Dubai Sports World opens with biggest offering to date

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A young footballer at Dubai Sports World.

Promising ‘all sports all summer’, DSW 2016 is spread across DWTC’s Sheikh Saeed Halls 1, 2 and 3, and the Trade Centre Arena, covering 25,000m² of air-conditioned, indoor space. It is set to offer a thrilling 12-week schedule of sports, tournaments and academy training until August 27.

Heading the list of new attractions is the wrestling ring, which supplements the usual facilities which include basketball courts, football pitches and ping pong tables.

“We are delighted to support Dubai World Trade Centre’s annual summer sporting initiative that presents fantastic indoor facilities with a vast variety of sports for people of all ages and all skill sets,” said Dubai Sports Council general secretary Saeed Hareb. “Dubai Sports World is a strong partner supporting the Dubai Sports Council in ensuring Dubai’s sporting sector continues to grow and paves the way for positioning Dubai as the pioneering city of sports.”

As well as the wrestling ring, DSW 2016 rolls out four pro-standard size pitches for five-a-side football, four pro-standard size pitches for seven-a-side football, six basketball courts, three tennis courts, eight badminton courts, 12 ping pong tables, a mini cricket pitch, a regulation-sized volleyball court, a state-of-the-art gym, a dedicated fitness studio for group classes and a cycling studio.

A free-to-use 545-metre indoor running track is also present.

DSW provides safe, affordable indoor facilities for grassroots sports programmes for children of all ages, which will be run by leading professional training institutions from across the UAE. Many free sporting activities are available for the entire family, with entry to DSW not costing anything.

Dedicated coaching for kids and teens from the ages of four-18 comes from Hoops Academy, G-Force Cricket Academy, International Football Academy, Tennis 360, Kanoute Football Academy and Dubai Pro Wrestling Academy.

“It is finally time to open the doors to Dubai Sports World 2016,” said Ahmed Alkhaja, senior vice president – venues, DWTC. “We are thrilled to welcome sports enthusiasts and professional athletes alike to this 12-week opportunity for indoor sports and fitness.

“Dubai Sports World 2016 is a unique community platform that encourages a spirit of gamesmanship and camaraderie, all here in the heart of Dubai.

“We want to reinforce the importance of sports and fitness as a lifestyle, especially for our youth. Dubai Sports World has brought onboard an assortment of leading academies from the UAE to offer a variety of clnics and summer camps, helping the younger generation compete in a healthy yet fun environment.”

Information about pitch bookings, rates and how to enroll in summer camps can be found on www.dubaisportsworld.ae or by calling +97143064000.

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Happy Birthday: Ben Smith, Justine Henin, Javier Hernandez

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(L-R) Ben Smith, Justine Henin, Javier Hernandez.

This summer the former tennis world No1 will be inducted into the International Hall of Fame, and rightfully so.

The Belgian, who celebrates her 34th birthday today, is renowned as one of the best tennis players of the 2000s.

She won 43 WTA titles, including seven grand slams (four French Open, two US Open and one Australian Open) and was ranked No1 for a total of 117 weeks (seventh all-time).

She is also an Olympic gold medallist winning the singles crown at the 2004 Games.

Henin was one of the smallest players on tour but possessed arguably the best one-handed backhand and combined it with her incredible athleticism and mental fortitude to become one of the most successful stars before her first retirement in 2008.

She would return in 2010 but retired indefinitely a year later due to an elbow injury.

Other sports stars born on this day:

1981: Carlos Zambrano, holds the Chicago Cubs record for most home runs by a pitcher (35).

1985: Tirunesh Dibaba, is an Ethiopian long-distance runner, who won 10,000m gold at London 2012 (31).

1986: Ben Smith, is a fullback for the Highlanders a Rugby World Cup winner with New Zealand (30).

1988: Javier Hernandez, is a striker for Bayer Leverkusen and Mexico’s second-highest all-time goal scorer (28).

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Dubai Sports World all set to open its doors to the summer

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DSW provides some summer sporting comfort.

The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), in association with Dubai Sports Council, have announced that the sixth edition of the popular annual event will be the biggest and best yet.

Spread across Sheikh Saeed Halls 1, 2 and 3, and the Trade Centre Arena – covering 25,000 square metre of air-conditioned, indoor space – the 2016 DSW will be packed with a 12-week schedule of sports, tournaments, academies and activities, starting Sunday, June 5, and ending on August 27.

Commenting on the return of DSW, DWTC vice president of venues Ahmed Alkhaja, said: “Dubai Sports World aims to ensure that sports enthusiasts have access to the best, most exciting indoor fitness venue and activities in the region.

“This year’s venue is bigger and better and will offer a range of academies and sports – providing everyone the opportunity to move, have fun, and remain healthy indoors during the hot summer months.”

Dubai Sports Council general secretary Saeed Mohamed Hareb added: “As part of our efforts to promote a sporting culture in Dubai, it is exciting to witness the growth of Dubai Sports World, which has become synonymous with summer in Dubai.”

The expanded venue will this year feature four pitches for five-aside football, four pitches for seven-a-side football and rugby, six basketball courts, three tennis courts, eight badminton courts, a cricket pitch and a gym.

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