Take advantage of the early bird discount for brand new ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon

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Joining hands: ADNOC and ADSC signed the deal last week

The ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon on December 7 might seem a long way off but now is the time to take advantage of a special early bird discount for the inaugural event.

The race will be held over a 26 mile course that will showcase the city of Abu Dhabi to a global audience. In recognition of the Year of Zayed, the race will bring together elite international athletes, seasoned amateur runners and thousands of people taking part in their first marathon. It will offer runners of all abilities the chance to participate in a range of events from 2.5km and 5km fun runs, to the 10km and full-distance marathon.

To mark the launch, organisers Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) have announced special entry prices from Friday until July 31.

For those who register until July, can pay Dh35 for the 2.5km course, Dh52.50 for the 5km, Dh105 for 10km and Dh245 for the marathon.

The event is the latest to hit the capital which already hosts the Formula One and Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.

Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi, chairman of General Authority for Sports, said the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon is the latest addition to the ever-growing list of international sporting events to arrive in Abu Dhabi.

“It may be the first of its kind in Abu Dhabi, but it will be second to none among established international marathons around the world,” he said. “We expect a world-class elite field and participation of thousands of runners at various levels.”

Aref Al Awani, general secretary of ADSC, added: “The ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon adds a new international sporting event to our calendar of events and will leave behind a legacy that the Abu Dhabi Sports Council is very keen to promote as part of our community sports programming.”

For Omar Suwaina Al Suwaidi, executive office director at ADNOC, the event fits in line with the company’s vision to promote a health lifestyle.

“ADNOC is excited to play a part in bringing such an iconic event, the marathon, to Abu Dhabi,” he said. “Our partnership with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council is built on a shared commitment to elevating the health and well-being of individuals and embodies ADNOC’s historical dedication to supporting the communities in which we operate.”

“Whether it’s through sporting and recreation, health and wellness, or youth and STEM education, ADNOC’s corporate social responsibility and purpose remains firm: To create a positive and lasting impact on UAE society,” he added.

What: ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon

Where: Abu Dhabi

When: December 7

Contact: For more information or to register visit http://www.adnocabudhabimarathon.com/

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Kids can remain active over the summer by joining Zayed Sports City's Holiday Camp

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Ice skating is one the activities children can do

Ice-skating, bowling and football are just some of the activities children can enjoy at Zayed Sports City’s (ZSC) Kids Holiday Camp this summer.

Running from July 8 to August 16, youths aged between five and 12 can escape the heat and stay active with plenty of things to do every day.

ZSC are no strangers when it comes to holiday camps with the summer’s edition being their sixth year, while they also host other camps throughout the year. Every year, it’s been a massive hit and 2018 is set to be no different.

“ZSC Kids Holiday Camp has welcomed thousands of children since it launched and this year we look forward to seeing new and returning faces,” said Tony Kouris, general manager at Zayed Sports City. “It has become a staple on the school break calendar for many families in the capital and something that is looked forward to year in and year out.”

He added: “Our campers are kept busy with a variety of activities through the day. When kids arrive they get to participate in free play, including board games, movies and pick-up sports while they wait for their group-mates to arrive.

“Then they will be split by ages and head into an organised activity or sport. The diary has team-building games, indoor football, ice skating, bowling, arts and crafts, games, races and more. We’re keeping them engaged and interactive all day.”

With it being held from 08:00 to 17:30, it is Abu Dhabi’s longest all-inclusive camp day. It costs Dh1,050 per week with discounts available for siblings and multiple sessions.

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With a few days to go until the fun begins, Kouris says there’s plenty of positives on why parents should enroll their children.

“There are so many reasons to get involved in ZSC Kids Holiday Camp,” he added. “It offers great value for money and is the longest camp day in the capital, which is perfect for busy families.

“Besides the practical reasons, camp promises to keep children active and engaged in many ways, which is important to their physical, emotional and psychological health and wellbeing. We work hard to improve the experience of camp each session and we’re looking forward to another busy season which is sure to be the best yet.”

What: Zayed Sports City’s Kids Holiday Camp

Where: Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi

When: July 8 to August 16

Contact: For more information or to register, visit www.zsc.ae.

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At Southern Sun Hotel Abu Dhabi, hear from former Manchester City striker Paul Dickov in a Q and A session

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Paul Dickov will be in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday

Manchester City fans, here’s your chance to hear from Paul Dickov on Tuesday when the ex-striker takes your questions in a special Q and A session in Abu Dhabi.

The 45-year-old will be in the UAE this week as part of Manchester City’s Trophy Tour and, during his time in the capital, will be interacting with fans ahead of England’s last-16 tie against Colombia.

Dickov will be sharing his stories at the Southern Sun Hotel in Abu Dhabi from 20:00 where you can pick the brains of the former Scotland international. Once that session finishes, you and your friends can also enjoy the crucial England game when kicks off at 22:00.

In a career spanning more than 20 years, Dickov has played for a number of teams in England including Arsenal, Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City. But it was at Manchester City where he was a key player for the Sky Blues.

Having joined from Arsenal in 1996, Dickov became an integral playerfor City, making 158 appearances until he left in 2002. During that period he scored 35 goals and played a pivotal role in City’s promotion to the Premier League in 2000. After leaving Manchester, he had spells with Leicester and Blackburn, before returning to the Etihad Stadium in 2006 for a second spell, where he played 16 times.

Having hung up his boots seven years ago, Dickov has plenty of knowledge and experience of the game to pass on and will be sharing that and answering your questions on Tuesday evening.

Once that session is finished, you can watch England’s World Cup round of 16 match against Colombia. Gareth Southgate’s side will go into the match following a 1-0 loss to Belgium in their final group game, but they will fancy their chances of victory after convincing wins against Panama and Tunisia.

Their opponents Colombia topped their group but there are question marks over their star midfielder James Rodriguez after he limped off in their last game against Senegal.

Whoever wins that game will face either Sweden or Switzerland in the quarter-finals. 2010 world champions Spain are likely to stand in their way in the semi-final should La Roja overcome their first two knockout matches.

Tuesday evening promises to be great night out and with Dickov hosting the session, and it’s definitely one not to miss.

What: Q and A session with Paul Dickov

Where: Southern Sun Hotel, Abu Dhabi

When: Tuesday from 20:00

Contact: www.tsogosun.com/southern-sun-abu-dhabi

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