The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, which is celebrating its 25th year anniversary, tops the order of play in the UAE sporting calendar.
Make sure you don’t miss out on any of this week’s events in what is another busy seven days in the UAE sporting calendar.
And, there’s certainly something for everyone on offer!
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DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sunday, February 19 to Saturday, February 25
Watch the world’s best women’s tennis stars in action at the Aviation Club as the 25th edition of the tournament gets underway.
Top seed and World No2 Angelique Kerber is in action this week in Dubai as well as 2012 champion champion Agnieszka Radwanska, recent Qatar Open winner Karolina Pliskova and rising star Dominika Cibulkova.
The WTA Premier 5 event has a prize pool of US$5.2 million.
WHERE: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Dubai
MORE INFO: http://www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com/
2017 World Shooting Para Sport World Cup – Day 1
Sunday, February 19 to Tuesday, February 28
After impressing the IPC as first-time hosts, Al Ain welcome paralympians for the 2017 World Shooting Para Sport World Cup.
The Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club will host more than 100 athletes from 22 different countries as the World Shooting Para Sport World Cup kicks off.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have decided to once again collaborate with their colleagues in the Garden City following last year’s successful edition.
In fact, the governing body sealed a deal to host the competition for the next four years, keeping in mind that 2019 will be with quota for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
WHERE: Al Ain Equestrian Club
MORE INFO: aesgc.com
Abu Dhabi Tour Challenge KO – 2017
Tuesday, February 21
Pedal your way through the Yas Marina Circuit as part of the final challenge before the Abu Dhabi Tour.
Ahead of the Tour, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council have devised a final challenge for passionate cyclists in the region.
Based on “The Miss and Out”/”Devil Take the Hindmost” format, this race will see individual competitors and teams test their sprinting skills.
Cyclists in this race will need to clock a precise time to finish the lap, with this time reduced after every new lap. Riders must complete these laps as the clock is ticking or else face elimination. During the final lap, the remaining contestants in the peloton compete as though they were in an ordinary race.
Winners are the first, second and third (male or female) riders to cross the finish line.
WHERE: Yas Island, Yas Marina Circuit
MORE INFO: abudhabitour.com
#IGNITEDXB Night Run Series – Race 2
Wednesday, February 22
Light up the Meydan Royal Bridge as the #IGNITEDXB Night Run Series promises an unparalleled nightly running experience.
For the first time ever, a three-race series will be conducted over the distinct Meydan Royal Bridge. This Puma-backed event will ask novice and veteran runners to run through the illuminating landmark and breathe in the wintery nocturnal skyline Dubai has to offer.
Participants will be given 90 minutes to complete either of the two gruelling “up-and-down-hill” 5km and 10km races. Because of the nature of this event, individuals must keep to the left-hand side of the road at all times and have their run numbers visible to ensure their safety during the race.
Once all categories and events come to an end, runners will be rewarded for their with a post-race feast at the ready – the perfect opportunity for athletes keen on making new acquaintances and swap stories.
WHERE: Meydan, Dubai
MORE INFO: supersportsuae.com/events/ignitedxb-night-run-series
ULTIMATE RACENIGHT ATHLETICS LEAGUE – RACE 4
Thursday, February 23
The Ultimate Racenight League is a chance to compete in track and field against against other athletes from across the region!
Similiar to professional athletics’ Diamond League, athletes are allocated points based on their finishing position in each event.
At the end of the six-race 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 are, Under 9, Under 11, Under 13, Under 15, Under 17 and Seniors.
WHERE: Dubai Sports City
MORE INFO: ultimateathleticsuae.com
Meydan Horse Races – Day 8
Saturday, February 25
Take in the action at Meydan racecourse in the latest race night.
General admission is free but there are also hospitality packages to suit all manner of tastes.
WHERE: Meydan, Dubai
MORE INFO: dubairacingclub.com/visit/racing-season
JLL TRIATHLON SERIES
Saturday, February 25th
JLL, the world’s leading real estate investment and advisory firm, in partnership with multi-sports events specialists, RACE.ME, will host the series climax, in association with the Dubai Sports Council.
Hosted on the outskirts of the Emirate in the grounds of the stunning Jebel Ali Resorts and Hotels, the three-race triathlon series has once again showcased JLL MENA’s commitment to being actively involved in the community whilst helping to drive the message of staying fit and healthy.
WHERE: Jebel Ali Resorts and Hotels
MORE INFO: Third race of the series
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