Join Dart Players Middle East's ongoing Winter League to hit the bullseye

Jay Asser 4/11/2017
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Take aim and hit your mark with Dart Players Middle East (DPME), the leading community for the sport in the region.

If you’re not already a darts aficionado, it may seem like an intimidating activity to get immersed in. But DPME is attempting to make darts accessible for those who want to take it up, or for those who want to play with fellow enthusiasts.

DPME have leagues and competitions running throughout the year, with their Winter League currently under way. You can still join, however, and show off your skills to earn bragging rights.

The Winter League, which is two weeks into the season, features two divisions, with five teams in Division A and six teams in Division B.

League games are played every Wednesday night from 20:00 to 23:00 at various venues across Dubai, depending on which team is the home side.

Whether you’re a social player or looking for serious competition, the Winer League is the perfect way to get involved with darts.

Construct a team of men or women – each team requires a minimum of four players and a maximum of 10 – to take part in the varied formats (501 and cricket).

Check out the scene for yourself and see how DPME continues to grow and gather more like-minded players.

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“We started off as a darts team around a year ago now, with just a group of people who would be interested in playing,” said DPME club secretary Ross Hampton.

“There’s obviously a big expat base over and a lot of people come over from different countries who enjoy the social side of it and the competitive side as well. So we tried to put together a structure so everyone can do that.”

Head to www.dartplayersmiddleeast.com for all the latest updates on DPME, including upcoming competitions, results and more.

WHAT: Dart Players Middle East Winter League

WHERE: Venues across Dubai

WHEN: Wednesday nights from 20:00 to 23:00

CONTACT: Visit www.dartplayersmiddleeast.com and the community’s Facebook page for more information

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Take advantage of a free offer and find a fairway to play at Abu Dhabi City Golf Club

Denzil Pinto 21/10/2017
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Pro-moting the game: The professionals will guide you through every stroke.

Act now to grab your chance of learning to play golf without having to part with a single dirham at Abu Dhabi City Golf Club (ADCGC) this week.

Starting from today and running daily right through until Saturday, October 28, you can take your first steps of getting into the swing of things as part of ADCGC’s vision in promoting the game to newcomers.

Open to all ages, you will learn different techniques and methods under the supervision of the club’s qualified PGA professionals.

The venue has regularly hosted free taster sessions to kids to much success and David Taylor, head teaching professional at ADCGC, says the club wants to replicate that again this week.

“The aim of the week is to showcase what we do at Abu Dhabi City Golf Academy and introduce as many new golfers to the game as possible,” he said.

“We aim to continue to be the leading academy in Abu Dhabi for developing golf, and providing an unparalleled experience and opportunity to play this great game.

“The lessons will be taken on our two-tiered driving range and will focus on the fundamentals of the swing. New golfers will learn the basic set-up, hold and swing movements, whilst golfers who have played before will be able to take advantage of our expert PGA qualified pros who will be on hand to get the best out of their game.

“We have had great success with a free golf week for juniors in the past so we thought we would extend this opportunity to learn golf in a fun and relaxed atmosphere to everyone in the UAE.

Bunker down: Enjoy the golf course and its beautiful backdrop in free taster sessions.

Bunker down: Enjoy the golf course and its beautiful backdrop in free taster sessions.

“We take great pride in being known as ‘The People’s Golf Club’ and we hope our friendly, positive and welcoming approach can help more and more people play the game. There is sometimes a stereotype in golf that golf clubs can be intimidating places, certainly not here at Abu Dhabi City Golf Club.”

The one-hour classes are available from 09:00 to 10:00 (today until Thursday) or 10:00 to 11:00 on Friday and Saturday, with all equipment provided. Limited places are available and Taylor says there is no reason to turn down the opportunity, especially with some fantastic prizes up for grabs.

“Very simply, this is a great opportunity to try golf here in Abu Dhabi and all for completely free,” he added. “

At Abu Dhabi City Golf Club we strive to provide an accessible, welcoming and fun learning environment for all golfers, their families and friends. We can’t wait to get started and see a week of smiles and happy golfers.”

WHAT: Free Golf Week

WHERE: Abu Dhabi City Golf Club

WHEN: Today until Saturday

CONTACT: Ring 02 444 9641 or email [email protected]

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New Balance have a new home at Dubai Mall so get familiar with one of the most fashion forward brands

Jay Asser 11/10/2017
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UAE residents now have another reason to frequent Dubai Mall, with a brand new New Balance store welcoming sport and lifestyle lovers to check out its range of footwear and apparel.

What’s so appealing about the new store? After all, there are countless shops in the sprawling Dubai Mall So what makes the New Balance space worth a visit?

For one, the brand has never been more popular or fashion forward. New Balance has come to encompass more than just its roots of running by now featuring heavily in lifestyle and performance in other sports, such as football and baseball.

The 574 Sport should be reason enough to make a trip though, considering its blend of modern aesthetics and comfort. Every sneakerhead should have a pair in their collection, with the shoes perfect for casual wear while keeping you light on your feet.

But there are several other styles or models that you can find at the New Balance store, depending of course on what you’re looking for. One of the walls of the space prominently features running footwear, while the opposite wall displays the lifestyle products.

And tying the entire store together is a unique, curved digital screen that extends from the back wall up to the ceiling, giving the space a sleek finish.

Check out the store for yourself and if you’re not already familiar with New Balance, it’s as good a time as any to get familiar, considering the brand is on the rise in the region.

The new store will feature NB apparel for lifestyle and sport

The new store will feature NB apparel for lifestyle and sport

“This is really a statement for the brand and its expansion,” said Stuart Henwood, country manager of New Balance Middle East and India. “We’ve now been in operation for around 18 months, building the brand in the GCC and opening up stores in various locations, but Dubai Mall is really the epicentre of where retail is in the GCC.

“Eighty-plus million people walked through that mall last year and really looking at the consumer mix in the region, with Saudi Arabia and consumers across the Gulf, it’s really a flagship location with where we’re positioned in the mall.

“We’re close to the entrance and that’s really a statement of intent of what the brand is doing from an investment standpoint in the
region. It’s to say ‘We are here, we’re a brand that’s been existing for a long, long time and we’re really here to build the brand in a really strong way in the Gulf.’”

What: New Balance store

Where: Dubai Mall, ground level

When: Dubai Mall open daily until 23:00 on weekdays and until midnight on weekends

Contact: Visit www.newbalance.com or call 056 526 8663 for more information

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