If you’re looking for something that is new, fast-paced and exciting, then you may want to consider signing up for the Tie Break Tens at Zayed Sports City.
On Thursday (March 15), their first tennis format of the programme will be held where games will go straight to a tie-break scenario. In order to come out on top, players must reach 10 points to win by a clear margin.
Players of all abilities are being encouraged to join and Sigi Meeuws, Director of ZSC Academy, who are running the event, believes there are many positives on why people should join.
“March 15 will be the first Tie Break Tens event that ZSC Academy holds and we are very excited for it to be successful,” he said. “The format is becoming popular in tennis circles, including with the pros, and tournaments are cropping up around the world. We really want to bring this new, fast-paced and exciting tennis format to the capital. It works for adults of all abilities and it is just one tool in building a bigger and stronger tennis community for everyone to benefit from.
“With a great turnout, we’ll be dividing players by level into groups for a round-robin format. The matches themselves go quickly, so everyone will get to face several opponents in their group. We’re not knocking out people in a “one and done” format or putting any emphasis on winning – this evening is about enjoying a Thursday evening through sport and finding other people to play tennis with in the future.”
Once the games are completed, there will also be an opportunity to socialise with the other players at the Sportsmans’ Arms and take advantage of a special offer of food and drink for either Dh75 or Dh90.
“Anyone with some level of tennis experience is welcome to join, and we will match opponents based on their level to ensure everyone is having a good time on the court,” added Meeuws. “After the matches, everyone with a love for tennis is welcome to join us at The Sportsmans’ Arms where we will be getting to know each other better. I expect a few follow up matches will be scheduled between new friends by the time the evening is over.
“We’re really excited because Tie Break Tens ticks all the boxes. It’s quicker than a traditional match, so it can fit into busy schedules with more ease, and at this social night tennis-minded people get to meet and do something they enjoy. It encourages an active lifestyle through the sport itself and also through the connections that are built.”
Registration closes on Tuesday with entry costing Dh105.
Tajawal, the fastest growing online travel platform in the Middle East, is now offering football enthusiasts the opportunity to secure a ticket-inclusive Official Hospitality Package for this year’s biggest tournament.
Additionally, fans can book flights, hotels and transfers through tajawal for their trip to Russia, to become part of the World Cup 2018.
Tajawal will be offering fans the opportunity to select from three hospitality package types for the World Cup 2018.
These include: The Single Match Package, which will allow sport enthusiasts to attend a group stage match from their favourite team, with all Saudi Arabia group stage matches available for fans of the national team, the Team Specific Series, which will allow fans to support their favourite team at all three group stage matches, or fans can select the Venue Series, which will give fans access to all matches at a single stadium.
Travellers purchasing any of the hospitality packages on tajawal will have access to a private area adjacent to each stadium, where they will be welcomed by a MATCH Hospitality hostess.
Fans will also have access to a selection of food and beverages before and after the match, a commemorative gift and a dedicated parking space for those driving.
Additional travel services can be booked in combination with the hospitality packages on tajawal, including economy class flights, accommodation at top hotels and transportation within Russia.
By offering football fans the opportunity to book their ticket-inclusive hospitality packages and entire trip all at once, tajawal ensures a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the most convenient way possible.
World Cup 2018 ticket-inclusive Official Hospitality Packages and travel services are available at www. tajawal.ae/en/worldcup-home.
Commenting on the ticket-inclusive hospitality packages availability on tajawal, Founder and CEO Muhammad Chbib said: “We are delighted to be providing ticket-inclusive Official Hospitality Packages for the World Cup 2018, the biggest sporting event of the year. This shows the commitment we have to meet customer needs by diversifying our products and gives regional fans the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of football history.”
What: Ticket-inclusive Official Hospitality Packages for World Cup 2018
Where: Venues across Russia this summer
When: June 14-July 15
IFA Sport and Expat Football Association (EFA) have come together with the aim of building a bigger football community in Dubai that will see more tournaments, leagues and social events for both men and women.
Both organisations are hugely popular in the emirate with the running of their own competitions and with them now in partnership, their events for both men and women will now be run side-by-side on adjacent pitches.
You can be part of their first tournament on Friday, March 16 with registration closing on Tuesday. Their six-a-side event will take place between 14:00 to 17:00 at Jebel Ali School, followed by a social awards evening that will recognise the achievements of the footballers who impress.
“We are very excited to combine two already very successful concepts – the EFA’s men’s group and the IFA women’s players,” said Jessica Prelle, head of girl’s and women’s football at IFA Sport.
“So far these events have always been completely separate which is a shame as I believe there are many partners, wives, husbands that would love to join in on the pitch but are not even aware that there is something for both genders available. I actually think the men will be surprised seeing the level at which some of the ladies play.”
Kevin Fairhurst, managing director, EFA, added: “Both our organisations prioritise a community feel, great experience and strive to offer a great needed service. We both share the same vision and have a passion for what we offer. It makes sense to unite and share this with the whole expat community.”
With entry costing Dh599 per team, Fairhurst and Prelle believes there are many positives by signing up.
“We have more than 200 regular players across the women’s tournaments and leagues in Dubai. But still it feels like recognition of the female game has a long way to go here,” said Prelle.
“The men’s game of course is already widely respected so aligning and showing it’s not only perfectly normal for women to play football here, but also that they are not of a bad standard seems ideal. Competing side by side will encourage interaction and in the end respect for each other that will continue far beyond the pitch.”
Fairhurst added: “The audience we both set out to attract were not necessarily serious footballers but more expats who simply want to play football, meet new people and get plugged into the local expat community. This is more a social event where football is just one part of the day. Get yourself down if you want a great day, meet new people, take part in an exclusive football competition and be a part of the new phase of a changing community of expat football in Dubai.”
What: IFA and EFA’s six-a-side football tournament
Where: Jebel Ali School, Dubai
When: Friday, March 16