If you’re looking to learn swimming or even develop your skills in the water, here’s your chance to pick the brains of an ex-world bronze medallist professional at his brand new academy in Dubai.
Gators DXB was just launched in December, but already has attracted around 100 swimmers of different nationalities under the supervision of ex-Egyptian swimmer Mohamed El-Zanaty and his coaching team.
Based at Hamdan Sports Complex with classes also held at German School, whether you’re a beginner or advanced level swimmer, various programmes are offered.
Their Baby Gators is open to kids aged two and above, which introduces them to the basics of swimming. Once you know the first steps in freestyle and backstroke, then their Development Gators will see you improve your techniques as well as working on the other strokes.
For those who already know how to swim, they will be put in the Gators Team, which consists of swimmers competing in national and international competition.
While there are many fantastic academies in the UAE, head coach El-Zanaty feels there are plenty of reasons on why people should join Gators DXB. “Gators DXB is Dubai’s No1 professional swimming academy,” said El-Zanaty, who was also the former coach of the UAE national team.
“We’ve only been opened since December but we have more than 100 swimmer of different levels and nationalities, but we still want more swimmers to join us.
“It doesn’t matter whether they can swim or not. There are different classes that are available. Newcomers will have to do a try-out session and based on their abilities, we’ll put them in the correct class.
“Our aim is to help them develop their techniques and knowledge so that they can go on and represent their country at national and international competitions. As well as swimming, athletes will also learn the importance of fitness, which is also implemented in the programme.”
El-Zanaty added: “We know there are a lot of academies in the country. Although we have small numbers, I feel we have a strong squad in terms of quality, not quantity.”
“From what I’ve seen there’s been a lot of progress and are learn ing fast. Overall, it’s a great place for swimmers who want to reach the top level.”
“Swimming is something I love and I can pass on my knowledge and experience to the people so hopefully they can achieve best results in the future.”
WHAT: Gators DXB coaching
WHERE: Hamdan Sports Complex, Dubai
WHEN: Various sessions throughout the week
CONTACT: Call 050 141 7956 or visit Gators DXB Swimming Team Facebook page.
Cyclists can rejoice with the return of Ride Ajman, back for a second year with a new and improved edition.
Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Abdulaziz Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD) & Department of Lands and Properties, the event will take place at the beautiful Ajman Corniche on Friday, April 7.
Following a successful inaugural edition, the community cycle has expanded this year to a 104km route with full road closures beginning from Ajman Corniche and running through the emirate.
In addition to the longer route, the second Ride Ajman will also feature a dedicated 52km UAE National Development Race for UAE nationals to spark interest and participation, while a 7km charity ride is open to all, with the proceeds donated to Al Jalila Foundation – Ride Ajman’s charity partner.
There are even cash prizes for the winners in the various race categories, totalling Dh138,000. First, second and third place for male (19-49), female (19-49), junior (16-18), senior male (50+) and senior female (50+) in the 104km Open will earn Dh10,000, Dh8,000 and Dh5,000. respectively.
Along with the cash prizes, trophies will be awarded to the winners in an awards ceremony and celebratory breakfast following the end of the races.
Faisal Al Nuaimi, general manager of ATDD, said: “We are continuously looking at innovative ways to promote Ajman as the ideal venue for sports as well as the perfect location for tourists from within the UAE and abroad.
“This is the second year we will be hosting this fantastic event with full support from the authorities and we will be building on last year’s success to offer a unique race for all cyclists.”
For those wanting to make a weekend of it and experience Ajman to the fullest, there are weekend room rates provided by the six sponsoring hotels of the event – Fairmont Ajman, Ajman Saray, Ramada Beach Hotel Ajman, Kempinski Hotel Ajman, The Oberoi Beach Resort Al Zorah and The Ajman Palace.
Registration costs Dh250 for the 104km, Dh200 for the 52km and Dh50 for the 7km, and can be done through www.hopasports.com ahead of this Friday’s deadline.
Race packs can be collected from noon to 19:00 on April 4-5 from Revolution Cycles Dubai, and from 10:00 to 22:00 on April 6 from Fairmont Ajman.
Get on your bike and cycle to glory while enjoying the scenery of the smallest emirate in the UAE at Ride Ajman.
WHAT: Ride Ajman
WHERE: Ajman Corniche
WHEN: Friday, April 7, with registration closing on Friday, March 31
CONTACT: Visit www.hopasports.com for info and registration
Rush-A-Way are known for their adventure races and now they’re adding a corporate twist to their experience with their Corporate Challenge.
To be held on Saturday, April 22 at a venue that will be revealed two weeks prior, the event is set to pit corporate teams against each other as participants battle for the title.
The Corporate Challenge is open to 100 teams comprised of two to four members, who will navigate through eight different challenges.
Each challenge is set up at different locations around Dubai, which competitors will get to by use of a car. The location details of the next challenge will be given when teams complete the previous challenge.
As always, the team with the highest score in the end will earn bragging rights and the grand prize, making this less of a race and more of a competition based on the results throughout.
If you’ve never taken part in a Rush-A-Way challenge before, here’s what you can expect from the various challenges on the course.
For one, they are designed to test teams’ skillsets across the board, which will allow different members to shine.
If you’re a jack of all trades, you’ll have a better chance of completing the challenges as they’ll range from testing speed, logic, fitness, accuracy, perseverance and navigational skills. Most of all though, the challenges will force teams to work together to build teamwork and camaraderie – key factors in the workplace.
Following the conclusion of the event, medals and trophies will be given to the teams who finish in first, second and third place, while an Excellence Award will be presented to the organisation with the most entries and a Best Performing Company Award handed to the organisation whose top three teams accumulated the most points.
Teams can sign up now through www.rushawayuae.com and receive an early bird discount until April 8, before the regular registration fee applies from April 9 onwards. Included in the entry fee is a branded t-shirt with company name and logo, along with a goody bag.
Team members must represent their company and be aged 18 or older, while one person on the team must have a valid UAE driving license and one smartphone with 3G/4G internet to access the Rush-A-Way web application, which will give all the relevant information during the event.
Build teamwork outside of the office and go on an adventure with your colleagues in the Rush-A-Way Corporate Challenge.
WHAT: Rush-A-Way Corporate Challenge
WHERE: Dubai, TBA
WHEN: Saturday, April 22