**Note: Since going to print the Beachfest has been postponed to a later date. More information will follow when we have it.**
Gladiators BeachFest will hit Dubai’s Kite Beach, located behind Sunset Mall, Friday with a challenging and fun obstacle course.
The event is organised by Corporate Games, who are back with another exciting beach event after the success of the Del Monte Beach Games last year.
Gladiators Challenge have also teamed up with Corporate Games for the imitative with the Dubai Sports Council to promote wellbeing amongst the UAE community.
Everyone is encouraged to come down on the day to give the obstacle course a try.
From climbing to crawling to scaling, the course won’t be a walk in the park. Far from it, actually, with cool elements such as tyre runs, tunnel crawls, wall climbs, a spider web, balance beams, sand bag pick-up, monkey bars and hurdle jumps.
Two unique aspects of the course will have participants testing themselves in the water with sea kayaks and stand-up paddle boards (SUPs).
Entry costs Dh50 and each person will get two attempts to record the best time possible to be eligible for prizes.
Winners will be awarded across four categories for the top time – men’s, women’s, under 16s and a team classification (average time will be calculated for the number of participants on the team).
The obstacle course won’t be the only thing to enjoy, however.
Yoga will kick-off the day with a morning session at 09:00 with Holistic Dani. Bring your mats and clear your mind before going through the ringer later in the afternoon.
A sports village with free activities will also be open to the public. Try out different sports and pick up a new hobby with offerings from Royal Football Academy, Vapero beach volleyball, Beach Tennis Middle East and Speedminton, along with fitness classes from PACE body coaching and BetterBody4Me.
You can even get involved with pick-up activities such as tug of war, bubble soccer and ultimate Frisbee.
Red Bull has you covered with music throughout the day and some shade in the chill out zones, while Cycle Hub will be exhibiting their FatBikes for riding on the beach.
A thrilling finale is anticipated as hoards of budding young footballers descend on Dubai for the third and final instalment of the Silicon 7s this Friday.
The tournament will play host to 75 teams and hundreds of youngsters at GEMS Wellington Academy in Silicon Oasis and is sure to be a net-busting success following the popularity of the two previous Silicon 7s football tournaments played already this season.
The teams will play in six different age groups from Under-6 to U-16 in the tournament, which is at capacity and is set to be one of the biggest one day youth tournaments in UAE’s history.
The tournament, run by ESports Football Club, kicks off at 08:00 and will end at 19:30.
“The Silicon 7s is a mammoth event that is regulated and delivered by the very best in the game when it comes to youth football events,” said EFC director, Terry Kidd.
“The Silicon 7s series is responsible for the integration of not just Dubai but the whole Middle East with teams coming from Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and even Bahrain who are representing soccer schools, football clubs, schools and parent-run organisations, with over 75 teams competing in the youth showcase tournament.”
A total of 25 different academies will be present, as well as parent-run teams, with nine EFC teams entered across six different ages groups. Budding young footballers will be competing at U-6, U-8, U-10, U-12, U-14 and U-16 age categories.
The U-6 and U-8 groups will play between 08:00 and 11:30 (new site); the U-10s will play at the same time at the old site; the U-16s play between 12:00 noon and 16:00 (new site) while the U-14s play between the same times on the old site.
A mammoth U-12s section will play on both old and new sites between 16:00 and 19:30.
All games are seven-a-side, except for the U-6s, who will play five-a-side matches.
Games are 10-12 minutes long with longer matches for the semifinals and finals. There will be trophies and medals available in each age group as well as a player of the tournament for each age group.
Catering will also be available throughout the day courtesy of Freedom Pizza, MELT and PH7.
Tournament manager, Gwyn Williams, added: “Following the great success of the first two editions, the final to the trilogy of the Silicon 7s will be an exciting event. “We are running at full capacity of 75 teams across six age groups.
“The event has proven to be incredibly popular and we are already considering options on how to further grow and expand for the future.”
WHAT: Silicon 7s
WHERE: GEMS Wellington Academy Silicon Oasis
WHEN: From 08:00 until 19:30, Friday, April 22
CONTACT: Visit www.esportsfootballclub.com or e-mail [email protected]
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.
“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.