On The Radar: Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf & more

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Teeing off: Last year the event attracted over 63,000 fans and was beamed to a global TV audience of over 436 million.

Monday, January 12-17

ITF Junior Tennis Championships

Venue: Abu Dhabi Country Club

Junior players representing more than 40 countries have registered for the 10th edition of the Abu Dhabi ITF Championships hosted by the Abu Dhabi Country Club. Kareem Allaf is the No. 1 UAE junior and will be looking to use the tips he picked up when being used as a practise partner for Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic earlier this month at the Mubadala World Championshpis in Abu Dhabi.

Website: ITF Tennis

Wednesday, January 14 
Afghanistan vs Scotland cricket

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Start:02:00 PM

The Dubai Triangular Series is a round-robin One Day International cricket tournament held in the UAE from January 8-19, 2015. It is a tri-nation series between Afghanistan, Ireland and Scotland as a warm-up for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Ireland are currently at the top of the table with one wim, followed by Afghanistan with a win and a loss and Scotland with one loss.

Thursday, January 15 
Dubai World Cup Carnival 2015 (Race 2)

Venue: Meydan Racecourse 
Start: 6:45 PM

A battle between the world's best horses, jockeys and trainers, Dubai World Cup Carnival will feature a series of nine highly-competitive race meetings. The Dubai World Cup Carnival attracts the most famous stars of the international racing scene, with the finale – the Dubai World Cup – set to be held on March 28, 2015 taking the title of the world's richest race meeting. 

Website: Dubai World Cup

Thursday, January 15-18 
Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

Venue: Abu Dhabi Golf Club

Teeing off in 2006, the Abi Dhabi Golf Championship is recognised as one of the leading events on the European Tour. Last year the event attracted over 63,000 fans and was beamed to a global TV audience of over 436 million. The players will vie for the iconic Falcon Trophy and a cut of the $2.7million prize purse, the richest in the region.

– Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship celebrates its 10th anniversary

Website: Abu Dhabi Golf Championship
 

Thursday, January 15-27
The President Cup Falcon Competitions

Venue: Abu Dhabi Falconers' Club 

This competition is organised by Abu Dhabi Falconers’ Club with the aim of preserving past achievements and supporting the UAE’s heritage and ancestral sports. The club has also announced that the prize fund has now been increased to AED 25,000,000 and 56 cars to add more challenge and excitement to the event.

Website: Abu Dhabi Events – Falconry

Friday, January 16
UAE Jet Ski Race (Heat 1)

Venue: Abu Dhabi Corniche – Breakwater

the UAE Jet Ski Race (Heat 1) will thrill water sport fans and beach goers as the competitors ride the waves of excitement! The race is divided into 7 different classes and allows competitors to compete at their own level and specialty. Set near the shores of the Abu Dhabi Breakwater, the race will enable spectators to follow up the competition very close.

Website: Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club

Saturday, January 17
Wadi Adventure Race

Venue: Wadi Adventure Park, Al Ain 

The popular Wadi Adventure Race (W.A.R.) returns this month where athletes will be pushed to the limits in a gruelling obstacle course. Competitors will have to overcome a 10km obstacle course where they will crawl, run, carry, swim, swing and climb their way to the finish line.

Website: Wadi Adventure

Saturday, January 17
M1 Run

Venue: Media One Hotel 

If challenging yourself physically is at the top of your New Year resolutions, then the M1 Run has you covered with its unique stairclimbing race. Unlike a typical race, the vertical run will commence at the ground level of Media One Hotel and run through the car park up to level 7. The one kilometre sprint will only be an appetizer of what’s to come as competitors will then move on to the next stage – a 700-stair climb from level 7 all the way to the finish line at level 42.

Website: M1 Run

Saturday, January 17 
Afghanistan vs Ireland cricket

Venue: Dubai International Stadium
Start: 09:30 AM

The Dubai Triangular Series is a round-robin One Day International cricket tournament held in the UAE from January 8-19, 2015. It is a tri-nation series between Afghanistan, Ireland and Scotland as a warm-up for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Ireland are currently at the top of the table with one wim, followed by Afghanistan with a win and a loss and Scotland with one loss.

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Zayed Sports City offers ice skating classes

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Glide on ice: The skating programme at Zayed Sports City provides an opportunity to learn a new skill.

If adults ever wanted to learn to skate, then Zayed Sports City are holding their new programme with classes beginning on Saturday.

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Zayed Sports City are no strangers to holding ice skating classes; they’ve been running them for over 10 years. Each month attracts over 250 students and the programme has gone from strength to strength.

With the original aim of attracting children, Zayed Sports City found there was a growing interest and decided to hold a separate programme for adults.

The programme consists of a ‘term’ which is four lessons in a row, at Dh280. Lessons last 30 minutes and take place once a week on Saturdays. If after the four lessons, skaters feel they need more lessons, they can enrol again until they’re satisfied with reaching their potential.

“Skaters come with their own personal reason to join and they are certainly varied,” said Barry Bremner, general manager of Zayed Sports City. “Some are parents who want to be comfortable taking their children on the ice.

“Others view this as their physical activity, a fun and unique alternative to the gym and still others are enrolling for the social aspect or to learn a new skill. Our goal for the programme is to provide a means to reach their goals in an environment where they feel comfortable and motivated.

“Our skating programmes are growing and the adult Learn to Skate is now a complement to the youth programme as well as Abu Dhabi Figure Skating Team. We have great events throughout the year including an international figure skating competition and theout ice show, which had a record 64 performers in December.”

The programmes are taught by coaches Zsolt Kerekes and Andreea Tuliga, who have between them 15 years of coaching experience. And Bremner is encouraging more people to take up ice skating.

Healthy endeavour: Ice skating is a fun and unique alternative to the gym.

He said: “Joining the programme is absolutely worth a try. We provide a safe environment with experienced and certified coaches. Our curriculum is tried and tested on thousands of students and we have high retention within the programme proving it is worthwhile. It’s fun, active and unique and we firmly believe that we provide the best quality programme of its type in the region.”

What: Learn to Skate programme
Where: Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi
When: Saturdays from January 10 to 31. Intermediate 14:00 to 14:30; Beginners 14:30 to 15:00.
Contact: Phone 02 403 4333 or email [email protected]. Registration is confirmed once payment is done.

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M1 Run’s stairclimbing race takes place in Media One Hotel

Jay Asser 6/01/2015
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Cash in: Prizes worth Dh90,000 are on offer in the race which starts with a one kilometre sprint at the ground.

If challenging yourself physically is at the top of your New Year resolutions, then the M1 Run has you covered with its unique stairclimbing race.

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The event takes place in Media One Hotel on Saturday, January 17 and is perfect for individuals, corporate teams, friends and families.

Unlike a typical race, the vertical run will commence at the ground level of Media One Hotel and run through the car park up to level 7. The one kilometre sprint will only be an appetizer of what’s to come as competitors will then move on to the next stage – a 700-stair climb from level 7 all the way to the finish line at level 42.

The top three men, top three women and top three teams will earn various prizes to the value of Dh90,000, while raffle draws will also offer prizes to the value of Dh10,000.

“Our Media One team is in serious training now the festive activities have finished,” said Felix Hartmann, director of food & beverage of Media One Hotel. “We have had some great training sessions and hope some of our hotel competitors enter so we have a real challenge on our hands.

“We are looking forward to seeing the individuals that have registered, as we know this will be a much more serious race and a challenge for personal bests. A few brave corporate companies have started to train and hopefully they will also challenge themselves against some of their rivals. But we are also happy for anyone to create a team to participate if they don’t think they can manage the feat alone.”

Following the race and award ceremony, a special deal will be available for LaidBack on 8 for lunch and drinks next to the pool with the resident DJ, as well as use of all facilities – pool, sauna and steam room – to recover from the demanding run.

Stairway to success: The race is perfect for corporate teams, friends and families.

The race for individuals starts at 10:00, while the race for the teams of four in a relay format begins at 11:30. The entry fee is Dh99 each for individuals and Dh399 per team.

Registration closes on Thursday, January 15, and competitors can sign-up online at www.premieronline.com.

Tie your trainer laces tight and get ready for a challenging vertical ascent at the M1 Run.

What: M1 Run
Where: Media One Hotel, Dubai, from the car park up to level 42
When: Race takes place on Saturday, January 17, at 10:00 for individuals and 11:30 for teams. Registration closes on Thursday, January 15.
Contact: Sign-up at www.premieronline.com and visit www.mediaonehotel.com for more information.

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