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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

Watch as UAE's cabinet ministers pound the streets in Abu Dhabi marathon training video

A teaser video for this weekend's first ever Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon has been released featuring athletic cameos from high-profile government figures.

Urging you to "accept the challenge", the video shows runners training in a variety of mediums and locations, including rollerblading through the streets of downtown Abu Dhabi and jogging up the steps of Zayed Sports City Stadium.

Among them are some perhaps unexpected faces, including Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State, director-general and CEO of Adnoc and chairman of Masdar.

He is seen racing up a stairwell carrying a punchbag before using it for boxing training on the rooftop helipad of the Adnoc building near the Corniche, surrounded by the dusky and glittering skyline of the city.

Next, Maj Gen Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi, Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police, is pumping iron on a weight machine with the sun streaming through the windows in an industrial looking gym room.

Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, jogs along a downtown beach in the next scene, a mass of tall buildings visible on opposite shore.

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In another atmospheric gym room, Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Industry, appears doing a core-strengthening exercise move called a stairclimber, his brow sweating.

Lastly, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance, runs through a steamy, moody-looking Umm Al Emarat Park holding hand weights.

The 60-second video was created to inspire and motivate the capital's community, and runners from across the world, to compete in the marathon on December 7.

As well as a men's and women's marathon with prize money of $100,000, there is a wheelchair marathon and 10, 5 and 2.5 kilometre races.

Register for the marathon at www.adnocabudhabimarathon.com/register.