While Dubai Sports World rages on at World Trade Centre, the capital’s own version of a sporting oasis has gotten under way at Zayed Sports City.
Residents in the emirate can head down to Abu Dhabi Sports Festival, which runs until August 20 and features sports for all athletes and skill levels.
Whether you’re trying to keep fit in the cool confines of the tents located near the International Tennis Centre, or wanting to get in shape, the festival is the place to be this summer.
Whatever your preference, the festival has you covered with basketball, volleyball, football, badminton, mini-tennis and fitness on offer.
Every day, beginning at 10:00 and going until 16:30, Open Play sessions will be held, allowing children aged four to 16 the chance to take part in different activities and sports. Children under 16 must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.
While football is available all day long, volleyball, basketball and table tennis take place from 18:00 to 23:00, when adults can sink their teeth into the action on the court and pitch.
Before or after getting active, make sure to also fuel up with food and beverages from Costa and Simple Cafe.
There is no entrance fee to get into the festival, but the prices vary by activity.
Open Play sessions are Dh21 for children, while their parents or guardians can get in for free. Football pitch hire costs Dh300 per hour, whereas volleyball and basketball bookings cost Dh50 per hour, and table tennis is Dh25 per hour, up to four people.
There’s no need to book for Open Play sessions, but for football, volleyball, basketball and table tennis, booking in advance is recommended to ensure pitch or court availability. You can also book at the door as long as the pitch or court you want to play on is free.
You can book and pay online by visiting www.adsf2018.ae.
Stay active and fit this summer with Abu Dhabi Sports Festival.
What: Abu Dhabi Sports Festival 2018
Where: Tents located near the International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City
When: Running until August 20 and open daily from 10:00 to 23:00, with Open Play sessions available from 10:00 to 16:30
Contact: Visit www.adsf2018.ae for more information and to book a pitch or court
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/