Get into the swing of things this summer with The Els Club's special promotions

Denzil Pinto 27/05/2018
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This year The Els Club and Butch Harmon School of Golf are making it even easier for avid golfers or those who want to take up the game, thanks to their Summer Privilege card and unlimited golf lesson packages.

The club, currently celebrating its 10th Anniversary, is offering individuals and families unlimited golfing seven days a week, money off food and beverages at the award-winning 261 and The Big Easy restaurants, discounts at the pro shop, and access to partnership venues like the Palazzo Versace. On top of that, there are also special rates at other Troon managed facilities throughout the Emirates.

The Summer Privilege Card, which is available until September 30, costs Dh5,195 per person or Dh7,845 for a family including VAT.

For those looking to improve their swing, fine-tune their putting or practice their pitching, the Butch Harmon School of Golf will be offering unlimited golf lessons for two months as part of their ‘Own Your Pro’ packages. The offer, which runs until September 1, costs Dh4,000 including VAT.

Previous years of the summer promotions have been a big hit and Karl Whitehead, Els Club general manager, insists 2018 will be no different.

“Each of these promotions have proven to be very successful indeed,” he said. “Our Summer Privilege Card has reached its third year of operation and continues to go from strength to strength. We have seen significant growth each year, and more so, with the number of members that then upgrade to our annual membership. This really is the goal – to offer an opportunity to taste our membership experience.”

Fantastic conditions

Fantastic conditions at Dubai Sports City.

“The Own Your Pro offer was a late addition last summer, however the immediate interest and traction that we experienced was huge. To have unlimited golf instruction with some of the leading golf instructors in the region is a truly unique concept that many seemed to relish. Following the fantastic feedback and uptake, it instantly became a firm fixture in our 2018 strategy.”

With the offers running until September, Whitehead believes there’s plenty of reasons why people should take advantage.

“With regards to the Summer Privilege Card, there are many reasons to take advantage. At truly great value, you have the opportunity to taste our unique membership experience. With unlimited golf access along with a variety of privileges, there are not many better ways to beat the heat and enjoy some early morning or late afternoon rounds of golf.

“For the Own your Pro promotion, the team will tailor the summer instruction around your golfing goals and furthermore, it can be structured to cover all aspects of your game.”

What: Summer Promotions

Where: The Els Club

When: Now until September

Contact: For more information or to register, visit www.theelsclubdubai.com.

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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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