With Chris Gayle and Albie Morkel playing, the Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy is set to be a cricket bonanza

Denzil Pinto 10/07/2018
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The setting: Sheikh Zayed Stadium

For cricket fans in the UAE, the Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy is one not to miss with Chris Gayle and Albie Morkel just some of the stars to take to the field later this year.

From October 4 to 6, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium will be the venue for the inaugural competition where some of the top franchises in T20 cricket are set to battle for glory.

Yorkshire Vikings of England, Afghanistan’s Boost Defenders, Big Bash League’s Hobart Hurricanes, Pakistan Super League’s Lahore Qalandars and South Africa’s most successful T20 outfit Multiply Titans have all been confirmed so far. Organisers Abu Dhabi Cricket in partnership with Abu Dhabi Sports Council will announce the sixth and final team at a later date with them promising it will be the ‘same calibre’ of players.

That list includes Gayle, who is set to feature for The Boost Defenders, while Pakistan’s Yasir Shah is part of the Qalandars’ squad. South African veteran Morkel will be leading the Titans while England pace ace Tymal Mills will don Hobart Hurricanes’ shirt.

Tickets and hospitality packages are now available, with general admission tickets starting from just Dh25. These can be purchased through Ticketmaster.ae, Virgin Megastores and the Zayed Cricket Stadium box office.

Matt Boucher, acting CEO of Abu Dhabi Cricket, believes it’s an opportunity not to miss. “It will be a fantastic family event where there will be double-headers for each of the days,” he said. “It’s a new start for cricket in Abu Dhabi and is a fantastic offering. There will be high quality cricket and hope the community comes out and support us.

Heading to Abu Dhabi: Chris Gayle

Heading to Abu Dhabi: Chris Gayle

“Given the considerable number of sub continental, British, South African, and Australian residents in Abu Dhabi, the wider UAE and Gulf region, we are confident of packing the increased 24,000 capacity of the iconic Zayed Cricket Stadium.”

He added: “We’re looking forward to delivering a wonderful experience for our fans at the stadium but the tournament will certainly not be contained to the stands. We expect millions around the world to follow the action on TV, radio and social media – again, cementing Abu Dhabi’s position on the international cricket scene.”

What: Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy

Where: Sheikh Zayed Stadium

When: October 4 to 6

Contact: For more information, visit www.abudhabicricket.com.  

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Get active in the capital this summer with Abu Dhabi Sports Festival

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Book a football pitch at Abu Dhabi Sports Festival.

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

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Head to Laguna Waterpark and experience the thrill of their brand new epic surfing classes

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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 ClubTaking 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.

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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

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