Witness some of the best show jumpers and enjoy a wide variety of fun activities for free as the annual Fatima Bint Mubarak Academy (FBMA) International Show Jumping Cup returns next month at Al Forsan International Sports Resort.
Running from March 1 to 3, this year will be the fifth edition and is expected to see an increased interest from international equestrian communities and higher participation numbers than previous years.
More than 120 participants are expected to flock to the Abu Dhabi venues and compete in various categories (CSIL2*, CSIYH1* incl. 8YO, CSICH-a and CSJI-A) in their bid of winning some fantastic prizes.
On top of seeing the action, organisers FBMA, are bringing back the very popular Equestrian Village, a fun family zone that consists of equestrian themed games for kids, pony rides, a market and a variety of food and beverage options.
Since launching in 2013, the FBMA International Show Jumping Cup has gone from strength to strength, enjoying significant regional and international recognition.
Beginning as a ladies-only event, the competition expanded in 2016 to include categories for men and children. With the tournament growing rapidly, the fourth edition of the Cup attracted 117 riders from 25 nations as well as becoming an established family event to attend.
And this year is set to be no different. Highlighting Abu Dhabi’s international contribution and commitment to sporting events in the UAE, it enhances the overall vision of FMBA to encourage Emirati women to live a healthy and active lifestyle.
Aiming to instill the values of sport in the local community, the event hosts a large number of local talent and aspires to increase Emirati women’s participation in sporting events.
The three-day free to attend event is held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the UAE General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairperson of Family Development Foundation and Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and directives from H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairwoman of the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy and president of the Abu Dhabi and the Al Ain ladies clubs.
What: FBMA International Show Jumping Cup
Where: Al Forsan International Sports Resort
When: March 1 to 3
Contact: For more information, visit www.fbma.ae
If you’re an adrenaline junkie and thrill seeker, do not miss out on riding the world’s longest zipline – Jebel Jais Flight at Ras Al Khaimah.
The UAE’s newest attraction, which sees people travel at speeds of up to 150kph at a height of 1,680 metres above sea level on top of Jebel Jais mountain, just opened on February 1, but it’s expected to be a big hit for those interested in extreme adventure activities.
To mark the occasion of the launch, the Jebel Jais Flight – The World’s Longest Zipline’ – also won a Guinness World Record. The official certification was handed to HH Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, by Hoda Khachab, the official adjudicator from Guinness World Records.
Those who take the ride can look forward to a thrilling experience. There are no age restrictions on ‘pilots’ but must weigh a maximum of 150kg, and minimum of 45kg for ‘fliers’ who must be at least 120 cm tall. The price is Dh650.
Thrill-seekers will be suspended above the mountain as they prepare to take the flight headfirst in a ‘superman’ style position. The flight will take no more than three minutes. And once completed, you will finish the bucket list flight on a suspended landing platform transferring to a second line, measuring at 1km, to complete your journey back to the ground.
“It actually comprises two main zipline cables, allowing friends and family members to experience and race together, adding to the fun and competitiveness of the facility,” said Jorge Jorge, CEO of Toro Verde RAK.
“Zipline pilots will experience a flight like never before while being secure and safe. While the time and speed they complete the flight in is dependent on weight and weather conditions, the whole experience is expected to last around two to three minutes, with top speeds reaching between 120 and 150km per hour. We anticipate the attraction accommodating a rider every five minutes on the two zip lines, equating to approximately 200 people per day, and around 100,000 per year.”
He added: “We also believe given its location in Jebel Jais, which is traditionally 10 degrees cooler than average UAE temperatures, we can operate during the summer months.”
Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, is convinced the zipline will be a massive success in the Emirate.
“This is a great achievement for Ras Al Khaimah’s international tourism ambitions,” he said.
“We are now receiving our largest-ever number of visitor arrivals and are confident that Jebel Jais Flight: the world’s longest zipline, will earn the UAE’s emirate of Ras Al Khaimah considerable recognition on the local, regional and global stage and propel the destination into the major leagues of global adventure tourism. The Jebel Jais Flight will become Ras Al Khaimah’s flagship tourism product and will cement Jebel Jais as the adventure tourism hub of the Middle East. We are expecting to see an increasing number of adventure tourists coming from across the globe to try this bucket list experience.”
What: Jebel Jais Flight
Where: Ras Al Khaimah
Contact: For more information or to book a place, toroverdeuae.com
The highly-anticipated XYoga Dubai festival will make its return to the emirate in March, this time at a new location.
Following a memorable inaugural edition in Downtown Dubai in 2016, this year’s edition, with global fitness brand Reebok as the exclusive partner, will see two full days of classes designed to keep yogis of all abilities, interests and ages active and zen-like, from sunrise to sundown at Kite Beach from March 16-17.
Among the yogis confirmed to headline the event is 99-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch, the world’s oldest yoga instructor.
Opening with a mass morning beach yoga session for 1,500 yogis on Friday, March 16, XYoga Dubai’s organiser XDubai has confirmed that it is expecting over 10,000 people for over 60 classes, workshops and performances that will be on offer. As a holistic yoga lifestyle event designed to encourage participants to make their mark, retail activations and outlets from both home-grown and international yoga-related brands, as well as a range of healthy food and beverage options will also be available to all attendees each day.
Over 35 international and local yoga instructors, including Porchon-Lynch, are expected to lead the sessions. Yoga styles represented will include sri sri yoga, yin yoga, clinical yoga, therapeutic yoga and art therapy yoga, as well as Arabic languages yoga classes, with many more to be announced.
Made possible by a partnership between global investment holding company Dubai Holding and XDubai, XYoga Dubai is one of three fitness events that under the partnership, will be held every year, for the next three years.
“XYoga Dubai is truly an event for all, whether you’re a beginner or expert or whether it’s your calling or simply your way to disconnect and relax. With the second edition of XYoga Dubai, we wanted to channel both the energy and spirit that made our inaugural event so extraordinary, to offer yogis of all levels and interests, new and unique experiences in the new and natural setting of Kite Beach,” said Mohammed Javad, general manager of XDubai.
“With two full days of yoga, led by world-renowned yogis, as well as outstanding teachers from the local yoga community, we are anticipating a fantastic response from the community for this holistic, engaging, and perhaps most importantly, inclusive yoga event.”
XYoga Dubai will be open to the public, but all classes, workshops and events will be subject to pre-registration. You can head to xyogadubai.com to register your interest to be kept up-to-date on announcements.
What: XYoga Dubai
Where: Kite Beach, Dubai
When: March 16-17
Contact: Visit xyogadubai.com to sign up and for more information