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.
The festive season is approaching and while many have holiday plans in store, there’s still plenty of sport to enjoy in the Emirates.
Are you attending or participating in one of the following events?
Here’s our run-down of some of this week’s sporting events:
DUBAI WORLD CUP CARNIVAL
Thursday, February 15 – Saturday, February 17
The Dubai World Cup Carnival continues at Meydan this week as local and regional racers battle it out ahead of the prestigious season-ending Dubai World Cup on March 31.
The first race at the venue is expected to be a highly competitive meet and the action begins at 6.30pm.
General admission is AED 50 at the venue while there are hospitality options to sit in Meydan’s new Grandstand.
VENUE: Meydan Racecourse
MORE INFO: Meydan Racing
TRIYAS BY DAMAN’S ACTIVELIFE
Friday, February 16
Eager athletes of all abilities and ages will take part in TriYAS by Daman’s ActiveLife triathlon at Yas Marina Circuit this weekend.
One of the UAE’s biggest and most popular mass participation sporting events, TriYAS is set to attract 1,500+ athletes from around the region and beyond who push themselves to the limit in the swimming, cycling and running challenge.
This year, TriYAS by Daman’s ActiveLife, is open to even more members of the community with a series of new, shorter courses aimed at first-timers, younger athletes as well as short-distance speedsters.
The Super Sports Triathlon Championship – which is part of a four-race series – will offer three categories: T1, which involves a 100-metre swim, 3-kilometre bike course and a 1-kilometre run; T2 includes a 200-metre swim, 6-kilometre cycle plus a 2-kilometre run; T3 involving a 300-metre swim, 9-kilometre bike race and a 3-kilometre run.
VENUE: Yas Marina Circuit
TIMES: From midday
Challenge yourself on the beautiful ultra-trail 50km or 100km trail run through the mountain passes, along jeep tracks, through boulder ravines and over spectacular sand dunes of Ras Al Khaimah.
It is a tough challenge and requires training, but generous cut-off times (24hrs overall) allow most physically fit, determined and well-prepared runners to get to the finish.
START TIME: 6.45AM
MORE INFO: Urban-Ultra Hajar 50 & 100
WEST ASIA PREMIERSHIP
Friday, February 16
The Gulf’s premier rugby competition continues after a one week break.
The highlight of the seventh round is reigning champions Abu Dhabi Harlequins away to Dubai Hurricanes and Jebel Ali Dragons at home to Dubai Eagles.
MORE INFO: Fixtures
UIM AQUABIKE INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Friday, February 16
More than 60 races will participate in the UIM Aquabike International Championship in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
Leading racers from different nationalities will battle it out at speeds of up to 100km/h, while the inclusion of eight classes means enthusiasts at various levels can savour the thrill of competitive jet skiing.
VENUE: Yas Beach, Abu Dhabi
DUBAI DESERT ROAD RUN
Saturday, February 17
The Desert Road Run takes place multiple times across the year and participants can measure how well they perform at each run.
There will be a 10K run that is open to runners 14 years and older and a 3K fun run that is open to children from ages 6 onwards to adults as well.
VENUE: The Sevens
MORE INFO: Dubai Desert Road Run
Godolphin gelding Hartnell could be set for another showdown with Australian champion Winx next month in Sydney after the seven-year-old returned to the Group 1 winner’s list with a thrilling come-from-behind victory in the C.F. Orr Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.
The victory marked a superb day down under for Godolphin and trainer James Cummings as five out of their 11 runners won with Beijing Board and Kementari successful at Warwick Farm, Connoisseur winning at Kembla Grange and Old North at Doomben.
Two other horses placed and the lowest finish on the day from any Godolphin horse was fifth.
With that run under Hartnell’s belt and Winx having to go to the 1600-metre Chipping Norton Stakes after a decision to miss next week’s Apollo Stakes, Cummings said he will contemplate Hartnell returning to Sydney for the Group 1 after the narrow but brave win in Melbourne.
‘’I just had a little funny feeling that if he was to return as good as that, maybe we could target the Chipping Norton second-up and have the fit horse on the scene,’’ Cummings said after the victory.
‘’The horse does sprint well on the fresh side and I do like the idea of keeping him fresh.’’
It would be the eighth time Hartnell has faced Winx, with the Godolphin horse yet to record a victory – but having run second on four occasions.
Cummings was unconcerned over the possibility of facing the Australian super-horse, on a 22-race winning run, again.
‘’I’ll place Hartnell in the best race he can win but it’s a weight-for-age group 1 mile at Randwick,” he said.
Saturday’s victory was Hartnell’s twelfth victory from 38 starts and it took his earnings to more than $4.7 million (Dh17.2m).
The Godolphin camp were understandably delighted with the first Group 1 victory of 2018, and it helped to erase miserable memories of Hartnell’s run at the Emirates Melbourne Cup where the gelding finished a disappointing 20th.
Indeed it was Hartnell’s first win since August last year in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes, also at Caulfield.
Fadi Hachicho’s everlasting love for mountains took a unique turn, when it inspired him to quit the corporate sphere and become a mountain guide.
His climb to Kilimanjaro finally inspired him to open his own Adventure company in the UAE called Adventurati Outdoor.
Adventurati Outdoor offers tailor-made tours & treks for all group sizes. They cater & customize trips for for individual travellers, families, groups, corporate clients and school adventure escapes.
Fadi Hachicho is also ambassador for Columbia Outdoor sportswear.
He works closely with the Columbia Adventure Academy to educate outdoor enthusiasts on skills needed in the wild, including how to navigate the terrain, how to pack correctly, basic climbing skills, and even how to take the best photos of nature.
The goal of the Columbia Adventure Academy is to get more people in the UAE to be more active throughout the year and to spend time in the outdoors.