Dubai Sports City is set to host a must-do community cycling event, with hundreds of families, first time and experienced cyclists preparing to take part in the ninth edition of The Great Dubai Pulse Ride – Off Road.
The free event, which takes place on Friday, March 24, will see cyclists of all ages and abilities tackle three different routes and distances, with a 5km and 10km family ride and a more challenging 20km route on offer.
Each route offers participants a safe, off-road and traffic-free ride with a full support team on hand to manage the event.
With participation numbers growing since its launch in 2013, the event has now become a must-do cycling event for Dubai residents, families and keen cyclists alike. Over 6,000 people have now taken part in the ride since its inception.
Dubai Sports City president, Khalid Al Zarooni, himself a keen cyclist, said: “Since we started the event in 2013 cycling in this country has gone from strength to strength and I am delighted that The Great Dubai Pulse Ride – Off Road has contributed to that growth, we’ve seen over 6,000 people already take part.”
“This year we have already witnessed the professionals ride through the streets of Dubai Sport City as part of the Dubai Tour and now it’s the community’s turn to get on their bikes and have a go.”
“The great thing about The Great Dubai Pulse Ride – Off Road is that it creates an opportunity for those new to cycling, families and more experienced cyclists to all come together and enjoy an off-road cycling experience in a safe, secure environment. It’s truly an event for all the family.”
“Cycling is a huge part of Dubai Sports City’s philosophy and as part of that we want to encourage everyone to lead a healthier, more active lifestyle, this is why we are committed to developing sustainable initiatives like The Great Dubai Plus Ride where the whole community can get involved.”
As well as more than Dh10,000 in prizes on offer from Dubai Sports City and the Cycle Hub, those who are not cycling will also be able to join in the fun as there will be family-friendly activities taking place throughout the Sports Village.
With activities such as bouncy castles, kids’ art and crafts and a local market zone there is something for all the family to enjoy, whether cycling or supporting, making the eighth edition of The Great Dubai Pulse Ride – Off Road an event not to be missed.
Registration can be completed through www.thecyclehub.com.
Entrants can also enter on the day at Dubai Sports City’s Sports Village from 07:00, with the event commencing at 08:00 at Sports Park, Dubai Sports City.
With schools set for spring break at the end of the month, parents will be looking for ways to keep their children active over the holidays.
Those planning to stay in town should look no further than Zayed Sports City’s (ZSC) camps.
Running from March 26-30 and April 2-6, there will no shortage of options for children at the capital venue.
ZSC’s Kids Holiday camp offers youngsters, aged 5-12, a variety of activities including bowling, ice skating, movies and arts and crafts.
At their Ice Skating camp, those aged five and above can learn the basics of the sport under the supervision of certified coaches. Based on their popular Learn to Skate programme, it will see them build their endurance, flexibility, coordination and balance techniques through off-ice and on-ice sessions.
There is also the brand new Kids Weekend club, which will run on Fridays and Saturdays from March 31 to April 29 between 11:00 and 17:00.
ZSC are no strangers to hosting camps with their previous editions proving hugely popular and this month’s will be no different.
“Every year we refine our camps based on customer feedback and experience and as a result we reach full capacity very quickly,” said Barry Bremner, general manager of ZSC.
“Spring is the busiest season for us and we are planning on a full programme for both ZSC Kids Holiday and ZSC Academy Ice Skating camps. These have been great initiatives for us and for the community.”
“Each camp has its own unique element that makes it stand out.”
“For ZSC Academy Ice Skating camp, it’s the only one of its kind in the capital. We have a 100 per cent improvement rate in the kids abilities and skills and every single camper is a better skater on Thursday than they were on Sunday thanks to our dedicated and well-qualified coaches.”
“For ZSC Kids Holiday camp, the biggest selling point is offering the longest camp at more than nine hours. It’s perfectly timed for working parents and busy families.”
The Kids Holiday camp runs from 08:30 to 17:30 and costs Dh1,000 per week with a 10 per cent discount for additional siblings.
The Ice Skating camp will be held from 09:00 to 13:00, priced at Dh750, while the Kids Weekend club is Dh200 per day or Dh300 for the weekend. Bremner says there are plenty of positives on why parents should enroll their children.
“It’s a fun and active day and this is really important. Our camp will ensure that they keep active throughout the day,” he said.
When it comes to cricket there’s no better place for youths to learn the game than at the ICC Academy in Dubai.
Since opening in 2009, the venue has become the hot-spot for not just the stars of tomorrow but also top international players. The likes of Kevin Pietersen, David Warner and Sachin Tendulkar are just some of the players to visit when touring the UAE.
That’s no surprise considering their world-class facilities and top coaching programmes. And with the schools breaking up at the end of the month, ICC Academy have organised their Babyshop Easter camps from March 26 to 30, and April 2 to 6, for children to sharpen their skills and make new friends.
Children aged between 3 to 6 can look forward to learning some of the basic skills including hand-eye co-ordination, balance, agility, catching and batting in the Babyshop Cricket Cubs camp.
For youths aged between 7 to 12, the Warriors camp will see them learn specialist batting techniques, bowling, fielding as well as play interactive and fun games against their peers.
ICC Academy are no strangers to hosting camps with their summer editions proving hugely popular, and this month’s will be no different.
“Since launching our cricket programmes they have been very successful and support players from ages 3 to 18,” said Will Kitchen, general manager at ICC Academy.
“The great thing about cricket is that is has so many different aspects. There are various kinds of bowling variations, fielding positions, batting positions, game formats etc that there’s genuinely something for everyone.”
The Babyshop Cricket Cubs Camp sessions take place from 16:00 to 16:45 with the price costing Dh500. The Warriors camp is held from 09:00 to 12:00 and is priced at Dh900 which includes lunch.
With a few days to go, Kitchen insists there will be plenty of positives for children who sign up.
“There really is no other facility like ICC Academy in the world,” he said.
“The combination of our world-class facilities plus our expert coaches means the learning environment at ICC Academy is incomparable. We want to make sure that children this Easter break have fun but also stay active and this is a great way to learn new skills, meet new friends and also have a great time.”