Head to Khalifa International Bowling Centre and see if you can strike it lucky

Denzil Pinto 19/07/2018
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Get your friends and family together and see if you can strike it lucky in a game of bowling at Zayed Sports City this summer.

Their Khalifa International Bowling Centre continues to be popular all-year round and with the temperatures rising in the UAE, it’s the perfect activity to beat the heat and have plenty of fun.

Since opening in 1999, it has attracted thousands of visitors all year round and with summer upon us, you can see for yourself why it’s highly rated.

Whether you want to play in the morning or late at night, the venue is open daily from 09:00 to 01:00 with fees starting from Dh16 per game.

“The Khalifa International Bowling Centre is busy year round, with more than 350,000 games played annually, and summer is actually our busiest time of year,” said Tony Kouris, general manager at Zayed Sports City.

“We continue to welcome leagues, corporate groups, families and camps throughout the day and into the night. People are making the choice to stay active and escape the soaring temperatures outside through bowling which is great to see.”

The centre is popular for families all year round

The centre is popular for families all year round.

The 40-lane centre has hosted some of the largest events in the region, as well as the World Bowling Championships in 2009, 2014 and 2015.

With automatic scoring systems and laneside restaurant service, Kouris believes people won’t go home disappointed.

“The 40 bowling lanes provide a place to stay active while also escaping the outdoor heat and humidity, but this is not the only reason to come out and play this summer,” he said.

“Bowling is an incredibly inclusive sport in many ways. We provide all of the gear to get started and there is no prerequisite level of fitness for someone to feel comfortable participating.

“Everyone can play together at Zayed Sports City too, because we have equipment to make adjustments for people with special needs, plus families of all ages play together on the same lane and it is one of the most affordable sports around. It’s important that every member of the community incorporate activity into their lifestyle, and bowling is certainly a great option offered at ZSC.”

What: Bowling
Where: Khalifa International Bowling Centre, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi
When: On-going. Open from 09:00 to 01:00
Contact: For more information, visit www.zsc.ae

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Tackle the Hatta mountains with the Wadi Bih Run later this year

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Compete as an individual or as part of a team.

One of the toughest and most famous running events in the region, the Wadi Bih Run, is set to return for a second time in 2018 as organisers launch a new edition of the race that will take place in the stunning mountains of Hatta on November 9.

Complimenting the traditional Wadi Bih Run, which takes place annually at the start of the year in Dibba, Oman, the UAE version will be organised by the same event organisers in partnership with global fitness brand Reebok and will feature familiar race categories.

Participants can choose from the Team 70km, Team 35km, Solo 70km, Solo 35km, Solo 20km along with a special 2.5km run exclusively for children.

Responding to popular demand of runners to offer another Wadi Bih style race in the annual running calendar, organisers will replicate many elements of the much-loved event in the similar surroundings of Hatta, while removing the need for runners to cross the border into Oman.

A camping area will be prepared at the start, within Hatta Fort Hotel’s grounds, that will be open to participants in the event the night before race day and a small recreational village will be set up at the venue, which will include a lunch area, an activation zone, pool access, Reebok rest and recovery areas and more.

Commenting on the new event, race director Neil Young said: “The Reebok Wadi Bih Run grows in popularity every year and is now firmly established as the premier long distance running challenge in the region. We hope that by launching a second November event in Hatta we will be able to inspire new runners to take part, whilst giving those who love the Wadi Bih Run an opportunity for another test in the annual running calendar”

Speaking on Reebok’s support for the Wadi Bih Run Hatta, Head of Brand Activations MENA, Nathalie Khouri, said the key focus for the brand was to continue supporting the ambitions of the regions running and fitness community.

“Our goal is to support every runner and fitness enthusiast, no matter what their ability, to get outside and get active,” said Khouri. “This is why we have come together with the Wadi Bih team to create a second Wadi Bih event in the UAE that will see more runners, more beautiful scenery and more fun! We can’t wait to help participants achieve their goals, whether that means setting a new personal best time or just getting to the finish line.”

What: Wadi Bih Run
Where: Starting from Hatta Fort Hotel
When: Friday, November 9
Contact: Visit www.wadibih.com for more information and www.premieronline.com to register

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Head to Abu Dhabi City Golf Club and tee off on the greens with their summer promotions

David Cooper 15/07/2018
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It’s already been two months since Abu Dhabi City Golf Club started their ‘Summer in the City’ promotion but you can see for yourself why it’s an offer not to miss.

Having started on May 15, their special coaching deals have been a big success and with it running until September 15, there’s still time to purchase the deal.

A three-hour lesson costs Dh999, which includes membership to the academy for one month and one green fee, while a five-hour class costs Dh1,599 (two month membership and two green fees). There is also a 10-hour class available costing Dh2,999, which includes three months academy membership and five green fees.

Even if you’re not a golfer, you can take advantage of their Summer Academy membership for Dh999. This includes unlimited use of their driving range, access to their tennis courts and swimming pool plus member discounts.

On top of that, just on Sundays, you can play 18 holes of golf for Dh150 or nine holes for Dh99 inclusive of VAT which includes free access to the pool.

ADCGC’s previous summer promotions have been hugely popular and Dave Taylor, head PGA professional at Abu Dhabi City Golf Club, is confident 2018 will be no different.

“We hope to offer everyone a place to escape the heat, enjoy an active past time and an activity that doesn’t involve going to the mall. There is no better time to take advantage of our shaded driving range, air conditioned swing room and discount prices,” he said.

“Every year this has been a very popular promotion for us with lots of golfers taking advantage of the offers at the academy, on the golf course and membership benefits.”

He added: “For the first time our promotion this year includes unlimited use of the driving range and includes green fees to allow golfers to play the course. This means all golfers, whether experienced or first time golfers, can learn, improve and play their best golf ever through the summer months all ready for the perfect Abu Dhabi golf season that starts at the end of September. As the only fully covered driving range in Abu Dhabi, there is no better place to practice in the shade, or in our air conditioned swing room.

And Taylor insists there’s plenty of reasons on why people should sign up.

“With fantastic discounts and lots of additional benefits there is no better time to start golf or improve your golf. Our expert team of welcoming and supportive PGA teaching professionals will help you with all your needs and show you why we are Abu Dhabi’s favourite golf academy.”

What: Summer Promotions

Where: Abu Dhabi City Golf Club

When: Ongoing until September 15

Contact: For more information, email [email protected] or phone 02 445 9600

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