With the new football season underway, the Mubadala Community Football League returns again with registration still open for 2018-19.
Entering its third edition, the event in partnership with Mubadala Investment Company and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council once again gives football fans the chance to take the field and brings them closer to the game they love.
Aimed at fostering community engagement and encouraging youth to participate in sports and embrace healthy lifestyles, the new season sees the expansion of the Mubadala Community Football League to three different locations; Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Al Dhafra. Each will have its own competition and crowning of a team of champions. There will be 30 teams where 20 of them will play their matches in Al Ain while 10 will battle it out in Al Dhafra.
For Abu Dhabi, 28 teams from the previous edition will be promoted to the the four groups of the Abu Dhabi tournament. Prior to this step, 120 new teams will compete to qualify.
The league will continue until the top four teams of each group make it to the knockout stages. Al Ain’s league will have two groups, in which the leading four teams of each group will compete in the knockout stages to announce the winner. Al Dhafra will have one group and the winner.
Those who reach the final matches in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain can look forward to playing at the National Stadium in Zayed Sports City with the winners of all three locations awarded on the day.
Homaid Al Shimmari, Deputy Group CEO and Chief Corporate and Human Capital Officer at Mubadala Investment Company said: “We are proud of the continuous successes the league has achieved in inspiring and empowering the young people in our communities to come together and develop their interest and participation in football, while living healthier lives. This positive impact has extended well beyond the playing field and we are now excited to offer more opportunities to youth to get involved in the sport and have fun, while being active today and in years to come.”
Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, added: “We are delighted to partner Mubadala in this exciting venture for the third season. This is a very important community football league and held annually within our partnership agreement with Mubadala. Our objectives are to have a dynamic and healthy community through various games and community events, and this football league is popular and well patronized by everyone involved. We at Abu Dhabi Sports Council will do our utmost to support this league which will contribute very strongly to developing friendly ties amongst all competing teams and players.”
What: Mubadala Community Football League
Where: Various locations
When: From October
Contact: For more information to register, visit www.mubadala.com/mcfl
Aspiring golfers can learn to play the game without even paying a single dirham as part of Abu Dhabi City Golf Club’s (ADCGC) free coaching week.
Since starting on Friday, it has already been a big hit among juniors and with it running until Saturday, September 22, there is still time to take advantage of the fantastic free coaching on offer.
ADCGC have held the coaching week initiative for the past five years and are confident 2018 will be another success.
“Here at Abu Dhabi City Golf Academy we always look for new ways to attract more golfers and especially junior golfers to the game,” said David Taylor, head professional at Abu Dhabi City Golf Academy.
“For the last five years we have been running it and it attracts more than 250 new golfers every year. Of course with every new junior attending there is the potential to introduce a whole new family to golf.”
Classes are held between 17:00 and 18:00 on weekdays and 09:00 to 10:00 on weekends. Open for ages 4 to 16, youths can learn different aspects of the game.
“During the one-hour session, our team of PGA golf professionals will introduce the basic movements, rules and etiquette of the game to all the new golfers in age specific groups,” added Taylor. “The juniors will enjoy three golf related activities that will offer a snapshot of what we offer in our Junior School. The first activity will be a fun warm up, encouraging team work.
“The second will introduce the juniors to putting on a specially designed crazy golf course. The final activity will get the juniors learning to swing and hit the ball long, high and straight. On top of that, there will also be a buggy ride.
With a few days to go until the free coaching ends, Taylor insists there are plenty of positives on why parents should enroll their children.
“Very simply, this is a great opportunity for all juniors to try golf at Abu Dhabi’s favourite junior golf academy and all for completely free,” he added.
“Here at Abu Dhabi City Golf Club we strive to provide an accessible, welcoming and fun learning environment for juniors of all ages and their families and friends. We hope to see a week of smiling faces, laughter and happy golfers of all ages, playing this life-long game with family and friends.”
What: Free Junior Coaching Week
Where: Abu Dhabi City Golf Club
When: Now until September 22
Contact: Visit www.adcitygolf.com
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]
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