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The UAE Wild Card Championship Announces Finalists of the UAE Residents Open

• Close to 40 advanced padel players competed at the UAE Residents Open that took place at Padel Arena in Sharjah from January 27 – 29  • Ignacio Gadea and Martin Noschese, Jordi Casanova and Javier Rodriguez from the men’s teams; and Angela Caro and Sol Perez, Iris Murcia and Cristina Navarro from the women’s teams won the semi-finals rounds on January 29  • UAE Nationals tournament will be held from February 3–5 in Dubai, and GCC Residents Open from February 10 – 11 in Abu Dhabi • The UAE Wild Card Championship final is set to take place in Abu Dhabi on February 12, where six winners will be awarded Wild Card entries to the qualifications of the World Padel Tour Modon Abu Dhabi Padel Master, as well as a cash prize of AED 10,000   Dubai, January 31, 2023: ......read more

Inaugural Mohammed bin Rashid Falconry Cup Off to a Strong Start

250 falcons see action on Day 1 of championship that will see more than 3,000 birds competing Dubai - 31, January 2023:  The inaugural ‘Mohammed bin Rashid Falconry Cup’, organised by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC), kicked off to a strong start on Monday at Al Ruwayyah desert area in Dubai The falconry championship named after the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai will run until February 15 and has drawn formidable participation from local, regional and international falconers. Over 250 falcons raced on Day 1 (Jan 30) of the tournament that will see more than 3,000 birds from 700 top falconers competing in the falconry championship with a total prize pool of over Dh23 million. “Falconry (known locally as Al Qanas) is one of the UAE’s cultural symbols and ......read more

Golf Stars Chasing Leader Rory Mcilroy after His Stunning Birdie Blitz at Hero Dubai Desert Classic

• Despite a bogey on the 18th, the World Number One is in strong position to clinch a record-equalling third title in Dubai on Monday with a three-shot lead. • England’s Dan Bradbury and Callum Shinkwin are tied in second at 12-under after carding 68 and 67 respectively.   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 29th January 2023: World Number One Rory McIlroy produced a stunning birdie blitz to put himself in a strong position to clinch his third Hero Dubai Desert Classic title, taking a three-shot lead into the final day.   In front of thousands of fans at the Emirates Golf Club, the four-time Major champion showed the competition why he is the top ranked player in the world with an impressive 65 to finish -7 for the day and -15 overall through three rounds.      Beginning the day on 8 ......read more

Belgium's Chloe Vranken Claims Victory in Longines Grand Prix as 10th FBMA International Show Jumping Cup Concludes in Abu Dhabi

Under the Patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak,   • More than 300 riders from around the world took part in the four-day prestigious event at Al Forsan International Resort Abu Dhabi, 30th January 2023: Chloe Vranken of Belgium produced an impressive performance to be crowned winner of the flagship Longines Grand Prix category on the final day of the 10th FBMA International Show Jumping Cup in Abu Dhabi.   At Al Forsan International Sports Resort, the winners of the Grand Prix, the final category of the day saw the winners awarded their medals by His Excellency Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili - Chairman of the Department of Community Development, His Excellency Major General Dr Ahmed Naser Al Raisi, President of the UAE Equestrian & Racing Federation and the President of Interpol, and His ......read more

Hero Dubai Desert Classic to Finish on Monday as World's Number One Amateur Ludvig Aberg and England's Ian Poulter Share Round One Lead

• Aberg of Sweden impresses with an opening round score of 65 at the Emirates Golf Club.   • World Number One and two-time champion Rory McIlroy in a group of four alongside Patrick Reed who are one-shot off the top.   • Due to the weather-delayed starts on first two days, the DP World Tour confirms the Rolex Series event will finish on Monday with Round Two set to conclude on Saturday. Rounds 3 and 4 are scheduled for Sunday and Monday, respectively.   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 27th January 2023: Organisers of the Hero Dubai Desert Classic announced the tournament will finish on Monday as World Number One Amateur Ludvig Aberg and England’s Ian Poulter shared the first-round lead on a weather-affected day on Friday. Following the decision to close the venue to the public on ......read more

Garbiñe Muguruza Awarded Wildcard and added to Stellar ‘Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open'

• The former World Number One and Two-time Grand Slam Champion added to impressive roster including Australian Open Finalist, Elena Rybakina, Bianca Andreescu and Jelena Ostapenko   27 January 2023 - Abu Dhabi, UAE: Former world number one, and two-time Grand Slam winner, Garbiñe Muguruza, has been granted a main draw Wild-Card at the inaugural ‘Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open’.  The Spaniard claimed the French Open and Wimbledon titles on her way to becoming world number one in 2017 and has ten career singles titles to her name – including the coveted Tour Finals in 2021.       Known for her aggressive all-court game, and powerful groundstrokes, Muguruza will take her place among some of the world’s best female stars in the UAE capital from 5 – 12 ......read more

Thomas Pieters Tops the Leaderboard on Shortened Opening Day at Hero Dubai Desert Classic

• The Belgian leads by one-shot after completing 15 holes at Emirates Golf Club while World Number One Rory McIlroy sits three-shots behind. • Organisers of the Hero Dubai Desert Classic to welcome back fans for second day of Rolex Series event but no public parking will be available on-site.   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 26th January 2023:  Thomas Pieters took the early lead while World Number One Rory McIlroy recovered from a slow start before play was suspended due to fading light as the 2023 Hero Dubai Desert Classic got underway at Emirates Golf Club on Thursday. With the venue closed to spectators due to adverse weather conditions, a heavy overnight rainfall in Dubai saw the start of the Rolex Series event delayed by just over six hours with play commencing at 1.15pm local time.   On the ......read more

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Falcon Racing Cup to Kick Off on January 30

 More than 3,000 birds, 700 falconers to compete in the falconry championship with total prize pool of over Dh23 million  Dubai, 26 January 2023:  The inaugural His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Falcon Racing Cup, organised by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC), will kick off on Monday, January 30, and will run until February 15 at Al Ruwayyah desert area in Dubai. More than 3,000 birds by 700 top national and regional falconers will compete in the falconry championship named after the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The tournament, formerly known as Fakhr Al Ajyal (Pride of Generations) Championship, is one of the most important and largest falconry championships at the country and regional level not only for the high number of participants but also for the ......read more

6500-year-Old Oak Trees and Art Pieces in Dubai

Dubai, January 25, 2023: Subfossil Oak Company and Crystal Caviar, manufacturers of luxury products based in the Czech Republic, are showcasing 6,500-year-old 12 sub-fossilised oak trees, as well as artwork pieces by Czech artist Jaroslav Prošek and products made from this unique wood at the VIP Terminal Jetex at Al Maktoum International Airport.  Themed ‘Subfossil Oak Forest at Jetex: The Past Becomes Luxury’, the event comes in line with the commitment to provide exclusive and luxury products to the world, that are unique in their own sense, with no 2 woods being alike and they are not just decorative pieces, but also artwork.  The products, which will be featured during the exhibition, include art pieces, interior design products, decorative products, and jewellery. Found more than 8 meters deep in the ......read more

ENOC & Dulsco win Arm Wrestling's Titles of the 4th Labor Sports Tournament

ENOC & Dulsco companies have won the titles of the arm wrestling competition of the 4th Labor Sports Tournament, which is held with remarkable participation of 20 thousand laborers from different companies working in the Emirate of Dubai, and it is scheduled to be concluded on 31st March 2023.   The Tournament, the biggest of its kind, is organized by Dubai Sports Council (DSC) in collaboration with the Permanent Committee of Labor Affairs in Dubai, under title “Their Happiness is Our Goal”.   Participants in the Tournament compete in 11 sports competitions; as follows: kabaddi, football, basketball, volleyball, badminton, arm wrestling, yoga, tug of war, cricket, road race & swimming.  Dutton Odor from ENOC Co. won the golden medal of U 80 kg category of the arm wrestling competition, followed ......read more

5-4-3-2-1: Countdown to Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships as Impressive Men's Field Revealed

Defending champion Andrey Rublev joins four Grand Slam winners in eye-catching field of experienced and emerging talent set for Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Marin Cilic will also feature in a power-packed line-up Tickets for annual Championships, which includes the women’s tournament from February 19-25, are available now at dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com Dubai, UAE - January 23, 2023:  A five-time winner. Four of the world’s top-10. Three previous champions. Two of the game’s greatest ever. One eventual victor. The countdown to the 31st Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (DDFTC), set to run from February 19 to March 4, ramps up today after organisers confirmed an impressive men’s field that will feature a host of emerging and established names, ......read more

The UAE's Favourite Children's Entertainer Comes to Treasure Island

Join us at Treasure Island on Friday 27th January as we welcome celebrity guest star Magic Phil! Magic Phil will bring a show full of silliness, magic, and non-stop audience interaction for children aged 1-12 to enjoy. They’ll also get a chance to Meet n Greet Magic Phil after the show.  The popular soft play area at Le Gourmet will play host to the TV and radio star as he regales his young audience with an original pirate-themed stage act filled with singing, dancing, slapstick, audience participation and of course magic –not to be missed! Kids who attend can also look forward to the usual fun---arts and crafts stations, face and hand painting, body art tattoo, and caps painting not to mention tasty treats and games galore!  All this for just AED 180 per child. Timings: 5 – 8 pm  Pre-booking is ......read more

Vine Crowned Tour Down Under Champion

• Australian takes 2nd on final stage   Jay Vine and UAE Team Emirates have got the 2023 season off to the perfect start with overall victory at the Tour Down Under in Australia. Vine, who has held the leaders Ochre jersey since stage 2, kept his composure to follow all attacks on the final 112km from Unley to Mount Lofty (112km). His closest rival Simon Yates (Jayco-Alula) would hit out for victory with just over a kilometre to go, but Vine had the strength to match his efforts, finishing just a bike length behind the British rider but conceding no time.   The overall team performance was rewarded with first place in the team classification to compliment the victory of Vine. Vine: “It feels pretty incredible to be standing here wearing this jersey. The way the team rode that race was first ......read more

Desert Group wins Tug of War Competition's Title of the 4th Labor Sports Tournament

Remarkable Success & Distinctive Participation in the Various Competitions of the Tournament   The various competitions of the 4th Labor Sports Tournament continue at several locations of Dubai with remarkable participation of 20 thousand laborers from different companies working in the Emirate of Dubai and it is scheduled to be concluded on 31st March 2023.   The Tournament, the biggest of its kind, is organized by Dubai Sports Council (DSC) in collaboration with the Permanent Committee of Labor Affairs in Dubai, Dubai Police & Dubai Municipality, under title “Their Happiness is Our Goal”.   Participants in the Tournament compete in 10 sports competitions; as follows: football, basketball, volleyball, badminton, arm wrestling, yoga, tug of war, cricket, road race & ......read more

Yemeni Expat Wins 4th Camel Trek Marathon for UAE Expats; gets Dh100,000 Cash Prize

> 24 riders from 18 countries take part in the race organised by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center  > Chinese expat Alexis (Xiaozhe Huo) and French national Aude Derflinger came in 2nd and 3rd places Dubai, 19 January 2023: Yemeni expatriate Reem Salem held her ground from start to finish to claim first place and the Dh100,000 cash prize in the 4th edition of the Camel Trek Marathon for UAE expats, organised by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC) yesterday. A total of 24 camel riders from 18 countries took part in the race held annually in conjunction with the Arabian Camel Festival under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.  All participants took part in the annual Camel Trek organised every year by HHC to promote UAE’s cultural ......read more

Dubai hosts the first "Ultra Kabaddi League", with the Participation of 112 Players

• Dubai Sports Council reveals the details of the tournament in the presence of Bollywood star Kabir Singh The Dubai Sports Council announced that it will host Dubai (Ultra Kabaddi League), which will be held for the first time in the country and is organized by Sporteify in cooperation with the Dubai Sports Council. Its competitions will be held in the sports hall of Al-Ahly Youth Club in Al-Mamzar from June 4th  to 24th, with the participation of 112 players from 10 different countries make up 8 branded teams, competing in 32 matches. The announcement came during a press conference held at the headquarters of the Dubai Sports Council, during which Ali Omar, Director of the Sports Events Department in the Council, the famous Indian actor Kabir Duhan Singh, Bollywood star of Indian cinema, and Sumit Singh, the ......read more

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2023 Serves up an Elite Field with Seven of World's Top 10 Women Confirmed

World No.1 Iga Swiatek leads a line-up that includes 14 of the best 20 female tennis players on the planet for the WTA event at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium from February 19-25 Tickets for the annual Championships are available online now at dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com with prices starting from Dh55 Dubai, UAE - January 17, 2023: Seven of the world’s top-10 female players will descend on Dubai next month to compete in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, a high-quality line-up that also includes defending champion Jelena Ostapenko. WTA World No.1 Iga Swiatek heads a star-starred field for the extravaganza at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, from February 19-25, which also includes Arab superstar and World No.2 Ons Jabeur; Jessica Pegula (No.3) and Caroline Garcia (No.4). Fans will get to see 14 of the top 20 ......read more

Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi and NBA Announce Expansion of Jr. NBA League in the UAE

-  Second Edition of Jr. NBA Abu Dhabi League Will Engage 900 Youth Across UAE Capital - - Seven-Time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady & 10-Year NBA Veteran Luis Scola Attend Draft - Jan. 16, 2023 – The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced the launch of the expanded second season of the Jr. NBA Abu Dhabi League, featuring boys and girls leagues each comprised of 450 players, aged 11-14 from schools across the UAE capital city. The leagues will begin January 21 and culminate with the second annual Jr. NBA Abu Dhabi League Finals on Sunday, March 12. The program tipped off with a draft event hosted by DCT Abu Dhabi and the NBA on Saturday, January 14 at the NYU Abu Dhabi campus’s three-court facility. The 60 participating ......read more

Loeb Set Sights on Abu Dhabi after Record-Breaking Dakar Charge

16th January, 2023:  World Rally-Raid Championship leader Sebastien Loeb has quickly set his sights on next month’s Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge after his record-breaking run with Bahrain Raid Xtreme in the Dakar Rally.   Loeb, partnered by Fabian Lurquin, carries a two-point advantage over Nasser Al Attiyah into the second round of the championship in the UAE where he will be looking to build on his historic display in Saudi Arabia in the BRX Prodrive Hunter.   After a succession of early punctures on stage two dropped him to 31st overall, the nine-time World Rally Champion fought back brilliantly, winning a record six Dakar stages in a row, and seven in total, on his way to a second successive runner up finish yesterday behind Al Attiyah.   The points gained from those stage wins put Loeb at ......read more

Emirati Teen Abdullah Belheli gets Second Golden Square Ticket to 23rd Fazza Championship for Youlah

>> Championship is organised annually by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Centre (HHC) Dubai, 14 January 2023:  Emirati teen Abdullah Belheli clinched the second ticket to the Golden Square of the 23rd Fazza Championship for Youlah and 18th edition of Al Meydan Program, following a down-to-wire quarter-final round on Friday in Al Marmoon, Dubai. Both Belheli and his competitor, Ali Al-Ghafli, were initially tied at 40 points and the winner had to be decided by arbitration. After the second round, Belheli narrowly escaped with a hairline and was declared the winner with a total of 48 points as against Al-Ghhafli’s 47 markers. It was the second consecutive tie in the quarter-final round of the tournament this year. In the previous week, Ahmed Al-Ketbi edged out fellow quarterfinalist, Saeed Obaid Al-Shamsi, with only ......read more

Update from Bahrain Raid Xtreme after Today's Stage 13 at Dakar Rally

Sébastien Loeb “We’ve done it again. The goal is to keep the second place until the end and to score important points for the (World Rally-Raid) championship, but now it’s a new record with six victories in a row on the Dakar so I’m very happy.  “That’s seven for us this year. Everything has gone so well for over a week now with very good stages enabling us to get back to second place, but now we need to finish. The dunes today were softer than previous days plus it was 150 kilometres of dunes for the whole route, so there was no chance to rest. It was hot in the car, no fast sections so it was much harder today.” Gus Beteli - BRX Team Principal “Another impressive performance by Seb, Fabian, the whole Bahrain Raid Xtreme team and at the Prodrive base in the UK to clinch ......read more

CNN Business Arabic is Now Live

- CNN Business Arabic delivers global economic, business and finance news and analysis to millions of Arabic speakers across the globe   Dubai, 15 January 2023: CNN Business Arabic (CNNBA) has officially launched today. The dedicated digital business platform is set to be the go-to source of business and economic news, facts and analysis in Arabic, covering areas of interest to the world’s Arabic speakers. The new media outlet covers a wide range of sectors including sustainability, green investment, cryptocurrency, Web 3.0, real estate, energy, technology and more. CNNBA is available online at CNNBusinessArabic.com and on leading social media platforms.   CNN Business Arabic is operated by International Media Investments (IMI) in partnership with CNN International Commercial (CNNIC), combining regional and ......read more

Mohammed Bin Rashid Library Recognises the Partners, Sponsors, and Supporters of its Cultural Mission

In a special ceremony attended by senior officials Dubai, UAE; January 13th, 2023:  The Mohammed Bin Rashid Library (MBRL) hosted its “Annual Partners’ Gala” to honour its partners, sponsors, and stakeholders across government, semi-government, and private institutions. Held in the presence of H.E. Mohammed Al Murr, Chairman of the MBRL Foundation; Mohammed Salem Al Mazrouei, Board Member of the MBRL, and a number of senior officials and staff. The ceremony affirmed the Library’s keenness to recognise the accomplishments of its partners, in addition to promoting joint cooperation to realise the key shared goals, improve awareness, and lead the new generation in terms of cultural support. “Today, we honour all those who have contributed to the development of MBRL and recognise all their sincere ......read more

Master of the Empty Quarter – Loeb makes it Five Dakar Stage Wins in a Row for BRX

French ace climbs to second overall with seventh stage victory for Prodrive Hunters, as Al Attiyah retains overall lead in Saudi Shaybah, Saudi Arabia: 13th January, 2023:  Sebastien Loeb has earned a vast array of titles in his career, and he now has a new one as master of the Empty Quarter after a fifth straight Dakar Rally stage win for Bahrain Raid Xtreme in Saudi Arabia. Victory on today’s 185km 12th stage, which crossed some of the most spectacular and challenging desert terrain on earth, lifted Loeb and Fabian Lurquin into second place overall in their BRX Prodrive Hunter with two days remaining. As on the first part of the Shaybah Empty Quarter Marathon stage yesterday, which he won despite stopping to change a wheel, the nine-time World Rally Champion was in control from start to finish as he got home with 3 ......read more

Jabeur and Djokovic Latest Names Confirmed for Next Month's Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

Arab star and World No. 2 Ons Jabeur will lead female field at tournament’s 31st edition, while five-time champion Novak Djokovic joins Rafael Nadal in men’s draw Tickets for the annual Championship, held this year from February 19 to March 4 at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, go on sale Tuesday 17th January and start from just Dh55 Dubai, UAE - January 13, 2023: WTA World No.2 Ons Jabeur and 21-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic will both compete at next month’s 31st Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, tournament organisers have confirmed. Tunisian star Jabeur became the first Arab to reach a Grand Slam final last year when she progressed to the finals at Wimbledon, before following it up two months later by reaching the US Open final at Flushing Meadows. Returning to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium ......read more

Update from Bahrain Raid Xtreme after Today's Stage 11 at Dakar Rally

Quote from Gus Beteli - BRX Team Principal “Seb drove brilliantly today to give us here at Bahrain Raid Xtreme another stage victory to now make six from eleven stages so far. “That’s proof of the hard work that everyone here on the rally, and those back at Prodrive International, have done since the start of this project. We’re now within striking distance of second overall too.” “With Guerlain making second place, it was another good day for BRX, although frustrating for Vaidotas after a strong start to the stage. However, there are sure to be some further twists and turns over the remaining three days before Sunday.”

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Four in a Row for BRX as Loeb's Dakar Charge continues in empty Quarter

French star extends stage-winning run for Bahrain Raid Xtreme to close in on second, as Al Attiyah retains overall lead in Saudi 12th January, 2023:  After a fourth successive stage victory for Bahrain Raid Xtreme, Sebastien Loeb aims to extend his winning run as the Dakar Rally continues its dramatic passage through the Empty Quarter in Saudi Arabia tomorrow. Partnered by Fabian Lurquin in his BRX Prodrive Hunter, Loeb’s victory on today’s 247km 11th stage, his fifth in this year’s event and 21st overall, moved him within reach of outright second place with three days remaining. It was another day to underline the power and versatility of the Prodrive Hunters, with Guerlain Chicherit and Alex Winocq recovering from a difficult time yesterday to take second place, within 2mins 16 secs of the nine-time ......read more

Loeb Completes Hat-Trick of Dakar Stage Wins for BRX

French star shines again for Bahrain Raid Xtreme while Al Attiyah retains overall lead as rally enters Empty Quarter in Saudi 11,  January 2023: Sebastien Loeb completed a superb hat-trick of stage wins for Bahrain Raid Xtreme today as the Dakar Rally ventured into the Empty Quarter in Saudi Arabia for the first time. Loeb and Fabian Lurquin took their BRX Prodrive Hunter to a third successive victory on the 114km tenth stage from Haradh to Shaybah, with a margin of 3 mins 4 secs from the Audi of Mattias Ekstrom and Emil Bergkvist. Loeb’s 20th Dakar stage success was his fourth so far in this year’s event and the fifth for BRX, coming just 24 hours after an impressive 1-2-3 finish by the Prodrive Hunters. The result strengthened his grip on third place overall, as Nasser Al Attiyah clocked the fourth ......read more

Jay Vine Crowned Australian ITT Champion

• Gold for Australian in Mount Helen    Still in his first days officially as a UAE Team Emirates rider, Jay Vine has hit the ground running with victory in the Australian National Time Trial Championships. The 27-year-old put in a blistering ride on the 37.5km course, clocking an average speed of 48.2 kmph and narrowly edging out TT specialist Luke Durbridge (Jayco-Alula) in second by a close 3 seconds.   The result marks the first win of the season for UAE Team Emirates and is encouraging heading into the upcoming Tour Down Under which gets underway on the 17th January.   Jay Vine: “I’m super happy with this win. Time Trialing is always something I thought I could improve on, but I just hadn’t been able to go fast in a good position on the bike since turning ......read more

Legendary MotoGP Rider Valentino Rossi to Compete at Hankook 24 Hour Dubai Race

• The 18th edition of the event at Dubai Autodrome will be held under the patronage of Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Sports Council   • More than 50 cars and 200 different drivers including UAE’s Khaled Al Qubaisi, three-time winner, will participate in the challenging endurance race which begins on Saturday at 15:00   • Support races include Formula Regional Middle East Championship and F4 UAE Championship, both with record-breaking grids, as well as the Clio Cup Middle East Championship.   Dubai - 10, January 2022: Seven-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi is to make his 24 Hours Series debut at this weekend’s Hankook 24 Hour Dubai race as Dubai Autodrome prepares to host the 18th edition of the prestigious endurance ......read more

The Desert Vipers Reveal Their Jersey and Match Kit for the Inaugural DP World ILT20

Dubai, UAE (January 9, 2023) – The Desert Vipers jersey and match kit reveal made waves at Soul Beach in Dubai, literally, as captain Colin Munro rode in from the sea on a boat wearing the new team match kit.   Colin was joined on the beach by fast bowler Tymal Mills in the training kit and UAE all-rounder Ali Naseer in the team’s fan jersey, and the trio then showed off the complete Desert Vipers look for the inaugural season of the DP World ILT20.   Desert Vipers Captain Colin Munro explained why the predominantly red Desert Vipers kit was right for him: “ Yes, it is very exciting, and my Mrs always said red was my colour, so it is obviously one to look forward to.   “It is really good to be here and to meet the whole squad. There are a few missing, they will be coming in later ......read more

Loeb Poised to Lead another Dakar Charge by BRX

Al Nasser manager Garcia presents French star with Cristiano Ronaldo shirt on visit to Bahrain Raid Xtreme in Saudi 9th January, 2023: Sebastien Loeb is ready to lead another charge by Bahrain Raid Xtreme in the Dakar Rally, with a prized Al Nassr shirt carrying the name of superstar signing Cristiano Ronaldo safely tucked away. The shirt was presented to Loeb by Rudi Garcia, manager of Ronaldo’s new Saudi Pro League club Al Nassr, when he paid a visit to the BRX team at the end of the eighth stage from Al Duwadimi to Riyadh on Sunday evening. Garcia then stepped inside the cockpit of Loeb’s BRX Prodrive Hunter to check out the car which the nine-time World Rally Champion and co-driver Fabian Lurquin had earlier taken to their second stage victory of the 45th Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia. It was also the fourth day ......read more

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Celebrates UAE Culture with an Emirati Star-Studded Line-up for 2023

• In collaboration with Dubai Culture, the Festival continues to explore and support local talents.  • Prominent names from UAE’s cultural and creative sector feature in a number of sessions and events • HH Sheikha Latifa bint Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum discusses her book Through My Eyes: The Life of Sheikh Hamdan as Told by His Daughter   Dubai, UAE - 09 January 2022: The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, which will take place from 1-6 February 2023 at the Intercontinental Dubai Festival City and Mohammed bin Rashid Library, has announced that it will feature its greatest number ever of top Emirati writers, speakers, and creators, as well as emerging talents, in a series of sessions, panels, and workshops. All sessions are offered in Arabic and English as part of the "Bil ......read more

Loeb Powers Bahrain Raid Xtreme to Dramatic Dakar Rally Stage Victory

French ace climbs again in Prodrive Hunter as penalty drops Sainz while Al Attiyah extends overall lead  January 09, 2023: Sebastien Loeb recorded a dramatic stage victory for Bahrain Raid Xtreme in the Dakar Rally today after another classic battle with Carlos Sainz and overall leader Nasser Al Attiyah in Saudi Arabia. Loeb and Fabian Lurquin in their BRX Prodrive Hunter won the 346km eighth stage from Al Duwadimi to Riyadh by 2 mins 11 secs from Al Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel to climb to fourth place in the overall rankings. Sainz and Lucas Cruz had led the stage for much of the day, but dropped two places when they collected a five-minute penalty after finishing in their Audi for speeding in a restricted zone. The result saw nine-time World Rally Champion Loeb continuing his rise up the rankings following a series of ......read more

Loeb leads Bahrain Raid Xtreme Recovery as Al Attiyah builds big Dakar Rally Lead

Trio of Prodrive Hunters finish in top five as three top challengers hit trouble in Saudi Hail, Saudi Arabia: 6th January, 2023:  Sebastien Loeb led another powerful recovery by Bahrain Raid Xtreme in the Dakar Rally today, as Nasser Al Attiyah gained a huge overall lead when his three closest rivals were removed from contention. Loeb and Fabian Lurquin in their BRX Prodrive Hunter set the second fastest time on the 358km sixth stage from Ha’il to Riyadh to collect more valuable points in the World Rally-Raid Championship (W2RC). Making it a rewarding day all round for the Prodrive Hunters, Guerlain Chicherit and Alex Winocq took fourth place on the day, with Lithuanians Vaidotas Zala and Paulo Fiuza recording the fifth best time.  Loeb’s climb into sixth place overall was a tribute to his powers of ......read more

The 23rd Edition of IIFA Weekend and Awards rescheduled; to be held on the 26th, and 27th May 2023

The biggest celebration of Indian cinema, the International Indian Film Academy and Awards (IIFA) is rescheduled its 23rd edition in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, and will NOW be held on the 26th and 27th of May 2023.     IMPORTANT NOTE •       All customers with existing tickets will receive revised tickets for the new dates automatically.   •       Existing ticket holders can also request a refund by emailing their request to the respective ticketing platform, from which the purchase was made within 10 working days.  All refunds will then be processed accordingly.   •       Tickets will continue to be on sale for the new dates with immediate effect on etihadarena.ae & platinumlist.net  

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Late Setback Hits Loeb's BRX Charge as Al Attiyah Stretches lead in Dakar Rally

French star must bounce back again to chase championship points for Bahrain Raid Xtreme 5th January, 2023:  Sebastien Loeb’s bid for a second successive Dakar Rally stage win was frustrated by another late setback for Bahrain Raid Xtreme today as Nasser Al Attiyah stretched his overall lead in Saudi Arabia. After a thrilling victory 24 hours earlier in his BRX Prodrive Hunter, Loeb was locked in an epic battle with Al Attiyah and Stephane Peterhansel on the 375km fifth stage, as all three held the lead at various points, with just seconds separating them. But with just 20km remaining, Loeb and co-driver Fabian Lurquin came to a halt for 15 minutes with mechanical problems, and eventually finished ninth on the day, a meagre reward for their contribution to another classic Dakar episode. Taking the stage in his ......read more

20 Thousand Athletes Participate in Various Sports Events in Dubai during Jan. 2023

Over 20 thousand male & female athletes of various ages, multi-nationalities & different physical levels participate in many sports events including international championships & community events, taking place in several locations of Dubai during Jan. 2023 in collaboration with Dubai Sports Council. Rory Mcllroy, the world’s 1st ranked, is on the top of the list of participants in Dubai Desert Classic Championship, one of the most eminent golf events in the region, which will take place from 23rd to 29th Jan. 2023 at the Emirates Golf Club with participation of elite of the most prominent golf stars in the world; among them are: Terrell Hatton & Tom Fleetwood, who have won the DP World Tour.     10 international marine & community championships will be organized at Dubai beaches with ......read more

Emirati Team Founder and Driver Saif Al Ameri Aiming to Fly UAE Flag High at Hankook 24 Hours Dubai Endurance Race

• Rabdan Motorsport will enter an all-Emirati drivers line-up in the GT3 Category Cup in  next weekend’s endurance race at Dubai Autodrome   Dubai, 4th January 2022:  The founder and lead driver of an Emirati racing team has described this month’s Hankook 24 Hours Dubai endurance race as a ‘drive to survive’ and is determined to do the UAE proud and fly the flag high. Saif Al Ameri, 32, will be behind the wheel for Rabdan Motorsport, a team which will be represented by all Emirati drivers in the GT3 Category Cup at Dubai Autodrome on 14 and 15 January.   It will be the second successive year the team will be competing after they finished the challenging race last year. Al Ameri is relishing the opportunity of testing themselves again in an event that is expected to attract ......read more

French Ace Relishing Battle ahead as Bahrain Raid Xtreme Go for Glory in Saudi

Loeb makes solid start on Dakar victory trail Jeddah, Saudi Arabia:   The 45th Dakar Rally is under way in Saudi Arabia, and Sebastien Loeb has given immediate notice of his desire to secure victory for Bahrain Raid Xtreme. Partnered by Fabian Lurquin in his BRX Prodrive Hunter, Loeb is aiming to go one better after finishing runner-up in Saudi last year, and the nine-time World Rally Champion made a confident start on today’s 13-km prologue on the shores of the Red Sea. Outpacing defending champion Nasser Al Attiyah by 11 seconds, the Frenchman was second quickest on the stage, just one second away from Mattias Ekström in his Audi RS Q e-tron. Guerlain Chicherit and Alex Winocq, impressive winners of the Rallye du Maroc in October, set the fifth fastest time in their Prodrive Hunter, with the other ......read more

BRX Primed for Toughest Test as Dakar Stretches into Empty Quarter

Loeb raring to go as he leads four-car challenge by Bahrain Raid Xtreme in Saudi 28th December, 2022: Bahrain Raid Xtreme head into their third Dakar Rally on Saturday with a four-car team of sustainably-fuelled Prodrive Hunters tested, developed and ready for the biggest adventure in the world of motorsport. The 45th edition of the rally tackles some of the toughest desert terrain seen in recent years, and after winning two of the four World Rally Raid Championship events in 2022, the BRX team is raring to go, with car updates, new staff and a hunger for what lies ahead in Saudi Arabia. After taking runner up spot 12 months ago, Sebastien Loeb returns to action with Fabian Lurquin looking to build on last year’s performance in the Prodrive Hunter T1+ that gave BRX eight stage podium finishes overall.  Argentine ......read more

Revealed! Nominations for the 23rd Edition of IIFA Weekend & Awards

Brahmastra Part One: Shiva, Gangubai Kathiawadi and Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 lead the way for Nominations   Global Voting to go LIVE today, Tuesday, 27th December 2022 and is open to everyone HERE   #IIFA2023 #IIFAONYAS   27th December 2022: The biggest celebration of Indian cinema, the International Indian Film Academy and Awards (IIFA), returns with its 23rd edition to Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, on February 9th, 10th and 11th, 2023. As the countdown to the biggest celebration of Indian Cinema worldwide draws near, International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards announces its 12 Popular Category nominations   Rounding out the 12 Popular award Categories are Best Picture | Direction | Performance in a Leading Role (Female)| Performance in a Leading Role (Male) | Performance in a Supporting Role (Female) | ......read more

Emirati Teen Zayed Al-Marri Registers Perfect Score to Qualify for Next Stage of 23rd Fazza Championship for Youlah

>> Saeed Al Shamsi also qualifies as quarterfinal round draws near Dubai, 24 December 2022:  Young Emirati Zayed Al-Marri flawlessly displayed his skills in heritage sports and registered a perfect score of 100 points to advance to the next round of the 23rd Fazza Championship for Youlah and 18th edition of Al Meydan Program, organised annually by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Centre (HHC). Saeed Al Shamsi also showed his composure and advanced with 65 points during Episode 3 of the competition over the weekend in Al Marmoom, Dubai. Excitement and anticipation are now intensifying as the two young yuweels (participants) have joined Ali Al-Azizi, Muhammad Al-Ketbi, Abdullah Bel-Hali, and Ali Al-Ghafli, who qualified earlier in the first two episodes. Two more yuweels are awaited to complete the final cast of ......read more

It's a Record-Breaking First Season for Premier Padel as the Sport goes Global in 2022

PREMIER PADEL’S FIRST SEASON CONCLUDES WITH TOURNAMENTS ON 5 CONTINENTS, ALL-TIME RECORD ATTENDANCES, BROADCAST STATISTICS AND PRIZE MONEY FOR THE PLAYER-DRIVEN TOUR 25, DECEMBER 2022:  Premier Padel concluded its first official season in Milan with great success, after a record-breaking year that has further elevated the sport of padel to unprecedented levels of global exposure, tournament attendance and professional support in all areas.  Premier Padel, governed by the International Padel Federation (FIP), backed by the Professional Padel Association (PPA), and supported by Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), has considerably boosted the sport’s growth and potential. Through the establishment of a global circuit, Premier Padel has partnered with an extensive portfolio of international broadcasters and ......read more

DAY 6: HAWKS COME OUT ON TOP IN THE INAUGURAL WORLD TENNIS LEAGUE

Rybakina ends Swiatek’s perfect record on final day Auger-Aliassime Edges Past Zverev Hawks Clinch Victory in Thrilling Doubles Battle   Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 24th December 2022: The Hawks celebrated Christmas Eve in Dubai by becoming the inaugural winners of the World Tennis League, overcoming an adventurous challenge from The Kites by 32 games to 25.   The trophy presentation was attended by His Excellency Nasser Aman Alrahma, Assistant Secretary General Dubai Sports Council, Mr Nasser Al Marzouqi - Secretary General UAE Tennis Federation and His Excellency Dr Aman Puri - Consulate General of India. Also present were WTL founders Mr Rajesh Banga and Mr Amit Sharma, Hawks team owner Sanjay Bector and Kites team owners Nishant Pittie and Rikant Pittie.   World number one Iga Swiatek ......read more

Day Five: Kites and Hawks Book Place in World Tennis League Final on Saturday

• Kites and Hawks Reach the Final after double matchday at Coca Cola Arena  • Swiatek and Rybakina Earn Comfortable Victories  • Djokovic Fends off Gallant Challenge from Ofner      Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 23rd December 2022: The Kites will battle The Hawks on Saturday to become the first winners of the World Tennis League after an incredible double matchday in Dubai. The Kites topped the points table as they completed their round robin matches with 113 points, with The Hawks amassing 106 points from their three rounds of play.     Although it would ultimately prove to be in vain, The Eagles got off to a winning start as Nick Kyrgios and Bianca Andreescu (Eagles) linked up to defeat Dominic Thiem and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Hawks) 6-4 4-6 10-7. The opening ......read more

Day Four: Record Setting Fourth Day Sees Kites Lead at World Tennis League

o Kites Head The Points Chase  o Swiatek Fights Off Strong Challenge From Pavlyuchenkova  o Auger-Aliassime Edges Thiem In Two Tiebreaks     The Kites came out on top against The Hawks on the fourth evening of the World Tennis League, but they had to battle hard for their 42 points to 31 victory.    In the opening match, Alexander Zverev and Elena Rybakina of the Hawks faced Sania Mirza and Felix Auger-Aliassime of the Kites. In the first set there was only one break point up until 5-5, on Auger-Aliassime's serve in the opening game, but then Mirza was broken to leave Rybakina to serve out the first set for The Hawks 7-5.    Things quickly moved in the opposite direction when the second set got underway, as Zverev saved two break points but then double-faulted on ......read more

34 Voyagers from 15 Countries Take Off for the 9th UAE Camel Trek

 Organised by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC), the camel trekkers will go on a 12-day, 600km desert caravan from Arada, Abu Dhabi to Global Village Dubai Dubai, 22 December 2022: Thirty-four camel riders from 15 countries are taking part in the 9th edition of the annual UAE Camel Trek, organised by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC), that kicked off early this week and will conclude on December 30. The highly-anticipated annual camel trek is the biggest to date in terms of participants of different ages and nationalities. They will enjoy a unique desert experience akin to the old ways of the Bedouins, where they will traverse over 600 kms of the UAE desert from Arada in Abu Dhabi to Tal Mera’b, Alkharza, Qasr al-Sarab reserve area, Arabian Oryx reserve, South of Umm Anz, Umm Alhubb, south of Butais ......read more

Publilink Wins the Coveted ‘Company of the Year Award' at AAG Excellence Awards

Al Abbas Group, UAE’s leading business conglomerate recently held their annual AAG Excellence Awards 2021-22. AAG Excellence Awards is an annual event organized by the Al Abbas Group to recognize and reward employees, across the Group, for their performances in various categories.  The third edition of AAG Excellence Awards was a glittering event attended by Mr. Ebrahim Ahmed Al Abbas – Chairman, Mr. Ismail Ahmed Al Abbas - Vice-Chairman, Mr. Hadi Ebrahim Al Abbas – Chief Communications Officer, Mr. Ali Ebrahim Al Abbas - Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Mohamed Ismail Al Abbas - Chief People Officer. Publilink was honored with the coveted ‘Company of the Year Award’, receiving the memento and certificate from the Chairman, and on behalf of Team Publilink, Mr. Reghu Menon - Managing Director, Publilink ......read more

Instagram Reveals Exclusive Statistics on Usage in the Middle East throughout the 2022 World Cup - including Top Hashtags, Reels, Players and MORE!

Held in the Middle East for the first time since its inception, the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar was followed across the world with utmost enthusiasm and passion, as it united people to celebrate together through the power of football. On Instagram, our data shows that the MENA region hosted one of the most active audiences on the platform who showcased their support and cheered for their favorite teams! From Morocco’s historic success story at the Qatar 2022 World Cup to Argentina’s remarkable win, here’s how the MENA region celebrated the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Instagram:    Record Meta stats:  • Leo Messi's World Cup post is now the most liked in Instagram history • WhatsApp reached a record 25 million messages per second during the World Cup final   Some of the ......read more

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