x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Beach games kick off in Abu Dhabi festival

Abu Dhabi Beach Games Festival starts on Sunday and will feature local and international competitors in the nearly month-long event.

Competitors in the Fifth Abu Dhabi Open Laser Dinghy Championship 2013 at Abu Dhabi Sailing Club in Mina Zayed. Other sailing and yachting races will form part of this year's beach games festival. Pawan Singh / The National
Competitors in the Fifth Abu Dhabi Open Laser Dinghy Championship 2013 at Abu Dhabi Sailing Club in Mina Zayed. Other sailing and yachting races will form part of this year's beach games festival. Pawan Singh / The National

Traditional and international water sports will be on show at the third Abu Dhabi Beach Games Festival, which starts on Sunday.

Beachgoers will have an opportunity to participate in amateur beach games and pit themselves against stars of international watersports between Sunday and April 27 at events at the Corniche.

The festival, organised by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club, Abu Dhabi Municipality and Abu Dhabi Police Department, will this year include sailing competitions for children with special needs.

Sailing and yacht activities will be held between April 4 and 6, with 24 international competitors and 100 amateurs participating.

The first Stand Up Paddling-All Stars Invitational will bring 18 of the best stand-up paddle boarders from around the world.

The Emirates Diving Foundation will organise kayak, optimist and laser boat racing.

From April 6 until 27, families can take part in football, volleyball and basketball on the beach.

The traditional Emirati boat race, Bawaneesh, has also been added to the line-up of activities at the festival this year.

More than 7,000 people participated in last year's event.

Fadi Ali Al Shamssi, director of marketing and communications at the sports council, said the aim is to get the community active.

"We need to encourage all segments of the society to take part and engage strongly in practising sporting activities," Mr Al Shamssi said.

Residents can pick up registration forms from Gates 3 and 4 of the Corniche.

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