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Dubai Fitness Challenge: 30 ways to get your kids involved

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The inaugural Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) kicks off on Friday October 20, with the city’s residents and visitors encouraged to boost their physical activity and commit to 30 minutes of daily activity for 30 days.

Running until November 18, DFC promises to cater to all ages and fitness levels, and children are set to be just as spoiled for choice as adults thanks to the huge range of free sports and fitness activities on offer.

So, whether your child is eager to discover new and exciting sports, whether they’re training to become the next sports star, or if they simply want to get out and enjoy a healthier lifestyle, DFC is sure to be a hit.

Presenting the perfect opportunity to get active and enjoy a digital detox, DFC offers participants the chance to try their hand at a huge range of sports and activities that they may not have experienced before.

Best of all, keeping the kids motivated throughout the month will be super easy in light of the 30 amazing child-friendly activities available at DFC’s five Weekend Fitness Carnivals taking place across the city – which feature just as much for adults, too, guaranteeing fun for the whole family.

Ninja Warrior Course

What: Available at all five Weekend Fitness Carnivals, this 14-element obstacle course is suitable for children and adults alike, guaranteeing a good time for all. Athletes will have to overcome numerous challenges, including the ‘Sea of Swings’, ‘Floating Bridge’ and ‘Warped Wall’.

Where & when: Safa Park, 20-21 October; Kite Beach, 27-28 October; Skydive Dubai, 3-4 November; Burj Park, 10-11 November; Dubai Festival City, 17-18 November.

Assault Course

What: An army-style assault course for kids, complete with monkey bars, crawl tubes, plank chains and other obstacles. It’s true paradise for little ones and available at all five Weekend Fitness Carnivals.

Where & when: Safa Park, 20-21 October; Kite Beach, 27-28 October; Skydive Dubai, 3-4 November; Burj Park, 10-11 November; Dubai Festival City, 17-18 November.

Parkour

What: A regular feature of the Weekend Fitness Carnivals, these courses let you run and jump across soft obstacles, trying out the dare-devil moves that you may have seen on YouTube.

Where & when: Safa Park, 20-21 October; Skydive Dubai, 3-4 November; Dubai Festival City, 17-18 November.

BMX

What: Set up at three of the Weekend Fitness Carnivals, these special ramps can be used not just for BMX, but also skateboarding and any other more adventurous sport.

Where & when: Safa Park, 20-21 October; Skydive Dubai, 3-4 November; Dubai Festival City, 17-18 November.

Inflatables

What: A range of inflatables will be available at all DFC locations for kids to have fun and keep active at the same time.

Where & when: Safa Park, 20-21 October; Kite Beach, 27-28 October; Skydive Dubai, 3-4 November; Burj Park, 10-11 November; Dubai Festival City, 17-18 November.

Kids Fitness Fusion

What: A combination of Zumba, Body Pump, Body Combat and HIIT, this is perfect for kids with a lot of energy to build their strength while having fun with friends. Try at any one of the five Weekend Fitness Carnivals.

Where & when: Safa Park, 20-21 October; Kite Beach, 27-28 October; Skydive Dubai, 3-4 November; Burj Park, 10-11 November; Dubai Festival City, 17-18 November.

Born to Move

What: These classes with Les Mills combine a motivating and scientifically proven mix of movements appropriate for all ages, from toddlers to teens. Complete with backing music, they’re sure to captivate and hopefully fuel a lifelong love of physical activity.

Where & when: Safa Park, 20-21 October; Kite Beach, 27-28 October; Skydive Dubai, 3-4 November; Burj Park, 10-11 November; Dubai Festival City, 17-18 November.

Climbing

What: Mobile climbing walls will be available at multiple locations for kids of all ages to have a go and build their strength.

Where & when: Safa Park, 20-21 October; Skydive Dubai, 3-4 November; Dubai Festival City, 17-18 November.

Beach Games

What: If your kids are football, cricket or volleyball mad and love the beach, get them out to try their hand at the beach version of these classic sports. There’ll be professionals hosting classes to help them hone their skills.

Where & when: Safa Park, 20-21October; Kite Beach, 27-28 October.

Football

What: In a city that loves all things football, it’s only fitting that kids can enjoy a kick-about at DFC’s mini football pitches.

Where & when: Safa Park, 20-21October; Kite Beach, 27-28 October.

Football Freestylers

What: This world-class show is sure to be a hit with kids who love football. It’s entirely choreographed to music, making it highly energetic and full of entertainment from start to finish.

Where & when: Safa Park, 20-21 October; Dubai Festival City, 17-18 November.

Trampoline Parks

What: Kids will be able to bounce to their hearts’ content at DFC’s trampolining facilities, plus there’ll be the chance to try some more acrobatic moves.

Where & when: Safa Park, 20-21 October; Dubai Festival City, 17-18 November.

Horse Hopper Zones

What: Featuring bouncy inflatable horses perfect for toddlers, these fun-filled zones will be placed all over Safa Park for your little ones to enjoy while the adults get busy with more strenuous activities.

Where & when: Safa Park, 20-21 October.

Bubble Soccer

What: A twist on the traditional game of football, this revolutionary new sport has taken the world by storm and involves players bouncing and rolling across the pitch in an inflatable ‘bubble’ while trying to score goals.

Where & when: Safa Park, 20-21 October.

Kayaking and Canoeing

What: Get out onto the water with these special classes aimed at kids.

Where & when: Kite Beach, 27-28 October; Skydive Dubai, 3-4 November.

Stand Up Paddleboarding

What: Also known as SUP, stand up paddleboarding will be one of the many sports available during DFC, with Adventure HQ offering lessons specifically for children.

Where & when: Kite Beach, 27-28 October; Dubai Festival City, 17-18 November.

Gymnastics

What: Exciting, challenging and healthy in equal measures, gymnastics is also proven to have positive effects on academic performance. Children will learn to balance on beams, use their strength when they vault and lift, and swing and move their bodies in new and fun ways.

Where & when: Kite Beach, 27-28 October; Dubai Festival City, 17-18 November.

Kitesurfing

What: A cross between wakeboarding and kite flying, kitesurfing has long been a popular extreme watersport in Dubai, and at DFC kids will have the chance to try their hand at this exciting sport, aided by the professional surfers at DUKITE.

Where & when: Kite Beach, 27-28 October.

Salsa

What: This classic Latin dance isn’t just for couples; you can get your kids to join in, too, thanks to dance classes with Arthur Murray.

Where & when: Kite Beach, 27-28 October.

Frisbee

What: No longer just a game with flying discs to keep you entertained at the beach, Frisbee is now a fully-fledged sport complete with teams and rules. Kids can get involved in a game of Ultimate Frisbee.

Where & when: Kite Beach, 27-28 October.

Animal Flow

What: This innovative fitness programme combines movement with elements from various bodyweight-training disciplines to create a fun, challenging workout for the whole family.

Where & when: Kite Beach, 27-28 October.

Frescobol

What: This popular paddle-and-ball sport can be played pretty much anywhere, builds quicker reflexes and improves concentration, coordination and physical strength. Oh, and it’s great fun, too.

Where & when: Kite Beach, 27-28 October.

Bossaball

What: The perfect family game, Bossaball involves two teams and combines elements of volleyball, football and gymnastics with music. It’s played on an inflatable court featuring a trampoline on each side of a central net.

Where & when: Kite Beach, 27-28 October.

Breakletics

What: These classes promise fun for everyone, featuring a revolutionary and highly effective workout that’s a mashup of fitness and breakdance. It’s so simple, everyone can do it.

Where & when: Dubai Festival City, 17-18 November.

Pound

What: A great workout for kids aged six and above, Pound uses lightly-weighted drumsticks called Ripstix to create resistance as you drum along to the beat of different music genres.

Where & when: Dubai Festival City, 17-18 November.

Sunset Yoga

What: The perfect way to introduce kids to yoga, these sessions have the added benefit of a beautiful sunset to help aspiring yogis unwind and relax.

Where & when: Dubai Festival City, 17-18 November.

Mountain Biking in Hatta

What: Take your kids for a mountain biking session in the mountains around Hatta. It’s the perfect opportunity to engage in physical exercise and spend quality time together as a family.

Where & when: Hatta, throughout DFC – check DFC app for exact timings.

Kayaking in Hatta

What: Hatta Dam is perfect for kayaking, and the rugged mountain scenery makes for a dramatic backdrop as you glide through the calm turquoise water.

Where & when: Hatta Dam, throughout DFC – check DFC app for exact timings.

Superhero Walkathon

What: Inject some cosplay into your exercise and don your best superhero outfit for this fun-filled event that promises to transform the city into a scene straight out of a comic book. The 3.2km route will lead you through the streets of Dubai Marina – in the company of Batman, Superman, Spiderman and co.

Where & when: Dubai Marina, 3 November, 2-4pm.

Mums and Strollers Walkathon

What: So your kid’s still too young to walk? No problem! Parents (not just mums) are invited to bring their little ones and their strollers to this casual, sociable event taking place in the leafy surrounds of Mamzar Park.

Where & when: Mamzar Park, 7 November, 9.30-11.30am.

DFC boasts a packed diary of exciting and inspiring fitness activities for all ages throughout its 30 days at locations across the city. And with hundreds of events, classes and activities completely free of charge, it will never have been easier to get the kids to join in. All you have to do is register either directly or through your school.

To access the full event schedule, visit www.dubaifitnesschallenge.com.  Once DFC kicks off on October 20, participants will be able to track their performance, discover events and unlock rewards using the Dubai Fitness Challenge app.

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Emirates Global Aluminium adds Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship to golf portfolio

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The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship has been renamed following a partnership deal with Emirates Global Aluminium.

The deal means that EGA is now backing both key UAE championships on the early-start Desert Swing – the other being the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Abdulla Kalban, EGA’s Managing Director and CEO, said the partnership is a way for EGA to contribute further to the development of the UAE.

“Golf has played an important role in putting the UAE on the global map, spurring tourism as well as improving the quality of life of UAE residents,” said Kalban.

“With this new partnership in place, we look forward to the country’s iconic golf tournaments making further contributions to the nation’s economy and society.”

His Excellency Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, which hosts the annual championship, said the partnership would significantly strengthen the tournament’s profile and offering.

“We have been working behind the scenes for some time to secure strong, local support for the Championship to allow us to expand its reach,” said Al Alwani.

“This deal brings significant benefits to the tournament, our new partner and the UAE community at large. It gives us more resources to yet again improve the overall spectator experience, will deliver greater local, regional and international exposure for EGA.”

The Abu Dhabi tournament has gone from strength-to-strength since its launch in 2006, attracting the strongest field of the European Tour season outside the Majors and World Golf Championships.

“We have consistently attracted the game’s biggest names including the likes of Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods and we plan to maintain the calibre of field,” added Al Awani.

“We have also, together with the unwavering eight-year support of our headline supporter HSBC, built an off-course offering which is the envy of many and a significant draw in its own right – we hope to enhance this further with EGA’s backing.”

The 2018 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Presented by EGA will run from January 18 – January 21 with Abu Dhabi Sports Council looking to top this year’s turnout of over 69,000 spectators.

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What's Up UAE - Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Run The Track, ADSC Al Ain Zoo Run

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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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