Going Out: Rev your engine at Al Ain Raceway

Jay Asser 23/08/2016
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Have fun: Drivers as young as seven can enjoy karting at the top-class venue.

The state-of-the-art karting facility may be a bit of a drive for Dubai and Abu Dhabi residents, but the trip to the emirate will be well worth it when you’re speeding down Al Ain Raceway’s track.

Since opening in 2007, the venue has been the UAE’s only internationally accredited standard track and has hosted a number of events, including the UAE Rotax MAX Challenge National Karting Championship and the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals.

Even if you’re not an experienced driver and just want to experience karting for the first time, Al Ain Raceway has something for all levels.

One experience on offer is the summer ‘happy hour’. Drive solo or bring family, friends or co-workers to enjoy the thrills behind the wheel between 16:00 and 18:00 from Monday to Friday to receive 25 per cent off the sessions. The only requirement is drivers must be aged at least seven years.

Another offer allows you to buy two ‘arrive and drive’ sessions every Monday for Dh240 and get the third free of charge. Test your speed on the 1.6km track in either individual sessions or with a group to challenge yourself.

Take your pick: Racing fans can drive solo or with friends and family.

Take your pick: Racing fans can drive solo or with friends and family.

Each arrive and drive session includes a full safety briefing, full race gear and 15 minutes of track time.

The senior karts are also equipped with steering wheel-mounted information screens, allowing drivers to access up-to-the-minute race data such as position and lap time. It’ll take your abilities to the next level and turn you into an advanced driver in no time.

Al Ain Raceway is open from 16:00 to 22:00 Monday to Friday until August 31 and during normal circuit hours afterwards, it will also be open from 10:00 to 18:00 on Saturday.

Visit www.alainraceway.com for more information and call 03 768 6662 to schedule your karting experience. Buckle in and start your engines for the ride of your life.

What: Karting experiences at Al Ain Raceway
Where: Khattam Al Shiklah Street, Al Ain
When: Open Monday to Friday from 16:00 to 22:00 until August 31st and then also open on Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00
Contact: Visit www.alainraceway.com for more information and call 03 768 6662 to book

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You could meet Mesut Ozil or another one of Arsenal’s players.

September 5 marks the start of another busy season for Arsenal Soccer School, who have become one of the top football academies in the UAE since opening in October 2009.

It’s no surprise considering it’s based on the same coaching philosophy used by first-team coach Arsene Wenger that has resulted in some fine goals at the Emirates Stadium and on their travels.

If you want to see why it’s highly regarded, places are still available. Budding footballers aged between four and 20 will get the chance to learn and develop their skills at the state-of-the-art facilities at The Sevens.

Under the guidance of the clubs’ qualified coaches, the 12-week courses will see them improve on all aspects of their game.

“The players will be doing a lot of technical stuff on the ball,” said head coach and former Gunners striker Ian Selley, who made over 60 appearances winning the 1993 League Cup and 1994 European Cup Winners Cup in north London.

“In the first two weeks, we’ll assess the standard of the players and see what they need to improve on and expose them to different styles of football.

“It’s not all about training, we like to mix it up and there are a lot of leagues and tournaments lined up so they can put what they practised in match situations. We also have a goalkeeping course for those who are goalies.”

First-team stars Ozil and Danny Welbeck are among the Gunners who have travelled to Dubai to share their tips, and there will be more opportunities to meet some of the club’s elite players.

“We usually have two or three players come during the season and it’s a chance for the kids to meet and train with them,” he said. “It’s great for the kids to see them live in person and we’re very lucky to have this as no other academy in Dubai can do that.”

Courses start from Dh2,190 and run in different age groups with players able to attend once, twice or three times a week.

Included in the fee, each player receives a full Arsenal Puma training kit that they can wear during classes – held weekday evenings and Friday and Saturday mornings.

With a few days to go until the start of the new term, Selley said there are plenty of reasons to join.

“It’s a good way to getting the kids involved in football from a young age and the facilities at The Sevens are the best in Dubai,” he said. “This course is quite a tough but gets them playing football straightaway. We follow the same modules that they do in the UK and we find very quickly the social players improve.”

What: Arsenal Soccer School Dubai
Where: The Sevens, Dubai
When: New term starts from September 5
Contact: For more information or to register, visit www.playthearsenalway.com/dubai.

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Going Out: Color Run heads back to Dubai

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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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