Going Out: Kick-start your 2016 by visiting Al Forsan International Sports Resort

Jay Asser 24/01/2016
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Track notes: Hone your driving skills with the Le Mans’ karts.

Al Forsan International Sports Resort has everything you need to get active to start the year with their selection of karting, equestrian, shooting and fitness offerings.

The premier sports centre, located in the nation’s capital, has launched new guns for their popular shooting range.

Guests can now use the new Caracal CC10 (9mm Carrabin) fitted with red dot scope, the new Caracal 1911 (9mm pistol) and the Rugga .22 pistol for pistol shooting.

For those wanting to test out the new rifles on the sniper range, the Rugga .22 riffle semi-automatic fitted with red dot scope and the Merkel Helix in calibre 308 provide the latest technology.

The exciting news continues as non-members can now enjoy personal fitness training without having to commit to a membership.

Al Forsan is offering 10 personal training sessions for the price of Dh1,980, giving you further reason to get off the coach and become a healthier you.

If you want to become a member and enjoy all the facilities and perks, you can take advantage of a 30 per cent promotional offer.

Those who enrol between February 1 and April 1 will pay only Dh7,000 for a year-long membership, instead
of the regular Dh10,000 fee.

Al Forsan has become as accessible as ever and still includes an assortment of karting and equestrian
activities.

Hit the track in either the 13 horsepower Le Mans Kart or the 18 horsepower Le Mans Kart to polish your driving skills. A custom-built frame and wrap-around system make the track a safe, but enjoyable
setting to put pedal to the metal.

At the Equestrian Centre, young riders can join the Pony Club to learn how to feed, groom and take care of ponies. Meant to be both fun and educational, the Pony Club includes games and
engages youngsters for Dh250 per session.

For riders aged six and above, pony games will test riding skills with friends and family through various competitions.

Sessions cost Dh100 per rider and take place from 14:00 to 19:00.

Whatever your sport of choice, Al Forsan has you covered with gymnasiums, swimming pools and different playing surfaces.

The facility is open seven days a week and all visitors have complimentary resort access and parking.

What: Shooting, personal training, karting and equestrian at Al Forsan

Where: Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Abu Dhabi

When: Open from 14:00 to 23:00 Sunday-Thursday and 11:00 to 22:00 Friday and Saturday

Contact: Visit www.alforsan.com or email [email protected] for more information.

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Club of the Week: United Arabian Ultimate

Jay Asser 14/01/2016
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Ultimate Frisbee requires agility and athleticism.

The Frisbee is no longer limited to parks or backyards, holding just as much importance as a football, basketball or any other playing object in its respective sport of ultimate.

The growing sport has a large following across the world and its popularity isn’t lost on residents of the UAE, which is why the creation of the United Arabian Ultimate was so necessary.

After co-founder Patrick Fourcampre-Maye moved to Dubai in 2009, he fell in love with the game and has been completely invested ever since.

“The thing that draws you in from the start is the subtle things of a Frisbee. You throw a Frisbee around, just the way it flies and you chase after it and make the catch, that’s kind of the initial appeal,” Fourcampre-Maye said.

“But when you start playing, it’s the people that play the game. They’re so friendly. I think it’s a function of how the game is played because there is no referee. You have to know the rules, respect the players and have what we call ‘the spirit of the game’.”

The Englishman was part of a group of ultimate players who put their heads together in 2013 to form United Arabian Ultimate.

Though the sport was already somewhat established in the region, United Arabian Ultimate brought much-needed structure and organisation which was previously lacking. The community now represents more than 20 nationalities playing across the UAE and is recognised as the country’s representative of the sport by the World Flying Disc Federation, the sport’s governing body.

United Arabian Ultimate host clinics, tournaments, training sessions, pick-up and send UAE teams overseas for competitions, but hands down their most impactful venture was winning the bid to host the World Championships of Beach Ultimate in March 2015.

“I think that introduced the ultimate-playing community to Dubai and the UAE. It also created a lot of interest here,” Fourcampre-Maye said of the event, which saw more than 1,200 athletes compete over six days.

“It’s growing but it’s still probably a niche sport. It’s not like soccer or rugby here. It will only grow if the players here and the association we have now work hard to get the sport out there.”

Next on the calendar for the UAE teams is the Boracay Open International Frisbee Tournament in the Philippines in April, followed by the World Ultimate and Guts Championships in London in June.

For those interested, pick-up is held Fridays at 16:30 at JBR Beach in Dubai and Wednesdays at 18:30 at the American Community School of Abu Dhabi. A year-long membership, which comes with various perks, costs Dh100 per person.

What: United Arabian Ultimate
Founded: 2013
Geared towards: Ultimate enthusiasts
When & where: Pick-up on Fridays at 16:30 at JBR Beach in Dubai and Wednesdays at 18:30 at the American Community School of Abu Dhabi
Contact & info: Visit www.unitedarabianultimate.com for more information

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Going Out: Leap into the unknown with Gravity Zone

Denzil Pinto 14/01/2016
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Get a rush: Gravity Zone.

For those seeking an adrenaline rush this weekend, Gravity Zone’s latest challenge at Dubai Autodrome cannot be missed.

Following the festive period, it’s back to business for Gravity Zone and thrill seekers can begin the new year with a bang by experiencing the mind blowing jump from 50 metres high on Friday from 11:00.

Designed to test your limits, thousands have taken the leap since the attraction opened in 2012 and it’s no surprise it has earned rave reviews. And if you want to see why it’s highly rated, then sign up before 23:00 on Thursday with limited places available.

Open to participants aged 14 and above, it costs Dh360 per person while registration can be done via www.gravityzone.co.

While you may not think it’s for the faint-hearted, no bungee jumping experience is needed with all participants being briefed on the technical and safety aspects before the leap.

While it may just last a few seconds, Ramez Shawky, managing director of Gravity Zone, insists it’s one adventure trip people will always remember.

“Extreme sports are growing popular in the UAE with Dubai offering several activities but bungee jumping is by far one of the top choices for those who want to seek a mind-blowing adventure,” he said. “This was the perfect place to open Gravity Zone because it’s a tourist area and the landscape views are fantastic, especially when you see the beautiful track at Dubai Autodrome.”

He added: “You can’t really put into words what it feels like to bungee jump. It’s a very challenging decision like no other. The adrenaline rush has a really profound effect on our brains, hence our bodies. The jump is therefore a thrilling and unforgettable experience.

“It will be an outing that will leave them in awe. As some jumpers have mentioned to me before, ‘your whole life flashes in front of your eyes for few seconds’. Usually people are lost for words but I’m not surprised as it’s a totally unbelievable and is out of this world.”

WHAT: Bungee Jump by Gravity Zone
WHEN: Friday from 11:00 to 18:00
WHERE: Dubai Autodrome
Sport360 VERDICT: Whether it is your first time bungee jumping or not, it is an experience you are unlikely to forget.
CONTACT: To register visit www.gravityzone.co. Deadline to sign up is 23:00 on Thursday.

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