The Crown Prince of Dubai was happy to lead by example after competing on the second day of the Gov Games.
Just a day after boosting the total prize fund for the annual fitness challenge, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed pushed his own endurance to the limit by taking part in the gruelling obstacle course at Kite Beach.
Sheikh Hamdan launched the event last year to encourage the public sector workforce to work as a team and test their mental and physical capabilities.
He proved he doesn't just talk a good game, however, by throwing himself into the thick of the action in the qualifying heats of the men's competition.
He was cheered on by his father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai.
Sheikh Hamdan watched the 62 female teams taking part in the heats of the Games on Wednesday before announcing he was increasing the prize pool.
The cash boost will be shared between the runners-up and third-placed teams in the men and women's competitions.
The runners-up in each category will receive a prize of Dh300,000, while third-place finishers will each receive Dh200,000 per team.
The respective men’s and women’s Gov Games champions will each secure a top prize of Dh1 million.
Sheikh Hamdan said the cash boost was a well-deserved reward for the efforts of all taking part.
The men's qualifying competition will conclude on Friday before the finals take place on Saturday.