Future's bright at Dubai Club for the Disabled

Scott 13/01/2015
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The 7th edition of the Fazza Championships has just started so Sport360 caught up with the Chairman and key members of the Dubai Club for the Disabled to find out about the progress of the club and what the future holds for disabled sport in the UAE.









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Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center organizes trip through UAE desert

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Ibrahim Abdul Rahim (l) and Yemeni Voyager.

In the footsteps of their forefathers, the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center is organizing a 10-day trip on camel back through the UAE desert – participation is open for all Emiratis.

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The trip, which will commence on January 20, 2015 and cover a distance of 200km, will be launched in collaboration with Ahmed Al Qassemi – a seasoned Yemeni voyager who has undertaken a number of trips across the world since 1994, covering more than 40,000km to date.

Qassemi’s “Winter Odyssey” will offer adventurous Emiratis a unique opportunity to travel back in time – exploring the UAE on camel back as their ancestors did, using traditional navigational techniques, maps and sun positions.

This is the second of Qassemi’s trips to be sponsored by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center and falls in line with the Center’s strategic goal of preserving the UAE’s cultural heritage, and raising public awareness about Emirati traditions and values, especially among the younger generations.

Commenting on its involvement in the activity, Ibrahim Abdulrahim, Director of Events, Hamdan bin Mohammed Heritage Center said: “As a nomadic culture, the people of the Arab world and the UAE have a long tradition of voyages.

Trips such as the ‘Al Hadar’, journeys undertaken for trade and commerce or to attend weddings and celebrations have formed a vital part of the lives of our ancestors.

This unique opportunity offers the youth of today a glimpse back in time and teaches them the skills possessed by their ancestors to survive and thrive in their natural environment.”

Individuals interested in being part of Al Qassemi’s entourage can register by sending an email to [email protected]. The selected individuals will be trained to care for their camels as well as read ancient maps utilizing traditional navigational techniques. The entire journey will be documented for cultural preservation purposes. 

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Sport360's Industry Awards keep getting better

Denzil Pinto 12/01/2015
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Have you got what it takes: Submissions for the Sports Industry Awards are open now.

In its short two-year-old history, the widely acclaimed Sports Industry Awards (SPIAs) have become the definitive recognition for the sports industry in the Middle East, and the third year is no different with entries already starting to pour in within days of registrations opening.

Sports Industry Awards 2015: Submissions open now

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Since its inception in 2013 by Sport360, the SPIAs has gone from strength to strength recognising the achievements of leaders, brands, organisations and facilities that have made the region a leading international sports hub.

The 2015 SPIAs, sponsored by FGB and Lacoste in association with Dubai Sports Council, will be hosted on the evening of Wednesday, March 25, at the stunning new JW Marquis Marriott hotel and feature two new categories for a total of 13 awards.

Plenty to be proud about: The Sports Industry Awards have provided a benchmark set by previous winners for future contenders.

The ‘New Sporting Product of the Year’, which is open to any sporting product launched in the last year, and the ‘Best use of PR in Sport’ – open to organisations and/or PR agencies that have delivered effective integrated campaigns – will add further excitement to the event.

The ‘Best Sports Event Professional’ category has been revised to ‘Best Live Experience at a Professional Sports Event’, while the ‘Sport and Recreation Facility’ has been split into two categories – outdoor and indoor.

Sport360° CEO Michael Chalhoub said: “Sport360 is pleased and honoured to host the extremely successful Sports Industry Awards in March, with an ever-growing number of participants and attendees that make the SPIAs a roaring success year after year.

“But more importantly, the true measure of the SPIAs’ success is the impact it has had on sports as a whole in the region, its events, its spectators, its players and its athletes, as learnings have been drawn and benchmarks that have been set by previous winners have been taken as example.

“We have seen SPIAs competitors aspiring to win gold and raise their game, trying to reach these benchmarks and new heights for their consumers, improve the way they do business and the quality of their facilities or services, and fine-tune their strategies.

“The Sports Industry Awards’ success is measured as companies innovate and create products and services that will benefit us all, our region, our readers, our tournaments, our stories, and ultimately the sports industry as a whole.”

Only those contenders who have hosted their events in one or more of the following GCC countries – UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Qatar – between January 1 and December 31, 2014 are eligible to submit their entries.

Entries will only be accepted via www.sport360.com/spia. The ‘Early Bird’ costs $275 (Dh1,000) for each submission before January 22. The costs then rise to $350 (Dh1,285) until February 5, and $425 (Dh1,560) for entries submitted until February 15.

Entries will go through a rigid and transparent judging process, overseen by a judging panel of 18 of the region’s industry experts, and facilitated by Deloitte and Touche.

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