Going Out: Earn trip to Everton with UAE Corporate Cup of Soccer

Jay Asser 19/04/2016
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Premier League stadium Goodison Park, home of Everton.

If you think you have the football chops to earn a trip to play in the United Kingdom, showcase your skills in the UAE Corporate Cup of Soccer.

The tournament is a qualifier for the ninth World Corporate Cup of Soccer, to be staged at famous Goodison Park – the home of the Premier League football club Everton.

Corporate Games, organisers of the world’s largest multi-sport festivals for businesses, are holding the two full-day qualifying rounds at the Jebel Ali Center of Excellence in Dubai on Friday, April 29, and then at the Armed Forces Club, Abu Dhabi on Saturday, April 30.

Matches, which are open to companies, universities and organisations, will be played in a 6-a-side format with teams feature squads of eight to players. A final playoff will take place between the two winning teams in each emirate as they battle to be crowned champions and earn an all-expenses-paid trip overseas.

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, the main sponsor of the event, will also send its top team to the UK along with the victors. Benoit Montin, managing director of Corporate Games, said: “We are very excited to organise the first edition of UAE Corporate Cup of Soccer in the country. This is a one-of-a-kind tournament.

“Thus, we encourage everyone from all skill sets to get involved and play with us.

Up for the Cup: Register now and pay an entrance fee of Dh1,500 per team.

Up for the Cup: Register now and pay an entrance fee of Dh1,500 per team.

“Moreover, we would like to thank Dubai Sports Council for supporting this initiative. They have been an avid supporter of all our events.

“Following on their support with the recent 4th edition of Abu Dhabi Corporate Games, we are also thrilled to have Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) on board again as the main sponsor to bring additional excitement to the footballers.”

The World Corporate Cup of Soccer will take place from May 20-22, when the winning team will receive four nights inclusive accommodation, a full-branded kit and a guaranteed match at Goodison Park.

Teams that are interested in registering can send their name and contact information to [email protected] The entry fee is Dh1,500 per team, with the deadline to sign up on Tuesday, April 26.

Fulfill your football dreams and seize the opportunity to step foot on a Premier League pitch.

WHAT: UAE Corporate Cup of Soccer
WHERE: Jebeli Ali Center of Excellence, Dubai and the Armed Forces Club, Abu Dhabi
WHEN: Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30, with registration closing on Tuesday, April 26
CONTACT: Visit www.worldcorporatecupuae.com for more information and email [email protected] to sign up.

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Going Out: Have fun and raise awareness on Earth Day

Jay Asser 17/04/2016
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Go green: as well as having a strong message, there is also a party atmosphere.

With Earth Day right around the corner, Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana are once again doing their part to protect the environment with Battle of the Bottles.

The quirky and innovative event will be held for the third straight year on Wednesday, April 20, two days before Earth Day to educate others on climate change and how far recycling can really go.

There will be a range of activities to take part in that will both be fun and educational, headlined by the unique boat race.

Competitors can build boats using only recyclable materials such as plastic PEP bottles and after the general manager’s opening speech, the boats will take to the water for a thrilling race.

Show off your quasi-engineering skills and get creative to build a boat capable of winning the mega trophy up for grabs.

In addition to the exciting boat race, other activities and competitions will be held throughout the morning.

Show off your moves in the exotic Maori Haka Dance contest on the beach and try your hand in fashion designing in the Mr Neptune and Miss Mermaid pageant, in which a panel of judges will vote on the best costumes made from recycled and natural materials.

Plastic people: The race is underway as the makeshift rafts hit the water last year.

Plastic people: The race is underway as the makeshift rafts hit the water last year.

“We believe in our corporate and individual responsibility towards the environment and that together we can all make a difference,” said a marketing spokesperson of Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana.

“Our aim on Earth Day is to support environmental protection through these lively events. Battle of the Bottles was and is a proof of success and we are confident that this activity, now in its third year, will be even more successful as it continues to grow.”

Come together at the end of the day to talk about the worthy cause and enjoy snacks and drinks by the pool and beach.

Battle of the Bottles will run from 08:00 until 11:00 and for registration, as well as more information, email [email protected] rotana.com or call 02 657 0221.

Get involved and make your contribution to saving our planet, while enjoying a fun-filled day at the beach.

What: Battle of the Bottles
Where: Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Abu Dhabi
When: Wednesday, April 20 from 08:00 to 11:00
Contact: Email [email protected] or call 02 657 0221 to register and for more information

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Going Out: Talise Fitness’ Sandstorm is the last fitness obstacle course of the season

Denzil Pinto 16/04/2016
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Perfect settings: The event will be held in the backdrop of Burj Al Arab.

The UAE weather is getting warmer but this hasn’t stopped Talise Fitness in organising their final obstacle event of the season later this month.

More than 70 people will flock to the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai on April 29 for the hugely popular Sandstorm but there’s still time to join them with registration closing on April 27.

Now in its seventh edition, the event has grown rapidly in popularity since it was launched in 2007. And it’s no surprise why.

Competing as teams (of three people), they will climb, crawl, run or jump through a series of challenges in the 4km course which involves land, sand and the sea – all in the backdrop of some of Dubai’s iconic buildings – Burj Al Arab and the Madinat Jumeirah.

“Obstacle courses have become incredibly popular in Dubai and we saw an opportunity to create something a little bit different to what is currently offered,” said Tim Dorrington, general manager of Talise Fitness at Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

“What we wanted to do was make the most of the iconic facilities that we have available and give participants an experience that was not only challenging but also a lot of fun, and something that could be enjoyed across all fitness levels.”

Compete in teams.

Compete in teams.

Besides the usual faces returning, Dorrington insists the Sandstorm has become a big hit with corporates.

“We have got a lot of interest from corporates and that is very encouraging,” he said. “With it being a three-person team, it’s a chance for people to split tasks and get involved, plus it’s great for team building.”

He added: “It will be great competition because the regular athletes, who’ve been competing during the season, will return while it’s a fantastic opportunity to get active.

“The great part about is that it is open to all abilities. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced level athlete, it’s something that is doable and most importantly it’s extremely fun.”

Entries cost Dh600 per team (Dh200 per person) while each participant must be aged 16 and over.

While there will be some attractive prizes up for grabs, Dorrington insists there’s plenty of positives by competing.

“It’s the last obstacle race of the season for Talise Fitness so that’s an extra incentive not to miss out,” he said. “Plus they’ve been hugely popular and we expect the same this month. It’s perfect way to start the weekend by doing fun exercise in a stunning venue.”

WHAT: Talise Fitness Sandstorm
WHERE: Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai
WHEN: April 29, 2016 from 07:00
CONTACT: Call 04 4068800 or email [email protected]

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