Going Out: You'll be bursting full of fun at the Big Bubble Run

Denzil Pinto 22/03/2016
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Those signing up early for the April 8 run can enjoy discounts.

Get ready to be covered with foam as the Big Bubble Run makes its UAE debut in Dubai next month. And if you want to see why it’s regarded as the ultimate big bubble experience, then take advantage of the early

bird discount with tickets still remaining.

To be held on April 8 at the Dubai Autodrome from 07:00, the event is designed to put the foamy fun back

into running in what will be one not to be missed.

With it being a 5km distance, it’s open for people of all abilities whether you’re an experienced runner or not. Given it’s not timed, it’s up to you whether you want to run, jog or walk around the modern motorsport track venue.

As soon as you cross the starting line, the fun begins with four foam shower zones and two foam bath zones creating plenty of bubbles.

Whether you are in it for the exercise or just a leisurely stroll, this will truly be a unique and memorable
experience. Once completed, the fun doesn’t stop there with plenty of fun activities, including face painting and a bubble show in the Bubble Base.

Early bird discount rates are Dh165 until Thursday, with tickets Dh185 thereafter. There are also special group tickets of 10, while children under five can enter for free with their parents.

With more than two weeks to go, a spokesperson for the Big Bubble Run said it will be a memorable experience.

“The entry numbers have been very encouraging with over 150 tickets sold and we expect that number to significantly increase,” he said.

“This is a bit different from the Color Run or the Electric Run. We want to promote a healthy lifestyle
for all runners and ensure that exercising is really fun.

“Fun is the main element in this Big Bubble Run. We don’t want people to take this so seriously. It will be an ultimate big bubble experience with a lot of interactivethings to do.

“People will find the course exciting and simulating. With it being not timed, they don’t have to think about the results but rather focus on enjoying themselves.”

He added: “There will be a vibrant atmosphere and the runners can look forward to a great experience.”

What: The Big Bubble Run
Where: Dubai Autodrome
When: April 8, from 07:00
Contact: For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.bigbubblerun.com

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Going Out: The Dubai International Horse Fair hosts some fine equine

Jay Asser 16/03/2016
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No horsing around: The two events are fixtures in the regional equestrian calendar.

Equestrian fanatics can rejoice this weekend at the Dubai International Horse Fair and the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship.

The 12th edition of the extravaganza will take place alongside the 13th edition of the competition from Thursday, March 17 to Saturday, March 19 at Dubai World Trade Centre.

Breeders, traders, professionals and equestrian lovers will be out in full force for the event, which will have more than 200 exhibiting companies and brands from more than 15 countries, including Bahrain, Oman, Spain, France, Germany, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Iceland,

Ireland, Italy, Egypt, Slovenia, Taiwan, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The Championship, meanwhile, will bring together the finest Arabian horse bloodlines to be showcased. Judges will evaluate their beauty, with prize money of $4million (Dh15m) on offer.

Ziad Abdullah Galadari, chairman of the higher organising committee of Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship, said: “The 12th Dubai International Horse Fair is a highly anticipated gathering for the global equine community who are dedicated to advancing the fields of equestrian breeding, training, technologies, health and performance.

Beautiful breeds: Some of the finest Arabian horse bloodlines will be showcased.

Beautiful breeds: Some of the finest Arabian horse bloodlines will be showcased.

“A fixture on the regional equestrian calendar, The Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship is the ultimate platform for pureblood Arabian horses, which are known for their incredible beauty, intelligence, stamina and courage, to be showcased to an audience that is devoted to these majestic creatures.”

The Horse Auction, to be held from 14:00 on Friday, will allow visitors to view, bid and buy from a selection of over 100 Arabian purebred horses from local studs.

There’s even more with the Pony Show Jumping giving young riders the chance to flaunt their skills, while polo demonstrations and Spanish equestrian performances will dazzle spectators.

You can also take in the popular art gallery specialising in horse-inspired sculptures and paintings, as well as enjoy the Bedouin houses, falconry, local dishes, henna tattoo artists and more in the Heritage Village.

The Dubai International Horse Fair will run from 11:00 to 20:00 on Thursday, 14:00 to 20:00 on Friday and 11:00 to 20:00 on Saturday.
Admission is free, with pre-registration through www.dihf.ae.

What: Dubai International Horse Fair
Where: Dubai Trade Centre, Halls 5 and 6
When: Thursday, March 17 to Saturday, March 19
Contact: Visit www.dihf.ae to pre-register and for more information on the event

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Going Out: Duplays' two new basketball leagues

Denzil Pinto 12/03/2016
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High standards: All Duplays matches are played as per the FIBA rules.

It’s been a busy time for Duplays having run numerous sporting competitions since the start of the year, but this hasn’t stopped them from launching two new men’s basketball leagues with attractive prizes up for grabs.

Their Division One tournament at Dubai International Academy will see players test themselves in the ‘Competitive’ level on a weekly basis every Monday from March 21.

For those, who are an intermediate or new to the sport, they can still be part of the fun by signing up for the Division Two event, played every Wednesday from March 23 at the GEMS Wellington Academy in Al Khail.

As the UAE’s largest sport and social club with over 5,000 members, Duplays know a thing or two about sport. Their popular leagues cover a range of sports including volleyball, cricket, badminton, and basketball is no different.

Their previous editions have been a big hit with increasing numbers of teams attending each event, and it’s no surprise considering basketball is widely played among the community in the UAE.

Increasing popularity: More and more teams are signing up.

Increasing popularity: More and more teams are signing up.

“Basketball is really big in this country and every time we’ve held basketball leagues, it’s been really good,” said Kris Belen, league administrator at Duplays. “We’ve had a good response to entry numbers so far but with still a few days to sign up, we expect that number to increase.”

Teams will play one match per week with the top sides advancing to the knock-out stages with the championship title decided on the eighth week of the league.

Team entries cost Dh3,500 per squad. Both events will follow the regular FIBA rules and players must be 16 and over.

“We’ve found there’s a lot of college and university players who wanted to play, and that’s why we’ve allowed youths to play in this competition. It’s a great way for them to play against the adults and after all we want to play our part in promoting the sport in the UAE and to ensure they keep a healthy lifestyle,” she said.

She added: “We have some great prizes for teams to win from Claw BBQ plus there will be accolades for the Most Valuable Player and other awards.”

With registration closing for both leagues next Wednesday (Division One) and Friday (Division Two), Belen insists there are plenty of positives.

“The matches will be challenging and fun. Both are in two fantastic locations and I’m sure the players will enjoy themselves.”

WHAT: Duplays Basketball Leagues
WHERE: Dubai International Academy (Div One) and GEMS Wellington Academy (Div Two)
WHEN: Division One from Monday 21 March, and Division Two from Wednesday, 23 March
CONTACT: For more info, visit www. duplaysdubai.playpass.com.

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