Going Out: Red Bull World Series finale

Jay Asser 24/10/2016
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Picturesque setting: Pier 7, Dubai.

Red Bull may give you wings, but for a selective group of daredevils, they’re fine taking their chances free-falling from 28m into open water. That will be the scene at Dubai Marina when the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series puts on a show in the emirate this Friday, October 28.

It will be the first ever World Series event in the UAE and, after five months of stops all around the world, the 2016 champion will be crowned in the final showdown.

Dubai, fittingly, will serve as the climax to the World Series. It is, after all, a city known for its towering skyscrapers and the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

The take-off point for the best of the best in cliff diving will be Pier 7, with the popular, seven-floor venue overlooking the picturesque Arabian Gulf. The World Series follows the traditional high diving format and is a mix of rules from the Red Bull Cliff Diving Sportive Committee, FINA and HDA.

To show their skill and versatility, the divers are required to execute take-offs from five basic dive groups: front, back, inward, reverse and handstand. Five international judges will determine points for each dive based on takeoff, position in the air and entry into the water.

There’s a lot of technique and form required, but for spectators, the real joy will come from watching the athletes jump in an open setting and under the lights of Dubai Marina.

Information:

  • What: Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series
  • Where: Pier 7, located in Dubai Marina
  • When: Friday, October 28, from 20:00
  • Contact: Visit www.redbullcliffdiving.com for more information including how to stream the event live

To watch the event, the main viewing areas are on the promenades outside Dubai Marina Mall towards The Address hotel, or on the other side of the water in front of the InterContinental hotel. You can also take in the action from Pier 7, Silverene Tower, the Al Gharbi Street bridge, or Bay Central.

If you’re unable to make it down, you can always watch live on Red Bull TV and streaming on www.redbullcliffdiving.com. Those that do attend will also have plenty of other entertainment available, as is the case with all Red Bull events.

There will be a virtual reality dive, a souvenir diving photo booth and a Red Bull Cliff Diving Game to try.

As far as the stakes go, Briton Gary Hunt clinched the overall title in the previous stop in Japan, but that won’t stop him and his competitors from dazzling the crowds in what is sure to be a riveting night of thrills.

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Going Out: The yoga of awareness

Jay Asser 22/10/2016
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Reaching out: Kundalini combines a number of sets

The benefits of yoga appear endless, so it’s no surprise you can even overcome deep-rooted fears through the ancient discipline and a special Kundalini yoga workshop in Dubai will help you do just that.

Beginning tomorrow, the workshop will run for eight weeks every Sunday at Sonata Art Center, Jumeirah Lakes Towers and will be taught by leading Kundalini yoga instructor Nizar Saab.

Few are more knowledgeable about Kundalini yoga than Saab, who has been practicing over the last 30 years and is also the founder of the Awakening Meditation technique to reduce stress and anxiety in just minutes per day.

In the Kundalini yoga sessions, Saab will introduce participants to the practice, along with the chakra (energy centers) system, yoga sets, mudras (hand positions), bandhas (body locks to facilitate energy flow), breathing exercises and meditation.

By stimulating specific energy centers in the body, people can find their inner strength and bring it out to conquer fear, which can prevent you from taking action in daily life.

Inner peace: The classes take place at Sonata Art Centre, JLT.

Inner peace: The classes take place at Sonata Art Centre, JLT.

“The workshops aims to empower participants conquer their deep-rooted fears through utilising the power of specific yoga and meditation exercises that help them overcome fear and find inner peace”, said Saab.

“The practice includes various stretching and relaxing exercises for lower back and thighs, deep breathing patterns and energy meditations to help participants overcome their fears in a smooth and gradual way keeping in mind the different needs of each individual”, he added.

The classes will run every Sunday from 18:30 to 20:00 and you can either attend an individual session for Dh70, or pay Dh250 for all 10 classes through a special offer during October.

Limited spots are available, so make sure to reserve yours.

Whether you’re searching for a way to overcome your fears and deal with a phobia, or just want to engage in a peaceful session of yoga to relax your mind and body, the Kundalini yoga workshop is worth trying one way or another.

What: Kundalini yoga workshop
Where: Sonata Art Center, Mazaya Business Avenue AA1, 2202, Jumeirah Lakes Towers
When: Classes run every Sunday, beginning tomorrow, for eight weeks from 18:30 to 20:00
Contact: RSVP through [email protected] or 055 544 6629

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Going Out: White collar fight night

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Boxing hits Dubai this weekend as ExpatBloke.com’s White Collar Fight Night reaches its finale at Le Meridien’s Great Ballroom.

A total of 14 expats from across the UAE have been put through their paces on an intense six-week training course to prepare for Friday’s (19:00 start time) event.

Headed up by former two-time world titlist Paul Weir and alongside British boxing coaches and Royal Marine Commandos, the combatants have been given the best guidance available to lace up their gloves for a thrilling show.

Alongside the seven bouts, included in any ticket purchased is a buffet-style dinner, soft drinks and a DJ taking you from the fights’ completion right through until 02:00.

Optional beverage packages are available to purchase from 19:00 – 23:00 on the night, while there will also be a sporting memorabilia auction held during the course of the evening.

As the leading website in the Middle East for expat males, ExpatBloke.com partnered with Le Meridien situated on Airport Road to put on the best White Collar.

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Fight Night in Dubai – the only such event to be sanctioned by the UAE Boxing Federation. And organiser Mike Barker insists this is one night you won’t want to miss.

“I’m very impressed with the commitment these 14 blokes have shown over the past six weeks and I know that they will put on a great show for our guests,” Barker said. “If you haven’t already booked your tickets you need to do it now for what’s going to be a fantastic night.”

If that wasn’t enough, then regular readers of Sport360° will noticea familiar name on the bout list. Our very own reporter Alex Rea is taking part in the event as he takes to the boxing ring for the very first time.

The bouts are three, two-minute rounds with more than 600 people expected to be in attendance.

Tickets for the black-tie event, which start from Dh400, can be purchased either through Mike Barker on 0504540419, through www.ticket-line.ae or ExpatBloke.com.

To be right up close to the action, ringside VIP entrance tickets are still available at Dh950 per person as are inner circle tickets at Dh550 per person.

So head down to Le Meridien Hotel to experience the glitz and glamour of a boxing fight night and lets get ready to rumble.

What: ExpatBloke.com’s White Collar Boxing Fight Night Where: Le Meridien Hotel, Airport Road, Dubai When: Starts from 19:00, Friday October 21 Contact: Purchase tickets from Mike Barker on +971504540419 or online at www.ticket-line.ae.

What: ExpatBloke.com’s White Collar Boxing Fight Night

Where: Le Meridien Hotel, Airport Road, Dubai

When: Starts from 19:00, Friday October 21

Contact: Purchase tickets from Mike Barker on +971504540419 or online at www.ticket-line.ae

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