On The Radar is back to make sure you do not miss out on the UAE's best sporting events this week. Sit back and watch the world's best horses in Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan Racecourse or try something new with the 2015 Ping Pong Dubai Festival. For the traditionalists, there will be first-class cricket in the Dubai Triangular series.
Tuesday, January 06
Ping Pong Dubai Festival
Venue: Dubai Ice Rink, Dubai Mall
The Dubai Mall Ice Rink will be transformed into a sporting venue to host the 2015 Ping Pong Dubai Festival. There will be eight free-to-play tables and visitors can enter prize draws, take part in academy sessions with professional coaches, watch a celebrity match and even play against members of the Chinese National Table Tennis Team. It is a free event and runs from noon and until midnight.
Thursday, January 08
Afghanistan vs Scotland cricket
Venue: ICC Cricket Academy
Start: 09:30 AM
The Dubai Triangular Series is a round-robin One Day International cricket tournament held in the UAE from January 8-19, 2015. It is a tri-nation series between Afghanistan, Ireland and Scotland as a warm-up for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Each team receives four points for a win and an additional bonus point if their run rate is 1.25 times higher than the losing side.
Thursday, January 08
Dubai World Cup Carnival 2015 (Race 1)
Venue: Meydan Racecourse
Start: 6:45 PM
A battle between the world's best horses, jockeys and trainers, Dubai World Cup Carnival will feature a series of nine highly-competitive race meetings. The Dubai World Cup Carnival attracts the most famous stars of the international racing scene, with the finale – the Dubai World Cup – set to be held on March 28, 2015 taking the title of the world's richest race meeting.
Website: Dubai World Cup
Thursday, January 8-10
Hankook 24H Dubai
Venue: Dubai Autodrome, Motor City
Start: 11:30 AM
This is a 24 hour endurance race that pits drivers against time and each other to last through the entire race. A wide variety of ‘tin top’ touring cars, GTs and 24H-Specials (e.g. silhouette cars) are eligible to race, from ‘hot hatchbacks’ up to proper GT3 machinery and purpose-built race cars. An established structure of classes and liberal technical regulations allow teams to compete without having to change their cars for the 24H SERIES, thus helping them to save costs.
Thursday, January 08 – Sunday, 11
ITTF World Team Cup 2015
Venue: Al Nasr Leisureland
The International Table Tennis Federation and the UAE Table Tennis Association bring the sport to Dubai for its second year. With an estimated USD$270,000 as the prize fund, this is going to be yet another exciting sporting event to start off the new year. The top 16 men and women in the tournament compete in singles and doubles while the top eight boys and girls under 21 compete in singles.
Thursday, January 08
Afghanistan v Ireland cricket
Venue: Dubai Sports City
Start: 2:00 PM
The second match of the Triangular Series sees Afghanistan take on Ireland, with both teams keen to show they can be more than just plucky underdogs in Australia and New Zealand in February.
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On The Radar is back to make sure you do not miss out on the UAE's best sporting events this week. There is the Dubai Football Challenge between AC Milan and Real Madrid at The Sevens Stadium, racing at Meydan and the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race in-port challenge to keep you from staying indoors over the New Year.
Tuesday, December 30
Dubai Football Challenge 2014: Real Madrid v AC Milan
Venue: The Sevens Stadium
Real Madrid and AC Milan are football teams synonymous with victory, fame and world class football skills. These two hugely popular teams will go against each other here in Dubai at the Sevens Stadium. Get ready for an intense match that will bring the year 2014 to an end in the most fantastic way possible.
Website: Sport360 Match Preview
Wednesday, December 31
Racing at Meydan
Venue: Meydan Racecourse
Meydan Racecourse will be offering an exciting array of races starting from November the 6th, 2014 all the way through to the 14th of February with Racing at Meydan. These races are considered a stepping stone into the premiere leagues such as the Dubai World Cup Carnival and ultimately the Dubai World Cup. It also gives local and regional talents a chance to show off their potential. A total of eight races will be held at different dates.
Website: Meydan Racecourse
Friday, January 02
Volvo Ocean Race In-port Race
Venue: Destination Village, Abu Dhabi Corniche
The Volvo Ocean Race Abu Dhabi Stopover reaches a thrilling climax with exciting VOR fleet racing before the world's greatest ocean sailors set off for Leg 3 to Sanya, China. The last time the Race came to the UAE, the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team won the In-port race. Having won the In-port race in Cape Town before sailing to Abu Dhabi, the home team will start as favourites to defend their title. There will be vibrant send-off parades featuring traditional ceremonies, musical and cultural performances to keep you, friends and family entertained.
The popular Daman Hercules Trophy returns to Dubai in February and the organisers are urging corporates not to miss out on this fantastic and exciting event.
With challenges that range from the bizarre to the extreme – and all in the name of fun and corporate team-building – businesses throughout the UAE will be putting staff to the ultimate test at 7he Sevens Stadium, Dubai on February 7.
Since being founded in Belgium 15 years ago, the event has grown from strength to strength mixing staff team-building with corporate networking.
And since its launch in Dubai four years ago, the Daman Hercules Trophy has established itself as an important date in many company diaries. Organisers are hoping 140 businesses across the UAE can take part but the battle for corporate pride and glory will be tougher than ever. No athletic skills are required and anybody in the company can participate.
The idea of the event is built around companies of no more than seven people per team, battling it out in ‘12 labours of Hercules’ – disciplines not normally associated with a traditional sporting challenge.
But added to the pressure is the CEO challenge – where companies select two members of senior management to compete in a game of petanque, a version of bowls that is popular in France. Executives can earn extra points for their team by doing well, so it is always a tense affair.
Among the labour activities participants have to face are bubble soccer, disc golf and flipit along with eliminator, fencing, kart building, cyclokarts and cross country. And the ever popular cross country is back again for this year but it is not a simple cross country run, but more about climbing inflatables and ‘running’ through water.
Cross country is the only discipline to have featured at every Hercules Trophy event worldwide since the concept was launched.
“It’s all about having fun,” said Inge Van Belle, CSO of Hercules Trophy, Dubai. “It doesn’t matter whether you’re athletic or otherwise, tall or small, young or old – Hercules Trophy has something for everyone. Nor does it matter whether you’re the chief executive or a new recruit – you’re all in there, and battling it out in the name of company honour.
“It’s a great way of bonding, having fun, and then, at the end of it all, mixing with rival teams, and networking in a totally different, and informal environment to what you would normally expect.” Companies interested in taking part should contact Simon Reece- Burton at [email protected] hercules-trophy.com
What: Daman Hercules Trophy 2015
Where: 7he Sevens Stadium, Dubai
When: February 7, 2015
Contact: Visit www.herculestrophy. com or email [email protected] hercules-trophy.com.