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National Bank of Fujairah PJSC announces inaugural Fujairah Run on UAE National Day weekend

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Run with a view this December.

National Bank of Fujairah PJSC (NBF) have announced the launch of its first official running event on Friday December 1, taking place in the scenic Emirate of Fujairah.

The event coincides with the festivities of UAE National Day weekend. Under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, the bank invites fitness enthusiasts along with their friends and family to take part in the run whilst experiencing the natural beauty of Fujairah.

Trophies and medals will be awarded to the top three winners in different age categories across each of the following distances – 3km, 5km and 10km. In addition, great cash prizes will be awarded to the top 10 finishers in the 10km race:

· Runners achieving first position in the male and female category will receive AED 10,000 each. Runners from 2nd to 10th position will receive cash prizes of between AED 500 to AED 7,500, in both male and female categories.

· The top three UAE national male and female finishers will each receive cash prizes of AED 1,000 to AED 5,000.

· The highest placed teams will walk away with cash prizes of AED 1,000 to AED 5,000, depending on their competitive category.

All who cross the finish line will receive a special medal for participation. The race also promises fun for the entire family, with a variety of entertaining activities planned, making it a great day out for the National Day weekend.

During the run, participants will get to celebrate Fujairah’s history by experiencing the rich cultural heritage of the beautiful Emirate, known for its spectacular sandy beaches and the rocky Hajar Mountains. Other prominent landmarks the runners will pass, include: the 17th century-fortress and the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the second largest in the country.

The inspiration for the Fujairah Run came from two running enthusiasts, employees of NBF, who used to run together on Friday mornings. Their passion spread across the company and they were soon joined by hundreds of other colleagues.

Thanks to the dedication and increased involvement from the team, the bank is now turning this into an official event, open to all residents in the UAE – young and old, amateurs and professionals, at all fitness levels.

Commenting on the event, Vince Cook, CEO of NBF said: “We are thrilled to kick start our first ever NBF Fujairah Run and are grateful for our team of enthused runners who made this event a possibility. We are excited for the participants to experience the unique cultural heritage and historic scenery of Fujairah while they run through the planned race course. We look forward to welcoming runners of all ages and fitness levels participating and expect this event to be memorable for all.”

Registration for the event is now open for individuals, families and businesses. Visit https://nbf.ae/en/nbf-fujairah-run to register and for more information.

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Podium finish in Portugal would put Al Qemzi in sight of UIM F2 World Championship title

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Rashed Al Qemzi

Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Qemzi faces one of the most important tests of his relatively short career when he heads to Campione d’Italia to defend a 12-point lead in the UIM F2 World Championship at this weekend’s Grand Prix of Switzerland.

The rookie Emirati has been a revelation in this year’s F2 series and a victory at the opening round in Lithuania in June was followed by third position in Norway last month.

Those results have given the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) driver a total of 32 championship points with two races remaining.

Al Qemzi faces formidable opposition with a small armada of Scandinavian drivers challenging hard for honours on Lake Lugano.

The Emirati’s closest championship rival is experienced Swede Pierre Lundin on 20 points, while Frenchman Nelson Morin and Sweden’s Johan Osterberg and Ola Pettersson are both well placed to challenge.

Another Swede, Erik Edin, won the recent European Championship title at Kupiskis in Lithuania, but he trails Al Qemzi by 27 points with 40 still at stake over the two remaining races.

Heavy rain curtailed qualifying and practice at this race last year and drivers faced a hectic final day’s action, which saw Al Qemzi and teammate Mohammed Al Mehairbi finish sixth and 14th respectively on their Campione d’Italia debuts.

Al Mehairbi drives the second Team Abu Dhabi boat this weekend. Al Qemzi’s recent third place in Norway proves his Lithuanian win was no flash in the pan and the team’s general manager, Salem Al Remeithi, is confident Al Qemzi can extend his 2017 series lead.

“This is a vital Grand Prix to decide the outcome of the title race,” said Al Remeithi.

“Rashed is ready, focused and determined and we know that a podium finish would be a massive step towards a first ever F2 title for Team Abu Dhabi.”

After technical checks and scrutineering on Friday, the action gets underway with free practice from 10.25 on Saturday. The three qualifying sessions take centre stage from 14.30 with qualifying or a repocharge race at 17.20.

The race itself fires into life at 16.35 UAE time on Sunday.

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After Asian gold, UAE shooter Saif Bin Futtais targets top-six finish at the World Championships in Russia

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Just moments after arriving back with his gold medal, UAE skeet shooter Saif bin Futtais has set sights on achieving a top six finish in the World Championship Shotgun in Russia.

The 43-year-old Emirati Olympian did the UAE proud last weekend by topping the podium in skeet action at the Asian Shooting Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan.

It was another medal in his collection which already consists of golds in the Pan Arab Championship and the Cyprus Grand Prix but he is eager to add to his tally when he competes against the world’s best in Moscow from August 30 to September 11.

“The World Championships in Moscow is my next competition and the gold I have just won will give me a lot of confidence,” said Bin Futtais, who was received my members of the UAE Shooting Association on his arrival at Dubai International Airport on Sunday evening.

“I want to finish in the top six there. I know it will be difficult because the world’s best shooters will be there but I’ve won other competitions as well and want to do the same on the world stage.

“If you’re challenging for the top six, there’s always a good chance to win a medal and that’s something I want.”

In the Astana, it was far from perfect conditions for Bin Futtais and the rest of the finalists. They had to overcome gusty winds and temperatures as low as 8°C and the Emirati admits he believed his chances of claiming gold would be slim at the start of the contest.

“I didn’t think at all that I could win gold,” he said, who placed 29th in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

“It was difficult because I could not see the targets clearly because of the dark clouds. Although it was tough conditions, my mentality was still the same as I would approach any competition and there were still medals to be won because it was a final.

“As soon as the target was released, I just wanted to shoot and take the perfect aim and it was one of my toughest wins so far.”

Bin Futtais will not have much time to relax and will begin his training for the World Championships on Wednesday with practice sessions in Dubai and Al Ain.

Hassan Al-Nuaimi, a board member of the UAE Shooting Association, lauded bin Futtais’ efforts in flying the UAE flag high at international competitions.

“We congratulate Saif bin Futtais for his gold medal,” he said. “He is an athlete who has constantly performed in the last two years which has placed him among the top shooters in the world.

“We at the UAE Shooting Association are thrilled with his achievements and for what he has done to our sport because he always flies the UAE flag high.”

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