Get ready to rumble with WWE Live in Abu Dhabi

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Some of the most electrifying men and women in sports entertainment arrive in the UAE next month as WWE Live returns to Abu Dhabi.

It is the fourth time the WWE has visited the Emirates in the last five years and the first time since 2015 its packed star of rosters will enter the squared circle at Zayed Sports City Tennis Stadium since 2015, following the WWE’s visit to Dubai in 2016.

Roman Reigns headlines a roster bristling with talent to appear in Abu Dhabi on Thursday, December 7, with tickets available now via platinumlist.net and UAE Exchange outlets.

Reigns became only the fifth man after Hulk Hogan, the Rock, Triple H and John Cena to headline WrestleMania three times when he appeared in the main event in April.

It will be the second time that Reigns has appeared in the UAE, having competed in tag matches with his Shield stablemates Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose in October 2013.

Roman Reigns with his championship belt in 2016.

Roman Reigns with his championship belt in 2016.

Reigns will again be joined by Rollins and Ambrose, as well as Braun Strowman, Bray Wyatt, Finn Balor, Cesaro and Sheamus, among others.

Highlights of the event include the WWE Championship match between champion Jinder Mahal vs Kevin Owens, Roman Reigns vs Braun Strowman, the Intercontinental Championship match featuring Jason Jordan vs The Miz and the RAW Tag Team Championship match between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, Gallows and Anderson and Cesaro and Sheamus.

“We are excited to bring WWE Live back to Abu Dhabi following overwhelming demand from our large, passionate fan base in the region,” said Carlo Nohra, WWE Middle East vice president and general manager.

“Fans can look forward to a spectacular show of non-stop, family-friendly entertainment for WWE’s only Abu Dhabi show this year.”

WWE programming in the Middle East, including Raw, SmackDown, WWE Main Event, NXT, 205 Live, Vintage, WWE Experience, Bottom Line, Afterburn, This Week and monthly specials, such as WrestleMania and SummerSlam, are broadcast on OSN, the region’s leading pay-TV platform.

Earlier this year, WWE Wal3ooha, an exclusive weekly highlights show in Arabic, launched on OSN Sports Action 1 HD, giving fans a unique, localised WWE viewing experience. Raw, Afterburn and WWE Main Event are also broadcast on free-to-air TV channel MBC Action.

Don’t miss your only opportunity to see WWE Live in Abu Dhabi for 2017. Get your tickets now. Bronze packages are available from Dh250, with Silver tickets priced at Dh450 and Gold tickets available at Dh750.

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Sign up for the Mina Mile Open Swim Series and take the plunge

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Making a splash: This will be the 21st edition of the Mina Mile to be held in the UAE.

Barasti Beach at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina will host the 21st swim of the Super Sports Mina Mile Open Swim Series on Saturday, November 11.

This event, organised by Super Sports Events and sanctioned by the Dubai Sports Council, will offer an exciting line-up of swim races open to adults, juniors and swim teams from across the UAE.

Around 400 swimmers are expected to enter and several different race distances are on offer which include a 200m for those under 13, 400m, 800m as well as the one mile (1.6km) course.

The main event will be a one mile (1,600m) swim with four different male and female aged categories: 18 years and under, 19 to 39, 40 to 49 and 50 and over.

A 200m swim for those aged 12 and younger will also take place and be divided in to two categories, under nine and nine to 12.

For those who feel the mile swim is just out of reach, a two category male and female 400m and 800m swim is also on offer for ages 18 and under and 19 and over.

Relay races for junior and senior schools, swim clubs, companies, individual teams and families will comprise of three swimmers in a team with each team member having to swim 100m.

“Now in its 21st edition, the Mina Mile is the longest running open water swim series in the UAE and one of the most favourite swims on everyone’s event calendar,” said race director Warren van der Merwe from Super Sports Events.

“This unique race has evolved in to a real team and family affair with more and more families and teams entering. So with this in mind we are offering families and teams discounted rates so there is no excuse to get everyone in the water.

“The junior races are always popular and many of the older juniors have walked away with all the top honors in most of the races on offer in the past so it will be interesting to see if they do the same in the next race.”

Water babies: There are plenty of distances and categories for swimmers of all ages to participate in.

There are plenty of distances and categories for swimmers of all ages to participate in.

Chris de Nil – Mina Seyahi complex recreation director – will be on hand and competing with his family to make sure proceedings run smoothly, and said that the water conditions should be calm and flat and that his team of lifeguards are ready to ensure that the expected swimmers will all have a safe and enjoyable morning down on Barasti Beach.

Entry fees are Dh175 per adult and Dh125 per junior aged 18 and under, and will allow all swimmers to swim in as many events as they wish to on the day.

With four different distances on offer and 25 male and female age group categories, all participants receive a medal, electronic chip timer, certificate and swim cap.

First, second and third placed swimmers in all age group categories will receive winners’ medals and overall race distance winners get prizes from associated sponsors.

All event details and online entries can be found at www.supersportsuae.com. Entries close at midnight on Wednesday.

WHAT: Super Sports Mina Mile Open Swim Series
WHERE: Barasti Beach
WHEN: November 11
CONTACT: Visit www.supersportsuae.com

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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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