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Emirati surfer Mo Rahma inspiring new generation of UAE surfers

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A short chat with pioneering UAE surfer Mo Rahma is all you need to appreciate how much he loves his sport. Although for him, calling surfing a sport doesn’t do it justice.

“Surfing is more than just a sport,” Rahma says in the video above (provided by Abu Dhabi Sports Council). “It’s a lifestyle, and that’s what I love about it.”

“It incorporates all my life. It’s my stress releaser, my place to go and zone out, and clear my mind from all the stress.”

Part of that lifestyle for Rahma includes an intense training routine, and he also credits meditation and yoga for helping him develop and improve his surfing ability.









While the UAE may not be famous for its big swells, Rahma makes the most of the facilities available to him in the country, and trains at the wavepool Wadi Adventure in Al Ain,


“Meditation is a big key,” he explains. “It makes my mind clear. Yoga is amazing. it gives you mobility, it gives you strength.


“I also train with a friend to do surf-specific training, and I’ve seen a lot of improvement in my surfing.”


Rahma, who is the UAE’s first international competitive surfer, paid tribute to the local surfing culture, calling the community in the UAE “absolutely amazing”.


It’s that appreciation of UAE’s budding surf scene that is motivating Rahma to do his best and inspire the next generation of young surfers.


“My core idea of pushing myself to the limit is to establish a new generation that can take over,” he says. “Hopefully they can compete and hopefully we can find the next champion of the UAE.”





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UAE Spotlight: Al Jazira prepare for dream Club World Cup clash against Real Madrid

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In the latest episode of UAE Spotlight, Sport360 duo Matt Jones looks ahead to Wednesday’s huge Club World Cup semi-final clash between Al Jazira and Real Madrid at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Get in touch with your thoughts on the upcoming match via Twitter and Facebook.


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What's Up UAE: Real Madrid in town for Club World Cup

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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.

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

Share your experiences with us!

Use the hash-tag #whatsupuae!


Get in touch on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.








FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP UAE 2017

Ongoing until Saturday, December 16


Real Madrid arrive in the UAE for their mouthwatering semi-final clash against Al Jazira on Wednesday at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi (9pm kick-off), with the winners of that contest facing either Gremio or Pachuca in Saturday night’s showpiece at the same venue (9pm).


Earlier on Saturday, the match for third place (6pm) will be contested in the capital.


MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 09: Head coach Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid CF looks on from the bench prior to start the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Sevilla FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 9, 2017 in Madrid, Spain . (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Zinedine Zidane’s men face the Pride of Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.


DUBAI WORLD SUPERSERIES FINALS

Thursday, December 13 to Saturday, December 16


The BWF World Superseries finale once again takes place in Dubai as the world’s best badminton players battle it out to end their season on the biggest high.


Defending champions Viktor Axelsen and Tai Tzu Ying will be in action at Hamdan Sports Complex while Indian star P. V. Sindhu is sure to draw in the crowds.


P. V. Sindhu reached the semi-finals last year.


T10 CRICKET LEAGUE

Thursday, December 14 to Sunday, December 17


The inaugural T10 Cricket League kicks-off in Sharjah, with it being the first time the 10-over format has been played.


The likes of Shahid Afridi, Eoin Morgan and Dwayne Bravo will be some of the stars in action in Sharjah, while the likes of Wasim Akram and Virender Sehwag add legendary touches to respected teams as mentors, coaches and icon players.


Spread over four days, the tournament boasts a knockout format with six teams competing.


AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 26: Dwayne Bravo of the West Indies celebrates the wicket of Brendon McCullum of New Zealand during the first One Day International match between New Zealand and the West Indies at Eden Park on December 26, 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

West Indies star Bravo was called up as a late replacement for Kumar Sangakkara.


AROUND THE WORLD CHARITY PADDLE 2017

Friday, December 15


Head to Sunset Beach to watch the UAE’s largest paddle event, now running in its ninth year.


With over 120 paddlers, the non-competitive gathering sees people paddle in and around the Nakheel World Islands – all in aid of raising funds for UAE Red Crescent.


DUBAI DESERT ROAD RUN, 10KM AND 3KM

Saturday, December 16


Held at The Sevens Stadium, round off your year of running on a flat, traffic-free road course! Perfect for achieving a personal best!



WADI ADVENTURE RACE

Saturday, December 16


The 14th edition of the popular race returns as participants take on either the testing 5km route, challenging 10km or gruelling 15km obstacle course!



JLL TRIATHLON SERIES 2017/2018 – RACE 1

Saturday, December 16


Round off your 2017 with a triathlon race at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort Hotel as the first JLL tri event of the series takes place.


After swimming, cycling and running across various distances, enjoy a well-earned breakfast, as part of the race package, with fellow competitors post-race!


Take to the waters in Jebel Ali.



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