HH President of the UAE Polo Cup ends this weekend at Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club

Jay Asser 15/01/2015
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Enjoy: Apart from the games, other entertainment activities will be on offer for spectators.

The HH President of the UAE Polo Cup comes to a conclusion this weekend in what is sure to be an exciting and fun finish at the family-friendly event.

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Held in the name of the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Polo Cup commenced on January 6 with 10 teams of Mahra, Al Habtoor, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Saudi sides Edress and Zedan, Bin Drai, hosts Al Ghantoot, Desert Palm 2 and current titleholders Desert Palm 1.

Today (Thursday) will see the subsidiary final match-up between Mahra and Habtoor in the consolation bracket, while tomorrow will feature Abu Dhabi against Bin Drai in the other sub-final before the grand final to crown the winner of the 15th annual edition.

Aside from the equestrian action on the field, there will be plenty of family entertainment for everyone on the tournament’s final day (Friday).  Picnic areas, activities and a live concert will be on hand, adding to the festive atmosphere and making the conclusion of the Polo Cup one to remember.

The day will kick off with outdoor activities and games at the ADCB Ambition Garden, with music played by a DJ. Children can have their face painted and do arts and crafts in the Creative Corner, as well as use the bouncy slide in the Active Zone. Ghantoot will also offer free pony and camel rides and fans can pose for pictures with the players.

Sports and physical fitness shows will entertain visitors, followed by the polo getting underway with the sub-final.

Viewers will then be treated to a Dubai Police dog show, a UAE Parachute Team show and an Al Forsan aerobatic show before the team presentation and grand final.

Afterwards, an award ceremony will be held for the winners, as well as the ‘best dressed’. Visitors can even win prizes in the raffle draw.

The day of fun will be capped off with a dinner, including a live concert by artist Mohammed Al Salem.

For those wanting to enjoy the wide range of activities at the event while keeping track of the polo, a live stream of the matches will be available on the tournament’s website at www.presidentpolocup.ae.

Last year’s Polo Cup saw Desert Palm take the title for the first time after defeating rivals Bin Drai 7-6 in a thrilling final. Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum won the best local lady player award and Mohammed bin Drai earned the best player award, while his stallion was declared the best horse in the tournament.

The event will take place at the Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club, which boasts 300 hectares of grassland, a 2,000-seater grandstand and eight world-class polo fields.

“Completing 20 years, Ghantoot witnesses the participation of 10 teams in the 15th edition of the tournament, which confirms the remarkable progress of this particular game within the UAE,” said Saeed bin Houfan Al Mansouri, the club’s vice-chairman.

Entry for both days is free with the sub-final today at 16:00 and gates opening tomorrow at 13:00.

With top-quality polo on the field and a day full of entertainment, the HH President of the UAE Polo Cup makes for a great day out.

WHAT: 15th edition of the HH President of the UAE Polo Cup
WHEN: First sub-final today at 16:00, gates for Friday’s Grand Final day open at 13:00
WHERE: Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club, Abu Dhabi
Sport360° VERDICT: A great mix of sport and family-friendly fun.
CONTACT: Visit www.presidentpolocup.ae for more information and to live stream the matches

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JLL Triathlon series set to push competitors to the limit

Denzil Pinto 14/01/2015
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All to play for: About 300 people are expected to take part in this Saturday’s races at Jebel Ali Golf Hotel.

The third race of the JLL Triathlon series is this Saturday, and you have until 18:00 today if you want to be involved in the event.

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With the triathlon involving a swim, run and bike ride, it’s a perfect opportunity for people to get to grips with the multi-discipline sport that is fast growing not just in the world but in the UAE.

Starting and finishing at the Jebal Ali Golf Hotel in Dubai at 06:45, the event will involve two distances; Super Sprint and Sprint Triathlon.

The Super Sprint distance involves a 375m swim followed by a 10km bike ride and the 2.5km run. This category is ideal for those who are beginners and are less experience in sports.

And for those who want to push themselves further can enter the Sprint Distance, which consists of a 750m swim, a 20km bike ride before running five kilometers to the finish line.

Anyone aged 11 and above can take part with organisers Race. ME setting different nine options. There are five categories in the Super Sprint – Junior (11-14years), Youth (15-18), Open (19-39), Vet (40-49) and Super Vet (50 plus). And the Sprint category consists of four – Youth (15-18), Open (19- 39), Vet (40-49) and Super Vet (50 plus).

Take to the water: The first stage of the triathlon will see competitors take on a challenging wim.

Paul Venn, of Race.ME, said: “We’ve had around 250 people sign up which is a great number given the fact that it’s the start of the new year. And it’s certainly more than we have had achieved last year.

“The capacity is 300 so we’re not far off from where we are in terms of reaching the target. We keep the capacity at 300 because safety is very important to us and ensure there is enough room for people to undertake the aquathlon.”

And he’s urging more people to take part even if they’ve not experienced the sport before.

He said: “Anyone who feels they’ve not done much exercise over the festive period then this is a great way to start and become a more healthy and leading lifestyle.

“Don’t think you can’t do it because everyone can. We have got two distances unlike the other races that we’ve held previously which is ideal for anyone who is new to the sport or not.”

He added: “The event is certainly going to be enjoyable and challenging. You don’t need to be the best swimmer, rider or runner to compete. If you don’t have a bike, there are a lot of shops in the country where you can hire one and come on down. People will certainly be surprised on how enjoyable it is.

“The UAE has perfect weather and it’s a great opportunity for people to do more outdoor events and be pro-active. And the triathlon happens to be one of those sports that are outdoors.”

What: JLL Triathlon Race Three
Where: Jebel Ali Golf Hotel, Dubai
When: 06:45, Saturday, January 17
Contact: Register by emailing [email protected]. Registration is 18:00 tonight. For more information visit www.race-me-events.com.

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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.

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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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