Laguna Waterpark is set to become the year-round surfing hub of Dubai with the introduction of two epic surf sessions that will provide the thrill of riding a real ocean wave in the heart of beachfront hotspot, La Mer.
Nicknamed ‘The Ultimate Surf Machine’, The WaveOz 180 FlowRider – Laguna Waterpark’s star attraction – is now home to daily stand-up surf lessons and the eagerly awaited 180 Flow Club, where members can learn from three-time world FlowRider champion, Clayton Barker, as well as the UAE Flow Riding team.
For just Dh75 per hour (on top of general admission price to Laguna Waterpark), riders can upgrade from a body board to a stand-up board and test their skills at Laguna Waterpark’s stand-up surf lessons. These will be available daily from 10:00 to 20:00, marking another first in the region with the ability to offer stand-up FlowBoarding during operating hours, thanks to WaveOz 180’s capacity to be divided into multi-rider options.
Barker will also be on hand to teach a multitude of tricks that will have FlowRiding enthusiasts carving out new moves such as the ‘Barrel Roll’ or ‘360’s in no time at the 180 Flow Club. Taking place every Saturday from 08:00 to 11:00 and priced at just Dh175 per person, surfers can expect plenty of shredding, coaching time and potentially, wipe-outs. Classes are limited to a maximum of 20 participants per session.
For Barker, he’s pleased to be sharing his knowledge to people in the UAE. “Laguna Waterpark is the place to learn the tricks on the highest capacity surfing machine in the region and I’m thrilled to be able to share my knowledge and passion with the surf enthusiasts of Dubai,” he said.
“This is the next generation competition wave of the future and I’m sure there will be some new talent emerging from the 180 Flow Club in no time!”
On top of that, the Surf zone at Laguna Waterpark is complete with chill-out area, F&B kiosks and space for a DJ, making it the perfect place to hang-out with friends and experience the best simulated surfing experience in Dubai.
What: Stand-up surf lessons and 180 Flow Club
Where: Laguna Waterpark, Dubai
When: Surf lessons on weekdays and 180 Flow Club on Saturdays
Contact: For more information, visit www.lagunawaterpark.com
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.”
Proud to serve as Title Sponsor of the first-ever #ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon on December 7, 2018. Together with @AbuDhabiSC, we remain committed to elevating the health and well-being of our nation’s people. pic.twitter.com/xaUOpIUt8o— AdnocGroup (@AdnocGroup) July 3, 2018
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/
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.
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.