Sport in the UAE - Going Out - Keep fit this summer at Dubai Sports World

Jay Asser 26/05/2017
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Various city-based academies are part of Dubai Sports World.

It’s that time of the year again when the temperatures soar and athletes head indoors to the oasis of Dubai Sports World, where the action never stops.

This year will mark the seventh edition of the region’s largest indoor summer sports arena, in association with Dubai Sports Council, which opens on Thursday, June 1 and runs until September 2 at Dubai World Trade Centre.

Whatever your preferred sport or activity, Dubai Sports World features an all-encompassing, air-conditioned space that hosts multiple pitches and courts across 25,000 square metres.

Badminton lovers are in luck this summer as there are now 12 badminton courts on offer by Shuttle Time Dubai, up 50 per cent from last year, while once again there are four pitches for 5-a-side football, four pitches for 7-a-side football and rugby, six basketball courts, three tennis courts, a mini-cricket pitch, a regulation-sized volleyball court, a state-of-the-art gym, a fitness studio, a cycling studio, a running track and a free Table Tennis Zone.

There’s also a skate park for extreme sports enthusiasts, a ninja warrior course, a trampoline park, padel with the Zayed Abbas Tennis Academy and a ‘Just Play’ sports camp for children. That’s in addition to Dubai Sports World partners such as IFA Football Academy, Tennis360, , KAFO Academy, Rage and more.

Saeed Mohamed Hareb, general secretary of Dubai Sports Council, said: “Each year, we are delighted with the exponential growth and success of Dubai Sports World at DWTC, as it attracts more visitors, who are encouraged to follow a healthy, fit and happy lifestyle.

There are 12 badminton courts at DSW this year, up from eight last year.

There are 12 badminton courts at DSW this year, up from eight last year.

“Dubai is a leading destination for international sport and is recognised as a city that champions health and well-being through various initiatives.

“Furthermore, DSW has emerged as a unique platform to nurture young talent and spring-board professional sporting careers to a national, regional and international level.”

While there is no entrance fee to access the venue, visitors must register onsite and book to use a court or pitch, which can be done online through www.dubaisportsworld.ae.

With Ramadan currently going on, Dubai Sports World’s timings will be from 08:00 to 01:00 daily during the Holy Month.

Escape the heat this summer and keep your skills sharp while staying fit at Dubai Sports World.

WHAT: Dubai Sports World
WHERE: Dubai World Trade Centre
WHEN: Open from June 1 to September 2
CONTACT: Visit www.dubaisportsworld.ae for more information and bookings

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Come to Yas Marina Circuit this Ramadan and feel the need for speed

Denzil Pinto 22/05/2017
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Yas Marina Circuit is offering some superb driving experiences this Ramadan.

With Ramadan approaching, Yas Marina Circuit have lined up exciting car and karting experiences that will keep you and your friends busy over the Holy month.

Their popular DriveYAS and Yas KartZone activities have been a massive hit since being introduced on the YMC calendar and although the weather’s getting hotter, that shouldn’t stop you from having a fun evening out.

Get behind the wheel in some of the iconic and luxurious cars including the Ferrari 458 GT, Aston Martin GT4, Mercedes-AMG GTS, Jaguar F-type S Coupe or Formula Yas 3000 and drive around the iconic track used by Formula One stars Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.

All sessions, which start from Dh700 and must be booked in advance, will be under the guidance of YMC expert instructors and are held between 19:30 to midnight.

“Our passenger and driving experiences at Yas Marina Circuit are very popular and have been with both tourists and people that live throughout the UAE since we launched them back in 2010,” said Faisal Al Sahlawi, head of retail development at YMC.

“As Yas Marina Circuit hosts the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the circuit this makes the experience unique as those that take part get to drive on the same track as the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, all under the watchful eye of our expert instructors.”

Living life in the fast lane: Drive the iconic F1 track.

Living life in the fast lane: Drive the iconic F1 track.

As always, your safety is paramount to YMC in enjoying the driving experience. He added: “The length of experience varies on what experience you choose but each session starts with a safety briefing from our instructors, expert information about the car you are driving (or being a passenger in) and then you will be kitted out with all the safety gear you need.

“Once you are ready our instructors will take you onto the track as a passenger or get you behind the wheel to feel the thrill of Yas Marina Circuit.”

If cars aren’t your thing, then head to the KartZone for some karting fun. Taking place from 20:00 to 02:00, it’s a chance to drive around the iconic track as well as the specially designed karting course. Kids aged between eight and 12 will be charged Dh55, while it’s Dh85 for teenagers between 13-18 and Dh110 for adults. There is also a 20 per cent discount for students, who must show their valid student ID.

Al Sahlawi insists not to waste time as the kartzone will be closed from July 1 to September 1 for maintenance.

“The Yas Kartzone is extremely popular and throughout the year we have families, friends and young people visiting us from across the UAE,” he said. “Our activities and karting experiences cater for the whole family, whether you are a first-time driver or have experience, we have something for everyone.”

WHAT: Driving and karting experiences
WHERE: Yas Marina Circuit
WHEN: During Ramadan
CONTACT: For more information, visit www.yasmarinacircuit.com

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Sport in the UAE: Going Out - Gulf Star Sports’ Summer Camps for children

Denzil Pinto 22/05/2017
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Sprinting to success: Team building exercises are a big part of the camps.

There may well be four weeks until it all begins but now is the time to take advantage of Gulf Star Sports’ early bird discount for their summer camps.

Running from June 25 to August 27, across various locations in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, there’s no reason why kids aged between 3 to 13, shouldn’t be active – with football, swimming and gymnastics just some of the activities that they can look forward to.

Those who sign up before June 11 will be charged Dh650 for the five days, while it is Dh800 thereafter. Daily rates (Dh200) and three-day options (Dh550) are also available.

Gulf Star Sports are no strangers to hosting camps with their previous editions been hugely successful and are confident 2017 will be another massive hit.

“We have been running holiday camps in the UAE since 2012 and have grown into the successful and respected business we are today,” said Sam Griffiths, customer services manager at Gulf Star Sports.

“This summer we will be running camps for 10 weeks in a record number of locations across Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Holiday camps have been a flagship of Gulf Star’s success and for the 2016 summer holidays, we saw more than 200 children enroll in our camps on a weekly basis across all of our venues.”

He added: “There will be a range of activities for the kids including football, basketball, tag rugby, dodge ball, gymnastics, martial arts, swimming, dancing (including hip hop for boys and girls) and art.

“We also run team building activities throughout the week. In addition to this, we have a wide range of ‘feature games’ that are our old favourites at holiday camp. We make every activity interesting and with our team of qualified instructors and teachers we are confident that children will enjoy every aspect.”

One of the big advantages is that the camps are held in one or more locations, spread over the two emirates.

Venues in Abu Dhabi include Repton School (Reem Island), American International School, and New York University, while Jebal Ali School, Hartland International School, Foremarke School and Clarion School are among the locations in Dubai.

Timings are from 09:00 to 14:30, with early drop-off at 08:00 also available.

“When parents enroll their child in any Gulf Star camp we guarantee that they will return home with a smile on their face, and stories to tell,” added Griffiths.

“We also re-assure parents that Gulf Star is well established in the marketplace has a great reputation for providing children’s holiday camps across Dubai and Abu Dhabi, whilst working with some of the most reputable international schools in the UAE.”

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