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Dubai Holding Burj Al Arab Swim joins Global Swim Series

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Dubai Holding Burj Al Arab Swim has joined Global Swim Series, the world’s largest series of open water swim races globally bringing together more than 63,000 swimmers from 29 countries.

The fund-raising event that offers the only chance to swim around the iconic Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is set to take place on March 31.

Up to 500 swimmers are expected to participate in the 13th edition of the event in the 1,600 meters and 800 metres race categories. An official event of Dubai Sports Council, the Dubai Holding Burj Al Arab Swim is open to participants aged 16 years and above of all fitness levels.

Dubai Holding has pledged that all funds raised at the event will be donated to the Obesity Research Fund of Al Jalila Foundation.

To register for the event, please visit www.burjalarabswim.ae

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EMIRATES OPEN POLO CHAMPIONSHIP 2017 – DAY 12 to 15
Monday, March 27 to Sunday, March 30

The Emirates Open Polo Championship is regarded as one of the region’s most important polo events.

Fifteen editions have accomplished more than solely showcasing the pinnacle of talent in the UAE and region, with the tournament gathering together professionals and amateurs alike to help surge the sport’s popularity.

The latest iteration is set to welcome more than 3,000 spectators in attendance as the UAE finds time-long rival, Saudi Arabia obstructing its path to glory.

With more multiple exhilarating programmes and activities projected, the event will open for the general public who decide to observe history in the making.

WHERE: Abu Dhabi, Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club
MORE INFO: grpc.ae

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MIDDLE EAST FALDO SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Mondayday, March 27 to Thursday, March 30

The Middle East Nick Faldo Series Championship is open to girls and boys aged 12-21 who have a valid handicap (index of 18 or less). The event consists of a practice round followed by a three-round 54-hole Stroke Play event.

There are five divisions for competing players with each category’s winner (three boys and two girls) earning qualification for the Faldo Series Grand Final announced later this year. A sudden death playoff from Hole 1 will take place if necessary to determine the ties. All other ties will be  calculated via normal count back law.

Results count towards the World Amateur Golf Ranking.

WHERE: Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club
MORE INFO: nickfaldo.com/tournament/middle-east-championship

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EMIRATES CUSTOM SHOW 2017 – DAY 1
Thursday, March 30

Car enthusiasts can feast their eyes on the latest in premium automotive entertainment at the biggest custom car and bikes show in the region.

The third Emirates Custom Show helps connect suppliers and retailers with clients directly, allowing companies to highlight the latest developments in automotive customisation.

That’s not all, as there are several other activities such as 4×4 and saloon drifting, stunt driving, car and bike parades, live customisation, biker build-offs and much more.

WHERE: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre
MORE INFO: customshowemirates.com

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INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW ABU DHABI 2017
Thursday, March 30 to Saturday, April 1

The International Motor Show Abu Dhabi (IMSAD) returns for a second time, providing a platform for spectators to see the latest automobile launches in the Middle East.

IMSAD will also serve as an exciting chance for consumers to purchase brand-new vehicles through exclusive offers available at the event.

WHERE: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre
MORE INFO: adimotorshow.com

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ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE DAY 1-4
Thursday, March 30 to Sunday, April 2

Under its first moniker, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge was widely considered one of the world’s more prestigious international cross-country rallies. Founded by motorsport legend and ATCUAE President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, the competition has seen respected names such as Carlos Sainz, Colin McRae and Heinz Kinigadner visit the Emirates.

Entering a new era in 2009, the format changed to five days of motorsport action staged across the Abu Dhabi emirate. Now celebrating its 27th anniversary, the 2017 edition returns as the opening round of the 2017 FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship as well as third round of the 2017 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup, reprising its role as one of the capital city’s most important historic events.

Previous iterations have seen motorbikes, quadbikes and four wheel trucks compete in cross-emirate stages but a gradual movement in recent years solidified Abu Dhabi’s position as sole emirate to host this event thanks to its vast desert terrain.

WHERE: Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Yas Marina Circuit
MORE INFO: abudhabidesertchallenge.com

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UAE WOODEN POWERBOAT CHAMPIONSHIP: HEAT 2
Thursday, March 30 to Friday March 31

Within the Corniche’s vicinity, the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club has championed multiple accomplished in the name of its city. The club is known for offering a myriad of marine sports – powerboating, jetskiing and kayaking and wakeboarding – propelling Abu Dhabi on the globe stage for sporting greatness.

Thanks to the Marine Sports Club, the city is the first in the Arabian Gulf to hold and organise world-renown powerboat races, comfortably gathering increasing numbers of attendees alongside a roster of seasoned riders with each passing edition. But when the organisation isn’t preoccupied with these respected events, it remains steadfast in preserving traditions, particularly an ancient form of competitive boat racing specific to the region.

The UAE Wooden Powerboat Championship invites formidable adversaries from across the seven emirates and neighbouring GCC nations to compete in a “shawaheef” for a series of traditional powerboat races. For those unfamiliar, these 28-foot wooden structures equipped with modern composites are often piloted by one of two drivers, exemplifying an old passion for marine sports in the Arabian Gulf.

WHERE: Abu Dhabi, Al Marina, Corniche Breakwater
MORE INFO: [email protected]

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MUHAISNAH ROAD RUN
Friday March 31

Avid runners can opt to compete across two race distances.

Organised by Team Sports UAE, the third iteration of the Muhaisnah Road Run invites contestants whether amateur, professional, young or old to beat the proposed 3km or 10km distances alongside labourers.

The event will be monitored by local authorities to ensure a traffic-free route is clearly visible to participants.

There is a lucky draw for all participants with ten special prizes.

WHERE: Dubai, Muhaisnah 2
MORE INFO: teamsportsuae.com

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ASHURST TRI FEST
Friday, March 31

The Ashurst Triathlon Festival (TriFest) invites athletic individuals to rise up to the occasion and beat the different courses available in each category.

Whether individually or as part of a team, entrants must put their endurance, mental resilience and body strength to the test across swim, bike and run categories.

WHERE: Dubai, Beside Jebel Ali Go Karting
MORE INFO: aesgc.com

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DUBAI HOLDING BURJ AL ARAB SWIM
Friday, March 31

After twelve editions, Dubai Holding follows suit and presents the resident-friendly Burj Al Arab Swim. Aptly named, roughly 700 swimmers, as young as sixteen, will paddle under the shadow of this iconic landmark in 800m or 1.6km categories.

Marking the 10th anniversary of the Dubai Holding Corporate Wellness Programme and UAE’s Year of Giving, the Group pledges its unwavering support to the Obesity Research Fund of the Al Jalila Foundation by donating all forthcoming funds raised.

All participants will receive complimentary access to Wild Wadi for an entire day and even bring an amigo along for a 50% discount. The best performing athletes are eligible to collect a range of excited prizes sponsored by the Jumeirah Group.

WHERE: Dubai, Burj Al Arab
MORE INFO: premieronline.com

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COMMENT: Weather fails to rain on Dubai World Cup parade

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Dubai is a city not used to saying ‘no’. This unalloyed sense of showmanship and grandeur has driven the growth of this Middle Eastern metropolis from humble roots in the middle of the 20th century.

A negative outlook would not have allowed the world’s tallest building in the Burj Khalifa to be conceived or indeed the richest horse race, until finally usurped by January’s Pegasus Cup, the Dubai World Cup.

This enterprising spirit ensured the gloomy skies and sodden turf that greeted race goers morning was never going to stop the 22nd running. To have done so would have gone against Dubai’s ethos.

For good or bad, an attitude of ‘the show must go on’ is applied within the limits of acceptable risks. A repeat of the postponement from two decades ago upon a truly-apocalyptic downpour was not going to happen, no matter the doom-mongering.

Horses had been kept off on wet mornings in the build-up to protect a surface which was judged as ‘yielding’ on race day.

For dirt to be unusable, a monsoon was required – something which simply didn’t occur. The Roads and Transport Authority also issued an alert on Twitter to expect delays.

The committed souls who braved heavy rain to arrive early at midday were greeted by umbrellas at the information desk as they headed in. This was just a hint at the all encompassing provisions applied by organisers, Dubai Racing Club.

Numbers were down at that stage compared to previous years, though the epic reception granted to the competitors as Doug Watson’s Second Summer took the Godolphin Mile when the action got underway at 15:45 proved that damp punters had no desire to miss out.

Not even the return of the inclement weather as the horses were moved into position for the Al Quoz Sprint around 17:30 could call a halt to the celebratory proceedings.

The Meydan Style Stakes was the only partial victim, a “very simple affair” inside the hastily-rearranged location of Concourse C instead providing the venue for the annual celebration of extravagant suits and fascinators.

The Dubai World Cup is one of the landmark events on the nation’s calendar. The love for horse racing by the city’s ruling Al Maktoum family has imbued the showpiece with a special passion.

Yet it is incorrect to think this comes at all costs.

The iconic image of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, bravely deciding to postpone the 1997 running of the World Cup by drawing a hand across his throat evidences this.

Puddles of water, not present last night, pockmarked a surface which required the help of UAE Air Force helicopters to dry in time to be used five days later.

With this painful memory in mind, provisions had been made to ensure fans of the pastime who had travelled from across the globe were not to be disappointed.

Come heavy rain or occasional shine, it became apparent upon entry that it takes something special to derail both the World Cup and the proud city that hosts it.

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