Enjoy a kickabout at Abu Dhabi Cricket this Ramadan at half-price

Denzil Pinto 29/05/2018
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There’s even more reason for footballers to have a kickabout this Ramadan by taking advantage of Abu Dhabi Cricket’s (ADC) 50 per cent discount on their five-a-side football pitches for hire.

ADC’s Soccer City has only been opened for two months but their brand new facility has already been a huge success with plenty of people taking to the field for a fun game of football.

The football pitches are just the latest in a series of improved facility offerings from ADC including two new FIFA-approved floodlit grass football fields, a 40 per cent expansion of the Zayed Cricket Academy and LED floodlighting on the cricket ovals, increasing community cricket capacity by 30 per cent.

The five-a-side pitches fits in line with Abu Dhabi Cricket’s vision of getting more people involved in sport.

Aref Al Awani, general secretary, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said: “We are thrilled to build new world-class facilities in Abu Dhabi with a view to increasing sports participation here in the emirate. Projects such as these are key to ensuring that the entire Abu Dhabi community is able to participate in year-round sports offerings.”

And Ramadan is no different. Instead of paying Dh300 an hour for a five-a-side pitch, ADC are offering a massive 50 per cent discount, meaning you can play with your friends for Dh150 up until 02:00.

Matt Boucher, CEO of ADC, added: “Initiatives such as these (the football pitches) will remain a priority for Abu Dhabi Cricket and will continue to form part of our long-term strategy as we target audiences from outside of our core cricketing fan base.

“Being a multi-sport facility will enable us to become one of the premier community hubs in Abu Dhabi. My thanks to Abu Dhabi Sports Council and His Excellency Aref Al Awani – their pioneering support towards community sport in Abu Dhabi is unmatched.

“It is thanks to their efforts that we are able to offer more sport here at Abu Dhabi Cricket, ensuring we have a direct benefit on the community and individuals by promoting sport as a lifestyle.”

What: Ramadan promotion on five-a-side football pitch.

Where: Abu Dhabi Cricket

When: During Ramadan

Contact: For more information or to book, visit www.abudhabicricket.ae

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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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