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Princess Haya crowns Sheikha Maitha, winner of Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge

Posted on 24/02/2013

Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum won the prestigious Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge yesterday. Sheikha Maitha was a key member of the Desert Palm team which had impressed all week, coming to the final unbeaten and hot favourite for the trophy. In this thrilling final, Desert Palm narrowly defeated last year's winners Cartier 6.5-6. Sheikha Maitha received the trophy and her winners' prize from the patron of this event, HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of ...  >>MORE

Contador hails UAE's role in growth of regional cycling

Posted on 18/02/2013

The Nadd Al Sheba Cycle Path played host to cycling enthusiasts and fans of Alberto Contador on Sunday, as he tested out the newly constructed cycling facility in Dubai and paid tribute to the country's efforts towards promoting the sport. Contador, who was in Dubai a month ago to promote the 2014 Tour of Dubai at the official launch of the Dubai Cycling Course in Al Qudra, believes that creating a cycling culture does not happen overnight but that the UAE authorities, particularly the Dubai ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Triathlon set to welcome the world's top athletes

Posted on 17/02/2013

The Abu Dhabi International Triathlon is set to welcome its strongest ever field next month, when the world's best athletes compete in one of the sport's richest ever prizes. On March 2, defending champions Eneko Llanos and Frederik Van Lierde will take their places alongside competitors including Conrad Stoltz, Chris McCormack and Bryan Rhodes; three of the most dominant triathletes over the last decade. The athletes will compete for a prize of US$230,000. With an enviable pedigree of ...  >>MORE

Sultan inaugurates sports complex

Posted on 14/02/2013

Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and President of the University of Sharjah, His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi on Wednesday inaugurated the sports complex at the University of Sharjah's Khorfakkan branch. Following the traditional ribbon cutting, Sheikh Sultan made an inspection tour of the complex in which he examined the 6-lane Olympic swimming-pool and the sports hall, which is composed of two basketball grounds, two volleyball grounds, two tennis courts and a ...  >>MORE

Fitness Fridays at Downtown Dubai

Posted on 14/02/2013

Now there's no excuse not to get off the sofa and get fit, and Fridays will be the day. Yes, the same day as that brunch or scheduled lie-in. Fitness First is set to add another new dimension to weekends at Downtown Dubai where there will be free group exercise for all over the next two Fridays, as well as March 1 and 8. Building on the success of the ‘Downtown Dubai Dance Extravaganza', Emaar is once again joining hands with Fitness First to host the initiative titled ‘Fitness Fridays at ...  >>MORE

All-star cast to line-up for RAK Half Marathon

Posted on 14/02/2013

Marathon star Geoffrey Mutai will be among the big names on show at this Friday's RAK Half Marathon. Mutai, who won the event back in 2010, is also a former winner of marathons in Boston, New York and Berlin, and is also among the early favourites for April's London Marathon. However, Mutai's half-marathon personal best of 59:30 – set in Valencia in 2009 – makes him only the seventh fastest athlete taking part. Pushing him all the way will be Kenyan Stephen Kibet, ranked world No2 last year ...  >>MORE

UAE's Tannir takes positives from tough weekend

Posted on 13/02/2013

Defending UAE sportbikes champion Mahmoud Tannir admitted a podium finish was a "great result” after a series of setbacks during round four of the championship. Mechanical problems were compounded by a crash in race one and it all made for a disastrous start to the competition for the Lebanese rider. But Tannir regrouped to take second place in race two and salvage a positive conclusion from a weekend full of challenges. "It was a strange two days,” he admitted. "And despite my best efforts ...  >>MORE

Zayed Sports City's sport relays for charity

Posted on 13/02/2013

Sport is always a great way to do some good and raise funds for a meaningful cause, and Zayed Sports City has developed an interesting concept to achieve just that with their Sports Relays event. ZSC Sports Relays is a unique event for a great cause taking place on April 27, 2013. The event is in collaboration with the Make-A-Wish Foundation UAE and is held under the patronage of HH Sheikha Sheikha bint Saif Al Nahyan, president, honorary chairman and lifetime patron. Based on a relay race ...  >>MORE

Omar Nour to inspire again at Tri Yas

Posted on 07/02/2013

Get excited, people, Tri Yas returns to Yas Marina Circuit this Friday. This year, thanks to event sponsors Etihad Airways, the lucky male and female winners of the Elite Olympic Category will receive flights to Washington DC to compete in the Nations Triathlon in September 2013. Among them will be returning podium placer Omar Nour, one of the Arab world's few elite triathletes, and an inspiration to all those fighting an uphill battle to get fit. The once-obese businessman only caught the ...  >>MORE

Emirati women given sporting chance

Posted on 07/02/2013

There are so many youth programmes in the UAE aiming to develop the sport of tennis locally, but what about one for local women? Finally, someone has answered their pleas. Ladies' tennis group, ACE IT, will hold the UAE's first Ladies Tennis Tournament at the International Tennis Complex of Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi this Saturday. Along with their fellow Emirati players, the ladies will be competing to promote women's tennis in the UAE and to support the Dubai Foundation for Women and ...  >>MORE

UAE hero Al Hammadi welcomes new Paralympic series

Posted on 30/01/2013

UAE world champion and two-time Paralympic medallist Mohammed Al Hammadi has hailed the news that Dubai will launch an exciting new series for the world's best athletes.The first-ever International Paralympic Committee Athletics Grand Prix will be held in the UAE in March in the form of the annual Fazza Disabled International Championships.Beijing, Sao Paulo, Grosseto in Italy, Arizona, and Berlin will then stage the next five events of a series similar to the Diamond League meetings for ...  >>MORE

Prestige & pride as Dubai lands Paralympian Grand Prix event

Posted on 29/01/2013

Top UAE official Majid Al Usaimi has labelled Dubai a pioneer of the paralympic world after the city was chosen to host the movement's first-ever Grand Prix meeting. History will be made in the emirate after the IPC confirmed a six-event International Paralympic Athletics Grand Prix, similar to the able-bodied athletics' Diamond League series. Dubai has been bestowed with the honour of hosting the inaugural event at the city's Police Club, between March 23-26, with the 5th Fazza Disabled ...  >>MORE

Desisa, Tsegaye win Dubai Marathon

Posted on 26/01/2013

Lelisa Desisa and Tirfi Tsegaye stormed to victory at a fog-wrapped Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon. They swept their Kenyan rivals from the board in both men's and women's races at the 14th Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard. Desisa, 23, only got away from his rivals in the final 200m as the marathon debutant won in 2.04.45, for the 13th fastest time in history - and with four other men close behind, the quintet beat last year's Dubai record of being ...  >>MORE

Teenage duo to enter record books at Abu Dhabi triathlon

Posted on 23/01/2013

Two Abu Dhabi-based youngsters are set to enter the record books this March for being the youngest competitors at the 2013 Abu Dhabi International Triathlon. Fourteen-year-old Briton Sam O'Shea, the youngest ever to compete in the event, and Australian Paul Mueller, 16, will go head-to-head on Abu Dhabi's 111.5km pure power ‘Short' course, which includes a 1.5km swim, 100km bike and 10km run. They will line up against some of the world's top athletes, including Team GB's gold medal winning ...  >>MORE

Dubai offer on the table to host Pacquiao's next fight

Posted on 23/01/2013

Eight-weight world champion Manny Pacquiao has received a massive offer to stage his next fight in Dubai, according to trainer Freddie Roach. Despite being knocked out cold by Juan Manuel Marquez last December, Pacquiao has no plans to hang up his gloves just yet. A fifth fight with Mexican nemesis Marquez is expected to be made later this year – and it looks increasingly likely any Pacman bout will take place outside of the USA. Having previously discussed the possibility of a fight in Dubai ...  >>MORE

The sporting weekend that was in the UAE

Posted on 14/01/2013

Sporting enthusiasts were again spoiled for choice in the UAE over the weekend whether it was participating, attending or simply parking yourself on the sofa. Here, Sport360°, looks back on the weekend that was in the Emirates and picks out 'Six of the Best' stories making the headlines: 1. RECORDS TUMBLE IN ZAYED SPORTS CITY 10K The early morning start and grey clouds overhead failed to dampen spirits of a near 500 field as runners of all age groups gathered in the capital. The chilly ...  >>MORE

Get up and running with the Zayed Sports City 10k race

Posted on 10/01/2013

The target is 33 minutes and four seconds and the best runners in Abu Dhabi and elsewhere will be gunning for it this Friday at the Zayed Sports City 10k race. Organised by the Abu Dhabi Striders, a non-profit group that welcomes all volunteers and has been facilitating running events for nearly 30 years, the Zayed Sports City 10k will have a couple of familiar faces, as well as a host of elite athletes and aspiring runners taking part. With the Dubai Marathon just around the corner, the ...  >>MORE

Strongest ever field for Abu Dhabi triathlon

Posted on 08/01/2013

Three of the world's leading female triathletes are set for a return to the ‘pure power' 223km Abu Dhabi International Triathlon course and will fight for a chunk of the overall prize purse of US$230,000 (Dh 844,858). Having featured on the podium for the last few years, Switzerland's Caroline Steffen, Canada's Angela Naeth and Australia's Melissa Hauschildt, are all familiar with the lung-bursting 3km swim, 200km bike ride and 20km run, yet have fallen short of taking home the top honours on ...  >>MORE

UAE star Al Aryani rewarded for his golden summer

Posted on 08/01/2013

UAE Paralympics champion Abdullah Sultan Al Aryani was among those honoured as the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Awards were handed out at Dubai's Jumeirah Beach Hotel on Sunday. A winner in the Mixed R6-50m Rifle Prone-SH1 shooting competition at the London Paralympics, Al Aryani was the UAE's only gold medallist of the Games and the 42-year-old said admitted it was a "special day in his life” as he collected the prestigious National Individual Athlete award. An emotional Al ...  >>MORE

Sports fans got to see more action on land, sea and air across the UAE

Posted on 26/12/2012

Sport fans got to see more action on land, sea and air with new events and competitions across the Emirates. The sporting year began with the Volvo Ocean Race stop-over in Abu Dhabi. The emirate's entry, Azzam, won the third stage of the race to the capital. Overall, the vessel, which had broken its mast and suffered a hole in its hull in different legs, finished fifth out of six entries after eight months of round-the-world racing. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy drew the crowds to the Abu ...  >>MORE

Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge draws big numbers

Posted on 13/12/2012

Despite the massive surge in its popularity, the organisers of Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge have no plans to include professional cyclists in the near future. Friday's event will see over 1,100 cycling enthusiasts – an increase of almost 73 per cent from last year's 636 – tackle a 92km route around some of the iconic landmarks of the city, including Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab and Meydan. But when asked if he foresees any professional involvement soon, Challenge Director Stewart Howison ...  >>MORE

Nation shows the way

Posted on 27/11/2012

Just name it. Almost all kinds of international sports events are held in the UAE in some form or other, making the nation a leading sporting arena and destination in the region. As reputed hospitality providers, the UAE has hosted many extravaganzas in the past years, and the 2011-12 season has proved to be another extension of the ongoing process of promoting sports for a healthy lifestyle, thanks to the vision of the nation's leaders. Soccer is a passion in Arab countries and the UAE is no ...  >>MORE

World Parachuting Championships "Mondial 2012" kicks off 28 Nov

Posted on 27/11/2012

The Higher Organising Committee of the World Parachuting Championships "Mondial 2012" yesterday revealed details of preparations for the world-class tournament to be held between from November 28 to December 9 over Jumeirah skyline, with record participation of 1600 participants from 57 countries. Addressing a press conference, Dr. Ahmed Saad Al-Sharif, Member of The Higher Organising Committee of the FAI World Parachuting Championships Mondial 2012 said: "Dubai is promising an international ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Corporate Games has cast of thousands

Posted on 27/11/2012

The inaugural Abu Dhabi Corporate Games concluded on the weekend with over 1,000 medals awarded to participating athletes, with organisers stating that, in only its first edition, the Games have already become the largest corporate event to be held in the region, by participation. Officially opened by Games Patron, H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Higher Education, at the Zayed Sports City Stadium last Wednesday, the event offered a festival of sport for competing ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airline and Arsenal agree new £150 million sponsorship deal

Posted on 24/11/2012

London: Emirates Airline, one of the world's fastest growing international airlines, and Arsenal Football Club have yesterday announced a new £150 million deal which grants the airline a five year extension to their shirt partnership with the Club until the end of the 2018/2019 season. As well as being one of the biggest deals ever struck in the game, the agreement, worth ?30 million a year for five years, extends and deepens one of the strongest and most recognisable partnerships in sport. ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Corporate Games get underway

Posted on 22/11/2012

UAE Minister for Higher Education Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan officially declared the Abu Dhabi Corporate Games 2012 open at Zayed Sports City on Wednesday night. The stadium came alive with a fanfare of fireworks and an ‘Athletes Parade' led by Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sport Academy and Abu Dhabi Police band. Over 2,000 athletes bearing flags of their respective corporate, social and educational entities, took part in the parade. In his address, Sheikh Nahyan, who is also ...  >>MORE

Double gold for UAE women’s shooting team

Posted on 19/11/2012

The UAE women dominated the 10m air pistol competitions in the 12th GCC Shooting Championships as they won gold medals in both the team and singles events thanks to some outstanding performances by their shooters, headed by Sumaia Saleh. The UAE scored a total of 1,094 to win the team gold. Saleh scored 370, Shamma Al Muhairi 366 and Raisa Jasem 358 as they beat Bahrain, whose team scored 1,077 to win the silver, and Qatar with 1,074 for the bronze. Saleh won her second gold medal by taking ...  >>MORE

UAE hope swimming's elite will unearth local hero

Posted on 15/11/2012

As some of the finest swimmers on the continent gather in Dubai for the 9th Asian Swimming Championships, top UAE officials are hoping the high-profile event will become a catalyst in their search for an Emirati champion. Swimmers, divers, water polo players and synchronised swimmers have all converged on the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex, making it the first time that all four events are being held simultaneously at a single venue. Over 900 athletes and officials from 30 ...  >>MORE

UAE duo top Dubai women’s 5k race

Posted on 11/11/2012

Runners from Ethiopia dominated the 2012 Dubai Women's Run 10k, but it was the UAE national team duo of Bethlem Belayneh and Alia Mohammad Saeed who hogged the limelight in the 5km at The Palm Jumeirah on Friday morning. While Belayneh and Saeed took the top two spots in the 5km, Yami Gulma Belainesh and Elfnesh Dibaba Wako from Ethiopia were third and fourth and Great Britain's Emma Phillips, who had won the 10km race last year, fifth. Belayneh, who became the first woman athlete to ...  >>MORE

Dubai 'ready' to host major sports event

Posted on 08/11/2012

Dubai is ready to host a major international sporting event such as the Asian Games despite deciding against bidding for the 2019 event. That is the belief of Mohammed Al Kamali, Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) executive board member and secretary general of the UAE National Olympic Committee (UAE NOC). The UAE were weighing up making a move to bring the continental sporting extravaganza – last held in Guangzhou, China in 2010 – to the Middle East in seven years' time. However, they decided ...  >>MORE

Cyclists turn out in force for Dubai 92 Challenge

Posted on 29/10/2012

Over 260 cyclists massed on a misty morning at the Al Qudra cycle path in Dubai for the third Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge build-up ride on Friday. The 65km time-trial was the third of four increasingly difficult build-up rides ahead of the main Spinney's Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge that takes place around the streets of Dubai on December 14. The build-up rides for the Challenge have a reputation for attracting cyclists of all ages and abilities and despite the weather conditions the latest ...  >>MORE

UAE's hockey team dedicates achievement to leadership

Posted on 20/10/2012

The UAE national ice hockey team has dedicated its qualification to the Ice Hockey World Championship 2013 to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Their Highnesses Supreme Council members and rulers of the emirates, His Highness Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and H.H. Sheikh Hazza ...  >>MORE

UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Sports seeks UAE support for his mission

Posted on 16/10/2012

Ibrahim Abdul Malek, Secretary General of General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare, welcomed yesterday visiting UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke. The UN official briefed Abdul Malek, and Mohammed Al Kamali, Secretary General of National Olympic Committee, and other Authority officials, on his role to reach out further to the world of sport and more systematically and coherently encourage the use of sport as a means to promote ...  >>MORE

UAE open campaign in bid to seal World Championship spot

Posted on 14/10/2012

The UAE national ice hockey team will face teams from Georgia, Mongolia and Greece at Zayed Sports City's ice rink as they bid to claim one of two spots up for grabs at the International Ice Hockey Federation's (IIHF) World Championship finals in South Africa next year. The hosts face favourites Greece in the opener of the World Men III Division Qualification rounds on Sunday, and despite losing 7-2 in their last encounter, UAE team representatives believe the squad is up to the challenge this ...  >>MORE

Harlem Globetrotters promise to dazzle in UAE

Posted on 14/10/2012

Worldwide basketball legends the Harlem Globetrotters stepped onto Abu Dhabi turf yesterday, promising to entertain youths and families from the UAE on their three day-long tour at the end of the month. Fresh from playing at the Brooklyn Nets' Barclays Centre – the first time the group have played in the New York borough - The Globetrotters will take to the courts in Dubai and Abu Dhabi between October 25-27. Globetrotters, ‘Buckets' Blakes and ‘Hi-Lite' Bruton, opened the tour with a ...  >>MORE

Dubai Marathon bags another IAAF Gold Label

Posted on 07/10/2012

The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon has been awarded the Gold Label status by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for the second consecutive year. It is the first time any athletics event in the region has won a back-to-back IAAF Gold Label. As online entries continue to flood in for the 2013 edition, which will get underway from Emaar Boulevard in Downtown Dubai on January 25, event director Peter Connerton said he was proud that the Dubai Marathon continues to ...  >>MORE

‘Return of Pink Polo for a good cause in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 03/10/2012

Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club will host the third renewal of the Pink Polo breast cancer awareness day on November 10. Presented by Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB), Pink Polo is the conclusion of Health Authority Abu Dhabi's National Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign and uses competitive sport to promote a life-saving message. Event founder Carrie McNeill said: "Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of the disease in the UAE and Pink Polo highlights the importance of regular ...  >>MORE

Special Dubai team for World Parachuting Championships

Posted on 02/10/2012

A special team of organisers from the 2012 FAI Mondial World Parachuting Championship will leave for Turkey to participate in the 106th FAI General Conference to be held there next month. The promotional team was confirmed by Mattar Al Tayer, vice-chairman, Dubai Sports Council (DSC), at the end of a meeting of the Higher Organising Committee of the FAI Mondial World Parachuting Championship Dubai held at the DSC on Wednesday. The 106th FAI General Conference, the world governing body ...  >>MORE

Enter your team for the 2012 Abu Dhabi Corporate Games

Posted on 19/09/2012

More than 2,500 amateur athletes are expected to showcase their talents at the Abu Dhabi Corporate Games 2012 from November 21-24 and you have until October 31 to register your interest and join them. Some of the leading UAE and international companies have already entered their teams for the first corporate-based, multi-sport event, to be held exclusively in the UAE capital. Offering a choice of 17 popular sports including, football, cricket, touch rugby, shooting, tennis, karting, and ...  >>MORE

Cycling fans allowed to ride around UAE's only velodrome

Posted on 18/09/2012

Cyclists were allowed to ride around the country's only velodrome for the first time last night. Once exclusive to the UAE Cycling Federation, the outdoor Zayed Velodrome opened to let cycling fans test its oval track. The federation said making cycling more accessible would make residents healthier, in line with the Dubai Pulse initiative. It provided 30 bikes for visitors to try the Olympic-standard, 250-metre looped and slanted track. "The federation has opened its doors to non-members ...  >>MORE

Cue for a new Arab Snooker Championships

Posted on 12/09/2012

The United Arab Emirates Billiards & Snooker Association (UAEBSA) announced that they will be reviving the Arab Snooker Championships, staging the major event at the Dubai Snooker Club on September 15-22. The edition will be the seventh in the history of the tournament where the UAE will look to add a sixth title. Sultan Al Joaker, Secretary General of the UAE Billiards & Snooker Association (UAEBSA), said that the UAE has always been seen as a major contributor to the development of table ...  >>MORE

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Princess Haya crowns Sheikha Maitha, winner of Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge


Contador hails UAE's role in growth of regional cycling


Abu Dhabi Triathlon set to welcome the world's top athletes


Sultan inaugurates sports complex


Fitness Fridays at Downtown Dubai


All-star cast to line-up for RAK Half Marathon


UAE's Tannir takes positives from tough weekend


Zayed Sports City's sport relays for charity


Omar Nour to inspire again at Tri Yas


Emirati women given sporting chance


UAE hero Al Hammadi welcomes new Paralympic series


Prestige & pride as Dubai lands Paralympian Grand Prix event


Desisa, Tsegaye win Dubai Marathon


Teenage duo to enter record books at Abu Dhabi triathlon


Dubai offer on the table to host Pacquiao's next fight


The sporting weekend that was in the UAE


Get up and running with the Zayed Sports City 10k race


Strongest ever field for Abu Dhabi triathlon


UAE star Al Aryani rewarded for his golden summer


Sports fans got to see more action on land, sea and air across the UAE


Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge draws big numbers


Nation shows the way


World Parachuting Championships "Mondial 2012" kicks off 28 Nov


Abu Dhabi Corporate Games has cast of thousands


Emirates Airline and Arsenal agree new £150 million sponsorship deal


Abu Dhabi Corporate Games get underway


Double gold for UAE women’s shooting team


UAE hope swimming's elite will unearth local hero


UAE duo top Dubai women’s 5k race


Dubai 'ready' to host major sports event


Cyclists turn out in force for Dubai 92 Challenge


UAE's hockey team dedicates achievement to leadership


UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Sports seeks UAE support for his mission


UAE open campaign in bid to seal World Championship spot


Harlem Globetrotters promise to dazzle in UAE


Dubai Marathon bags another IAAF Gold Label


‘Return of Pink Polo for a good cause in Abu Dhabi


Special Dubai team for World Parachuting Championships


Enter your team for the 2012 Abu Dhabi Corporate Games


Cycling fans allowed to ride around UAE's only velodrome


Cue for a new Arab Snooker Championships