The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay might be a few months away but you and your colleagues can start your preparations now with registrations open.
More than 1,000 runners from different organisations are expected to descend on the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) for the third edition on February 7.
Companies will battle it out for the number one spot, with employees making their way around the unique one-mile (1.6km) route by the iconic DIFC gate building.
Each team will be comprised of 10 runners, with each participant running one lap of the course before passing the baton to the next member. The side with the fastest cumulative time for 10 one-mile laps will be crowned champions.
While all teams will be striving for victory, team-bonding and building new contacts are just some of the core tenets of the event.
Since its inception in London in 2007, the event has gone from strength to strength with San Francisco, Sao Paulo and Tokyo among the cities to have hosted a race.
So far, 27 races have been held across the globe with runners completing 25,250 miles – the equivalent of circumnavigating the earth.
Following on from the success of last year’s edition, Alya Al Zarouni, senior vice president of operations at DIFC Authority, is confident this year’s will be no different.
“This is the third time we are the venue partner for the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay and each year the event gets bigger and better, with fiercer competition among participating companies,” he said.
“This is a great opportunity for us to showcase DIFC as more than a top 10 global financial centre – the centre is widely recognised as a leading destination for business and lifestyle.
“We are delighted to be involved in this international event once more and we look forward to seeing Dubai’s professionals on the course.”
Once the relay is finished, the fun continues as participants, including friends and family, can enjoy the after-event party with live music, food, beverages and entertainment.
WHAT: Bloomberg Square Mile Relay Dubai
WHERE: Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
WHEN: February 7, 2018
CONTACT: For more information or to register visit www.squaremilerelay.com/dubai
It’s that time of the year when the weather begins to relent and allows those in the UAE to look for new outdoor pursuits.
And for golf lovers in Dubai, The Els Club is the perfect location to have a ball.
The club, nestled right in the heart of Dubai Sports City, is the ideal location to hone your golfing skills, irrespective of your level, while relaxing with friends and family.
The Els Club brings together characteristics of the international courses on which the legendary Ernie Els made his name; bunkers from Royal Melbourne, the rolling fairways of Muirfield, and greens from Pinehurst.
Each hole has four differing tee lengths, allowing handicap and scratch golfers alike to challenge their skill and strategy against the best the world of golf has to offer. As a destination, The Els Club has a lot to offer.
Run by golf management company Troon, it boasts some of the best practice facilities in the region with a fully lit driving range, open until 21:30, along with a world-class short game area.
Furthermore, The Els Club is home to the only Butch Harmon School of Golf outside of the United States.
Harmon is widely regarded as one of the finest golf coaches in the world, and the school is built on his proven teaching methods and unique philosophy.
Supported with state-of-the-art equipment and elite level instructors, the school offers a variety of options for golfers on all levels. Apart from golfing facilities, there are a variety of award-winning food and beverage offerings.
Named after Ernie Els’ record-breaking score at the 2003 Mercedes Championship, the 261 spike bar is a perfect place to relax and unwind after a round of golf, catch some sport or watch Dubai’s spectacular sunsets over the signature course.
Speaking about the venue, The Els Club general manager Karl Whitehead said: “Here at The Els Club we pride ourselves on delivering quality across the board. Whether that be the presentation and playability of our course, or with the overall daily experience – our young and dynamic team have huge passion to deliver quality each and every day.
‘’Membership is a big thing for us and is the most advantageous way to enjoy our facility 365 days a year. We are unique in that we are the only golf club in Dubai whereby you make a financial return on your membership via our unique transferable initiation fee model.
“We have a variety of options: family, single, full week, midweek and corporate. In addition to this, we offer wide ranging member only benefits like premium cash back tier on all spend, members only lounge, complimentary meeting room usage for business or pleasure, members only section on our range, enrolment into Troon programmes, exclusive extended tee time booking windows, and a wide variety of access to our multiple club partners.
“On top of all this, there has been no better time to join. For a limited time and with limited capacity, we have a very special membership offer to take advantage of.”
While enjoying the facilities at The Els Club, don’t forget to make the most of their loyalty programmes – the premier golf loyalty programme Troon Rewards along with Dubai Sports City’s own SCORE cash back loyalty scheme.
Whitehead added: “Our award winning restaurants are open to the community as well as our membership and again, we pride ourselves on being the best – serving the best quality food, providing the best service and generally being a great place to enjoy time with family and friends.”
For more information about membership, simply contact the Els Club on the number below.
WHAT: The Ernie Els Club, membership registrations
WHERE: Dubai Sports City
CONTACT: For more information, call 044 25 100 or visit www.elsclubdubai.com.
Yas Marina Circuit has announced the return of the TRD 86 Cup, which will take place from October 2017 to March 2018, at the home of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Supported once again by Toyota Racing Development (TRD) the series, which is back for its fourth successive season, will feature grassroots and professional racing action and see the return of experienced drivers such as Karim Al Azhari, Gregory Pain and Shihab Al Faheem but will also feature a bigger field of new drivers, who are yet to be announced.
Also new this year is the addition of the ‘Race Weekend Hire Packages’, which start at AED12,400 per round and offers already licenced drivers by Yas Marina Circuit to participate on a more flexible basis.
The sustainable local motor sport initiative, that has grown year-on-year, was first introduced by Yas Marina Circuit in 2014 to enable amateur racers to drive in a professional, competitive environment and allows drivers to gain experience of racing on a level playing field and the most affordable one-make motor racing series in the Middle East.
Speaking about the return of TRD 86 Cup, Saud Al Qaydi, Yas Motor Racing Club Project Manager, said: “Since the TRD 86 Cup started back in 2014 we have seen phenomenal growth in the local motorsport scene combined with very strong demand for local motorsport competition here in the UAE.
“Since its inception the TRD 86 Cup and Yas Racing Series itself has gone from strength to strength and we are now seeing even more drivers than ever register for the 2017-18 events.
“Whether its entry-level races for amateurs or international series for seasoned professionals, Yas Marina Circuit’s season of motorsport will offer fans a comprehensive range of racing. This year promises to be a spectacular season of racing.”
The season opener will run from Friday 27th to Saturday 28th October with the return of the popular Yas Racing Series, held under the umbrella of Yas Motor Racing Club.
This season will again feature a mix of professional and amateur drivers as they look to compete head to head for a place on the podium across two separate categories – Gold and Silver – in the first of six competitive rounds that will see the TRD 86 Cup winner crowned in March next year.
Prospective drivers can still enter the series by visiting www.yasmarinacircuit.com.