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There is no shortage of top sporting events in the Emirates and here’s our one-stop diary of everything that’s going on — welcome to our weekly feature, What’s Up UAE.

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

Share your experiences with us, using the hash-tag #whatsupuae on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

PAKISTAN VS SRI LANKA

Monday, October 16 – Friday, October 20

Pakistan lead the ODI series 1-0 after their commanding win over Sri Lanka on Friday.

With three ODIs taking place across the week in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, it’s sure to be a thrilling few days of action for cricket fans in the UAE.

VENUE: Sheikh Zayed Stadium and Sharjah Cricket Stadium
START TIME: 3:30PM
TICKETS: On sale at the venue

ARABIAN GULF LEAGUE

Thursday, October 19 – Saturday, October 21

The Arabian Gulf League continues with GW5 as top of the table Al Wasl travel to Abu Dhabi to face champions Al Jazira on Friday (20:00).

The Cheetahs will be looking to replicate their recent form and build on their 2-1 win over Al Wahda in last weekend’s top of the table clash.

In the other fixtures, Emirates Club entertain Al Ain and Sharjah take on Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club.

MORE INFO: AGL Website

Al Wasl star Fabio De Lima.

Al Wasl star Fabio De Lima.

GLOBAL MALA

Friday, October 20

Join the Global Mala yoga event on 20 October, the launch day of the Dubai Fitness Challenge.

Start your challenge with the whole community at Safa Park for the free Global Mala – or “mala around the earth” – hosted by YogaFest Dubai. This event is part of a worldwide effort to unite people through positivity, intention and mindfulness.

Inspired by traditional mala beads – or a 108-bead strand used by yogis to aid in meditation, salutations and more – the Global Mala Project’s “mala around the earth” is a gathering aimed at yoga, service and collective action.

MORE INFO: Global Mala

Global Mala

Global Mala

2XU TRIATHLON

Friday, October 20

The 2XU Triathlon is the ultimate way to challenge yourself and inspire others to get active. Catering to triathletes of all ages and abilities – individuals as young as nine years old and relay teams of up to three people – this race offers a variety of categories. Participants can be assured of the course’s safety, which offers closed roads, calm lagoon waters and multiple aid stations throughout each route.

Whether you’re competing or simply cheering someone on, you’re guaranteed a fun day outdoors featuring music, nature scapes and vibrant community spirit. The best part is that if you’re participating as a group, you’re eligible for a discount.

MORE INFO: www.racespace.me

WEST ASIA PREMIERSHIP

Friday, October 20

Reigning champions Abu Dhabi Harlequins will be bidding to maintain their unbeaten start to the season when they host Dubai Hurricanes at Zayed Sports City (19:00).

Mike McFarlane’s side have played two matches so far this campaign, edging Jebel Ali Dragons 34-33 and drawing 15-15 with Bahrain.

In the other game, in-form Jebel Ali Dragons face Dubai Eagles.

MORE INFO: Yalla Rugby

#DUBAI30x30 OPENING WEEKEND CARNIVAL

Friday, October 20 – Saturday, October 21

The inaugural Dubai Fitness Challenge kicks off at Safa Park with a fun-packed free weekend carnival of events from 20-21 October 2017, including appearances by Kris Fade, Sharmila Dance Group and plenty more…

MORE INFO: dubaifitnesschallenge.com

Dubai Fitness Challenge

Dubai Fitness Challenge

DESERT WARRIOR CHALLENGE

The Desert Warrior Challenge is designed to test participants’ physical strength, mental resilience, teamwork and overall fitness with a series of gruelling obstacles.

From children to seasoned extreme athletes, the series of challenges are fashioned for various skill and fitness levels consisting of multiple obstacles.

Young warriors can feature in the Junior category, which will see them traverse 2km of terrain before tackling appropriate obstacles, while first-time warriors are encouraged to attend the ‘Fearless’ category – a 5km track with more than 12 challenges.

The ‘Ultimate’ category is the next step up with its 10km obstacle course, but the big one is the brand new ‘Extreme’ race he first of its kind in the region. A 20km course, it is certainly  not for the faint-hearted.

WHEN: 07:30
WHERE: Dubai Police Training Facility, near Mall of Emirates
WEBSITE: Desert Warrior Challenge

ADSC AL AIN ZOO RUN

Saturday, October 21

The UAE’s first ever Zoo Run will take place in the beautiful grounds of Al Ain Zoo.

The run caters to all abilities and features options from 2.5km, 5km and 10km races.

Starting at the main entrance, runners will enter the park and loop around to the Safari area, before returning via the Arabian Habitat and the Big Cat Oasis. One long loop will range a 5km distance.

VENUE: Al Ain Zoo
MORE INFO: ADSC Al Ain Zoo Run

START TIME: 6.45am

RUN THE TRACK – 10KM, 5KM AND 3KM

Saturday, October 21

What better way to start your Saturday morning then taking part in the Run The Track event?

This fun yet competitive run is suitable for all members of the community, from first time runners, to some of the best runners in the UAE.

There are three race distances available from 10km, 5km and 3km.

VENUE: Dubai Autodrome
MORE INFO: Run The Track

START TIME: 6.15am

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ADCB ZAYED SPORTS CITY PINK 5&10K RUN

Over 350 people flocked to Zayed Sports City for the ADCB ZSC Pink 5&10k run on Friday.

The funds raised will be donated to the Al Jalila Foundation in raising awareness for breast cancer.

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ROY NASR MEMORIAL TRIATHLON

The fifth edition of the Roy Nasr Memorial Triathlon took place on Saturday at Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Hotel in Dubai with more than 1,000 people participating.

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SUPER SPORTS RUN SERIES – RACE 1

The first race of the series took place on Friday at Meydan, with runners taking on 3, 5, 10 and 16km distances.

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Join the Abu Dhabi Dash or Mini Dash to get fit and have fun

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Put your team-building and communication skills to the test to reign supreme.

Here’s your chance to swap the office for the race track as the Abu Dhabi Dash returns for its second edition later this month.

Zayed Sports City will again be the venue for the event on October 24, that will see you put your team-building and communication skills to the test to reign supreme in a friendly competition.

Whether you’re someone who regularly exercises or not, the race provides something for everyone. Racing as a team of no more than 10, each member will run 1.5km around the 15km team distance.

Once you’ve crossed the finish line, the fun doesn’t stop there. There will be an Activity Village with a full programme of live demonstrations and exercises, as well as the after-party.

Last year around 40 teams signed up and Sally Corander, managing director of Interact, organisers of the event, says this month’s edition looks set to be even bigger.

“It was really huge last year,” she said. “The turnout was really good. We had around 40 teams from different organisations. The difference with these kind of events is that it’s accessible for everyone. It encourages people to get active and it’s not just for the sporty types. Even if you’re not a regular athlete, it doesn’t matter, it’s just about doing something for the team in a fun environment. Because of that, we get a lot of corporate people.

“And this year, we have NMC Healthcare on board and they are pushing it as well. We expect to get around 40 to 50 teams signed up, which would see around 500 people competing.”

As many as 40 teams participated in the first edition.

As many as 40 teams participated in the first edition.

The UAE capital will also be the venue for the inaugural Mini Dash, open for children to compete with their friends on November 10.

To be held at Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi, it’s for kids aged between five-13 with three age categories and relay distances to choose from, varying from 400m to 1km.

Children can enter individually and be placed into a team or sign up as a group of five. And just like the Abu Dhabi Dash, there will be plenty of entertainment and activities in the Activity Village.

“We realised that from the corporate races that we held, people wanted something for the whole family. It follows our mission of getting kids active as well,” explains Corander.

Among the companies to support the Dashes are NMC, strategic healthcare partner. Prasanth Manghat, CEO of NMC Healthcare, added: “We are delighted to join Abu Dhabi government departments in their quest to build a legacy of a healthier and an active generation.

“We want to lay emphasis on preventive medicine and healthy lifestyle in the community.”

WHAT: Abu Dhabi Dash and Mini Dash
WHERE:
Zayed Sports City (Abu Dhabi Dash) and Umm Al Emarat Park (Mini Dash)
WHEN:
October 24 and November 10
CONTACT:
For more information or to register, visit www.racethedash.com. Registration for Abu Dhabi Dash closes on Thursday. Mini Dash closes on November 2.

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