There is no shortage of top sporting events in the UAE and here’s our one-stop diary of everything that’s going on.
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SUNDAY OCTOBER 30 – THURSDAY NOVEMBER 3
Pakistan have already secured the Test series but they can make it a clean sweep with victory at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
A win for Misbah-ul-Haq’s men would mean they have won each of the T20, ODI and Test series 3-0 against their Caribbean opponents in the UAE.
WHERE: Sharjah, Sharjah Cricket Stadium
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 1 – SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5
The most formidable beach-footballing nations return to Dubai to vie for championship glory as one of the sport’s most prestigious tournaments gets underway.
Russia are the reigning champions after beating Tahiti in convincing fashion last year, with the three-time winners sure to be among the favourites again in 2016.
WHEN: 16:15-21:15 each day
WHERE: DUBAI INTERNATIONAL MARINE CLUB
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 1 – SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5
Watch 86 teams from 28 countries compete at the International World Rafting Championships 2016.
Wadi Adventure welcomes the International World Rafting Championship to the UAE for the first time, as the world’s best descend on Al Ain between November 1-5.
Entry is free for spectators, who can enjoy entertainment, a food festival and a kids zone, as well as watching 86 teams from 28 different countries complete to be crowned world champions of course!
WHERE: AL AIN, WADI ADVENTURE
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 1
KIBSONS / DASSA SCHOOLS AQUATHLON – SENIORS RACE 1
Sign your kids up for the three-race Senior Aquathlon series, in association with Kibsons / DASSA Schools.
Super Sports Events organises another fun-filled event for the youth of Dubai. Approved by DASSA and Dubai Sports Council, the aquathlon pits students against each other or as a collective bunch against other school teams in a three-race series.
WHERE: RASHID SCHOOL FOR BOYS, NAD AL SHEBA
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 1 – SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5
The Asian Shotgun Championships return to the UAE for a second time in Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi.
Organised by the Asian Shooting Confederation, the Asian Shotgun Championship is set to land on Emirati soil for a second time in commemoration as the sixth edition comes to Abu Dhabi.
WHERE: AL FORSAN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS RESORT, KHALIFA CITY
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 2 – SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5
The Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open is Abu Dhabi’s first-ever golfing event exclusive to female fans of the sport.
The Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Ladies European Tour proudly presents the first-ever exclusively ladies professional golf event, the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open – which is expected to accommodate over 120 professional golfers from across the world.
WHERE: SAADIYAT BEACH GOLF CLUB
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 3
Witness UAE racing action at its zenith at Meydan Racecourse.
Fun fact: the Meydan Racecourse grandstand is the world’s longest single structure, boasting an incredible reach of over a mile in length. It is capable of accommodating over 60,000 spectators and that’s exactly what the venue does for the Dubai World Cup each year.
Before that, however, there is a season of racing to enjoy. Dubai is well known for it’s zeal for horse-racing given the success of the world renowned Godolphin stable, and each Thursday night from November onwards, Meydan will be hosting nights of horse racing for fans and newcomers alike to enjoy.
General admission is free but there are also hospitality packages to suit all manner of tastes.
WHERE: MEYDAN RACECOURSE, NAD AL SHEBA
Join us at the Parade Ring Restaurant on opening night November 3rd and get one complimentary beverage with your AED 100 ticket pic.twitter.com/xbdCOYpzbj— Dubai Racing Club (@DRC_Meydan) October 18, 2016
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4
The 24Sevens Football Series is coming back for the 2016 edition.
In May 2016, football fans around the world can yet again immerse themselves in a 7-a-side international football series, which brings talented amateur players together in football-crazy cities to celebrate the beautiful game we love. Entering its second series, 24SEVENS football promises to be bigger, better and more thrilling.
Starting from Villarreal (Spain) in July, 24SEVENS football will make a stop in four other brand new international cities, namely Xi An (China) in August, Ballerup (Denmark) in September, Dubai (UAE) in November and a final stop in Bangkok (Thailand) where the Super Cup will be held end November.
WHEN: TIME TBC
WHERE: JEBEL ALI CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE
The Ice Warrior Challenge returns for a seventh time; can you keep your cool to tackle the Ski Dubai obstacle course?
Essentially the Desert Warrior or Gladiator Challenge on snow, participants are required to rapidly traverse a -4°c obstacle course at Ski Dubai.
Last year’s winners were awarded complimentary plane tickets destination Italy for a three-day stay with ski lessons. Runners up take home dinner and spa vouchers, plus gym along with other great prizes.
Participants must be aged 16 or above.
WHERE: SKI DUBAI, MALL OF EMIRATES
The neon night-running craze responsible for illuminating over 30 cities worldwide hits Zabeel Park with new features and wearable technology.
After making noise and selling out in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah a year ago, the Electric Run returns to the Emirates for its second season. The upcoming edition has undergone several changes to enhance participants’ experiences throughout the night.
The ‘recharged’ Zabeel Park will host an eye-catching 5km run with palm trees thematically complementing the green surrounds. Participants will traverse nine ‘Courselands’, including Disco and EDM party zones, and the Electric Avenue.
WHEN: 18:00 – 23:00
WHERE: ZABEEL PARK
The Giant Duathlon Series is aimed at triathletes, duathletes, cyclists, runners and fitness enthusiasts, of all ages and abilities.
Whether you are a beginner or a finely tuned athlete, the Giant Duathlon Series offers a test of endurance.
Each race is run/bike/run and will be open to individuals and teams of 2. Age groups are calculated as of your AGE on race day. If you move age groups half way through the series, your series points will be counted for the age group you were in for your first race of the series.
WHERE: HAMDAN SPORTS COMPLEX
Dust off your helmet and pedal around Yas Marina Circuit at the Mubadala Community Cycle Race.
The community cycle race presented by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council will return to Yas Island in early November.
The previous incarnation had participants pedal their way through Al Ain after starting at Wadi Adventure Park.
WHERE: ABU DHABI, GATEWAY PARK, YAS ISLAND
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The ADCB Pink Polo invites guests to relax and observe an exhibition polo match at the Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club in support of breast cancer awareness.
Organised by the Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club, the ADCB Pink Polo is dedicated to raising awareness about the perils of breast cancer in the UAE.
WHERE: GHANTOOT RACING AND POLO CLUB
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FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4TH AND SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5TH
The Dubai Fitness Fest returns at a fresh new venue – Skydive Dubai – for a weekend full of sporty competitions, healthy fun, and activities.
People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to come along and try some of the fun challenges and exciting competitions on offer.
Close to The Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina, the venue is an ideal setting to welcome families and sporting enthusiasts to take part in the full range of healthy fun.
The event is perfect for people looking to compete in running, strength and endurance challenges, or simply if they wish to get on track creating positive lifestyle habits with healthy eating and having fun.
WHEN: 08:30 – 20:00
WHERE: SKYDIVE DUBAI
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SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5
Take part in the ONLY off-road mutli-discipline event in the region!
Swim in a beautiful salt water lagoon, mountain bike your way over the rough and challenging terrain, then trail run through the mountains to the finish! Sport and Championship course distances are open to individuals and teams. This new and exciting terrain adds an extra dimension to the usual physical challenges!
WHERE: RAS AL KHAIMAH, NEAR KALBA BEACH
It's happening ... Nov 5th ... are you tough enough? pic.twitter.com/r0uR8SHhlX— Urban-Ultra (@UrbanUltra) September 26, 2016
Can you complete the multiple cycle challenges devised by RACE.ME?
From Al Qudra to Jebel Jeis, the Stages TT Challenge pits participants against one another in a harsh test that will exhaust their physical and mental endurance.
WHERE: AL QUDRA CYCLE TRACK
The highly acclaimed Sharbatly Fruit Aquathlon graces the shorelines of Palm Jumeirah for another edition of tantalising action. Sign up now.
Dreaming about the prospect of an all-expenses paid trip en route to Thailand? Look no further.
The Fairmont Hotel nested on Palm Jumeirah is set to welcome avid swimmers and runners with an unforgettable experience.
WHERE: THE FAIRMONT PALM HOTEL AND RESORT, PALM JUMEIRAH
Are you proficient in standup paddleboarding? Attend the season’s first race at Dubai Creek.
The first Stand-Up Paddle race of the season will be held on the flat waters of Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club.
WHERE: DUBAI CREEK GOLF AND YACHT CLUB, DEIRA
Three UAE Olympic heroes from this summer’s Games in Rio will join thousands of night-running party-goers this Friday, as the world’s brightest 5k – Daman ActiveLife’s Electric Run – returns to Dubai with a recharged format featuring a new tree-lined venue, improved courselands and new wearable technology.
The national heroes – swimmer and UAE flag-bearer Nada Al Bedwawi, team-mate Yaqoub Al Saadi and weightlifter Ayesha Al Balooshi – will join thousands in Zabeel Park to take part in a fusion of world-class DJs, 5k night-run, spectacular light show, epic end of race party, electronic beats and fancy-dress.
“I like to take some time off every once in a while and do something that is fun, still involves some sort of movement and also something I can get my friends involved in,” said 19-year-old Al Bedwawi, UAE’s first female Olympic swimmer and flag-bearer in Rio.
“Now with the weather cooling down I like to train and have fun in the outdoors more than anything else. Electric Run is the perfect night out for us because we can socialise, run, walk and dance while listening to music.”
Joining the Olympic trio is one of the most successful middle distance runners in Olympic history – double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes – who was the official starter of the inaugural Electric Run in Dubai in 2015. Holmes will join thousands of revellers in celebrating the UAE national heroes and join them on the start line this Friday.
Top UAE female weightlifter, Ayesha Al Balooshi, is also looking forward to joining her friends at Zabeel Park for the sensational 5k run and party.
“I am an advocate for new events that encourage women to get active in a social environment,” she said. “When I was invited to participate in Electric Run I thought to myself that this is fantastic and I must invite everyone I know to do this with me. We don’t have many excuses to get active so this event is definitely one good excuse to get us completing a 5k on a weekend.”
The new venue at Zabeel Park has been significantly upgraded from 2015 and will take Electric Runners on an electrifying journey through nine themed Courselands, including three that are new to Dubai – the Disco and EDM (Electronic Dance music) party zones, and Electric Avenue.
Register now at www.electricrun.ae
The event brought together a host of individuals from the health and fitness sector to mark the 10th anniversary of Daman.
About 300 local and international health sector specialists gathered to discuss how to best promote health and wellness within communities, plus ways for international best practices to be applied throughout the UAE in order to improve public health.
Sprint king Lewis was a highlight of the event. The 55-year-old made a name for himself across a glittering athletics career which spanned nearly two decades, during which he won nine Olympic gold medals.
The four-time long jump gold medalist and two-time 100m champion admitted it was important to get the healthy lifestyle message across to children in the UAE with obesity a glaring issue in the region.
“It is something that affects the world, not just this region,” said Lewis, now an athletics coach at the University of Houston.
“Talking about obesity and health and living healthier lifestyles, especially for young people, that’s why I’m here. The focus of the conference is on getting young people active in sports and understanding more about nutrition.
“If you can live healthier at a younger age, it carries on for life.”
After retiring once his last gold medal in the long jump was won at the 1996 Atlanta Games, Lewis has remained active in sporting circles.
He has delivered talks on nutrition and the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle for the last 20 years, as well as being an United Nations ambassador on nutrition.
The Alabama-native preached the benefits of rolling out the message to schools, something he said has been deteriorating in the US.
“You have to have a concerted effort in schools so you educate young people about sports and activities,” added Lewis.
“In the US there’s been a sea change in recent years. We’ve taken PE out of schools.
“When children are engaged and you create programmes for them, they get excited, it’s just we’ve taken it out and now a lot of sport in America has become pay to play. It’s out of schools so now teachers are hiring coaches to teach their kids.
“The whole paradigm has shifted to specialisation in all ages, doing one sport only when they should be doing multiple sports to develop muscle movement.
“They were engaged in classes but we took it out, so now they’re trying to put it back in.”