With the expected departure of David De Gea to Madrid, we discuss Manchester United's potential goalkeeper targets. We also speak to Phil Ball about Barcelona'a La Liga triumph, as well as a look ahead to Wednesday night's AFC Champions League battle between Al Ain and Al Ahli.
Sport360 try out the Reboot Fitness class at Jump Boxx, Mirdiff, UAE. It is one of the funnest fitness classes you can do it in the Emirates, especially if you love trampolines.
We look at the sporting events lighting up the UAE over the next seven days including PBA Governor’s Cup basketball, Al Gaffal Dhow Race and President’s Cup football.
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UAE OPEN BADMINTON TOURNAMENT
Monday, May 18 – Friday, June 12
Launched in 1978, the tournament is the oldest of its kind in the UAE and is open to players who reside both locally and abroad. A total of eight ranked players from India and Malaysia have been invited and the winners will walk away with cash prizes, trophies and gift hampers worth more than AED 60,000. There are 26 categories catering for all age-groups from U-8 to veterans.
Venue: India Club, Dubai
Website: India Club Dubai
PHILIPPINE BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION GOVERNOR’S CUP
Thursday, May 21 – Friday, May 22
Three PBA teams are coming to play in the Dubai tournament. Ginebra are the most popular PBA team and will surely cause a buzz. Rain or Shine are a constant presence in most tournament finals and expansion Batang Global Port complete the line up. Thursday’s match is between Rain or Shine and Batang Global Port and on Friday Rain or Shine take on much-fancied Ginebra.
Venue: Al Ghurair Rayhaan Rotana
Website: PBA online
THE NATIONAL SCHOOLS SPORT QUIZ
Thursday, May 21
Secondary schools from across the UAE will be competing to win the ultimate prize of being crowned National Schools Sport Quiz champions. The questions asked will be based on popular sports within the region including tennis, football, cricket and basketball.
Venue: GEMS FirstPoint School, The Villa, Dubai
For registration & further details contact: +971 55 821 7373 or [email protected]
GOLF FOR HARRISONS FUND
Friday, May 22
Support a worthy cause by participating in this golf tournament and helping fund research into studying and treating Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. On May 22, join other golfers at the Emirates Golf Club, and help Harrison, the child for whom this event is hosted, overcome his condition.
— Woestyn Boere Hacker (@WBHackers) May 5, 2015
Venue: Emirates Golf Club, Dubai
Website: Harrisons Fund Page
AL GAFFAL TRADITIONAL 60FT DHOW RACE
Saturday, May 23
The traditional sailing race honours the pearl divers who were integral to the emirate’s development as a young trading port. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the race features around 100 traditional boats. Spectators can watch from specially chartered Dubai Ferry rides which include food and beverages.
Venue: Sur Bu Nair island, Dubai (Dubai Ferry assembly point: Marina Mall)
Telephone: 600 555559 to book ferry places
NATIONAL SCHOOL LEAGUE BASKETBALL
Saturday, May 23
Sport360’s inaugural UAE-wide school basketball league is reaching fever pitch as we enter the quarter-finals. It’s Game 7 between the Houston Rockets and the LA Clippers in the NBA, but could the next Blake Griffin be lurking in the UAE?
Venue: Dubai (GEMS Silicon Oasis), Sharjah (VISS), Abu Dhabi (NYU Sadiyat Island)
Website: NSL Basketball
Saturday, May 23 – Sunday, May 24
Local pride is up for stake when the President’s Cup ticks over into the quarter-final stage. Can Al Ain hold onto the trophy to complete a domestic double, will Al Ahli save their season or will a lesser light such as Al Dhafra shine?
Venue: Various UAE stadia
CITY FOOTBALL SCHOOLS IN AL AIN
April 13 – June 17
Manchester City’s Football Schools programme is running weekly training sessions for young players in Al Ain over the course of the next two months, bringing the Premier League champions’ style and coaching product to the UAE.
The professional coaching team offers a wide range of sessions available to boys and girls aged 5-14. All new players will also receive a City Football Schools kit.
Venue: Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
Website: HBZ Stadium