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DWTC to organize 'Dubai Sports World' in June

Posted on 14/05/2012

The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) will organise for the second year in a row the 'Dubai Sports World 2012' from 8 June to 31 August in partnership with Dubai Sports Council (DSC) and Dubai Events and Promotion Establishment (DEPE), and supported by the Roads '&' Transport Authority (RTA). With a capacity to host tens of thousands of sporting enthusiasts, the event will open 7 days a week, from 8am to midnight, and 8am to 4am in Ramadan, providing 20 hours of nonstop sporting entertainment. ...  >>MORE

Sport court to open in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 13/05/2012

A court to rule on sports cases according to international laws is one step closer to opening in Abu Dhabi. The Abu Dhabi Centre of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was officially launched yesterday. It is to educate judges on international sports law, and hold seminars and other meetings between sports federations in the country to prepare them for the new court. Mohammed Al Kamali, secretary general of the UAE National Olympic Committee, believes that the court will be up and ...  >>MORE

UAE call up nine Quins members for Kazakhstan clash

Posted on 10/05/2012

The presence of nine Abu Dhabi Harlequins in the 22-man UAE squad for their crucial Asian 5 Nations (A5N) clash with Kazakhstan on Friday is testament to a season of hard work, according to Quins director of rugby Chris Davies. The capital club’s No8 Ali Thompson will again captain Duncan Hall’s UAE side as they look to put two heavy defeats against Hong Kong and Japan â€" in which they conceded a combined 191 points â€" firmly behind them with a victory that could seal their Top 5 ...  >>MORE

Emirati weight lifter sets bar high

Posted on 07/05/2012

When Amna Al Haddad was struggling with her body weight, she decided it was time for her to do something about it. That was about three years ago. Now she is the first Emirati and GCC woman to figure in a competition testing the whole gamut of a human's physical capacities on the world stage, when she competed in the Reebok Crossfit Asia Regionals held in Seoul, South Korea, which concluded on Sunday. The Regionals saw 30 teams comprising athletes from 17 regions around the world. "If you ...  >>MORE

The Abu Dhabi Storms set off for Hong Kong

Posted on 03/05/2012

The Abu Dhabi Storms ladies ice hockey team will set off for Hong Kong next week quietly confident they can improve on their maiden showing at the Open Ice Hockey Championship, which takes place from May 8-12. Twelve months ago the team, comprising predominantly of Emiratis "held up pretty well”, according to team manager Ruwaida Otuman, as they took part in their first international tournament. "We were only a real team for two months and some of the girls were completely new to ice so it ...  >>MORE

UAE weightlifting stars return home

Posted on 03/05/2012

"I hope it is me, but even if someone else gets to go and is selected, it won't matter as this one is from us for our country!” That's what Latifa Al Marri, one of the potential candidates to represent the UAE in the weightlifting arena at the London Olympics had to say after the Emirates women's team touched down in Dubai after claiming one of the six qualifying spots on offer at the Asian Championships in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. The 20-year-old's sentiments reflect the team spirit that ...  >>MORE

Drag night delight at Yas Marina for Emirati duo

Posted on 23/04/2012

Emiratis Sultan Al Zaabi and Khalil Ibrahim Ali completed a one-two in the Pro Modified class during Round Two of the Pro Drag Racing Series at Yas Marina Circuit late on Friday night. Al Zaabi clinched victory in a time of 3.843s and with a top speed of 308.16kph, while Khalil had to settle for second with a time of 3.941s and a top speed of 301.75kph. A total of 62 dragsters in six different classes, including bikes, were seen in action on the night. In the 4.8 Index class, Bahraini ...  >>MORE

Emirati girl makes history

Posted on 19/04/2012

The name Zahra Lari may not ring a bell offhand, but what she has achieved has surely ensured her a place in the annals of UAE sporting history. The 17-year-old Emirati became the first ever figure skater from the UAE to compete in an international competition when she took part in the European Cup in Canazei, Italy this week. More than 50 countries took part in the European Cup but Zahra's participation was understandably the talk of the town. "It was an amazing experience. The people ...  >>MORE

UEFA chief Michel Platini to headline Dubai Sports Conference

Posted on 18/04/2012

Fabio Capello was in town on Monday as the Dubai Sports Council announced UEFA President and France football legend Michel Platini will be one of the speakers at the 7th annual Dubai International Sports Conference (DISC) in December. Platini will be part of a star-studded line0up that DISC and partners Globe Soccer hope will light up this year's event. Among those organisers hope will also come to the city for the event are Barcelona ace Lionel Messi, Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Conference on Women Sports kicks off tomorrow

Posted on 10/04/2012

The International Abu Dhabi Conference on Women's Sports will open tomorrow in the UAE capital under the patronage of Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, the Chairperson of the UAE General Women's Union, Supreme Chairperson of Family Development Foundation. The two-day conference under the slogan 'Sports: Health & Happiness' will be attended by delegates from around the world including many specialists in the field of women's sports. The conference will have four sessions and will discuss topics ...  >>MORE

Emirati teen skates into history books

Posted on 05/04/2012

Skating backwards, Zahra Lari hops elegantly on to one leg before launching herself into a 540 degree spin through the air. With split-second timing she lands on her other leg, having performed, with apparent ease, one of the sport's toughest manoeuvres, the so-called "death drop". As the graceful 17-year-old glides through her routine, performing various other tricky moves such as the "lay back spin" and "double axel", there is an occasional trip and even an odd fall or two. Her coach ...  >>MORE

UAE Ice Hockey Team win Asia League Ice Hockey Championship

Posted on 26/03/2012

The UAE Ice Hockey Team have won the fifth Asia League Ice Hockey Championship for the second time when they beat Thailand 3/0 in the final match held yesterday in India. Mohammed Reihan, Ibrahim Bodbes and Obaid Al Muharami scored for the UAE. The UAE team won the Asia League Ice Hockey Championship for the first time in Abu Dhabi in 2009. They were also ranked second in 2010 and 2011 respectively. - Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Al Hamriya qualify for the UAE Beach Soccer League

Posted on 19/03/2012

Al Hamriya became the second team from the Sharjah zone to qualify for the main competition of the UAE Beach Soccer League that is scheduled to get under way in Dubai next month. At the end of the qualifiers held earlier this week, Al Hamriya Club fought from a 0-2 deficit to beat Al Arabi Club 5-2 and book their place as one of two qualifiers from the Sharjah zone. Ajman Club had already sealed their spot last week after winning both their matches in this league that is being held for the ...  >>MORE

Dubai Mighty Camels caught up in Abu Dhabi Storms

Posted on 08/03/2012

The Abu Dhabi Storms ensured the battle for the 2011-12 Emirates Hockey League (EHL) title goes down to a decisive third game with a 4-3 overtime win over Dubai Mighty Camels. Juhani Ijas was the hero for the home side as he raced clear to score with just 16.6 seconds left on the clock at the Zayed Sports City Ice Rink. Having lost the first game in Dubai, it means the Storms will retain their crown if they win the final game of the three-match series, set to take place back at the Dubai ...  >>MORE

Great Dane Henning smashes Abu Dhabi triathlon record

Posted on 04/03/2012

Team Abu Dhabi captain Faris Al Sultan narrowly missed out on a famous home-town victory at the US$250,000 Abu Dhabi International Triathlon on Saturday, overtaken in the dying moments by Denmark's Rasmus Henning who snatched the win in a spectacularly close race. ``In a day of record-breaking performances, Henning claimed victory with a time of 06:21:44, smashing the current course record by 18 minutes. Abu Dhabi debutant, Australia's Nikki Butterfield, also broke the women's course record in ...  >>MORE

Emirati pair are the heroes in Abu Dhabi Storms EHL semi-final win

Posted on 01/03/2012

The Abu Dhabi Storms will meet Dubai Mighty Camels in a repeat of the last year's final for the Emirates Hockey League. They will play in the first of the best-of-three final on Monday at the Dubai Mall. The Storms overcame an opening game shock to outclass Al Ain Theebs 3-1 in the decisive third game of the best-of-three semi-final and the Camels got the better of the Al Ain Vipers 5-2 after the latter team had won the middle game. Mubarak Al Mazrouie scored twice and Juma Al Dhaheri ...  >>MORE

UAE's Amna Al Haddad the first Emarati female to compete in CrossFit Games Open

Posted on 01/03/2012

The Cross Fit Games Open got under way on February 22 and after its first week, UAE's Amna Al Haddad can feel proud of herself. The Emirati woman is competing for the first time in the event. If you are aware of Crossfit, you will know the aim of the competition is to find the fittest people in the world and the exercises are tailored around functional movements. Sound easy? It's anything but! The Crossfit Games is a five-week long worldwide competition in which the participants must do a ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Triathlon welcomes nearly 2,000 entrants

Posted on 01/03/2012

Who swims for three kilometres, cycles for 200km and runs for 20km? The 50 finely trained [and a little bit crazy] elite international athletes in town tackling the long distance course among other brave souls at the Abu Dhabi Triathlon, that's who. The 2012 edition - which sees close to 1900 participants from 62 countries registered in various distances - takes place this Saturday, starting at Abu Dhabi Corniche. The bike and run courses also start and finish here, so for those of you ...  >>MORE

UAE residents urged to get on their bikes at Cycle Yas event

Posted on 28/02/2012

Yas Marina Circuit is inviting both elite and aspiring cyclists from around the UAE to put the pedal to the metal and test their endurance at the inaugural Cycle Yas event. Held on March 30 from 7am until 7pm, individual cyclists and teams will be challenged to rack up the kilometres over a 12-hour period on Yas Marina Circuit's Formula 1 track, in support of charities. Nick McElwee, Director of Marketing and Communications at Yas Marina Circuit, said that the event is the newest addition ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi triathlon will find field full of sport's best female athletes

Posted on 26/02/2012

Some of the world's top female athletes are finalising their plans for the season-opening Abu Dhabi International Triathlon. The women's race takes place on Saturday over a 223-kilometre course and seems wide open, particularly with the double champion Julie Dibens from Great Britain sidelined with injury. Caroline Steffen of Switzerland may be the one who will most likely to take advantage of the absence of Dibens. Steffen will compete in Abu Dhabi for the third time and will hope to ...  >>MORE

UAE duo qualify for world meet

Posted on 20/02/2012

The UAE's Bethlehem Desalegn and Alia Mohammad Saeed have qualified for the IAAF World Indoor Championships to be held in Turkey next month. Competing in the National Indoor Track and Field Championships that concluded in Huang Zu yesterday, Desalegn bagged the silver medals in the 1,500m and the 3,000m, while her team-mate Alia Mohammad Saeed narrowly missed out a podium finish. However, the timing in the 3,000m was good enough for a spot in the IAAF World Indoor Championships to be held ...  >>MORE

Jumpstart for skateboarders in the UAE

Posted on 19/02/2012

Following a host of excellent and well received skate/surf/art activities organised over the past month by Tashkeel in collaboration with Dubai skateboarding pioneer Bradley Kirr and Surf Dubai, organisers will conduct the second Skate Biladi (Skate My Country) on Friday at the Nad Al Sheba arts hub. The day is to be called Skate Biladi 2.0: A social media skateboard experiment. Organisers have transformed the traditional skate contest and created a platform that incorporates technology and ...  >>MORE

2012 RAK Half Marathon

Posted on 16/02/2012

If seeing elite athletes run 21 kilometres in under an hour is your thing, then look no further than this weekend's Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon, which will be run around the streets of the northern emirate Friday morning. Indeed the RAK Half Marathon is regarded as one of the quickest races out there, with world records being smashed by both men and women regularly since 2007. And if it's speedy runners you're after, then Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai is definitely the standout athlete, having run ...  >>MORE

Krzysztof crowned champion of World Strongmen Championship in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 15/02/2012

Krzysztof Radzikowski is officially the world's strongest man after a testing closing day of the 2012 WSF World Strongmen Championship in Abu Dhabi. Following up his first-placed finish on day one – which put him in the safe zone for automatic qualification in the final – the 30-year-old 137kg strongman from Poland powered his way through last night's events. These included the Farmer's Walk, with 160kg blocks in each hand, a medley event that consisted of carrying 120kg sand bags overhead ...  >>MORE

WWE fans treated to a spectacle in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 13/02/2012

Organisers of the WWE Raw World Tour which rolled into Abu Dhabi this past weekend have hailed the three-night extravaganza as a huge success. The International Tennis Complex at Zayed Sports City was awash with WWE fans who turned out in their droves to catch a glimpse of their heroes John Cena, The Miz and Kane in no holds barred action. And with record attendances to be confirmed in the coming days, Damian Brandy, communications director at Seven Media, gave the event a huge thumbs up. ...  >>MORE

World's strongest men begin competition in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 13/02/2012

The World's Strongmen Championship overcame a difficult beginning in Abu Dhabi to get into full swing on Sunday night with Krzysztof Radzikowski, of Poland, the current front-runner heading into day two. Despite the start being delayed by three hours because of organisational glitches, the full repertoire of muscle-testing events and brute strength was eventually on show at Khalifa Park. A total of 25 participants competed on the opening day, taking part in the Log Lift, Farmer's Walk, ...  >>MORE

Tag Heuer Ice Race at the Dubai Mall

Posted on 12/02/2012

Visitors to the Dubai Mall over the weekend may have been surprised to find something a little unexpected on the ice rink as they passed by. The Tag Heuer Ice Race by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons took place at the Dubai Mall Ice Rink over the past two days, with participants testing their skills around the specially-designed track constructed for the event. Participants had seven minutes in a go-kart around the looped circuit, with the winner not being decided on finishing position, but rather on ...  >>MORE

WWE Raw World Tour hits Abu Dhabi

Posted on 09/02/2012

If you're looking for a rollercoaster ride packed to the rafters with rough and raw action in the ring, then look no further than the WWE Raw World Tour, on the rampage through Abu Dhabi for the first time ever this Thursday through to Saturday. This is your chance to see moves such as an Anaconda Vise in action; the sheer madness of a Lie Detector as it crumples a steely man to the floor; and to see one guy make another Go To Sleep. These are wrestling moves not to be messed with, and ones ...  >>MORE

UAE plan to send their biggest contingent ever at 2012 London Olympics

Posted on 08/02/2012

The UAE National Olympic Committee (UAENOC) revealed its plans on Tuesday to send its biggest contingent ever to the London Games later this year. Yousef Al Serkal, the vice-president of the UAENOC, said the Emirates is aiming for a 13-member contingent to represent the nation at the quadrennial sporting extravaganza, labelled 'the greatest show on earth', in the English capital. So far only three shooters - Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum (skeet), Sheikh Juma bin Dalmook Al Maktoum ...  >>MORE

World’s strongest men head for Abu Dhabi

Posted on 08/02/2012

UAE capital Abu Dhabi is preparing to host the World's Strongest Man Competition 2012 from February 12-14. Twenty-two contestants from 20 countries will participate in this strongest men world championship, which will be held in the UAE for the first time. The contestants compete to win the world's strongest men title by demonstrating their physical abilities in various strength athletics such as pulling bulky objects (rocks, trucks, and airplanes), lifting heavy weights, and a tug of war. ...  >>MORE

2012 Abu Dhabi international triathlon on track for third year sell out

Posted on 06/02/2012

Over 1,500 participants from 58 countries have signed up for the 2012 Abu Dhabi International Triathlon, as organisers say they are on-track to fill the 2,100 places earmarked for the March 3rd event - an increase of more than 30 percent over 2011. Organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ATDA), this year's event now has entrants from every inhabited continent and has seen strong growth from non-traditional triathlon markets and areas where the sport is still emerging such as Russia, up an ...  >>MORE

UAE to host world skeet shooting championship 2013

Posted on 01/02/2012

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, member of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, attended yesterday a ceremony held at his palace to sign contracts for the World Skeet shooting Championship, to be hosted by the UAE in April 2013 at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club. The contracts for hosting the championship were signed by Major General Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, Chairman of the UAE Shooting Association and Major General Medhat Wahdan, Vice President of the International Shooting Sport ...  >>MORE

Dubai Marathon kicks off next Friday

Posted on 26/01/2012

As over 15,000 runners take to the streets of the emirate for the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on Friday (January 27), hundreds of government officials will work to ensure a safe and secure route will lead them to the finish line. Held under the patronage of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is staged under the aegis of the Dubai Sports Council and enjoys the support of a number ...  >>MORE

Sport spectaculars help to raise profile of Emirates

Posted on 08/01/2012

The UAE is poised to enjoy a major economic boost from the legion of international sporting events taking place in the country this year. Experts say the Volvo Ocean Race is just the beginning of a big year for sport in the UAE, as more than 12,000 hotel nights in the capital have been booked by race teams, organisers and guests - and the same number of reservations are expected from fans, according to the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) . Within the next few months, the UAE will host two ...  >>MORE

Manchester City Football Club launches School of Football in UAE

Posted on 03/01/2012

Manchester City yesterday launched its first ever international School of Football, featuring professional coaches from the Club. Boys and girls in the UAE can now sign up for the 10-week course, which starts the week of January 15th at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi. The 10-week coaching programme is priced at Dh1750. Each of the ten sessions will last 90 minutes and participants will also have access to weekly Football Saturdays to practice their skills in games and competitions. On top ...  >>MORE

Crowds throng to catch a glimpse of superstars Ronaldo and Del Piero as the duo attend conference

Posted on 29/12/2011

There was a maddening rush at the Intercontinental Hotel where the 6th Dubai International Sports Conference was scheduled to be held. The rush was for the arrival of football's pin-up duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Alessandro del Piero. Immediately after they reached the venue, everybody rushed in to catch a glimpse of the superstars but the security managed to keep the crowd at bay before whisking them into the VIP area. Later on, the footballers attended the conference and addressed the ...  >>MORE

Sumaya, Wafa and Shaikha give UAE bronze in 10-metre shooting

Posted on 12/12/2011

The trio of Sumaya Al Meshaiei, Wafa Al Ali and Shaikha Al Rumaithi won the first medal for the UAE in the 12th Arab Games when they bagged the bronze in the Ladies Pistol 10 metres competition yesterday. Sumaya ended with a total of 368 points in four rounds (93, 91, 94, 90) with an average of 9.4 to finish sixth out of 23 competitors with her team mate Wafa scoring a total of 357 (85, 91, 93, 88) and an average of 8.935 while Shaikha scored 355 (82, 92, 91, 90) with an average of 8.875. ...  >>MORE

Ahmed bin Mohammed attends Pan Arab Games XII

Posted on 11/12/2011

On behalf of President of the UAE His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the National Olympic Committee HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will attend the opening ceremony of the Pan Arab Games XII in Doha on Friday. Sheikh Ahmed will also lead a large delegation to the Games due to kick off at the Khalifa International Stadium in the capital of Qatar. Apart from Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais and a ...  >>MORE

UAE athletes collect ten medals on day one of IWAS World Games 2011

Posted on 04/12/2011

The opening day of the IWAS World Games 2011, which is taking place in the emirate of Sharjah from 1 to 10 December, was full of excitement, as UAE athletes collected a total of ten medals for their country - two gold, two silver and four bronze medals in the athletics competitions, one silver in swimming, and one bronze in power lifting. The lion's share of the team's medals were won in athletics, with Asian gold medallist Aysha Salem bin Khalid achieving an impressive victory in the women's ...  >>MORE

ADTA launches Abu Dhabi international triathlon media challenge

Posted on 29/11/2011

The Abu Dhabi International Triathlon 2012 organisers have launched the ADIT Media Challenge to encourage regional media organisations to kick-start a healthy New Year by offering VIP training programmes and free entry into the event. Under the scheme, media teams taking part in the challenge will receive their own personal training sessions from Abu Dhabi Triathlon Team's former Ironman World Champion and current European Ironman champion, Faris Al Sultan, as well as an exclusive training ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's Arabian nights reign in Spain

Posted on 01/11/2011

Alicante - The cream of the Volvo Ocean Race family, VIPs, dignities and sporting figures were treated to Abu Dhabi's famed Arabian hospitality last weekend, as the emirate staged an Arabian Nights evening in Alicante, Spain to mark its debut in the gruelling, round-the-world Everest of Sailing. Set in the expansive Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) Oasis pavilion in the heart of the Volvo Ocean Race Village, more than 100 guests met the UAE capital's record-breaking Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing ...  >>MORE

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DWTC to organize 'Dubai Sports World' in June


Sport court to open in Abu Dhabi


UAE call up nine Quins members for Kazakhstan clash


Emirati weight lifter sets bar high


The Abu Dhabi Storms set off for Hong Kong


UAE weightlifting stars return home


Drag night delight at Yas Marina for Emirati duo


Emirati girl makes history


UEFA chief Michel Platini to headline Dubai Sports Conference


Abu Dhabi International Conference on Women Sports kicks off tomorrow


Emirati teen skates into history books


UAE Ice Hockey Team win Asia League Ice Hockey Championship


Al Hamriya qualify for the UAE Beach Soccer League


Dubai Mighty Camels caught up in Abu Dhabi Storms


Great Dane Henning smashes Abu Dhabi triathlon record


Emirati pair are the heroes in Abu Dhabi Storms EHL semi-final win


UAE's Amna Al Haddad the first Emarati female to compete in CrossFit Games Open


Abu Dhabi International Triathlon welcomes nearly 2,000 entrants


UAE residents urged to get on their bikes at Cycle Yas event


Abu Dhabi triathlon will find field full of sport's best female athletes


UAE duo qualify for world meet


Jumpstart for skateboarders in the UAE


2012 RAK Half Marathon


Krzysztof crowned champion of World Strongmen Championship in Abu Dhabi


WWE fans treated to a spectacle in Abu Dhabi


World's strongest men begin competition in Abu Dhabi


Tag Heuer Ice Race at the Dubai Mall


WWE Raw World Tour hits Abu Dhabi


UAE plan to send their biggest contingent ever at 2012 London Olympics


World’s strongest men head for Abu Dhabi


2012 Abu Dhabi international triathlon on track for third year sell out


UAE to host world skeet shooting championship 2013


Dubai Marathon kicks off next Friday


Sport spectaculars help to raise profile of Emirates


Manchester City Football Club launches School of Football in UAE


Crowds throng to catch a glimpse of superstars Ronaldo and Del Piero as the duo attend conference


Sumaya, Wafa and Shaikha give UAE bronze in 10-metre shooting


Ahmed bin Mohammed attends Pan Arab Games XII


UAE athletes collect ten medals on day one of IWAS World Games 2011


ADTA launches Abu Dhabi international triathlon media challenge


Abu Dhabi's Arabian nights reign in Spain