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IN PICS: Tuesday's Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge action

Tackling the sand dunes: ADDC bikers and cars.

Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah stormed to a fourth successive stage victory in the car category at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge powered by Nissan, as Dubai-based Sam Sunderland won the motorcycle special to regain the advantage on two wheels on Tuesday.

Starting sixth on the road for the 288.73km passage along gatch tracks and through the towering dunes of the UAE, Sunderland delivered another stunning performance on his factory Red Bull KTM 450 Rally and now holds an advantage of 3min 06.7sec over Chilean rider Pablo Quintanilla.

Frenchman Pierre Alexandre Renet knew it would never be easy to open the road with such top class competition and the Husqvarna rider finished the Al-Ain Water-backed stage in fifth and holds a similar position in the rankings behind the leading duo, KTM’s Matthias Walkner and Honda’s Paolo Goncalves. Emirati Mohammed Al-Balooshi climbed to seventh position.

Reflecting on his performance, Sunderland said: “It was a good day. I started back in sixth and I caught all the guys before the refuel, which I was really happy about. At the start I couldn’t see everyone after the start and I started to feel a little nervous so see whether I was catching them or not. You don’t know. I got to the refuel and I saw them just before me.”

He added: “After that it was good and I kind of cruised back. It was a bit windy out there. It all looks the same. There are thousands of dunes. You recognise landmarks from before and bits and pieces, but it gives you no advantage because every dune is different. I feel happy. I felt fast this morning.”

Al-Attiyah and French co-driver Matthieu Baumel stormed to the car stage win in cooler and windier conditions in their Overdrive Racing Toyota Hilux. The Qatari now heads Abu Dhabi Racing’s Sheikh Khalid Al-Qassimi by 39min 38sec with two days remaining.

“Today, the same,” said Al-Attiyah. “The car is working very well – a perfect stage for us. There is no advantage to coming here before. This is the desert. It is always changing. Saying that, it was much cooler today in the car. We do not have air conditioning. We saw 51 degrees on Monday. Today was better and it also gives more performance from the engine. Two days to go, but we will drive at the same pace. It’s a good pace.”

Al-Qassimi was upbeat after his first four days in the new Peugeot 3008 DKR. “It was not easy terrain and the organisers told me to go a certain way and we got stuck over there. We did not lose much time and deflated the tyres. It was very difficult to drive in that area. We lost some time until we found the route. After passing the bivouac we made a mistake when we took a different line and we drove inside the fence. We made another mistake about 50km from the end.

“It was windy and we went off the piste that you could see. You could not see the track and we tried to find a better way. We are still second overall today and for the rally. The most important thing for me is to gain the experience and the mileage and to benefit more and more.”

Czech driver Martin Prokop is on course for a career-best cross-country rally finish. The former WRC star clocked the fourth fastest time and holds third place. Emiratis Khalid Al-Jafla and  Ahmed Al-Maqoodi produced stunning performances to claim the third and fifth fastest times in their respective Chevrolet and Polaris RZR 1000, but Qatar’s Mohammed Abu Issa got stuck, lost a jack and dropped to fourth. Yayha Al-Helai and Mark Powell were running well in an unofficial seventh and eighth positions.

Russian Vladimir Vasilyev lost his chance of maintaining a top five placing when he withdrew from the race at the end of the second stage with a back injury. The Mini All4 Racing driver decided to return to Russia, although his car developed engine issues the day before as well.

Poland’s Rafal Sonik stormed to the top of the quad rankings, despite ceding the stage win to Dutchman Kees Koolen. The multiple world champion leads the section by 2min 08.6sec on his Honda TRX 700 from fellow countryman Kamil Wisniewski. Kuwait’s Fahad Al-Musallam is third. “We have had some problems and delays on the rally and it was nice to have a good stage and a clean run,” said Sonik.

2017 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge – positions on leg 3 (Tuesday – unofficial @ 14.50hrs):

CARS

  1. Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Matthieu Baumel (FRA) Toyota Hilux Overdrive 3hr 48min 31sec
  2. Khalid Al-Qassimi (ARE)/Khaled Al-Kendi (ARE) Peugeot 3008 DKR 4hr 05min 06sec
  3. Khalid Al-Jafla (ARE)/Ahmed Malik (ARE) Chevrolet Silverado 4hr 25min 35sec
  4. Martin Prokop (CZE)/Jan Tomanek (CZE) Ford F-150 Evo 4hr 36min 02sec
  5. Ahmed Al-Maqoodi (ARE)/Obaid Al-Kitbi (ARE) Polaris RZR 1000 4hr 49min 01sec

BIKES

  1. Sam Sunderland (GBR) KTM 450 Rally Factory 3hr 55min 23.7sec
  2. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI) Husqvarna 450 Rally 4hr 01min 24.0sec
  3. Matthias Walkner (AUT) KTM 450 Rally Factory 4hr 04min 25.0sec
  4. Paolo Gonçalves (PRT) Honda 450 CRF Rally 4hr 07min 26.2sec
  5. Pierre Alexander Renet (FRA) Husqvarna 450 Rally 4hr 10min 24.2sec
  6. Antoine Meo (FRA) KTM 450 Rally Factory 4hr 13min 06.0sec

QUADS

  1. Kees Koolen (NED) Barren Racer One 690 4hr 34min 43sec
  2. Rafal Sonik (POL) Honda TRX 700 4hr 36min 21sec
  3. Alexis Hernande Ponce (PER) Yamaha Raptor 700 R 4hr 39min 29sec
  4. Khalifa Al-Raeesi (ARE) Honda TRX 700 4hr 47min 55sec
  5. Rodolfo Schippers (GUA) Yamaha Raptor 700 R 4hr 50min 58sec

2017 ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE POSITIONS AFTER LEG 3

CARS

  1. Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Matthieu Baumel (FRA) Toyota Hilux Overdrive 11hr 07min 08.7sec
  2. Khalid Al-Qassimi (ARE)/Khaled Al-Kendi (ARE) Peugeot 3008 DKR 11hr 46min 46.8sec
  3. Martin Prokop (CZE)/Jan Tomanek (CZE) Ford F-150 Evo 12hr 51min 44sec
  4. Mohammed Abu Issa (QAT)/Xavier Panseri (FRA) Mini All4 Racing 13hr 52min 06.7sec
  5. Ahmed Al-Maqoodi (ARE)/Obaid Al-Kitbi (ARE) Polaris RZR 1000 14hr 41min 40.6sec

BIKES

  1. Sam Sunderland (GBR) KTM 450 Rally Factory 11hr 41min 20.5sec
  2. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI) Husqvarna 450 Rally 11hr 44min 27.2sec
  3. Matthias Walkner (AUT) KTM 450 Rally Factory 11hr 46min 34.6sec
  4. Paolo Gonçalves (PRT) Honda 450 CRF Rally 11hr 49min 07.8sec
  5. Pierre Alexander Renet (FRA) Husqvarna 450 Rally 11hr 53min 18.3sec

QUADS

  1. Rafal Sonik (POL) Honda TRX 700 14hr 46min 59.8sec
  2. Kamil Wisniewski (POL) Yamaha Raptor 700 R 14hr 49min 08.4sec
  3. Fahad Al-Musallam (KUW) Yamaha Raptor 700R 14hr 54min 05.2sec
  4. Rodolfo Schippers (GUA) Yamaha Raptor 700 R 14hr 56min 50.9sec
  5. Camelia Liparoti (ITA) Yamaha Raptor 700 R 15hr 41min 30.4sec

For live timing and tracking during the race, visit the following links:

http://timing.sporttraxx.com/races/

http://tracking.sporttraxx.com/races/addc-2017/splits/

WEDNESDAY’S STAGE INFORMATION

Wednesday is the penultimate stage of the event and the last of the loops through the Rub Al-Khali. The 250.25km special features three passage controls and starts to the west of the road between Mezaira’a and Madinat Zayed, before heading south-west and turning east to a refuelling point and PC at Al-Birer. The remainder of the special skirts the Saudi frontier and the dunescapes south of Moreeb before finishing 4.25km west of Hameem.

SPECTATOR VANTAGE POINTS

Wednesday, April 5 – SS4 (ADNOC)

Start SS4 – 08.00hrs

N23 28.925 E53 41.713

Fodder Farm – on MZ road 36km north of Liwa City

PC1 – 08.45hrs

N23 07.953 E53 17.843

U/pass (S) – 19km up Ghiyathi Rd Acc

PC2 – 10.15hrs

N22 53.173 E53 24.923

Bike refuel. Old village west of Arada

PC3 – 11.50hrs

N22 50.936 E54 05.675

PC on Gatch road south of Khis

Finish SS4 – 12.05

N22 56.742 E54 14.690

4.25km west of Hameem ADNOC at Farmer’s Services building.

Bivouac – 12.15hrs

N23 53.057 E54 20.702

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Where to play basketball in Dubai: Full guide to courts and prices

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A large demographic of people living in Dubai love the game of basketball – they frequent the basketball courts to play pick-up games, train and enjoy the outdoor weather and the overall workout that basketball provides.

But with the summer heat upon us, people will want to play indoors when the weather reaches extremely high temperatures. So in order to beat the heat, check out our list of indoor basketball courts in Dubai that are available for the public, plus some outdoor venues you can play in free of charge.

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DUBAI SPORTS WORLD

Dubai Sports World boasts six basketball courts with indoor courts as well, all courts are aligned with international standards. Facilities are air-conditioned and the courts are available for walk-ins and groups who want to play. The courts are available from June 1st until September 2nd of 2017.

COURT FEES: 125 AED per hour during peak hours / 95 AED per hour off peak.

ADDRESS: Sheikh Zayed Rd – Dubai – United Arab Emirates.
TEL: +
971 043064000
EMAIL: [email protected]
WEBSITE: 
www.dubaisportsworld.ae

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DUBAI STARS SPORTSPLEX

This facility has four indoor basketball courts that can be booked for your leisure. The sports complex also hosts tournaments and leagues on their championship courts which meet FIBA standards and regulations.

COURT FEES: 

Court 1: AED300/hour

Court 2, 3, & 4: AED200/hour

For packages, please refer to the rate card:

sportsplex rate card

ADDRESS: Al Mizhar Area, Behind Arabian Center – Dubai – United Arab Emirates.
TEL: 
+971 42853333
EMAIL: [email protected]
WEBSITE:
dubaistars.ae

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INSPORTZ CLUB

The Insportz club indoor court is a multi-purpose facility that enables you to play basketball. Depending on the schedule of events, book in advance for availability.

COURT FEES: 450 AED per hour

ADDRESS: 4th Street, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al qouz 3 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates.
TEL: 
+971 43475833
EMAIL: [email protected]
WEBSITE:
 insportzclub.com

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook

MPAC SPORTS

This academy offers coaching clinics for youth, adults, and women to train and improve their basketball skills. They also host tournaments of all varieties and have one on one training for advanced players who want to take their game to the next level.

COURT FEES: Courts are booked for members of programs. Walk-ins are not available.

ADDRESS: Al Barsha South, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
TEL:
+971 043851777
EMAIL: [email protected] 
WEBSITE: 
mpacsports.com

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FITNESS FIRST SPORTS ZONE 

The sports zone is located in Fitness First Meadows, basketball courts are available for members and non-members alike. Programs are also offered for adults and children to improve their skills and brush up on their basketball fundamentals.

COURT FEES: 480 AED per hour during peak hours / 290 AED per hour non-peak hours, book in advance.

ADDRESS: Community Meadows, Emirates Living Community, The Meadows – Dubai.
TEL:
+971 044370545
EMAIL: [email protected] 
WEBSITE: 
fitnessfirstme.sportzone

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BRADENTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL

Play in a full indoor basketball court equipped with air conditioning and hardwood floors.

COURT FEES: 400 AED per hour.

ADDRESS: Dubai Sports City, Near ICC – Dubai.
TEL:
+971 048183600
WEBSITE: www.bradentonprepdubai.com

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook

GEMS WELLINGTON ACADEMY – SILICON OASIS/ AL KHAIL

The Gems Wellington academy have two facilities with courts, one in Silicon Oasis and one on Al Khail road. Visit these indoor courts that are equipped with hardwood floors and professional basketball rings. A great facility for 5 on 5 games and basketball training, Book the courts in advance.

COURT FEES: (Small Sports Hall) 400 AED per hour / (Sports Hall Phase 1) 500 AED per hour / (Sports Hall Phase 3) 600 AED per hour.

ADDRESS: Dubai Silicon Oasis – Dubai / Exit 18, Al Arabia St, Al Khail Road – Dubai.
TEL:
+971 45159000 / +971 045129100
WEBSITE: 
www.gemswellingtonacademy

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook / Twitter

DUBAI INVESTMENT PARK – GREENFIELD COMMUNITY SCHOOL

The greenfield community school has an all-purpose gym with three basketball rings. Players can play full court and half court games in the gym depending on other activities going on at the time. Call up and reserve in advance.

COURT FEES: 400 AED per hour.

ADDRESS: Dubai Investment Park – 1, Near Dubai Lagoon – Dubai.
TEL:
+971 048856600
WEBSITE: 
www.gcschool.ae

SOCIAL MEDIA: Youtube / Twitter

GEMS METROPOLE – MOTOR CITY

This indoor gym hosts many activities including basketball games and clinics for players that want to improve their basketball fundamentals and enjoy a meaningful workout.

COURT FEES: 500 AED per hour.

ADDRESS: Honsho Road, Uptown Motor City – Dubai.
TEL: +971 045507200
WEBSITE: 
www.gemsmetropoleschooldubai.com

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook / Twitter

DUBAI SPORTS CITY

Sports city is a hub of activity and sports, they offer four outdoor, floodlit, hard surface courts in a great atmosphere. Whether you are playing pick-up or want to join a league, there are many ways to begin improving your game at Sports City.

COURT FEES: 180 AED per hour

ADDRESS: Dubai Sports City, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Rd، Near Motor city – Dubai.
TEL: 
+971 44251111
EMAIL: [email protected]
WEBSITE:
www.dsc.ae 

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JUMEIRAH LAKE TOWERS PARK

An outdoor floodlit basketball court in the green park of JLT. The court is open 24 hours a day and is available for walk-ins.

COURT FEES: 100 AED per hour.

ADDRESS: Jumeirah Lake Towers, One JLT building, Dubai.
TEL: 
+971 44232900

AL JAFILIYA PARK COURT

The Jafiliya court is available for walk-ins and can accommodate 5 on 5 full court games.

COURT FEES: Free entry.

ADDRESS:  Al Jafiliya Park, 57A Street, Dubai.

AL NAHDA POND PARK

Al Nahda court is a hub of basketball activity, pick up games are constant at this court and people are waiting, in turn, to play on the weekend.

COURT FEES: Free entry.

ADDRESS: Al Nahda Pond Park, Dubai.

AL SATWA PARK

Al Satwa park has one basketball court that is chock-full of activity, basketball games are constantly being played,  assemble a group of friends and head down, you are bound to find some competition on these courts.

COURT FEES: Free entry.

ADDRESS: 214 308th Rd – Dubai.
TEL:
+971 043440252

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A family affair: Four brothers share same pitch in a pro football match in Kuwait

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Fahad (left) and Khaled Al Rashidi

In what was a rare occasion in the world of football, four brothers played in a professional match on Monday night in the Kuwait Premier League.

Fahad and Khaled Al Rashidi lined up for Al Salmiya against their brothers Walid and Hamed, who play for Al Tadhamon.

Khaled and Walid are both goalkeepers, while Fahad and Hamed are opposing strikers.

The match ended in a 2-2 draw with Fahad actually scoring a goal in his 18-year-old brother Walid’s net.

Football is full of famous sibling acts, be it the Charltons, the Nevilles, the Ayews, the Toures, the De Boers…  Kuwait’s Al Rashidi foursome may not be in the same league but they’ve sure made a name for themselves on Monday night.

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