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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 week, we will be rounding up the best of the #MyDubai social media posts of the past seven to take a peek into the city’s sporting landscape.

This time around, we include highlights from the Hankook 24h race and Wadi Adventure Race, as well as a host of great fitness pics. Here are some of the past week’s highlights.

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

THE RIDE OF THEIR LIVES:

LEAP OF FAITH:

SHOWING US THE ROPES:

WALK THE PLANK:

So grateful to be living out my dreams in @mydubai #MyDubai

A photo posted by FOOD FITNESS LIFESTLYE (@dubaifitfoodie) on

OASIS IN THE DESERT:

PARKOUR TWINS:

MIXED MARTIAL ART:

CLIMBING WORKOUT:

ROADSIDE YOGA:

ENTER THE DRAGON: 

BOXING CLEVER:

WORTH THE WEIGHT:

PADDLE WITH A VIEW:

Winter be like... #january

A photo posted by @samikayyali on

PALM EXPLORING:

Kayaking around the palm 😃 #Dubai #mydubai #outdoors #kayaking #outdoorlife #fitness @outdoorwomen

A video posted by Dina Mohammad (@dinamohammad) on

GRAPPLE TIME:

ON A SHORT LEASH:

#hcfit #gym #functionaltraining #performance #workout #fitness #dubai #mydubai

A video posted by Hüseyin Cözmez (@hueseyincoezmez) on

SITTING TIGHT:

THIS MEANS WAR:

BURNING RUBBER:

TEAMWORK:

SEEING DOUBLE:

THIS IS HORSEPLAY:

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RAKTDA joins hands with The Football Academy

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The football academy is part of RAK's development drive.

Supporting TFA’s mission to identify local football talent and further develop players to the highest possible level, RAKTDA has become the youth team’s jersey sponsor and will support the squad through various initiatives throughout the year.

To celebrate the launch of the partnership, RAKTDA hosted 24 players and two Italian coaches from Capri F.C. for a January Training Camp in Ras Al Khaimah.

The weekend saw the under 18-year-old team undergoing four training sessions at Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort and Spa, led by Capri’s Technical Director, Fabio Gozzi, and Alessandro Pasquail, who is also the former assistant director of the Syrian national team.

The two days concluded with a competitive match against Emirates Club, at the UAE side’s home stadium in RAK.

Preparing well: Football in RAK.

Haitham Mattar, CEO, RAKTDA, said: “Youth development and education is a key priority for His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi’s vision for Ras Al Khaimah’s progressive strategy and is an area that RAKTDA is committed to supporting through various engagement activities. Our sponsorship of The Football Academy underlines our commitment to supporting the ambitions of the UAE’s youth, as well as highlighting the state-of-the-art sporting facilities available in Ras Al Khaimah.”

RAKTDA’s Destination 2019 Tourism Strategy, launched in early 2016, encompasses a three-dimension approach to promoting Ras Al Khaimah beyond the traditional sun and sand leisure market.

As part of its strategy, RAKTDA is developing and hosting a range of sporting activities and events across the emirate to attract active adventurers.

A key feature of these developments has been the recent opening of the Via Ferrata on Jebel Jais, the region’s first commercial Via Feratta, and the successful hosting of the inaugural Ras Al Khaimah Golf Challenge 2016, the penultimate competition in the European Challenge Tour.

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UAE youth footballers inspired by Man City trip

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Young footballers pose for a photograph.

48 boys and girls, who all train at City Football Schools in Abu Dhabi, recently spent five days at the club’s Etihad Campus where they were trained by the professional coaches.

They even had the opportunity to play on the famous Etihad Stadium pitch and were put through their paces in the press conference room.

During their action-packed visit, they welcomed first-team players onto the pitch before watching City triumph 2-1 against Burnley.

Qaiser Giles, a ten-year-old player from Abu Dhabi who travelled to Manchester, said: “Everything about the trip was amazing.

“From practicing at the academy, being able to try out the facilities, to watching the top players on the pitch, you really get to experience how professional Manchester City players are developed and make it to the top.

“Practicing and training with the coaches each day was great, I can now imagine doing that all my life and I didn’t even mind the English weather!”

City Football Schools have been taking place in Abu Dhabi for more than four years with sessions held at Zayed Sports City, New York University Saadiyat Campus and the newly-added Emirates Palace location.

Manchester City players arrive at their stadium.

Manchester City players arrive before kick-off.

Qaiser’s father Francisco Giles went to Manchester with his son and added: “The experience was fantastic and it was a privilege to be able to see first-hand what amazing facilities Manchester City have. The trip really brought all the different squads together. To watch them learn, interact and fulfill their passion for football was so pleasing to see and to watch my son enjoy each and every experience was a delight.”

City Football Schools gives the younger generation in Abu Dhabi an opportunity to improve their football skills, stay healthy, make friends and have lots of fun in a positive and friendly learning environment.

Simon Hewitt, City Football Schools Project Manager, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this experience to our City Football School footballers as they get first-hand experience of what it’s like to be a professional football player at Manchester City.

“It’s undoubtedly one of the best learning experiences they can get and it’s wonderful to see how this trip has inspired them all.”

To find out more information on City Football Schools and their training programmes please visit http://www.cityfootballschools.com

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