‘Sign-up, inspire your community and be part of the UAE’s most expansive and most exciting sporting event’.
That is the compelling call to action from the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 at the launch of a new far-reaching tournament initiative, known as the ‘AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Playmakers’ programme.
Over the next few months the LOC is seeking to recruit 100 enthusiastic community ambassadors to deliver the message of the approaching tournament.
Known as ‘Playmakers’ after the important role of midfield players who act as the engines for their team, distributing and setting others up for success, the 100-strong group will share the tournament’s vision of ‘Bringing Asia Together’ and by doing so help to deliver the most accessible, connected and successful Asian Cup in history.
Open now to candidates by contacting [email protected], the initiative is seeking the most social, passionate and influential people residing in the UAE from each of the 24 competing nations to officially sign-up and play a pivotal role as honorary envoys.
Among the first Playmakers to be recruited are: Emirati ex-professional footballer Ahmed Al Balooshi, Jessica Cullen, a prodigious 15-year-old Australian footballer, and Japanese superfan Shinya Nakamura, demonstrating the variety of international fans and opportunities that exist for all members of society.
Speaking on the launch of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Playmakers programme, His Excellency Aref Hamed Al Awani, tournament director, said: “Football is the game of the people and the heart of our tournament flows through the communities.
“That is why we want to reach out to the people of the UAE and provide an opportunity for the most patriotic fans of each nation to get involved in this unique sporting occasion.
“We have the chance to do something special, but we need those special individuals who can inspire and help connect others. Just like the players on the pitch, only when we are all truly connected can we make the plays which make history.”
An expanded tournament format for the Asian Cup next year will see the best 24 national teams from Asia competing, making it the largest Asian Cup to ever be staged and the biggest sporting event hosted in the UAE.
A total of 51 matches will be played between January 5 and February 1, 2019, spread across eight stadiums located in four cities across three Emirates.
Al Awani continued: “AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to connect our nation through the beautiful game.
“The UAE is home to over six million people who are from the nations competing in the tournament. That’s who we want to reach through our Playmakers.
“By igniting the national pride that lives inside these fans every team can feel they’re playing at home. Every team can have a passionate 12th man.”
The positive response to the Playmakers concept has already been overwhelming. In all, 20 embassies and business councils representing their communities here in the UAE have confirmed their interest in participating and helping communicate tournament news, offers and developments.
Starting on Monday, fans who want to go beyond being spectators can register interest by contacting [email protected]. The programme welcomes all segments of society and invites five different categories to sign up, namely: country Playmakers as political representatives, corporate Playmakers such as CEO’s from the business world, highly visible community Playmakers, energetic schools Playmakers including faculty and students as well as a host of football legends.
For the latest AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 news and information go to www.the-afc.com.
The Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix might seem a long way off but now is the time to take advantage of the early bird tickets ahead of the July 31 deadline.
Celebrating its 10th edition this year, motorsports enthusiasts, music lovers and their families will experience four days of packed on-track and off-track excitement at Yas Marina Circuit between November 22-25.
Demand for this year’s race weekend and Formula One finale has been as high as ever since ticket details were launched in March – leaving only a limited number grandstand available tickets for purchase.
Fans have until midnight (UAE time) on July 31st to snap up early bird tickets, which offer a 20 per cent discount, while the ever-popular West Club, West Grandstand and family favourite two and three-day Abu Dhabi Hill tickets have already sold out.
This year, ticket holders heading to the event will be able to watch performances by some of the biggest names in music, across four-nights of international A-list concerts: including, Guns N’ Roses (Sunday), The Weeknd (Friday) and Sam Smith (Saturday). The Thursday Artist is set to be announced in due course.
4-Nights of captivating concerts and only 4-Days left to see them with a 20% Discount! What are you waiting for? Book your #AbuDhabiGP experience now: https://t.co/xpUPvAGIEN pic.twitter.com/LoXThMzz7Y— Yas Marina Circuit (@ymcofficial) July 28, 2018
Those looking to get the most out of their Friday at Yas Marina Circuit can choose from two great brunch options, including the GP Brunch or the new Friday Club at Trackside Terrace Brunch.
Priced at Dh1,495, the Friday Club at Trackside Terrace includes an all-inclusive twilight brunch with one of the best viewing points of the track. On top of that, there will also be Golden Circle upgrades to The Weeknd After-Race Concert and General Admission access to the Thursday After-Race Concert.
The Grand Prix Brunch offers views of the Yas Hotel, Yas Marina and the support pits along with a sumptuous spread of great food for Dh1,250.
Motorsport fans looking for an upgraded experience can choose from a range of event hospitality packages starting with Yas Suites offering a 10 per cent discount until 31 July through to the new Terrace Hospitality, Marsa Suites and Champion’s Club all with stunning views of the track plus an extensive range of food and beverage options available starting from Dh3,325.
What: Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Where: Yas Marina Circuit
When: November 22 to 25
Contact: For more information, visit www.yasmarinacircuit.com or phone +971 (0) 2 659 9800
Escape the heat this summer by joining the fun at Al Forsan International Sports Resort.
Young ones are guaranteed to have the time of their lives at the Equestrian Summer Camp or the Kids Summer Camp. You can also grab your family and experience the true taste of summer with sporty packages for all ages.
Al Forsan takes the entire family into consideration, ensuring everyone has something exciting to experience this summer. A 20 per cent discount can be availed through online bookings.
Running until August 31st, Al Forsan’s Kids’ Summer Camp inculcates core values such as teamwork, responsibility, sportsmanship and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle while enjoying time with new friends. During the weekdays, this nine-week camp is the perfect solution for parents who want to keep their children engaged from 09:00 to 15:00 from Sunday to Thursday.
Children have access to a fully indoor camp housed within the 3,200 square metre air-conditioned sports dome and activities including basketball, swimming, volleyball, football, martial arts and arts and crafts all supervised by dedicated counselors. There are also fun incentives such as weekly sports awards to keep the little ones going and lunch can be provided as an option.
Adults don’t have to hide from the heat by staying at home either. For just Dh110, race your way to victory and cross the finish line first on our incredible karting circuit or see how accurate you can be from 5 to 60 metres on our archery course.
Shoot your way to success on our themed paintball courses, laser simulators and handgun ranges for a truly exhilarating experience, all for a 20 per cent discounted price when booking online.
Before or after getting your adrenaline pumping with an extreme sporting activity, satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst for adventure with our Sports & Dining Package for just Dh150. Enjoy a meal and a soft beverage in either Como Italian Cafe or Kishi Asian Fusion Restaurant.
This is truly a summer surprise for everyone, so make sure to take advantage of it before the end of August.
What: Al Forsan’s summer camps and sports activities
Where: Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi
When: Summer packages available until August 31
Contact: Visit www.alforsan.com for more information and online booking for a 20 per cent discount