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Overseas Health Insurance News: Sport is an important part of expat life

Getting involved in sport is very important for many expatriates, as it has a large number of benefits including being enjoyable and good for your health.

Lots of people are involved in local five-a-side football games and squash leagues back home as a way of socialising with friends and this can be the same when living abroad.

For those moving to a foreign country for the first time, playing a team sport can be a great way to get to know a wider group of people outside the workplace, thus making integration into the community easier.

One of the stumbling blocks can be the culture that you are heading into as not all societies have sporting groups already established.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) was one such place, but a group of expats noticed this niche in the market and the demand provided by others foreigners for sporting clubs, leagues and tournaments and has gone about filling it.

Since 2007, Duplays has organised expat-orientated leagues and tournaments in the Gulf State, turning it into a profitable business, reports the BBC.

There are now 40,000 people registered with the service and an annual turnover of five million dirhams (£1 million) has been reached.

Ravi Bhusari, co-founder of Duplays and an Indian-Canadian expat, told the news provider: "Most of the institutionalised activity seemed to revolve around shopping malls or going for drinks or brunches.

"We figured plenty of people like to play sport and so the secret was to meet that need and build a website and a business that helped people discover what was out there."

Dubai's status as an international business hub made it the perfect place to set up such a company, as people from all over the world live and work in the UAE.

As well as the social events it organises as recreation for expats, Duplays also plans corporate events for companies wishing to build bonds between team members and get their competitive juices flowing.

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