The annual camel trek organized by HHC may only be just a week long, but is said to have a long-lasting impact on the trekkers as they lived, dressed and ate the bedouin way.
Their life in the convoy was completely different from the one they had been leading in the city and it truly changed their perspective on a lot of things.
The fifth Sports Industry Awards (SPIAs) took place on Tuesday night, with the region’s leaders in sport honoured during a glitzy gala event in Dubai.
Organised by Sport360° and held at Madinat Jumeirah’s Fort Island, the 2017 edition saw gold, silver and bronze gongs handed out across 16 categories.
The big winner on the night was adidas and Light Blue, who took home both the Best Integrated Sports Marketing Campaign of the Year and Best Sports Brand, Retail or Product Activation of the Year for their First Never Follows campaign.
Zayed Sports City was named Best Sport & Recreation Facility of the Year and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was named Best Live Experience at a Professional Sports Event, giving the UAE capital two big wins.
Abu Dhabi wasn’t done there with Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management/Starcom also claiming gold in the Best Use of Social Media in Sport of the Year campaign thanks to TriYAS’ Make yourself great again campaign.
You can see the full list of winners at SPIA 2017 below…
Best Integrated Sports Marketing Campaign of the Year
GOLD – Adidas (First Never Follows) LightBlue
SILVER – Shazam Me Garage366 SILVER
BRONZE – Access to Play Sun & Sand Sports
Best Sport Event Marketing Campaign of the Year
GOLD – du Football Champions Inspiratus
SILVER – Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Abu Dhabi Sports Council / IMG
BRONZE – Million Dirham Putt Emirates NBD / Wasserman
Best Use of Social Media in Sport of the Year
GOLD – TriYAS – Make yourself great again! Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management / Starcom
SILVER – beIN SPORTS EURO 2016 OMD / beIN SPORTS
Best Amateur Sport Event of the Year (UAE Only)
GOLD – FIGHTING FIT DUBAI, Powered by Under Armour ‘FIGHT NIGHT’ Nomad Productions
SILVER – Abu Dhabi Swimming Festival by Daman’s ActiveLife Professional Sports Group / Abu Dhabi Sports Council
BRONZE – The Color Run presented by Daman’s ActiveLife IMG
Best Amateur Sport Event of the Year (MENA Only)
GOLD – Dolphin Energy Doha Dash (Qatar) Professional Sports Group
SILVER – Sportscode 5k Sundays (Lebanon) Sportscode
Best Youth Development Project of the Year
GOLD – Eish Al Tahadi Saudi Telecom Company / Intigral
SILVER – Player Pathway Program UAE Rugby Federation
BRONZE – ADIB Future Champions League ADIB / IMG
Best Sport CSR Initiative of the Year
GOLD – ADIB Future Champions League ADIB / IMG
SILVER – Boost Turret ME
BRONZE – MoneyGram Cricket Ke Badshah – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. DPM Event Management / MoneyGram
BRONZE – Active Life by Daman Daman
Fair play and sportsmanship are quintessential to sport all over the world and seeing it instilled in young players is heart-warming.
That was just the case during a competitive and closely-fought game between Qatar and Palestine in the recent Jeem Cup, a tournament for under 12-year-olds.
A Palestinian player went to the ground after a high foot from his Qatari counterpart, before the referee asked Qatar to restart to the game by playing the ball back to the Palestine goalkeeper.
The ‘keeper managed to botch the return, the ball squirming through his hands and body and into the net, giving Qatar a 1-0 lead.
Rather than allow his team to capitalise on this advantage, Qatar and Aspire Academy coach Fouad Al Fodil instructed his team to let their opponents score.
The Qataris allowed the Palestinian player to run through unchallenged to score and restore parity in the game.
For the Qatari side, the match eventually ended in a 2-1 defeat but they certainly earned fans around the world for this gesture.