The Noukhba (The Elite) Finals of the Fakhr Al Ajyal (Pride of the Generation) Championship for Falconry in the “Farakh” and “Jirnas” categories concluded yesterday, with Bin Mijren of Team "NAS" securing the title in a record time of 16.552 seconds for the "Jirnas" category and 16.427 seconds for the "Farakh" category.
Bin Mijren received a Bentley along with a cash prize of AED 500,000 for his win in each category in the Noukhba Finals of the championship, organized and supervised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center.
The finals witnessed the participation of 100 of the most skilled falconers, who had secured the top five ranks in "Farakh" and "Jirnas" across various categories.
Souad Ibrahim Darwish, Director of Fazza Championships, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center, said: "This year’s tournament has been an outstanding success, with the number of participants having more than doubled from last year.
"The tournament brought together the best falconers and the strongest birds, which ensured the level of performance remained exceedingly high throughout the championship, with several new records set.
"I would like to extend my congratulations to the winners and thank everyone for their participation.
"I would also like to extend my best wishes to those participants who were not fortunate enough to achieve their desired results this time; I hope they come back stronger next year.”
Noukhba Results – ‘Jirnas’ Category
Team "NAS H" secured the second place in the “Jirnas” category with a time of 17.118 seconds, while Team "NAS K" came third with a time of 17.172 seconds, followed by Saeed Hamdan Jaber in the fourth and fifth places with times of 17.231 seconds and 17.300 seconds, respectively.
Noukhba Results – ‘Farakh’ Category
In the “Farakh” category, Sheikh Saeed Maktoum Mohammed Hasher Al Maktoum won the second rank with a time of 17.021 seconds, with Hamid Mohammed Al Tayer in third place with a time of 17.033 seconds.
Saeed Hamdan Jaber also secured the fourth and the fifth places with times of 17.058 seconds and 17.130 seconds, respectively.
The tournament’s closing ceremony will be held on Thursday, 26 February 2015 at the Global Village – Al Meydan at 6:00 pm, in the presence of H.E. Abdullah Hamdan bin Dalmouk, CEO of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center, Souad Ibrahim Darwish, Director of Fazza Championships, Damithan bin Suwaidan, Head of the Organizing Committee, and several other dignitaries along with winners of previous editions of the championship.
Duplays’ new beach volleyball leagues begin next month and if you want to be part of one of their most popular tournaments, then sign up today and take advantage of the early bird discount offer.
Taking place at Le Meridien, Mina Seyahi in Dubai, the leagues, to begin from March 9, are open to beginners and experienced players. Monday and Wednesday leagues (Wild Sets II) are for recreational and social level.
And the Tuesday (Spike it like it’s Hot II) league is aimed for players who want to play competitive games.
Any team who registers before Saturday (February 28) will pay the Dh3,150 entry fee otherwise they will be charged Dh3,500.
As the largest sports and social club in the UAE, beach volleyball is one of Duplays’ popular and fast-growing leagues.
“Beach volleyball isn’t one of those sports that is played widely around the world,” said Gareth Curtis, UAE operations manager of Duplays. “But in the UAE, there is warm and pleasant weather in most months of the year and so it’s a big advantage.
“When people do come to the UAE, they can play these sports outdoors in a fun and vibrant atmosphere location.”
He added: “These leagues have been hugely popular for us because plenty of players of different abilities attend.
“We want to get as many people playing sport in the UAE and we thought it would be best if there were leagues for beginners and for those who want to play competitively.
“It’s a been a great success so far. There’s a lot of people getting involved, and when they get involved, they come back for the next leagues because they love the concept of the leagues so much.
“The matches are played in a great venue which is known for a great atmosphere and friendly vibe.”
Matches will take place from 19:00 to 22:00 with the last round of matches from April 27.
Teams will play three matches per night.
A minimum of six players, men or women, can form a team, while individuals will be allocated to a side.
Curtis says it’s not an opportunity to be missed.
He said: “It’s a just fun sport to get involved in.
“Out of all the leagues that Duplays run, it’s one of the most popular social sports and one that has a fun atmosphere.
“For people from non-volleyball backgrounds, it’s a chance to give it a go for the first time and am sure they won’t regret it.”
What: Duplays new beach volleyball leagues
Where: Le Meridien, Mina Seyahi, Dubai
When: Monday, Wednesdays (recreational) and Tuesdays (competitive level). From March 9.
Contact: Register via https://duplaysdubai.playpass.com
Over 100 people have already signed up for the GO Sport/ Sharbatly Fruit Aquathlon on Saturday – and there’s still time to join them and have a chance of winning some fantastic prizes.
Registration closes on Friday before proceedings get underway at 07:00 on Saturday, February 21, at The Fairmont, The Palm in Dubai.
The first edition was a huge success as 200 people of different ages and abilities turned out last month as they swam and ran around the iconic venue.
It’s no surprise given that aquathlon is fast growing not just around the world, but also in the UAE with many community events organised throughout the year.
And organisers Super Sports Events are urging people not to miss out on this event, which is sanctioned by Dubai Sports Council.
“There was a great turn out of over 200 entries in the first race of the series,” said Warren van der Merwe, race organiser.
“With it being a very busy weekend for multi-sports events in the UAE, I am very confident we will have a similar number of entries once again.”
The event is open to everyone with different age groups available. The Junior Super Sprint, for 12-years and under, consists of a 200m swim followed by a 2.5km run. The Super Sprint – 375m swim and 2.5km run, has two age groups (13 to 18-years and 19 and over) and can also be competed as a relay.
There are also four age groups for The Sprint distance, which involves a 750m swim and 5km run. And for those who want to test themselves further, there’s the Olympic distance which compromises of a 1.5km swim and 10km run.
Van der Merwe added: “The new venue of Fairmont with its calm waters of The Palm and adjacent running track under the monorail was praised by all participants in the first race and many are looking forward to returning to improve their times and performance.”
Attractive prizes are on offer with a one-night stay, spa treatments, restaurant vouchers and family beach passes at the Fairmont The Palm all up for grabs.
And Kamal Khalil, director of Spa and Recreation at Fairmont, said: “It was amazing to see so many participants for the first race and we are proud to support the community with this Aquathlon series which is in line with our focus on working closer with the community and contributing to its health and wellness in 2015.”
What: GO Sport/Sharbatly Fruit Aquathlon Race Two
Where: The Fairmont, The Palm Jumeirah
When: Saturday, February 21 at 07:00
Contact: For registration visit www.supersportsevents.me. Deadline is on Friday.