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Fatbikes - a different view of the Dubai desert

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A fatbike is an off-road bicycle with over-sized tires, typically 3.8 in (97 mm) or larger and rims 2.6 in (66 mm) or wider; they have been around since at least the early 20th century, but in the past years several manufacturers started crafting these special bikes for the masses.

They are designed for low ground pressure to allow riding on soft unstable terrain, such as snow, sand, bogs and mud; with tires that look inspired by those on monster trucks, fat bikes float over terrain that stymies narrower treads.

The bike was designed for riding across snowy trails, but soon turned up underneath ultra-distance explorers and noncyclists looking for a new way to exercise during the winter and after that they reached another extreme environment: the desert.

At Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & SPA, situated in the heart of the desert and nestled in the dunes of Dubai, you can take part in guided tours starting from 200 AED, and Al Qudra cycle path, where you can rent a fatbike for 100 AED (4 hours).
Video by: DubaiBlog


Shooting & Editing: Valerio Passaretti
Pictures by: Massimo Ziino and Dubai Blog


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What is Aquathlon and where to do it in UAE?

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For two-and-a-half years, Daniel Hughes has presided over all matters Triathlon in Abu Dhabi, watching the sport’s popularity grow and grow.

Aside from the ITU Abu Dhabi Triathlon, numerous satellite events throughout the year give people the chance to hone their pace, including a juniors-specific event in the Abu Dhabi Aquathlon Series.

SO WHAT IS AQUATHLON?

An aquathlon is a multisport event that involves swimming and running. The aquathlons in Abu Dhabi start with the swim and finish with the run and the distances for each race vary depending on age groups for the juniors and ability for the adults.

Generally they fall into categories of Sprint – a 750m swim and 5km run – or Super Sprint – a 375m swim and 2.5km run. Junior competitors who can’t manage the Super Sprint can try either a 100m swim and 750m run or 200m swim and 1.5km run.

HOW DOES IT DIFFER FROM TRIATHLON/DUATHLON?

Triathlon and duathlon are also multisport events and each also involve cycling. A Triathlon is a swim, cycle and then run, while a duathlon is a run, cycle, run. Aquathlon is swimming and running.

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WHERE CAN I DO AQUATHLON IN THE UAE? 

There are a number of aquathlon series around and the most popular and biggest audience is in Abu Dhabi. The 5 Star Aquathlon series is held each year at Emirates Palace (October and March) and the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort (December). Plus there is the largest junior aquathlon also held three times a year with the first race this weekend this Saturday. We’ve got more than 200 kids registered for the event at Al Bateen Beach. The next two races are in November and then April 2017. For training, check out the Abu Dhabi Triathlon club and join in the swim, bike and run sessions.

WHAT AGE GROUP IS AQUATHLON OPEN TO?

This weekend’s event is open to kids as young as 4 with the now famous Tiny Tri event and up to 18-years-old. The 5 Star Aquathlon has a category for 4 years of age to 90!

WHY IS AQUATHLON GOOD FOR ME? 

The best part about the events is that they help people set important fitness goals and then bring the community and families together to celebrate achievement. With age groups for everyone and set in beautiful venues on the shore of Abu Dhabi, it’s even fun just to be a spectator.

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP AQUATHLON TRAINING TIPS? 

Consistency – The more regular you train, even short sessions, the better your body responds.

Holistic – Don’t forget the importance of recovery, good nutrition and healthy mindset for stronger results.

Community – Training is more fun and you get better results when you train in a group session with others to provide encouragement. Plus you get to make new friends.

Visit www.abudhabitriclub.com for more info on Aquathlon and Triathlon in Abu Dhabi or catch up with them on Facebook. 

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Sport this week in UAE: What's on

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THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

AUTISM GOLF CHALLENGE

Following the success of last year’s Autism Golf Challenge at the Els Club Dubai, the event has returned to the region with a double helping in 2016.

The third Autism Golf Challenge event of the year in the UAE will take place at Arabian Ranches Golf Club and a place in the Els for Autism Grand Finale hosted by Ernie Els in Las Vegas, Nevada is up for grabs.

The event will bring together a large number of regional and international corporates to play and network at these one day golf tournaments that also include a dinner and auction.

VENUE: Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Dubai
TIME: 11:00
PRICES:  695 AED (Golfer); 280 AED (Dinner guest)
ORGANISERS: Els for Autism / Al Jalila Foundation
EMAIL: [email protected]
MORE INFO: https://elsforautism.golfgenius.com/

ARABIAN GULF LEAGUE (Thursday, Friday and Saturday)

The UAE’s premier football league moves into its second round with an exciting fixture list, which sees Al Nasr at home against Al Ahli and Al Ain away to Emirates Club.

There is a full schedule of fixtures, with matches being played across Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2016

URBAN-ULTRA NIGHT REBEL

Urban-Ultra’s Night Rebel is a challenging night time run for everyone to get involved in.

The course is 100% gravel jeep track and rocky wadi bed with short sharp climbs and undulations. There are no hotels nearby, so your options are driving to and from the site for the event or camping once you are finished.

(No campsite is allocated but you are free to find yourself a place to pitch your tent, there are plenty of lovely areas).

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VENUE: Ras Al Khaimah, Wadi Showka
PRICE: 275 AED
ORGANISERS: Urban-Ultra
PHONE: +971508130017
EMAIL: [email protected]
MORE INFO: http://www.urbanultra.com/?events=urban-ultra-night-rebel-2016

PAKISTAN – WEST INDIES First T20I

Dubai Sports City will play host to the much anticipated T20 matches between Pakistan and West Indies. The games will be played at Dubai International Stadium.

VENUE: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai Sports City
PRICE: 40 AED – 250 AED
PHONE: +971 52 631 6535
EMAIL: [email protected]
MORE INFO: http://www.kyazoonga.com/

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24

IG JUNIORS CHAMPIONSHIP

The International Golf Junior Championship is set to become the leading junior golf tournament in the Middle East attracting to players from across the GCC and also Europe.

As the event continues to grow, the tournament plans to operate and further expand globally. The first qualifying rounds will take place on September 24 ahead of the main event on November 14, 15 and 16.

VENUE: Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Dubai
TIME: TBA
PRICES: 150 AED (Div. 4 & 5); 395 AED (Div. 3); 450 AED (Div. 2); 495 AED (Div. 1)
ORGANISERS: International Golf & Lifestyle Events
PHONE: +971503986389
EMAIL: [email protected]
MORE INFO: igjuniors.golfgenius.com

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DUBAI DESERT ROAD RUN 3K AND 10K – RUN 1

Held several times a year, the Desert Road Run appeals to athletes of all levels, from first timers to seasoned runners.

Essentially a community run encouraging participation, the course has a private traffic-free road that extends to a 10km distance for experienced runners, and 3km for newcomers.

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VENUE: The Sevens Stadium, Al Ain road
TIME: 06:30
PRICES: 85 AED (3km); 125 AED (10km)
ORGANISERS: Onside Partners
PHONE: +971506245095
EMAIL: [email protected]
MORE INFO: http://www.dubairunning.com/

ABU DHABI JUNIOR AQUATHLON 2016 – RACE 1

Since its humble beginning in 2014 , the Abu Dhabi Junior Aquathlon series has emerged as one of the country’s most important youth-centric sporting events.

The inaugural year saw 100 children attend and those figures have increased each year.

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VENUE: Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace
TIME: 05:30
PRICES: 100 AED
ORGANISERS: Gulf Multi Sport
PHONE: +971501094055
EMAIL: [email protected]

PAKISTAN – WEST INDIES Second T20I

Dubai Sports City will play host to the much anticipated T20 matches between Pakistan and West Indies. The games will be played at Dubai International Stadium.

VENUE: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai Sports City
PRICE: 40 AED – 250 AED
PHONE: +971 52 631 6535
EMAIL: [email protected]
MORE INFO: http://www.kyazoonga.com/

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