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Gulf Today, Sport Reporter
A run in the snow… in the midst of this sweltering summer with the mercury tipping the higher 40s?
Welcome to Dubai, a place where impossible becomes possible.
The “DXB Snow Run”, organised by Dubai Sports Council in cooperation with Ski Dubai, will take place on August 14, when temperatures are expected to be hovering around mid-to-higher 40s, and the event will give residents and visitors, both men and women aged 18-62 years, an opportunity to experience a truly unique event – a 3km run through the snow at Ski Dubai.
The Run will allow participants to not just escape the summer heat, but also give them an opportunity to become a part of history as this is the first such event to be staged in this part of the world, and most certainly, this is the world’s first snow running competition taking place in the summer, and that too in a desert.
Additionally, participants can use the Run to make their personal version of “Cool Runnings”, that memorable 1993 movie based on the Jamaica national bobsleigh team’s qualification for the 1988 Winter Olympics Games in Calgary, Canada.
The “DXB Snow Run” is part of Dubai Sports Council’s “DXB Snow Week”, which will be taking place at Ski Dubai in the Mall of Emirates on August 14 and 15, with participants also having the opportunity to take part in the skiing and snowboarding competitions, which will be held concurrently.
DXB Snow Run is going to be restricted to 300 participants.
The winter and ice sports sector is the third segment to be opened for competition by Dubai Sports Council following weeks of closure due to COVID-19 pandemic. The marine sports sector was the first to open for competition in Dubai with Dubai Offshore Sailing Club’s Summer Series taking place on June 19. The following weekend, Dubai International Marine Club organised a “Dubai Watersports Summer Week” in cooperation with Dubai Sports Council, and six different competitions were part of the event.
Last weekend, Dubai Sports Council opened the doors for beach sports with the “Beach Sports Week”. Organised by the Council in co-operation with different partners, the Beach Sports Week saw five tournaments involving four sports - FootVolley, Beach Volleyball, Beach Tennis and AirBadminton – take place at Kite Beach.
The Council has used these events to honour heroes who were at the frontline of Dubai’s fight against COVID-19, by presenting commemorative medals that celebrates their efforts to the winners and participants.
The medals pay homage to the selfless service of Dubai Police and Dubai Civil Defence through the COVID-19 crisis, alongside the staff of Dubai Health Authority, and the First Responders of Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services. Together, they were at the forefront of Dubai’s fight to contain the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, alongside volunteers from different segments of Dubai’s diverse community.
These medals are a continuation of Dubai Sports Council’s initiative to celebrate not just Dubai's iconic landmarks, but her heroes as well. In the past, DSC's medals have featured some of the most famous cultural and tourist landmarks of Dubai like the majestic Dubai Frame and Burj Khalifa, the magnificent Museum of the Future and the stunning Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, alongside Hamdan Sports Complex, Tolerance Bridge and the Al Marmoom Conservation Reserve.
In December, Dubai will host the World Finals of the third annual Girl Gamer E-Sports Festival – the world’s most recognised female-focused e-sports competition from Dec.12-14.
The multi-purpose Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai is one of the most important sports destinations of choice for training, where athletes enjoy its unique environmentally-friendly design and the diversity of its halls and swimming pools.
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