Going Out: Color Run heads back to Dubai

Denzil Pinto 22/08/2016
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Don’t miss out: The Colour Run.

The Color Run returns for another edition later this year, giving you another chance to get doused with kaleidoscope power but this time there’s a fresh new twist, making it even more enjoyable.

The Dubai Autodrome opens its doors on November 12 as part of the Tropicolor World Tour, taking the runners’ experience to the next level of fun. Presented by Daman’s ActiveLife, at their all-new Tropicolor Zone, you will not be short of options for entertainment as you make your way through an array of colours passing through palm trees and arches.

While you complete the 5k, the fun doesn’t stop there and can revel at the ‘Rainbow Beach’ where sand, steel drummers, music and more colour powder awaits.

With limited early bird tickets now on sale from Dh140, you can see for yourself why it’s dubbed as the ‘Happiest 5k Run on the Planet’. Whether you want to run, jog or even walk around the motor track, it’s open to all abilities as part of Daman’s vision in promoting a healthy lifestyle.

“The Color Run™ presented by Daman’s ActiveLife has proven to be one of the country’s most popular exercise events,” said Dr Michael Bitzer, Chief Executive Officer at Daman.

“It offers inspiration and motivation for first-time runners, the chance for seasoned athletes to inject some fun back into their work-out, and an exciting day out for families and friends. With events such as The Color Run, Daman’s ActiveLife seeks to empower the UAE community to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. We’re very pleased to once again support the return of this most anticipated event to Dubai.”

How to take part

  • Where: Dubai Autodrome
  • When: November 12, from 07:00
  • Contact: www.thecolorrun.ae

Now running for the third year in the UAE, the event has gone from strength to strength and Greg Sproule, managing director of IMG Middle East insists November’s event will be even better.

“Over the past three years, we’ve seen The Color Run presented by Daman’s ActiveLife inspire more than 55,000 people in the UAE to kick-start a healthier lifestyle,” he said. “It’s important for us to keep bringing new and engaging events such as ‘The Tropicolor World Tour’ to get even more of the community excited about exercising.”

Saeed Hareb, secretary general of Dubai Sports Council, added: “The Color Run presented by Daman’s ActiveLife has proven to be an extremely popular event in Dubai and with the vision of DSC to create a distinctive sports community, the event helps us to create an accessible platform for exercise that will lead to a healthier community and nation.”

This year for the first time, a limited number of Deluxe Packs are available from Dh240 and includes special perks including VIP parking and tropical-themed merchandise.

Tickets can be bought online at www.thecolorrun.ae, and in person at Adventure HQ stores in JBR, Times Square Centre and Galleria Mall in Dubai, and Yas Mall and Dalma Mall in Abu Dhabi.

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Watch UFC 202 at Claw

Jay Asser 19/08/2016
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More than a diner: Claw

The biggest rivalry in combat sport at the moment comes to the forefront at UFC 202 and Claw will have the best seats to view the exciting live action.

Dubai’s American hub will open its doors extra early tomorrow morning for the must-watch event, which features a rematch of featherweight champion Conor McGregor up against Nate Diaz in the headliner.

McGregor suffered the first UFC loss of his career to Diaz at UFC 196 in March and is seeking redemption, while his opponent is looking to prove his worth once again and knock out the brash-talking Irishman.

The tension between the two has been on full display in the lead-up to the fight and the result could be a captivating clash in the Octagon.

Serving as the warm-up, former light heavyweight championship challengers Anthony Johnson and Glover Teixeira will also be on the card, along with a bevy of other enticing fights to appease your hunger before the main event.

UFC 202 rankings implications

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Not only can you watch it all at Claw, but the restaurant will be serving up a la carte favourites and a special UFC food menu bright and early in the morning.

Doors open at 05:30 and for a prepaid Dh180 for a reservation, guests can redeem the amount on food and drinks. Put your diet aside for a day and indulge in some delicious food and thirst-quenching drinks while watching top fighters duke it out.

Red Bull girls will also be at Claw from 07:00 to add to the atmosphere and Red Bull will have a specially-concocted mocktails menu to get you energised and awake in the early hours.

Challenge your friends and test your knowledge in the ‘Pick the Winner’ competition, with prizes up for grabs. Claw, located at Souk al Bahar in downtown Dubai, has regular hours of noon to 02:00 daily.

For this special occasion, don’t miss the chance to experience an electric atmosphere which will have you feeling like you’re watching in Vegas.

WHAT: UFC 202 live viewing at Claw
WHERE: Souk al Bahar, downtown Dubai
WHEN: Sunday, August 21 from 05:30 onwards
CONTACT: Visit www.clawbbq.com and www.facebook.com/clawbbq for more information, or call 04 432 2300 to make reservations.

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Duplays launch four new netball events in Dubai

Denzil Pinto 17/08/2016
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Shoot and score: Matches are set to take place during the next nine weeks.

The climate in the UAE may still be hot, but this hasn’t stopped Duplays from launching four new netball events which get under way in Dubai this month.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced player, there’s something for everyone with different level competitions to choose from.

Their Division One will see their competitive standard games played every Monday from August 29 at Emirates International School, while the venue will also host the Sunday recreational league which begins a day earlier.

Matches will also be played at Dubai College with the title up for grabs in the recreational ‘Behind Netball Lines Division Two’ event from August 30.

And for those who want to try out the sport and have fun, then the Social Netball Division Three competition, played every Tuesday, is the one for you.

As the UAE’s largest sport and social club with more than 5,000 members, Duplays know a thing or two about sport.

Their leagues cover a range of sports including volleyball, cricket and badminton, which are hugely popular and netball is no different.

“We’ve been running netball leagues for around three to four years now and every year it’s gone from strength to strength,” said Kris Belen, league administrator at Duplays.

“We’ve seen an encouraging response to team entries and we expect more to come in before the leagues begin.”

The best netball teams in Dubai will be able to fight for glory in the coming weeks.

The best netball teams in Dubai will be able to fight for glory in the coming weeks.

Players will battle for glory over nine weeks, playing one 40-minute game per week. The top teams will advance to the Cup competition, while the rest will vie for the Plate between weeks seven and nine.

Players must be 18 and over with squads no more than nine. Team entry costs Dh3,900, while individuals (who will be formed into a team) are also welcome to sign up for Dh500.

With a few days to go, Belen insists there are plenty of positives by joining.

“The great thing about the UAE is that it’s very multicultural and we realise that many people have played the sport back home. So now’s a great time to play the sport again especially as it’s the new sports season for us,” she said.

“Even those who’ve never tried the game can join as there are different playing levels to choose from. It’s in two great locations and the players will really enjoy themselves playing on a weekly basis.

“It’s also a good way to make new friends and keep active.”

WHAT: Duplays new netball leagues
WHERE: Emirates International School and Dubai College
WHEN: Starts between August 28 to 30. Runs for nine weeks until October
CONTACT: For more information, visit duplaysdubai.playpass.com

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