Show off your Pedal Power at City Centre Sharjah's cycling revolution

Jay Asser 16/08/2017
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On track: Join the Pedal Power challenge.

Shoppers now have even more reason to head to City Centre Sharjah, with the mall hosting a new interactive game this month that will have visitors putting pedal to the metal.

Get active and win prizes in Pedal Power, a game created exclusively for City Centre Sharjah visitors that is modelled after slot car racing.

Instead of using remote controls, however, participants will have to peddle away on a stationary bike to race the miniature cars on the specially designed track and see who is the fastest to take the chequered flag.

Six racers will compete in each round, with the winners being crowned champion and receiving a medal and vouchers, along with bragging rights.

The clever concept is part of City Centre Sharjah’s aim of promoting a healthy lifestyle and combines entertainment with physical activity. Rather than offering a typical standstill game, Pedal Power puts the user literally in the seat of the action and motivates them to be active.

“Physical activity often takes a backseat in summer because of the heat, but at City Centre Sharjah you can enjoy a fun exercise indoors with a chance to win mall vouchers in our new exclusive game Pedal Power this month,” said Mohammed Al Rais, senior mall manager of City Centre Sharjah.

“Shoppers can not only take advantage of our diverse retail, leisure and F&B offerings, but we take it one step further by providing another dimension of entertainment that can be enjoyed by the entire family to create great moments.”

By spending Dh299 at City Centre Sharjah until August 31, shoppers can earn the opportunity to take on the Pedal Power challenge to win gift cards and vouchers, while also redeeming their receipts for a coupon to enter the grand draw to win a 2017 Toyota Fortuner.

Aside from Pedal Power, City Centre Sharjah has all their usual offerings of entertainment and shopping spread out among 38,000 square metres. The mall is set for bigger things as well after announcing a Dh260 million redevelopment to expand what’s on offer. including a 12-screen VOX Cinemas.

In the meantime, take a break from the usual mall trip and test your ability in Pedal Power to race to victory.

What: Pedal Power challenge
Where: City Centre Sharjah
When: Running until the end of August
Contact: Visit www.citycentresharjah.com or www.facebook.com/citycentresharjah for more information

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Tough Mudder returns to Dubai in December

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Teamwork makes the dream work: Tough Mudder is both a collective and individual effort.

The du Tough Mudder returns this December and while it may seem a long way off, you can begin your preparations for the world-renowned obstacle course challenge with registration still open.

Taking place on December 8 and 9 at Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai, those who sign up early can look forward to an adrenaline pumping challenge and experience a life-changing adventure.

Since launching in 2010, it has gone from strength to strength with more than 130 editions held worldwide and one that has already seen more than 2.5 million people participate.

Described as ‘probably the toughest event on the planet’, it is an untimed and team-orientated activity with larger than life mud-drenched obstacles designed around the values of courage, personal accomplishment, teamwork and fun.

New for the second Dubai edition is the Reach Around obstacle. Much like the name implies, this obstacle will challenge Mudders to reach up and grab hold of something they cannot see.

After scaling the face of this structure, at a backwards 45 degree angle, you will then be forced to reach up and around the overhang and pull yourself up and over the top.

Tough Mudder is the latest obstacle course craze to take the UAE by storm.

Tough Mudder is the latest obstacle course craze to take the UAE by storm.

Other signature obstacles that Mudders will face include Arctic Enema 2.0 (a head-first plunge into ice cold water),  Electroshock Therapy (the infamous final obstacle on the du Tough Mudder course which requires a muddy sprint through dangling electric wires charged with over 10,000 volts of electricity) and The Block Ness Monster. This is where Mudders will have to work together to push, pull and roll their way through 60 feet of slick, rotating barriers in a waist-deep water pit, putting the team to the ultimate test.

More obstacles are set to be announced and while full and half distances are available to choose from, with entry ranging from Dh295 to Dh490, kids can also compete in the du Mini Mudder for Dh50. The 1.5km obstacle course is open for children aged between seven-13.

And even if you’re not competing, you can still show support to your friends and family by buying a spectator ticket for Dh40.

WHAT: du Tough Mudder
WHERE: Hamdan Sports Complex, Dubai
WHEN: December 8-9
CONTACT: For more information or to register visit www.toughmudder.ae

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Stay active this summer with padel tennis at Sportsmania

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Padel tennis is catching on in the UAE thanks to Sportsmania.

Squash and tennis might well be the widely played racquet sports but here’s your chance to try out padel tennis in Dubai, which is growing in popularity in the UAE.

Having only being founded in the 1970s in South America, the only way has been up ever since and that’s no surprise considering it combines tennis, squash and badminton for a perfect sociable workout.

The game is widely played in the US and Europe, particularly in Spain, and although it’s not as familiar as football, cricket or tennis, padel is picking up the pace in the UAE.

Padel Pro UAE are playing their part in popularising the game, having opened at Sportsmania in JLT in March this year.

“We only opened in March and the response has been really good,” said Carolina Gallo Frias, club director and head coach.

“We had a lot of players playing the game and although it’s the summer now and the facilities are still open, we expect many of them to return once they’ve come back from their holidays.”

It’s played in a doubles format with the court one third the size of a tennis court, which has walls at either end.

One big advantage of joining Padel Pro is that they organise matches on your behalf as well as offering coaching. A single 90-minute match costs Dh100 per player, while it’s Dh75 for one hour.

Manic about padel tennis: The sport is played at Sportsmania, located in Dubai’s JLT area.

The sport is played at Sportsmania, located in Dubai’s JLT area.

Packages are also available. Per player and for 90 minutes, five games costs Dh450, 10 games is Dh800, 15 games at Dh1,125 and 20 games priced at Dh1,400.

Private lessons start from Dh250 per session while semi-private classes range from Dh400 to Dh1,200. There’s even more reason for Emirates airlines platinum cardholders to play, as they can take advantage of a 30 per cent discount.

Whether you’ve played the game before or just want to try it out for the first time, Frias believes there are plenty of positives by playing.

“First of all, it’s a very easy sport to play and it’s very social,” she said. “If you’re someone who has just moved to Dubai and don’t have many hobbies, then this is a good way to meet new people.

“We also arrange games so you don’t need to know someone to play a game. As long as you know how to hit the ball and move, then that’s fine. We want them to have fun and it’s very easy to play.”

WHAT: Padel Tennis
WHERE: Sportsmania, Dubai
WHEN: On-going
CONTACT: For information visit Padel Pro on Facebook or visit www.padelpro.ae

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