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Skateboarders set to gather at brand new and free XDubai Skatepark

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The 3,100m2 skatepark caters to both novice and professional skateboarders with its multiple specifically-tailored skate areas.

XDubai have announced the unveiling of a dynamic community skatepark at Kite Beach, which will open on January 15.

Developed on the picturesque beachfront location, the free facility will be the largest multi-faceted skatepark in the UAE and will be XDubai’s first infrastructure development project aimed at offering a central community hub for sport events and competitions.

Ismaeil Al Hashmi, Managing Director of XDubai, commented: “We developed the XDubai Skatepark with a vision to create a dedicated state-of-the-art facility for skateboarders in the emirate and from around the world who come to Dubai.

“With its striking aesthetics and contemporary design, we are confident that the facility will become one of the most iconic and buzzing hubs in the emirate. Besides skateboarders, BMXers, inline skaters and scooter riders will also have a destination where they can train and develop their skills.”

XDubai features the XBowl, which has a challenging drop for skaters.

XDubai features the XBowl, which has a challenging drop for skaters.

Javad Khoramifar, Marketing Director of XDubai, added: “The XDubai Skatepark was born out of a need to create an exciting recreational space for Dubai’s youth. This community skatepark will give both experienced skaters and beginners a completely custom-made place where they can thrive, have fun and stay physically active.”

The 3,100m2 skatepark caters to both novice and professional skateboarders with its multiple specifically-tailored skate areas.

With unique street elements, obstacles and transition flow areas such as hubbas, pole jams, up-down rails, soft-ended walls and many more, beginners and experienced skateboarders alike will have the perfect opportunity to learn and develop their skills.

The biggest attraction within the park is the XBowl for professional skaters, which features a challenging 3.2m deep drop with a 2.1 shallow end. Built to world-class standards, the XDubai Skatepark with its 29 different elements for skaters, rivals some of the best locations in traditional skateboarding destinations.

Conceptualised by Convic, the premier global youth facility and active space design and construction company, XDubai’s skatepark will be the perfect place for performing ollies, kick flips, aerial grabs and earn some serious airtime!

For more information on the XDubai Skatepark, please visit www.xdubai.com/skatepark.

Opening Hours:

Sunday to Thursday – 10 AM till 12 AM

Friday & Saturday – 8 AM till 1 AM

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Kuwait sues sports chiefs over international suspension

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Sheikh Talal Fahad Al-Sabah (c) is one of those being sued.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the government’s legal department against Kuwait Olympic Committee head Sheikh Talal Fahad Al-Sabah and 14 other board members including his elder brother Sheikh Ahmad, one of the most powerful figures in football and the Olympics.

The lawsuit blames the board members for causing Kuwait’s suspension by FIFA and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by informing the two bodies that Kuwaiti laws allow government interference in sports.

The government is demanding temporary damages of $16,500, which if granted by the court will allow authorities to seek greater damages of $1.3 billion, according to Al-Rai newspaper.

The government says in the lawsuit that it has spent more than $1.3 billion on local sports in the past five years.
FIFA and the IOC both suspended Kuwait in October because of alleged government interference in the Gulf state’s sport.

The Kuwaiti government has repeatedly said the country’s laws are in line with international sports charters.

It is the third time since 2007 that FIFA and the IOC have suspended Kuwait for alleged government interference.

If the suspension remains, it will prevent Kuwait qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Sheikh Ahmad, a member of the FIFA executive committee and the IOC, is fighting an appeal against a six-month jail term for insulting the judiciary.

Sheikh Ahmad and his brother are nephews of Kuwait’s ruler Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

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On the Radar - January 11-16: Beach Run, Hankook Dubai 24H

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Don't miss out on any sporting action in the UAE this week!

There is no end of sport to get involved in or watch in the UAE this week and here are Sport360’s top picks.

From the Beach Run to the Hankook Dubai 24H and the return of the hugely popular Al Wathba Cycle Track event, there is something for everyone in the Emirates this week.

AL WATHBA CYCLE SERIES

Monday, January 11

The Al Wathba Cycling Series has been ongoing since October, proving to be an excellent event series for novice riders who are either recreational riders and/or not used to group riding techniques.

As a series it allows for riders to be re-seeded given the expectation that as riders skills and fitness improve they would move to later groups where the pace will be faster and the group skills more hone.

At the end of the series the winner with most points overall will receive a new Eddy Merckx EMX1 frameset worth around AED 6,000.

Venue: Al Wathba Cycle Track, Abu Dhabi
Contact: Al Wathba Cycling Series

WEST ASIA CUP
Friday, January 15

The Gulf’s premier rugby competition continues after the opening round of action last weekend. The highlight of the second round is Abu Dhabi Saracens at home to Doha, and Dubai Exiles away to Bahrain.

Website: Gulf Rugby

HANKOOK 24H DUBAI
Friday, January 15

Head to Dubai Autodrome for the Hankook 24H race, one of the most prestigious endurance races in the UAE and around the world.

Drivers from all corners of the globe will roll into the city to take part in the 2016 race.

The race proper starts at 2pm on Friday, January 15 and there are a host of activities around the race to keep petrol heads entertained in the lead up to and during the race.

Venue: Dubai Autodrome
Website: Hankook Dubai 24H

BORUSSIA DORTMUND VS JEONBUK HYUNDAI MOTORS
Friday, January 15

Bundesliga highflyers Borussia Dortmund will take on Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in a friendly match at Al Wasl Stadium.

During their week long training at Nad Al Sheba, Dortmund will aim to put their hard work to use in a run-out with the defending South Korean league winners.

Some of the star names that will be showcasing their talents include Marco Reus, Mats Hummels, African Ballon d’Or winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Shinji Kagawa and more.

Venue: Al Wasl Sports Club

BEACH RUN DUBAI
Saturday, January 16

The UAE’s first-ever Beach Run has arrived to get lovers of fitness and the sandy shores up and active.

With different distances and options available, the Beach Run is suitable for runners of all abilities and ages.

Whether you’re an experienced runner, new to the sport or just looking for an enjoyable way to get some exercise, the event is perfect for all.

And with it coming in early January, it’s a great time to kick-start your 2016 health and fitness goals in the best possible way.

Venue: Umm Suqeim Beach Park
Website: Beach Run

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