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  • Reach top speeds of up to 280km/ph on the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix track with Yas Marina Circuit’s Summer Offers – valid until 31st August

As new speed limit rules come into effect throughout the capital, Yas Marina Circuit is encouraging drivers that want to put the pedal to the metal to slow down on public roads and come to experience the thrill at Yas Marina Circuit in a closed road, secure environment.

Up until now drivers in Abu Dhabi have been used to having a 20km/h grace buffer on speed limits across the capital. Now that new speed limit laws have come into effect throughout the Emirate, Yas Marina Circuit offers a wide array of driving and passenger experiences for those wanting to test themselves on the ultimate speed lover’s location – the world famous F1® track.

Phil Ellis, Yas Marina Circuit’s Experiences Manager, said: “We understand the need to reduce the speed buffer on the roads of the UAE capital, however, we are encouraging those drivers that have the need for speed to come down to the Circuit and experience this in a safe, secure and closed road environment.

“We have a wide choice of experiences in a variety of supercars and are qualified instructors on hand to ensure you have a safe yet very exciting and exhilarating experience on track.”

With driving experiences available in a Mercedes-AMG GTS, Jaguar F-type S Coupe or Formula Yas 3000 or Aston Martin GT4, which can reach up to 280km/ph on the Grand Prix Circuit, Yas Marina Circuit offers plenty of variety for visitors to push themselves to their limits.

Drivers can also take advantage of special Yas Marina Circuit summer offers, with up to 50 per cent off drag racing and 25 per cent off driving experiences.

Car Track days are also available at Yas Marina Circuit, where members of the public can bring their own cars and drive around the famous Formula 1® track for a half or full-day session.

How to book: Prior booking is essential – Please call 800 Yas (927) or visit


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Sohail Tanvir fined after making obscene gesture

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Sohail Tanvir of the Guyana Amazon Warriors has been fined 15% of his match fee after making an obscene gesture during the match against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots on 9 August 2018 at Providence Stadium, Guyana.

The incident occurred in the 17th over of the Patriots innings when Ben Cutting was dismissed by Tanvir.

The player has accepted the sanction that was handed down to him by match referee, Denavon Hayles.


First started in 2013, the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is a franchise-based T20 format cricket tournament that combines two of the most compelling aspects of Caribbean life – dramatic cricket and a vibrant Carnival atmosphere. Combining broadcast and digital viewership over 197 million fans watched the 2017 season to make it one of the fastest growing leagues in world cricket. Trinbago Knight Riders are the current Hero CPL champions and the other competing teams are Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, St. Lucia Stars and Jamaica Tallawahs. This year’s tournament takes place 8 August to 16 September 2018. For further information visit

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The Marriott International cyclist team completes 600km R2A cycle challenge

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The team of Road To Awareness (R2A) cyclists have crossed the finish line after pedaling just under 600 kilometres across the Western Cape in South Africa for charity. The team of local and international riders set-off from The Westin Hotel in Cape Town on Thursday 2nd August and spent the next three days experiencing the best of the beautiful Western Cape while firmly seated on a bicycle saddle.

The R2A cycle challenge forms part of a series of key events initiated by Marriott International to raise funds for charities across the Middle East and Africa. This year, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation has been selected as the R2A beneficiary in South Africa, while in other markets the partners are Al Jalila Foundation (UAE), Disabled Children’s Association (KSA), King Hussein Cancer Foundation (Jordan), Soroptimist International (Seychelles) among many others.

The ongoing campaign’s progress can be tracked on the Marriott International Road to Awareness Facebook page:  and Instagram page:


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T10 League gets International Cricket Council (ICC) sanction

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T10 League organisers today announced that International Cricket Council (ICC) has officially sanctioned the second season of T10 League to be held from November 23 2018 in Sharjah. The apex body’s validation comes as a shot in the arm for the league that will have two new teams making them to a strong eight teams and a ten-day long season.

T10 League is the evolution of cricket, from 50-over games to 10-over games. ICC, last season, had approved the organisers of running the first 10 overs format league in the world. Local and international players remain the main attraction of this league. Eoin Morgan-led Kerala Kings won the inaugural edition last year.

“This sanction from ICC for T10 League gives our partners, stakeholders and more importantly the players a much-needed boost. Having said that, it additionally gives us responsibility to ensure we keep growing year-on-year and make this format globally acceptable,” said Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman, T10 League.

“We shared the vision and belief of the organisers in this format. From here on, it is important to grow the league and the format and ensure that players, teams and the fans get an experience to remember,” said Zayed Abbas, Board Member and Official Spokesperson, Emirates Cricket Board.

The second edition of the tournament will be a 10-day cricket extravaganza starting November 23 with the player draft slated in September. Afghanistan spin wizard Rashid Khan (Maratha Arabians), Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi (Pakhtoons) and Shoaib Malik (Punjabi Legends), England’s Eoin Morgan (Kerala Kings), New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum (Rajputs), West Indies’ Sunil Narine (Bengal Tigers) and Darren Sammy (Northern Warriors) and Australia’s Shane Watson (Karachians) have already been roped in as Icon players for their respective franchisees.

“The sanction from the ICC will only add further shine to the global appeal of the event. We believe that value creation for the new teams will see a positive growth from year one. From four-day league to a ten-day league with more teams and larger pool of international players is a testament of faith shown by fans and stakeholders,” said Salman Iqbal, President, T10 League.

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With Eid Al Adha just around the corner Yas Marina Circuit has introduced fantastic offers to take your Eid fun up a gear.

All through the Eid weekend, family, friends and supercar fanatics alike can enjoy a range of experiences and take advantage of special offers.

Whether it’s testing yourself in a race-prepped Aston Martin GT4, or Mercedes-AMG GTS, Jaguar F-type S Coupe or Formula Yas 3000 on the Grand Prix Circuit or laying down some rubber on its custom-built drag strip in a Chevrolet Camaro; you are guaranteed to have a weekend you won’t forget. Offers are valid until August 31.

Experience: DriveYAS Driver and Passenger Experiences 

Description: A variety of driver and passenger experiences are available throughout the summer months at the home of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with a fantastic 25 per cent discount*.  Drivers can live out their racing dreams in an Aston Martin GT4, a Mercedes-AMG GTS, Jaguar F-type S Coupe or Formula Yas 3000 and experience the thrill of Yas Marina Circuit – all supported by expert instructors.

Offer: 25 per cent discount off all DriveYAS Experiences

* Discount on the Ferrari 458 GT experience is not available

How to book: Prior booking is essential – Please call 800 Yas (927) or visit

Experience: Chevy Camaro Special

Description: Race into summer with an awesome 50 per cent off all Yas Marina Circuit’s Chevrolet Camaro Drag Experiences. Those who sign up will be able to get test their limits in a Chevrolet Camaro under the expert eye of one of Yas Marina Circuit’s drag racing instructors and fly down the Circuit’s purpose-built drag racing strip!

Offer: 50 per cent discount off Chevrolet Camaro Drag Experience

Price: AED 325*

*discounted rate

How to book: Prior booking is essential – Please call 800 Yas (927) or visit

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  • Emirates Cricket Board’s new five franchise competition will champion international and regional player development

The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and promoter OPi Sports, today unveiled the much-anticipated name and logo of its new T20 franchise league – UAE T20x, providing fans with their first glimpse of the exciting competition set to be played across the UAE from 19th December – 11th January.

A new UAE national sporting asset, UAE T20x promises a fan-centric experience and the most internationally-representative line-up of players and coaches seen in any white-ball league around the world. Five new franchise teams will compete for the inaugural league title with a 22-match schedule played over 24 days in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Uniquely, each of the 16-man squads will be comprised of:

  • six international star players
  • four emerging and junior players
  • three ICC Associate Member players; and
  • three UAE national team players

This progressive team structure will provide an unmatched developmental opportunity for the best up and coming young players to play on the world-stage alongside icons of the game, something not afforded by any other international T20 competition. To date the Boards of seven ICC Test member nations have given their consent to their players taking part in the new league including: England & Wales, the West Indies, South Africa, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland, together with 12 ICC Associate Member nations.

Zayed Abbas, ECB Board Member and Official Spokesperson, explained: “The number one aim of UAE T20x is to offer a developmental platform for the best young cricketers from around the world, and of course the UAE, to showcase their talent alongside the icons of the game. We want this new league to play its part in helping to grow the game, so we are looking forward to announcing, over the coming weeks, some of the hottest names in cricket who will be part of UAE T20x and the inspiration for the up and coming talent who will be playing alongside them.”

UAE T20x has been carefully developed by the ECB with a clear long-term vision to be a commercially-sustainable, top-tier, festival of cricket that can help grow the sport throughout the UAE and beyond. As an ICC Associate Member, the ECB has put the growth and development of the sport at its heart, and a key aim of UAE T20x is to generate new income streams for UAE cricket over the coming years that can be reinvested directly into the grassroots of the game, into coaching, facilities and infrastructure. This new league, therefore, represents a critically-important venture for the growth of cricket in the UAE.

“As a guardian of the game, we are committed to growing the sport. The primary goal of UAE T20x is to create a lasting legacy that will touch future generations of cricket players and fans – and we are genuinely excited about doing this,” added Mr Abbas.

The organisers of the new competition, OPi Sports, are aiming for the T20 league to be the most progressive and inclusive in the world. Hosted in one of the most desirable global destinations, the newly-announced UAE T20x reflects the UAE’s desire to push the realms of possibility, using its unique location as a hub for world-class sport to become a new centre of the cricketing world and to foster the development of the game. The ‘x’ in the name reflects the diversity and vibrancy of the people living in the UAE, and the intention to put on an unforgettable, innovative cricket experience that has the x-factor.

The new league aspires to lead the sport in the adoption of new methods and approaches, including innovation in the format of the competition, innovation as the leading showcase for emerging talent, innovation in the way in which digital and social media are integrated into the fan experience and innovation in the use of new technologies and cutting-edge broadcast production. The ambition over the next three years is for UAE T20x to be a global showcase for innovation and a unique festival of cricket.

Salman Sarwar Butt, CEO of UAE T20x, said: “Cricket is a game that crosses cultures and borders, drawing in fans from across the planet. With UAE T20x we will deliver excitement, innovation and world class entertainment in one of the most progressive countries on earth. No other T20 league provides a platform for up and coming talent to compete with – and learn from – so many iconic cricketers. We believe that UAE T20x will give the stars of the future an invaluable experience, which they will take with them as they continue to develop their domestic and international game after the tournament.”

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#WATCHME Campaign Launched

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Cricket Australia today launched #WATCHME, a powerful new marketing campaign created with bespoke sport agency Blood UTD to promote women’s elite cricket, to coincide with tickets going on sale for the Commonwealth Bank Women’s International Series.

The campaign, which has launched with a 15 second teaser (available for download here), is a celebration of the incredible feats of the Australian Women’s Cricket Team and a rallying cry for all of Australia to get behind their team and celebrate the team’s performances on the field and the hard work it takes to be the best in the world.

Tickets to the season are available for $15 for adults, $10 for concession and free for kids*. Full prices for the season, on sale times and details on how to buy tickets are available at

The Australian Women’s Cricket Team take on Trans-Tasman rivals, New Zealand in the Commonwealth Bank Women’s International Series this season, with the two sides to compete in three T20 Internationals (full fixture) and three One-Day Internationals (full fixture).

Australia’s first T20 on 29 September opens the international cricket season, with new broadcaster Seven set to cross to the match after the AFL Grand Final. The match will also be shown live on FOX Cricket.

Commenting on the 2018-19 women’s international cricket season, Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said:

“Australia has a huge summer coming up, with fans able to see the best team in the world in action against one of our biggest rivals in New Zealand.

“With the World T20 in the West Indies coming up in November, both sides will be looking to put on a strong showing in the T20 series, and I encourage everyone in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra to show their support by getting along to these matches.

“The ODI series at the back end of the summer is just as crucial for Australia, with Championship points up for grabs, which count toward qualification for the next 50-over World Cup. The two sides will also be battling it out for the Rose Bowl, a trophy Australia has remarkably held since 2000,” concluded Sutherland.

Up to 19 tickets can be purchased direct via the authorised ticket agent, Ticketek. Fans are reminded that purchasing tickets through Ticketek is the only way to ensure tickets are legitimate and sold at the official price.

Groups of 20 or more can purchase tickets for the 2018-19 season now. Further information about these can be found at

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 The Butch Harmon Dubai has announced that their nine-week Junior development programme for players between of 3 to 15 years is back for a new term which will commence on Sunday 30th September.

Young, aspiring golfers will receive training from the best coaches with the world class facilities at Dubai Sports City.

The new programme caters to various levels and is spread across three 9-week terms which will ensure that each player is able to develop their skills in a fun, creative and enjoyable environment. The programme will include a coaching session, a supervised practice session and a session on the course each week.

With a revised fee structure for each program, the fundamentals level of the program for beginners aged 5-15 years works out as inexpensive as AED 1,100 per term and the active start level for kids aged 3 and 4 years is priced at an affordable AED870 per term.

The first nine-week term of the programme will commence on Sunday 30th September and will take place until the 8th December 2018.

For more information on the Junior Development Programme please contact 04 425 1040 or email

Courses Offered Full Price for 9-week term (AED)
Active Start (ages 3-4) (45mins session) 870
Fundamentals (ages 5-15) (1 hour session) 1,100
Course Ready (Intermediate) (1.5 hours session) 1,500
Tournament Ready (Advanced) (2 hours session) 2,000

*Enrolment fee applicable for new students

Prices include:

1 group coaching session per week

1 supervised practice session per week*

1 kids on course session per week*

*supervised practice session and kids on course session subject to availability

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Tissot Ballade Technology gets stylish

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Always innovating

Tissot continues to prove its status as an innovator with the exceptional Tissot Ballade. Pushing the boundaries of possibility, this watch shows just why the brand has been acclaimed time and time again, winning international chronometry competitions and revolutionising the watch industry. Now, it is the silicon balance spring that is making waves in horology, allowing for even greater precision and assured longevity. It is a result of the astounding properties of silicon, using technology usually only seen at the top end of the market. This, alongside the accomplished Powermatic 80 movement, which offers up to 80 hours of power reserve, makes it a world leader in its price segment.

Stylish to a fault

As well as impressing in the technical fields, the Tissot Ballade is a hit with style mavens too, with the rose gold bicolour version reflecting the trend for contrasting hues. Smart enough for evening-wear, these tones will also look sophisticated when teamed with jeans. No detail is neglected, with beautiful polished finishes leaving a gleaming satiny effect and a clean, pure dial letting the design speak for itself. True luxury at a reasonable price – no-one can afford to miss out on this future classic.


  • Swiss Made
  • Powermatic 80 automatic movement officially certified chronometer (COSC) with silicon balance spring
  • 316L stainless steel case with see-through caseback
  • Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • Water-resistant up to a pressure of 5 bar (50 m / 165 ft)
  • 316L solid stainless steel bracelet or leather strap with butterfly clasp and push-buttons
  • Yellow-gold and rose-gold executions are PVD coatings
  • Dimensions: Gent 41mm – 39mm / Lady 32mm – 30.6mm


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Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi joins Manchester City on pre-season US tour to launch New Extraordinary City Story campaign

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  • Visit Abu Dhabi team take #ExtraordinaryCityStory campaign to New York, Chicago and Miami as Manchester City took on Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool and Bayern Munich
  • Relaunched #ECS competition now gives fans the chance to be included in the Visit Abu Dhabi/Manchester City official video as well as the chance to win a trip to Abu Dhabi   
  • Manchester City US Tour 2018 supported by Visit Abu Dhabi

With the 2018/19 Premier League season almost upon us, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and Manchester City Football Club have teamed up once more to launch a season-long campaign which gives fans the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime prize.

A once-in-a-lifetime trip to the UAE capital is up for grabs for 2018/19, but new for this season is the additional prize of the chance to be included in an official video featuring Manchester City’s star players.

The Extraordinary City Story campaign, which proved incredibly popular with fans last campaign, has been relaunched with brand new prizes for the coming season, with DCT Abu Dhabi kicking off the new competition during the Premier League Champions’ pre-season tour of the USA, which saw Pep Guardiola’s team play in Chicago, New York and Miami.

The competition challenges Manchester City fans to share their most ‘extraordinary’ memory of being a City fan in either text or video format on social media using the hashtag #ExtraordinaryCityStory. Entries can also be submitted via the dedicated microsite on the Visit Abu Dhabi website, with all entrants in with a chance of winning a luxury break to the UAE capital to enjoy the same ‘warm weather’ training conditions  – and all the other awesome entertainment on offer – as Guardiola and the team do during mid-season breaks.

But in addition to the already established competition, the 2018/19 Extraordinary City Story campaign also gives fans the opportunity to feature in the ‘Pass on your Extraordinary City Story’ video, which will feature City’s stars and will be professionally edited and posted online with updates during the season. The completed 2018/19 video will become a digital keepsake for all fervent fans of MCFC as it could feature themselves in action ‘interacting’ with City’s star players.

To enter ‘Pass on your Extraordinary City Story’, fans should simply film themselves with a picturesque or iconic location as a back drop, have a football ‘passed to them from off screen for them to catch, state their name and location to the camera along with ‘What’s your Extraordinary City Story’ to camera, before passing the ball out of shot to the other side.

The best entries will be professionally edited in to a mash-up video, which will start with France central defender Aymeric Laporte in Chicago, continue with Phil Foden in New York, and also include Leroy Sane in Miami. City’s stars at Etihad stadium in Manchester will also be edited in to join the fun.

The celebrate the launch of the new global competition, DCT Abu Dhabi also organised Visit Abu Dhabi branding on Manchester City’s away shirts, which the team wore as they took on the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool and Bayern Munich whilst in the USA.

“DCT Abu Dhabi is extremely excited about teaming up with Manchester City once again for this season-long campaign,” said Steve Copestake, Acting Executive Director of Marketing and Communications at DCT Abu Dhabi. “As official destination partner of Manchester City Football Club, the competition gives fans from across the world the chance to win a fantastic trip to the UAE capital to experience our extraordinary city and also to feature in an official video featuring their heroes. It also gives them the opportunity to share with fellow fans their own unique, unforgettable moments, which makes following the Champions so special.

“We can’t wait to welcome the winners to Abu Dhabi, and also to see them in action alongside the Manchester City superstars in the completed video.”

Manchester City played Borussia Dortmund at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 21st, UEFA Champions League runners-up Liverpool at Metlife Stadium, New York on July 25th and Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami on July 29th.

City’s first game of the new season is the Community Shield match at Wembley Stadium on August 5th against Chelsea, with their first Premier League game against Arsenal on August 12th.

As well as having the opportunity to land the grand prize using the hashtag #ExtraordinaryCityStory, fans can double their chances of winning by visiting

For more details of Abu Dhabi as a destination check out:

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