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Visit our Events section to check out all the UAE sporting events over the coming weeks and months.
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 14 – SUNDAY DECEMBER 18
The BWF Dubai World Superseries Finals are back again this year, seeing some of the world’s best badminton stars competing at the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai.
Launched in 2007, the BWF World Superseries is a 12-tournament series where the world’s best singles and doubles players compete to reach the top eight Destination Dubai Rankings and secure a place in the Dubai World Superseries Finals in December.
The BWF Dubai World Superseries Finals will see the eight top players in the Destination Dubai Rankings in singles, doubles and mixed doubles categories compete in Dubai from December 14-18, for a share of a million dollar prize pool.
To qualify for Dubai the players have to amass points from twelve MetLife BWF World Superseries Tournaments held throughout the year.
WHERE: Hamdan Sports Complex, Dubai
CONTACT: [email protected]
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14
Sport360, in association with the region’s golf bodies and sports councils, recognise the incredible achievements that have been accomplished throughout the year with the MEGAs, the Middle East Golf Awards.
A black tie event, the MEGAs set a new standard of golf awards, and, as an annual event, will reflect the ultimate ambitions of everyone involved in golf here in the region.
The 2016 edition of the MEGAs is supported by Singha Corporation and Dubai Sports City.
WHERE: One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15
Dubai is well known for it’s zeal for horse-racing given the success of the world renowned Godolphin stable, and each Thursday night, 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, Dubai
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16
Calling all petrolheads! The Mercedes-Benz Challenge, powered by Rush-A-Way, is an adrenaline-fueled racing challenge in the UAE.
100 teams will drive around Dubai in Mercedes-Benz cars, completing seven challenges to win the ultimate prize, a Mercedes-Benz GLC 250.
WHERE: Gems Founders School, Al Barsha, Dubai
CONTACT: +971 050 427 4030
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16
Enjoy the winter weather and tranquility of the desert with your family and friends.
You can rent fat bikes from a number of locations in Dubai – AdventureHQ, TREK and cycle hub all have availability.
And for the kids? Saturday morning brings adventurous fun from AdventureHQ and camp fun with some good old family favourites like the tug-o-war, egg and spoon, sack racing and more!
A campsite area will be designated next to the start/finish, but all camping equipment like tent, sleeping bags, grill, BBQ food/water, firewood, comfort items etc. are your own responsibility. limited number of tents which are available on a first come first served basis.
WHERE: Al Qudra Desert Lake, Dubai
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16
The second race of the 5 Star Aquathlon series gets underway at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi. The aquathlon event is for all the family and race pack collection is on the day.
WHERE: St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17
Held at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort, participants return to test their triathlon mettle in Dubai.
Triathletes and casual competitors will be tasked with a 750-metre swim, followed by a 20km bike ride and then, once inside the hotel’s grounds, a 5km run.
The race’s first edition initially attracted hundreds of people but as the triathlon gathers support with each passing year, organisers are expecting larger turnouts.
WHERE: Jebel Ali Golf Resort, Jebel Ali
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17
The Desert Road Run appeals to athletes of all levels, from first timers to seasoned runners.
Essentially a community run encouraging participation, the course has a private traffic-free road that extends to a 10km distance for experienced runners, and 3km for newcomers.
WHERE: The Sevens Stadium, Al Ain Road, Dubai
A new generation of Middle Eastern ‘Legionnaires’ was created this weekend as more than 5,000 ‘Mudders’ came together as a team to conquer their fears and complete the region’s first ever du Tough Mudder in Dubai.
The global phenomenon proved its reputation as ‘Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet’, as first-timers and fitness fanatics alike helped each other round the 16 and 8km obstacle courses filled with mud pits, ice baths and electric shocks.
The line-up featured some of most popular, challenging and fun obstacles from around the world, designed around the values of courage, personal accomplishment, teamwork and fun, including: ‘Arctic Enema 2.0’, ‘Everest 2.0’, ‘Electroshock Therapy’, ‘Hero Walls’, and ‘Block Ness Monster’.
Meanwhile, thrill-seeking kids aged 7-13 also got the chance to work as a team and experience the thrill of adventure at ‘du Mini Mudder’, a 1.5km obstacle course mud run designed for younger challengers.
Will Dean, CEO and Founder, Tough Mudder said: “This weekend, thousands of UAE participants found out that the most difficult obstacles in life are best overcome together, and that’s the reason why this event has become such a global phenomenon.
“It’s been fantastic to witness so many people take part in the region’s first du Tough Mudder in Dubai and welcome the Middle East into our ever-growing global community.”
Greg Sproule, Managing Director of IMG Middle East, said: “We are delighted to have delivered the first ever du Tough Mudder experience to the Middle East, in partnership with du and in collaboration with Dubai Sports Council. The event has been a huge success with over 5,000 active, fun-seeking individuals taking part, and we are looking forward to welcoming even more Mudders and all of our Legionnaires – next year.”
“As one of the largest obstacle events in the world, we are proud to part of bringing du Tough Mudder to the Middle East for the first time in partnership with IMG.” said Hala Badri, Executive Vice President, Brand and Communications, du.
“We are always looking for new opportunities to add life to life in the UAE and were delighted to see so many customers and communities come together to take part in this globally acclaimed challenge in Dubai.
du Tough Mudder took place in the grounds of Hamdan Sports Complex. For more information, please visit www.toughmudder.ae.
The conditions race, over 1800m, has attracted a quality field of eight of whom no less than three are Group One winners so, given the strength of this inaugural field, it is hard to see this race not being upgraded in status soon.
The new Al Ain showpiece is worth a very tidy Dh500,000, of which Dh300,000 will go to the winner and HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan looks to hold a strong hand with two runners, both to be saddled by Eric Lemartinel.
Jockey bookings would suggest Najm Alemarat is their main hope, under Gerald Avranche but stable companion, RB Rich Surprise, the mount of Adrie de Vries, looks equally capable of a big run.
Lemartinel said: “We have two nice horses in an exciting new race for Al Ain. It is great they have received such a strong, quality, field for the first running and you would have to hope the race will be upgraded quickly.
“RB Rich Surprise has always gone very well at Al Ain and he stays a lot further so hopefully there will be plenty of early pace in the race for him to aim at. Najm Alemarat also runs very well at Al Ain and should be a big player for the team.”
Al Ain Racecourse management are delighted with the field attracted and racing director, Faisal Al Rahmani enthused: “Basically it is fantastic we can attract three Group One runners for the inaugural National Day Cup. The support of the owners and trainers has been fantastic and we genuinely hope and believe this is a race which will grow in reputation and stature.”
The three Group One winners to which he alludes are Faucon Du Loup, Djet Taouy and Haajeb, successful at the highest level in Russia, France and Meydan respectively. Of the trio, Sheikh Mansour’s Haajeb makes the most appeal as a likely winner having already scored at Al Ain.
He is arguably better over further, having landed the 2200m middle round of the Al Maktoum Challenge in February but he did have the speed to win, at Al Ain, over 1600m in November 2015.
The Ali Rashid Al Rayhi-trained AF Maqayes is an unexposed contender. He’s a winner six times last season, having only made his debut in November 2015, and won his only previous Al Ain outing, over 1600m, just under a year ago.
“Hopefully he is still improving. This is a good race but he should run well with RB Burning Ash perhaps the one to beat.”