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Ticket info: Watch Sia at Dubai World Cup

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In concert: Sia.

Australian hitmaker Sia is to bring the curtain down on the 22nd edition of the Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse on Saturday March 25, with a 70-minute concert featuring her biggest hits.

The ‘Cheap Thrills’ and ‘Chandelier’ singer, who will be making her first appearance in the UAE, will take to the Apron Views concert stage at around 9.30pm following the $10m Dubai World Cup.

Access to the concert is exclusive to Dubai World Cup ticket holders.

A spokesperson for Sia said: “Sia is thrilled to be performing at the Dubai World Cup at Meydan, being a part of such a prestigious occasion and for her fans to see her show in the UAE for the first time.”

Eight times Grammy nominated Sia is also the recipient of an MTV Video Music Award, multiple ARIA Awards and has released seven studio albums, including her most recent and highly acclaimed, “This Is Acting”.

A prolific songwriter, Sia has penned hits for many other high-profile artists including “Titanium” in collaboration with David Guetta, “Diamonds” with Rihanna, “Wild One” with Flo Rida and “Pretty Hurts” with Beyonce.

As part of the biggest social and sporting event in the UAE calendar, ticket holders will gain access to the nine horse races that make up Dubai World Cup day, the spectacular live show and fireworks display as well as the event-closing Sia concert.

Dubai World Cup tickets cost AED450 for Apron Views until March 19 when they increase to AED600. Numerous hospitality ticket packages are also available.

Please visit store.meydan.ae for more on all Dubai World Cup ticket options.

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Yas Marina Circuit set for UAE National Sports Day celebrations

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Ahead of TriYAS by Daman’s ActiveLife, which will take place on Friday February 17, Yas Marina Circuit and Daman are supporting UAE National Sports Day by providing free access to the iconic F1 track between 4pm–7pm on Thursday February 16.

It gives all TriYAS participants and the local community the perfect chance to run and cycle around the Circuit.

Young sports enthusiasts will also be able to join in a KidsTRI clinic, which will be held at the circuit between 5:30 – 6:30pm and hosted by two professional triathletes competing in TriYAS.

This will be a good opportunity for kids to familiarise with the TriYAS course, and take part in a bike ride with Reudi Wild and Patrick Lange.

Following the UAE National Sports Day event all, TriYAS participants are invited to join the TriYAS pasta party event at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi from 7pm – 9pm.

There are only a few spaces remaining for the event which includes two distances for adults: the Olympic category, with a 1,500-metre swim, 38-kilometre bike race and 10-kilometre run and the shorter Sprint category, involving a 750-metre swim, 22-kilometre bike course and 5-kilometre run.

The event include KidsTRI for children, with three categories available: a 100 or 200-metre swim, six or nine-kilometre cycle and a 1.5 or 2.5-kilometre run. The triathlon also includes a female-only category and a star-studded pro field.

To access the track, participants will need to present their TriYAS registration email or sms, and their Start/Train/GoYAS membership card. Participants will be required to bring their own bikes.

For more information and registration details, visit www.yasmarinacircuit.com.

Keep your heart racing tonight at #TrainYAS with @activelife_daman @abudhabisc @haadsocial from 6-10 PM.

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TAG Heuer partners with Arab Watch Guide (AWG) Founder Hassan Akhras

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In line with one of the philosophies at the heart of its brand’s key positioning, Swiss Watchmaker TAG Heuer announced its collaboration with AWG Founder Hassan Akhras at a breakfast event at Pascal Tepper in Dubai Media City.

The announcement came as no surprise seeing as Akhras is not only a prominent figure and influencer on the city’s watch scene but has also decided to take on a new challenge by competing in IRONMAN 2018, which comprises of cycling, running and swimming – three sporting disciplines that TAG Heuer is strongly involved with.

TAG Heuer has a strong link with cycling and this became evident after it unveiled its partnership with the BMC Racing Team last year and bore the title of Official Timekeeper of the Dubai and Abu Dhabi tour. The brand also has a long-standing association with prestigious marathons including the New York City Marathon, the Chicago Marathon and the Paris Marathon for which it has been the Official Timekeeper and Official Watch.

Swimming too is relevant to the brand and its Aquaracer collection is perfectly suited to the sport.

TAG Heuer’s partnership with Hassan Akhras will mainly focus on his preparation in the build-up to the much-awaited event next year, while he retains his primary job of watch blogger. This is just the first exciting phase of the journey that will see Hassan Akhras working towards an initial target of competing in IRONMAN 70.3 in Bahrain and Dubai.

TAG Heuer has come to be known with icons who all reflect the common values of mental strength, a disruptive attitude and ambition. Hassan Akhras, is in this sense, a perfect fit as his year of training will be replete with its fair share of trials and extreme #DontCrackUnderPressure moments that will test the boundaries of his endurance.

Undoubtedly the most special aspect of the upcoming IRONMAN 2018 challenge is its strong philanthropic angle as it will help in supporting child refugees in partnership with UNICEF. Hassan Akhras is keen on using his journey to raise awareness and this will be a message consistently reflected through his #changeyourstory and #aspiretoinspire hashtags. There will also be an open link for donations and separate activations that is open throughout the year.

What makes things more exciting is the fact that Hassan Akhras, while being athletic, is by no means a professional athlete. In terms of training, he is being coached by GROWINGS coach Trace Rogers and will be taking some trips to Ras Al Khaimah and Khor Fakkan to train. He has participated in a pre-triathlon two weeks ago in Khor Fakkan and will also be gearing up for more trips and triathlons in Oman, Bahrain and Qatar to build stamina.

Speaking about this interesting partnership, Anne-Claire Richomme, Marketing Manager TAG Heuer Middle East, said, “Pushing boundaries and breaking rules are integral to our rich heritage and what Hassan Akhras is attempting to do with the IronMan 2018, is in that sense a perfect fit with our brand ideologies.”

Hassan Akhras too was extremely enthusiastic about having found a partner that supported him and said: “Since I decided to dedicate all of 2017 to the training and journey towards IRONMAN 70.3, I needed a partner that would share my vision, my goals and my beliefs. It also made complete sense that my main partner would ultimately come from the watch world as I am a collector and watch blogger.

“I was looking for a brand that believes in never quitting, never letting go under pressure, no hiding; an avant-garde brand. It was TAG Heuer that came to mind and I decided to pitch my idea to their team, hoping they would share my enthusiasm for this journey and get on-board. Fast-forward to a few weeks ahead and here we are announcing our official partnership for next year’s IRONMAN 70.3 Challenge Journey.”

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