The world’s strongest men are coming to Dubai – for an event the likes of which has never been seen before.
World’s Ultimate Strongman will be held in the spectacular Bab Al Shams Arena in October – but is far more than just a strongman event.
Organisers are creating a sports and entertainment extravaganza more akin to a music festival – with a day of events, activities, entertainment shows and competition – topped off by some of the most incredible feats of strength the world has ever seen.
The headline strongman event promises to rival and surpass any strongman event to date, with a who’s who line-up.
Leading light will be Hafthor Bjornsson, known to many as ‘The Mountain’ from Game of Thrones. The six foot nine, 195kg monster, lifted the World’s Strongest Man crown earlier this year and will be one of the main contenders for the top prize on the day – the biggest the sport of strongman has ever seen.
Alongside Bjornsson will be two former World’s Strongest Man winners in American Brian Shaw and Zydrunas Savickas, from Lithuania. The pair have eight WSM titles between them.
Add to this some of the sport’s brightest young talents in Iron Biby, Mateusz Kieliszkowski and Tom Stoltman, and the level of competition is clear.
Other competitors battling it out for the WUS title are JF Caron, Terry Hollands, Martins Licis, Laurence Shahlaei, Robert Oberst, Matjaz Belsak, Luke Stoltman and Konstantine Janashia.
The jaw-dropping events they will take part in include a truck pull, log press, deadlift and the famous atlas stones – all in the middle of the Bab Al Shams Arena, a spectacular setting which will only add to the gladiatorial drama of the competition.
The event is supported by Dubai Sports Council, Dubai Tourism and Bab Al Shams, with more big name partnerships to be announced soon.
Already involved are local organisations Desert Barbell and Fitness in DXB who will both be running competitions on the day – one to find Dubai’s bench press king – the other to discover the city’s fittest human.
There will be a host of other activities for crowds to enjoy, all in a festival-style atmosphere with live music and food and beverage packages. This will include Shaolin Monk performances, Hawaiian fire dancers, obstacle courses, a UFC experience, Capoeira fighters and a spectacular fireworks display.
Don Idrees and Mark Boyd, founders and producers of World’s Ultimate Strongman – Beasts in the Middle East, say crowds are going to enjoy a truly unique experience. “This is so much more than your average sporting event,” they said.
“We want people to leave on the day thoroughly enthralled and entertained by what they have both witnessed and taken part in.
“We have brought in a host of features to give us a family-friendly festival feel with great events, entertainment, attractions and activities that would be a great day out in their own right – the only difference here is we have the spectacle of the world’s strongest man competing as the headline act.
“We are delighted to have athletes of this magnitude competing and are looking forward to welcoming spectators from all over the world.”
Tickets for the event start at Dh249, with children under 12 going free. For more information and to buy tickets or international travel packages, visit www.worldsultimatestrongman.com
The local organising committee for the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 is hosting a six-week summer camp in Dubai Sports World at Dubai World Trade Centre to engage people with intellectual disabilities ahead of the World Games.
The camp, supported by Dubai Sports Council and Emaar Properties, started on Monday and will see participants attend weekly training sessions in football, basketball and cycling, with the help of qualified coaches, culminating in a tournament to put skills to the test.
Special Olympics ambassadors, members of the UAE Special Olympics team and Emaar employees will also join the weekly training sessions to help train and mentor participants
Khalfan Mohamad Almazrouei, Managing Director of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, said: “With next year’s Special Olympics World Games taking place in Abu Dhabi, this is one of the many events and initiatives that we are taking part in to engage with the wider community of people with intellectual disabilities across the UAE to encourage the movement to live in a more unified and inclusive society in the UAE and abroad.”
Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Managing Director of Emaar Properties, said: “Our support to the summer camp, as part of our role as a partner of the Special Olympics World Games 2019, underlines our commitment to corporate social responsibility.
“We look forward to hosting similar initiatives in Dubai and across the world-class venues owned by Emaar in the run up to the World Games to help build awareness on the message of inclusion and tolerance across the UAE and beyond.”
Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, scheduled for March 8-22, will be the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world, with 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing more than 170 countries.
SFS Falcons were crowned Division B champions of the Insportz Ramadan tournament after they defeated Fresh Fanatics by 58 runs.
At Dubai’s InSportz Club, Falcons set a competitive total of 71 in their allotted 16 overs.
Omer Khan (19) and Masood Abdul Rahim (25) gave a good start with 44 runs but
Sandeep Nazareth (0) and Arjun Manohar (-13) struggled with the bat. Their total was boosted when Zaidi Mohammed (9) and Amit Lalchandani (12) scored 21 before Barjinder Singh (8) was among the run-scorers to get 19 in the last four overs.
In their chase, Amit Ambiar (13) and Sethu Raj (14) got their team off to a good start with 27 runs, while Ali Sheikh (14) piled on more runs. But Falcons struck back with crucial wickets and although Subin Sulaiman (4) and Ajeeb Tamal (5) added to the score, Fanatics fell short by 13 runs of their target.
Meanwhile, in other the Premier Division category, DBMSC showed why they are one of the top indoor sides in the UAE after beating Knightshot Hawks by 18 runs.
In the Division C title decider, Fujisoft Falcons came out on top to beat Team Chargers by 33 runs while Team Flipperz were crowned Division D champions.
In the Amateur Division final, Team C P Chargers got their hands on thetrophy after defeating Team 8 by six runs.