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Winter returns to winning ways in Masters

 Dubai, UAE, 8 August 2017:  After a series ofprevious appearances on the lower steps of the podium, Ahmed Al Hammadi finally secured the top step with a convincing win during the Sodi World Series (SWS) race night on Monday (7 August) atthe Dubai Kartdrome.


Union Coop sponsors sport activities of “Dubai Customs”

Union Coop sponsors sport activities of “Dubai Customs”


UAE, Dubai, July11, 2017:

Union Coop, One of the largest cooperative in the UAE, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dubai Customs to sponsor its sports activities for 2017, this comes in line with its strategic objectives to promote sport practices and useful activities. The MoU aims to strengthen the community partnership between the two parties.


The memorandum was signed by Mr. Suhail Al Bastaki, Director of Happiness and Marketing Department at Union Coop,and by Mr. Ahmed Al Delail, Deputy Chairman of the Sports Activities at Dubai Customs,in the presence of a number of employees from both sides.

For his part, Mr. Suhail Al Bastaki said that “Union Coop is keen to support sport activities as it has positive benefits on the community members, pointed out that Union Coop aims through its support to instill and spread healthy habits.”

“We thank Union Coop for its continuous and consistent support to Dubai Customs which enhances our benevolent path and crystallizes our ideas” said Mr. Ahmed Abdullah Al Delail.



Ismail prevails in Masters and Al Azhari brothers make Junior Cup history

Dubai, UAE, 13 June 2017: Hussain Umid Ali joined the ranks as the latest Senior Cup victor on Monday night (12 June) at Dubai Kartdrome, Mohammed Ismail earned his first Masters win and Keanu Al Azhari seized control of the Junior Cup making SWS history with his brothers in an all-sibling finish on the podium.

Senior Cup & Masters

Emirati drivers dominated Round Three with Hussain Umid Ali having a near perfect night to take the Senior Cup, and defending Masters champion Mohammed Ismail returned to top form with consistent finishes.

Hussain Umid Ali signalled his intent early on, topping the qualifying session with a best lap time of 1:12.330. He went from pole to chequered flag in Race One, taking the win by 0.144 seconds over Ahmed Al Hammadi. Atef Al Barwani chased behind to nab third.

Race Two featured a reverse grid of the top fifteen drivers from Race One, putting Ali down in fifteenth on the grid to start. Undeterred, the Emirati worked his way up the pack and made a charge for the lead.

Anjum Shaikh also had a great run, rocketing from twelfth on the grid all of the way up into the frontrunner position. He held on to claim victory, crossing the finish line just 0.188 seconds ahead of Ali. Romaldo Labrooy was another 0.360 seconds back to take third place.

Hussain Umid Ali claimed the Senior Cup for the night, with Anjum Shaikh taking home second place silverware and Romaldo Labrooy settling for third.

Ali said, “The SWS World Finals in Paris last month was a great experience which helped me achieve valuable results tonight. The racing here is good fun and I’d like to thank Dubai Kartdrome for hosting this fantastic series.”

Defending Senior Cup champion, Rami Azzam, was forced to retire from the competition due to a hand injury sustained during a practice session, leaving the 2017 title chase wide open with Atef Al Barwani at the top of the leaderboard with 130 championship points. Al Barwani held a six point gap on Romaldo Labrooy, sitting in second place with 124 points, and Samuel Garbutt in third position on 112.

In the Masters category, Mohammed Ismail nabbed his first class win of the competition and is now in control to defend his title going into the last round. Heiki Eelma claimed second place on the night and Dario Rubio acquired third.

After three rounds Mohammed Ismail leads the Masters championship on 89 points. Dario Rubio sits in second place with 78 points and Charles Dexter is currently in third with 68 points.

Junior Cup

Keanu, Enzo and Adam Al Azhari have been serious contenders throughout the Ramadan Challenge this year, but the first two rounds saw the brothers denied the top step of the podium. For Round Three they claimed the entire podium for their own, with Keanu taking top honours and the championship lead.

The night didn’t start as planned for the Al Azhari brothers, as Federico Rifai was the top qualifier with a best lap time of 1:20.084, pipping Enzo Al Azhari by 0.416 seconds. Adam secured third on the grid while Keanu was down the field in thirteenth.

Race pace is where it really matters, and in Race One the Al Azhari brothers soon took over the contest with all three vying for the lead. Enzo maintained his excellent track position to hold on for the win, just 0.245 seconds ahead of Adam. Keanu had an astonishing run through the pack to move up ten places and claim third.

Race Two featured a reverse grid for the top ten finishers of Race One, which put Keanu Al Azhari down in eighth to start. Again he stormed through the field, this time battling with Kyle Kumaran for the lead. Al Azhari got passed but took the position right back, continuing on to take the chequered flag 0.331 seconds ahead of Kumaran. Hugo Gid trailed in for third and Adam Al Azhari in fourth.

After points for both races were tallied for the night, the Al Azhari brothers had made SWS history at Dubai Kartdrome by completing the first all-sibling sweep of the Junior Cup podium, with Keanu taking the top step, Enzo in second and Adam collecting third.

After three rounds, the brothers have also taken over the championship standings. Keanu is in firm control with 142 championship points, with Enzo in second on 129 points and Adam shoring up third with 117 points.

Alex Wareing is in fourth place on 114 points and may be the only driver able to spoil an all-Al Azhari party for the fourth and final round.

The final round of the 2017 Ramadan Challenge takes place at Dubai Kartdrome on Monday evening, 19 June 2017.





Elmosi tops Masters and White makes Junior Cup history

Dubai, UAE, 30 May 2017: Defending champ Rami Azzam returned to Dubai Kartdome to take an emphatic first round win in the Sodi World Series (SWS) Ramadan Challenge on Monday night (29 May) with Gianluca Elmosi dominating the Masters category and newcomer Katherine White stunning the field with a historic Junior Cup victory.

With prizes on offer for the championship, the popular series was booked out two weeks in advance, with the Senior Cup and Junior Cup categories filling their grids to start the first of four rounds.

Senior Cup & Masters

The qualifying session was tightly packed with thirty Senior Cup and Masters drivers eager to set the tone for Round One. Following a ten minute flurry of Sodi RX8 karts buzzing around the 1.2 kilometre International Circuit, it was Rami Azzam who got the job done, topping the timing screens with a best lap time of 1:11.308.

Azzam started on pole but it was Ramin Arnecke who made the most of Race One, shooting up from fourth on the grid to steal the lead and then the chequered flag, crossing the finish line a full 4.074 seconds ahead of Azzam. Atef Barwani trailed in for third place.

Unlike other SWS rounds, the Ramadan Challenge features a reverse grid for the top and bottom halves of the finishing positions from Race One, which dropped Arnecke down to fifteenth and Azzam to fourteenth to start the next race.

Undeterred by the reverse order, Arnecke and Azzam battled their way up the field in Race Two, passing drivers on every lap. Azzam got the upper hand, taking the chequered flag 1.674 seconds ahead of Arnecke. Barwani again had to settle for third.

At the end of the night Azzam and Arnecke were level with 76 points each but Azzam won the tie-break due to his higher qualifying position. Barwani claimed third on 66 points.

Having finished tenth overall in the SWS World Finals last weekend (25-27 May) in Paris, Rami Azzam was earnest to return to Dubai and get back work.

He said: “It’s a good thing to arrive this morning, back here, straight back into the kart and straight back on the podium. I won it last year. I had to come back and show them I can do it again.”

In the Masters category of the Senior Cup Gianluca Elmosi had a strong showing, finishing the night on 51 points to take top honours, six points clear of Mohammed Ismail in second place on 45, with Carsten Winter taking third on 38.

Junior Cup

Visiting Dubai on holiday from the United Kingdom, guest racer Katherine White managed to upset the local favourites with a pair of commanding wins, and in the process made Dubai Kartdrome history as the first female Junior Cup driver to win an SWS event.

The first round of the Junior Cup competition turned into a clash of tribes, as driver siblings from four families dominated the proceedings. One of the three competing Al Azhari brothers, Enzo, was the first to strike, nailing a best lap of 1:20.126 in qualifying, earning him pole position.

When the start lights blinked out for Race One, Enzo Al Azhari jumped off the line and took control of the opening laps but Katherine White, who started from second on the grid, quickly reeled him in. White swiped the lead, and while Al Azhari dropped back, his brother Keanu Al Azhari moved up to challenge.

Neither of the Al Azhari brothers could match White’s pace though and she coasted in for the win, 3.069 seconds ahead of Keanu, leaving Maxime Dubos to claim third.

Race Two featured a reverse grid of the top ten drivers from Race One. Starting in tenth place on the grid did not deter White when the lights went out. She methodically picked her way up the field, with her younger sister Jessica drafting just behind.

Now all three Al Azhari brothers—Enzo, Keanu and Adam—were at the front to challenge the White sisters. Jessica was forced to drop back but Katherine battled on to take another win, just 0.604 seconds in front of Enzo, while his brother Keanu collected third.

After the points were tallied, newcomer Katherine White was the clear victor with two race wins and 80 points. Keanu Al Azhari took home second place silverware with a total of 69 points and his brother Enzo picked up third with 66 points.

On the winner’s podium Katherine White said, “I’m so happy. I didn’t expect to win anything tonight.”

Ramadan Challenge Race Director, David Bright commented, “This first round of 2017 delivered plenty of racing thrills, with bumper to bumper action and a surprise historic win in the Junior Cup. I can’t wait to see how this plays out over the next three rounds.”

Round Two of the Ramadan Challenge will take place at the Dubai Kartdrome on Monday night, 5 June 2017.

Premier Futsal collaborates with Dubai Sports Council to host semi-finals and finals of Season Two in Dubai

Premier Futsal collaborates with Dubai Sports Council to host semi-finals and finals of Season Two in Dubai

Dubai Sports channel to be the official telecasting partners –

Leading broadcast and communication group, Mediapro, enters Indian market with an alliance with Premier Futsal –

Dubai, May 29, 2017: Premier Futsal, the most watched Futsal tournament in the world, is all set to go international with Season Two of the home-grown sporting event. The international foray of the sporting extravaganza and the association between Premier Futsal and the Dubai Sports Council makes it the second Indian sporting league to go global. With Season Two, Premier Futsal continues its quest to not only be instrumental in providing the sport with the much-deserved recognition in India, but also set the benchmark for privately organised sporting tournaments in the global Futsal ecosystem.
Home to several leading local and global sports content, Dubai Sports channel will be the official broadcasting partners to air the semi-finals and finals of the marquee event scheduled in August 2017.
Mediapro, a global leader in broadcast media, marketing and sports enters Indian market with a strategic alliance with Premier Futsal. The association will facilitate and create an intellectual property for Premier Futsal season two, globally. The Spanish company will engage in delivering marketing solutions and services along with the production and distribution for all matches in Season Two.
The extravagant event witnessed the amalgamation of football legends, Luis Figo, President, Premier Futsal along with Alessandro Rosa Vieira, aka Falcão, Vice President, Premier Futsal and H.E. Saeed Mohammad Harib, General Secretariat, Dubai Sports Council to announce the collaboration.
H.E. Saeed Mohammad Harib, General Secretariat, Dubai Sports Council said, “We are extremely happy to host a tournament of the stature of Premier Futsal in Dubai. Excellence and creativity are two of our key pillars to foster the sporting ecosystem here and Premier Futsal embodies the same in its approach. Along with Premier Futsal, we seek to work towards paving the way for youth of our country to cultivate their sporting and cultural talents and aptitudes in a way that leads them to achieve national and international accolades while enabling the growth of the sport.”
Dinesh Raj, Managing Director, Premier Futsal marking the occasion said, “We are thankful to the Dubai Sports Council for hosting the semi-finals and finals of Premier Futsal Season Two. The long-term partnership between Premier Futsal and Dubai Sports Council will ensure the growth of this unique format of Futsal. We are certain that our partnership with Mediapro will enable us to reach out to millions of Futsal enthusiasts in Season Two. Premier Futsal in its inception year recorded over 25 million global viewers and we envision over 100 million viewers to tune into season two, thus making it the biggest sports export from India “
Mr. Luis Figo, President of Premier Futsal mentioned, “With Season two, Premier Futsal continues its quest to not only be instrumental in providing the sport with the much-deserved recognition in India but also set the benchmark for privately organised sporting tournaments in the global Futsal ecosystem. We are assertive of the potential the sport holds in the long run and its impact in the Indian market. Our alliance with Dubai Sports Council will only serve as a great platform to establish the league globally.”
Mrs. Vimala Britto, Co-Promoter, Premier Futsal said, “India and Dubai share a great cultural, social and economic relationship and with Dubai Sports Council, we are now embarking on a sports partnership. It is in line with our expansion plans to take Futsal to the world replicating its success in India by launching the marquee property in USA, China, South East Asia and Europe over the course of next five years. We are guided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for innovation and entrepreneurship, and motivated by his vision to make India a successful sporting nation.”
Premier Futsal is the world’s largest futsal promotions company bringing football legends, futsal superstars and home-grown talent on a unique platform in a never-seen-before made-for-TV product. Season two only promises to be bigger and more engaging with more match days, greater number of host cities and a varied range of global superstars all set to participate in the sporting spectacle to be held in July- August 2017.
About Premier Futsal Management Pvt Ltd
Premier Futsal Management Pvt Ltd is the world’s biggest futsal promotions company, and the controlling entity of Premier Futsal, the flagship 3-week event comprising of ex-football superstars, the best futsal players in the world and home-grown players scouted through a talent hunt. It is now the most viewed futsal event in the world. The company comprises of Luis Figo, former 2-time world player of the year and Real Madrid legend as President, and Mr. Xavier Britto, Chairman of Kerry-Indev as the anchor investor. Premier Futsal was founded by Abhinandan Balasubramanian (CEO), Dinesh Raj (MD) and Nithyashree Subban (CFO) with the aim to popularize and commercialize the sport of futsal. Premier Futsal aims to promote and increase the awareness of futsal through private participation via investing in talent hunts, community building and infrastructure development, all culminating into the 3-week tournament celebrating the best talent in the world.
About Dubai Sports Council
Dubai Sports Council (DSC) was founded in Nov. 30th 2005 as per a decree issued by UAE Vice- President, Prime Minister, Dubai Ruler H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The council envisions creating and fostering a distinguished sporting community in Dubai, developing, modernizing and automating sporting operations and services and increase community awareness as well as setting up strategic partnerships. The Dubai Sports Council works towards developing and improving sports in Dubai by creating a comprehensive sports environment that meets the requirements of the society.
About Media Pro
Headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, the Mediapro group is a global leader in broadcast media, marketing and sport. Mediapro delivers marketing solutions and services across the entire audio-visual spectrum to media organizations, TV channels, brands, sports organizations and stakeholders worldwide. Mediapro’s international

presence spans some 27 international offices, a workforce of 3,500 in 90 operating companies with approximately 50% of its yearly revenues coming from sport.

Visa brings 2018 FIFA World Cup Winner’s Trophy to world’s most glamorous venue in Dubai


Visa brings 2018 FIFA World Cup Winner’s Trophy to world’s most glamorous venue in Dubai

Dubai, UAE; 18 May 2017: Visa (NYSE:V), the global payments technology company and an official FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) Partner, held a showcase yesterday for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Winner’s Trophy at the glamorous Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, to bring together Visa’s partners, clients and media personalities.

Visa is the exclusive payment services partner of FIFA through 2022. The worldwide partnership gives Visa global marketing and activation rights to all FIFA events including the FIFA World Cup™. The links between FIFA and Visa allow the world’s leading payment brand to deliver tangible brand affinity, loyalty, equity and preference, via the world’s most popular sport, football.

Commenting on the event, Karim Beg, Head of Marketing – MENA, Visa, said: “Starting with this year’s FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017, we are excited to celebrate the love of football with the world. With only a few months to go until the next tournament, this event is an exciting opportunity for us to give UAE fans an exclusive viewing of the trophy of dreams.”

“Given the passion for football in the region and as part of our long-term strategy of sponsoring world-class sporting events and connecting clients, partners and people across borders, we felt the need to bring the 2018 FIFA World Cup Winner’s Trophy to the UAE”, added Beg.

During the event, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Winner’s Trophy was displayed on a podium offering all guests a special opportunity to have their pictures taken with the world’s most recognized sports trophy.

Visa is one of seven FIFA Partners with global rights to a broad range of FIFA activities, including the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup™.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup™ will commence in June next year and a total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities. The final will take place on 15 July in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium. Visa cardholders will have the chance to benefit from exclusive privileges and surprises for the duration of the world’s most popular sporting competition.

FIFA fans from Doha and Riyadh will also have a chance to share a special moment with the world-famous trophy, when Visa hosts events in these football-loving cities over the coming month for cardholders and clients.


About Visa Inc.
Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world’s most advanced processing networks — VisaNet — that is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, pay ahead of time with prepaid or pay later with credit products. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @Visamiddleeast

City Walk Debuts First City Walk Fashion Week

City Walk Debuts First City Walk Fashion Week

City Walk Fashion Week launches with the #MyCityStyle competition to be hosted in collaboration with UAE style icons, Samantha Francis and Kat Lebrasse, to offer one lucky winner a once in a lifetime personalized shopping experience
The 5-day fashion extravaganza to also feature pop ups from leading fashion retailers who take to City Walk courtyard to showcase their latest collections

Dubai, 11 May 2017 – City Walk, the urban living destination by Meraas, is set to transform into the ultimate haven for fashionistas this May with the launch of the first ever City Walk Fashion Week, starting from May 16th until May 20th, 2017. As part of the stylish affair, 17 resident fashion retail brands such as Antonio Marras, Cavalli Class, Polette, Concepts NYC, Level Kids, LE BHV MARAIS, LE66 and I’M ISOLA, will be setting up pop up stores throughout the indoor shopping area offering the city’s chicest ladies and gentlemen a front row seat to this season’s hottest trends and collections.

Home to many of fashion’s biggest names, glamorous residents and visitors, City Walk will be adorned with backdrops representing leading fashion capitals around the globe such as Paris, New York, London and Tokyo for that perfect photo opportunity in celebration of City Walk Fashion Week. There will also be a professional make-up artist from Dior Parfums at hand for complimentary touch ups to ensure everyone looks absolutely picture perfect.

Adding to the glitz and glam, City Walk Fashion Week will also see the launch of the #MyCityStyle competition hosted in collaboration with Dubai’s most sought after trendsetting fashion bloggers and stylists, Samantha Francis and Kat Lebrasse, to offer one lucky City Walker the chance to win an unforgettable shopping experience.

As part of the prize, Samantha and Kat will offer styling tips and tricks for the ultimate girls shopping spree making it a truly memorable money can’t buy experience. The lucky lady will be able to add flair to her wardrobe and shop from top designers such as I’M ISOLA, Antonio Marras, Demobaza, LE BHV MARAIS and LE66.

To participate, guests to the destination need to snap a picture of themselves in the changing rooms wearing their favourite outfit from a participating retailer’s store, upload it on to Instagram tagging @CityWalkDubai and #MyCityStyle, and detail why they deserve to win by Thursday, May 18th. Winners will be handpicked by Samantha and Kat and announced on Friday, May 19th with the shopping experience taking place on Saturday, May 20th.

As an extra special treat for women, City Walk will also be re-launching their popular ‘Her Tuesday’ campaign to offer unbeatable discounts every Tuesday starting from 16th May exclusively to women. The revamped edition of ‘Her Tuesday’ will feature even bigger and better offers and discounts at City Walk outlets such as a complimentary 20 minute ‘Beauty Secrets’ facial at Dior Parfums, 20% off selected lines at Glassing, 20% off at Carven, 25% off at Harper’s Bazaar Café, 30% discount on Director’s Lounge tickets at Roxy Cinema and many more.

City Walk Fashion Week can be experienced between 10 AM and 10 PM, 16th May to 20th May, 2017. For more information, please visit or follow us on social media @CityWalkDubai.