Head to Yas Marina Circuit this Eid Al Fitr for the best racing experiences

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Race the same track as Hamilton and Vettel.

This Eid Al Fitr, Yas Marina Circuit – the home of the famous season-ending Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix – will play host to a variety of action-packed racing-themed activities and experiences.

On Thursday, June 14 and Friday 15, drivers will be able to test their skills on the same track that Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel speed on every November, go head-to-head with friends and even try out the venue’s new North Circuit.

But, the offerings don’t end there.

On Saturday, June 16, friends, families and racing fans alike can also jump behind the wheel of any one of the experiences available and take advantage of discounted rates of up to 50 per cent.

There’s plenty of opportunities to accelerate in a Aston Martin GT4, Mercedes-AMG GT, Jaguar F-type S Coupe or Formula Yas 3000 on the famous circuit.

Or, if that doesn’t rock your boat, slide down their custom build drag strip in what promises to be a thrilling spectacle for all petrolheads.

The 800-metre Yas KartZone track will also be open daily from 20:00 until midnight, with prices starting from as little as Dh60 for kids and Dh120 for adults.

There are many, many packages on offer, including the North Circuit Premium Karting option.

This gives people the chance to try out the brand-new track layout at the venue and is inclusive of the hiring of essential racing gear such as helmets, gloves, overalls and safety covers. As part of the cost, a full safety briefing is conducted by experienced Yas Marina Circuit instructors.

And, to make things that little bit more competitive, you will be also provided with your race results at the end of every session so you can compare how you got on with everyone else! That is sure to get the juices flowing.

To take part, drivers must be aged 18 or over, however you don’t need to be an expert racer or even own a driving licence to hit the tarmac. Due to the popularity of Premium Karting, participants are encouraged to book in advance to guarantee their spot.

What: Eid Al Fitr racing offerings
Where: Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi.
When: June 14-16
Contract: For more information, visit www.yasmarinacircuit.com or call 800 YAS (927) or +971 (0) 2 659 9800 to check for availability and to make a booking.

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Gulf Star Sports return with their summer camps where kids won't be short of options

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There’s still a few weeks to go until Gulf Star Sports’ summer camps return but now is the time to take advantage of their early bird discount before it ends on Thursday.

Running in July and August, across various locations in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, kids aged between 3 to 13 can look forward to a variety of activities including basketball, football, dodge ball, swimming and gymnastics.

Gulf Star Sports are no strangers to hosting camps with years being a huge success and this year’s will be no different.

“Gulf Star have been successfully running summer camps in the UAE for the past five years,” said Matthew Ralton, senior operations manager at Gulf Star Sports.

“Our summer camps bring together qualified teams of teachers, sports coaches and administrators to deliver the highest quality camps in the UAE. Children can benefit from staying active during the hot summer months whilst learning in a safe environment and developing a variety of new technical and social skills whilst having fun and making friends.”

He added: “There will be a wide range of sporting activities that kids will be doing with football, basketball, tag rugby, dodge ball, gymnastics, arts and crafts, martial arts, swimming and dancing among those on the list.

“There will also be a wide range of `feature games’ and old favorites during the holiday camp. These are based on teamwork, movement, tactics and fun, so if you hear your child say `I’m king of the ring’ or `we won capture the nest’, it’s most likely relating to the very popular activities that we incorporate into the day.”

One of the big pluses is that their camps are held in multiple destinations in Al Ain (Brighton College), Dubai (Foremarke School, Clarion School, Jebel Ali School) and Abu Dhabi (Repton School, Reach British School, New York University and American International School).

The prices costs Dh735 per week for the early bird offer, Dh2,625 for monthly (summer sizzler promotion) or Dh3,999 for the whole summer. Day rates are also available on request. Timings are from 09:00 to 14:30, with early drop-off at 08:00 and late pick-up at 16:00 also available.

Ralton insists there’s plenty of positives on why parents should enroll their children.

“Gulf star camps are available all summer at highly competitive rates, including discount for early and long-term bookings,” he said. “Staff to child ratios on Gulf Star summer camps are amongst the best in the UAE, ensuring that we provide a fun, safe and nurturing environment for your children.

“They will also gain a wealth of new knowledge, physical competencies and social skills that they will be able to carry forward into their every day lives.”

What: Gulf Star Sports multi-activity summer camps
Where: Across various locations
When: July and August
Contact: For more information or to register, visit www.gulfstarsports.com

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Stay active this summer with Ironstar Indoor Triathlon Series' second race of the season

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Participants will complete the swimming portion of the indoor triathlon in the pool.

Endurance sports lovers can get back in the groove with Ironstar Indoor Triathlon Series’ second race of the season.

With five races across five summer months, the series aims to keep triathletes active during a time of the year when the heat takes away the option for outdoor activities.

By holding their triathlons indoors, Ironstar are giving athletes plenty of reason to keep swimming, running and biking during the summer.

On top of that, Ironstar’s special feature is that these triathlons aren’t based on a set distance, but rather on how far athletes can go in the time given, which makes the format appealing to experienced triathletes and newcomers who want to break into triathlons for the first time.

Registration is open for the second race of the season, held on Saturday, June 23 at Jebel Ali Recreation Club.

Participants can choose to race individually in male or female categories (18 years and above), or be part of a relay team, in which each member will start and finish simultaneously.

The race format for individual athletes includes a 10-minute swim in the pool (25 metres), a 30-minute ride on a stationary bike (stages) and a 20-minute run on a treadmill (LifeFitness).

For relay teams, the format consists of a 30-minute swim, a 30-minute bike ride and a 30-minute run.

After the races, an awards ceremony will be held as the top three finishers in the male, female and team categories receive trophies.

At the end of the series, following the fifth race, the top finishers for the season will be rewarded. Two male, two female and one team in the two age groups (18-39 and 40-plus) will be announced on September 15 based on their performance at a minimum of three races.

Sign up for the upcoming race now through iron-star.com/en. The entry fee is Dh415 for individuals and Dh787 for relay teams, and includes a buffet dinner in the post-race celebration.

Don’t let the heat keep you from staying in shape this summer. Join the Ironstar Indoor Triathlon Series to get moving and stay moving.

Schedule
13:00-13:30: Registration for individual athletes
13:30-13:50: Briefing for individual athletes
14:00-17:40: Waves for individual athletes
16:30-17:15: Registration for relay teams
17:20-17:40: Briefing relay teams
17:50-18:20: Wave for relay teams
18:30-19:00: Awards ceremony
19:00-20:00: Post race dinner and celebration

What: Ironstar Indoor Triathlon Series race two
Where: Jebel Ali Recreation Club
When: Saturday, June 23
Contact: Visit www.iron-star.com/en to register and for more information

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