Sport in the UAE - Going Out - Make a big splash at Wadi Adventure in Al Ain

Denzil Pinto 25/06/2017
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Paddle to the max: The kayaking course provides plenty of thrills and spills.

With the summer now upon us, you will not be short of options at Wadi Adventure Al Ain whether you fancy a day on the beach or want to try out water sport activities.

Since opening five years ago in 2012, the venue has become one of the top attractions in the UAE and has now become a regular weekend getaway for friends and families looking for an adventure.

And while the temperature is scorching, Wadi Adventure’s doors are open throughout the summer allowing you to enjoy a fun day out in a fantastic location.

“Building an adventure park – which is the also the only Adventure park in the whole of the Middle East makes Wadi Adventure unique in every sense,” said Tijo John, sales and marketing manager at Wadi Adventure Al Ain.

“Being located at the base of the Jebel Hafeet mountain range and having the mountain as a back drop, provides an unparalleled views among all the other parks in the UAE.”

Surfing, rafting and kayaking are just some of the things you can look forward with classes also available. On top of that, you can also do wakeboarding as well as ziplining.

“We have the largest surf pool in the Middle East which generates waves of up to the height of over 3 metres, it’s the only pool which guarantees waves every 90 seconds unlike the seas around UAE.

“Our rafting and kayaking channels are the longest artificial rivers in the world with a length of 1.1 kilometres, while our advanced river is Grade 4 level which is often used by Olympian and World champions.”

Wadi Adventure has a number of different challenges to conquer.

Wadi Adventure has a number of different challenges to conquer.

The park is open between 10:00 and 20:00 for kayaking, rafting and wakeboarding while the beach is from 12:00 to 17:45.

Individual admission tickets vary between Dh25 and Dh50, while a family pass (two children and adults) will cost Dh100. There are extra charges for the watersport activities while packages and membership options are also available.

Big numbers flock to the venue on a weekly basis and John insists it will be a memorable visit.

“Wadi Adventure is the only adventure park in the UAE where you get to enjoy surfing, rafting, kayaking, wakeboarding and aerial obstacle courses all in one location,” he said.

“It’s also a perfect place for companies to host their team building activities while we also provide training  for people to learn surfing, kayaking and swimming.”

WHAT: Activities at Wadi Adventure Al Ain
WHERE: Wadi Adventure
WHEN: On-going
CONTACT: For more information, visit www.wadiadventure.ae

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Sport in the UAE - Ramadan at the Yas Marina Circut

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In the spirit of Ramadan, Yas Marina Circuit are co-hosting a collaborative community event with a group of Abu Dhabi-based initiatives to celebrate the togetherness of the community and the uniqueness of each of its members tomorrow.

The event, which will be held at Yas Marina Circuit Racing School during TrainYAS by Daman’s ActiveLife, titled ‘Memorable Givings’, will bring together the whole community, including children with mental disabilities and their families, for a fun-filled inclusive evening that promises to be an evening to remember.

The event will bring together people of determination (special needs) and their families with the wider Abu Dhabi community who continue to inspire us every day, which will be free for anyone to attend.

There will be activities for the whole family regardless of age or ability, including yoga, group reading by the stuttering community, solar box assembly, football drills, posture screening and massages, star gazing and a planetarium, as well as a whole lot more.

The community event will begin with a free Iftar supper from 19:00, followed by initiatives which are open to all and will include arts & crafts, educational activities, fitness and well-being initiatives, a photo booth and networking opportunities, and will run until 21:30.

Alongside the event, usual weekly TrainYAS by Daman’s ActiveLife activities will of course continue where participants can walk, run or cycle around the world famous Formula 1 track in a trafficfree, safe and friendly environment.

The local community is encouraged to attend this free event and can register at www.yasmarinacircuit.com/en/products/whats-ontrack/memorable-givings/.

The event is being organised in partnership with The Mama Bear Club, Beacon of Hope, #theadmovement and Stutter UAE.

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Sport in the UAE - Going Out: Grab your hiking boots this Autumn and try the Gulf for Good Himalayan Challenge

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Untapped beauty: Bhutan’s culture and tradition has been retained to this day.

One intrepid explorer is preparing for the adventure of a lifetime this autumn ­– and up to 20 members of the public are invited to go along with him.

Adrian Hayes is leading a life-changing journey, trekking through the last surviving Kingdom of the Himalayas with Gulf for Good from 27 October to 4 November.

The first challenge of its kind in the region, Hayes will lead this week long trek through the mountains, delivering inspiring daily workshops on personal growth, leadership, and team development.

Unlike anywhere else on earth, Bhutan is a mystical kingdom filled with dense forests, impressive mountains, ancient monasteries, and a culture unchanged by and isolated from the modern world; this will be a test of physical fitness as well as an opportunity for self-discovery in a spectacular, unspoiled country steeped in ancient history and tradition.

“This trek is not about summitting Everest; instead about overcoming the ‘Everest’ within all of us,” says Hayes.

“We will be doing some ground-breaking and change-inducing development and self-growth work, suitable for all ages, genders, and backgrounds.”

Hayes is a British record-breaking adventurer, author, speaker, presenter, leadership consultant and campaigner. An Arabic and Nepalese speaking former British Army Gurkha Officer and Special Forces reservist, he has achieved major goals in the past 10 years – Everest, K2, the North Pole, South Pole, the length of Greenland by kite-ski, the Arabian Desert by camel, two Guinness world records, two documentaries and two books.

Gulf For Good, which invests in regional children’s charities, leaves a long-lasting mark.

Gulf For Good, which invests in regional children’s charities, leaves a long-lasting mark.

He will offer insight to challengers on leveraging strengths and goal setting, maximising potential, comfort zones and overcoming challenges, as well as leadership and real teamwork.

Hayes leads this challenge in partnership with Gulf for Good, a UAE-based charity of which he is an ambassador, with challengers raising funds for the Mission Himalaya Children’s Eco Home & Farm in Nepal, a self-sustaining orphanage for abandoned children.

“We are proud to announce this challenge as a real first of its kind in the region,” said Brian Wilkie, chairman of Gulf for Good. “It offers a unique opportunity for people to spend a week of learning and development with Adrian in one of the most beautiful and remote countries in the world. The trek will be physically challenging, but certainly doable by anyone with determination and commitment.”

WHAT: Gulf for Good Himalayan Challenge
WHERE: Bhutan
WHEN: October 27 to November 4
CONTACT: [email protected]

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