There is no shortage of top sporting events in the Emirates and here’s our one-stop diary of everything that’s going on — welcome to our weekly feature, What’s Up UAE.
Are you attending or participating in one of the following events?
Monday, October 16 – Friday, October 20
Pakistan lead the ODI series 1-0 after their commanding win over Sri Lanka on Friday.
With three ODIs taking place across the week in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, it’s sure to be a thrilling few days of action for cricket fans in the UAE.
VENUE: Sheikh Zayed Stadium and Sharjah Cricket Stadium
START TIME: 3:30PM
TICKETS: On sale at the venue
Thursday, October 19 – Saturday, October 21
The Arabian Gulf League continues with GW5 as top of the table Al Wasl travel to Abu Dhabi to face champions Al Jazira on Friday (20:00).
The Cheetahs will be looking to replicate their recent form and build on their 2-1 win over Al Wahda in last weekend’s top of the table clash.
In the other fixtures, Emirates Club entertain Al Ain and Sharjah take on Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club.
MORE INFO: AGL Website
Friday, October 20
Join the Global Mala yoga event on 20 October, the launch day of the Dubai Fitness Challenge.
Start your challenge with the whole community at Safa Park for the free Global Mala – or “mala around the earth” – hosted by YogaFest Dubai. This event is part of a worldwide effort to unite people through positivity, intention and mindfulness.
Inspired by traditional mala beads – or a 108-bead strand used by yogis to aid in meditation, salutations and more – the Global Mala Project’s “mala around the earth” is a gathering aimed at yoga, service and collective action.
MORE INFO: Global Mala
Friday, October 20
The 2XU Triathlon is the ultimate way to challenge yourself and inspire others to get active. Catering to triathletes of all ages and abilities – individuals as young as nine years old and relay teams of up to three people – this race offers a variety of categories. Participants can be assured of the course’s safety, which offers closed roads, calm lagoon waters and multiple aid stations throughout each route.
Whether you’re competing or simply cheering someone on, you’re guaranteed a fun day outdoors featuring music, nature scapes and vibrant community spirit. The best part is that if you’re participating as a group, you’re eligible for a discount.
MORE INFO: www.racespace.me
Friday, October 20
Reigning champions Abu Dhabi Harlequins will be bidding to maintain their unbeaten start to the season when they host Dubai Hurricanes at Zayed Sports City (19:00).
Mike McFarlane’s side have played two matches so far this campaign, edging Jebel Ali Dragons 34-33 and drawing 15-15 with Bahrain.
In the other game, in-form Jebel Ali Dragons face Dubai Eagles.
MORE INFO: Yalla Rugby
Friday, October 20 – Saturday, October 21
The inaugural Dubai Fitness Challenge kicks off at Safa Park with a fun-packed free weekend carnival of events from 20-21 October 2017, including appearances by Kris Fade, Sharmila Dance Group and plenty more…
MORE INFO: dubaifitnesschallenge.com
The Desert Warrior Challenge is designed to test participants’ physical strength, mental resilience, teamwork and overall fitness with a series of gruelling obstacles.
From children to seasoned extreme athletes, the series of challenges are fashioned for various skill and fitness levels consisting of multiple obstacles.
Young warriors can feature in the Junior category, which will see them traverse 2km of terrain before tackling appropriate obstacles, while first-time warriors are encouraged to attend the ‘Fearless’ category – a 5km track with more than 12 challenges.
The ‘Ultimate’ category is the next step up with its 10km obstacle course, but the big one is the brand new ‘Extreme’ race he first of its kind in the region. A 20km course, it is certainly not for the faint-hearted.
WHERE: Dubai Police Training Facility, near Mall of Emirates
WEBSITE: Desert Warrior Challenge
Saturday, October 21
The UAE’s first ever Zoo Run will take place in the beautiful grounds of Al Ain Zoo.
The run caters to all abilities and features options from 2.5km, 5km and 10km races.
Starting at the main entrance, runners will enter the park and loop around to the Safari area, before returning via the Arabian Habitat and the Big Cat Oasis. One long loop will range a 5km distance.
VENUE: Al Ain Zoo
MORE INFO: ADSC Al Ain Zoo Run
START TIME: 6.45am
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Saturday, October 21
What better way to start your Saturday morning then taking part in the Run The Track event?
This fun yet competitive run is suitable for all members of the community, from first time runners, to some of the best runners in the UAE.
There are three race distances available from 10km, 5km and 3km.
VENUE: Dubai Autodrome
MORE INFO: Run The Track
START TIME: 6.15am
Over 350 people flocked to Zayed Sports City for the ADCB ZSC Pink 5&10k run on Friday.
The funds raised will be donated to the Al Jalila Foundation in raising awareness for breast cancer.
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So much pink 💖 We love the annual pink run at @zayedsportscity organised by @gulfmultisport and @activelife_daman #run4pink #breastcancerawareness #pinktober #runningbelles #5k #10k #inabudhabi🇦🇪 #Repost @annemieplessis (@get_repost) ・・・ The annual Pink Run at Zayed Sport City happened this morning, and what a fun day out it has been!!! It is sweaty, it is hot, but the vibe was amazing, the company excellent, the run fun and cause amazing! Let's not forget that it is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and make sure we regularly check ourselves for early detection and prevention! I salute the survivors, the fighters and their loved ones!!! It was awesome to have the @tribellesabudhabi and @yascyclestriteam gangs around! Great job to all the efforts out on the coarse today!!! And thank you to @gulfmultisport for a greatly organized and vibey event! • • • #adcbpinkrun #breastcancerawareness #breastcancer #funrun #runlikeagirl #yascyclestriteam #tribellesabudhabi #AnnAdventures
The fifth edition of the Roy Nasr Memorial Triathlon took place on Saturday at Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Hotel in Dubai with more than 1,000 people participating.
Last year, when volunteering and supporting at the #roynasrtriathlon, I wrote down a goal that I would go back the following year and compete on my first proper sprint triathlon! And today was the day! After a very slow swim in very salty waters, I left the sea being in the last 10 in my wave for sure! 20k on the bike followed by 2 laps of the resort to the finish line. What a relief and what a feeling! Big thanks and love to my supporters @nelcastlesmith and @doddzmiester for getting up at an ungodly hour and cheering me on throughout! With a huge sense of achievement right now, I think it's time to start booking the next one! Big thanks to the team of @racemeevents for the perfect organisation of the event and to @jajebelaligolfresort for the use of your facilities and supplying us with a well needed breakfast after! Peace out! ✌️
The season of me drinking 🍷 alone and waking up before the sun on weekends has begun! Sean absolutely SMASHED his sprint pr and set up a wonderful start for the year! Sean had the #2 overall bike time, beating a PRO! Glad that Argon is paying off! #swimbikerun #triathlon #sprint #triathlete #trihard #mydubai #dubailife #jebalali #jaresorts #tridubai #optimaltri #roynasrtriathlon
RoyNasr Memorial was our first triathlon a year ago. Although we are shattered today by 75% humidity. we are still 7 mnts ahead than the year before. 1h:27m . . . . #roynasr #roynasrtriathlon #triathlon #triathlontraining #bmcbike #bmcbikes #newbalanceuae #newbalance #garmin #garminfenix5 #running #swimming #cycling #dubai
The first race of the series took place on Friday at Meydan, with runners taking on 3, 5, 10 and 16km distances.
#SuperSportsRunSeries: Race 1 by the great guys at @supersportsevents. I ran the 16k (10-miler) distance today (Official time: 1:23:56 - thanks @vickithevibe) and despite all the grinning shots, I was really struggling for most of the race. I really should have stuck to the 5k or 10k distances, but hey, as coach @angelinewehbe put it, it's extra mileage at a pace you wouldn't normally run on your own! Well done to all finishers for running in such hot and humid conditions, and a very special shout out to the Abras and @adidasrunnersdubai finishers, we pretty much DOMINATED the podium 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻 (speaking of those two, I'm living a double life representing both clubs 😂) #GoAbras #GoAdidasRunners 📸 credits: @sam_arafeh + @masoodfalaknaz + @dontstop101 . . . . #adidasrunnersdubai #whyirunDubai #instarunners #runtagit #adidasrunners #garmin920xt #corre #عمر_يركظ #ركض #جري #dubairunners #runsleeprepeat #thesweatlife #goabras #abrasdubai #abrasac #meydan #meydanhotel #supersports #supersportsdubai #tenmiler#dubai30x30 #mydubai
Here’s your chance to swap the office for the race track as the Abu Dhabi Dash returns for its second edition later this month.
Zayed Sports City will again be the venue for the event on October 24, that will see you put your team-building and communication skills to the test to reign supreme in a friendly competition.
Whether you’re someone who regularly exercises or not, the race provides something for everyone. Racing as a team of no more than 10, each member will run 1.5km around the 15km team distance.
Once you’ve crossed the finish line, the fun doesn’t stop there. There will be an Activity Village with a full programme of live demonstrations and exercises, as well as the after-party.
Last year around 40 teams signed up and Sally Corander, managing director of Interact, organisers of the event, says this month’s edition looks set to be even bigger.
“It was really huge last year,” she said. “The turnout was really good. We had around 40 teams from different organisations. The difference with these kind of events is that it’s accessible for everyone. It encourages people to get active and it’s not just for the sporty types. Even if you’re not a regular athlete, it doesn’t matter, it’s just about doing something for the team in a fun environment. Because of that, we get a lot of corporate people.
“And this year, we have NMC Healthcare on board and they are pushing it as well. We expect to get around 40 to 50 teams signed up, which would see around 500 people competing.”
The UAE capital will also be the venue for the inaugural Mini Dash, open for children to compete with their friends on November 10.
To be held at Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi, it’s for kids aged between five-13 with three age categories and relay distances to choose from, varying from 400m to 1km.
Children can enter individually and be placed into a team or sign up as a group of five. And just like the Abu Dhabi Dash, there will be plenty of entertainment and activities in the Activity Village.
“We realised that from the corporate races that we held, people wanted something for the whole family. It follows our mission of getting kids active as well,” explains Corander.
Among the companies to support the Dashes are NMC, strategic healthcare partner. Prasanth Manghat, CEO of NMC Healthcare, added: “We are delighted to join Abu Dhabi government departments in their quest to build a legacy of a healthier and an active generation.
“We want to lay emphasis on preventive medicine and healthy lifestyle in the community.”
WHAT: Abu Dhabi Dash and Mini Dash
WHERE: Zayed Sports City (Abu Dhabi Dash) and Umm Al Emarat Park (Mini Dash)
WHEN: October 24 and November 10
CONTACT: For more information or to register, visit www.racethedash.com. Registration for Abu Dhabi Dash closes on Thursday. Mini Dash closes on November 2.