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Sheikh Mohammed lauds stars

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Sheikh Mohammed with Team UAE (credit: WAM)

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE vice president and prime minister, and ruler of Dubai, hosted and congratulated the Emirati Paralympians, who won a total of seven medals at the Rio 2016 Games in Brazil.

The team, which comprised of a UAE record 18 members, won two golds, four silvers and one bronze in what was the most successful Paralympics for the nation so far, easily beating the previous best haul of four medals in Sydney and Athens.

Shooter Abdullah Sultan Al Aryani, who won gold at London 2012, secured three silver medals this time around.

The two golds came from Mohammed Khamis Khalaf and Mohamed Al Hammadi in powerlifting and athletics respectively, while Sara Al Senaani and Noura Al Ktebi became the first Emirati women to win medals with shot put bronze and silver.

After meeting the members of the team at Zabeel Palace yesterday, Sheikh Mohammed said: “The will conquers the impossible and no success is without resolve and determination.”

He hailed the champions on their efforts and also praised the UAE Disability Sports Federation, coaches, managers and all those who contributed to the training and preparation of the team that brought honour to the UAE.

The vice president also announced financial rewards to the team members. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Dubai Crown Prince, was also present during the meeting.

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Fatbikes - a different view of the Dubai desert

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A fatbike is an off-road bicycle with over-sized tires, typically 3.8 in (97 mm) or larger and rims 2.6 in (66 mm) or wider; they have been around since at least the early 20th century, but in the past years several manufacturers started crafting these special bikes for the masses.

They are designed for low ground pressure to allow riding on soft unstable terrain, such as snow, sand, bogs and mud; with tires that look inspired by those on monster trucks, fat bikes float over terrain that stymies narrower treads.

The bike was designed for riding across snowy trails, but soon turned up underneath ultra-distance explorers and noncyclists looking for a new way to exercise during the winter and after that they reached another extreme environment: the desert.

At Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & SPA, situated in the heart of the desert and nestled in the dunes of Dubai, you can take part in guided tours starting from 200 AED, and Al Qudra cycle path, where you can rent a fatbike for 100 AED (4 hours).
Video by: DubaiBlog



Shooting & Editing: Valerio Passaretti

Pictures by: Massimo Ziino and Dubai Blog


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What is Aquathlon and where to do it in UAE?

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For two-and-a-half years, Daniel Hughes has presided over all matters Triathlon in Abu Dhabi, watching the sport’s popularity grow and grow.

Aside from the ITU Abu Dhabi Triathlon, numerous satellite events throughout the year give people the chance to hone their pace, including a juniors-specific event in the Abu Dhabi Aquathlon Series.

SO WHAT IS AQUATHLON?

An aquathlon is a multisport event that involves swimming and running. The aquathlons in Abu Dhabi start with the swim and finish with the run and the distances for each race vary depending on age groups for the juniors and ability for the adults.

Generally they fall into categories of Sprint – a 750m swim and 5km run – or Super Sprint – a 375m swim and 2.5km run. Junior competitors who can’t manage the Super Sprint can try either a 100m swim and 750m run or 200m swim and 1.5km run.

HOW DOES IT DIFFER FROM TRIATHLON/DUATHLON?

Triathlon and duathlon are also multisport events and each also involve cycling. A Triathlon is a swim, cycle and then run, while a duathlon is a run, cycle, run. Aquathlon is swimming and running.

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WHERE CAN I DO AQUATHLON IN THE UAE? 

There are a number of aquathlon series around and the most popular and biggest audience is in Abu Dhabi. The 5 Star Aquathlon series is held each year at Emirates Palace (October and March) and the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort (December). Plus there is the largest junior aquathlon also held three times a year with the first race this weekend this Saturday. We’ve got more than 200 kids registered for the event at Al Bateen Beach. The next two races are in November and then April 2017. For training, check out the Abu Dhabi Triathlon club and join in the swim, bike and run sessions.

WHAT AGE GROUP IS AQUATHLON OPEN TO?

This weekend’s event is open to kids as young as 4 with the now famous Tiny Tri event and up to 18-years-old. The 5 Star Aquathlon has a category for 4 years of age to 90!

WHY IS AQUATHLON GOOD FOR ME? 

The best part about the events is that they help people set important fitness goals and then bring the community and families together to celebrate achievement. With age groups for everyone and set in beautiful venues on the shore of Abu Dhabi, it’s even fun just to be a spectator.

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP AQUATHLON TRAINING TIPS? 

Consistency – The more regular you train, even short sessions, the better your body responds.

Holistic – Don’t forget the importance of recovery, good nutrition and healthy mindset for stronger results.

Community – Training is more fun and you get better results when you train in a group session with others to provide encouragement. Plus you get to make new friends.

Visit www.abudhabitriclub.com for more info on Aquathlon and Triathlon in Abu Dhabi or catch up with them on Facebook. 

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