Social media influencers shop with Decathlon for ultimate UAE beach party

Sport360 staff 30/04/2018

If you’ve ever experienced the Dubai summer you know there are only a few weeks left before stepping outside becomes somewhat of a chore.

With that said, we teamed up with Decathlon to gather our camping gear and enjoy the UAE’s great outdoors before having to hibernate for the summer. Camping’s not much fun on your own of course, so we invited some of Dubai’s more popular outdoor social media influencers to join us at Al Aqah beach for a weekend of sporting activities.

Before heading out on our road trip, the day begins with us picking up supplies from Decathlon for our beachside adventure. Surfboards, kayaks, snorkelling gear and volleyball equipment is all loaded up as we’re aiming to make the most of the glorious winter weather, before having to retreat to the safety of air conditioning, away from the summer sun. As you’d expect with a car full of influencers – Ghida Arnaout (@monkyseemonkydo), Samia Kallidis (@skallidis), Luke Morris (@islandofluke), and Charbel Zakhour (@wheresmybackpack) – they have their GoPro’s and drones in hand, as we make the journey from Dubai to Fujairah.

You can watch the video from the Decathlon camping experience on the @Sport360 Instagram page.

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What: Camping at Al Aqah Beach, Fujairah

Where: Decathlon, Ibn Battuta Mall, 04 557 7308 and City Centre Mirdif Mall, 04 283 9392

Contact: www.facebook.com/DecathlonDubai

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