GOING OUT: Beat the heat at Kanoute's KAFO football academy

Denzil Pinto 25/07/2016
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Kanoute & co. will be passing on their knowledge to the kids.

Now in its third edition, the programme has been a big hit for youngsters in the UAE with hundreds of boys and girls flocking to Dubai Sports World so far. And you can see for yourself why it’s highly regarded with the summer academy resuming on July 31 and will continue for four more weeks.

Overseen by former professional Kanoute and his qualified coaching staff, matches, drills, tournaments and penalty shoot-outs are just some of the things that the kids can look forward to.

“We held our first part of the summer academy in June and it was really successful,” said Russ Junior, head coach of the KAFO Academy, which is running the summer camp. “We’ve had a good turnout and it was great to see them play football in an indoor conditioned venue and see them having fun. Although the weather is hot, this is a good opportunity to play football indoors and continue their football development.”

Kanoute knows what it takes to succeed at the highest level, picking up two UEFA Cups and Copa del Reys with Sevilla in a career that saw him play for Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham, Lyon and China’s Beijing Guoan.

The striker and his team will be passing on that knowledge to the five to 16-year-olds signed up for the camp. Three-hour sessions will run between 13:00 and 16:00, Sunday to Thursdays, with the emphasis of having fun.

“We realise that it’s the summer and it’s a period where people travel overseas. But we are still here for those who still want to play football. They don’t need to be experienced players, newcomers are welcome also as we’ll teach them the basics,” said Junior.

“The most important thing is that children have fun. All the days will consist of different activities.”

Don’t waste your summer days: Keep your children active and tucked away from the heat.

Don’t waste your summer days: Keep your children active and tucked away from the heat.

Junior insists there’s plenty of positives by signing up.

“Getting active is one of the key elements but it’s also a good opportunity for the kids to make new friends. If parents are looking for a football academy for their children, then they can come and meet the coaches so that when the new term begins in September, they will know exactly what they’re going to get,” he added.

“It doesn’t matter if someone trains at another academy. Everyone is welcome and it’s something that the kids will enjoy.”

Fees for one day are Dh125, while the full five days cost Dh500.

What: KAFO Summer Academy
Where: Dubai Sports World
When: July 31 to August 25, 13:00 to 16:00
Contact: www.kafoacademy.com

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Going Out: Bowl them over at Zayed Sports City

Denzil Pinto 25/07/2016
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That’s a strike: You’ll be knocking over the pins in no time this summer at the 40-lane venue in Abu Dhabi.

Although the mercury is rising outside it’s still business as usual at Zayed Sports City, where you can showcase your bowling talent and try your luck in achieving that all-rewarding strike.

Since opening their doors in 1999, the 40-lane Khalifa Inter- national Bowling Centre in Abu Dhabi has attracted thousands of people all year round.

And with the hot temperatures set to continue, you can see for yourself why the venue is so popu- lar by taking on your friends and family in a game of bowling.

Whether you want to play in the morning or late at night, the centre is open daily from 09:00 to 01:00, with fees starting from Dh15 per game or Dh110 per lane.

While football, basketball and cricket are among the most popular sports in the UAE, bowling has become a firm favourite. That’s no surprise considering the World Championships were held in 2009, 2014 and 2015 as well as the annual Ramadan tournaments.

“Bowling is one of the UAE’s favourite sports, especially since it is one that can be enjoyed by peo- ple of all ages and abilities,” said Barry Bremner, general manager at Zayed Sports City.

“Having recently hosted the World Bowling Championships we have found that there is a renewed appetite and buzz around the sport. New customers are coming to try it and find themselves coming back because our bowling centre is a great facility where they can have fun, be social, and participate in a physical activity.”

Although it’s home to 40 bowling lanes, there are other activities that will keep you entertained during your visit.

“Many people say they are surprised when they enter Khalifa International Bowling Centre, par- ticularly because of how bright and open the facility is,” he said. “The centre has a number of activities other than bowling such as billiards, table tennis and several popular food and beverage outlets, which means that many customers spend a long time within the bowl- ing complex.

“It’s a very relaxed but fun atmosphere. It’s a venue that attracts people from all nationalities, ages and abilities, and to see so many diverse people participating in the same things is definitely special.”

And Bremner insists not only will it be a memorable experience but there are plenty of positives by playing.

“Bowling is a perfect summer activity that allows you to escape the heat and still stay active. It’s very affordable with games at just Dh15 per person, and this rate includes all of the equipment to get you started like shoes, balls and assistive ramps for kids or people with mobility restriction,” he said. “It’s a great place to spend a day, with other fun activities and res- taurants under the same roof.”

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Going Out: Beat the heat this summer at Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

Denzil Pinto 23/07/2016
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There are 45 rides, slides and attractions for people of all ages.

Spread over 15 hectares, the Emirati-themed venue is home to 45 thrilling rides, slides and attractions that will certainly keep people of all ages smiling when they hit the waters.

Since opening in January 2013, thousands have flocked to Yas Island for what is now one of the most popular attractions in the UAE.

And you can see for yourself why it’s highly regarded with the place open all year round.

Whether you like adrenaline-rush rides or want something less adventurous, there’s something for everyone.

“As the only Emirati-themed waterpark in the world, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi provides guests with a unique opportunity to experience authentic local culture and heritage while enjoying a fun day out with family and friends,” said Bianca Sammut, general manager.

“Little ones can splash in one of four dedicated kid’s zones such as Marah Fortress and Yehal. On the other hand, those looking for an adrenaline rush can take a plunge down the steep Jebel Drop, or dare to step into the Liwa Loop.

“All of our rides are temperature-controlled, making our wave pool – Amwaj – and the slower-paced Al Raha River the perfect places to dip in and beat the heat. The summer season also gives us a chance to extend our operating hours until 22:00 on Fridays to provide guests with even more time to enjoy the rides.”

Several types of passes are available to be bought this summer.

Several types of passes are available to be bought this summer.

She added: “Ladies looking to enjoy our offering in a private setting can visit us for the women-only Ladies Nights, which take place on Thursday evenings.”

The park is open from 10:00 to 20:00 (Saturday to Wednesday), Fridays 10:00 to 22:00 and Thursdays from 10:00 to 17:00 with Ladies Night from 18:00 to 23:00 until October. During different periods, closing times vary according to the climate.

General admission tickets start from Dh325 for adults and Dh285 for juniors, who are under 1.1 metres with two-day, annual and family passes also available. Additionally those who are under three-years-olds can enter the park free.

Sammut insists it will be a memorable experience whether you’re a first time visitor or returning again.

“This is a great experience in an underwater adventure like no other,” she said. “Whether a resident or tourist; guests of all ages from across the world can immerse themselves in an Emirati culture in a fun and engaging way.

“We have a jam-packed calendar of events that ensure exciting activities for the entire family. For example, we are excited to have the ‘Iftah Ya Simsim’ characters visiting every weekend throughout the summer until Eid Al Adha, to delight and entertain the family.

“And there are a number of activities and promotions in the pipeline which will be announced shortly.”

What: Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi
Where: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
When: Open all year round from 10:00. Closing times vary.
Contact: For more information, visit www.yaswaterworld.com.

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