Nitro Circus Live show offers extreme action in Abu Dhabi

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Amazing: Forty of the top action sports athletes in the world will be on show in Abu Dhabi.

You can witness some of the most difficult and danger­ous action stunts in freestyle motocross, BMX and skateboarding when the biggest and most popular action sports show in the world makes its UAE debut on Friday.

As part of the UAE’s 43rd National Day celebrations, 40 of the world’s best action sports athletes will descend on Abu Dhabi and showcase their talents at Zayed Sports Stadium during the Nitro Circus Live show.

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The Nitro Circus has proved to be popular around the world with sell-out shows in New Zealand, Australia, China, the United States, Canada, South Africa as well as various European countries, with over 1.5 million tickets sold globally. Friday’s show looks set to add to that significant number and Nitro Circus Live management can’t wait to dazzle the spectators.

Managing director of Nitro Circus Live, Michael Porra, said: “We are excited to be bringing Nitro Circus Live’s over the top stunts to a whole new set of fans in the UAE.”

And he promises that anyone who attends will be amazed with what they see. He said: “This show is like nothing fans have ever experienced before and I know they’ll be blown away by the non-stop action and crazy antics.

“We have been developing and perfecting for this show for the past year in tours across Europe and the United States. Fans can expect a whole host of brand new stunts and performers that will absolutely blow their minds.”

And the fans will certainly be impressed as the athletes perform their stunts and best tricks off a multi-million dollar set and the famous Nitro Giganta Ramp, which is 50 feet high.

Not only will the Nitro Circus crew perform the biggest tricks in FMX and BMX, they will also push their limits and skill on skates, scooters and a range of other products including a rocking horse, Barbie car, kids tri-cycles, a bath tub and a couch.

One of the craziest stunts in the new show includes the extraordi­nary ‘hole-in-hole’.

Riders will launch 50 feet high into the air off the Giganta Ramp and attempt to land with pinpoint accuracy inside an inflatable Zorb ball. Among the performers will be Aaron ‘Wheelz’ Fotheringham. Since the age of seven, he has been in a wheelchair and became the world’s first extreme wheelchair athlete aged 21.

The fans can look forward to a series of world-first tricks combin­ing BMX and skateboarding from him. And to date, ‘Wheelz’ is the only person in the world to hit the  Nitro’s famous Giganta Ramp in a wheelchair so don’t be surprised if he repeats the feat in the UAE capital.

Mac S. Far, chief executive officer at Alchemy Project Entertainment which is organising Friday’s show, is delighted to welcome the Nitro Circus Live to Abu Dhabi.

He said: “It’s great to be able to bring the biggest and most popular action sports show in the world to the UAE as part of the country’s National Day weekend celebra­tions, which makes this event extra special.

“Nitro Circus is the largest action sports show on the planet, and we decided that the UAE National Day would be the best time to host such a fantastic show to the people living in the emirates.

“We have been able to deliver this not-to-be-missed show thanks to support from the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and the stunning Zayed Sports Stadium.”

What: Nitro Citrus Live
When: Friday, December 5, beginning at 20:00
Where: Zayed Sports Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Cost: Ticket Prices range from Dhs149 to Dhs699
Sport360 Verdict: Be ready to be amazed with some spectacular stunts in what will be a great evening of entertainment in Abu Dhabi.
Contact: www.nitrocircus.com or visit www.tixbox.com to purchase tickets (can also be bought at the venue)

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