Wadi Race returns to give everyone a taste for adventure!

Denzil Pinto 6/01/2017
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To take part in the event, you must sign up by Sunday’s deadline.

More than 500 are set to flock to Al Ain’s Wadi Adventure resort next Saturday for the popular annual event, but there’s still time to join them ahead of Sunday’s deadline.

Now in its 12th edition, it has gone from strength to strength and is now widely known as one of the ultimate obstacle races in the UAE.

While the competitors will be familiar with the course, new challenges await them where they will have to run, crawl or swim their way to the finish line.

“Every year since we held the Wadi Adventure Race, the event has been a big sucess,” said Nilesh Mistry, general manager at Wadi Adventure Park. “In WAR 11, we had 700 people and before that, the number was 650, so it attracts a lot of people from the UAE and GCC countries.

“While numbers have been very encouraging so far, we are expecting around 800 people to take part next Saturday.”

There are three different categories with 5, 10 and 15km distances to choose from.

And whether you’re a newcomer or been competing since their launch in 2012, there’s different group on offer with beginner, intermediate and advanced levels on the schedule.

A series of gruelling obstacles will be present across the three race distances in Al Ain.

A series of gruelling obstacles will be present across the three race distances in Al Ain.

Entries cost Dh275 for the 5k, Dh300 for 10k and Dh375 for 15k, while athletes must be 16 and over.

With a few hours to go until deadline, Mistry insists there are plenty of positives for signing up.

“The event is different from all other obstacle races happening in the UAE. The Wadi Adventure Race series is the pioneer of all obstacle races. It is set up in a completely natural, fun environment. Where would you get a chance to run on the sand, below the barbed wires, run on the rafts, jump in the Middle East’s first and only man made surf pool?,” he said.

“Anyone who wishes to ring in the new year with some challenging activities is likely to try their mettle with this race.

“The event is simply going to be amazing as it caters to people from all genres of physical fitness.

“From amateur athletes to fitness freaks, this race is for everyone. Overall, it’s a great opportunity for the fitness community to come together for a day of excitement, fun and a test of true athletic ability.”

WHAT: Wadi Adventure Race
WHERE: Wadi Adventure Park, Al Ain
WHEN: Saturday, January 14 from 08:00
CONTACT: For more information or to register, visit www.premieronline.com

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Going Out: FBMA Trophy

Denzil Pinto 3/01/2017
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Skaters from 23 countries will be in action.

Some of the world’s most promising figure skaters will be in Abu Dhabi this weekend and besides witnessing the action, there’s plenty of off-rink entertainment lined up for spectators.

The FBMA Trophy for figure skating returns for another edition from tomorrow to Saturday at Zayed Sports City and will see more than 90 competitors from 23 countries, including the UAE, Australia and Canada, take to the rink for top honours.

In addition to the ice skating action, there will also be a winter festival at the ice rink garden, which will include bouncy castles and fun activities to keep everyone entertained. Since launching in 2015, the competition has gone from strength to strength and this year’s is set to be no different.

“The success of the FBMA Trophy is attributed to the fact that we have organised smooth and professional figure skating events for the last two years,” said Roquiya Cochran, chairperson of the organising committee and UAE Ice Sports Federation figure skating manager.

“This year our number of participating countries has increased by 50 per cent and also our junior and senior level skater numbers have increased by over 200 per cent.”

The annual FBMA Trophy is set to hold its third competition.

The annual FBMA Trophy is set to hold its third competition.

UAE star and Olympic hopeful Zahra Lari will be among the Emiratis in action, hoping to fly the national flag high. And with free admission, Cochran insists it’s a competition not to be missed.

“Since winter sports are so unique in the Middle East, the ability to see the live action of a winter sport competition in Abu Dhabi, is what makes the FBMA Trophy a must-see event,” she said.

“To have world class competitors, as well as six UAE nationals compete here in Abu Dhabi is amazing. The levels range from basic novice up to seniors and to see double, triple and even quad jumps is a sight not to miss. This year we will also have outdoor activities for the spectators to enjoy.

“We will even have an outdoor rink for anyone who wants to try their own skating skills or get the feel of what the competitors are doing on the ice. It’s a very special time of the year and we would love for everyone to come and join this free FBMA Trophy international figure skating competition.”

She added: “We want to increase public awareness for this beautiful and unique winter sport and see it continue to grow, thrive and be a success. Without the continued support of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak and Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza, such events would not be possible. Their continued and unfaltering support for women in sport is the driving force of these events.”

What: FBMA Trophy

Where: Zayed Sports City, Ice Rink

When: Thursday to Saturday from 11:30

Contact: For more information, visit www.zsc.ae

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Going Out: AquaFIT's stress-free workout

Jay Asser 3/01/2017
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Get on board: AquaFIT opened at Sunset Mall in November.

If you’re someone who’s always searching for the next fitness trend or creative ways to work up a sweat, look no further than AquaFIT for your next endeavour.

Hailed as the new workout phenomenon, the UAE’s first dedicated spa biking fitness centre has hit Dubai to bring an alternative way to put the pedal to the metal. Basically, AquaFIT allows for riding a stationary bike under water.

It may not sound all that revolutionary, but the benefits of the workout are hard to ignore. With 16 powerful water jets, AquaFIT combines biking and hydro-massage to deliver a session that can reduce cellulite, burn body fat, aid micro-peeling, reshape the lower body and abdominals, improve circulation, rehabilitate healing muscles and joints, and improve cardiovascular endurance, strength and flexibility.

The water acts as a form of builtin resistance, which in turn challenges your muscles to exert even more energy than usual, upping the intensity of the workout. AquaFIT is also the only individual spa bike which fills 720 litres of water, allowing the user to feel more submerged and providing a fuller range of motion to maximise the resistance.

But as you’re under water, the effects of gravity are lessened, which puts much less stress on your knees and joints than would normally be the case. The low impact is especially important because that means anyone can do the exercise, whether you’re a regular gym-goer in your mid 20s or a sedentary person in your 50s.

The 30-minute sessions can burn an average of 500 calories.

The 30-minute sessions can burn an average of 500 calories.

Each 30-minute session can burn an average of 500 calories, which is almost double what can be achieved through a standard cycling workout. Sessions are relatively quick and hassle-free as well, with the bikes having a water-filling and drainage system that wastes little time.

For those that want to visit the spa, located in Sunset Mall, Jumeirah, AquaFIT is offering a 40 per cent discount on all packages for the month of January. It’s the perfect way to get a head-start on your New Year resolutions.

Try an individual aqua biking experience for yourself and see what all the buzz is about at the newly-opened AquaFIT.

What: AquaFIT

Where: Sunset Mall, Jumeirah, Dubai

When: Open from 07:00 to 22:00 Saturday to Thursday and from 10:00 to 22:00 on Fridays

Contact: Visit www.aquafit.ae or call 04 320 3909 for further information.

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