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Al Gharbiya Water Sports Festival kicks off today

posted on 24/04/2014: 1928 views



With the hot summer days approaching, a ten-day water festival dedicated to more than 13 sports and activities will kick off on Thursday in the Western Region's Al Mirfa city.

The sixth Al Gharbiya Watersports Festival will also feature the largest sailing race since its inception, with a total prize money for all contests going up to Dh4.5 million. Entry and participation is free for the public.

"For younger marine lovers, we have the children's village where methods of pearl diving and net making will be taught in workshops. Children will also be allowed to participate under full supervision in some marine activities,” said Festival Manager, Obaid Al Mazroui.

Those with a less extensive knowledge about water sports may also benefit from free training sessions in sailing, rafting and para-sailing. Comprehensive safety measures will also be taken to ensure that participants and visitors remain unharmed.

Ambulatory unit

"We have 24-hour life guards, in addition to rescue boats and a full ambulatory unit provided to us by the Abu Dhabi Police on standby. Guests may also benefit from around 30 tents which we have set up to provide a complementary night's stay for whoever wishes to attend several days of the festival,” Al Mazroui added.

Other relaxing family activities such as bike riding, sand sculpting and performances of popular troupes will also be available on the beach. – Gulf News – Read more: http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/general/al-gharbiya-water-sports-festival-kicks-off-on-thursday-1.1323512

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