Going Out: 2XU compression run on UAE National Day

Denzil Pinto 26/11/2016
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Are you ready to run on Friday morning?

Hundreds will flock to Meydan, The Track Golf Club in Dubai on Friday (December 2) and you can still join them before Tuesday’s deadline.

Whether you’re an experienced runner or a beginner, there’s different distances to choose with 3, 5, 10 and 15km races all on the schedule.

To mark the occasion of UAE National Day, organisers Super Sports Events are inviting all participants to pin the flag to their gear or have their face painted with the best dressed athlete winning a fantastic prize.

Since launching, the series has gone from strength to strength with the season opener proving a huge hit as more than 600 took to the track.

With 2XU Compression on board as its new title sponsors, the organisers expects another big turn-out next weekend.

“The series has got off to an amazing start with over 800 runners at our first race this season and for Race Two, we have had a lot of interest from corporate and community-based groups wanting to bring groups of runners down and organise a friendly challenge amongst themselves,” said Warren Van Der Merwe, managing director of Super Sports Events.

Race Details

  • What: 2XU Compression Run Series Race Two
  • Where: The Track Golf Club, Dubai
  • When: Friday, December 2
  • Contact: For more information, visit www.supersportsuae.com

There will also be chance for families to compete together for a discounted price.

“We will continue to offer discounted rates for groups as well as families wanting to participate as this is what the races are all about – bringing the family down and doing the race together,” he said.

Entry costs Dh150 for adults and Dh100 for juniors, which includes an electronic chip timer and a finisher’s medal.

With a few days to go, Van Der Merwe insists it will be a memorable and fun occasion.

“The Track have been amazing in supporting this event and Meydan Hotel have also offered some great prizes for competitors which include restaurant vouchers and brunch packages,” he said.

Samantha Cadwallader, marketing manager for 2XU Compression, added: “We are thrilled to continue supporting the running community by offering races that cater to all ages and abilities since we believe it is a healthy way for people to stay fit and connect with like-minded individuals.

“2XU has also produced some cool compression tights featuring the UAE flag in celebration of National Day and to mark this special occasion. It’s going to be a fabulous morning and we’re super excited to be the new title sponsors.”

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Going out: Long's bar, Dubai

Jay Asser 26/11/2016
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True to its name, Long’s Bar claims to have the longest bar in the Middle East, but the traditional pub is more than just a novelty. Located at Towers Rotana in Dubai, the 16-year-old venue features an authentic ‘Raffles’ look that makes it a popular choice to catch the most exciting live sporting action.

Whatever your preference, Long’s Bar can accommodate it with their unpretentious and relaxed atmosphere, making it the perfect spot to hang out this winter. During football, cricket or any other sporting matchday, Long’s Bar is a buzzing hive of activity, but with the aforementioned long bar, seating and space isn’t an issue.

You’ll also never miss a moment with 20 sets of 42-inch television screens sprawled across the layout. Of course, as the night goes on, Long’s Bar also has a dancefloor separate from the dining area, where a DJ will bump tunes.

Regardless, make sure to try the restaurant’s varied menu, which is full of delicious dishes like fish, burgers, steaks and classic bar food, done well with satisfying portions.

Sticking with the long theme, enjoy the venue’s ‘Sausage by the Metre’ promotion, in which you can choose from five types of meat – lamb, merguez, veal bratwurst, turkey cumberland and spicy chicken chorizo – to go with onion gravy and different mustard sauce.

Opt for either the half metre sausage for Dh65 or the metre for Dh110. Wash it all down with a cool drink as a daily happy hour runs from 14:00 to 19:00 with 30 per cent off on beverages.

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Other great offers run throughout the week at Long’s Bar, including Sunday Hops & Sports Night in which you can enjoy bucket deals, Monday Hospitality, Travel & Tourism Night where you can get a 40 per cent discount from 21:00 onwards, Tuesday Ladies Night which has two free drinks for ladies from 21:00 to midnight, Saturdays Hotelier Night where hoteliers can get 50 per cent off their total bill and Friday Pub Brunch.

Check out the authentic reproduction of a ‘spit ‘n’ sawdust’ British pub for yourself to see why Long’s Bar is regarded as an institution among expats in Dubai from all corners of the globe.

What: Long’s Bar

Where: Towers Rotana, Dubai

When: Open from noon to 03:00 daily

Contact: Visit www.rotanatimes.com/towersrotana for more information or call 04 343 8000 for bookings

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Sole DXB proves to be a big hit

Jay Asser 23/11/2016
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Dubai is often a city without identity, its melting pot of culture making it both malleable and shapeless. But sometimes, at its most defined, it can have moments of just being really freaking cool.

Sole DXB was one of those occasions, bringing together people who have distinct tastes in alternative culture, footwear, fashion, music and sport to one venue at Dubai Design District this past weekend.

If you’re someone who rocks the OVO brand, the two-day festival was definitely for you. But it was also for anyone who enjoys sneaker culture, hip hop music, the latest trends and basketball, making the event feel accessible while still creating a vibe like you’re sitting at the cool kids’ table.

‘Cool’ is a word that’s difficult to get away from in trying to describe Sole DXB, which launched in 2010. You know that dude that always has the freshest pair of Jordans and can bust dance moves with ease when Migos comes on? Yeah, that’s the human embodiment of Sole DXB.

But you didn’t have to be that dude to feel like the event was right up your alley. From something as small as a pop-up shop selling Stance socks to the street style of basketball that was at the centre of the festival, Sole DXB likely felt like a personal experience of catering to specific interests for the thousands of people that showed up.

A portion of those goers were there just to buy, sell or trade their kicks and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better outlet for that. The rows of retro editions must have been a sensory overload for sneakerheads, while Yeezys that have long been sold out in stores were readily available – as long as you care enough about what’s on your feet to shell out over Dhs4,000.

Even if you weren’t looking to leave with a new pair and your wallet feeling lighter, sneaker lovers were able to appreciate the history and timelessness at the museumlike set-ups for brands like Adidas and Nike, which, by the way, had the novel concept of being situated in a giant shoe box.

“Sole DXB in and of itself is like a dream event,” Bobbito Garcia told Sport360. “You don’t often see Nike, Adidas and Puma within like 25 feet of each other. That’s really rare. These brands hate each other, but I think they see the opportunity here in Dubai, they see what Sole DXB has done the last five years to develop and expose culture.”

Garcia’s name should sound familiar for any basketball fan. The New York City legend is synonymous with streetball, Harlem’s famous Rucker Park and sneaker culture. He kept the spectators watching the Sole Ball Above All Classic entertained during the tournament.

Garcia’s played ball in 41 countries and announced games since 1983, so if anyone can identify a unique urban setting, it’s the veteran. As they say, real recognise real.

“I think Dubai will eventually create a distinct and unique movement that will be different than what other cities represent,” he said. “There are so many different people here and they’re all mixing, so I think when you get that type of connectivity, what’s going to happen is an own style is going to emerge from all of that and I really look forward to seeing that.”

If you were at Sole DXB and felt like you could have just as easily been in New York City, London or any other metropolis, that wasn’t a coincidence according to Brandblack founder David Raysse.

“Culture is transcending places now. The same group of people are almost everywhere,” he told Sport360°.

Brandblack is exactly the type of thing Sole DXB was made for. The Los Angeles-based footwear brand, which merge sport with fashion, are relatively underground, but have such a presence that they’ve partnered with the NBA’s Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers and the NFL’s DeSean Jackson of Washington.

Raysse, who was in Dubai for the first time, considers the market to be one of the most important for Brandblack and got to witness firsthand the high level of passion for urban fashion and footwear which he didn’t see coming.

“I had an idea of what it was going to be in my mind. It’s so much bigger and so much cooler,” he said. “I thought it was going to be a sneaker convention and I’ve seen sneaker conventions. But I’m blown away.”

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