Fancy dress and full-on ac­tion – it’s Dubai Rugby Sevens time

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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…

TER­RIFIC THURS­DAY

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.

ON-SITE FA­CIL­I­TIES

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!

GET­TING THERE

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.

GET­TING HOME

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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