Hit the fast lane at Yas Marina Circuit with their Driver and Passenger Experience packages

Denzil Pinto 26/05/2018
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Jaguar F-Type Driving Experience at Yas Marina Circuit

With the temperature now rising, the iconic Yas Marina Circuit has introduced some fantastic offers that will take your summer up a gear.

From June 1, family, friends and supercar fanatics alike can enjoy a range of experiences and take advantage of special offers.

You are guaranteed to have a summer you won’t forget, whether you’re testing a race-prepped Aston Martin GT4 or Mercedes-AMG GTS, or Jaguar F-type S Coupe and Formula Yas 3000 on the Grand Prix Circuit.

There’s also a chance to lay down some rubber on the venue’s custom-built drag strip in a Chevrolet Camaro.

You have options, too, as there are two experience packages to choose from.

Purchase their DriveYAS Driver and Passenger Experiences, and live out your racing dreams in an Aston Martin GT4, a Mercedes-AMG GTS, Jaguar F-type S Coupe or Formula Yas 3000 and enjoy the thrill of Yas Marina Circuit – all under the supervision of expert instructors. On top of that, there is even a 25 per cent discount on all packages (apart from the Ferrari 458 GT).

Pedal to the metal

Pedal to the metal.

There is also the Chevy Camaro Special, where you can take advantage of an awesome 50 per cent discount off the Chevrolet Camaro Drag Experiences. Those who sign up will be able to test their limits and fly down the Circuit’s purpose-built drag racing strip for just Dh325.

It’s been eight years since YMC launched their passenger and driving experiences, and their Driving Experience manager Phil Ellis, insists there’s plenty of reasons on why people should take advantage.

“Our passenger and driving experiences at Yas Marina Circuit have been very popular since we launched them back in 2010 – with both tourists and people that live throughout the UAE,” he said. “We have many options for people wanting to take part and get behind the wheel.

“As Yas Marina Circuit hosts the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Circuit each year this makes the experience unique as those that take part get to drive on the same track as the likes of Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo or current champion Lewis Hamilton, all under the watchful eye of our expert instructors of course.”

He added: “The venue is the perfect place to enjoy summer with families, relatives and friends whether you are looking to try out one of our passenger experiences or get behind the wheel of one of our fantastic cars there’s really something for everyone!”

Offers are valid until August 31 and a full valid driving license is essential for the Driving Experiences, while passengers must be 14 and over.

What: Driver and Passenger Experiences

Where: Yas Marina Circuit

When: June 1 until August 31

Contact: Advance booking is essential. To book, visit: www.yasmarinacircuit.com.

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Where to watch the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

David Cooper 25/05/2018
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All eyes are on Kiev as Liverpool and Real Madrid do battle in the Champions League final on Saturday night.

If you’re not one of the lucky few with a ticket, there are numerous places to witness the drama unfold – and Sport360 has selected some of the best spots to catch the action in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

DUBAI

REAL MADRID CAFÉ

Where: Jumeirah Beach Residence

Contact details: 042775625

The home of the Real Madrid supporters club in Dubai and definitely the best place to watch the final if you’re a fan of Los Blancos. Located down by JBR, the café looks out on to The Walk and makes for a picturesque setting while watching two of the best teams locking horns.

GOODFELLAS TECOM

Where: Ramee Rose Hotel, Al Barsha

Contact details: 04 450 0111

If you’re a Liverpool fan and want to watch the game with plenty of supporters, then head down to Goodfellas. It promises to be a lively atmosphere, especially as the Official Liverpool Supporters Club in Dubai will be there.

BARASTI

Where: Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, Al Sufouh Road
Contact details: 043181313

One of the most popular venues to watch the final. The beach bar will show the match on its giant screen, and there will be plenty of TVs positioned around the front bar area. There are plenty of options for food with a variety of deals on selected beverages.

NEZESAUSSI

Where: Lobby level of Manzil Downtown Dubai on Emaar Boulevard
Contact details: 044285888

Nezesaussi is a premier spot to watch the game with plenty of televisions located around the sports bar. Flags, jerseys, boots, balls, tro­phies and other memorabilia are scattered around the interior, giving Nezesaus­si a proper sports feel. It even has a jukebox if you want to add music to your celebrations should your team win.

MCGETTIGAN’S (DUBAI AND ABU DHABI)

Where: Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai World Trade Centre, Madinat Jumeirah, JBR, Al Ain, Fujairah,
Contact details: 043780800

Depending on where you’re based, McGettigan’s boasts a great atmosphere and the chicken wings never fail to disappoint! Sporting events often attract big numbers and Saturday is set to be no different.

McGettigan's.

McGettigan’s.

BIDI BONDI 

Where: The Palm Shoreline
Contact details: 044535421

An Australian sports bar located on Palm Jumeirah, Bidi Bondi has a great outdoor area and several flat screen TVs with projectors to allow for a more cinematic view of the games. The nachos, chicken wings and ribs are highly recommended for hungry and emotionally drained fans. A lively atmosphere is guaranteed.

ABU DHABI

STARS N BARS

Where: Yas Marina, Yas Island

Contact: 02 565 0101

With 76 TVs around the venue you won’t miss that all important save or that winning goal. For fans in the capital there is nowhere better – you won’t be short of match atmosphere and you can even take advantage of their special beverage promotions.

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Head to Zayed Sports City and see if you can be the kingpin of bowling

Denzil Pinto 22/05/2018
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Great competition: The tournament attracts UAE national and expats

Zayed Sports City’s Ramadan Bowling tournament is already under way but there’s still time for you to join and be in with a chance of reigning supreme.

Since the event, supported by ADNOC, began on May 13, there has been no shortage of numbers descending on the capital every night as they test themselves against the region’s best bowlers.

The Determination Division ended on Monday but qualifying is still open for the Youth, Graded and Open categories.

Zayed Sports City are no strangers to hosting their Ramadan bowling tournament with previous years proving huge success. And their general manager Tony Kouris, believes 2018 will be no different.

“We are very excited to bring back the Ramadan Bowling Tournament thanks to the generous support of ADNOC,” he said. “It embodies community in a very unique way, with divisions to involve everyone amongst a diverse population. Throughout the years the attendance continues to increase, more Emiratis are participating and we’ve added a division for people with determination, which speaks to not only the success of the tournament, but also its importance to the UAE’s sport landscape.”

He added: “This tournament is quite fun in that the challenge never stops, with elements of talent, strategy and a big dose of competitive camaraderie. Anyone can participate in the Open division and we also have categories for amateur bowlers, youth and people of determination, so everyone has a fair chance to compete.”

Champion: UAE's Naif Oqab won last year's event

Champion: UAE’s Naif Oqab won last year’s event

Bowlers must participate in at least 3 series’(two for youth) which consists of three games in order to quality. Bowlers can take part in as many as series as they wish, with the top three being used to determine ranking for each bowler.

With a cash prize of Dh140,000, Kouris expects competition to be fierce which bodes well for competitors and spectators.

“Rankings change every night as bowlers try to beat previous scores and the participants are always pushing each other to do better. With Dh140,000 in cash prizes on the line, including a nightly prize, the format is interesting to join and watch,” he said.

With tennis, rugby and football just some of the sports that are staged at the venue, the Ramadan bowling tournament is significant for Zayed Sports City every year.

“The Ramadan Bowling Tournament has been a much anticipated event since the Khalifa International Bowling Centre opened in 1999,” added Kouris. “To be hosting it again in the Year of Zayed is something we, and our supporter ADNOC, are very proud of. Bowling is truly welcoming of everyone, and in Ramadan we will see people young, old, determined, professional and social, from varied nationalities and backgrounds, playing alongside each other on our 40 lanes.

“The togetherness element, central to the Ramadan spirit, is really embodied through the tournament and beyond that we get to encourage a healthy lifestyle. It’s integral to our mission and we continue to be humbled by its success.”

What: Ramadan Bowling Tournament, supported by ADNOC

Where: Zayed Sports City

When: Now until June 6

Contact: www.zsc.ae

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