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On The Radar: Fitness Convention, Colour Run

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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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Visit our Events section to check out all the UAE sporting events over the coming weeks and months.

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MONDAY NOVEMBER 7 – WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 9

6TH ASIAN SHOTGUN CHAMPIONSHIP

Held at the Al Forsan International Sports Resort, spectators eager to witness the remarkable week-long shooting thriller are in for a treat as 2016 Rio Olympics gold medallist Fehaid Al Deehani and bronze medallist Abdullah Al Rrashidi are expected to be among the stellar line-up of prestigious global marksman.

WHEN: 09:00-16:00
WHERE: Abu Dhabi, Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Khalifa City

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WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 9 – SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12

FITNESS MIDDLE EAST CONVENTION 2016

The Fitness Middle East Convention, or simply FITME, is the perfect environment for fitness fanatics seeking to hone their craft.

Held at Dubai’s World Trade Centre, the convention will host a plethora of courses and workshops geared towards professionals, who can in turn instruct students by capitalising on their recently-acquired knowledge and insights.

WHEN: 06:30 Each day
WHERE: Dubai World Trade Centre

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 10

ITALIAN WORLD SUMMIT GOLF DAY‏ AT JUMEIRAH GOLF

Finger-licking Italian dishes and golf at the Jumeirah Estates, the Italian World Summit Golfing Day is a dream for fans of food and golf!

Hosted at the Jumeirah Golf Estates, also designated course for the European Tour Race to Dubai finale, the VIP tournament combines golf and the top-notch taste of Italian cuisine.

The same chefs out on the course will later prepare a meal for players and 250 VIP guests in attendance at the post-tournament dinner.

WHEN: 11:00-14:00
WHERE: Jumeirah Golf Estates

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FRIDAY NOVEMBER 11

DUBAI TRI FEST 2016

The Waterfront’s third annual Tri Fest includes a duathlon option, “Olympic” and “Sprint” – with three additional categories for younger contestants in what promises to be a more inclusive, safer family weekend outing.

WHEN: 06:00
WHERE: The Waterfront, The Palm Jebel Ali

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 11

LE MERIDIEN ABU DHABI OPEN WATER SWIMMING FESTIVAL

The second annual Le Meridien Open Water Swim sees participants swim from the hotel’s beach to Al Maryah Island before paddling back in the 1km feature race.

The event comprises numerous short distance contests suitable for all ages and abilities ahead of the grand final 200m ‘free’ race. Here, swimmers from various race categories participate and enjoy the waters by the beach. ‘Floaties’ are welcome.

WHEN: 07:30
WHERE: Abu Dhabi, Le Méridien
WEBSITE: www.abudhabitriclub.com/

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 11

24-HOUR TENNIS MARATHON WITH MATS WILANDER – DAY

Former tennis world no. 1 Mats Wilander may no longer be in his prime, but he will be leading the way in the 24-Hour Tennis Marathon in Dubai – which gives aficionados the chance to take to the court to face the three-time Roland Garros champion.

Returning after a successful debut, the tennis event will set out to better the Guinness World Record it broke a year ago, when 76 players from across the emirates endured rally after rally for a total of nine hours and 15 minutes of play.

WHEN: 12:30
WHERE: Dubai, Grand Hyatt Hotel
WEBSITE: 24hourtennismarathon.com

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 11

SHARJAH LADIES DUATHLON 2016

The Ladies Duathlon is set to become the first event of its kind in Sharjah,  aiming to bring together women from across the seven emirates to compete in a relay consisting of running and cycling.

Organised by the brilliant Sharjah Ladies Club, the race offers cash prizes to the best-placing  duathletes to tackle the corse, which kicks off at Al Qasimia University.

WHEN: 06:30
WHERE: Sharjah, Al Qasimia University
WEBSITE: slc.ae/sharjah-ladies-duathlon

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 11

THE WALK 2016

Abu Dhabi’s iconic Formula One racetrack Yas Marina Circuit is known to host an extensive array of fitness-related activities and events.

The Walk 2016, arguably the nation’s leading walkathon, comes to fruition thanks to a collective effort from London’s Imperial College Diabetes Centre and Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala subsidiaries.

The annual collaboration has seen residents of all ages and fitness levels from across the seven emirates walk together at the Yas Marina Circuit.

WHEN: 14:00
WHERE: Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island
WEBSITE: icldc.ae/event/walk-2016

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 11

THE CARACAL CHALLENGE 2016

Advancements in technology have effectively alleviated and nullified the burden of desert travel. It’s quite easy to forget how difficult planning travels must have been for residents in the Gulf in years gone by.

Husaak Adventures will take GCC nationals and residents back in time to a bygone era, utilising nothing but the sun and moon as instruments for navigating through the sand dunes.

The one-of-a-kind 15km evening excursion comes to fruition thanks to support for the Emirates Wildlife Society and a 15-year association with the WWF.

Interested individuals or groups are welcome to join the excursion deep into Al Khatim Desert for a single day experience or fully commit by staying the night.

WHEN: 12:00
WHERE: Abu Dhabi, Khalifa Park, Al Muntazah
WEBSITE: husaak.com/tcc

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL TRIATHLON 2016

The Dubai International Triathlon returns on November 12, repeating last year’s highly-regarded route with its testing 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride and 21.1km dash to the finish line.

Supported by Nakheel, the Dubai International Triathlon racecourse will see triathletes take off from Jumeirah Beach Residence as they make their way towards the Marina before concluding their effort at the aptly named Dubai International Endurance City.

WHEN: 06:30
WHERE: Dubai, The Waterfront
WEBSITE: dubai-tri.com

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12

THE COLOUR RUN 2016

Since its inception in 2013, The Colour Run presented by Daman’s ActiveLife is exceptionally renowned, boasting an amassed 34,000 runners in the past three events.

The Tropicolour World Tour returns to Dubai this September with a holiday island-esque Finish Festival that promises to provide interactive entertainment including steel drummers, food and drink stations, and plenty of dancing.

WHEN: 07:00
WHERE: Dubai Autodrome, Motor City
WEBSITE: thecolorrun.ae

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Dubai youngsters join Beach Soccer stars

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International stars play with Dubai youngsters.

Players from all eight nations headed down to the tournament’s venue at Dubai International Marine Club for the traditional Beach Soccer Worldwide clinic.

14 children got the chance to enjoy an unforgettable time on the sand – and in turn show-off their impressive footballing skills.

The young children, from Al Noor Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities, got the chance to take shots at goal as well as take part in passing and goalkeeping exercises as the power of beach soccer once again made for an incredible morning.

Clinics – held at many of Beach Soccer Worldwide’s tournaments across the globe – form part of the Beach Soccer Foundation, with Beach Soccer Worldwide Executive Vice-President Joan Cusco delighted at the impact such events continue to have.

“Everyone loves the action in matches when we put on tournament such as this but we also recognise our social responsibility,” he said.

“Clinics like these really put a smile on young people’s faces and it’s something we feel very proud to organise.”

Ikram Ul Hasan Jalali, physical education teacher at the centre, added: “The children love the experience of beach soccer and at the same time it is very beneficial for them.

“It is something they look forward to during the whole year, as it is a very special date in our calendar. Also, all the organisation and the players were just fantastic.”

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In-form Dragons fired up for Quins visit

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Dragons coach Henry Paul wants a gutsy display from his players.

Henry Paul’s men bounced back from defeat to Doha two weeks ago to hand out a 42-30 bashing to Exiles at the Jebel Ali Centre of Excellence last weekend.

The result means that the competition for trophies this season is wide open and Dragons’ skipper Ross Samson cannot wait to host the best and most consistent team of the campaign so far.

“In terms of the game, we just need to focus on ourselves and keep getting better every week,” insisted the Scottish scrum-half.

“You can see already that anybody can beat anybody in this league so we know we need to be at our best. Quins are in good form and I think they’re the team to beat just now.”

Dragons head coach Paul admitted he will have some absentees, but wants his men to follow up on last week’s win.

“We are looking to back up Friday’s effort with another gutsy display and hopefully try and get some continuity into our game,” said the former dual code rugby star.

“Massive compliments to Quins and the fantastic start to their campaign they’ve had, we’re very aware of their quality so we can only hope we don’t give them much counter attack ball; controlling field position and possession again will be massive for both teams.

Quins, who top the West Asia Premiership, have been the best side so far, but they did forfeit their perfect start a week ago as visiting Doha came away with two points in an entertaining 23-23 draw.

Head coach Mike McFarlane said the result irked his players and he insists they will look to right some wrongs.

“The big games come thick and fast in this league and that’s exactly how we like it,” admitted McFarlane.

“The boys were a bit miffed with the performance last week and were impressive in how honestly they highlighted areas for development. There are some uncharacteristic mistakes from us last week and with myself and the players setting such high standards we always expect better of ourselves and have set about addressing them this week in training.

“Two weeks off wasn’t ideal to be honest after only being a few games in so it was good to get minutes on the paddock under our belts and we feel fresh to storm into Friday.”

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