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SPORT & LEISURE - WATER SPORTS

Inaugural Abu Dhabi swimming festival set for October 16

Posted on 06/07/2010

The inaugural Abu Dhabi Swimming Festival is due to take place along the capital's Corniche on October 16. It is organised by The Professional Sports Group, under the patronage of Abu Dhabi Beaches and supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and UAE Swimming Association. A prize of Dh5,000 is up for grabs for the winners of both the men's and women's 1.6 kilometre main event, the Waha Capital Mile. While a Business Class ticket to any Etihad European destination goes to the first men's ...  >>MORE

Emirates Team New Zealand sails away with Cascais victory

Posted on 18/05/2010

The Portugal Trophy is not all Emirates Team New Zealand take away from the first Audi MedCup circuit event for 2010, in Cascais. After securing the regatta win yesterday with two second placings in the final races, Dean Barker and his crew are more than happy to carry a 20-point lead into the next event, in Marseille in June. They also take lessons learned from this challenging 10-race regatta, where the roguish winds were always tough to read, and the standard of boats in the 11-strong fleet ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Ahmed presented indeed some of the best performances in free-style kite-surfing

Posted on 29/04/2010

With his special ability to captivate audience through his eye-catching performance in kite-surfing, and his ability to challenge wild winds at 18 knots of speed with a single hand, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Hamdan Bin Mohamed Al Nahyan is in fact a modest person who seeks to place the UAE on the map of international water sports events. Sheikh Ahmed participated this year in the free-style kite-surfing contests at Al Gharbia Watersports festival, taking place at Mirfa Beach from April 22 to May 1, ...  >>MORE

Thousands expected on 2nd Al Gharbia Watersports Festival

Posted on 20/04/2010

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, final preparations are underway for the 2nd Al Gharbia Watersports Festival, which will be held in Mirfa, Al Gharbia from April 22 to May 1st, 2010. The festival, in its 2nd year, is initiated by the Western Region Development Council (WRDC), and organised by Abu Dhabi Motors Club. Excitement is already building among competitors and visitors in anticipation for the ...  >>MORE

America’s Cup ruling goes against RAK

Posted on 29/10/2009

A judge in New York ruled yesterday that Ras al Khaimah cannot host the America's Cup race in February, citing a provision in the 19th-century document that governs the sailing contest. The rules state the competition cannot be held in the Northern Hemisphere between November and May. New York State Supreme Court Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich said that meant the emirate was not eligible to host the race scheduled for February 8-12. The suit had been filed by Larry Ellison's BMW-Oracle ...  >>MORE

Emirates Team New Zealand claims Med Series victory

Posted on 23/09/2009

After five regattas sailed on the Mediterranean, Emirates Team New Zealand has emerged victorious in the Audi MedCup 2009. Emirates Team New Zealand, sailing NZL380, won the season title convincingly. After winning four of the five regattas, NZL380 was well clear on 128.5 points. Second-placed Quantum was 74 points behind on 202.5 points, with Artemis (Sweden) third on 208.5. Matador (Argentina), which won the first regatta at Alicante, finished fourth on 209.5 points. Having accomplished a ...  >>MORE

Top of the world - Fazza makes it a clean sweep at powerboat world championship

Posted on 21/09/2009

Fazza powerboat crew Arif Al Zafeen and Nader Bin Hindi completed a magnificent first ever UIM Class 3 (Six Litre) World Championship with a third straight win in Nettuno on Sunday. With the world crown already wrapped up after back-to-back wins in the opening two races, the Fazza duo enjoyed a race-long battle with Britain's Kingfisher S14, crewed by Peter Little and Ian Blacker, to take the chequered flag by 14 seconds. Third home were Lorenzo Bacchi and Saul Bubacco of Italy in Siempre ...  >>MORE

Ras Al Khaimah to host prestigious America's Cup

Posted on 06/08/2009

The skipper of Alinghi has showered praise on Ras Al Khaimah as "the most ideal venue" to host next year's historic America's Cup race. The race is the oldest and most prestigious event in the sport of sailing and predates even the modern Olympics by 45 years. It will take place from February 8, 2010 at the luxury resort of Al Hamra Village in Ras Al Khaimah."We could not have asked for a better venue. It was a pretty easy decision to take," Brad Butterworth, Alinghi skipper, told Gulf ...  >>MORE

UAE team sets new national swimming records for 100m relay

Posted on 03/08/2009

The UAE swimming team has set a new national relay swimming record at this year's World Championships in Rome (Roma09). Swimmers Mohammed Abdullah Mubarak Al-Ghaferi, Mubarak Mohammed Salim Youssef, Obaid Ahmed Al-Jasmi and Saeed Ahmed Al-Jasmi managed to finish the 4x100 relay in just 4:00:37 taking out the teams's record of 04:05:87 set by the UAE swimming team at the 9th Gulf Swimming Championship 2008. - Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Dubai to host 2013 world swimming championship

Posted on 19/07/2009

Dubai won the bid to host the 2013 swimming world championships on Saturday beating Moscow and Hamburg. The announcement was made by Mustafa Larfaoui, president of Fina (the world body for the sport), on the second day of the world event currently under way in Rome. Speaking to Gulf News from Rome, a thrilled Ahmad Al Falasi, president of the UAE Swimming Association (UAESA) said: "What can I say? I am speechless. I think it will take me one full day of rest to let this feeling sink in," ...  >>MORE

Dubai Municipality set up swimming pools at cost Dh47 million in sport clubs

Posted on 25/01/2009

Dubai Municipality has set up the training swimming pools in a number of the Dubai sport clubs at cost Dh47 million. Engineer Hussein Lootah, director general of the civic body said the world-class project, which was conducted in the Al Nasr, Al Wasl and Al Shabab clubs, is an integral part of the projects that aim at achieving welfare and good living conditions for the UAE nationals and expatriates as well. The project includes the closed and air conditioned swimming facilities, stretching ...  >>MORE

Thani Al Qamzi wins Sharjah Grand Prix

Posted on 13/12/2008

Thani Al Qamzi captured the Sharjah Grand Prix crown in an impressive fashion from the pole to cruise home for his second victory in his 50th career start at Khaled Lagoon in Sharjah on Friday afternoon. The race was attended by Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, who gave away the prizes and trophies to the winners. A big crowd of nearly 30,000 spectators watched the race and cheered the drivers enthusiastically. "I am truly happy to win for the ...  >>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

Preparations ‘excellent’, says Fina

Posted on 15/10/2008

Dubai's preparation for the short-course World Swimming Championships in 2010 is "excellent”, according to Fina, the international governing body of swimming. A delegation from Fina is visiting to assess progress. "We are extremely happy with the facilities Dubai Sports Council and the UAE Swimming Association have already here, and what they are planning to build,” said Cornel Marculescu, the Fina executive director and head of the delegation. Two of the five scheduled swimming pools, at Al ...  >>MORE

UAE swimmer sets sights on new record

Posted on 06/08/2008

Setting a new UAE record for the 100 metre freestyle is the dream of swimmer Obaid Al Jasmi as he leaves for the Beijing Olympics on Wednesday. Al Jasmi flew into Dubai on Tuesday and barely had a day to be with his family before making the long trip to Beijing. "Swimming comes first to me. It is in my blood, and as I leave I am thinking so much of setting a new UAE record in Beijing," Al Jasmi told Gulf News. The majority of the UAE squad is already in China, with the country being ...  >>MORE

UAE swimmer eyeing records at Olympics

Posted on 30/07/2008

The UAE swimmer Obaid Al Jasmi is determined he will not be going to the Beijing Olympics just to make up the numbers. He has set himself a target of breaking a couple of records during his time competing at the Games. "I want to re-write a few records at the national and regional levels. "That's my goal at the Beijing Olympic Games," Al Jasmi told Gulf News. The UAE swimmer is currently in Tunisia with the national squad where they are in training under the watchful eye of American coach ...  >>MORE

Explorers will soon swim to North Pole

Posted on 28/09/2007

Global warming will make it impossible to walk to the North Pole in the future, the UAE's top explorer has predicted. Adrian Hayes, who reached the North Pole in April after a gruelling 850km trek, said the ice sheet at the top of the world was already thinning badly - and would only get thinner. The Briton, who has also climbed Mount Everest, said the ice was "crumbling" and was only about a quarter as thick as it was 20 years ago. Hayes and two teammates walked to the North Pole from ...  >>MORE

UAE in swimming deal with US

Posted on 19/09/2007

The UAE Swimming Association (UAESA) has signed a long-term agreement with the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) in uplifting the profile of the sport in the UAE and beyond. The agreement was signed between Ahmad Abdullah Al Falasi, President of the UAESA and Dale Neuburger, Fina Vice President and ASCA's Executive Director John Leonard late on Saturday. As per the agreement that runs on till 2014, the high-profile ASCA will delegate top-quality coaches and technical staff to assist ...  >>MORE

Sail of the century

Posted on 26/05/2007

As the UAE's development continues at lightning speed, it can be easy to think that some of the traditions are at risk of being lost for ever. The Sir Bu Naair dhow race tomorrow, however, is proof that the country is determined to hold on to its history as a centre for pearl divers. Every year since the event was restarted more than 15 years ago, dozens of dhows have raced along the UAE coast in a recreation of a sprint home that the pearl divers used to enjoy in times past. Sir Bu ...  >>MORE

Team New Zealand in Valencia

Posted on 15/03/2007

The two boats belonging to the Emirates Team New Zealand are back on the waters off the Mediterranean Sea to prepare for the start of the final act of the Louis Vuitton Cup. Emirates Team New Zealand's reassembled race yachts NZL 84 and NZL 92 are currently being put through their paces. Since the yachts were flown in to Valencia at the end of last month, the shore crew and engineers had been working to re-commission them for the restart of the testing programme. This will be the final month ...  >>MORE

UAE pilots dominate Jet Ski event

Posted on 23/01/2007

UAE pilots dominated the third heat of the UAE Jet Ski Championship held at Mina Seyahi on Saturday. In a day full of surprises the UAE riders took to the podium in the Junior Ski, Ski Limited, Runabout Super Stock up to 1200cc and Free Style. The Junior Ski up to 800 cc saw Al Mur Mohammad Bin Huraiz take first place with 60 points, Omar Abdullah Rashid and Abdullah Nader Bin Hindi were second and third respectively. There was a tough fight between Masood Al Masood, Mohammad Al Muhairi ...  >>MORE

Godolphins finish one-two in Shopping Festival heat

Posted on 14/01/2007

It was a glorious day for the Godolphin boats at the Dubai Shopping Festival heat of the Dubai Wooden Powerboat race held at the Dubai International Marine Club. Godolphin 1, skippered by Mohammad Majid Al Room and long time partner Marwan Suhail Al Ayali, completed the 35.66 nautical mile (NM) course in 39.26 minutes to bag the first place. The winners averaged a speed of 99.238 kmph. Taking second place in a title of 40.15 minutes was the pairing of Marwan Ali Al Muhairi and Basher ...  >>MORE

UAE in world limelight

Posted on 07/12/2006

UAE has been named by the International Swimming Federation (Fina) to host the 2010 world swimming championships in Dubai. Mustapha Larfaoui, the president of the ISF, was in Dubai to sign the agreement for the world swimming governing body at the Dubai Sports Council yesterday. Matar Al Tayer, vice-president of the Dubai Sports Council (DSC), and Ahmed Al Falasi, president of the UAE Swimming Association, penned their signatures. Dr Ahmed Sheriff, general secretary of Dubai Sports Council was ...  >>MORE

First round draws significant response

Posted on 02/11/2006

Close to 100 sailors are set to tussle for honours when the 2006-'07 UAE National Sailing Championship gets under way at the Jebel Ali Sailing Club (JASC) this weekend. Backed by Connector, the opening round of the five-round championship will be held at the waters at JASC on November 3 and 4. The two-day sailing regatta, featuring a total of six races spread over the two days, has attracted sailors from all clubs in the UAE. Keel boats, catamarans, two man dinghies, laser, toppers and ...  >>MORE

Al Zeer win overall title in traditional dhow series

Posted on 28/05/2006

Al Zeer, skippered by Mohammad Rashid Bin Shaheen, who has often been described as a "sailor by the day and fisherman by night", emerged the overall champion of the traditional dhow (60ft) sailing series. Al Zaeer finished fourth in the annual Sir Bu Naair race which concluded last Friday evening, but collected the required points to clinch the gold plated trophy and winner's prize of Dh300,000. Dahees, skippered by Khadem Rashid Al Muhairi, won a silver-plated dhow trophy and Dh200,000 ...  >>MORE

Dubai wins bid to host 10th FINA World Swimming Championships

Posted on 11/04/2006

Dubai has won the bid to host the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in 2010, it was announced in Shanghai. FINA, the governing body of swimming, announced the result at a press conference in Shanghai where Dubai was in competition against Istanbul. The current competition in Shanghai has 119 participating countries, and it is expected that 200 FINA countries will participate in 2010. Mr. Ahmed Al Falasi, President of UAE Swimming Federation, said: "We are extremely honoured to be ...  >>MORE

President issues new law on jet skis

Posted on 13/03/2006

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, has issued a law on the licensing, renting and using of jet skis. The law empowered the Abu Dhabi Transport Administration of the Department of Municipalities and Agriculture to coordinate efforts with the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority to earmark areas allowed for use of jet skis. They are also to monitor the installations that are permitted to rent jet skis. According to the law, the Department of ...  >>MORE

Dubai Junior Regatta sets sail today

Posted on 24/01/2006

Dignitaries, officials, and competitors from around the world observed a minute's silence in memory of Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum prior to the official opening ceremony for the Dubai Junior Regatta yesterday. Sheikh Maktoum is remembered for the strong support and encouragement he provided to establish Dubai as a world-class venue for a wide range of water sport activities. A large number of dignitaries attended the opening ceremony, including the Belgium Ambassador to the UAE, ...  >>MORE

Ghazi takes top honours in fourth heat for 22-foot dhows

Posted on 03/01/2005

Ghazi, skippered by Salim Saeed Salim Al Rumaithi, won the fourth heat of the 22-feet traditional dhow sailing held at Mina Seyahi on Friday. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Emirates Team New Zealand seal season win

Posted on 19/10/2004

Emirates Team New Zealand have won the 2004 America's Cup Season Championship title – the first round of qualification for the America's Cup in 2007 – following its conclusion in Valencia on Sunday of the last of this year's three Louis Vuitton Acts. Hot on the heels of their victory in Act 2 last Wednesday, Emirates Team New Zealand secured second place in Act 3. In combination with its third place in Act 1 in Marseille last month, the Valencia results gave the Emirates-sponsored team ...  >>MORE

Flying finish for Team Emirates

Posted on 13/09/2004

It's amazing what victory can do to one's confidence. This was aptly exemplified by Emirates Team New Zealand as they powered their way to an amazing third place overall at the end of the final day of sailing in the Louis Vuitton Act One in Marseille late on Saturday. "We finished the regatta where we expected to be, but I was surprised that we sailed so well with so little preparation," Grant Dalton, Managing Director of Emirates Team New Zealand stated. The Emirates Team New Zealand ended ...  >>MORE

UAE wins gold medal in GCC swimming championship

Posted on 28/08/2004

The UAE swimming team bagged the first gold medal in the Abu Dhabi during 16th GCC Juniors Swimming Championship. UAE swimmer Khowaiter Saeed won the gold medal in the 50 metres round. Kuwait led the GCC countries, clinching 8 medals five of which were gold. The championship is being held in the Olympic Pool of the Al-Jazeera Sports Club in Abu Dhabi. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Abdullah bin Zayed inaugurates 16th GCC Water Sports Tournament

Posted on 23/08/2004

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Information and Culture yesterday inaugurated the 16th GCC Water Sports Tournament. The event which was held at Al Jazira Sports Club was inaugurated by Sheikh Abdullah on behalf of Lt. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces. Sportsmen from the six-member GCC states are competing in the swimming tournament. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

UAE Optimist squad of sailors prepare for Italy

Posted on 17/08/2004

A squad of 12 young UAE sailors are all set to embark on a journey of hope to Italy today. The dozen Optimist Class sailors, who will be accompanied by Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) sailing manager Sid Bensalah, are destined for Lake Garda where they will participate in an intensive training two-week clinic that concludes on August 28. "Our sailors are very well prepared for this important training camp, which constitutes a vital aspect of our vision for the future of sailing in the ...  >>MORE

Ghazi tames the seas for victory

Posted on 29/05/2004

Ghazi, skippered by Ahmed Saeed Al Rumaithi, battled with varying sea conditions to win the Sir Bu Naair traditional dhow sailing race, which concluded at Mina Seyahi yesterday. Thaib, captained by Ahmed Thani Al Rumaithi, secured second position in the 58-nautical mile race with Atlas, skippered by Ahmed Rashid Al Suwaidi, taking the third place. A field of over 90 dhows were flagged off from Sir Bu Naair island, early yesterday morning, before they began a challenging journey to Dubai. ...  >>MORE

Heyaf takes final heat honours

Posted on 16/05/2004

Heyaf clinched top honours in the eighth and final heat of the 22-foot Dubai Traditional Dhow Sailing Race, organised by the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC), Mina Seyahi on Friday. The race held inside the Palm Island Jumeirah saw the dhows taking to the rough waters coupled with strong winds of 15-17 knots to complete the course around the famous Al Khayour turn buoys. The races witnessed the skills and tactics of the national sailors, who spared no efforts to race against the winds ...  >>MORE

UAE pilots dominate in final heat of jet-ski event

Posted on 09/05/2004

UAE pilots dominated the seventh and final heat of the UAE Jet Ski Championship in all three categories, while Kuwaiti drivers secured the Runabout Stock 1200cc class in action off the shores of Le Meridien Mina Seyahi on Friday. On a day full of surprises, the UAE riders won both the Runabout Super Stock 786-1200cc and the Super Stock up to 800cc. Khalid Mohsin finished first with Othman Falahi in tow and USA's Alex Kim in third place in the Super Stock 800cc category. Mohammed Nasir Al ...  >>MORE

UAE's Al Falahi captures superstock 800 cc honours

Posted on 28/02/2004

UAE pilots dominated the third round of the UAE Jet Ski Championship as Kuwaiti drivers secured the Runabout Beginners 1200 cc class in action at the Breakwater area organised by the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club. In a day full of surprises the UAE riders won both the Runabout Experts 785 cc and the Superstock upto 800cc. Al Hamly became the new leader of the standings with 60 points followed by Futtais, 57 points, former leader bin Hindi retreated to third place with 50 points ...  >>MORE

UAE's Bin Hindi on top of the world

Posted on 28/12/2003

The UAE's Nadir bin Hindi was on top of the world on Friday winning the UIM Aquabikes World Championships for Runabout Superstock 1200 cc finishing third in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the final round of the championship which was organised by the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) under the patronage of Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, the Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court and President of the ADIMSC. It was bin Hindi's third world title. He won in 1995 and ...  >>MORE

UAE's Nasir clinches pole position

Posted on 27/12/2003

The UAE's Mohammed Nasir led the pole run of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the final round of the UIM aquabikes world championship overcoming tough competition from the world's top drivers. Nasir upstaged the likes of title contenders Frenchman Didier Navarro and the UAE's Nadir bin Hindi. Navarro finished second on the Pole with UAE's Omair bin Thani in third place and Saif bin Futtais fourth, Italian Paolo Baesini came fifth while bin Hindi was sixth. Bin Hindi, who leads the overall standings ...  >>MORE

Al Dawas and Al Marri emerge champions

Posted on 20/12/2003

In the run up to the ClassPro 2003 Aquabike World Championship and Middle East Continental Championship, held at the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC), the race for the Middle East Continental Championship produced some thrilling action. This years Middle East Championship saw an entry of 20 participants from the UAE the largest contingent, followed by 5 from Qatar, 4 from Kuwait and one each from Oman, Bahrain and Syria. Ahmed Al Dawas of Kuwait maintained a steady lead in the ...  >>MORE

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Inaugural Abu Dhabi swimming festival set for October 16


Emirates Team New Zealand sails away with Cascais victory


Sheikh Ahmed presented indeed some of the best performances in free-style kite-surfing


Thousands expected on 2nd Al Gharbia Watersports Festival


America’s Cup ruling goes against RAK


Emirates Team New Zealand claims Med Series victory


Top of the world - Fazza makes it a clean sweep at powerboat world championship


Ras Al Khaimah to host prestigious America's Cup


UAE team sets new national swimming records for 100m relay


Dubai to host 2013 world swimming championship


Dubai Municipality set up swimming pools at cost Dh47 million in sport clubs


Thani Al Qamzi wins Sharjah Grand Prix


Take sport to an extreme


Preparations ‘excellent’, says Fina


UAE swimmer sets sights on new record


UAE swimmer eyeing records at Olympics


Explorers will soon swim to North Pole


UAE in swimming deal with US


Sail of the century


Team New Zealand in Valencia


UAE pilots dominate Jet Ski event


Godolphins finish one-two in Shopping Festival heat


UAE in world limelight


First round draws significant response


Al Zeer win overall title in traditional dhow series


Dubai wins bid to host 10th FINA World Swimming Championships


President issues new law on jet skis


Dubai Junior Regatta sets sail today


Ghazi takes top honours in fourth heat for 22-foot dhows


Emirates Team New Zealand seal season win


Flying finish for Team Emirates


UAE wins gold medal in GCC swimming championship


Abdullah bin Zayed inaugurates 16th GCC Water Sports Tournament


UAE Optimist squad of sailors prepare for Italy


Ghazi tames the seas for victory


Heyaf takes final heat honours


UAE pilots dominate in final heat of jet-ski event


UAE's Al Falahi captures superstock 800 cc honours


UAE's Bin Hindi on top of the world


UAE's Nasir clinches pole position


Al Dawas and Al Marri emerge champions