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#MyDubai sporting week: Are you on our list?

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From football to fencing, kitesurfing to cricket – Dubai has plenty to offer sport and fitness fans.

Each Sunday, we will be rounding up the best of the #MyDubai social media posts of the past week to take a peek into the Dubai sporting landscape.

This time around, New Year came and went and with it a whole lot of resolutions to get fitter and healthier in 2017. Here are some of the past week’s highlights.

Did you make it on to our list? Let us know byย commenting below, using #360fans on Twitter and Instagram, or getting in touch via Facebook.

VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONS CROWNED:

BOXING STAR JOSHUA WORKS OUT:

2XU TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS:

CAR PARK CRICKET:

SANDBOARDING IN THE DESERT:

Successfully faking sand boarding on the desert safari. #myDubai #traveldiaries #dubaiDiaries

A photo posted by FurSid (@fursid) on

CANALSIDE RUNNING:

JOSHUA’S SUNSET CRUISE:

Going ๐Ÿ†™! About to go for a sunset cruise #mydubai #visitdubai โ˜€

A photo posted by Anthony Joshua (@anthony_joshua) on

A MORNING RIDE:

KICKBOXING SESSION:

EVENING BASKETBALL:

FEEL THE SURGE:

BURJ AL ARAB AIR:

DESERT MOTORHEAD:

LAKESIDE RUNNING:

ONE MORE SQUAT:

FIGHTING FIT:

AT THE CORE:

MOTHER-DAUGHTER PILATES:

Mother daughter Pilates @clubstretch #mydubai ๐Ÿ’ž . Pilates is a deep connection through your entire body, it's connecting the abdominal muscles through the feet๐Ÿ‘ฃ, up the legs๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป and like a thread is being pulled from the muscle through the top of the head ๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿป . Brian spoke about pinning an upholstery button to the fabric of the back through your centre of gravity, ๐ŸŽฏ Where do you think your CoG is? ...I thought it was just above my belly button nah uhhhhh mate๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿป If you place your thumbs ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป on the belly button, your ring fingers on your hip bones and โ˜๐Ÿป๏ธyour index on the centre of your pubic bone, creating a diamond shape . ๐Ÿ’ŽThe centre of that diamond is where you want to pin the "upholstery button to the fabric of your back", fabric being your skin. Pull the button in without changing the shape of the frame ie don't clench your buttocks๐Ÿ‘ or let your shoulders to move up to your ears๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿผ . Exactly as an upholstery button does to the fabric on a piece of furniture ! How profound and simple๐Ÿ’ก . ๐Ÿ’žI love love LOVE instructors like this where the philosophy is to teach you something, not to make you co-dependent on the class but to help you apply it #onthedaily, and share the gift of fitness with everyone๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿฝ. If your instructor isn't doing this ... Maybe ask yourself, are you learning something new with each session? ๐Ÿค“Are they pushing you past your limitations?๐Ÿ˜… Are they taking you to your uncomfortable?๐Ÿค” . Mum clearly forgot to send the "no hands" memo #showoff ๐Ÿ˜œ . #dubaifitness #dubaifitfam #pilatesdubai #dubaimarina #josephpilates #pilates #pilateslove #abworkout #coreworkout #everydamnday #fitnessmotivation #healthisyawealth #ireland #lovindublin #irishfitfam #ukfitfam #fitfam #visitdubai #partnerworkout #dubailife Wearing @sweatybetty and @lululemonuk ๐Ÿ’ž #always #sweatybetty #lululemon

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RAISING THE BAR:

LIFTING THE SPIRITS:

NEW YEAR, NEW YOGA:

Stay focused, look forward, & go for what you want ๐Ÿ‘‰ @nuxactive // @fitplum ๐Ÿ’š

A photo posted by Laura Farrier Yoga (@laurafarrieryoga) on

WITNESS THE FITNESS:

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Submissions set to open for UAE Teen Sports & Fitness Awards

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Under the Patronage of Dr Abdulla Al Karam,ย Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority,ย the UAE Teen Sports & Fitness Awards 2017 opens for submissions via the Awards website on 17th January www.teenawards.ae.

The Awards celebrate the excellent sporting and fitness achievements of youth in the UAE. They recognise schools, academies, clubs, and sports federations as well as the dedication of individual coaches and students.

They also award event organizers, facilities and organisations supporting youth sport through sponsorship.

The Awards cover all sports and fitness activities across all nationalities. They also feature specific categories for UAE nationals, clubs and schools as well as the wider community.

World class facilities in the UAE as well as high standards of coaching, enables students to develop into future stars of tomorrow.

As well as elite athletes across a wide range of team and individual sports, there are many accessible pathways for all who would like to participate rather than compete. The UAE Teen Sports & Fitness Awards seeks to reflect the excellent standards in all areas of youth sports & fitness in the UAE.

Within the UAE there are a high number of youth participating and competing across many different sports and fitness activities and they are all supported and encouraged by dedicated parents, teachers and coaches.

The Awards showcase the achievements of individuals who have excelled and those who have helped others to achieve.

The 2016 Awards were a huge success with over 600 entries, 396 finalists across all sports and fitness activities and 450 guests at the Awards gala dinner. The guests included representatives from UAE sports and education governing bodies as well as federations, schools, clubs, parents and students.

Each entry will be judged by a knowledgeable and recognized panel of experts, led by Chairperson Apollo Perelini.

Submissions close 15th March, with finalists being announced 18th March. The Awards gala dinner will take place on Friday 28th April at the stunning Arabian Ranches Golf Club.

The full list of categories and criteria is detailed on the website: www.teenawards.ae.

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Vote for your 2016 Regional Sportswoman of the Year

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Cast your vote below.

Based on the choices of our Sport360 writers, weโ€™ve whittled down the regionโ€™s top male sportswomen of 2016 to this shortlist.

They include several Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic stars.

Their fate is now in your hands and you can vote for your Regional Sportswoman of the Year by voting in our poll both at the top and bottom of this page.

On Wednesday, we’ll be revealing the yearโ€™s best teams.

Donโ€™t forget you can also still vote in the three international categories and remaining regional one, so go to www.sport360.com/awards to voteย for all your favourite athletes and teams of 2016.

NADA AL BEDWAWI

The 19-year-old Emirati may not have won any medals in Rio, but made her mark before she had even stepped in the pool by becoming the nationโ€™s first female Olympic swimmer. Al Bedwawi โ€“ who was also given the honour of carrying the national flag at the Parade of Nations โ€“ participated in the womenโ€™s 50m freestyle and while her time of 33.42 seconds in the heats wasnโ€™t good enough to qualify, it was a personal best, and her impact on UAE sport will be everlasting.

SARA AHMED

That the 18-year-old Ahmed decided to miss her high school exams in order to compete at the 2016 Olympics, proved to be a wide decision for the Egyptian, who wrote history by becoming the first Arab weightlifter to win a medal at the Games.

Ahmed, who had previously won golds at the African Games and the Arab Championships, won a bronze medal in the womenโ€™s 69 kg event. She snatched 112kgs in her third attempt, and then did a clean and jerk with 143kgs.

AISHA AL-BALUSHI

The 24-year-old Emirati weightlifter may not have been best prepared for the 2016 Olympics, having sustained a neck injury which threatened to stall her career a few months before the trip to Rio. But with sheer determination and will power, Al-Balushi worked her way back, and when UAE got a country spot, her haul of 13 golds, six silvers and four bronzes in various international competitions got her the nod.

The experience of Rio is sure to propel her career to new highs in the future.

RUTH JEBET

It turned out to be an extraordinary 2016 for the 20-year-old Jebet, who switched her allegiance from Kenya to Bahrain three years ago and made her adopted country proud with a string of awe-inspiring performances.

Not only did Jebet win the 3,000m steeplechase gold at Rio โ€“ the first ever Olympics gold medal for Bahrain โ€“ it was the second fastest time ever as she clocked 8:59.75.

But she wasnโ€™t done yet. On August 27, at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Paris, she smashed the existing world record with a 8:52.78 effort.

NOURA AL KETBI

Just a day after Sara Al Senaani wrote history for UAE sports, Al Ketbi joined her in the hallowed list of Paralympic medallists by going one step further โ€“ she claimed a silver in the womenโ€™s shot put F32 class.

Al Ketbi threw a distance of 4.70m to finish second behind Tunisiaโ€™s Maroura Brahmi and helped UAE achieve their best ever result in Paralympics history.

SARA AL SENAANI

On September 17 this year, the 23-year-old Emirati became the first-ever female Paralympian from her country to win a medal when she secured a historic bronze in the shot put F33 event in Rio.

Al Senaani threw a personal best distance of 5.09m to come third on an all-Arab podium that was topped by Algerian Asmahan Boudjadar, who set a new African record with her 5.72m throw.

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