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SPORT & LEISURE - LEISURE ACTIVITIES

Extreme’ mud obstacle course coming to Dubai

Posted on 19/07/2016

A world-renowned obstacle course is expected to make its debut in the Middle East on December 9 and 10 this year. Organised by IMG in partnership with du telecoms company, the Tough Mudder and du Mini Mudder events will take place in Dubai's Hamdan Sports Complex. It will include eight-kilometre and 9km courses. Thousands can take part in obstacles including the Arctic Enema 2.0, which is an icy water plunge, and the Electroshock Therapy, a muddy sprint through dangling electric wires. The ...  >>MORE

Highest mountain in UAE to get world’s longest zip line

Posted on 02/04/2016

Thrill seekers across the world will have one more place to visit in the UAE as Ras Al Khaimah will soon be unveiling a protected climbing route (via ferrata) on Jabal Jais, the highest mountain in the country. "We have decided as a tourism authority to adopt three sites on the mountain. The first site will open by end of April and will be via ferrata with a zip line included,” said Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, told Emirates 24|7. "But we will have ...  >>MORE

Yas Marina: Abu Dhabi’s new health destination

Posted on 21/08/2014

Whether you are a die-hard gym freak, a regular fitness enthusiast or even a watersport junkie or a beauty buff, Yas Marina is the place to be. With an impressive set of world class facilities offering beauty, sports, health fitness options, the place is fast developing as an ultimate fitness and lifestyle destination in Abu Dhabi. Vogue Fitness, NuYou Spa, Watercooled and Bounceback are some of the names that lend credibility to that claim. For instance, Vogue Fitness has launched fully ...  >>MORE

Stage set for second Dubai Airports 9-Ball Championship

Posted on 10/06/2014

The second Dubai Airports 9-Ball Championship shall break off later this month with the very best players from across the UAE's aviation sector competing in the preliminary heats and subsequent finals thereafter. Majed Al Joker, VP Operations, Dubai Airports, will be aiming to go one better than last year's edition having finished as the runner-up to the reigning champion Abdulla Mohammed (10-5) in the inaugural final. This event, which is being held under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed bin ...  >>MORE

UAE duo Shehab and Joaker to face-off in final

Posted on 27/03/2012

The UAE's top two cueists, Mohamed Shehab and Mohammed Al Joaker, have set up an enticing finale for the ENOC UAE Snooker Ranking Circuit's second event after winning their respective semifinal encounters at the Dubai Snooker Club late on Saturday night. While Shehab breezed through his semi-final against Saif Al Kitbi 4-1, Al Joaker was stretched to the limit by Mohammed Hussain before he registered a hard-fought 4-3 victory. Al Joaker had to shrug off a spirited challenge by Hussain with ...  >>MORE

Dubai Marina Yacht Club to host Dragon Boat Festival

Posted on 02/02/2009

Dubai Marina Yacht Club, the newly opened leisure destination for marine enthusiasts, will host a Dragon Boat Festival at the Dubai Marina Canal on February 13, 2009. The hugely popular Dragon Boat Festival will be the first key event for the club since its launch, and is set to become an annual feature. The Dragon Boat race will be held from 8am to 6pm along the 3.5 km Dubai Marina canal, in front of the new Clubhouse, with over 800 participants in 40 teams expected to take part. Dragon ...  >>MORE

Narrow victory for desert race team

Posted on 18/12/2008

After a gruelling six-day journey across Abu Dhabi emirate, a tired but elated Richard Ussher led a team to the narrowest of victories in the Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge for the second consecutive year. Team Desert Islands headed the field from start to finish but their lead was never more than a few minutes and at the beginning of the final day was a scant 63 seconds over the team skippered by his 2007 teammate, Gordon Walker. Ussher's team extended their advantage to four minutes after ...  >>MORE

Competitors contend with sand gazelles

Posted on 14/12/2008

Competitors in the Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge already knew they would have to cope with the rigours of the desert and its harsh terrain. But the mountain biking section through the wildlife preserve on Sir Bani Yas Island, added to the race for its second year, presented a new and unexpected challenge. After teams finished a 45.5km circuit around the island, stories abounded of encounters with the island's estimated 5,000 sand gazelles. Andy Wilson, from the British team Sleepmonster, ...  >>MORE

Take sport to an extreme

Posted on 10/11/2008

Thrill seekers will converge on Abu Dhabi this weekend for the country's first extreme sport festival, where visitors can try such sports as zorbing, wakeboarding and Chinese dragon-boat racing. Organisers expect as many as 15,000 people to attend Adrenaline Sports Live, which is being held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from Thursday until Saturday. Visitors can try 15 action sports and watch wakeboarding and skateboarding competitions. The main hall of the exhibition centre ...  >>MORE

Dubai set to be top Eid destination

Posted on 14/09/2008

Dubai is set to become the region's premier destination for Eid celebrations, announced Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates airline and Group and Chairman of the Dubai Shopping Festival Office (DSFO) Supreme Committee at the launch of a new initiative that will further strengthen the city's position as the leisure, tourism and cultural hub of the region. "Eid in Dubai is another pillar initiative that will further support our ...  >>MORE

UAE athletes put up an impressive display

Posted on 15/12/2006

Doha The 15th Asian Games end tonight with the closing ceremony at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha. China, as usual, have dominated the Games with 304 medals (160 gold, 81 silver and 63 bronze) until last evening. Athletes will compete for medals until this afternoon. UAE have done well in the Asian Games. They won 10 medals, three gold, four silver and three bronze medals. The UAE karate men team failed to win a medal in the karate events held on Wednesday. The only medal won in the Asian ...  >>MORE

Grab your chance to see Abu Dhabi from the skies

Posted on 14/03/2006

For the first time this week, Microlight flights are being offered in Abu Dhabi to those who want to get a very special look at the UAE capital. And after landing following my airborne adventure it was clear there is no finer way to look at the city. The scene at the edge of Port Zayed was one of anticipation when Captain Laszlo Toth, who is an ex-military pilot, showed me the five microlight planes, one of which would be giving me a breathtaking view of Abu Dhabi. My pilot Vincent ...  >>MORE

Red Bull Air Race 2006 to kick off on March

Posted on 03/02/2006

Red Bull World Series Air Race 2006 will begin here on March 17 under the auspices of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, ADTA, and participation of 11 pilots, following entry of two more pilots, who took part in last year's competition. This year Red Bull Air Race will include ten rounds in ten various cities, following addition of three new rounds. Red Bull Air Race 2005 on Abu Dhabi Corniche had witnessed great attendance by fans, It was the first of its kind to be held in the Middle East region. ...  >>MORE

Dune bashing in Dubai

Posted on 03/02/2006

Adventure seekers can have a brush with some real speed at Gate No. 4 of the Global Village. This is where you are greeted by a motorcycle area where you can experience the freedom of riding a motorcycle. You can choose from the various models on display depending on your age, height and weight. These bikes are four-wheelers with a 50cc engine and are very popular for dune bashing. For those who are not too keen on going off-road, the special sandy tracks provide excellent practice area. ...  >>MORE

Teams get ready to lift off this autumn in fun flying contest

Posted on 09/07/2005

Thirty-six teams will compete in the construction phase of the Flying Day Red Bull Flugtag competition that will be held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum in November. The Red Bull Flugtag has entered its second phase that of construction in which the teams have until October 31 to turn their designs into flying machines. The take-off takes place at the Dubai Creek Park on November 25 at 2pm and the machines will fly into the sky before plunging into ...  >>MORE

Big thrills from mini flying machines in RAK

Posted on 19/06/2004

Hundreds of Ras Al Khaimah residents gather twice a week to see the local aerial show, organised by national youths, on the creek near the Cultural Centre. A group of 12 nationals stage remote-controlled aerial shows on Thursdays and Fridays that are attracting large numbers of spectators. The group has submitted an application to the UAE Civil Aviation Authority for a licence to hold their events under the auspices of the Al Jazera Flying Club. The group said they hope to receive the licence ...  >>MORE

First phase of beach safety study completed

Posted on 07/06/2004

Study that seeks to implement global best practices in beach safety management and to improve Dubai's beautiful and popular beaches. The preliminary study has been successfully undertaken and the municipality is currently evaluating its findings before the next phase of the study proceeds. The preliminary study has been successfully undertaken and the municipality is currently evaluating its findings before the next phase of the study proceeds. This was announced by Engr. Khalid Mohammed Al ...  >>MORE

Skydivers weave patterns as they set records

Posted on 27/03/2004

All eyes were turned skywards yesterday as a 121-strong troupe of skydivers dropped in on Umm Al Qaiwain - smashing a trio of records in the process. Out of a clear blue sky, the German divers plunged 18,000 feet holding hands in an eight-base formation with a star base in the centre. In the process, they established new German, European and Middle East records for the number of divers in the formation. The previous record involved 80 skydivers jumping in a similar formation in Hoexter, ...  >>MORE

Renovated Mamzar beach gets new look

Posted on 27/01/2004

More tourists and residents will now be able to enjoy the beaches at the Al Mamzar Beach Park, where Dubai Municipality has, in a bid to provide improved comfort and safety for beach-goers, recently completed the first stage of revamping four beaches and part of the lagoon beach. Speaking to Khaleej Times, Khalid Al Zahed, Head of the Marine Unit at the General Projects Department of the municipality, noted that the beaches were nourished with high quality sand and also cleared of the rocks ...  >>MORE

Designer hot springs in making

Posted on 24/01/2004

Visitors and health buffs will soon be able to wash away their aches in specially designed hot springs of Al Ain. Separate health bath facilities for males and females are under construction at Mubazzarah, an emerging picnic spot in the city undergoing a swift development. The project is part of a master plan designed to make Al Ain an international tourist centre. The project includes, apart from beautification project, a spring resort, mineral spring pools, a big lake, clubhouse and golf ...  >>MORE

Leisure activities to get boost at new Ajman dhow harbour

Posted on 25/10/2003

Ajman is gearing up to boost its leisure and entertainment industries with the establishment of a docking harbour for dhows. The new facility is expected to cater to the dhows currently docking at the existing Ajman port. The new facility was established after activity in the traditional handicraft trade witnessed a huge growth, said an official of the Ajman Ports and Customs. "As dhow operations have expanded in the emirate and the port harbour is already congested, we decided to set up the ...  >>MORE

Dubai Sky raiders

Posted on 27/09/2003

Salah Mohammed Algaz, a soft-spoken native of Mamzar, Dubai, has extraordinary skills. But his special genius remains known only to a close circle of friends. Not that it bothers Salah. He's content to pursue his passion quietly, without the tumult of media glare. Every Friday afternoon - and whenever else the mood seizes him - Salah takes out the paraphernalia of his passion and gingerly puts it at the back of his red Range Rover. The 32-year-old businessman then drives down to Nad Al Sheba ...  >>MORE

New Dubai Desert Extreme Skate Park promises the thrill of inline skating, skateboarding and BMX biking

Posted on 26/08/2003

They were oblivious to the hot August weather. Unfazed by falls or bruises. Excitement writ large on their faces, they rushed down steep ramps, jumped over boxes of various shapes and sizes and did daring flips and turns on their skateboards, roller blades and BMX bikes. And when they fell, they just dusted themselves and got right back on top of the ramp. The youngsters were thoroughly enjoying the newly opened Dubai Desert Extreme Skate Park at the Wonderland Theme and Water Park in Dubai. ...  >>MORE

'Dubai - shopping capital of Mideast'

Posted on 07/06/2003

Almost 30 per cent of Dubai's total tourist intake originates from exhibitions and events that are increasingly attracting visitors to the emirate. By offering the world's best brands at the best prices, Dubai has established itself as the shopping capital of the Middle East, while the UAE in general, has emerged as the events and exhibitions hub of the region, noted a report published in the UAE Yearbook, 2003. The report drew particular reference to the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) that ...  >>MORE

Coastal construction shrinks beach

Posted on 06/06/2003

People enjoy their time out at Al Ras Al Akhdar. ©Gulf News Being surrounded by the azure Gulf waters often gives the impression that Abu Dhabi city is a summer resort ringed by palm trees and sandy beaches crowded with swimmers and revellers most of the time. But that is quickly dissipated by the fact that only a tiny strip of beach is all that is left for the swimmers. Apart from costly and restricted private beaches of the hotels, Abu Dhabi's beach lovers are now crammed on a beach not ...  >>MORE

Motor-scooters a growing craze

Posted on 02/06/2003

The latest craze to hit the UAE is the motor-scooter. Many people who are too lazy to pedal a bicycle are buying one. The temptation to go in for one are many, for they are considered cost-effective, low on pollution, easy to maintain and quite funky. They help to beat heavy traffic and are safe and easy to recharge. Some models come with a price tag of less than Dh500. These vehicles are apparently being used without licenses from the Traffic Department. Gulf News spoke to Brigadier Abdul ...  >>MORE

Sharjah offers room for more entrants

Posted on 18/05/2003

Three shopping complexes that have been operating in Sharjah for some time now with varying degrees of success, are Al Fardan Centre, generally recognised as the one that first introduced Sharjah residents to the mall culture; Al Taawun Mall in the fast-developing Mamzar area; and The Gold Centre, set slap-bang in the middle of the city, and which has carved out a distinctive niche for itself. With other malls and upmarket retail complexes now jousting for visibility on the Sharjah skyline - ...  >>MORE

Winners of best nightspots feted

Posted on 02/04/2003

The winners of the best nightspots in Abu Dhabi and Dubai were feted last night in an elegant setting with a live band and good food. The event was attended by 800 guests including leading personalities and the cream of the entertainment and hospitality industry. The winners were announced at the annual What's On Awards 2003 gala dinner at Dubai Media City. About 77,000 people voted for their favourite nightspots - restaurants, clubs, sporting events and concerts - in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. (The ...  >>MORE

A ride with nature in the UAE

Posted on 01/04/2003

Every once in a while you experience the need to step out into the open, into the wilderness of nature. Thankfully, the UAE offers a number of recreational activities and sports and scenic locations where you can get away from it all and take a rejuvenating break from the hustle and bustle of city life. A group which seems to be making the best of what the emirates has to offer is Biking Frontiers, an informal group who describe themselves as "a social mob of passionate mountain bikers and ...  >>MORE

Visitors flock to East Coast

Posted on 14/02/2003

The warm weather on the East Coast has attracted thousands of holidaymakers, especially visitors from Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, who thronged Fujairah, Kalba and Khorfakkan during the three days of the Eid Al Adha holiday. Eid Al Adha this year has recorded a huge number of visitors to the East Coast, filling all the main roads leading to tourist and historic sites. A large number of Fujairah residents as well as visitors from other emirates visited the old forts, valleys and dams, the mineral ...  >>MORE

Dh50m Meena Retail Park opens

Posted on 09/05/2002

The capital's retail sector is set to witness intense competition, leading to wide scale promotions with the opening of the Dh50 million Meena Retail Park which has already leased 70 per cent of its retail space. Investment in this project is by public shareholding company Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society (Abu Dhabi Co-Op) whose hypermarket is the anchor store occupying 16,000 square metres out of the total 56,000 square metres. Based on the western style 'out of town' retail park, the Meena ...  >>MORE

Call to make Fantasia 2002 a big success

Posted on 02/01/2002

His Highness Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ajman, has urged the organisers of the Ajman Fantasia 2002 to take measures to ensure the success of the festival, which will be held from January 16 to February 28. Sheikh Humaid also toured the 100,000 square metre plot which will become a permanent centre to host the festival. The location has water and electricity connections. Moreover, booths have been set up to display products from various ...  >>MORE

Online gaming launched by EIM

Posted on 15/10/2001

Emirates Internet and Multimedia (EIM) has launched the region's first multi-player community games site. An online facility being offered free, users can access the games on www.mplayer-arabia.com, said Maroua Naim, general manager of the company. The bilingual site is also accessible through www.albahhar.com. Simultaneously, EIM launched two UAE-wide online tournaments for the games Backgammon and Ages of Empires II. The finalists for both games will battle it out in the finals to be ...  >>MORE

Website to keep visitors posted on DSS events

Posted on 25/06/2001

The portal on Dubai, DubaiCityGuide.com, will cover reviews on all major events being staged during Dubai Summer Surprises 2001. Visitors to the site can view the complete calendar of events with a description of each activity. DubaiCityGuide reporters will review the major events and will post photographs on the site, according to a report in the Khaleej Times. Hyper-links have been provided to the shopping malls and hotels that are running special promotions during DSS. The winners for ...  >>MORE

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