Posted on September 14, 2015

Registration will soon end for the fourth annual Maersk Oil & Qatar Petroleum (MOQP) Challenge, Qatar’s leading corporate team-building event. To date, some 20 teams from leading organisations across a range of sectors in Qatar – including automotive, health, energy and professional services – have already signed up to compete in the demanding five-stage, two-day event, which will take place amidst the stunning dunes of the Arabian desert, at Sealine Resort on November 14-15 this year.

The annual challenge promotes the work of Action on Diabetes (AoD), a public-private partnership initiated and funded by Maersk Oil Qatar, which aims to raise awareness of diabetes, help those at risk to avoid it, and give people already living with diabetes advice on managing their health better. The MOQP Challenge brings together participants from some of Qatar’s biggest and most established organisations and institutions to take part in a set of challenges that will test their ability to work as team, think on their feet and act under pressure.

Coinciding with World Diabetes Day – which unites the global diabetes community to produce a powerful voice for diabetes awareness and advocacy with particular focus on “Healthy Eating” this year – the event marks a high point in AoD’s annual calendar of events and activities, which are focused on education, awareness and screening programmes. This year, up to 30 teams are expected to compete in and around the Sealine Resort. All money raised from registration fees will be donated to the Qatar Foundation’s Qatar Diabetes Association through the AoD partnership. This will be used to fund the 15th Al Bawasil Camp, a seven-day educational camp for children with diabetes from Qatar.

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Last year's MOQP Challenge raised $110,000 for the work of the AoD campaign, taking the total raised to date to more than $300,000. Lewis Affleck, Managing Director of Maersk Oil Qatar, said: “The MOQP Challenge is an intense, exciting and fun competition themed around the prevention and management of diabetes. It develops and promotes leadership, decision making, strategy and problem-solving skills whilst raising awareness and funds for diabetes.

“This year’s event promises to be the best yet with a new location, extra strategy components and great facilities for participants and their friends and family. At Maersk Oil Qatar, we are committed to bringing meaningful benefits to the State of Qatar, and with a number of places still available, we urge as many teams as possible – from either private or public sectors – to sign up and do their bit to tackle one of Qatar’s greatest health challenges.”

This year’s challenge will include a greater focus on strategy and decision making to complement physical activities that include mountain biking and kayaking, in addition to stages that will involve problem solving under pressure, construction projects and desert navigation at night. Corporate teams interested in registering for the MOQP Challenge 2015 can find more details at