Fancy dress and full-on action – it’s Dubai Rugby Sevens time
All action on and off the pitch T he fancy dress has been hired and the face paints are ready for the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, which starts today at The Sevens Stadium.
The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series and the largest Invitation Tournament will feature at the sporting and social event of the year.
As well as 100,000 fans, three action-packed days will see 324 teams, 937 matches and 4,866 players compete during the 47th edition of the popular tournament. Here’s a look at what’s on from today until Saturday…
Not only is today a public holiday but it’s also free entry for fans at the Dubai Rugby Sevens. Watch international stars on pitch one with the launch of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series and also see the Invitation Tournament teams in action.
INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL STARS
A total of 18 international matches will be played today and the largest Invitation Tournament to-date kicks off with rugby and netball matches taking place. The Invitation Tournament will see competition in categories ranging from Gulf Men’s League, Gulf Vets and UAE National School Boys.
HISTORY BE MADE WILL
The first Asia Rugby Under18 Girls 7s tournament will be played tomorrow. It will be a historic moment for UAE Rugby as the first allEmirati U18 girls team will compete.
‘FASTPAY’ NOW AVAILABLE
The FastPay prepay wristband system will be available at the Dubai Rugby Sevens.
The HSBC-supported FastPay wristband will mean the end of coupons and is available for pick up free of charge when entering the Sevens Stadium.
It can be topped up at numerous locations on-site so fans can simply swipe for food and beverages.
IN THE RUGBY VILLAGE
The Dubai Sevens Rugby Village will offer an array of activities, competitions, and games so fans can enjoy more than just worldclass rugby during the weekend.
The Virgin Radio Dubai Teen Zone is back for its second year, this is a great place for teens to relax with friends and enjoy the latest music from Virgin Radio Dubai DJs.
For the little ones, the Sabba 7’s Club and the Little Wonders crèche will both be open from today.
Families are also catered for with a special entrance and 2,000 designated family seats in the family stand. Supporters will not go hungry with a range of food and beverage outlets on offer.
As well as the rugby and village, the Sevens is well equipped with food and beverage options, ATMs, family entertainment, a creche, baby changing facilities, accessible areas and results centre.
INTERACT WITH US
7DAYS will be hosting its popular headline booth where fans can be pictured on the front page of the paper – you can also tag us on social media @7DAYSUAE. Also don’t miss the 7DAYS Meeting Point – it will have a map of the Sevens Stadium grounds in case you get lost!
If you are driving, the Sevens Stadium is located on the E66 Dubai-Al Ain Road. Once at the stadium there is parking for more than 12,000 cars and just a short walk to all the action.
The RTA will be on hand with plenty of taxis to get fans home. More than 2,000 taxis are pre-booked.
Also throughout the weekend, from 6pm each day, the free Big Bus service will transport fans back to different locations in Dubai. Drop-off points are as follows: – Thursday, Friday and Saturday buses:
Crowne Plaza, Sheikh Zayed Road; Double Decker, Downtown; Dubai Festival City; Media City; Motor City; [u]bk Movenpick JLT; Umm Suqeim 3 – Friday and Saturday buses: Barasti; Bidi Bondi; Brunswick Sports Club; Irish Village – Saturday only: SPORT: The Atrium, Al Habtoor City
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