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?
Here’s our run-down of some of this week’s sporting events:
RACING AT MEYDAN
Thursday, November 23
In the lead-up to the prestigious Dubai World Cup in March, the Meydan Racing season continues on Thursday.
You can take in the action from the Grandstand and many other seated options at the spectacular venue. What better way to kick-off your weekend!
2XU TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS: HATTA
Friday, November 24
This is without doubt one of the most scenic triathlons on offer in the UAE – but it’s also one of the toughest. Competitors will swim in the Hatta Dam, bike through Generator Hill and run the steepest inclines, taking in natural scenery.
What better way to experience a stunning landscape.
JEBEL HAFEET CHALLENGE
Friday, November 24
Cyclists will scale 1,240 metres to climb to the top of the UAE’s highest peak (12.5kms in total).
The race, which begins at 6AM, starts at Green Mubazarrah Park – situated at the base of the mountain – and runs up Jebel Hafeet Road and all the way to the summit.
Water stations will be available every 2kms as riders cycle on the hard shoulder of the winding road.
Shuttles transport participants to and from the starting and finishing points, with a post-race presentation being held at the Mercure Hotel.
ARABIAN GULF LEAGUE: AL NASR VS SHABAB AL AHLI
Friday, November 24
Italian Cesare Prandelli, who is now managing Al Wasl, will be hoping his team can claim all three points at home to Shabab Al Ahli in the AGL.
The two sides will clash at the Zabeel Stadium at 7.45pm on Friday night with the hosts in fifth place in the table, and the away side one spot ahead in fourth.
ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX
Sunday, November 26
Friday (November 24) brings the practice sessions as drivers compete to set the pace at Yas Marina Circuit ahead of Saturday’s qualifying session and Sunday’s race.
The Grand Prix is one of the standout sporting experiences of the year with plenty to keep attendees entertained both on and off the track – from the thrill of Ferrari World to the concerts at Yas Arena.
Whoever wins the race, the Abu Dhabi atmosphere always provides the perfect setting for the end of the Formula One season.
WHERE: Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island
Get ready to be pushed to the limits in a gruelling obstacle course as the popular Wadi Adventure Race (W.A.R.) returns for another edition next month.
The race will be held on Saturday, December 16 at Al Ain’s Wadi Adventure and you can see for yourself why it’s rated highly.
Since it was launched in 2012, W.A.R. has gone from strength to strength and next month’s edition will be no different.
“It gives us such contentment that Wadi Adventure Race series is in its 14th edition and the way the race has grown over the past five years,” said Tijo John, sales and marketing manager at Wadi Adventure.
“We started off with around 75 challengers in 2012 and since then the numbers has increased 10 fold in the series that unfolded. Being the pioneer of obstacle races in the UAE and having a natural terrain and largest number of military styled obstacles, W.A.R. has been in the limelight for all levels of fitness minded people.”
The event has three courses – 5k, 10k and 15k distances, depending on your fitness. The 5k is divided into three categories – ‘Above Average Fitness’, ‘Average Fitness’ and ‘Just For Fun’, while the 10k has ‘Above Average Fitness’ and ‘Extremely Fit’ categories.
For those who want to test themselves further, there is the 15k section with ‘The Longest Day’ and ‘Average Fitness’ categories.
Participants can look forward to tackling a course that will see them crawl, jump, climb and swim their way through various obstacles.
You still have time to sign up for the race with registration closing on December 14 but John insists not to wait too long to confirm your participation for the fun event.
“With six different categories to cater for the different fitness levels and running abilities, W.A.R. gives people a choice to go for the win or just complete the course and have fun,” John said.
“It sets up a fantastic atmosphere with many different groups cheering and helping one another complete obstacles and after the race a delicious buffet awaits to refuel the body while mixing with friends and telling tales of the personal adventure they had.”
He added: “On the day, each participant will be given a T-shirt upon arrival and a medal on completing the race which will be followed by a healthy buffet for all. Warm up session will be conducted prior to the race by renowned gym instructors and various sponsors will be present on our beach offering their services to the participants.”
What: Wadi Adventure Race
Where: Wadi Adventure, Al Ain
When: December 16 from 08:30
Contact: For more information or to sign up, visit www.premieronline.com
The du Tough Mudder challenge returns to the UAE next month and with the help of Volvic, the official water partner of the event, and their brand ambassador Marcus Smith, we’ve been giving you some top tips.
Having guided you through nutrition, hydration, strength training and the dynamics of power and endurance running, the obstacles themselves take centre stage in our penultimate episode seven.
When it comes to tackling the many elements of the physically demanding course on December 8 and 9, you need to be at the top of your game.
A positive and no-fear mindset will help you conquer the famed tough mudder hurdles, such as the Liberator, the Block Ness Monster, birth canal and the almighty Everest 2.0 to finish up.
Jumping, crawling, ducking and diving will test your upper and lower body conditioning to the limit but by honing some of Marcus’s techniques as seen in the video, you’ll be in the best possible shape to explode off the start line.
The great thing about du Tough Mudder is that it’s an event with so much variety – meaning you can afford the luxury of mixing up your training and focusing on different areas to contend with the obstacles.
As a result, your motivation and energy levels will be going into overdrive.
Power, stamina, flexibility, movement and strength themed-exercises in the gym, or outdoors, will really help you prepare for those tricky rope climbs, low crawls and explosive jumps.
So, check out Marcus’ handy hint above and don’t forget, for your chance to be a part of Marcus’ Volvic Army, all you have to do is upload a picture or video on social media of you completing a run and hashtag #FindYourVolcano.