KUWAIT CITY, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- China Gezhouba Group Corporation (CGGC) held on the first day of 2019 a long-distance running on the construction site in the desert region of central Kuwait to celebrate New Year.
More than 400 Chinese and foreign employees from CGGC participated in the sport activities in the desert.
At the opening ceremony of the event 110 trucks were arranged in the desert to form the English abbreviation of the Group CGGC, from where eight teams consisting of the Chinese and foreign employees started the game.
The foreign employees are from more than a dozen countries including India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Egypt. They wore T-shirts with CGGC's logo, holding their national flags and running along the road of the project site.
Despite dirty road under the desert condition the Chinese and foreign employees finished the whole distance happily. Some foreign employees, while running, shouted "Happy New Year."
At the closing ceremony, Cheng Yongru, economic and commercial counselor at the Chinese embassy in Kuwait, said that the event fully demonstrated good image of the Chinese enterprises abroad and spirit of CGGC to face challenges.
"I hope that everyone would make greater achievements in the new year," said Cheng.
Nabil Kartam, director of the Civil Engineering Department at the Kuwait University, was impressed by the spirit of Chinese companies.
"This event is so wonderful! I can feel the positive spirit of Chinese companies and the high morale of the employees," he said.
In addition, CGGC also held chorus competitions on Tuesday to welcome the New Year.
Liu Lianghaoyue, an Chinese employee from department of general affairs of CGGC's project in Kuwait, said that the group has always paid much attention to the team spirit of its employees and developed the centripetal force of the entire group to ensure the construction of the project.
CGGC's infrastructure network is part of the Kuwaiti South AL Mutlaa Residential Project and is the largest project for CGGC in the Kuwaiti market.
The construction area for the CGGC is nearly 30 square km and started officially at the end of April 2017.
The South AL Mutlaa Residential Project is an important welfare project in Kuwait. The total construction area of the project is 100 square km, and it will accommodate 400,000 people after completion.