Head to McGettigan’s at JLT for an evening with All Blacks legend Dougie Howlett

Denzil Pinto 17/12/2017
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If you’re a fan of rugby, there’s plenty of reasons to visit McGettigan’s at JLT Dubai this Wednesday considering former All Blacks international Doug Howlett will be taking the stage for their latest ‘Evening With’.

Howlett, 39, was a formidable force for his country, representing his national team 62 times between 2000 and 2007. During those years, he scored 49 Test tries which not only puts him seventh in the all-time list but as New Zealand’s record Test try-scorer.

At club level, as well as having stints with Auckland Blues and Hurricanes, he was part of Munster’s triumphant squad that claimed the European Champions Cup in 2007-08, where he made 114 appearances.

Now with his playing days behind him, Howlett will be reliving those memories and answer any questions from the audience on Wednesday evening from 19:00.

Tickets for the event at The Baggot, costs Dh150 with doors opening at 18:00 with Happy Hour promotions until 20:00.

“Doug Howlett is one of the greatest wingers in the history of the game of rugby and is the leading try scorer for the All Blacks,” said Dennis McGettigan, CEO of McGettigan’s.

“This is a unique opportunity for rugby fans to hear behind the scenes stories from the legend himself.

“The event will see Doug interviewed on stage discussing everything from his childhood growing up in Auckland, New Zealand to his early days playing the sport to his All Blacks career and Munster Rugby in Ireland and his retirement alongside personal anecdotes.”

There will also be an opportunity to take a picture with Howlett himself as well as win some fantastic prizes.

“After the interview, the floor will be opened to fans to ask questions to Doug followed by a meet and greet photo session where fans can take pictures and get their memorabilia signed,” added McGettigan.

“There will also be a chance for fans to get their hands on some rugby memorabilia during the evening. Doug understands that there is a great interest in rugby here in the UAE and has even coached at the Rugby 7’s in Dubai in previous years and so he is keen to establish links with fans here and be an ambassador for the sport.”

McGettigan’s are no strangers to hosting ‘Evening Withs’ wit their previous editions proving to be a massive hit and McGettigan is convinced this week’s will be no different.

“These events are extremely popular. Firstly, the venue itself The Baggot at McGettigan’s JLT can hold up to 280 people seated and it has the ideal atmosphere for hosting such Q&A’s,” he said.

“In the past we have had Q&A’s with British former professional boxer Frank Bruno, former England international footballer Paul Gascoigne and retired Irish rugby union player Donncha O’Callaghan and British and Irish Lions player, David Wallace. Irish professional golfer Shane Lowry is McGettigan’s official brand ambassador, with McGettigan’s hosting regular golf days with the athlete.

“At McGettigan’s we try to create a real sense of camaraderie through all of our events, and particularly with sports. We have such a mix of nationalities as customers that it creates a vibrant atmosphere and a real sense of community spirit during these events.”

WHAT: An Evening With former All Blacks international Doug Howlett
WHERE: The Baggot, McGettigan’s JLT
WHEN: Wednesday, December 20 from 19:00
CONTACT: For more information, visit www.mcgettigans.com

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Watch Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and other stars in action at Mubadala World Tennis Championship

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Nadal won the 2016 edition of the event.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will be among the stars in action at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC) later this month and you can watch them live with tickets still available.

The 10th edition of the tournament gets underway from December 28-30 at Zayed Sports City’s International Tennis Centre in Abu Dhabi and like previous years it’s one not to miss.

Joining four-time champion Nadal and Djokovic, who will make his long-awaited comeback since July, in the six-player line-up is three-time grand slam champion Stan Wawrinka.

Like Djokovic, the Swiss will take to the court for the first time since Wimbledon and will open his campaign against US Open semi-finalist Pablo Carreno Busta.

Another MWTC debutant, world No.5 Dominic Thiem will take on Milos Raonic, who is making his third consecutive appearance in Abu Dhabi.

Besides watching the tennis, those attending the first day of the tournament activities on 28 December, can expect plenty of fun at the Tennis Village for Kid’s Day.

There will also be an opportunity to meet Nadal at his autograph signing as well as watching the players up close at their practice sessions.

With tickets still available, John Lickrish, CEO of Flash Entertainment, says to purchase them now to avoid disappointment.

“To be celebrating the 10th landmark edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship this year is something Flash are truly proud of,” he said.

“We bring a tournament format that is completely unique to the UAE, where tennis fans can enjoy watching the world’s best players battle it out, and families and friends can come together for a great day out to lap up the excitement both on and off-court.

“Over the past nine editions we have seen 125,000 fans come and join us in Abu Dhabi, which goes to show its popularity here. This year will certainly be another thrilling event.”

As well as watching some of the world’s best tennis stars on UAE soil, you can warm up or cool down at Creamfields Abu Dhabi or Katy Perry’s New Year’s Eve concert.

If you have already purchased a ticket for MWTC, you can now receive a 20 per cent discount when purchasing a General Admission ticket to Creamfields Abu Dhabi and/or Katy Perry’s New Year Eve concert online through www.ticketmaster.ae.

What: Mubadala World Tennis Championship Tickets

Where: International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi

When: December 28-30

Contact: Visit www.ticketmaster.ae or www.mubadalawtc.com.

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Going Out: The Hello Kitty Fun Run is back in Dubai

Denzil Pinto 23/11/2017
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Following the success of the 2016 edition, the Hello Kitty Fun Run returns to Dubai on Friday, December 8, offering plenty of excitement for participants.

Zabeel Park will host the untimed 5km family run featuring a number of Sanrio characters, and you can still join them before registration close. Whether you’re an experienced athlete or beginner, this is an event for all abilities with the emphasis on a healthy lifestyle, friendship and harmony.

Thousands who have taken part in the events in Asia, notably Taiwan, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia, and Dubai last year, have spoken glowingly and 2017 is set to be another big hit.

“We’ve had remarkable success in the Hello Kitty Runs,” said Adam Griffiths, event and project manager of MMC Sportz Marketing LLC, which has partnered with Sanrio GMBH to bring the concept to Dubai.

“They were massive, attracting huge numbers. We held our first one in Taiwan during the 40th birthday of Hello Kitty on November 1, 2014 and that saw more than 25,000 runners. Thereafter, it has gone from strength to strength with the Hello Kitty Run held in Japan, Singapore and Malaysia.”

On top of that, there will be an entertainment village where you can have selfies taken with Hello Kitty herself and enjoy a wide range of activities.

Entry is open to ages from three and above, with registration costing Dh110 for 16 and under (Junior Kitty), and Dh125 for 16 and above (Adult Kitty).

There is also a Family Kitty package (two adults and two kids) for Dh400 and a Team Kitty package for ten adults at Dh1,000.

Included in the entry fee is a race pack featuring a Hello Kitty string bag, water bottle, race t-shirt and the finishers race medal as well as plenty of goodies from the sponsors, Babyshop.

Online registration can be done at www.hkrundubai.com or at dubai.platinumlist.net or simply visit select Hello Kitty Spa and Sanrio stores across UAE, including the Bin Sougat Mall, Deira City Centre, Dubai Mall, Festival City, Ibn Batutta Mall, Mirdif City Centre, Times Square Centre, BurJuman Mall, Sharjah Mega Mall and Abu Dhabi’s Dalma Mall and Marina Mall.

“It going to be full of fun, excitement and surprises,” Griffiths adds. “It’s the perfect activity for individuals and families to celebrate and create a unique community that values happiness, healthy lifestyle and harmony among people.”

WHAT: Hello Kitty Fun Run, Dubai

WHERE: Zabeel Park

WHEN: Friday, December 8, 09:00

CONTACT: For more info, or to register go to www.hkrundubai.com or dubai.platinumlist.net

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