Countdown Begins for the fifth Dragon Boat Festival at Festival Marina Dubai Festival City
A festival of fun and entertainment on offer for the whole family
Dubai, UAE, 12 March 2012: Thrill-seekers are being encouraged to join and celebrate all the fun of the fifth year of the popular Dubai Festival City Dragon Boat Festival, one of the city’s favourite events which takes place in Dubai Festival City.
The festival attracts thousands of competitors and spectators with teams ready to line up for an action-packed weekend on April 6-7 and brings together corporate, university, school and community groups from across the UAE so be sure to mark it in your diary! The event is hosted by Festival Centre, the UAE Dragon Boat Association, Siren Events, UAE Sailing and Rowing Federation, and Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City, in association with Mourjan Marinas IGY, the luxury marina developer and management company.
Full of entertainment for all of the family, the festival includes DJs, a kid’s corner and a whole host of other activities for everyone’s enjoyment.
McDonalds is offering face painting and colouring activities for children, Toys R Us Mascot “Jeffrey” will make special appearances across the weekend and Welcare Medical Clinic will be offering health checkups in conjunction with World Health Day which falls on the same weekend as the event.
One of the leading teams in the region is the ‘Steelcraft Dragons’ who are looking to taste glory in Dubai. Captain Mohammed Al Mulla is an Emirati national student who has been paddling for over five years and led his team to the top eight at the 2010 World Championships. They will be joined by international teams, such as the American Dragons of Singapore and local teams including Abu Dhabi Mar, Daman Dragons, Tenaris Steel Dragons, NYU Abu Dhabi, Xpert Learning and many more.
Jason Mackenzie, Technical Director of the UAE Dragon Boat Association, said: “This is our fifth year and it is becoming more popular year after year. It is a fantastic sport that brings the whole family together for a day of excitement. We encourage everyone to come join us for a great couple of days at one of Dubai’s favourite water sports events.”
Dragon Boating is a thrilling water sport full of adrenaline, sportsmanship, strategy and technique. It’s a true celebration of camaraderie, self-confidence, healthy and active living combined with the spirit of team work!
Bernice Boshoff, General Manager of Festival Centre, said: “We are very excited to be hosting the fifth annual Dubai Festival City Dragon Boating Festival this April. We are looking forward to welcoming back the UAE Dragon Boating competitors to Festival Marina for what promises to be a fun filled weekend, with activities both on and off the water. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this wonderful community.”
A Belgian Garden Cafe will be organized by the Belgian Beer Cafe at Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City during the two days of the festival, with premium Belgian beverages and delicious hearty food on offer. The Dragon Boat after-race party will be hosted at the Belgian Garden Cafe on Friday 6th April.
Yannis Anagnostakis, Area General Manager at InterContinental Hotels Group Dubai Festival City, said: “It is a pleasure for us to be involved in events that support the community and we’re sure the Belgian Garden Café will provide a chance for everyone to come together and enjoy this special day.”
Matthew Bate, Director of Operations for Mourjan Marinas IGY, the operator of Festival Marina said: “This is our fifth year and we are very proud of this event and its growing popularity within our community. We are honoured to have the opportunity to play a positive role in our community through a great festival such as the Dragon Boat race.”
Festival Marina is a unique yachting destination in Dubai. Located at the heart of Dubai Festival City, on the banks of historic Dubai Creek, Festival Marina forms part of the retail resort Festival Centre and Marina Restaurant Pavilion that offers convenient access to the wider range of entertainment, shopping and eating options overlooking the Dubai Sheikh Zayed Road skyline and creek.
The Mediterranean inspired Festival Marina encompasses 74 permanent berths with state-of-the-art facilities to accommodate 15 to 35 metre yachts. The custom-designed marina has a number of special features including extra wide pontoons, a helicopter pad and WiFi.
Overlooking Festival Marina, Festival Centre has become a major attraction for the yachting circuit. The retail resort is home to over 370 shops and 85 restaurants and cafés, a 12 screen Grand Festival Cinemas complex and Bowling City. The waterfront façade stretches along the Festival Marina and Festival Promenade and links them to the world renowned InterContinental and Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City and Events Centre, all with prime waterfront views over Dubai Creek and the city’s skyline.
For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to enter a team in the Dubai Festival City Dragon Boat Festival please email email@example.com or call +971 4 453 4620.
The UAE Dragon Boat Association
The UAE Dragon Boat Association is the official governing body for the sport of dragon boating within the UAE. It operates under the Umbrella of the UAE Sailing and Rowing Federation which governs all modern water sports. Currently the UAE DBA in conjunction with the UAE SARF and Siren Events hosts between 4-6 dragon boat events annually. These events combine to produce over 5000 participants per year. If anyone is interested to become involved in this sport as an individual, a company or a social team then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or www.dubaidragonboat.com
About Festival Centre
Festival Centre is a landmark 2m sq. ft. urban retail resort which forms the epicentre of Dubai Festival City now acknowledged to be one of UAE's most exciting retail, dining and leisure attractions. Set on the historic Dubai Creek, Festival Centre, offers over 370 world class retailers, 85 restaurants, cafés and bistros, a 12-screens Grand Festival Cinemas complex and a parking for 13,000 cars. It also boasts a stunning Marina and some of the emirate’s most photographed sunset vistas.
The award winning Festival Centre has recently added the Five Star award “Best Retail Development” at the Arabian Property Awards 2010, and two other prestigious Retail City awards - “Mall of the Year” and “Best Retail Destination of the Year”.
Festival Centre is home to Dubai’s premier concerts and festivals and has hosted world class entertainers such as Carlos Santana, Maroon 5, Tamer Hosni, Amr Diab, Shah Rukh Khan and Kylie Minogue. It has also presented Dubai with a wide array of festivals from the Emirates Airlines International Festival of Literature through to Dubai Desert Rock and Dubai Bike Week. Festival Centre hosts events, parades, entertainers and musicians each week ensuring families are always engaged and rewarded for their visit.
About Dubai Festival City
Dubai Festival City is an Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate development project which covers 5.2 million square metres and stretches 3 km along the historic Dubai Creek that optimizes the thriving and visionary spirit of Dubai.
Dubai Festival City is an established creek side, mixed use destination and premier waterfront community interconnecting finest residential, shopping, dining, leisure & entertainment, international hotels, schools, golf course, automotive park and offices. It is formed into three distinct districts and connected by a 30 kilometres internal road network and creek side promenade. This existing community offers freehold villas and apartments for sale and lease which combine traditional and contemporary architecture. Upon completion, the community will be home to 50,000 residents living in 20,000 villas and apartments, and ideal place to work for 50,000 office staff.
Dubai Festival City has recently won 3 top recognitions at The Arabian Property Awards 2010, in the categories of Best Mixed Use Development for Dubai Festival City, Best Residential Development for Al Badia Hillside Village, Dubai Festival City and Best Retail Development for Festival Centre, Dubai Festival City.
About Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings
Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings (GSSG) was founded by Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad in 1993 and incorporated in 2007. Today it is one of Qatar’s most successful private sector business groups, making a major contribution to the country’s economic growth.GSSG has enjoyed steady growth and success in many fields and industries locally and international. GSSG’s diverse portfolio gives its strength and enables its companies within the group to maximise global business opportunities wherever and whenever they arise.The founder, Mr. Ghanim bin Saad al Saad, has enabled the group to grow to over 40 companies around the world. As an inspirational business leader, he has steered the group to achieve its success in industries that include aviation, maritime, automobiles, oil & gas, real estate, manufacturing, contracting and trading, finance & asset management, engineering, education, fitness, hotels, hospitality and fashion, information technology and telecommunications. In addition to its corporate headquarters in Doha, GSSG also has five international offices located in London, Zurich, Cairo, Singapore and Dubai.
Mourjan Marinas IGY
Mourjan Marinas IGY is an international marina developer, operator and investor based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Operating under a new name after an alliance between Island Global Yachting (IGY) and G-Marin; Mourjan Marinas IGY continues to drive the growth of marina development throughout the Middle East. The company offers the full range of technical, development, operations, marketing and administrative expertise required to design, construct and manage world-class marina facilities internationally.
About InterContinental Hotels Group
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms. IHG owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, more than 4,150 hotels and almost 620,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. The Group owns a portfolio of well recognised and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®, and also manages the world’s largest hotel loyalty programme, Priority Club® Rewards with 42 million members worldwide.
IHG has more than 1,700 hotels in its development pipeline, which will create 200,000 jobs worldwide over the next few years. InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.
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