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Govt-initiated drive boosts public health, sport

Govt-initiated drive boosts public health, sport

Dubai Sports World (DSW) facility will be made available to the public for the fifth season from July 21 to August 29.

By Moni Mathews (principal Correspondent)

Published: Fri 19 Jun 2015, 2:20 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:11 PM

The Dubai Sports World facility will be available to the public for the fifth season. — Supplied photos

Dubai — Thanks to the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, coupled with the drive of the local government-run bodies and establishments, the initiative to hold a mass health, fitness and sports programme for over two months every year under one single room is a great boost for the UAE residents and visitors.

It is time for a time-out from the set routines for the regular sports enthusiast and leisure time recreationalist as the popular government promoted Dubai Sports World (DSW) facility will be made available to the public for the fifth season from July 21 to August 29.

The drive to reduce the obesity levels which threatens health right from a young age these days will be provided with a chance to make another big start this summer. Parents exploring options to keep their children entertained and active throughout summer through the various DSW summer programmes can book for programme slots.

Once more we move on to the biggest pay and play health and multi sports activity zones under one roof in the region. If you are able to book in advance to avoid disappointments either on online or by personally going over to the counters at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), you with your friends or as a club, can meet regularly and stay fit during the sizzling days ahead you.

This could be the ideal way to take out the extra unwanted calories during the 17-hour period every day when the gates will be open from 8am to 1am for anyone who wants to take part in sports both at the recreational and competitive levels.

DSW is organised by the Dubai World Trade Centre in association with the Dubai Sports Council. This event again packs the emirate’s largest, indoor summer sports venue where private enterprise plays its part with practically most of the sections being run by them. Spanning more than 20,000 sq/metres of air conditioned space, DSW will host numerous academies and sports enthusiasts of all ages, covering a range of activities, fitness programmes and events throughout the hottest months of this summer.

There is a line of programmes designed and executed by experts and instructors in indoor soccer, badminton, basketball, fitness centres, running, rugby, volleyball, tennis, cricket and many more full action-based sports all like it was at the 2014 edition of the DSW.

Badminton will see Shuttle Time Dubai, a direct government initiative, organise the UAE’s first ever inter club team badminton championships for two levels at the six available courts apart from the regular initiation camps and programmes. Last year Shuttle Time Dubai provided free courts and all equipment to whoever wanted to play the game at any level.

Leading personalities will be on hand to provide expertise and coaching tips to youngsters who want to take up sports seriously at this summer’s fifth DSW. Officials say the list this year is likely to include top UAE national team personalities. There will also be internationally rated instructors at the skate riding and extreme sports zones.

These representatives will also help identify the upcoming talent, and children of all ages and the most promising youngsters will be invited to take part in a final trial, after which the sports stars will crown various winners as the ‘DSW Stars of 2015’.

“Whether you’d like to get fit, play for fun or play to win, Dubai Sports World caters to every level of skill and devotion,” an official told Khaleej Times.

“With four successful summers under our belts, we want to celebrate this year’s fifth anniversary of Dubai Sports World by significantly expanding our Summer Camps offering,” Ahmed Alkhaja, senior vice president, Venues, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) told the media.

“Diversity has always been one of our main assets and we’ve enriched that diversity even further for 2015 via the loyal support of our historical academy partners and an exciting batch of new extreme sports providers.”

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