Paddle away in the capital at the 11th edition of the Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Festival

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The Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Festival is back for its 11th edition to inspire competitors to hit the water for the traditional race.

Registration is open until September 28 for the event, which will offer spectators heart-pounding action at the beachfront while competitors race the dragon boats parallel to the shore amidst thunderous roars.

In addition to the spirited competition along the 1km stretch of the private beach, spectators can also enjoy cultural entertainment, music and a host of fun activities and entertainment throughout the day.

Ahmed Issa, general manager at Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, said: “We’ve seen immense interest in the race this year, which is why we have extended the deadlines for registrations to the last weekend before the race. This should give the teams just enough time to go through training sessions before the big weekend.”

Organised in partnership with Siren Events, UAE Dragon Boat and UAE Sailing and Rowing Federation, the Dragon Boat Festival is an annual fixture hosted every October at Shangri-La Hotel and Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri to embrace its Asian roots while creating unforgettable moments for the residents and the visitors of the capital.

Jason Mackenzie, Dragon Boat Festival race director, said: “Every year, the Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Festival held at the Shangri-La Hotel and Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri sees up to 2,000 participants. More than 20 international teams and 100 local teams have taken part in the race over the years, making it the largest dragon boat event in the region.”

Team participation includes the supply of a dragon boat and all necessary equipment, as well as two 60-minute training sessions with an internationally-acclaimed training coach. Each team can have a maximum of 20 members with prices starting from Dh2,500 per team for registration.

As part of the action-filled weekend at the complex, a special Dragon Boat festival edition of the Friday Smoking Vibes BBQ party will be held at Afya, the beachside restaurant at Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri for all participants to continue the celebrations of the centuries-old Chinese tradition. The barbecue is also available to guests attending the festival for a fee of Dh206.

For bookings, call 02 509 8555 or email [email protected]

To register a team, visit www.facebook.com/shangrilaabudhabi or www.facebook.com/tradersabudhabi.

What: Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Festival
Where: Shangri-La Hotel and Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
When: October 5-6
Contact: Visit www.facebook.com/shangrilaabudhabi or www.facebook.com/tradersabudhabi to sign up

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Trek the Hatta hills in the latest edition of the Reebok Wadi Bih Run

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Back by popular demand, the Reebok Wadi Bih Run returns to the UAE event scene, but this time the Hatta hills will play host to hundreds of keen athletes, corporate teams and fitness fans.

With a majestic mountain backdrop and brand-new routes, the race – held on Friday, November 9 – promises to be a run calendar highlight as participants tackle distances of up to 70km in a team relay or as an individual.

This special edition marks the addition of another beautiful UAE location and Wadi Bih’s second outdoor running event of the year – the first being the famous 72km run held in Dibba in February.

The exciting new Hatta loop course offers 70km (two loops), 35km (one loop), 20km and 2.5km distances, welcoming all abilities and levels.

Hatta is just a short 90-minute drive from Dubai and since this race is being held in the Emirates, no passports are required.

Despite not being held in Wadi Bih, the name remains as the brand is synonymous with escaping into the UAE countryside to create epic trail running races for teams and individuals, challenging their commitment, determination and stamina.

The location will always change as the organisers go in search of inspiring new routes and Hatta is their latest discovery.

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If you are looking to boost employee morale then each Reebok Wadi Bih Run is a great team-building event that encourages people to have fun and live more active lifestyles, not to mention bond on the move as they find their running groove covering either 70km or 35km together as a relay team of five.

These fun and engaging races help strengthen communication skills and build people’s confidence as well as their ability to shine under pressure. With a maximum elevation of up to 620m and an average of 194m, just imagine the sensational mountain views and magical moments you will share throughout the run.

Come race day, runners will find themselves running through plantations, villages and over undulating gravelly terrain. The route starts from the JA Hatta Fort Hotel and goes uphill, along the border and towards the Hatta Dam – aesthetically pleasing and picturesque to help the miles flyby.

There are seven checkpoints in total and each one provides support stations for the solo runners or
marks the spot for a quick team transition and tactical talk.

So why not challenge your colleagues or departments to put a relay team together and participate?

Be creative with your name and you could also win a bonus prize.

There is still plenty of time left to train and all the races take place on the same day, making it an action-packed event. The new 2.5km category for kids means you can also make it a full-on family affair, enjoying the race village and hotel facilities to freshen up, refuel and recover.

Food and refreshments will be served after the race for both runners and spectators who register.

Registration is open through www.premieronline.com.

What: Reebok Wadi Bih Run
Where: Beginning from JA Hatta Fort Hotel
When: Friday, November 9
Contact: Visit www.premieronline.com to sign up and www.wadibih.com for more information

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Get ready for first ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon with free Community Training Programmes

David Cooper 11/09/2018
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In the lead up to the first-ever ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon, and as part of a continuous effort to promote healthy and active living in the capital, ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon has launched a series of free Community Training Programmes.

Taking place every Monday at the International Tennis Centre at Zayed Sports City, the new programme, driven by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, will take place from 19:45 to 21:15, running until November 26.

Participants will be able to hone their running skills through intensive workouts with renowned coach Youssef Rochdi, a member of USA Track & Field Association (USATF) and multiple winner of USATF long distance championships.

All coaches will work closely with participants to help them build general strength, increase their weekly mileage, and provide advice on workouts which they can do on their own between the weekly sessions.

H.E. Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council said: “As we launch the Community Training Programme, we reaffirm our commitment towards encouraging a healthy lifestyle amongst residents and visitors.

“The new programme is designed for both novices and professional athletes of all ages and backgrounds to get together, participate in diverse sport and fitness activities, and prepare themselves for the big day in December.”

The running schedule of the weekly sessions will comprise a wide-range of workouts, including general physical workouts, fartlek, easy runs, intervals, long runs, tempo runs and up-hill workouts.

The ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon is a new global sporting event for the Emirate and strengthens the capital’s positions as a leader in spearheading the sporting scene in the region.

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The race is open for all categories and will be held over a 42.195-kilometre (26 miles, 385 yards) course that will showcase the landmarks of the capital to a global audience. The race will bring together professional athletes, novice runners and thousands of people under one umbrella, offering them a chance to participate in a series of events from 2.5km and 5km fun runs, to the 10km and full-distance marathon.

To find out more, visit the website: www.adnocabudhabimarathon.com. Athletes can also follow and interact with ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon on a variety of social media platforms.

Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) was established in 2006 by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

What: Free Community Training Programmes for ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon

Where: International Tennis Centre at Zayed Sports City

When: Started September 10, ends November 26

Contact: Visit www.adnocabudhabimarathon.com

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