Head to Yas Marina Circuit this Eid Al Fitr for the best racing experiences

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Race the same track as Hamilton and Vettel.

This Eid Al Fitr, Yas Marina Circuit – the home of the famous season-ending Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix – will play host to a variety of action-packed racing-themed activities and experiences.

On Thursday, June 14 and Friday 15, drivers will be able to test their skills on the same track that Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel speed on every November, go head-to-head with friends and even try out the venue’s new North Circuit.

But, the offerings don’t end there.

On Saturday, June 16, friends, families and racing fans alike can also jump behind the wheel of any one of the experiences available and take advantage of discounted rates of up to 50 per cent.

There’s plenty of opportunities to accelerate in a Aston Martin GT4, Mercedes-AMG GT, Jaguar F-type S Coupe or Formula Yas 3000 on the famous circuit.

Or, if that doesn’t rock your boat, slide down their custom build drag strip in what promises to be a thrilling spectacle for all petrolheads.

The 800-metre Yas KartZone track will also be open daily from 20:00 until midnight, with prices starting from as little as Dh60 for kids and Dh120 for adults.

There are many, many packages on offer, including the North Circuit Premium Karting option.

This gives people the chance to try out the brand-new track layout at the venue and is inclusive of the hiring of essential racing gear such as helmets, gloves, overalls and safety covers. As part of the cost, a full safety briefing is conducted by experienced Yas Marina Circuit instructors.

And, to make things that little bit more competitive, you will be also provided with your race results at the end of every session so you can compare how you got on with everyone else! That is sure to get the juices flowing.

To take part, drivers must be aged 18 or over, however you don’t need to be an expert racer or even own a driving licence to hit the tarmac. Due to the popularity of Premium Karting, participants are encouraged to book in advance to guarantee their spot.

What: Eid Al Fitr racing offerings
Where: Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi.
When: June 14-16
Contract: For more information, visit www.yasmarinacircuit.com or call 800 YAS (927) or +971 (0) 2 659 9800 to check for availability and to make a booking.

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Gulf Star Sports return with their summer camps where kids won't be short of options

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There’s still a few weeks to go until Gulf Star Sports’ summer camps return but now is the time to take advantage of their early bird discount before it ends on Thursday.

Running in July and August, across various locations in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, kids aged between 3 to 13 can look forward to a variety of activities including basketball, football, dodge ball, swimming and gymnastics.

Gulf Star Sports are no strangers to hosting camps with years being a huge success and this year’s will be no different.

“Gulf Star have been successfully running summer camps in the UAE for the past five years,” said Matthew Ralton, senior operations manager at Gulf Star Sports.

“Our summer camps bring together qualified teams of teachers, sports coaches and administrators to deliver the highest quality camps in the UAE. Children can benefit from staying active during the hot summer months whilst learning in a safe environment and developing a variety of new technical and social skills whilst having fun and making friends.”

He added: “There will be a wide range of sporting activities that kids will be doing with football, basketball, tag rugby, dodge ball, gymnastics, arts and crafts, martial arts, swimming and dancing among those on the list.

“There will also be a wide range of `feature games’ and old favorites during the holiday camp. These are based on teamwork, movement, tactics and fun, so if you hear your child say `I’m king of the ring’ or `we won capture the nest’, it’s most likely relating to the very popular activities that we incorporate into the day.”

One of the big pluses is that their camps are held in multiple destinations in Al Ain (Brighton College), Dubai (Foremarke School, Clarion School, Jebel Ali School) and Abu Dhabi (Repton School, Reach British School, New York University and American International School).

The prices costs Dh735 per week for the early bird offer, Dh2,625 for monthly (summer sizzler promotion) or Dh3,999 for the whole summer. Day rates are also available on request. Timings are from 09:00 to 14:30, with early drop-off at 08:00 and late pick-up at 16:00 also available.

Ralton insists there’s plenty of positives on why parents should enroll their children.

“Gulf star camps are available all summer at highly competitive rates, including discount for early and long-term bookings,” he said. “Staff to child ratios on Gulf Star summer camps are amongst the best in the UAE, ensuring that we provide a fun, safe and nurturing environment for your children.

“They will also gain a wealth of new knowledge, physical competencies and social skills that they will be able to carry forward into their every day lives.”

What: Gulf Star Sports multi-activity summer camps
Where: Across various locations
When: July and August
Contact: For more information or to register, visit www.gulfstarsports.com

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Head to Laguna Waterpark and experience the thrill of their brand new epic surfing classes

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Laguna Waterpark is set to become the year-round surfing hub of Dubai with the introduction of two epic surf sessions that will provide the thrill of riding a real ocean wave in the heart of beachfront hotspot, La Mer.

Nicknamed ‘The Ultimate Surf Machine’, The WaveOz 180 FlowRider – Laguna Waterpark’s star attraction – is now home to daily stand-up surf lessons and the eagerly awaited 180 Flow Club, where members can learn from three-time world FlowRider champion, Clayton Barker, as well as the UAE Flow Riding team.

For just Dh75 per hour (on top of general admission price to Laguna Waterpark), riders can upgrade from a body board to a stand-up board and test their skills at Laguna Waterpark’s stand-up surf lessons. These will be available daily from 10:00 to 20:00, marking another first in the region with the ability to offer stand-up FlowBoarding during operating hours, thanks to WaveOz 180’s capacity to be divided into multi-rider options.

Barker will also be on hand to teach a multitude of tricks that will have FlowRiding enthusiasts carving out new moves such as the ‘Barrel Roll’ or ‘360’s in no time at the 180 Flow ClubTaking place every Saturday from 08:00 to 11:00 and priced at just Dh175 per person, surfers can expect plenty of shredding, coaching time and potentially, wipe-outs. Classes are limited to a maximum of 20 participants per session.

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For Barker, he’s pleased to be sharing his knowledge to people in the UAE. “Laguna Waterpark is the place to learn the tricks on the highest capacity surfing machine in the region and I’m thrilled to be able to share my knowledge and passion with the surf enthusiasts of Dubai,” he said.

“This is the next generation competition wave of the future and I’m sure there will be some new talent emerging from the 180 Flow Club in no time!”

On top of that, the Surf zone at Laguna Waterpark is complete with chill-out area, F&B kiosks and space for a DJ, making it the perfect place to hang-out with friends and experience the best simulated surfing experience in Dubai.

What: Stand-up surf lessons and 180 Flow Club
Where: Laguna Waterpark, Dubai
When: Surf lessons on weekdays and 180 Flow Club on Saturdays
Contact: For more information, visit www.lagunawaterpark.com

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