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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.

The festive season is approaching and while many have holiday plans in store, there’s still plenty of sport to enjoy in the Emirates.

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

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Here’s our run-down of some of this week’s sporting events:

UIM-ABP AQUABIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Monday, December 18 – Wednesday, December 20

The final round of the UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship takes place on Khalid Lagoon near Sharjah on Monday.

Heading into the penultimate round, the most coveted titles in international jet ski are up for grabs with 60 riders from 25 countries expected to take part.

Rashed Al Tayer, Homod Almuduyan, and Rashid Al Mulla of the UAE are in contention to clinch trophies, and face a hectic schedule of two practice sessions, qualifying and three Motos over three days.

VENUE: Khalid Lagoon, Sharjah
TIMES: 9.30AM

RACING AT MEYDAN

Thursday, December 21

The fourth race of the season gets underway at Meydan this week as local and regional racers battle it out for spots in premiere races like the Dubai World Cup carnival and ultimately the season-ending Dubai World Cup in March 2018.

The first race at the venue is expected to be a highly competitive meet and the action begins at 6.30pm.

General admission is AED 50 at the venue while there are hospitality options to sit in Meydan’s new Grandstand.

VENUE: Meydan Racecourse
TIMES: 6.30PM
MORE INFO: Meydan Racing

ABU DHABI SPORTS COUNCIL CITY RUN

Friday, December 22

Here’s your chance to swap the office for the race track as the Abu Dhabi Sports Council City Run returns to the Corniche.

Whether you’re someone who regularly exercises or not, the race provides something for everyone.

Runners can choose from 5k, 10k and half marathon distance.

The race will start and finish at East Plaza and will be a looped 5km course on the closed road between Al Bateen and Airport Road.

VENUE: Abu Dhabi Corniche
TIMES: 7:00am
MORE INFO: Abu Dhabi Sports Council City Run

5TH ANNUAL GIANT DUATHLON SERIES – RACE 2

Friday, December 22

The second race of the six-race series will be held at the Hamdan Sports Complex this Friday, bringing athletes of different disciplines onto the same playing field.

Whether you’re a cyclist, duathlete or triathlete, the race is suited to your abilities with a run/bike/run format.

Competitors can take part in either teams of two or solo and you can be in as many of the events as you want.

VENUE: Hamdan Sports Complex
TIMES: From 7:00am
MORE INFO: Abu Dhabi Sports Council City Run

EL CLASICO – REAL MADRID VS BARCELONA

Saturday, December 23

There will be thousands of people in the UAE crowding around screens this Saturday as fans of Real Madrid and Barcelona watch their sides in action in El Clasico.

The two rivals look set to battle it out again for the La Liga title this season, with Barca making the stronger start under new boss Ernesto Valverde.

The Catalan giants hold an eight point lead over Zinedine Zidane’s side after 15 games.

Can Los Blancos – fresh off the back of their Club World Cup win in Abu Dhabi – continue their strong form at the Bernabeu?

VENUE: Real Madrid Cafe, JBR and Seville’s Restaurant, Wafi.
TIMES: 4:00pm

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UAE desert dune buggy driver Rashed Mohammad Al Dhaheri crowned winner of Red Bull Torque

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Twelve of the UAE’s most prominent desert dune buggy drivers descended on Aljada near Sharjah at the weekend for a chance of victory at the first edition of Red Bull Torque.

It was Rashed Mohammad Al Dhaheri who emerged victorious on the day, bagging first place with a fastest lap of 01:38.370.

Second place Seif Mohammad Al Oteibah was narrowly pipped to top spot with a fastest lap of 01:38.820 – a difference of 450 milliseconds between the two finalists.

Meanwhile, Nasser Al Hai and Seif Saeed Al Dhaheri rounded up third and fourth place respectively.


The competition – also the first of its kind to be hosted exclusively for purpose-built buggies in the Middle East – put contestants through their paces as they took on a challenging, 120-metre course. 








And while the drivers no doubt have phenomenal skills, Red Bull Torque’s course requires that they control their vehicle’s power in order not to touch barriers or obstacles, incurring penalties in the process.


In this elimination-style race, the twelve contestants were drawn at random to go head-to-head as pairs.


For every race, two buggies started from opposite sides of the track, with each driver aiming to cross the finish line with the fastest lap.


Bonus points were awarded for skills and creativity, including wheelies performed, car design and that all-important engine sound.



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Inaugural Spartan Women’s Sprint proves big hit in Dubai

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The XDubai Spartan Women’s Sprint, the first ladies-only Spartan race in the Middle East, was held at the Jebel Ali Race Course on Saturday.

Organised by Spartan Arabia, in cooperation with Dubai Sports Council, the Sprint race attracted more than 1,000 participants.

“We are delighted with the participation of so many ladies, of different nationalities and age group, especially Emiratis,” said Julia Al Jenabi, the marketing manager of Spartan Arabia.

“This huge turnout will certainly act as an encouragement for us to organise more such events for ladies, thus providing them with an opportunity to showcase their talent and encourage them to embrace physical activity.


“We have made a promising start and moving forward, we will be looking to organise many more successful events like this.”








Watch highlights from the race in the video above (provided by Dubai Sports Council).



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