Friday - - Leisure Charts -

The Dubai Desert Road Run is back to­day: run a dis­tance of ei­ther 10km or 3km on traf­fic-free pri­vate roads start­ing at The Sevens Sta­dium; rac­ing starts at 6.15am. Visit pre­mieron­; reg­is­tra­tion fees are Dh85 for 3km and Dh125 for 10km.

The Al Mar­moom Her­itage Vil­lage, which opened on the DubaiAl Ain road last month, is a great av­enue to learn more about the tra­di­tional Emi­rati way of life – there are kiosks fea­tur­ing hand­i­crafts, food stalls and mar­kets. The vil­lage will also con­duct mock wed­ding cer­e­monies. Don’t miss out on the camel race tour­na­ments (above) while you’re there. Free en­try; visit

If you’re spoil­ing for a good fight, the Abu Dhabi World Jiu Jitsu Cham­pi­onship from April 10-23 at IPIC Arena, Zayed Sports City has epic show­downs sched­uled – more than 7,000 com­peti­tors from over 100 coun­tries, in­clud­ing leg­endary in­ter­na­tion­als Kenny Flo­rian, Welling­ton ‘Me­ga­ton’ Dias and Marcio Cruz, will bat­tle it out in the mar­tial arts tour­na­ment for the Dh3 mil­lion prize. Free en­try; visit uae­


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