On The Radar: Emirates T20, Zayed Marathon & Diving

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There are plenty of prizes up for grabs at the Zayed Marathon, while the top English counties are in town for the Emirates T20.

We look at the sporting events lighting up the UAE over the next seven days including the FINA World Diving Championships, Emirates T20 cricket tournament and Zayed Marathon in Abu Dhabi.

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FINA WORLD DIVING SERIES

Thursday, March 19 – Saturday, March 21

The FINA Diving World Series returns to Dubai offering a high-profile competition and an opportunity to see the world’s brightest diving stars do battle. Countries taking part include Qatar, Russia and the UAE in addition to founding nations Great Britain, China and Mexico.

Venue: Hamdan Sports Complex, Dubai.

Website: FINA

EMIRATES T20 CRICKET TOURNAMENT
Friday, March 20

The Emirates T20 features top English country sides Yorkshire, Sussex, Lancashire, as well as a Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) select team. A first-class day of cricket, this event brings together international cricketers such as England Test captain Alastair Cook, Yuvraj Singh, Luke Wright, and Nepal captain Paras Khadka.

Venue: The Sevens Stadium, Dubai.

Website: Emirates T20

DUBAI GRAN FONDO – UCI WORLD CYCING TOUR
Friday, March 20

The UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT) is a series of races held all over the world in which amateur and masters age-group cyclists can qualify for the UCI World Championships in both road races and time trials. The Dubai Gran Fondo gives local cyclists the opportunity to compete in an international UCI event and challenge for the coveted rainbow jersey.

Venue: Al Qudra Cycle Path, Dubai.

Website: Dubai Gran Fondo

ZAYED MARATHON
Saturday, March 21

With 1km, 3km (both for kids), 5km and 10km races there are plenty of races for eveyone to join in regardless of ability. For the more competitive runners there are exceptional cash prizes to be awarded to the top three runners in the adult categories. First prize winner will receive Dh 10,000 while the second and third prize winners will receive Dh 7,000 and Dh  5,000 respectively. 

Venue: Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi

Website: Yas Marina Circuit

THE ETISALAT DUBAI KIDS' RUN
Friday, March 20 – Saturday, March 21

The Etisalat Dubai Kids’ Run gives the whole family an excuse to take a break from their routines and enjoy a day of fun. In addition to the run there are a number of fun activities and interactive shows to participate in. The event is spread across two days with the big run being on the first day and a free-for-all run on the second day.

Venue: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre 

Website: Etisalat Kids' Run

JBR BEACH VOLLEYBALL
Saturday, March 20 – Saturday, March 28

DoubleTree by Hilton is hosting the first-ever Beach Volleyball tournament at JBR. Gather a team, register and compete against other groups for the chance to win amazing prizes for the first three places. Each team needs eight players and a uniform to use during the tournament.

Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai

Telephone: +971 4 453 3333

UIM XCAT WORLD SERIES – ROUND 2
Thursday, March 19 – Saturday, March 21

With a line-up of 30 boats taking part in each race since its inception, the XCAT Series has scaled the heights and caught the imagination of the powerboating world. Practice takes place on Thursday with qualifying on Friday and the main event, the Dubai GP, will kick off on the afternoon of Saturday, 21 March. It has become tremendously popular with spectators and drivers alike.

Venue: Mina Seyahi, Dubai 

Telephone: XCAT Racing

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Al Nabhani, the only female tennis professional from the GCC, was on hand for the unveiling of a special short film that tells her story, which she hopes will inspire more Arab women to pursue sport in this region.

She also wanted to share the difficulties women from this part of the world have to tackle in order to be sports professionals.

“Female athletes in other places around the world don’t have much of the cultural issues, they don’t have much of the religion issues or the political issues that we deal with here. We really suffer a lot from that. So I really wanted to do this to let the world know how it is for us. In the end, with the right support you can always reach your goals and your dreams,” said Al Nabhani, 23.

Emirati running enthusiast Suad Abdulla was also in attendance. Abdulla started a women-only running club called She Runs Dubai which includes close to 30 females, including many Emiratis, who join her on runs twice a week.

“The culture of sport amongst women here is changing a lot, improving a lot. We feel we’re getting more support and that’s what is exciting us to do more things and implement more ideas,” she says.

Heba Abdelgawad, an Egyptian synchronised swimmer and a two-time Olympian, agrees with Abdulla.

“I think people like Fatma are definitely helping. I think when people see that it is possible, they get inspired,” said Abdelgawad, who founded a company in Dubai called body//HACK, which involves a fitness training system that focuses on using your brain to get the most out of your body.  

“It’s definitely not in our culture to be sporty but it is changing. Fitness is becoming huge and women are thinking less now – I’ve noticed in my own clients – about how they look and what shape they want to be in but they really focus more on getting stronger. Most of them have more specific sporty goals.

“I don’t think we’re behind anymore. I remember at the Olympics in Sydney we (Heba and her twin sister Sarah) were like the only women in the parade in the opening and now look there’s so many more female athletes representing the Arab world.”

Sunday also saw the launch of the Nike+ Women-Only Run Club which will be a weekly occurrence every Monday moving forward. ​

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