Going Out: Yas Waterworld’s Springfest 2017

Jay Asser 22/03/2017
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Making a splash: Head to Yas Waterworld this spring for even more fun than before.

Spring is right around the corner and Yas Waterworld is bringing a variety of seasonal activities and shows to entertain guests in the next month.

Springfest 2017 will begin tomorrow and run until April 15 at the Abu Dhabi waterpark, giving residents even more reason to visit and let loose in the water.

Headlining the festivities will be Yas Waterworld’s never-beforeseen mermaids show, with two colourful mermaids set to dazzle park-goers every weekend during Springfest. Meet and interact with the mermaids and capture a moment that is sure to be memorable.

Kids will also be able to enjoy the biggest egg hunt on Yas Island on the final day of Springfest, April 15, when over 5,000 eggs will be hidden.

Other activities and shows on offer will be the Springfest Maze at Amwaj Beach, the opportunity to snap a photo with Yas Waterworld characters and even a new, limited edition ice cream, the Yas Twister.

Bianca Sammut, general manager of Yas Waterworld, said: “Spring has arrived, and we are extremely happy to celebrate the season with families, offering everyone exciting and fun experiences.

“Guests will be able to create long, lasting memories at Yas Waterworld’s Springfest with our exclusive offerings ranging from colourful mermaids, to fun games, to the largest egg hunt on the island. Families wouldn’t want to miss this.”

Springfest, of course, is in addition to Yas Waterworld’s 40 exhilirating rides and attractions, five of which are unique to the capital.

Fun for all the family: Whether it’s exhilerating rides or chilling out on the lazy river, Yas Waterworld has it all.

Fun for all the family: Yas Waterworld has it all.

Hanging 10 is never a problem as flowboarders and bodyboarders can hit the waves in the Rush Rider before taking on the challenging Bubbles’ Barrel, which has a 3mhigh wave and 1,250-horsepower pumps producing 7,000 litres of water per second.

Other thrilling rides include the Jebel Drop, a free-fall speed slide with a daring plunge, the Liwa Loop, a loopy waterslide experience, Dawwama, a 20mhigh adrenaline-rush tornado waterslide featuring a six-person raft and Falcon’s Falaj, another six-person raft ride with plenty of twists, turns, rapids and drops.

Experience the heart-pumping attractions for yourself and enjoy the spring season this year at Yas Waterworld.

WHAT: Yas Waterworld’s Springfest 2017

WHERE: Yas Waterworld, Abu Dhabi

WHEN: March 23 to April 15, from 10:00 to 18:00 in March and 10:00 to 19:00 in April

CONTACT: Visit www.yaswaterworld.com for more information.

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Going Out: Join Man City football schools

Denzil Pinto 20/03/2017
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Leroy Sane

Budding young footballers can now learn to play the Manchester City way at Al Ain’s Hazza bin Zayed Stadium as City Football Schools expand their coaching programme across the UAE.

The state-of-the-art Hazza, home of the Boss, one of the UAE’s most successful clubs, is the latest venue where children aged between three and 16, can develop their game.

Held every Monday and Wednesday, the sessions are built upon the philosophy and training programme of the Manchester City Academy back in England, offering both boys and girls the chance to improve their football skills, make new friends and have lots of fun, all under the guidance of fully qualified coaches.

Since launching, City Football School has gone from strength to strength in teaching the UAE’s stars of tomorrow and is now one of the top academies in the country.

Manchester City attacker Leroy Sane, who arrived at the Etihad Stadium last summer, has been thoroughly impressed with the coaching methods from grassroots at the club.

“Developing young players in the right way on and off the pitch is very important – and that is what Manchester City coaching is about,” said the 21-year-old.

“The coaching is the same all the way through the club and at coaching sessions in places such as Al Ain and Abu Dhabi.”

Various sessions are held on both days with the first for kids aged three and four, taking place between 16:00 and 16:45. For those aged five and six, their class is from 17:00 to 18:00, while children aged seven-10 is from 17:00 to 18:15.

Boys in blue: Youngsters in Al Ain now have the chance to be trained by fully qualified City coaches.

Boys in blue: Youngsters in Al Ain now have the chance to be trained by fully qualified City coaches.

The final session is held for 11-16 yearolds between 18:45 and 20:00. It will see them train on the very same pitch that is used by the professional players including UAE megastar and Boss star and reigning AFC Player of the Year Omar Abdulrahman.

Mohamed Al Qadi, operations director at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, is thrilled Al Ain’s budding footballers will have a chance to train at the venue.

“There is a strong passion for football in Al Ain especially amongst the youth and we are happy to host the Manchester City professional coaches at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium,” he said.

“It provides an opportunity for the boys and girls in Al Ain to have fun and learn new football skills in the right way.”

Sessions cost Dh50 and people can register on the day or by emailing [email protected]

WHAT: City Football Schools in Al Ain

WHERE: Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain

WHEN: Mondays and Wednesdays, various times from 16:00

CONTACT: email [email protected]

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Going Out: The Great Dubai Pulse Ride

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Dubai Sports City is set to host a must-do community cycling event, with hundreds of families, first time and experienced cyclists preparing to take part in the ninth edition of The Great Dubai Pulse Ride – Off Road.

The free event, which takes place on Friday, March 24, will see cyclists of all ages and abilities tackle three different routes and distances, with a 5km and 10km family ride and a more challenging 20km route on offer.

Each route offers participants a safe, off-road and traffic-free ride with a full support team on hand to manage the event.

With participation numbers growing since its launch in 2013, the event has now become a must-do cycling event for Dubai residents, families and keen cyclists alike. Over 6,000 people have now taken part in the ride since its inception.

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Dubai Sports City president, Khalid Al Zarooni, himself a keen cyclist, said: “Since we started the event in 2013 cycling in this country has gone from strength to strength and I am delighted that The Great Dubai Pulse Ride – Off Road has contributed to that growth, we’ve seen over 6,000 people already take part.”

“This year we have already witnessed the professionals ride through the streets of Dubai Sport City as part of the Dubai Tour and now it’s the community’s turn to get on their bikes and have a go.”

“The great thing about The Great Dubai Pulse Ride – Off Road is that it creates an opportunity for those new to cycling, families and more experienced cyclists to all come together and enjoy an off-road cycling experience in a safe, secure environment. It’s truly an event for all the family.”

“Cycling is a huge part of Dubai Sports City’s philosophy and as part of that we want to encourage everyone to lead a healthier, more active lifestyle, this is why we are committed to developing sustainable initiatives like The Great Dubai Plus Ride where the whole community can get involved.”

As well as more than Dh10,000 in prizes on offer from Dubai Sports City and the Cycle Hub, those who are not cycling will also be able to join in the fun as there will be family-friendly activities taking place throughout the Sports Village.

With activities such as bouncy castles, kids’ art and crafts and a local market zone there is something for all the family to enjoy, whether cycling or supporting, making the eighth edition of The Great Dubai Pulse Ride – Off Road an event not to be missed.

Registration can be completed through www.thecyclehub.com.

Entrants can also enter on the day at Dubai Sports City’s Sports Village from 07:00, with the event commencing at 08:00 at Sports Park, Dubai Sports City.

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