While Dubai Sports World rages on at World Trade Centre, the capital’s own version of a sporting oasis has gotten under way at Zayed Sports City.
Residents in the emirate can head down to Abu Dhabi Sports Festival, which runs until August 20 and features sports for all athletes and skill levels.
Whether you’re trying to keep fit in the cool confines of the tents located near the International Tennis Centre, or wanting to get in shape, the festival is the place to be this summer.
Whatever your preference, the festival has you covered with basketball, volleyball, football, badminton, mini-tennis and fitness on offer.
Every day, beginning at 10:00 and going until 16:30, Open Play sessions will be held, allowing children aged four to 16 the chance to take part in different activities and sports. Children under 16 must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.
While football is available all day long, volleyball, basketball and table tennis take place from 18:00 to 23:00, when adults can sink their teeth into the action on the court and pitch.
Before or after getting active, make sure to also fuel up with food and beverages from Costa and Simple Cafe.
There is no entrance fee to get into the festival, but the prices vary by activity.
Open Play sessions are Dh21 for children, while their parents or guardians can get in for free. Football pitch hire costs Dh300 per hour, whereas volleyball and basketball bookings cost Dh50 per hour, and table tennis is Dh25 per hour, up to four people.
There’s no need to book for Open Play sessions, but for football, volleyball, basketball and table tennis, booking in advance is recommended to ensure pitch or court availability. You can also book at the door as long as the pitch or court you want to play on is free.
You can book and pay online by visiting www.adsf2018.ae.
Stay active and fit this summer with Abu Dhabi Sports Festival.
What: Abu Dhabi Sports Festival 2018
Where: Tents located near the International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City
When: Running until August 20 and open daily from 10:00 to 23:00, with Open Play sessions available from 10:00 to 16:30
Contact: Visit www.adsf2018.ae for more information and to book a pitch or court
The ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon on December 7 might seem a long way off but now is the time to take advantage of a special early bird discount for the inaugural event.
The race will be held over a 26 mile course that will showcase the city of Abu Dhabi to a global audience. In recognition of the Year of Zayed, the race will bring together elite international athletes, seasoned amateur runners and thousands of people taking part in their first marathon. It will offer runners of all abilities the chance to participate in a range of events from 2.5km and 5km fun runs, to the 10km and full-distance marathon.
To mark the launch, organisers Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) have announced special entry prices from Friday until July 31.
For those who register until July, can pay Dh35 for the 2.5km course, Dh52.50 for the 5km, Dh105 for 10km and Dh245 for the marathon.
The event is the latest to hit the capital which already hosts the Formula One and Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.
Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi, chairman of General Authority for Sports, said the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon is the latest addition to the ever-growing list of international sporting events to arrive in Abu Dhabi.
“It may be the first of its kind in Abu Dhabi, but it will be second to none among established international marathons around the world,” he said. “We expect a world-class elite field and participation of thousands of runners at various levels.”
Proud to serve as Title Sponsor of the first-ever #ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon on December 7, 2018. Together with @AbuDhabiSC, we remain committed to elevating the health and well-being of our nation’s people. pic.twitter.com/xaUOpIUt8o— AdnocGroup (@AdnocGroup) July 3, 2018
Aref Al Awani, general secretary of ADSC, added: “The ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon adds a new international sporting event to our calendar of events and will leave behind a legacy that the Abu Dhabi Sports Council is very keen to promote as part of our community sports programming.”
For Omar Suwaina Al Suwaidi, executive office director at ADNOC, the event fits in line with the company’s vision to promote a health lifestyle.
“ADNOC is excited to play a part in bringing such an iconic event, the marathon, to Abu Dhabi,” he said. “Our partnership with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council is built on a shared commitment to elevating the health and well-being of individuals and embodies ADNOC’s historical dedication to supporting the communities in which we operate.”
“Whether it’s through sporting and recreation, health and wellness, or youth and STEM education, ADNOC’s corporate social responsibility and purpose remains firm: To create a positive and lasting impact on UAE society,” he added.
What: ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon
Where: Abu Dhabi
When: December 7
Contact: For more information or to register visit http://www.adnocabudhabimarathon.com/
Ice-skating, bowling and football are just some of the activities children can enjoy at Zayed Sports City’s (ZSC) Kids Holiday Camp this summer.
Running from July 8 to August 16, youths aged between five and 12 can escape the heat and stay active with plenty of things to do every day.
ZSC are no strangers when it comes to holiday camps with the summer’s edition being their sixth year, while they also host other camps throughout the year. Every year, it’s been a massive hit and 2018 is set to be no different.
“ZSC Kids Holiday Camp has welcomed thousands of children since it launched and this year we look forward to seeing new and returning faces,” said Tony Kouris, general manager at Zayed Sports City. “It has become a staple on the school break calendar for many families in the capital and something that is looked forward to year in and year out.”
He added: “Our campers are kept busy with a variety of activities through the day. When kids arrive they get to participate in free play, including board games, movies and pick-up sports while they wait for their group-mates to arrive.
“Then they will be split by ages and head into an organised activity or sport. The diary has team-building games, indoor football, ice skating, bowling, arts and crafts, games, races and more. We’re keeping them engaged and interactive all day.”
With it being held from 08:00 to 17:30, it is Abu Dhabi’s longest all-inclusive camp day. It costs Dh1,050 per week with discounts available for siblings and multiple sessions.
With a few days to go until the fun begins, Kouris says there’s plenty of positives on why parents should enroll their children.
“There are so many reasons to get involved in ZSC Kids Holiday Camp,” he added. “It offers great value for money and is the longest camp day in the capital, which is perfect for busy families.
“Besides the practical reasons, camp promises to keep children active and engaged in many ways, which is important to their physical, emotional and psychological health and wellbeing. We work hard to improve the experience of camp each session and we’re looking forward to another busy season which is sure to be the best yet.”
What: Zayed Sports City’s Kids Holiday Camp
Where: Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi
When: July 8 to August 16
Contact: For more information or to register, visit www.zsc.ae.