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?
Monday, October 30
Abu Dhabi residents will have the opportunity to engage in vertical training by climbing the stadium steps at Zayed Sport City Stadium, while also having the chance to walk or run around the track.
It’s part of Daman’s initiative in promoting a healthy lifestyle and open to people of all abilities – whether you exercise regularly or not.
Besides the activities, Daman are also offering free health checks, while there’s a children’s play area as well.
Registration can be done on the day.
VENUE: Zayed Sports City
MORE INFO: TrainZSC
Tuesday, October 31 – Saturday, November 4
The most formidable beach-footballing nation’s return to Dubai to vie for championship glory as one of the sport’s most prestigious tournaments gets underway.
Brazil – unbeaten in 42 matches – are the reigning champions after beating Iran in convincing fashion last year, with the Canarinha sure to be among the favourites again in 2017.
VENUE: Marasi Business Bay
MORE INFO: Beach Soccer Cup
TICKETS: On sale at the venue
Wednesday, November 1 – Saturday, November 4
The second Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Open gets under way on Wednesday at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club.
Part of the Ladies European Golf Tour, the tournament runs over four days from Wednesday to Saturday.
It is being organised in partnership with the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and the Ladies European Tour and is a milestone event in the women’s golfing calendar.
VENUE: Saadiyat Beach Golf Club
MORE INFO: Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open
Thursday, November 2 – Friday, November 4
Gameweek 7 promises to be a belter with another exciting round of fixtures.
The Bur Dubai derby kicks off proceedings Thursday with Al Nasr entertaining Al Wasl at Rashid Stadium.
On Thursday, champions Al Jazira face a star-studded Shabab Al Ahli side who are in search of goals.
To close off the weekend’s action before the international break, Abu Dhabi rivals Al Wahda and Al Ain clash at Al Nahyan Stadium.
MORE INFO: AGL Website
Friday, November 3
Participate in a scenic race through the Jebel Jais Mountains in Ras Al Khaimah.
It’s a 46km challenging race with several inclines and declines along the course to test your strength and stamina.
The race is divided up in categories: Open Male / Open Female / Social Emirati and will start in separate waves.
VENUE: Jebel Jais
START TIME: 7:30 am
MORE INFO: Jebel Jais Cycle Challenge
Friday, November 3 – Saturday, November 4
The inaugural Dubai Fitness Challenge continues with a fun-packed free weekend carnival of events at Skydive Dubai, including appearances from Red Bull athlete Sheikha Al Qassimi and many more.
Some of the activities available to try include: Sunrise Yoga, HIIT, Hatha Yoga, Les Mills Bodybalance workout, ZUU fitness class and the wheelchair XDubai assault course.
VENUE: Kite Beach
TIMES: 1-9PM on Friday and 1-7PM on Saturday
MORE INFO: dubaifitnesschallenge.com
Friday, November 3
Organised by the Dubai Sports Council, the Dubai Women’s Triathlon is the first triathlon exclusively for women to be held in the Middle East.
The event is designed for athletes of all levels, with Super Sprint, Sprint and Short categories available.
The race is open to teams and individuals with age categories from 16-29 and 30+.
VENUE: Dubai Ladies Club
START TIME: 6.45am
MORE INFO: Dubai Women’s Triathlon
Friday, November 3
The Giant Duathlon Series is aimed at triathletes, duathletes, cyclists, runners and fitness enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.
Each race comprises off two bike rides and a run and is open for individuals or teams of two people.
The full distance duathlon is 3k / 24km/ 3km and is the perfect way to kick start your weekend.
VENUE: Hamdan Sports Complex
START TIME: 7am
MORE INFO: Giant Duathlon Series
Friday, November 3
In-form Dubai Exiles will look to get back to winning ways when they face Abu Dhabi Harlequins at Zayed Sports City.
Jacques Benade’s side have had a solid start to the season – crushing Dubai Eagles 85-8 and Dubai Hurricanes 40-7 in their opening two matches – before suffering a one point defeat to Jebel Ali Dragons recently.
In the other match, Abu Dhabi Saracens take on Dubai Eagles.
MORE INFO: Yalla Rugby
Sunday, November 5
Manchester City fans of all ages will gather at Emirates Palace next Sunday for the Premier League clash against Arsenal.
The Fanzone event in Abu Dhabi will be held on the Marina Pitch – with the doors opening at 5.30pm and kick-off at 6.15pm.
Activities and competitions will take place before the game and at half-time with refreshments available throughout the day.
VENUE: Emirates Palace
REGISTER: Manchester City Fan Zone
Brazil coach Gilberto Costa maintains his side’s incredible winning run, which stretches back over 40 matches, does not add any extra pressure as they prepare to defend their title at the Huawei Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup Dubai.
The Verdeamarela head to the seventh edition of the Dubai Sports Council-organised event, to be held at Marasi Business Bay between October 31 and November 4, as the undoubted kings of the sport and with a proud recent record to maintain.
Crowned FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup winners in May, Gilberto’s side have won every competition they have taken part in over the last two years thanks to a hugely impressive 42-match winning streak. Many nations have come close to ending that run and Brazil will again come up against some of their closest rivals in Dubai, but the Brazil boss is relishing the opportunity.
“No, the invincibility record does not add any extra pressure for us,” he said. “We know that there are around 10 national teams in the world who are at the highest level, which means that eventually, the first defeat will come because our opponents are working hard, too.
“We know that there is no such thing as an invincible team but our commitment is just to do our best always, in every second of every game or training session. For us, the prospect of delivering even just a little less is not acceptable.”
Brazil will go up against their nearest challengers in Dubai – second-placed Portugal – while Iran and Russia, third and fourth in the rankings respectively, are among the big hitters in Group B.
With hosts UAE, Egypt, Mexico and Paraguay also seeking to make an impact in one of the sport’s most keenly contested events, Gilberto acknowledges what a task his team face to defend their title.
“The Huawei Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup is the hardest and most important of the annual competitions and second only to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup,” added Gilberto. “Therefore, we expect a tight competition, with very good game.
“We were drawn in the same group as Portugal, who are former world champions and who can call on some terrific players such as Jordan Santos or Be Martins, who are playing at an incredible level.
“The UAE have also grown a lot during this last season, and, playing at home, they will show that extra spirit that turns them into a very dangerous team. Egypt also have some good attacking players, so we will need to be careful if we do not want them to catch us by surprise.”
Regular visitors to the Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup will be used to Brazil’s unique samba style on the sand and that’s something Gilberto is eager to show off again, with the likes of Mauricinho, Rodrigo and Bruno Xavier set to supply the skills once again.
But Brazil will also work on a few new tricks and routines this time around, with Gilberto revealing: “We will keep playing with the intensity and pace we have been playing in the last months.
“We will try to bring some tactical evolutions, but not drastic changes. Of course, we will thoroughly analyse our opponents and adapt our approach to better tackle their strengths and expose their weaknesses. What we really want is to Brazil play better and faster than ever.”
As part of the Dubai Fitness Challenge, over 200 swimmers gathered on Saturday for the second City Swim 2017 Dubai which took place on Kite Beach.
The open water event saw swimmers of all ages and from as young as seven covering a range of distances varying from 250 meters to 2,500 meters .
Originating from the canals in Amsterdam and Hudson River in New York, the open water swimming event is now in its second year and attracts keen swimmers as well as those new to the sport to the beautiful beaches of Dubai.
A spokesperson for the event said: “City Swim Dubai offers a unique opportunity for swimmers of all abilities a safe and fun environment to enjoy the sport and we are delighted with this morning’s event and the increase in popularity since we first launched. It’s also been fantastic to be part of the Dubai Fitness Challenge this morning and seeing so many people support us in making Dubai the fittest place in the world. Thanks must go to everyone that has helped make this event a great success and to all our sponsors.”
The event finished with a celebratory breakfast provided by Park House, located on Kite Beach as well as a prize giving for swimmers in each category.
To find out more information on City Swim Dubai and to view all the results, please visit https://www.hopasports.com.
City Swim Dubai is approved by the UAE Swimming Federation.