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Some of the exciting sporting events on offer this week.

We look at the sporting events lighting up the UAE over the next seven days including some of tennis' biggest stars, the English Premier League and the WWE's Middle East mega-event.

Monday, February 9

Arabian Gulf League – Week 15: Ajman vs Al Dhafra (5:20pm) & Al Wasl vs Al Ain (8:15pm)

Following the brief hiatus during the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia, the AGL is firmly back in the swing of things. Second-bottom Ajman will be hoping to register a much-needed win over Al Dhafra while Al Ain will be out to ensure their superb run of form continues as they close in on top spot.

Website: http://web.agleague.ae/en/

Tuesday, February 10
English Premier League – Arsenal vs Leicester City (11:45pm)

A full set of midweek fixtures is on offer for fans of the Premier League with Tuesday night’s matches notable for Arsenal welcoming Leicester to the Emirates. Catch all the action at Spirals Bar in Al Barsha to take in the game with a particularly Gunners feel to it.

Venue: Spirals Sports Bar – Grandeur Hotel, Al Barsha

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Spirals.Sports.Bar.Dubai?fref=ts

Wednesday February 11-12
Dubai Camel Racing (week 25) – (Races start at 7am & 2pm)

In full swing already, the Dubai Camel Racing season continues this week, with fun for all the family promised at the Al Marmoum race track. Pop along to see the country’s finest camels be put through their paces by their robotic jockeys.

Venue: Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack, Dubai Al Ain Road

Website: http://www.dcrc.ae/

Thursday, February 12-14
WWE LIVE: Abu Dhabi (7pm)

The WWE’s biggest Superstars roll in to Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sports City Tennis Stadium to put on a three-day show of muscle-bulging, power-slamming action. Catch the likes of John Cena, Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler and Dean Ambrose in the UAE’s capital city.

Venue: Zayed Sports City Tennis Stadium – Abu Dhabi

Website: For tickets – http://www.ticketmaster.ae/artist/wwe-live-abu-dhabi-2015-tickets/920144

Friday, February 13
RAK Half Marathon (7am)

Some of the world’s top athletes will be in the UAE to tackle one of the country’s premier running races. The RAK Half takes in some of the Emirate’s most stunning backdrops and provides competitors with a stern test of their skills.

Venue: Streets of Ras al-Khaimah

Website: http://www.rakmarathon.org/

Saturday, February 14
Sport360’s National Schools League final (10:30am)

The inaugural final of the Sport360 NSL competition will be played at the ICC Academy as PAK Hawks Sharjah and GEMS Modern Academy in the U13 final and Abu Dhabi Indian School and DPS Sharjah fight it out for U15 glory.

Venue: ICC Academy, Dubai Sports City

Website: http://nsl.sport360.com/

Sunday, February 15
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship

The world’s biggest tennis stars come to town in what is one of the UAE sporting calendar’s most celebrated events. This year is all about the women, with eight out of the top 10 WTA players heading to Dubai to fight for the DDF crown, including reigning champion Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska. 

Venue: Dubai Irish Village Tennis Stadium

Website: http://www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com/

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The tournament attracted a large number of participants and spectators from the different emirates and has seen a strong level of performance from competing birds.

The two-day Fazza Championship for Falconry 'Al Hay' (Live Prey) witnessed a highly competitive contest between more than 500 of the best species of Shaheen and Tebah falcons.

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Fazza Championship for Falconry – Live Prey is a unique tournament that showcases the innate and age-old relationship between the falcon and its prey, evident to generations of Emiratis and avid falconers from across the region. 

One of the young falconers in deep focus during day-one of the championship at Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center.

The tournament attracted a large number of participants and spectators from the different emirates and has seen a strong level of performance from competing birds.

Saif Belkadida, Chairman of the Supreme Organizing Committee of the Fazza Championship for Falconry said: "This year's championship has attracted around 500 participants, which reflects the great attention given by the Emiratis to ensure the continuity of this popular sport, which reflects the traditional way of hunting throughout the history of the UAE and the region."

He also confirmed that the GCC round of the Fazza Championship for Falconry – Al Hay will kick off next Friday, and that he expects wider participation by the most skilled falconers from across the region.

Young falconers take part in the Fazza Championships.

For her part, Souad Darwish, Director of Fazza Championships – Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center, said: "The Center seeks to promote and entrench the culture of heritage tournaments as a means of maintaining these popular traditions and fostering a deeper sense of belongingness to the country. We organize a number of tournaments inspired by the local environment in which the people of the region have lived in for generations in order to encourage the youth to practice these traditional sports."

She noted that the Falconry Championship – Live Prey is an important platform to test the skills of the falconers and the strength of the birds used in hunting.

A Live Prey Falconry Championship will be held for GCC falconers next Friday, 13 February 2015.

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