Al Jazira Football Club is giving an opportunity for fans, families and friends to meet the first-team players and take part in free fun activities during their Season Launch event at Yas Mall this weekend.
Taking place on Friday evening from 18:30 at the club’s spectacular Fan Zone in Town Square, the Season Launch will see the presence of the club’s players, coaching staff and sponsors with plenty of surprises and interactions in store.
Fans, families and friends can get a glimpse of the club’s players including UAE internationals Ali Mabkhout, Khalfan Mubarak and team captain Ali Khaseif, who will be posing for pictures and signing autographs.
The club has had a productive transfer market during the summer and have strengthened their squad for the 2019-20 campaign. UAE star Omar Abdulrahman, Amer Abdulrahman, Brazilian attacker Keno, Serbian defender Milos Kosanovic, South African midfielder Thulani Serero, Sultan Al Ghaferi and Morocco’s Mourad Batna have all arrived in Abu Dhabi and their introduction to the public for the first time will create even more excitement amongst fans.
Head coach Jurgen Streppel will also be among the stars that will be taking to the stage for a short Q&A session. He will be offering his thoughts on the season ahead and providing a personal message to the members of the public to show their support to Al Jazira by attending as many matches as possible in what will be an important season ahead.
Open from 10:00am-10:00pm on both Friday and Saturday, the public will not be short of options for entertainment at the Fan Zone. Football tables and football-related games are just among the activities which are all free of charge.
Information will also be available for members of the public to learn more about Al Jazira’s football team, how to attend matches and the club overall.
What: Al Jazira’s Season Launch
Where: Yas Mall, Town Square
When: Season Launch – 18:30 on Friday (September 20)
Fan Zone – 10:00am-10:00pm on Friday and Saturday (September 20-21)
Rugby fans are in for a treat to whet they appetite as this year’s World Cup rapidly approaches.
McGettigan’s will be playing host to three legends of the game who will be answers questions and telling the odd tale or two.
Peter Stringer, Lewis Moody and Thinus Delport will be in the JLT branch offering a unique insight into the upcoming showpiece and also reliving some of the glory days of World Cups from down the years.
Taking place on Saturday September 14, the event is the perfect curtain raiser for McGettigan’s World Cup coverage – which is sure be a favourite of fans in Dubai during the tournament.
Moody will be able to draw on his experiences of being part of England’s World Cup winning squad in 2003, and will be more than happy to talk about their current crop – with Eddie Jones’ men looking in ominous form as they head over to The Land of the Rising Sun. On the back of wins over Wales, Ireland and
Italy, England will go into the tournament as one of the favourites to lift the Webb Ellis trophy on November 2.
Stringer is always a favourite when he heads to these shores and this will be no exception. The build up for Ireland has been a little more tricky – especially the trip to Twickenham that they will want to forget. Expect a lot of honesty from the former Munster scrum half coupled with some quick wit, and humour – he’s one not to be missed.
Finally, we have Thinus Delport. The 18-times capped South African who is a familiar face in the UK as not only a player but also TV analyst. He will be buoyed by South Africa’s recent form which saw them win the Rugby Championship with commanding wins over Australia and Argentina, along with a thrilling draw in New Zealand. Still developing, they will be ones to watch in Japan.
With tickets at just AED100 which includes two free drinks, this is sure to be THE evening that really gets everyone in the Rugby World Cup mood.
What: RWC Q&A with Peter Stringer, Lewis Moody and Thinus Delport
When: 4pm – 7pm Saturday September 14
Where: McGettigans JLT
There is no denying that dancing is an important social skill, but recent research has also shown that dancing possesses great therapeutic value and can significantly improve mental health issues.
According to the definition coined by the Creative Movement Therapy Association of India (CMTAI), Creative Movement Therapy (CMT) is a psychotherapeutic framework that works with the mind-body connection to use personal movement language and dance for the health and wellness of an individual’s physical, emotional, cognitive, social and behavioural aspects.
Following on from the success of CMT in India, Tripura Kashyap, co-founder of CMTAI, will be hosting a two-day workshop for UAE residents called Movement for Mind-Body Optimisation in partnership with Movement Mantra, which will take place on June 21 and 22 at Enlighten Yoga Centre in Oud Metha, Dubai.
Trained as a classical dancer back in India, Kashyap moved to Wisconsin in America to learn more about the discipline and the science behind it.
As her understanding deepened, she realised the numerous benefits associated with creative movement and the profound impact it can have on the life of an individual.
“CMT has many benefits. It increases body co-ordination, self-awareness, social skills, confidence, and self-esteem as well as enhancing emotional expression,” she said.
“It also improves memory and sequencing skills, concentration and group coordination while reducing hyperactive energies, enhancing eye contact and imitation skills necessary in our daily lives.
“CMT is done in individual and group sessions to also improve movement control alongside fine and gross motor skills. These are just a few of the benefits and there are so many more.”
The 56-year-old is a pioneer of CMT in India and also wrote the book My body, My Wisdom, which was published in 2005.
The workshop is open for all age groups and abilities, and Kashyap insists that people attending the two-day event will not only benefit from the physical experience but also understand the theory behind CMT.
“People attending the workshop will be exposed to a myriad of therapeutic movement activities, understand the theory behind CMT. They will understand how dance is not about learning a form but that it can be created by each of us using our personal movement vocabulary which is creative and expressive simultaneously,” she said.
“Movement is the medium we live in and the universal mother tongue that is understood all over the world. We need to move because that’s what keeps us human and alive. It also helps us to interact with others and tune into our own body language that is so important for our well-being.”
The workshop fee is AED 650 per person and for a group of three or more participants it is AED500 per person.
WHAT: Movement for Mind-Body Optimisation workshop
WHEN: Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22
WHERE: Enlighten Yoga Centre, Oud Metha