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Gearing up for a new adventure: Omar Samra.

Omar Samra, is an adventurer, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, future astronaut, and U.N. goodwill ambassador.

He’s the first Egyptian to climb Mount Everest, the 7 Summits and ski to both the North and South Pole. The feat, dubbed ‘The Adventurer’s Grand Slam’ has been completed by less than 40 people in history.

As a public figure, Samra is best known for his passion and perseverance. Since his early days of backpacking around the world in 370 days, he’s succeeded in inspiring millions to dream big and reach their full potential.

Samra holds a degree in Economics from the American University in Cairo and an MBA from London Business School in Entrepreneurship.

He worked as an investment banker and private equity professional in London, Hong Kong, Dubai and Cairo, before starting up his own company, Wild Guanabana, in 2009. Samra also founded and sits on the board of a children’s charity, Marwa Fayed’s Toy Run, which has touched the lives of more than 100,000 kids around the world.

Samra is now ready to take on a new challenge, this time alongside Egyptian triathlete Omar Nour. Stay tuned for the big reveal!

Follow Omar on social media and online:

Website: www.omarsamra.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/OmarsPage
Instagram: @OmarSamra
Twitter: @OmarSamra

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What sport is on in the UAE this week?

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Are you competing in or attending any events this week?

Sport360 brings you the ultimate guide to this week’s sporting events in the UAE.

Are you attending or participating in one of the following events?

Let us know!

Message us on Instagram, use #Sport360.

You can also share your thoughts by commenting below, using #360fans on Twitter or getting in touch via Facebook.

ABU DHABI WORLD PROFESSIONAL JIU-JITSU CHAMPIONSHIP (FIVE-DAY EVENT)

Beginning Sunday, April 16 – Ending Saturday, April 22

The 9th Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship kicks off in the capital this week.

More than 7,000 athletes from over 100 countries will compete for prizes, including star names, such as: Gabriel Arges, Alexandre Ribeiro, Jose Junior, Adam Wardzinski, Marcio Andre, Kennan Cornelius, Gianni Grippo, Faisal Alketbi, Claudio Calasans, Isaque Paiva, Felipe Pena, Nathiely de Jesus, Mackenzie Dern and Luiza Monteiro Costa.

It’s sure to be another spectacular championship!

WHERE: ZAYED SPORTS CITY, IPIC ARENA, ABU DHABI
MORE INFO: 
uaejjf.org and facebook.com/uaejjf

Take in the action in Abu Dhabi.

FBMA LADIES RUN 2017
Wednesday, April 19

Get ready to tackle the 2.5km and 5km distance races in the FBMA Ladies Sports Academy’s Ladies Run at Yas Marina Circuit.

WHERE: YAS MARINA CIRCUIT, YAS ISLAND, ABU DHABI
MORE INFO:
fbma.ae/en/events/events-list/2nd-fbma-ladies-night-run
premieronline.com/action/download.php

Enjoy running in a stunning venue.

ULTIMATE RACENIGHT ATHLETICS LEAGUE – RACE 5
Thursday, April 20

The fifth racenight of the series features the ultimate elite sportsmen’s 60m dash at Dubai Sports City.

The racenight, which is similar to the professional athletics’ Diamond League, awards points for each event as athletes look to top the charts at the conclusion of the series.

Are you competing?

WHERE: DUBAI SPORTS CITY, DUBAI
MORE INFO: ultimateathleticsuae.com

Take in top athletics!

DAMAN HERCULES TROPHY 2017
Thursday, April 20 (Dubai) and Saturday, April 22 (Abu Dhabi)

Two days. Two cities. Teams of 7. Twelve challenges. Don’t waste another moment, call up your colleagues for the 2017 Dubai and Abu Dhabi editions of the annual Hercules Trophy events.

WHERE: Mushrif Park, Dubai and Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi
MORE INFO BELOW:

DUBAI: herculestrophy.com/teambuildingDubai2017
ABU DHABI: herculestrophy.com/teambuildingAbuDhabi2017

It’s all about teamwork!

2XU COMPRESSION RUN SERIES 2016/17 – FINAL RACE
Friday, April 21

The finale to the series sees runners of all ages and abilities take on the Meydan track over a variety of distances.

There’s prizes on offer too and the event is a great way to meet fellow runners.

WHERE: The Track, Golf Clubhouse, Meydan
MORE INFO: supersportsevents.me/event-registration/?ee=233
premieronline.com/action/download.php?t=event&e=1958&id=2760
premieronline.com/action/download.php?t=event&e=1958&id=2764

Don’t miss your chance to run!

AL AIN RACEWAY 9 HOUR ENDURANCE RACE
Friday, April 21

The Al Ain Raceway presents the 9 Hour Kart Endurance, an opportunity for karting fans to form teams and strategise pathways to victory.

Have you got a team together to take part? Enter via the details below.

WHERE: AL AIN RACEWAY
MORE INFO: alainraceway.com

This race is not for the faint-hearted.

AL AIN’S GLOW AND GO
Friday, April 21

Organised by Wadi Adventure, GLOW & GO sees runners wear vibrant fluorescent colours and accessories as they make their way around the 5k course.

It’s a non-timed event and is very much geared towards having fun.

WHERE: WADI ADVENTURE, AL AIN
MORE INFO: wadiadventure.ae and facebook.com/WadiAdventure

Glow in the dark!

AL AIN CYCLE RACE
Friday, April 21

The Abu Dhabi Sports Council event is a 67km cycle, consisting of five loops, from Al Ain to Jebel Hafeet – the highest peak in the UAE.

The other distance spans 42km, three loops of 10km before ascending Jebel Hafeet.

Are you ready for one of the toughest challenges the UAE has to offer?

WHERE: AL AIN, WADI ADVENTURE
MORE INFO: facebook.com/Gulfmultisport

It’s set to be a stunning ride, but in tough temperatures.

RUSH-A-WAY CORPORATE CHALLENGE
Saturday, April 22

100 teams. 8 challenges. 1 winner. Register for Rush-A-Way’s Corporate Challenge for a glimpse of Dh15,000 in prizes.

Sound appealing?

Don’t waste time, get involved!

WHERE: DUBAI
MORE INFO: rushawayuae.com/corporate

Are you one of the 100 teams taking part?

60 FT. DHOW SAILING RACE
Saturday, April 22

Relive the pre-industrial UAE and witness traditional dhow boats battle for supremacy at Dalma Island.

The inaugural edition of the 60ft Dhow Race, starts at Dalma Island and takes in other islands such as Sir Bani Yas Island, Ghasha Island, Umm Al Kurkum Island, Al Fatayer Island, Al Bazam Island, Marawah Island and Jananah Island before boats come to a halt at Al Mirfa.

VENUE: DALMA ISLAND
MORE INFO: 
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Picturesque: Racing against the UAE sunset.

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Para-athletes impresses at inaugural AD Jiu-Jitsu Championships

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After four days of competition, it was the turn of the disabled athletes to prove that there are no barriers when it comes to playing sport.

A new addition to the schedule, each of the 55 contestants from 14 nations were greeted by the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation chairman Abdulmunam Al Hashemi before they took to the centre mat for the Abu Dhabi World Para-Jiu-Jitsu Championships.

With no shortage of support in a vibrant IPIC Arena, it was a total different experience that they would be used to back home.

There was something to cheer for the home fans as Mohammed Essa Al Balooshi beat Kazakhstan’s Ildar Zainalov for gold.

“I had a lot of support from the home crowd today which was amazing and I wanted to win for them,” he said. “As the only Emirati para-athlete I want to show the world that the UAE can do a lot of things. The biggest support today has come from my Mum – in nine years of competing this is the first time she has ever come and watch me so I am so happy I won in front of her.”

Flavio Leonardo was one of many Brazilians to stand on top of the podium.

The 21-year-old was already familiar to jiu-jitsu before a motorbike accident 16 months ago saw him lose his left leg. Yet that didn’t stop him competing in a sport that he loves. “It’s unbelieveable to come from Brazil,” he said, who won in the Class 2 purple class.

“I won in a competition in Brazil and very excited to be here and for sure I’ll be back again next year.”

American Roland Mann, who beat Brazil’s Marcelo Silva, to win gold and hopes his peers have sent out a message that anything is possible. “We fight together as a family and there is no ego,” said the 45-year-old ex-soldier, who has been an amputee since 1995 after a motorbike accident

“I used martial arts as a recovery and show what ability is in mixed martial arts and it’s great to show what we can do.”

For Stuart Penn, he had to settle for silver after being beaten by Australia’s Sean Fong in the Class 2 C final. But the 39-year-old was left in awe of the whole surroundings.

“It was just amazing experience,” said the Briton, who was born with one fully-formed limb.

“I’m proud of what we did and wanted to make the match more entertaining and keep myself in the game. He was a strong guy and he paid a real compliment saying I was really tough to hang on and I’m really proud to be here.”

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