Going Out: Enjoy sport in the garden at Media One Hotel

Matt Jones 28/09/2015
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Relaxed setting: Garden on 8.

With the Rugby World Cup in full swing and the football and NFL seasons getting underway, it’s time to get yourself down to Dubai and see what’s springing up at Garden on 8 at Media One Hotel.

– RWC: Maitland try seals comfortable Scotland win

– RWC: Australian fans guide to watching Down Under

– #360debate: Can England recover to win #RWC15?

If you are ready for a season of sport, then it’s time to visit the Garden Fest. From now until October 31, join them for a thrilling six-week festival of sport as the boys get the balls out with live action from all the Rugby World Cup games, along with key football and NFL matches.

To create the full festival experience every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, there will be a variety of entertainment from Dubai-based acoustic musicians, together with a menu full of world flavours and beverage deals on special imports.

Artists include Adam Baluch, Ian Appleby, Sam and Shay and Sebrina and Red. Weekends will see a variety of craft stalls and their bespoke Garden Fest T-shirts on sale plus festival-related interactive games. This starts from Thursday, October 1 from 17:00 every weekend.

Of particular note are Orange Boxy – from designer apparels to tech accessories, unique gift ideas to funky home decor; plus Toil & Tinker (T-shirt printing) – a small but punchy, print and design studio, from October 1-3.

Ryokobags – exclusively handmade leather goods – are available from October 8-10, as well as Sunny’s Pop, which brings your favorite Texas treats to Dubai, including amazing gourmet popcorn and cotton candy washed down with some old-fashioned sodas.

Watch sport in style.

Between October 15-17 it’s Drawdeck – an online community that connects emerging artists, companies and art-lovers together. There’s the healthy and yummy snack options of Munchbox.

From October 22-24 it’s time to Dot your T’s, Cross your I’s – all handmade, pom pom accessories, jewellery and clothing; while in the final week, from October 29-31 look out for Tinker & Toil, Ryokobags, Pictoresca and Dot your T’s, Cross your I’s.

Media One community manager Svet Kujic said: “The Garden Fest is time to enjoy a full festival experience with live sports and entertainment in one of the coolest terraces in Dubai – it’s about the vibrant social atmosphere, wholesome, hearty food with an extensive variety of classic drinks; providing a fun retreat to socialise with friends.

“It’s more than just an outdoor escape. Our garden features wall gardens cultivated by the chefs for fresh vegetables and herbs; some furniture from recycled and reused materials, plus rustic surroundings that even include a wishing well.

“Garden Fest is about the full monty experience with live sports (rugby, football, NFL), musicians, crafts and loads of fun.”

So crouch, touch, pause, and engage in a spectacle of sporting action at Garden on 8.

What: Garden Fest
Where: Garden on 8 at Media One Hotel, Dubai
When: September 18-October 31
Contact: Call Dubai 04 427 1000 or email [email protected] for further details

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Going Out: Take part in the Pink is Punk fun run

Denzil Pinto 26/09/2015
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Swim:Run - Fitness with fun.

Whatever your age, don’t miss out on next month’s Pink is Punk Swim:Run event, which not only promises to be better than ever, but your participation will make a huge difference to somebody’s life.

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So far, more than 120 people have signed up and will flock to the Anantara, The Palm Resort and Spa in Dubai on Friday, October 9, but there’s time to join them with registration still open.

With all funds raised donated to the Safe and Sound Breast Cancer awareness campaign, organisers Ignite are calling everyone to get involved.

Besides the three events – Open, Sprint and Junior which will see the participants compete in various distances in swimming and running – there is an extra incentive for those who compete in the Fun Run.

Whether you walk, run or jog in the Fun Run, Ignite are encouraging all to bring their props, costumes and their fun gear as the best fancy fun dressed will win an afternoon high tea experience at the Burj Al Arab.

Registration is still open.

“Whether it is wearing a full costume of one’s favourite superhero or daring to create your own fancy fun dress from head to toe, parents, children of all ages and even sports teams are welcome to enjoy this friendly competition,” said Guillaume Mariole, founder and managing director for Ignite fitness & wellness.

“We want to see how creative you can be.” He added: “Pink is Punk’s aim is to support the noble cause of breast cancer awareness by promoting sports and healthy lifestyles. Having Burj Al Arab on board this year for this amazing prize is another great reason to join the event. Besides, the venue at Anantara The Palm is beautiful so I’m sure everyone will have a great time.”

Now in its fifth edition, the event has gone from strength to strength with growing numbers of competitors and companies involved in the proceedings.

Ian Spendlove, founder and chief executive officer of Showforce, whose company has supported the project since the first edition, said: “Everything about this day is good for so many reasons. All ages get to participate in the Swim:Run and all for a cause that has probably touched so many families in this world.”

Entry fees vary between Dh70 and Dh250, and all participants will receive a goody bag, while prizes will be up for grabs in each category.

And if you’re not competing, then why not purchase a ticket and watch the action unfold? Tickets will be available on the day or online.

What: Ignite Pink is Punk Swim:Run
Where: Anantara, The Palm Resort and Spa in Dubai
When: October 9 from 06:00
Contact: For more information, or to register visit www.premieronline.com

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Going Out: Make a splash this Eid with the Du Live City slides

Jay Asser 21/09/2015
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Splashing around: 500m slides.

If you’re searching for a unique way to spend your upcoming Eid holidays, look no further than the wet and wild fun of Du Live City Slide.

The longest waterslides you’ll likely ever see will take over Dubai Autodrome on Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26.

Two 500-metre long waterslides will be set up and function in two-hour time-slots, with half an hour breaks in between to ensure the slides hold up to the popular demand.

The international family-friendly slip-and-slide event has had plenty of success in countries like Germany, Switzerland, Holland, France, Mexico, Austria, Spain, England and Belgium, and now the phenomenon is heading to the UAE.

Though summer has already officially ended, the heat would say otherwise and City Slide is the perfect way to cool off outside. 

“Summers in Dubai will no more be spent indoors,” said Uttam Kumar, managing director of Tamquest Entertainment. “City Slide will surely get everyone on the streets this summer.”

A great way to stay cool.

Zona, event director of Tamquest Entertainment, added: “Dubai has seen a very hot summer this year and we want to give people a cooler experience to end their summers as an unforgettable one.

“We want people to get out of their homes and spend an entire day with their families and friends.”

Aside from the waterslides, the event will also have attractions like the Aqua Rides, water balloon and water gun fights, as well as a concert with a DJ.

Tickets cost Dh170 for entry to the venue and the two-hour timeslot to use the waterslides. Those who want to attend but not slide can do so for Dh50.

Children below the age of five can enter for free, but are not allowed to slide due to safety reasons.

You can purchase tickets either online at www.platinumlist.net or on-site on the day of the event, though they’re subject to availability.

For updates, follow the event’s Facebook page ‘City Slide Dubai’ or its Twitter handle ‘@CitySlideUAE’. Discover the slider in you this Eid and beat the heat outdoors at City Slide.

What: Du Live City Slide
Where: Dubai Autodrome
When: Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26 from 11:00 to 23:00
Contact: Visit www.platinumlist.net to purchase tickets and follow the event’s Facebook page ‘City Slide Dubai’.

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