There’s lots on offer for sports fans in Dubai this week – whether you’re a runner or enjoy watching the stars of golf in action.
The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is the mass participation event of the weekend with up to 30,000 people set to compete across the full 42.195km distance, as well as the 10km and 4km races.
There’s still time to register, so if you want to join legend Kenenisa Bekele on the startline – click here to enter.
Before Friday’s biggest running event in the UAE, you can warm-up with the opening #IGNITEDXB by PUMA Night Run Series Dubai evening at Meydan on Tuesday.
And then, of course, some of golf’s biggest stars, including Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson, are in Abu Dhabi for the 2017 edition of the HSBC Golf Championship.
Are you going to or participating in any of these events? Let us know!
#IGNITEDXB BY PUMA NIGHT RUN SERIES DUBAI 2017 – RACE 1
Tuesday, January 17
Light up the Meydan Royal Bridge as PUMA Night Run Series promises an unparalleled night running experience.
The PUMA-backed event pushes novice and veteran runners to take in the nocturnal skyline with a gruelling up-and-down-hill course.
A selection of food and beverages will be available to competitors once the race ends, with the post-race feast being the perfect opportunity to make new friends and swap running stories.
ORGANISERS: Super Sports Events / PUMA
EMAIL: [email protected]
WHERE: Track Golf Clubhouse, Nad Al Sheba, Meydan
ABU DHABI HSBC GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP 2017
Starting Thursday, January 19, ending Sunday, January 22
Find out who’s worthy of lifting the magnificent Falcon Trophy.
The Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, one of the Middle East’s prominent golfing tournaments, has grown year on year since 2006.
Since HSBC took the helm as chief sponsor, the world-class Abu Dhabi Golf Club event is a great way to kick-start the year for many stars in the sport.
MORE INFO: abudhabigolfchampionship.com
WHERE: Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Abu Dhabi
2017 STANDARD CHARTERED DUBAI MARATHON
Friday, January 20
Kick off the new year in style by entering the 17th edition of the Dubai Marathon, the world’s richest marathon race.
The whopping $250,000 prize fund for the winners of the male and female categories means that many of the world’ s top runners participate each year, while it is also a great event for first-timers given how flat the course is.
As always, the start and finish lines for both the 10km and 42.195km races are located just opposite Madinat Jumeirah, on the Umm Suqeim Road, in the shadow of the iconic Burj Al Arab.
There is also a 4km fun run for those less serious runners out there.
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ORGANISERS: Dubai Sports Council/Standard Chartered
MORE INFO: dubaimarathon.org
WHERE: Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim Road, Dubai
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MCLAREN CUP POLO DUBAI
Friday, January 20
The eighth McLaren Cup sees world-class polo action return to Dubai.
As part of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup series, the McLaren Cup heads back to Al Habtoor Polo Resort for its eight edition.
The world-respected tournament promises to showcase quality polo action, combined with top-notch entertainment featuring unmistakable DJs and stylish after-parties.
WHERE: AL HABTOOR POLO RESORT AND CLUB, DUBAI
MORE INFO: dubaipologoldcup.com
GIANT DUATHLON SERIES 2016-2016 – RACE 4
Friday, 20 January
The Giant Duathlon Series is aimed at triathletes, duathletes, cyclists, runners and fitness enthusiasts, of all ages and abilities.
Whether you are a beginner or a finely tuned athlete, the Giant Duathlon Series offers a test of endurance.
Each race is run/bike/run and will be open to individuals and teams of 2. Age groups are calculated as of your AGE on race day. If you move age groups half way through the series, your series points will be counted for the age group you were in for your first race of the series.
Kids are welcome too as the courses are ‘traffic friendly’, providing the greatest degree of safety for all competitors. Roads are exclusively booked to shield participants from potential perils.
Competitors earn circuit points leading up to the fifth and final race, in which double points are awarded; Duathletes accumulating the highest tally earn silverware to place atop their mantelpiece as well as token prizes.
WHERE: HAMDAN SPORTS COMPLEX
MORE INFO: race-me-events.com
BESPORT INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL WINTER SERIES – RACE 2
Saturday, January 20
Besport’s annual individual time trials series is back at Al Wathba track this winter. The seasonal four-race event has riders released at one-minute intervals, as they tackle the track’s 30km loop.
Youth participation is greatly encouraged with alternative 8km and 16km races running alongside the main cycling event.
The winner of the 30k time trial will win 1,500 AED, while second place takes home 1,000 AED and third 500 AED. Also, the top three will receive medals and BeSport store vouchers.
WHERE: AL WATHBA CYCLING TRACK
MORE INFO: besport.ae/besport-itt/c66i
CITY SWIM SERIES – ABU DHABI
Saturday, January 21
Sign up for the UAE’s largest open water swimming event, the City Swim Series, before it’s too late.
Originating with canal swims in Amsterdam and New York’s Hudson River, the City Swim series arrives on the UAE’s picturesque shorelines.
The inaugural race will be held at the Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort in Dubai before shifting across the emirates in a four-stage series. More locations are expected to be added to the calendar in coming months.
More than 200 swimmers have already confirmed their presence with four distances available to five age-appropriate categories. Finishers will be awarded medals for their effort.
WHERE: LE MERIDIEN, AL ZAHIYAH, ABU DHABI
MORE INFO: city-swim.com
ALMAS TOWER VERTICAL RUN DUBAI 2017
Saturday, January 21
Fancy a climb to the top of Dubai’s tallest business tower? Sign up now for the Almas Tower Vertical Run.
Fidelity Fitness Club and DMCC are proud to present the Almas Tower Vertical Run, a 68-storey high “climb” up Jumeirah Lakes Towers’ iconic Diamond Tower. Completed in 2009, the skyscraper was Dubai’s tallest structure, until the Burj Khalifa was finally unveiled of course.
Running up a flight of stairs is perhaps one of the more intensive workouts athletes can endure as an incorporation of speed and stamina is required. For struggling contestants, there are support stations available after every five floors.
The first male and female athlete to cross the finishing line after ascending roughly 1,600 stairs will earn 10,000 AED.
WHERE: ALMAS TOWER, JUMEIRAH LAKE TOWERS
MORE INFO: facebook.com/FidelityFitnessDubai
The Rio de Janeiro native has called the UAE home since 2009, and lives about a minute from the venue, where he picked up a gold medal in the male adult black belt 110kg Gi category on the final day of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour Saturday.
The 31-year-old made light work of compatriot Jiddu Lemos, ending the contest with a kimura arm lock with the five-minute bout not even lasting the distance.
It was a fifth gold medal of the season for Junior, moving him onto 970 points and keeping him second in the world rankings behind compatriot Gabriel Arges De Sousa.
De Sousa, who competes in the 85kg weight division, is onto 1,070 after also winning gold in Abu Dhabi, and Junior hopes he can catch his fellow Brazilian by the time they return to the capital for the World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship in April.
“It’s becoming really close,” said Junior, who came to the Emirates in 2009 to compete but also as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor.
“Maybe we won’t know who will be the world champion until the World Pros, which is the last tournament of the season. Hopefully I can get more points between now and then, but he hopes the same.
“It’s tough because we don’t fight in the same category but we’re competing against each other for the points.”
The UAE Jiu-Jitsu team member was delighted to win on home soil.
“It’s my home,” said Junior, who has lived in Abu Dhabi for eight years.
“I live one minute from the IPIC Arena so I feel like this place is my back yard. It feels like home and I love this country. I get a lot of support here, and I’ve become more professional since I moved here.”
With his belief that the World Pros will be the seminal moment of the 2016/17 campaign, Junior admitted it will be hard to remain focused over the next few months.
“It’s hard because you have to keep the whole year training and competing in eight or nine tournaments,” added Junior who, like De Sousa, heads to the Brazilian National Championship next week before the fifth and final Abu Dhabi Grand Slam event of the season in London in March.
“It’s a lot of work and recovery. It’s becoming now not about how hard you train or compete but how fast you recover.
“Mental toughness is also a factor. It’s easier to train your body because your mind is developing all the time, your mind knows you’re going to be tired, it knows you’re going to be stressed.
“On the day of tournaments you don’t eat anything but stress consumes you. But that’s how champions are made. If you know how to perform under stress you are going to do well.”
Elsewhere, UAE players once again rose to the occasion yesterday, claiming a total of 103 medals in the Gi divisions. There was disappointment, however, for prolific home favourite Faisal Al Ketbi, who surprisingly lost in the 85kg quarter-finals on points to Matheus Souza.
We walked the grid ahead of the 2pm start time, taking in the race build-up, glamour of one of the UAE’s biggest motorsport events and seeing the drivers get ready to race.
The Hankook 24H Dubai runs through the night and finishes at 2pm on Saturday (14 January).
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