Support Al Jazira against Al Dhafra in the AGL and show your pride!

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Al Jazira play their final home game on Wednesday

Al Jazira play their final home match of the season on Wednesday night and football fans in Abu Dhabi can watch the action unfold with tickets still available.

Al Jazira welcome Al Dhafra to the Mohammed bin Zayed stadium for the penultimate round of the Arabian Gulf League, kicking off at 22:00 with the hosts looking to claim maximum points in their push for AFC Champions League qualification next season.

Third-placed Al Jazira go into the game on the back of last week’s 3-0 victory over Emirates Club and the hosts will be eager to build on that impressive result and give their home fans plenty of reasons to celebrate.

With tickets starting from just AED 15, it’s a fantastic opportunity to gather your friends and family and watch some of the best and promising UAE talent in football.

Among the Al Jazira players that fans can look forward to watching inside the 38,000 capacity stadium includes creative midfielder Khalfan Mubarak, young defender Khalifa Al Hammadi, club captain and goalkeeper Ali Khaseif and experienced centre-back Fares Juma. All four UAE internationals were part of the national squad that competed in the recent AFC Asian Cup.

Mubarak, a nominee for this year’s Best Emirati Player award, will be looking to add to his impressive tally of 10 goals and 12 assists this campaign. Al Hammadi, who is shortlisted for the Best Young Player accolade, as well as Juma and Khaseif will be aiming to keep Al Dhafra attackers quiet.

Join the Al Jazira fans and show your support

Join the Al Jazira fans and show your support

Al Jazira also have a wide array of talented foreign players. Brazilian attacker Leonardo has been prolific this season, scoring 12 goals while Cameroon’s Sebastian Siani, Ghana’s Ernest Asante and Dutch star Nacer Barazite, bring plenty of creativity to Al Jazira’s midfield.

At Al Jazira Club, it’s a lot more than just football with basketball, jiu-jitsu and handball among the other sports that they participate in.

Earlier this month, the club launched a new outreach community programme, aimed for the Abu Dhabi public. They are keen to hear on what you want, whether it’s visiting the stadium again or joining their sports teams.

Spectators who attend Wednesday’s match, can offer their views by completing a short survey during the game by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/aljaziraclub and be in with a chance of winning valuable prizes.

For Damien Hertog, head coach of Al Jazira, he hopes to see many people flock to the stadium to cheer on Al Jazira.

“This is the last home match for us this season and we want as many people in Abu Dhabi to come to the stadium and support us,” said the Dutchman.

“It will be a great game with many UAE talented players set to feature and we hope the crowd can show their support and help Al Jazira win the match. This is a great chance for different communities of Abu Dhabi to get together and get behind Al Jazira.”

He added: “While I want to thank everyone who attend the match, I also want to express my gratitude to the club fans for their support throughout the season. They were fantastic and stuck with us in the good and bad times and we look to have even more support next season.”

What: Al Jazira v Al Dhafra

Where: Mohammed bin Zayed stadium, Abu Dhabi

When: Wednesday May 15 at 22:00

Contact: For tickets, please visit https://abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net/

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Going Out: Swap stress and strain of office life for fun in sun at Zurich Corporate Touch 6s

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Companies from across the UAE will be looking to make their mark on the pitch and showcase their sporting prowess among business rivals at the forthcoming Zurich Corporate Touch 6s Tournament.

The 2019 tournament takes place on Friday, March 15, at Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, Dubai.

The annual event – now in its eighth year – encourages staff to swap the stresses and strains of office life for a dose of healthy competition in a fun and informal environment. With 28 teams registered to take part this year, the event’s popularity continues to grow as more businesses recognise the importance of balancing hard work with wellbeing to support a healthy, happy and motivated workforce.

Victoria Hepworth, partner at Corporate Affair Event Management, which organises the tournament, said: “One of the joys of touch as a sport is the fact that it is completely inclusive – anyone and everyone can play regardless of age, gender or experience.

“There are absolutely no restrictions, so it’s easy to see why it is so popular. Touch is energetic and fast-paced, so offers a complete body work out.

“For employers and their staff who are stuck behind a desk all week, it provides a great release and the chance to get fit and active in the fresh air and bond with colleagues outside of the business environment – all of which can also offer significant competitive advantages in the long term.”

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Those companies which have already registered and have their eyes on the coveted trophy include Savills, JLL, JLT, King’s Education, Investors Trust, Aetna and Two Birds, while 2019 newbies include Barclays, DeVere, Kibsons and CMS.

The headline sponsor for the eighth consecutive year is Zurich. Matches tap off at 09:00 sharp and culminate with the finals at 17:00.

This year the event will also offer a free, dedicated Under 7s tag rugby competition, which aims to help support rugby at a grassroots level. A record 16 teams have registered to take part, seven of whom are from local clubs, including Dubai Tigers, Abu Dhabi Harlequins and Al Ain Amblers.

Touch and tag aside, there will also be a variety of kids entertainment, arts and crafts and food and beverages throughout the day.

Hepworth added: “What started off as a simple touch tournament has now grown into a fun and entertaining day out for the whole family.

“Whether cheering on from the sidelines or enjoying all the extra activities on offer, we hope friends and families will come along and show their support, while also enjoying a great day out in the Dubai sunshine.”

For more information about the Zurich Corporate Touch 6s Tournament visit zurichcorporatetouch6s.com.

What: Zurich Corporate Touch 6s Tournament

When: Friday, March 15

Where: Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, Dubai.

Contact: Visit zurichcorporatetouch6s.com

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Over 2,000 runners expected for fourth edition of the Beach Run DXB

David Cooper 26/02/2019
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Be there: More than 2,000 participants are expected at Beach Run DXB

Presented in association with the Dubai Sports Council, Beach Run Dubai is the UAE’s first major beach race of the year. Competitors can compete in one of three races, which cater to all ages and abilities.

Those looking to just have some fun can take part in the 3.6km, for more serious competitors the 7.2km is more suitable, and for those with children the 1.8km family run is ideal. The event is a non-timed run, so those looking to record a time can do so, but it also takes any pressure off those just looking to take part in the fun.

When the race is over there’s also plenty of entertainment to be enjoyed. Food stalls, music and activities keep the whole family entertained within the Festival Village. Those not keen on the run itself can still come along and enjoy the Festival Village, which includes a live fitness work out for those with even more energy to burn after the Beach Run.

All on board: There will be fun for all the family

All on board: There will be fun for all the family

Over 2,200 runners are expected to take part in the event, which takes place in the shadows of Dubai’s iconic Burj Al Arab, the ideal spot to get that Insta-perfect photo.

Beach Run DXB is now in its fourth year having launched in 2016. Beach Run DXB has proved a huge success with runners and families over the past two years, and the 2019 event looks set to be the biggest so far. The event is fuelled by Gatorade and Aquafina, with Oakley and Emirates NBD as the main partners.

The three different race lengths mean it’s open to all ages. Last year saw a record 1,950 runners from a whopping 32 nationalities take part, with ages ranging from 18 months to 71-years-old collecting medals. As well as being a great way to get some exercise it’s also a brilliant way to spend time with the family and enjoy Dubai’s winter climate.

What: Beach Run DXB
Where: Sunset Beach, Umm Suqeim
Price: Adult prices 119 AED. Children’s prices 7.2km run – 119 AED, 3.6km run – 99 AED, 1.8km run – 99 AED. Under 5s free. Group discounts available for 4+ people.
Contact: www.beachrundxb.com

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