Going Out: It's time to rule the waves at Wadi Adventure

Denzil Pinto 15/08/2016
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Go for gold: If you’re inspired by the Rio action, enjoy kayaking at the venue.

Whether you want to try out exciting water sport activities or just fancy a day on the beach, you will not be short of options for entertainment at Wadi Adventure Al Ain.

Since opening their doors at the beginning of 2012, the venue has become one of the top attractions in the UAE, drawing in thousands of visitors each year.

And if you want to see for yourself why it’s highly rated, it’s still business as usual with the park open throughout summer.

“Wadi Adventure Al Ain is the Middle East’s first and only manmade whitewater rafting, kayaking, surfing and wakeboarding facility that caters to both local and international water sport athletes alongside the general public of the UAE,” said Nilesh Mistry, general manager at Wadi Adventure Al Ain.

“With it nestled in Green Mubazzarah with the backdrop of the iconic Jebel Hafeet Mountains, it makes the ultimate outdoor activity spot young and old.”

It’s a place where you will be spoilt for options.

If you’ve been inspired by the Olympics, you can try out kayaking with a number of water channels that will give you a challenge.

If you fancy a bit of surfing, you can do exactly that. In the region’s largest surf pool, you can book lessons with qualified instructors or just have fun on the waves.

Fun for all ages: Wadi Adventure is the ideal spot for a family day out.

Fun for all ages: Wadi Adventure is the ideal spot for a family day out.

As well as the open beach, the children can look forward to having a great time in the Kids Splash zone.

“This area adds a zest to a great family day out and is the perfect way to soak up the sun and enjoy family time,” said Mistry.

“We have a certified team of lifeguards meaning the visitors will be able to enjoy themselves in a safe and comfortable environment.”

The park is open between 11:00 and 20:00, Saturday to Thursday and Fridays from 10:00, while the beach is from 13:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 19:00 (Saturday to Thursday) and 14:00 to 19:00 on Fridays.

Individual admission tickets vary between Dh25 and Dh50, while a family pass (two children and adults) will cost Dh100.

There are extra charges for the watersport activities while packages and membership options are also available.

With so much to do, Mistry insists it will be a memorable visit.

“Whether you’re a water sports fanatic or someone who is looking to spend fun quality time with your family and friends, Wadi Adventure Al Ain is the ideal spot,” he said.

WHAT: Water sport activities and beach at Wadi Adventure Al Ain
WHERE: Wadi Adventure Al Ain
WHEN: On-going
CONTACT: www.wadiadventure.ae

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T10 Corporate Cricket Tournament set to be smashing success

Denzil Pinto 14/08/2016
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Teams can consist of up to 10 players, with plenty of prizes on offer.

Corporates can swap the office for the bat and ball and test themselves against their peers in a new and exciting cricket tournament in Dubai.

The T10 Corporate Cricket competition launches next month at Sportzone, Fitness First Meadows and entry numbers have been very encouraging so far. But you can still join them ahead of Saturday’s (August 20) deadline.

Sixteen teams will vie for glory in the 10-over group matches on Friday, September 16 and 23, with the top sides advancing to the knockout stages with the title to be decided on October 1st.

It is the inaugural edition, organised by Fit On Click in partnership with Fitness First at Sportzone and Ben Samuel insists there’s plenty of reasons to sign up.

“We invite cricket fans from corporates around the UAE  to play the one and only indoor tennis ball corporate tournament where teams will be locking horns and competing against each other,” said Samuel, founder of Fit On Click.

“Although it’s cricket and prizes can be won, the true vision we want to bring is to improve them individually and as a team, as it can have a positive impact on the company.

The most important things that we want to achieve is to stimulate teamwork, enhance their confidence, improve the communication and working relationships in the office as well promoting the importance of health and fitness.”

Players must be aged 18 and over with squads of no more than 10 people. Besides the winning trophy for the champions, there’s plenty to play for with attractive prizes for the top players throughout the tournament.

Registration fee per squad is Dhs3,500 which includes custom designed jerseys with team logo, award function and after party, and entry passes for friends and family.

With cricket widely played in the UAE, Samuels is sure the tournament will be huge success.

“The great thing about this is that you don’t need any playing experience to enter,” he said. “It’s a chance to get together as a team and do something different.

Cricket is a great team sports and our competition is an exciting and different concept between outdoor and indoor versions.”

WHAT: T10 Corporate Cricket Tournament
WHERE: Sportzone, Fitness First Meadows, Dubai
WHEN: From September 16, with registration closing on August 20
CONTACT: 055 779 9133

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Going Out: Dubai's newest theme park IMG Worlds of Adventure

Jay Asser 10/08/2016
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IMG Worlds of Adventure is sure to take you back to your childhood.

The emirate’s first international mega-themed leisure and entertainment destination will open on Monday, August 15, but visitors can get a head-start by purchasing tickets online through www.imgworlds.com.

Located next to Global Village in new Dubai, IMG Worlds of Adventure boasts 1.5 million square feet of space, which will host over 20 signature rides and attractions. If you’re looking to have fun and get a bit of a workout, the Adventure Fortress in Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure Zone will be the place to be. There, you can get active on a range of obstacles and physical challenges, featuring ladders, tunnels, slides, bridges, nets and climbing.

Kids can get moving too at Cartoon Network Zone’s LazyTown Playground. Explorers can test themselves on a challenging rope and ladder adventure and then enjoy a live stage performance around the corner with Stephanie and the entire Dance School.

Other attractions in Cartoon Network Zone include Ben 10 5D Hero Time, Adventure Time – The Ride of OOO with Finn & Jake, The Amazing Ride of Gumball and The Powerpuff Girls – Mojo Jojo’s Robot Rampage.

Superhero fans have a section to explore for themselves in Marvel Zone, which brings iconic figures in the Avengers to life. Immerse yourself in interactive attractions and rides like Avengers Battle of Ultron, Hulk Epsilon Base 3D, Spider-Man Doc Ock’s Revenge, Thor Thunder Spin and Avengers Flight of the Quinjets.

Whatever your interest, there’s something to enjoy for everyone at IMG Worlds of Adventure.

Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari, executive co-chairmen and owners of IMG Group, said: “We are very excited to announce our opening date and look forward to IMG Worlds of Adventure coming to life this month.

“As the first international leisure and entertainment destination in Dubai, we have designed an entire world of entertainment for our guests. By offering a fully immersive indoor theme park experience in a temperature controlled environment this enables IMG Worlds of Adventure to be open all year round.

“With the capacity to welcome more than 30,000 people a day we anticipate 4.5 million guests in our first full year of operation, contributing to Dubai’s position as a leading tourism hub.”

The theme park is open from noon to 20:00 daily, with tickets costing Dh300 for adults and Dh250 for children.

What: IMG Worlds of Adventure
Where: Next to Global Village, Dubai
When: Opens on Monday, August 15, with daily hours of noon to 20:00
Contact: Visit www.imgworlds.com for tickets and information

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