The Ramadan Jam returns to Dubai Sports World to provide thrills for all

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Thrill on wheels: BMX riders will show off their skills at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The Rage Ramadan Jam will make a smashing return for a third straight year at Dubai Sports World (DSW), and all skateboarders and BMX riders are encouraged to sign up for an evening of thrilling competition.

Taking place at the Rage Indoor Skatepark at the Dubai World Trade Centre’s DSW on Thursday, July 17, the UAE’s skateboarding and BMX community are invited to bring their best tricks for a chance to win some great prizes.

Some 70 competitors took part in last year’s Ramadan Jam, and this year’s event follows a highly successful Volcom Wild in the Parks, which took place last month.

Around Dh3,200 worth of Rage gift vouchers are up for grabs, not to mention the numerous giveaways the shop will offer from their wide range of products.

There will be two divisions for each category (skate and BMX) – a juniors division for ages 14-and-under and a seniors division for competitors aged 15 years and over. 

Skaters and BMXers will be judged on the style and difficulty of the tricks they display within a 15-minute time period, with the top five from each division going through to the final.

“We’ve held Ramadan Jam for the last two years at the Rage Indoor Skatepark. Every year we’ve had more and more people join the competition; last year we had 70 participants,” said Karishma Rajput, the official responsible for marketing the event.

Signing up for the competition is free but there is a Dhs30 entry fee to the DSW. The Ramadan Jam is open to both males and females and will be held for two hours between 20:00 to 22:00 on Thursday night.

“This year we’ve changed the timings for the Ramadan Jam; we will be starting the competition at 20:00 which gives everyone an opportunity to participate,” adds Rajput.

“The Rage Indoor Skatepark is a safe and friendly environment for kids and adults to come skate and BMX at. We are currently running a skateboarding and BMX Summer Camp by professionals brought in from Germany and the UK. Those interested can find more information available at www.rage-shop.com.”

The event isn’t just for those interested in competing. Organisers are promising a fantastic experience for spectators, who will be entertained to a full-on show of tricks and stunts.

“It’s definitely fun to watch these amazingly talented skateboarders and BMX riders show off their skills. 

“Also, we’ll have the Rage Team, who are the finest skateboarders in this region, do a demo at the Skatepark. It’s an event you wouldn’t want to miss out on,” promises Rajput.

The Ramadan Jam is supported by Etnies, DDE, We The People, TSG, RAGE, Volcom, Baker and Electric.

If you feel you have what it takes and are ready to shred at the Rage Indoor Skatepark, head down to the Dubai World Trade Centre on Thursday and show them what you’ve got.

What: Rage Ramadan Jam, Skateboarding and BMX competition
Where: Rage Indoor Skatepark, Dubai Sports World, Dubai World Trade Centre
When: Thursday, July 17, from 20:00 to 22:00
Entry Fee: Dhs30
Contact: 052 996 5527, or visit www.rage-shop.com

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