Dubai will welcome the return of its annual Corporate Games this March, marking the 12th edition of the tournament.
The multisport weekend is scheduled to take place on the March 17 and 18 at the American University in Dubai.
Other events will be hosted at the Dubai Autodrome, Emirates Golf Club and Internet City Lake.
Aimed at promoting corporate health and wellness, the weekend of activities will see participants in 17 different sports.
“We have sponsored the Dubai Corporate Games for a decade now and will continue to do so in the future,” said Pierre Choueiri, chairman of Choueiri Group, the Games’ title sponsor for the past ten years.
“The event emphasizes the value of teamwork and fair play, and promotes a healthier lifestyle, all of which are consistent with our company values.”
The corporate games supported by the Dubai Sports Council and the Sheikh Hamdan Initiative for Community Sports, was first initiated in 2006 with only 400 participants.
The games have since then grown with each year and now attracts more than 3,000 people, representing close to 60 companies.
It not only encourages physical activity but is also seen as a team-building exercise and provides a networking platform for corporate entities and employees.
The event also entails music, food and beverages, sponsor activations, outdoor activities, competitions and a kids’ corner, making it a family affair for all participants.
Owing to the large number of talented players spotted in Abu Dhabi Emirate at duFC this season, Championship Director Michel Salgado and his team of LaLiga scouts decided to exceptionally expand the selection of top talents to a record number of 52 talents: 32 in the U16 category and 20 in the U14 category.
The duFC international youth scouting platform in partnership with LaLiga, is creating an ongoing pipeline of pro-football players for both national and international clubs and teams who are being groomed for pro careers at the du LaLiga High Performance Center in the UAE.
Commenting on the level of skills observed in Abu Dhabi, Championship Director and Real Madrid legend Michel Salgado said, “Al Ain, Western Region and Abu Dhabi players were motivated, focused and gave it their all, playing a superb level of football recognizing that this is a unique platform where they have the chance to get discovered. We are very impressed with the talents we have seen here and we have a difficult task ahead of us to make the final selection from this season’s duFC.”
Selected talents will be invited to a final intensive training clinic in Dubai in March before the unveiling of final talents in the U16 & U14 categories who will be invited to join the du LaLiga High Performance Centre in April.
Talents in the U16 category will travel to Spain in August for a 3-week training clinic and competitive matches with the LaLiga’s strongest youth clubs.
Top players selected from Abu Dhabi Emirate:
Defenders: Connor Cowan, Ethan Jacob Collings, Mohamad Adel, Raed Alalaneh, Sergio Otero, Thomas Craig
Midfielders: Abdulrahman Salah, Ahmed Khaleel, Biar Maluth, Joshua Reuben Hendricks, Mohamed Rabia, Mohammed Amjad, Mohammed Haytham, Mohammed Rami Basem Chakra, Salem Mohammad, Sebastian Allsop
Strikers: Abdulla Alhashemi, Ameen Yaid, Anas Ben Khial, Carl Masrajian, Dillon Mensah, Eisa Al Qubaisi, Faisal Hamad, Hamad Hilal, Mohammed Eyad, Mohammed Nadeem, Mohammed Sameer, Mouad Muhammad, Moustafa Mohamed, Omar Taha, Saeed Almaqtri, Timi Esan
Goal Keepers: Karim Moamen, Zayed Abdulla
Defenders: Omar Azlan, Amr Bssem
Midfielders: Abdelrahman Taher, Anis Mahdi, Christian Perry, Khaled Amarah, Mohamed Sabri, Sarya Nouh, Waleed Bassam
Strikers: Ahmad Nashat, Akram Kabbani, Ashraf Zaheyr, Khaled El Mans, Mahmood Taimoom, Obaid Mohammed, Said Omar, Yannis Petras, Zaid Hiawaisarkh
Full games results are posted on www.dufc.ae
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, which is celebrating its 25th year anniversary, tops the order of play in the UAE sporting calendar.
Make sure you don’t miss out on any of this week’s events in what is another busy seven days in the UAE sporting calendar.
And, there’s certainly something for everyone on offer!
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DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sunday, February 19 to Saturday, February 25
Watch the world’s best women’s tennis stars in action at the Aviation Club as the 25th edition of the tournament gets underway.
Top seed and World No2 Angelique Kerber is in action this week in Dubai as well as 2012 champion champion Agnieszka Radwanska, recent Qatar Open winner Karolina Pliskova and rising star Dominika Cibulkova.
The WTA Premier 5 event has a prize pool of US$5.2 million.
WHERE: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Dubai
MORE INFO: http://www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com/
2017 World Shooting Para Sport World Cup – Day 1
Sunday, February 19 to Tuesday, February 28
After impressing the IPC as first-time hosts, Al Ain welcome paralympians for the 2017 World Shooting Para Sport World Cup.
The Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club will host more than 100 athletes from 22 different countries as the World Shooting Para Sport World Cup kicks off.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have decided to once again collaborate with their colleagues in the Garden City following last year’s successful edition.
In fact, the governing body sealed a deal to host the competition for the next four years, keeping in mind that 2019 will be with quota for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
WHERE: Al Ain Equestrian Club
MORE INFO: aesgc.com
Abu Dhabi Tour Challenge KO – 2017
Tuesday, February 21
Pedal your way through the Yas Marina Circuit as part of the final challenge before the Abu Dhabi Tour.
Ahead of the Tour, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council have devised a final challenge for passionate cyclists in the region.
Based on “The Miss and Out”/”Devil Take the Hindmost” format, this race will see individual competitors and teams test their sprinting skills.
Cyclists in this race will need to clock a precise time to finish the lap, with this time reduced after every new lap. Riders must complete these laps as the clock is ticking or else face elimination. During the final lap, the remaining contestants in the peloton compete as though they were in an ordinary race.
Winners are the first, second and third (male or female) riders to cross the finish line.
WHERE: Yas Island, Yas Marina Circuit
MORE INFO: abudhabitour.com
#IGNITEDXB Night Run Series – Race 2
Wednesday, February 22
Light up the Meydan Royal Bridge as the #IGNITEDXB Night Run Series promises an unparalleled nightly running experience.
For the first time ever, a three-race series will be conducted over the distinct Meydan Royal Bridge. This Puma-backed event will ask novice and veteran runners to run through the illuminating landmark and breathe in the wintery nocturnal skyline Dubai has to offer.
Participants will be given 90 minutes to complete either of the two gruelling “up-and-down-hill” 5km and 10km races. Because of the nature of this event, individuals must keep to the left-hand side of the road at all times and have their run numbers visible to ensure their safety during the race.
Once all categories and events come to an end, runners will be rewarded for their with a post-race feast at the ready – the perfect opportunity for athletes keen on making new acquaintances and swap stories.
WHERE: Meydan, Dubai
MORE INFO: supersportsuae.com/events/ignitedxb-night-run-series
ULTIMATE RACENIGHT ATHLETICS LEAGUE – RACE 4
Thursday, February 23
The Ultimate Racenight League is a chance to compete in track and field against against other athletes from across the region!
Similiar to professional athletics’ Diamond League, athletes are allocated points based on their finishing position in each event.
At the end of the six-race league, the top three winners in each age group receive a Diamond from sponsors Saucony. The record holders in each event also receive medals. Age groups are, Under 9, Under 11, Under 13, Under 15, Under 17 and Seniors.
WHERE: Dubai Sports City
MORE INFO: ultimateathleticsuae.com
Meydan Horse Races – Day 8
Saturday, February 25
Take in the action at Meydan racecourse in the latest race night.
General admission is free but there are also hospitality packages to suit all manner of tastes.
WHERE: Meydan, Dubai
MORE INFO: dubairacingclub.com/visit/racing-season
JLL TRIATHLON SERIES
Saturday, February 25th
JLL, the world’s leading real estate investment and advisory firm, in partnership with multi-sports events specialists, RACE.ME, will host the series climax, in association with the Dubai Sports Council.
Hosted on the outskirts of the Emirate in the grounds of the stunning Jebel Ali Resorts and Hotels, the three-race triathlon series has once again showcased JLL MENA’s commitment to being actively involved in the community whilst helping to drive the message of staying fit and healthy.
WHERE: Jebel Ali Resorts and Hotels
MORE INFO: Third race of the series