With Chris Gayle and Albie Morkel playing, the Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy is set to be a cricket bonanza

Denzil Pinto 10/07/2018
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The setting: Sheikh Zayed Stadium

For cricket fans in the UAE, the Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy is one not to miss with Chris Gayle and Albie Morkel just some of the stars to take to the field later this year.

From October 4 to 6, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium will be the venue for the inaugural competition where some of the top franchises in T20 cricket are set to battle for glory.

Yorkshire Vikings of England, Afghanistan’s Boost Defenders, Big Bash League’s Hobart Hurricanes, Pakistan Super League’s Lahore Qalandars and South Africa’s most successful T20 outfit Multiply Titans have all been confirmed so far. Organisers Abu Dhabi Cricket in partnership with Abu Dhabi Sports Council will announce the sixth and final team at a later date with them promising it will be the ‘same calibre’ of players.

That list includes Gayle, who is set to feature for The Boost Defenders, while Pakistan’s Yasir Shah is part of the Qalandars’ squad. South African veteran Morkel will be leading the Titans while England pace ace Tymal Mills will don Hobart Hurricanes’ shirt.

Tickets and hospitality packages are now available, with general admission tickets starting from just Dh25. These can be purchased through Ticketmaster.ae, Virgin Megastores and the Zayed Cricket Stadium box office.

Matt Boucher, acting CEO of Abu Dhabi Cricket, believes it’s an opportunity not to miss. “It will be a fantastic family event where there will be double-headers for each of the days,” he said. “It’s a new start for cricket in Abu Dhabi and is a fantastic offering. There will be high quality cricket and hope the community comes out and support us.

Heading to Abu Dhabi: Chris Gayle

Heading to Abu Dhabi: Chris Gayle

“Given the considerable number of sub continental, British, South African, and Australian residents in Abu Dhabi, the wider UAE and Gulf region, we are confident of packing the increased 24,000 capacity of the iconic Zayed Cricket Stadium.”

He added: “We’re looking forward to delivering a wonderful experience for our fans at the stadium but the tournament will certainly not be contained to the stands. We expect millions around the world to follow the action on TV, radio and social media – again, cementing Abu Dhabi’s position on the international cricket scene.”

What: Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy

Where: Sheikh Zayed Stadium

When: October 4 to 6

Contact: For more information, visit www.abudhabicricket.com.  

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Get active in the capital this summer with Abu Dhabi Sports Festival

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Book a football pitch at Abu Dhabi Sports Festival.

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

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Take advantage of the early bird discount for brand new ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon

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Joining hands: ADNOC and ADSC signed the deal last week

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.”

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/

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