The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix might seem a long way off but now’s the time to take advantage of the early bird discount for tickets for the Formula One season-ending showpiece.
The glamourous and exhilarating motorsport spectacle returns to the capital from November 24 to 26, as Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and the rest of the elite battle for top honours at the iconic Yas Marina Circuit.
Since it was introduced to the F1 calendar, Abu Dhabi has not failed to disappoint with each year raising the bar and if you want to see for yourself why it’s one of the most popular events in the country, then now’s the time to purchase tickets with up to 30 per cent off until May 31.
“Our ticket pricing structure allows our most loyal fans and those buying their tickets early to get the best discounts available,” said Nick McElwee, sales and marketing director at Yas Marina Circuit.
“With limited capacity, we know we are going to sell out, and what we try and do is increase the number of ticket purchases early on, this helps our event planning. “Part of the attraction of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is the number of international fans, and this is also something that happens as a result of our early bird offers.”
Ticket prices start from Dh995 for a three-day Abu Dhabi Hill pass while Yas suites and Club lounge admission is also available. As the last race of the 2017 season, there could be all to play for.
Four-time champion Vettel seems to have rediscovered his best form with two victories at Ferrari, while Hamilton and his new Mercedes team mate Valterri Bottas have also topped the podium.
And there could be plenty of twists and turns by the time we reach Abu Dhabi.
Besides the action on the track, you will not be short of options for entertainment with after-race concerts also lined up.
“Of course, whatever happens with the F1 championship, it will always be high drama at the Abu Dhabi GP,” added McElwee.
“Not only do our fans get all the on-track action, but off-track they will get to experience A-list afterrace concerts, fantastic entertainment in our Oasis Areas, a ‘Kids Go Free’ offer this year on the Friday for the first time and finally, easy access to Yas Island entertainment including Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas WaterWorld!”
He added: “We now have thousands of people attending the Abu Dhabi GP each year and this year we are on track to see 65 per cent of attendees being non-UAE residents. That is because we not only provide world-class motorsport action on track but great value entertainment off the track too.”
Basketball never stops and here’s your chance to reign supreme with the return of Ball Above All’s new season.
The popular recreation league offers four different divisions of play for the summer, with Men’s Elite, Men’s Semi Elite-Corporate, Women’s Elite-Corporate and Mixed.
Monday is the final day to register a team, so if you’re ready to assemble your squad, or are an individual player looking for a side, make sure to sign up immediately.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a former pro or just someone who likes to hit the blacktop from time to time, Ball Above All caters to players of all skill levels and abilities.
All games are five-on-five, have four 10-minute quarters and will be played at GEMS Nations Academy, Barsha, with stats recorded throughout the four leagues.
Not only will players vie for the ultimate bragging rights, but also for prize money, a championship trophy, medals, a Most Valuable Player award and a Top Scorer award.
Since arriving in the UAE, Ball Above All has grown to become the premiere recreational league in the region, featuring some of the best talent in the basketball community.
The Men’s Elite League has even had former NBA players and if you think you can hang with the best of the best, form your team and sign up for the Division 1 challenge Games will be played every Monday, May 15 to July 17, from 19:00 to 23:00.
The entry fee is Dh5,500 per team and the prize money is Dh8,000. If the Men’s Elite League sounds too intense for you, the Men’s Semi Elite-Corporate League is a more social way to play the game, allowing players to meet and network with other people.
In the intermediate Division 2, games run every Wednesday, May 17 to July 19, from 19:00 to 23:00. The entry fee is Dh4,500 per team and the prize money is Dh5,000.
Whether you’re in game shape or need a run to find your legs, Ball Above All also offer pick-up games every week at GEMS Nations Academy from 20:30 to 22:00.
Up to 15 players can join at Dh50 per person, with games consisting of five-on-five scrimmages.
Start your day in a healthy way by joining the Wellman Walk for Health in Dubai next weekend, with registration still open.
On Friday, May 12 from 06:30, hundreds will flock to the Mamzar Beach tracks and you can play your part in making it a success ahead of Thursday’s deadline.
Open to all ages and abilities, you will walk a total distance of 3km as organisers Team Sports UAE aim to send out a message on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
“This is the first Wellman Walk for Health organised in Dubai and the aim of it is pretty simple; we want to create the awareness of how priceless health is to people’s lives,” said Meher Un Nissa, events director of Team Sports UAE.
“The UAE organises many aquathlon, triathlon and running events throughout the year and there are a lot of fitness clubs. “But there are also people who are suffering from diabetes and heart problems and we wanted to have something that is just a walk because it’s something that everyone does on a daily basis. No equipment is required and it’s something that people of all ages and abilities can do.”
Upon completion of the 3km course, participants can also have a free BMI check up, while the fun doesn’t stop there with plenty of entertainment in the race village.
“This is more than just walk. Not only is it about raising awareness, but we hope that people who do take part will be even more encouraged to take up more sports,” said Un Nissa.
“The walk is not timed and it’s a great opportunity to start the day on a healthy note with your friends and family in a fantastic place at Mamzar Beach in Dubai.”
Entry for the walk, which is under the supervision of Dubai Sports Council, costs Dh50 per person, which includes a medal for all finishers and refreshments. There will also be a chance to win some prizes in the raffle draw.
“As the Walk for Heath falls on a Friday, we want as many people to sign up and show their support and it will be an enjoyable way to start the weekend,” said Un Nissa.
She added: “The other events that we have held have been well received and we hope there will be another big turn-out on Friday morning.”