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Car enthusiasts descend on Dubai for Dub Drive GCC 2018

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A large convery of cars travel through Dubai.

Dub Drive GCC 2018, the largest gathering of Volkswagen owners and fans in the region, welcomed over 800 visitors at the Dubai Autodrome on Friday March 9.

In its second year, the event hosted by Volkswagen Middle East saw 268 car owners from the UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait and Lebanon take over the streets of Dubai in a large convoy, ahead of a festival of live entertainment, food and track racing.

Following the success of Dub Drive 2017, regional participants drove thousands of kilometres from their home countries to take part in the event. This year, the event was open to the general public, allowing car enthusiasts to explore a range of classic, limited edition and modified Volkswagen cars while enjoying the family friendly entertainment on offer.

“The energy of the regional Volkswagen community and the passion that owners and fans have for the brand is overwhelming and pushes us to better serve our customers through creating these unique brand experiences,” commented Andrew Savvas, Brand Director, Volkswagen Middle East.

The 268 car convoy was supported by Emirate Motorsport Federation, RTA, Dubai Police and Civil Defence, creating a network of clear routes for the ultimate Volkswagen fans and ensuring a seamless convoy drive experience through the centre of Dubai.

Dubai welcomed organisers from the world’s biggest Volkswagen clubs, as well as key global Volkswagen personnel including Jost Capito, Managing Director of Volkswagen R GmbH who attended the event with the intention of connecting fans worldwide.

Dub Drive has taken inspiration from an old tradition, Wöerthersee Club Treffen, which is the largest Volkswagen GTI event in the world. The festival started off over 36 years ago in a small village at lake Wöerthersee in Austria by a few Volkswagen fans meeting up, showcasing their cars and exchanging stories. Since then, the event has grown into a three-week-long festival attended by hundreds of thousands of Volkswagen fans from all over Europe.

The cars gather at Dubai Autodrome.

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Bin Drai qualify for Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 semi-finals

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In another exciting double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, Bin Drai qualified to the semi-finals of the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 while Habtoor and Mahra joined Zedan and Wolves in the quarter-finals to be held next Friday.

In Tuesday’s matches, Bin Drai defeated Mahra 9-6 after a great team performance and Habtoor won their match against Desert Palm 7-6 in a very closely contested game.

Bin Drai Polo proved once more that they are a very serious foursome and a tough opponent, and with Tuesday’s victory against Mahra, qualified directly to the semis where they join Abu Dhabi.

Match progression: 2-2/ 4-2/ 5-2/ 7-3/ 9-6

Top scorer: Raul Laplacette (Bin Drai) 3 goals

In the second match of the day, Habtoor Polo achieved a decisive victory against Desert Palm in an even closer game. They played knowing that the winner would be in the quarter-finals and both teams fought hard during the five chukkers for the big prize.

A great individual piece of skill by Francisco Elizalde with one minute to go gave Habtoor the victory and the ticket to the next round of the Julius Baer Gold Cup.

Match progression: 0-2/ 3-3/ 5-5/ 6-6/ 7-6/

Top scorer: Bautista Urbina (Habtoor) 4 goals

The Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 will return next Friday to the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with the Quarter-final matches for the Julius Baer Gold Cup.

Zedan Polo will play against Habtoor from 14:00 followed by Wolves against Mahra from 16:00. 

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In pictures: Beach Run Dubai 2018, presented by Daman's Activelife

Sport360 staff 25/02/2018

The Beach Run Dubai, presented by Daman’s Activelife, drew record numbers to Sunset Beach as race goers completed three different distances.

In the shadows of the iconic Burj Al Arab, around 1,600 participants took part, and completed, either the 7.2km, 3.6km and 1.8km events. Families in support enjoyed the entertainment within the Festival Village, which provided food, drink and music to keep the crowds entertained.

One runner, who completed the 3.6km race in just less than 25 minutes, told Sport360, “I’ve not been running for a few years and this seemed like a good opportunity to get back into it. The event has been really well organised and there’s been a lot of support from the fellow racers, so I’ve really enjoyed it. Hopefully next year I’ll be able to beat my time”.

Runners were warmed up before their runs with a Fitness First workout to get the muscles ready before taking to the beach. Volunteers were on hand to offer free refreshments thanks to Al Ain Vitamin Water en route to the finish line. Participants were rewarded with a medal following the run.

Runners wore their official Beach Run Dubai T-Shirts along with individual race numbers and shared their experiences on social media. To see more images from the event follow @BeachRunDXB on Instagram.

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