With the world’s best golfers set to be in action in the capital next month, here’s your chance to become a volunteer and win some attractive prizes.
US Open champion Dustin Johnson, world No.2 Rory McIlroy, The Open winner Henrik Stenson and defending champion Rickie Fowler will be among the stars at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship from January 19 to 22, 2017.
With a stellar line-up, not only is it a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get inside the ropes with the famous names at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, but those who sign up will enjoy some exciting new incentives.
For the first time, participants that volunteer for two days or more will be invited to an exclusive after-party at the Champions Club, while there are also attractive prizes up for grabs.
All volunteers will be entered into a special raffle draw to win prizes including Etihad Airways flights for two, as well as golf four- ball, spa experiences and dining and hotel vouchers.
As well as playing an integral role in the Championship’s success at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, there will be an opportunity to enjoy a BBQ meal on the Saturday as well as owning official merchandise including caps and polo shirts and a photo with the champion.
Marshals, mobile scoreboard operators and walking scorers are just a few of the roles available, providing a unique insight into one of the region’s biggest and best- loved sporting events.
Now in its 12th edition, the tournament continues to go from strength to strength, attracting the biggest names in golf and it is now considered a key event in the UAE’s ever-growing sporting calendar.
Peter German, the Championship’s tournament director, believes the volunteer opportunities are becoming more popular across the UAE and further afield because of the star quality of the players.
“Volunteers play a key role in the success of the Championship and we are grateful to all those fans from the UAE and around the world who jump at the chance to witness their favourite players in action,” he said.
“Whether you are a keen golfer or simply have an interest in sport, volunteering at the Championship offers a unique chance to be part of the action and to see some of the world’s best players up close.”
What: Volunteering at 2017 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
When: January 19 to 22, 2017
Where: Abu Dhabi Golf Club
Contact: For more information or to register visit www.abudhabigolfchampionship.com/volunteer- registration
Abu Dhabi residents can lace up their trainers and look forward to a memorable day as Zayed Sports City (ZSC) host their Academy Tennis Festival on Friday.
Running for the very first time, it’s an opportunity for friends and families to get together and play tennis between 15:00 and 18:00. Whether you’re a person who has never considered becoming a player or one that has a true love of the game, the free event caters to all abilities and ages.
At the tennis clinics, a number of ZSC Academy’s professional coaches will be on hand, giving valuable tips and advice for those who want to grow within the game. Additionally, you can witness some exciting exhibition matches between ZSC coaches and players, including former World No.72 Peter Wessels.
On top of that, there’s plenty to look forward to off the court. Free tennis lessons, electronics, ZSC vouchers and gifts can all the won, while the younger children can stay active on the bouncy castles. The venue are no strangers to the game.
Families and friends of all ages are welcome to experience the game of tennis at ZSC Academy Tennis Festival on Friday 9 Dec. FREE ENTRY! pic.twitter.com/CYx7NIZtcX— Zayed Sports City (@ZayedSportsCity) November 29, 2016
They are home to nine hard surface courts as well as the main stadium which will see the likes of World No.1 Andy Murray, 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafa Nadal and World No.3 Milos Raonic in action in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship later this month.
With rugby, bowling, ice-skating, basketball and netball just a number of sports played at ZSC, officials are eager to show the positives of playing tennis at the state-of-the-art facility.
“Tennis is growing in popularity and we are really excited to offer a new way for people to experience and love the sport,” said Barry Bremner, general manager of ZSC.
“We’ve always had great facilities that attracted players and tournaments, and we are really looking forward to engage with the wider community and allow them to experience it first-hand with the best tennis coaches in Abu Dhabi.
“ZSC Academy Tennis Festival is a fun introduction to tennis and I would like to invite everyone in this sports-loving city to come out and see exactly why the game so incredible.”
What: Zayed Sports City Academy Tennis Festival
Where: Zayed Sports City International Tennis Centre
When: Friday, December 9 between 15:00 and 18:00
Contact: For more information, visit www.zsc.ae
Following the success of their previous editions in Asia, the Hello Kitty Fun Run makes its debut in Dubai next week, offering plenty of excitement for participants.
Zabeel Park will host the untimed 5km family run on Friday, December 9, featuring a number of Sanrio characters, and you can still join them before registration closes on Tuesday.
Whether you’re an experienced athlete or beginner, this is an event for all abilities with the emphasis on a healthy lifestyle, friendship and harmony. Thousands who took part in the events in Asia, notably Taiwan, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia, spoke glowingly and Dubai is set to be another big hit.
“We’ve had remarkable success in the Hello Kitty Runs,” said Adam Griffiths, event and project manager of MMC Sportz Marketing LLC, which has partnered with Sanrio GMBH to bring the concept to Dubai.
“They were massive, attracting huge numbers. We held our first one in Taiwan during the 40th birthday of Hello Kitty on November 1, 2014 and that saw more than 25,000 runners. Thereafter, it has gone from strength to strength with the Hello Kitty Run held in Japan, Singapore and Malaysia.”
On top of that, there will be an entertainment village where you can have selfies taken with Hello Kitty herself and enjoy a wide range of activities. Entry is open to ages from three and above, with registration costing Dh145 for 12 and under, and Dh165 for 13 and above.
Included in the entry fee, each person will receive a race pack that will have a Hello Kitty string bag, water bottle, race t-shirt and the finishers race medal as well as plenty of goodies from the sponsors.
Online registration can be done at www.hkrundubai.com or at select Hello Kitty Spa and Sanrio stores across UAE, including the Bin Sougat Mall, Deira City Centre, Dubai Mall, Festival City, Ibn Batutta Mall, Mirdif City Centre, Times Square Centre, BurJuman Mall, Sharjah Mega Mall and Abu Dhabi’s Dalma Mall and Marina Mall.
And Griffiths insists there are plenty of positives for those who take to the track.
“It going to be full of fun, excitement and surprises,” he said. “It’s the first one in the Gulf region and is the perfect activity for individuals and families to celebrate and create a unique community that values happiness, healthy lifestyle and harmony among people.”
What: Hello Kitty Fun Run, Dubai
Where: Zabeel Park
When: Friday, December 9 from 09:00
Contact: For more information, or to register visit www.hkrundubai.com