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Sport in the UAE this week

Sport360 staff 18:42 22/01/2017
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It's a busy week of sporting action.

There’s plenty going on with the Climb to Abu Dhabi taking place on Friday – which will see runners tackle up to 82 floors of the Etihad Towers!

If endurance isn’t your thing, there’s racing, golf, motorsport and a Color Run in the Middle East that may be of interest!

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MCLAREN CUP 2017 – DAY 1
Starting Sunday, January 22 to Friday, February 3 (13-day event)

The eighth McLaren Cup sees world-class polo action return to Dubai.

As part of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup series, the McLaren Cup takes place at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort for its eight edition.

The world-respected tournament promises to showcase the best of the sport, combined with top-notch entertainment featuring unmistakable DJs and stylish after-parties.

The Gold Cup Series is only behind Argentina, the US and UK in size and is played under the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) banner.

WHERE: Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, Dubai
MORE INFO: dubaipologoldcup.com

PAR 3 GOLF SERIES 2017 – EMIRATES GOLF CLUB
Monday, 23 January

The PAR 3 series is a challenge for all types of golfers, set in the heart of the iconic Emirates Golf Club.

The tournament will be played over Monday evenings, with the average starting time around 6:30/7 pm – followed by a evening of socialising, drinks and some networking.

Divisions:

Men’s Division
Ladies Division
The Event is open to all amateurs and professionals.

WHERE: Emirates Golf Club – PAR 3, Dubai
MORE INFO: https://par3series.golfgenius.com/register?mc_cid=b02d0244ce&mc_eid=daf02168b9

ULTIMATE RACENIGHT ATHLETICS LEAGUE – RACE 3
Thursday, 26 January

The Ultimate Racenight League is an open series of six Race meets.

It’s similar to the professional athletics’ Diamond League as athletes are allocated points based on their finishing position in each event.

At the end of the league, the top three winners in each age group receive a Diamond from sponsors Saucony.

The record holders in each event also receive medals (Age groups include: U-9, U-11, U-13, U-15, U-17 and Seniors.

WHERE: Dubai Sports City
MORE INFO: ultimateathleticsuae.com

ASICS RUN SERIES – RACE 3
Friday, 27 January

ASICS and Go Sport team up for a community race equipped with loads of prizes.

From novice to veteran, young or old, all passionate runners are more than welcome to take part in the ASICS Run Series. The community race is held across various distances on the closed off roads of Meydan.

Participants who exceed in their age brackets will respectively acquire points after running the Track Golf Clubhouse loop. The lucky few who edge past their competition are guaranteed an array of prizes.

Regardless of rankings, all participants have a shot at winning a dream trip to Thailand and relish their stay at the Thanyapura Sports Resort.

WHERE: The Track, Golf Clubhouse, Meydan
MORE INFO: supersportsdubai.com/super-sports-events-information/asics-run-series.html

PORSCHE GT3 CUP CHALLENGE MIDDLE EAST – ROUND 3 – DAY 1
Friday, 27 January to Saturday, 28 January

Attend the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge and watch in awe as talented, up-and-coming drivers from the Middle East showcase their motorsport prowess.

The multi-round event begins at the Bahrain International Circuit before temporarily shifting eastwards to the UAE, where drivers will grace the Dubai Autodrome and Yas Marina Circuit tracks.

The format is considered to be the most pure form of racing since competing drivers are restricted to the same model – Porsche 911 GT3. This race is perhaps the ultimate opportunity for prospective motor racers to propel themselves onto the grand stage and taste the professional motorsport environment.

WHERE: Dubai Autodrome, Motor City
MORE INFO: gt3me.com

SANDSTORM DXB 5K AND 10K RACE
Friday, 27 January

Can you weather the sandstorm at one of the most dazzling desertscapes in the Middle East, the Al Marmoum Conservation Reserve?

Looking for an unforgettable experience? Sandstorm Marmoum is set across 2 distances – 5k+ and 10k+, 4 terrains – rock, sand, water and mud, and has more than 20+ unique obstacles that blend perfectly into a backdrop of sand dunes, lakes, greenery and wildlife.

Designed by their expert team, this course is like no other you’ve encountered before.

Prepare to crawl through mud, wade through water, run through sand, navigate obstacles and have the ultimate feeling of elation as you cross the finishing line.

WHERE: Al Qudra, near Trek Bicycle Store
MORE INFO: sandstormdxb.ae/events.html

CLIMB TO ABU DHABI
Friday, 27 January

Defying gravity, the vertical ascent up a city tower has literally taken the world by storm and Abu Dhabi is set to join the list of the world’s iconic towers.

Originating in the late 70s, the sport of ‘Vertical Marathons’ (also called ‘Tower Running’) has now spread to every continent, with the UAE’s capital entering the arena.

Under the initiative of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and hosted by the Etihad Towers, The Climb to Abu Dhabi will see the world’s best professionals and amateurs climb up 82 floors/1,617 steps.

WHERE: Etihad Towers (Tower 2 and Tower 3)
MORE INFO: http://climbtoabudhabi.sport360.com/

MEYDAN HORSE RACES – DAY 7
Saturday, 28 January

Witness UAE racing action at Meydan Racecourse.

Fun fact: the Meydan Racecourse grandstand is the world’s longest single structure, boasting an incredible reach of over a mile in length. It is capable of accommodating over 60,000 spectators and that’s exactly what the venue does for the Dubai World Cup each year.

Before that, however, there is a season of racing to enjoy. Dubai is well known for it’s zeal for horse-racing given the success of the world renowned Godolphin stable, and each Thursday night from November onwards, Meydan will be hosting nights of horse racing for fans and newcomers alike to enjoy.

General admission is free but there are also hospitality packages to suit all manner of tastes.

WHERE: Meydan Racecourse, Dubai
MORE INFO: dubairacingclub.com/visit/racing-season

ABU DHABI INVITATIONAL 2017 AT YAS LINKS
Saturday, 28 January

The Abu Dhabi Golf Invitational invites professionals and amateurs for a charitable day of entertaining golf at Yas Links.

Hosted by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, the golfing event has been wowing fans since 2007.

And there are a host of big-names in action this year – see the link below for more details!

WHERE: Yas Links, Yas Island
MORE INFO: abudhabiinvitational.ae

THE COLOR RUN DOHA 2017

Saturday, 28 January

The Color Run presented by Sahtak Awalan: Your Health First is bringing the Tropicolor World Tour to Qatar and registrations are open!

Less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life, The Color Run is a five-kilometre, un-timed event in which thousands of participants, or ‘Color Runners’, are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometre.

There are only two rules, and the idea is easy to follow:

WEAR WHITE AT THE STARTING LINE!
FINISH PLASTERED IN COLOR!

After Color Runners complete the race, the fun continues with an unforgettable Finish Festival. This larger than life party is equipped with music, dancing and massive color throws, which create millions of vivid color combinations.

Trust us, this is the best post-5k party on the planet!

WHERE: Qatar National Convention Centre
MORE INFO: http://thecolorrun.qa/locations/doha/

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