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Beach Run DXB: Take part in fun family event

David Cooper 25/03/2019
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One of the most popular and fun events on the UAE’s sporting calendar returns at the end of the month as the Beach Run comes to Dubai.

The Beach Run is the UAE’s only running event which happens on the beautiful sands of UAE’s beaches.

This year’s event is supported by Gatorade, Aquafina, Oakley and Emirates NBD.

With the location of the event being Sunset Beach it really makes the occasion unique and allows for the greatest views Dubai has to offer. Participants will be running under the gaze of the famous Burj Al Arab while being cheered on by the day’s beach goers. The event has been set up for families to enjoy but also challenges participants as running on sand adds another unique, fun yet testing dimension to the day.

On the day runners will have the option of three different distances which are 7.2km, 3.6km and 1.8km.

The Festival Village opens at 07:00, with the serious run (7.2km) getting under way an hour later at 08:00. The fun run (3.6km) is at 09:15 while the shorter family run (1.8km) starts at 10:30. The village closes at 12:00 midday.

Apart from the event itself, there is plenty to entertain participants and spectators alike on the day, including the festival village which will be packed with food, activities and sponsors activations.

Activities on the day will ensure participants of all ages will have plenty to do outside of the running races, including bouncy castles, football, volleyball, beach tennis, as well as an Alliance Academy activation.

It’s sure to be thirsty and hungry work and there will be many food outlets on site, including Costa Coffee, Ripe Market and Circuit Factory Food boxes will be available to all participants. Also, Al Rawabi and Optimum Nutrition will have stands offering their products to all.

Sponsors Gatorade, Aquafina, Oakley and Emirates NBD will be around on the day too and will add to the many activities available in the festival village.

Sponsors will also be giving prizes out throughout the morning, providing all runners with the opportunity to win.

Event fitness partner Fitness First will be in charge of the warmups for each of the races and brand ambassador Jennifer Chalouhi will also be conducting fitness classes throughout the morning.

To top it all off, there will be music and an MC that will add to the excitement of the day.

For further information on this year’s Beach Run, contact [email protected] or call 04 2434 377. Alternatively, click on the registration link at https://www.premieronline.com/event/beach_run_dxb_2019_4058.

What: Beach RunWhen: March 29
Where: Sunset Beach, opposite Umm Suqeim Park.
Contact: Email [email protected] or call 04 2434 377

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Curtain comes down on memorable Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

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Nicole Scherzinger performed her song 'Victorious' at the closing ceremony.

Seven days of sporting achievement, thousands of athletes and volunteers, dozens of events, countless displays of bravery, and millions of smiles.

As the final curtain falls on Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, the athletes, coaches, families and fans came together to not only celebrate successes on the field of play, but to also look forward to exciting future achievements.

Officials and dignitaries from the UAE and Special Olympics, including His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, as well as Khalfan Mohammad Al Mazrouei, managing director of the event and the president of Liberia, George Weah, led the celebrations.

Held at Zayed Sports City, the spectacular closing ceremony featured amazing performances by global superstars Keala Settle and Nicole Scherzinger.

Scherzinger opened the show with her latest song ‘Victorious’, written especially for the Special Olympics. The evening also saw Khaleeji idol Rashed Al Majed, Iraqi star Waleed Al Shami, and Emirati singer Hamad Al Ameri take to the stage.

The stadium, which hosted the opening ceremony seven days earlier, witnessed athletes, coaches and delegations take part in an inspirational parade around the arena as representatives from 200 nations bid a fond farewell to the UAE capital.

A special place at the heart of the closing ceremony was reserved for the scores of volunteers whose commitment and dedication ensured the largest sports and humanitarian event of the year ran smoothly each day.

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All eyes in the stadium turned to the giant screens for the World Games Abu Dhabi legacy film. Featuring a host of athletes, fans and famous faces, the short film summarised the seven days of sporting excellence and celebration of the human spirit by promoting a positive story for the future through unity and inclusion.

Athletes from the UAE and Sweden, alongside two Sargent Shriver Global Messengers, conducted the ceremonial handover of the Special Olympics flag to Sweden who will host the Special Olympics World Winter Games in 2021.

The Flame of Hope, which had burned brightly in its cauldron at Zayed Sports City since the opening ceremony, officially passed on in a moving ritual. The ceremony came to an end with a performance from Settle.

Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 was one of the largest, most inclusive, most unified, most diverse and most successful World Games in the history of Special Olympics.

Each achievement and much more were celebrated in a huge outpouring of happiness from the artists on stage that echoed displays of joy and emotion from every athlete, coach and spectator inside the stadium.

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Emirates Strength Boxing promise Fists Will Fly in Dubai

David Cooper 21/03/2019
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Emirates Strength Boxing

A local boxing promotion is pulling together a scintillating fight card with a prize pool of AED 50,000.

Emirates Strength Boxing is holding the event, named Fists Will Fly in Dubai, on April 12 and are promising a night of wild action.

Eight heavyweights will take to the ring in tournament format – with the winner having to go through three opponents on the same night to take the crown.

The impressive prize pot, will be split among the fighters, dependent on how far they get – with an extra bonus for the knockout of the night.

The selection process for the event has been meticulous, with a number of tryouts held before the eight to appear is finalized.

Mark Boyd from Emirates Strength Boxing said they are expecting a fantastic night.

“This is going to be a really high quality event. We want to ensure the bouts are well contested and the crowd are well entertained.

“The tournament format is tough, but will really show who the best man on this night it. There is an excellent purse for the fighters – and whoever wins will certainly deserve the payday.

“This will be the first of many events for us, and we want to put on a show.”

Emirates Strength Boxing hold Fists Will Fly in Dubai on April 12 at the Al Habtoor Grand Ballroom, JBR. Tickets are available now, including tables, brunch, and VIP packages, at dubai.platinumlist.net

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