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UAE Spotlight: Abu Dhabi GP experience one to savour despite drivers' track comments

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Valtteri Bottas won the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday, beating his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton as F1's season finale drew to a close.

The Finnish driver comfortably secured the third win of his career, all coming this season since joining from Williams.

It was his 22nd career podium and 13th with Mercedes this season alone.

In the latest episode of UAE Spotlight, Niall McCague says there is no better place than the UAE to experience the thrill of race weekend away from the track.
Hamilton and other drivers had complained about how the design of Yas Marina Circuit makes for boring racing, but McCague insists Abu Dhabi is the perfect host for F1's season finale.


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What's Up UAE: Emirates Airline Rugby Sevens and plenty more sporting events

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There is no shortage of top sporting events in the Emirates and here’s our one-stop diary of everything that’s going on — welcome to our weekly feature, What’s Up UAE.

With it being UAE National Day this weekend, on Friday December 1, get in the spirit of celebrating the nation's 46th birthday.

Are you attending or participating in one of the following events?

Share your experiences with us, using the hash-tag #whatsupuae on TwitterFacebook or Instagram.


Here's our run-down of some of this week's sporting events:


EMIRATE AIRLINE DUBAI RUGBY SEVENS
Thursday, November 30 to Saturday December 2

One of the UAE's biggest sporting and social events of the year is upon us!

The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, taking place from November 30 to December 2 at The Sevens Stadium, is the first event in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series.

Over 100,000 fans and 4,500 players from all over the world are expected to descend over the long weekend and with a fantastic array of entertainment and activities lined up, this is going to be yet another unforgettable three-day rugby festival.

The ever-growing Invitation Tournament will see over 260 teams from all over the world battling it out on all eight rugby pitches and on the netball courts, making 2017 the largest tournament to-date.

The action is returning to the Sevens.

SAUCONY TIME TRIAL RUN
Friday, December 1

Runners will turn out for the second Time Trial Run Series, Saucony-sponsored event of the season at the Hamdan Sports Complex.

The run gives participants the unique opportunity to run a 5km or 10km or a team 2.5km relay at one of the world’s largest multi-purpose facilities on a course which has officially been accredited by the IAAF-AIMS.

With more regular runs scheduled for the year, the series is aimed at facilitating and tracking progress for all newcomers and fitness enthusiasts from across the UAE.

The event included a celebratory breakfast and an awards ceremony where everyone received prizes for taking part. Runners and their friends and family spent time in the dedicated Race Village which offered a range of entertainment and leisure activities for everyone.

Will you be competing in the Time Trial Run event?

NBF FUJAIRAH RUN 2017
Friday, December 1

The inaugural National Bank of Fujairah PJSC (NBF) takes place in the scenic emirate.

The event coincides with the festivities of the National Day weekend. Under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, the bank invites fitness enthusiasts along with their friends and family to take part in the run whilst experiencing the natural beauty of Fujairah.

Trophies and medals will be awarded to the top three winners in different age categories across each of the following distances - 3km, 5km and 10km. In addition, cash prizes will be awarded to the top 10 finishers in the 10km race.

Picturesque: Fujairah Fort.

UAE SOLIDARITY WALK 2017
Saturday, December 1

Celebrate the UAE's 46th birthday this National Day weekend and take part in a patriotic 3KM walk at Al Mamzar Beach Park!

Wear red, green, white and black of the UAE flag and join in with the celebrations!


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Sheikh Mansoor leads star-studded DXB 24-Hour Walkathon

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His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai International Marine Club, led a star-studded line-up for the start of the Dubai Sports Council’s DXB 24HR Walkathon on Thursday morning, as hundreds of enthusiastic hoi polloi mingled with top Dubai Government officials and Emirati celebrities at the second edition of this unique community-focused event.

Sheikh Mansoor was joined at the 7.30am start by His Excellency Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council (DSC); Major-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police; Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director General of the Department of Naturalisation and Residency Dubai (DNRD); and Major General Obaid Muhair Bin Suroor, Deputy Director General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) Dubai and Chairman of the Standing Committee for Labour Affairs.

Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), was also there at the starting line-up along with a number of other chiefs of Dubai Government entities.

Major General Mohammed Saeed Al Marri, Director of Community Happiness at Dubai Police, Marwan bin Ghalita, President of the UAE Football Association, and Emirati CEO and celebrities like Mr Khalaf Al Habtoor, Sultan Bin Mejren, Fayez Al Saeed and Faisal Al Jassim also took part in the Walkathon.

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“We thank all the participants from the different government and private entities, and, of course, the individual participants, because together, they make this Dubai 24 Hour Walkathon a truly unique event on your sporting calendar,” said Nasser Al Rahma, the Assistant Secretary General of DSC.

“The Walkathon is a celebration of our diversity, because today we have seen participants from many different countries, including visiting holidaymakers, from different age groups and different strata of society.

“We are really pleased to see this, because that is our focus – to bring the different sections of the community for a day of healthy fun.

“With the guidance and support of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai Government and Dubai Sports Council, Dubai has become a truly vibrant place, challenging and encouraging everyone to take up regular physical activity.

“Dubai today is a model for other cities on how to encourage its diverse population to adopt sports, or any other physical activity, as part of their daily routine, especially after this overwhelming success of the Dubai Fitness Challenge 30×30, and this Walkathon aims to keep that positive image going.”

Around 2,000 people took part in the second DXB 24HR Walkathon, which will finish at 7.30am on Friday after four loops of a dedicated 25km route past some of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks, including the Dubai Canal.

Starting from behind Sunset Mall, the participants walked down the Beach Road to Burj Al Arab before making a U-turn.

The route then took them down to the edge of Dubai Canal, into Al Safa Park and then to Marasi Business Bay, from where they turned back for the Sunset Mall.

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