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Ev­ery­thing you need to know about the highly an­tic­i­pated so­cial event in the Dubai cal­en­dar

It’s that time of year again, as the fa­mous fes­ti­val of fun re­turns for what is ar­guably the most highly an­tic­i­pated so­cial event in the Dubai cal­en­dar. Whether you’re a rugby fan or not there’s plenty to keep you en­ter­tained, from food, mu­sic, prizes and, of course, fancy dress. Here’s all you need ahead of the three-day fes­ti­val

It’s one of the most highly an­tic­i­pated events of the year, and if this is your first taste of the Dubai Rugby Sevens, it may all seem a lit­tle daunt­ing – but fear not, we’ve got you cov­ered. Firstly, you don’t need to be a rugby fan, or even know the slight­est thing about the sport to have a good time here. The tour­na­ment be­gan in 1970 and has be­come some­what of an in­sti­tu­tion, with fans com­ing from all around the world to be a part of what is es­sen­tially a three­day fes­ti­val of fun. It’s now the longest run­ning sport­ing event in the Mid­dle East and at­tracts around 10,000 fans ev­ery year, (so it’s no won­der it won Dubai’s Favourite Sport­ing Event at our What’s On Awards for 15 of the last 16 years). Where does all this fun take place you ask? At the fa­mous Sevens Sta­dium, which, we won’t lie, is pretty far away, but we’ll get to that shortly. The sta­dium is pur­pose-built for the Rugby Sevens and can be con­fig­ured to host crowds of over 50,000 peo­ple. The venue also hosts other sports all year round thanks to its six cricket ovals, eight foot­ball pitches, four net­ball courts, four ten­nis courts and a bas­ket­ball court. If you want to im­press your friends make sure you let them know that South Africa re­tained their Dubai Sevens crown last year when they won 2017’s com­pe­ti­tion by beat­ing New Zealand 24-12 in the fi­nal. In­ci­den­tally, Eng­land has fin­ished third in the last two years.

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