MOQP Challenge helped make it a memorable experience for all of them. The camp’s mission is to create a safe and loving environment for children with diabetes, to teach them how to take charge of their condition and avoid its complications in order to reach their full potential. The work they do it so important so thank you to all of this year’s entrants for your continued support – and good luck!’

Established to help deliver The Emir’s vision of a healthy Qatar. Action on Diabetes is a partnership between the Supreme Council of Health, the Hamad Medical Corporation, Primary Health Care Corporation, Qatar Diabetes Association – member of Qatar Foundation, Maersk Oil and world leader in diabetes care Novo Nordisk. The unique partnership setup helps the Qatari authorities raise awareness of diabetes, help those at risk to avoid it, and give people already living with diabetes advice on managing their health better.

This year’s two day challenge at Fuwerit is the biggest yet and sees companies entering the challenge from sectors as diverse as energy, advertising, professional services, higher education, health and automotive.