UAE: A Global Sports Destination

Posted by: 4realAdmin on February 26th, 2014

Being a business, trade and finance hub in the region of Middle East, the United Arab Emirates has also emerged as one of the best among the highly equipped sporting destinations. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the frontrunners among all seven Emirates that have carefully constructed several sporting sites for indoor and outdoor games.  Despite being mostly desert, the UAE possess an unusual spectrum of varied sports. From traditional Arab sports like camel racing, falconry, horse racing, boat racing and dhow sailing; athletes and adventure lovers can enjoy playing and watching contemporary adventure   sports like dune bashing, quad bilking, deep sea fishing, beach soccer, tennis, football, rugby, golf, tennis and cricket. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are world famous for their gaming venues like football and cricket stadiums, golf courses, tennis courts, diving sites and indoor sporting spots like Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix, Dubai Sports City, Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex and Al Forsan International Sports Resort – Abu Dhabi. Irrespective of being indoor or outdoor site, UAE government, developers and investors have paid special attention to equip them according to international standards.


Sports and Tourism in UAE


Strategic efforts have enabled UAE to attract world champs and adventure lovers all over the whole year and they consider choosing UAE to experience the finest and luxurious sporting venues.  Sports have been playing very important role to boost up travel and tourism in the region. Dubai and Abu Dhabi host several sports competitions for horse racing, golf, tennis, cricket and swimming.  Dubai World Cup (Horse racing), FINA World Swimming Championships, Dubai’s premier football event, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, Rugby Sevens competition, the Kartdrome Endurance Championship or the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge are the few among several sports events which are held in the city every year.


The Sports Destination Map-innovative way to help tourists


With aim to further facilitate tourists and local residents, Dubai Sports Council launched The Sports Destination Map for Dubai that lists around 100 venues with GPS coordinates, complete contact information and connectivity with Dubai Metro routes. Map will also point out areas reserve for fishing, suitable locations for jogging and cycling. Using this map tourists can save their time and quickly find the perfect venue with complete information. Furthermore the map will also provide information about important landmarks and shopping malls in Dubai.


Must Visit Sporting Venues in Dubai and Abu Dhabi


Having considered the scorching summers, Dubai and Abu Dhabi have purposefully constructed several amusement sites to provide indoor sporting activities. Primary aim is to facilitate tourists and local residents to provide fun and adventure activities throughout the season. Following are few famous spots in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.


Dubai Sports World - a world class facility equipped to provide indoor facilities for almost every sports from rugby, football, volleyball, tennis, squash, badminton, table tennis, billiard, table football, gym, wellness and running tracks.  Recreational athletes and professional sportsman can equally enjoy visiting this place.


Insportz – It is an air-conditioned indoor sports facility offering indoor cricket, basketball, hockey, football and table tennis. The site has been built to satisfy professionals while coaching beginners. The venue is equally suitable for visitors of all ages ranging from 5 years to 60 years old.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi – with total area of 86,000 m2, the venue has become the world’s largest indoor theme park with a huge dining hall with 1,200 seats to serve all visitors in just 3 hours at full capacity. The theme park offers several thrilling rides like Formula Rossa world’s fastest roller coaster, Made in Maranello factory tour to know the history of Ferrari making, driving with champion a cinematic motion-based simulator that makes you feel sitting with champion are the few exciting activities you can enjoy.

Dubai Autodrome - perfect for adrenaline lovers. The venue is full of noise where you can enjoy driving karts F1-style single sweaters and riding heavy bikes on specific days.  Visitors can enjoy half-day and full-day motor sports programs and individual packages as well. Passionate speed lovers will fall in love with Hot Laps option which allows them to experience three unforgettable laps driven by instructor at near racing speeds.


Al Forsan International Sports Resort – spreading over a wide surface of 1,600,000sqm in heart of Abu Dhabi, it is one of the recreation venues in Abu Dhabi. It is expected to become the best sporting destination offering world class facilities. The resort mainly features shooting area, water sports, cable ski lakes, Equestrian Centre, Motor Sports and themed indoor air conditioned Paintball fields. Other sporting activities include full size football pitch and tennis court, basket ball and volleyball courts. The whole resort has been built according to international standard.


Besides these amusement spots, Dubai and Abu Dhabi possess several beaches, sand dunes and mountains where visitors can enjoy wide range of adventure and sports like boating, endurance riding, snorkeling, scuba diving, dune bashing, quad biking and sand skiing. The best thing about availing outdoor adventure and sporting activities in UAE is that professionals are always there to facilitate visitors. Moreover, such outdoor venues are furnished to provide temporary shelters for resting.


Angela Davis is a passionate blogger and social media consultant, works for a UAE based Property Management website. She has strong enthusiasm towards learning. Her aim is to gain knowledge about new writing aspects. She always tries diversifying her writing skills.


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