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Saeed Hareb: Dubai Stage of UAE Tour to Start and Finish at Expo 2020 Dubai

Dubai Sports Council has planned a number of other sports events and activities at Expo 2020 Dubai in the coming weeks UAE - The coming weeks will see a number of international sports events taking place at Expo 2020 Dubai, under the organisation and supervision of Dubai Sports Council, with leading international sports stars competing in front of audiences at the first World Expo ever hosted in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. His Excellency Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, said: “At Expo 2020 Dubai, elite specialists from all fields of life have gathered to present their vision for the future of the world, and to present their nation’s rich culture and heritage, and to promote its industries and tourism. “The Expo 2020 Dubai is ‘connecting minds’ more

Formula E Season 8: Meet the Heroes Behind the Helmets Who Will Battle for Glory at the 2022 Diriyah E-prix

- 22 drivers from 11 teams will fight for the win as the 2022 Diriyah E-Prix returns from  28-29 January 2022   - Ex F1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi joins rookies Dan Ticktum, and Oliver Askew on the grid for the first time   Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – 19 January 2022:  The most unpredictable motorsport championship on the planet is back – as the 2022 Diriyah E-Prix returns to the historic desert surroundings of the UNESCO World Heritage site for its season opening double-header, 28-29 January 2022.   Twenty-two of the best drivers in the world will race for eleven teams and only one trophy in Season 8 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. Meet the heroes behind the helmets…   Mercedes EQ – Germany Reigning Teams World Champions Mercedes-EQ return more

Amazon Joins Forces with MTE (MENATECH) to Expand Amazon UNIVERSITY Esports to UAE and KSA

19 January 2022 - Amazon in Saudi Arabia and the UAE joins forces with MTE (MENATech), a GGTech Entertainment Group company to launch Amazon UNIVERSITY Esports, the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s first educational esports league.   Amazon’s involvement in the tournament across the UAE and Saudi Arabia will help upscale the competition, increasing visibility and growth opportunities for players, in addition to providing exciting prizes and resources for participating teams. The agreement between Amazon and MENATech follows a first season in which the esports competitive series hosted teams from more than 130 universities across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  The University Esports Project, which brings students together to compete for their universities in esports leagues, has more

2022 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon Adds World-class Runners to Elite Athlete Field and Reveals Race Route and Technical Sponsor

• Race route revealed for the 15th edition of the world’s fastest half marathon • Leading Spanish sports brand, JOMA, named as technical sponsor • Male elite athlete, Abel Kipchumba and female elite athlete, Brigid Kosgei, added to stellar line-up of world-class runners set to compete in February’s race. • Over 2,000 runners have already signed up for the 2022 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon    Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates – 18th January 2021:  Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) today revealed the race route and technical sponsor for the 2022 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon and announced a stellar line-up of world-class runners set take to compete in the highly anticipated race on Saturday 19th February.   Vying for top spot in the more

Go Down Memory Lane in New National Geographic Six-part Countdown Series, the ‘80s: Top Ten

Host and Executive Producer Rob Lowe and the Emmy Award®-Winning Team at Nutopia bring the best of ‘80s lists that remind viewers why the aftershocks of that decade are still felt today Premiering across the Middle East on January 21, weekly episodes will air on Fridays at 8 pm KSA/9 pm UAE   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – January 17, 2022: Get a blast from the past with National Geographic’s new unscripted series, THE ‘80s: TOP TEN with Rob Lowe, premiering on Friday, January 21, at 8 pm KSA and 9 pm UAE. Produced by Lowe and the Emmy Award-winning team at Nutopia, the six-part series will have weekly episodes airing on Fridays. THE ‘80s: TOP TEN will feature pop culture icon Lowe as he takes viewers down memory lane with six fun and nostalgic top 10 countdowns of the 1980s. The more

Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge Reveals New ‘Live Well Outride' Short Course for 2022 Event

● The 40km course is now open for registration alongside main race on 19th February ● All-new Learn to Ride Programme also announced as clinic will aid new cyclists in developing skills and confidence on the road ● The clinic is free to enter and will take place alongside final Build-Up Ride on 23rd January ● New dates for upcoming Build-Up Ride and main 92km race in line with national weekend changes for 2022   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 17 January 2022: Ahead of the final Build-Up Ride for this year’s Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge in partnership with Dubai Sports Council, organisers have revealed the new Live Well Outride, a short course option to allow families and new cyclists to join in the fun alongside the main 92km challenge on 19th February.    The 40km more

BRX Set Dakar Record as Al Attiyah Secures Fourth Victory

Team becomes first to complete world’s toughest rally with cars running on sustainable fuel Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 15 January, 2022: Bahrain Raid Xtreme rounded off the 44th Dakar Rally with a place in the record books as Nasser Al Attiyah secured his fourth victory in the event today. Sebastien Loeb and Fabian Lurquin took their BRX Prodrive Hunter to the fourth best time on the 164 km stage from Bisha to Jeddah to secure second place overall, as Al Attiyah won the world’s most demanding rally by 27 mins 46 secs. With the stage win going to South African Henk Lategan, Loeb’s BRX team-mates Orlando Terranova and Dani Oliveras cruised to sixth place on the day to record a fourth place outright finish, the Argentine driver’s best Dakar result to date. Nani Roma and Alex Haro also brought their more

BRX Trio Stage Top Ten Show As Dakar Heads for Finish

Loeb ensures Al Attiyah is left with tense last day test 14, January, 2022: Bahrain Raid Xtreme secured a trio of top ten stage finishes in the Dakar Rally as Nasser Al Attiyah was left to face a tense last day test before securing a fourth triumph in the event. Sebastien Loeb initially recorded the second fastest time on the 346-km penultimate stage around the south-western town of Bisha as he looked to reinforce his challenge at the wheel of BRX Prodrive Hunter in second place overall. A five-minute penalty later imposed after he braked late going into a speed control zone dropped the nine-times World Rally Champion Loeb and Fabian Lurquin to eighth on the day, which they ended 33 mins 19 secs adrift of overall leader Al Attiyah. With Carlos Sainz setting the fastest time on the stage, the two other BRX cars also more

Loeb Closes the Gap Again to Turn Up Dakar Pressure

BRX star continues to eat away at Al Attiyah’s lead as Terranova rises into top five 11,  January, 2022:  Sebastien Loeb increased the pressure for Bahrain Raid Xtreme in the Dakar Rally as he slashed another seven minutes off the lead held by Nasser Al Attiyah in Saudi Arabia. Partnered by Fabian Lurquin in their BRX Prodrive Hunter, the nine-times World Rally  Champion followed up his second stage win 24 hours earlier with a third place finish today behind Sweden’s Mattias Ekstrom and Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel. With Al Attiyah managing only the 11th best time on the 395 km stage from Al Dawadimi to Wadi Ad Dawasir, Loeb reduced the Qatari’s overall advantage to 37 mins 58 secs with four more stages amounting to 1,172-km left before Friday’s finish in Jeddah. After closing the gap more

Ozka's Step Challenge is Back at Global Village with a Chance to Win an Amazing Adventure

Dubai, UAE, January 10, 2022: Start the new year on the right foot and join Ozka, the fun-loving Quokka once more as he counts his steps at Global Village, the UAE and wider region's leading multicultural family destination for culture, shopping, and entertainment.  Ozka’s fitness challenge is back by popular demand for the whole family for 2022. Complete 22,000 steps before midnight in a single day from January 9 to February 9 and win an evening of fun. All you have to do is open the Global Village app and click on “Step Challenge with Ozka” to start stepping within the park. As you discover all the exciting attractions, pavilions, and experiences, your steps will be added automatically to your counter. Once you hit 22,000 steps, you can head to the Guests Care Centre, starting from the following day and more

Terranova Gives BRX SuperB Stage Win as Dakar Reaches Half-Way Point

Loeb still in the hunt in third place despite losing time to tricky navigation 8, January, 2022:  Orlando Terranova secured a brilliant stage victory for Bahrain Raid Xtreme today as the Dakar Rally reached the half way point in Riyadh.  The Argentinian driver, partnered by Spain’s Dani Oliveras in their BRX Prodrive Hunter, was fastest by 1 mins 6 seconds from Sweden’s Mattias Ekstrom on the 348-km sixth special as he continued his climb up the rankings to seventh overall. The quality of Terranova’s drive was underlined by the fact that he was more than six minutes quicker on the day than Nasser Al Attiyah, who extended his overall lead, despite recording only the tenth best stage time. Two-times Dakar winner Nani Roma with Alex Haro also impressed in another of the BRX Prodrive Hunters, more

Dakar Update: Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi

January 08, 2021:  The UAE’s Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi and new German co-driver Dirk Von Zitzewitz continued to make up for the huge amount of ground they lost through a broken gearbox on the first leg. Al Qassimi produced the 24th fastest time on the stage in his ageing, two-wheel drive Abu Dhabi Racing Peugeot 3008 DKR to reach the half-way point in 51st place, and is determined to keep climbing the rankings. “We had a few technical issues,” he said. “It's just navigation as I'm trying to get used to my co-driver. I was just chatting with (Sebastien) Loeb who got lost today. For me it was kind of fine, but I was driving behind a car for 170 kilometers. After the liaison I decided to push more and passed a couple of cars. Then I had a flat tyre so again I had to stop and change it. We will be more

Loeb Eats Into Al Attiyah's Dakar Lead

French ace wins dramatic battle with big rival as BRX keep the pressure on UAE, 6 January, 2022:  Sebastien Loeb delivered another powerful reminder today that Bahrain Raid Xtreme intend to keep the Dakar pressure on Nasser Al Attiyah as the nine-times World Rally Champion won an enthralling duel with his big rival. The two giants of the new FIA World Rally-Raid Championship fought out a dramatic tussle on the 346-km fifth stage, and it was Loeb who came out on top in in his BRX Prodrive Hunter, reducing the Qatari’s overall lead by almost three miniutes. “We had a great side by side battle with Nasser, with me catching him and him catching me, and I think we passed each other fifteen times in the stage,” said the Frenchman after setting the second fast time for a third day alongside Fabian more

Global Village Hosts Festive Fun for the Whole Family this Russian Christmas

Dubai, UAE, January 6, 2022: Global Village, the UAE and wider region's leading multicultural family destination for culture, shopping, and entertainment, is letting the joy of the Festive season envelop guests as they come together for spectacular celebrations to mark Russian Christmas until January 8, 2022.  Guests can visit the Russian Pavilion to meet Russian Santa Claus, more commonly known as Ded Moroz or Father Frost, and his granddaughter Snegurochka, who also host a special festive show every day. What’s more, evenings are filled with music and entertainment with Russian-inspired Christmas musical performances and food stalls serving delectable treats and traditional favourites. The celebrations will continue with extraordinary fireworks that will light up the sky on January 7 and 8 at 9:00 pm. This more

Loeb Passes Tough Dakar Test to Keep Up Brx Challenge

Frenchman forced to tackle 250kms with just front wheel drive but holds position  Dubai, UAE 5, January, 2022:  Sebastien Loeb passed another major Dakar Rally test with the Bahrain Raid Xtreme as team-mates Nani Roma and Orlando Terranova maintained their momentum on today’s tough third stage. After recording a maiden stage victory for BRX 24 hours earlier, Loeb and co-driver Fabian Lurquin in one of the three Prodrive Hunters lost a significant amount of time with drivetrain problems for most of the 255-km special. Despite the setback, the nine-times World Rally Champion retained second position overall behind Nassar Al Attiyah, who leads by 37 mins 40 secs, with another nine demanding stages remaining. Loeb was forced to battle through 250km of the stage with just front wheel drive, but his skill and more

Jameel Arts Centre Starts 2022 with an Exciting Roster of Public Programmes, Featuring Night School, Film Screenings and more

Public Programme Night School: Todd Reisz Date: 9 - 26 January, 2022   Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM  Location: Project Space View full schedule here  Join architect and writer Todd Reisz for the first Night School at Jameel Arts Centre. A small seminar of Dubai residents will meet to explore the ways Dubai has been shaped by design and by the people who transformed design into reality. With several guests joining us, we explore Dubai’s growth and ambitions in relation to other cities in the Gulf. The seminar will meet from January 9 until January 26, on Sunday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. There are also some planned evening film screenings. Professionals, students and everyone who is curious are welcome to register for the free course. No prior academic experience is necessary. The only more

Dubai Sports Council Launch Basketball Development Program for Dubai Clubs

Dubai - UAE:  Dubai Sports Council has launched a ‘Basketball Development Program’ for Dubai clubs, with the aim of developing the skills of Emirati coaches and players. The initiative has been launched under the framework of Decision No 4 2020 of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, which makes it mandatory for all government clubs of Dubai to appoint an Emirati assistant coach for all first teams, in all team sports. The development program is being held in cooperation with Lebanese basketball legend Fadi El Khatib, who will give lectures, conduct workshops, and supervise the training of players and coaches at Dubai clubs, and at Champs Ahead Basketball Academy, throughout the season. The ‘Basketball Development Program’ will involve more

Loeb Boosts Dakar Bid With Historic Stage Victory for BRX

Team’s maiden stage win on world’s toughest rally is first ever by a car using sustainable fuel Dubai, UAE - 4 January, 2022:  Sebastien Loeb underlined his challenge for a first Dakar Rally triumph today as he delivered an historic stage victory for the Bahrain Raid Xtreme team in Saudi Arabia. The nine-times World Rally Champion, partnered by Fabian Lurquin in one of the three BRX Prodrive Hunters, was fastest on the 338-km stage from Hail to Al Artawiya by 3 mins 28secs from overnight leader Nasser Al Attiyah. The result saw Loeb cut Al Attiyah’s advantage alongside Matthieu Baumel in a Toyota Hilux to 9 mins 16 secs ahead of tomorrow’s 255-km special from Al Artawiya to Al Qaysumah. The first stage win for the Bahrain Raid Xtreme Prodrive Hunter on the Dakar rally came after 3 hours and more

People Danced their way into 2022 with Guru Randhawa

RAS AL KHAIMAH: As the world bid adieu to 2021, people headed down to Ras Al Khaimah for a party that went well into the night with Guru Randhawa, food, dancing and a dazzling display of fireworks. The evening began with light music, as people went around capturing special moments at the various unique photo booths. Soon after, the DJ kickstarted the New Year party of 2021 with several powerful numbers that brought the crowd down to the dancing floor.  Brought to the world by Truckers UAE and Coreme in association with The Brew, Zee Group, Gulf News, people from near and far came to join in the festivities. The audience also indulged in a variety of food options ranging from momos all the way to pasta as they rang in the New Year. Once, the soulful Guru Randhawa took to the stage, the crowd’s energy level went out of more

BRX make Confident Start as Dakar Launches New World Rally-raid Series

UAE’s Khalid Al Qassimi satisfied as he gets to know new co-driver Dubai, UAE - 3,  January, 2022:  The 44th Dakar Rally has started for competitors as they attack 8,375 kms over the next two weeks in Saudi Arabia for one of the biggest prizes in motorsport, with the three Bahrain Raid Xtreme team cars all finishing the opening day in the top ten. The first leg took place today not far from Jeddah with just 19 kms completed; a short test but a very important one as it was the first ever stage of the new five-round FIA World Rally-Raid Championship being launched in 2022. Qatar’s Nasser Al Attiyah set the fastest time on the stage in his Toyota by 12 seconds from the Audi of Carlos Sainz as this huge sporting and engineering challenge got underway, A total of 409 cars, bikes, quads and trucks left more

Global Village Rings in 2022 with Fireworks to Celebrate New Year Eight Times

Dubai, UAE, January 1, 2022: Global Village, the UAE and wider region's leading multicultural family destination for culture, shopping, and entertainment, created the perfect setting to ring in the New Year in style with eight spectacular firework displays to mark the arrival of 2022 in eight countries across the world.  Festivities started with the arrival of New Year in Australia with daytime fireworks held for the first time in Dubai at 5pm. The celebrations and fireworks continued throughout the night as different countries celebrated midnight with a very special extravaganza when the UAE welcomed the New Year. But the festivities weren’t over at midnight as the last fireworks display burst over Global Village at 1am to mark the New Year in Russia.  Waleef, Global Village’s new character, was more

Global Village Extends Operating Hours in 2022

Dubai, UAE – December 30, 2021: In alignment with the government’s decision with regard to the new work week, starting 2nd January 2022 Global Village, the UAE and wider region's leading multicultural family destination for culture, shopping, and entertainment, will have three days of extended operating hours instead of the earlier two.  Family day has been shifted to Tuesday from the earlier Monday when Global Village is reserved exclusively for ladies and families. The spectacular weekly fireworks will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings at 9pm.  The new operating hours at the Park are as follows: Sunday to Wednesday 4PM to 12AM, Thursdays to Saturday 4PM to 1AM. Global Village continues to celebrate the festive season until January 8th as it hosts Russian Christmas at the Russia more

Competition heats up at Fazza Championship for Falconry in Dubai

> Organised by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center, the Fazza Championship for Falconry will run until January 14, 2022 Dubai, December 30, 2021: Competition heats up at Fazza Championship for Falconry–Telwah as the General Public Category concludes on Friday, December 31, at Ruwayyah desert area in Dubai.  Organised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Centre (HHC), the falcon racing will run daily until January 14 next year. On Thursday, December 30, the General Public Category had races in Pure Jeer class. Rashid Saeed Al-Mansoori’s falcon “Champion” was a real champ after finishing the first 400-metre race with a time of 17.655 seconds. Al-Mansoori’s other bird ‘My Youth’ also won second place with a time of 17.700 seconds; while third place was grabbed by Ahmed Ateeq more

Loeb Has Winning Feeling Again as Brx Aim for Dakar Top Spot

UAE test has put team in confident mood for world’s most arduous motor race Dubai, UAE, 30 December, 2021:  The 2022 Dakar Rally gets under way in Saudi Arabia on Saturday with an appetiser of the main action to follow over two weeks, and Sebastien Loeb believes he can add to his remarkable winning record with the Bahrain Raid Xtreme (BRX). The nine-times World Rally Champion, along with 2014 Dakar winner Nani Roma and Orlando Terranova, tackle the world’s most arduous motor race at the wheel of the Prodrive Hunter T1+, each of the three BRX cars powered by a new sustainable fuel.  Roma finished fifth in last year’s Dakar, the highest finish recorded by a team on its debut in the event, and the three BRX team-mates all believe that a much better result is possible this time, particularly after two more

FilMe Offers Customers Unlimited Access to Movies and Shows

Dubai; December 29, 2021: This holiday season, the leading entertainment retailer in the Middle East, FilMe is getting into the New Year’s spirit and giving their customers more reasons to celebrate. FilMe users will have the option to watch as many movies and shows as they want for only AED 9.99 from now, till the end of December 31st, 2021.  Earlier, users paid AED 4.99 for each movie/ show on the FilMe platform. Now, users can select all the movies and shows that they wish to watch at once and pay only AED 9.99 for all of them. Users can watch all the movies and shows they have bought once, at any time after they have purchased them. This offer is valid for the entire FilMe library of movies and TV shows, for customers who purchase more than two titles. Users simply need to visit the website,, add all more

200 Birds Race on Day 1 of Fazza Championship for Falconry in Dubai

 Organised by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center, the Fazza Championship for Falconry will run until January 14, 2022 Dubai, December 29, 2021: A total of 200 falcons raced on the opening day of the new season of Fazza Championship for Falconry–Telwah on Tuesday in Al Ruwayyah desert area, Dubai. Organised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Centre (HHC), the falcon racing will run daily until January 14 next year. The 200 birds participated in the Jeer Shaheen Public Category. HHC noted smart rings were attached to the falcons for smart monitoring of time. Falcons taking part in the competition are broadly separated into Farkh (under one year of age) and Jirnas (over one year), and each category has races for the Saker (Falcon) and Shaheen (Peregrine). There are also purebreds, hybrids – younger and older more

Global Interest in Dubai International Sports Conference and Lewandowski-Mbappe Session

The stars talk about the challenges facing world football and express their happiness to be in Dubai Dubai - UAE:   The 16th Dubai International Sports Conference and the Dubai Globe Soccer Awards, which were held on Monday night at the Armani Hotel Burj Khalifa, received extensive coverage in the media around the globe. Organised under the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives by Dubai Sports Council, the 16th edition of the Dubai International Sports Conference received great attention from the local and international press, where the international media highlighted the great success of the Conference, which brought together two of the world's most prominent strikers currently, Poland and Bayern Munich ace Robert Lewandowski and France and Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe. Some of the more

Guru Randhawa to Perform in Ras Al Khaimah for New Years Eve 2022

The countdown to the year’s biggest countdown has already begun. If you don’t have Dec. 31 plans and want to get out, be ready for new year’s biggest party bash at Ras Al Khaimah with the live concert of Guru Randhawa and RAK's amazing firework.     The Ras Al Khaimah New Year’s Eve Organizing Committee, TruckersUAE, and Coreme is organizing a new year welcome party RAK NYE 2022 with the Live Concert by Guru Randhawa, night camping, food trucks, lounge, and bar with family and kids’ area at Ras Al Marjan Island, RAK. RAK NYE 2022, is going to be a memorable event with lots of fun, excitement, and entertainment with night camping, fun-filled family activities, dance show, games corner, dynamic DJ, and much more.   On top of that, the participants will also get a chance to more

New Season of Fazza Championship for Falconry in Dubai to Soar high on December 28

> Fazza Championship for Falconry to run until January 14, 2022 > Organised by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center, the falconry championship has once again registered huge turnout of participants Dubai, December 26, 2021: The birds of prey will again soar high and fast as the new season of Fazza Championship for Falconry–Telwah, organised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Centre (HHC), will kick off on Tuesday, December 28, in Al Ruwayyah, Dubai. Over the years, the Fazza Championship for Falconry–Telwah (lure in Arabic) has agrown in size, popularity and prestige. The sport of falconry takes its roots back to 2,000 years ago when it was practiced by the Bedouins in the wider Arabian Peninsula as a form of hunting. Now it is one of the UAE’s oldest and most honoured heritage sports.  Rashid Al more

22nd Fazza Championship for Youlah moves to the Quarterfinal Round

 Rashid bin Rakkad and Muhammad Al-Shehhi take last two spots to the next round Dubai, December 26, 2021: The 22nd Fazza Championship for Youlah and 17th edition of Al Meydan Program, organised by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC), now moves to the quarterfinal round, with the selection of the last two Yuweels (participants) during Episode 4 on Friday night in Al Marmoom. A total of 16 qualifiers coming from various parts of the UAE and other Arab countries competed in elimination round, with two Yuweels selected every Friday to move the next round before searching for the over-all grand winner who will be hailed as the Meydan Grand Knight.  Rashid bin Rakkad and Muhammad Al-Shehhi took the the last two cards in the fourth episode, joining Awad Al Ameri, Obaid bin Rakad, Maktoum Al Shamsi, Mansour Al Falasi, more

Launch of LIVENow will Further Drive MENA Media and Entertainment Growth

Live streaming growth, including the launch of global giant LIVENow in the MENA region, will grow the market by 7.4%  Dubai, UAE: 22 December, 2021 - The launch of award-winning streaming platform LIVENow in the MENA region is set to bring further growth to the region’s media and entertainment market.   LIVENow is a global leader in live video streaming, bringing sports, music and entertainment into the comfort of individuals’ homes. Founded in early 2020, LIVENow has quickly grown to become a streaming content giant, having streamed more than 350 events in the last 12 months. The platform is now established in 35 different countries across 10 languages and 19 currencies with over half a million registered users. It has hosted concerts from a range of high profile international artists, including Dua more

Hamdan Sports Complex gets ready to bring Curtains Down on a Busy 2021

Despite challenges, the Complex hosted a number of top international events this year as well as international teams and Olympians for training camps Dubai, United Arab Emirates - December 21, 2021:  Hamdan Sports Complex, one of the world’s most iconic sports arenas, is ready to bring the curtains down on a busy year of top international and local sports events, and activities that continued throughout 2021 without slowing down. The Complex, built by Dubai Sports Council in 2010, was a busy venue in 2021 hosting many local and international sports events, as well as international teams and athletes preparing for major championships, including many Olympic champions. The Complex is also home to a number of academies of international repute, and played a major role in the nurturing and development of budding young more

Canada's Margaret Macneil Makes a Big Splash at the Fina World Swimming Championships (25M) in Abu Dhabi With New World Record

• The 21-year-old registers 25.27 seconds to win gold in the 50m backstroke at Yas Island’s Etihad Arena.  • Brazil’s Nicholas Santos triumphs in 50m Butterfly to become first man to win a medal at the world championships after turning 40.  • Japan’s Daiyo Seto and Canada’s Sydney Pickrem among the other winners on day five of the competition.     Abu Dhabi, 20th December 2021: Canada’s Margaret MacNeil had a day to remember at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) as the 21-year-old set a new world record to win the Women’s 50m Backstroke final on Monday night.    At Yas Island’s Etihad Arena, MacNeil, who had clinched gold in the 4x100m freestyle and 4x50m mixed freestyle earlier in the week, added to her haul with more

Aidan Heslop Claims Title at the Fina High Diving Qualifier 2021 in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - 21, December 2021: Yas Bay was the place to be this afternoon in Abu Dhabi, with spectators on their feet for the last round as they witnessed a thrilling competition for top honours in the men’s FINA High Diving Qualifier 2021. Each athlete was cheered on, and the spectacular dives received well-deserved appreciation. Nineteen-year-old Aidan Heslop took the lead after the first round on day two, moving him into the day’s last diving position. His performance would determine the podium and the statement he made competing in an event of this magnitude was loud and clear: Heslop has arrived on the High Diving scene.  Heslop began dreaming about being a high diver since age twelve, and he's been preparing and waiting to be old enough to be allowed to compete at a FINA event. more

Australia's Rhiannan Iffland Claims Gold at the Fina High Diving Qualifier

Australia's Rhiannan Iffland was in control of the event from the first round to the end with her performance in Abu Dhabi solidifying her place of dominance in women's High Diving. The reigning 2017 and 2019 world champion - displayed poise and precision throughout her optional and required dives to win gold with a 359.60 point final score. ‘‘I am really excited about my performance today; I was very confident coming in this morning because I dove so strong yesterday. I wanted to make it mine, and I did it,’’ said Rhiannan Iffland The rankings did not change much after the first round today as all divers must perform a dive with the same degree of difficulty. With the final round allowing each athlete to choose a dive without a degree of difficulty limit, this is where each can showcase their more

Couple Get Engaged under the giant festive tree at Global Village

Overwhelmed with the festive atmosphere, man proposes on his first-ever visit to the Park Dubai, UAE, December 20, 2021: It was something special about the festive atmosphere at Global Village that brought a man down on one knee, right under the giant festive tree at Celebration Walk. It was Frances Sigaya’s first-ever visit to Global Village, the UAE and wider region's leading multicultural family destination for culture, shopping, and entertainment when he was overwhelmed by the Park’s festive spirit and proposed to his girlfriend Izume Niwa, surprising her and other guests who had come to the Park to enjoy the weekend festive celebrations. The couple is tying the knot this month in an intimate ceremony being held in Dubai. “I felt awkward when people started staring at us but the background was so more

Brazil Leads Through First Day of the Fina Diving Team Exhibition

December 20, 2021:  The Abu Dhabi Aquatic Festival showcased another first in the world of Aquatic sports this morning, as a pristine Yas Bay was the sight of the first-ever Mixed Team Diving event in an open water venue during the FINA Diving Team Exhibition. The Mixed Team Diving event saw 10 competing teams representing Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, Great Britain, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States of America, perform three dives on the 3-meter springboard today. The female divers were on deck first, and Tokyo Olympic Gold medalist in the 3m synchro, Wang Han, scored 73.50 for her smooth and silky Back 2-1/2 Somersaults in the pike position, to put China in the first-round lead with Brazil following. The second round saw the male team members performing, Brazilian Kawan Figueredo executed a solid more

Syrian Refugee Alaa Maso, Who saw Bombs Land at His Family Home Embraces Opportunity of Competing at Fina World Swimming Championships in Abu Dhabi

December 20, 2021:  From unexploded bombs landing at his home to competing at the FINA World Swimming World Championships (25m) in Abu Dhabi, Syrian refugee Alaa Maso has gone through an emotional and extraordinary journey. The 21-year-old is among over 1,100 athletes that will be competing at the global prestigious event at Yas Island’s Etihad Arena this week. It is an opportunity Alaa had never dreamed was possible when he left Syria in 2015, in order to build a better life and continue his swimming ambitions, but he has demonstrated remarkable courage and determination. “It wasn’t an easy decision at all. Two bombs landed at my house when I was just 13-years-old but thankfully they didn’t explode as they were badly manufactured,” said Alaa, who is representing the FINA Refugee Team in Abu more

Netherlands' Ranomi Kromowidjojo Clinches Gold in Style at Fina World Swimming Championships (25m)

• The 31-year-old sets new championship record in 50m butterfly gold on day four of the competition.  • New world champion, Great’s Britain’s Ben Proud impressed by Etihad Arena following victory in 50 freestyle.    Abu Dhabi, 20 December 2021: The Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo put herself in the record books of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), setting a new championship mark to win 50m butterfly gold at Yas Island’s Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi on Sunday night.    On day four of the global prestigious competition, Kromowidjojo, 31, stormed to victory in an impressive time of 24.44 seconds ahead of Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom and USA’s Claire Curzan. It was her 26th career medal at the World Short Course Championships and she currently sits more

Popovici Leads Stellar Men's High Diving Field During Day One Action at the Fina Aquatics Festival

United Arab Emirates, 19th December 2021: The excitement continued today at the High Diving venue on Yas Bay, Abu Dhabi, with the first half of the men’s High Diving Qualification for the FINA World Championships 2022 in Fukuoka, Japan. The men were determined to raise the stakes and show the spectators why High Diving is spectacular, often breath-taking, to watch. Seven of the top eight from the Gwangju World Championships 2019 are competing, but if today’s results are any indication, there may very well be new faces on the podium.  After the first two rounds on Sunday, which included a required dive with a maximum of 2.8 degree of difficulty and one optional dive without limit, Romanian Constantin Popovici leads with 210.60 points. Popovici received 9’s across the board in round 1. He then stunned the more

Camel Trekkers from 21 Countries to Arrive at Expo 2020 Dubai on Tuesday

The biggest desert caravan organised by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC) has 29 camel trekkers travelling for 13 days across UAE desert fom Liwa Empty Quarter to Expo 2020 Dubai    Dubai - 19, December 2021: The 29 camel trekkers from 21 countries participating in the 8th Camel Trek organised by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC) are set to reach Expo 2020 Dubai on Tuesday, after navigating the vast UAE desert for 13 days and travelling across 640 kms.   The camel caravan started at dawn on December 9 from Liwa Empty Quarter in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi. This is the biggest camel trek to date, with 29 participants coming from 21 countries.   Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the participants and hear their stories about enjoying a unique desert experience, such as living the more

Sustainable Workshops for Kids: Learn how to make Puppets Out of Waste Materials

The art of recycling has never been that FUN!   Dubai. 19th of December, 2021. The Spain Pavilion is organising a series of sustainable workshops to raise awareness about the global problems that waste generation entails and the direct environmental impact that this produces. From the 24th until the 27th of December, families at Expo 2020 Dubai are invited to participate in this project by turning accumulated garbage into puppets, while learning about the importance of recycling, and not generating so much waste. Every day, four different workshops will be organized linked to the garbage containers of the exhibition: paper, plastic, organic and reject materials.   Timings:  Friday 24th: 10:30 to 11:30 am / 12 to 13 pm / 15 to 16 pm / 16:30 to 17:30    Saturday 25th: 12 to 13 pm / 16 more

Andrey Rublev Begins Reign at Mubadala World Tennis Championship With Maiden Title

Rublev caps impressive week with a 6-4, 7-6 victory over Andy Murray at the International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City Rafa Nadal put up brave defence of his crown in Abu Dhabi comeback, losing third place play-off to Denis Shapovalov Championship makes a stunning return as thousands of spectators engage in three days of high-quality action and entertainment on and off court 19, December 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Andy Murray and Andrey Rublev capped a memorable Mubadala World Tennis Championship return with a stunning final for fans inside the International Tennis Centre, at Zayed Sport City, which saw world No.5 Rublev emerge victorious to secure a first MWTC title in Abu Dhabi. Three days of high-quality tennis and entertainment attracted thousands of spectators eager to experience the festival atmosphere of the Mubadala more

Abu Dhabi Festival presents the UN Chamber Music Society in celebration of World Arabic Language Day at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on December 17

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 18 December 2021:  As part of its 19th edition held under the theme ‘Crafting the Emirates State of Mind: creation, innovation and joy’, Abu Dhabi Festival 2021 presents the UN Chamber Music Society in celebration of World Arabic Language Day at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Friday, December 17. Her Excellency Huda Ibrahim Alkhamis, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, and Founder and Artistic Director of Abu Dhabi Festival, said: “I would like to thank the UN Chamber Music Society and everyone who made this performance possible. Today, we celebrate the Arabic language, the pearl of our civilization. For thousands of years, it has been a language of broad creativity and ingenuity, as the late Egyptian poet Hafiz Ibrahim wrote, ‘It is an ocean in which more

Mubadala World Tennis Championship Trophy Pays Tribute to UAE's Pearl Diving Heritage

Designed by acclaimed makers Lasvit, the 2021 trophy resembles Al Dean, a woven bag worn around the neck by divers to carry oysters Six of the world’s best male players will compete for the trophy from 16 - 18 December at International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi Tickets, starting from AED 100 for adults and AED 50 for children, are available from and Virgin Megastores across the UAE Saturday, 18 December 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: With Mubadala World Tennis Championship week in full swing, organisers have unveiled the official trophy for the 13th edition. Named ‘Pearling Season’, the trophy pays a stunning tribute to the UAE's pearl-diving heritage.    Designed by LASVIT, the Official Trophy Partner of the Championship, this year’s design resembles Al Dean, a more

Global Village to countdown 8 times this New Year's Eve

Guests can celebrate different destinations around the world all night long with musical fireworks and cultural performances  Dubai, UAE, December 18, 2021: This New Year’s Eve, Global Village, the UAE and wider region's leading multicultural family destination for culture, shopping, and entertainment, will count down not once but eight times to welcome the new year with musical fireworks and cultural performances. On December 31, Global Village will take the celebrations beyond midnight and synchronise them with eight different destinations around the globe. Festivities will start with the arrival of New Year in Australia that will be celebrated with day time fireworks at 5pm UAE time which is midnight in Australia. Then the celebrations and fireworks continue throughout the night as different countries from more

Young Aspiring Swimmers Train With Olympic Champion Florian Wellbrock at Etihad Arena

Abu Dhabi, 18th December 2021:  Aspiring young swimmers were in for a treat on Friday as Germany’s Olympic Champion Florian Wellbrock jumped in to join the fun in a unique training clinic inside Etihad Arena, as the FINA World Swimming Championships 2021 continue in Abu Dhabi.   Wellbrock is only the second athlete in history to medal in both swimming and marathon swimming events at the Olympic Games. The German, who comes off his storming event win in the open water 10km event on Thursday and is preparing for his pool competitions over the weekend, met with young athletes from the Soul Sport local swimming club to take part in training sessions to develop their skills in the purpose-built warm up pool inside the iconic Etihad Arena.     Following the session, Florian said, “This is more

Belal Muhammad Hopes to Grow the Sport of MMA in the UAE and Middle East

Welterweight contender Belal Muhammad from Palestine speaks on the importance of his Arab fans and growth of MMA in the UAE ahead of his bout against Stephen Thompson.    Abu Dhabi, December 18, 2021: UFC welterweight Belal Muhammad, from Palestine, spoke on his love for his fans in the Arab world and reflects on the importance of his fight in Abu Dhabi. Muhammad mentions his desire to fight in Abu Dhabi again in the future as he prepares to face Stephen Thompson on Sunday.     The No. 10 ranked welterweight Belal Muhammad is set to face former title contender Stephen Thompson on December 19 in what can be considered one of his toughest challenges to date. The Palestinian native is no stranger to facing higher ranked opponents, and this is a reflection on his relentless desire to become the first Arab UFC more

Andy Murray Beats Rafa Nadal on Abu Dhabi Return to Set Up Shot at Third Mubadala World Tennis Championship Crown

2009 and 2015 MWTC champion will face world No.5 Andrey Rublev in Saturday’s final after Rublev beat Denis Shapovalov in the first semi-final 18, December 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Andy Murray continued his march towards a possible third Mubadala World Tennis Championship title with an impressive display to end Rafa Nadal’s MWTC reign, winning their all-action semi-final clash 6-3, 7-5, to set a final showdown with world No.5 Andrey Rublev on Saturday at the International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City. Two-time MWTC champion Murray has looked sharp on his return to Abu Dhabi at the 13th MWTC and showed great desire and determination to see off long-time rival Nadal. Murray broke the reigning MWTC champion’s serve in game six and never looked back, taking out the first set 6-3. Showing great fitness levels more


Abu Dhabi, 17th December 2021: Located on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island, in a freshly shaped environment, next to the brand-new Formula One racing course, Etihad Arena features everything a multipurpose complex has to offer for the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).   It was constructed to be in line with the latest sustainability requirements and serves not only the present but the future generations as well.  The arena has received prestigious recognition already, it was named the Sustainable Building Design of the Year at the MENA Green Buildings Awards 2018. By integrating energy and water-efficient building systems and architectural treatments, Etihad Arena achieves a 22.4% saving in energy and 28% saving in water year by year.  The building can accommodate 18,000 spectators and host many kinds of more

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