The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships are one of nearly two dozen sports events taking place in Dubai this week, in which some of the biggest stars of world tennis will be in Dubai.
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships takes centre stage with a blockbuster list of professionals competing for the women’s title this week and the men’s crown in the next.
The Expo 2020 Dubai Stage of the 2022 UAE Tour, which starts on Sunday, will headline next week’s schedule, starting and finishing at Expo 2020 Dubai on February 25.
The UAE Tour is the only WorldTour race in the Middle East, and the fourth edition of the seven-day event will feature seventeen UCI WorldTeams and three UCI ProTeams, including UAE Team Emirates, INEOS Grenadiers and Jumbo Visma.
The 180km Expo 2020 Dubai Stage will see 140 cyclists paddle through Dubai, starting from Expo 2020 Dubai and touching locations like Dubai Sports City, Silicon Oasis Meydan Racecourse, Palm Jumeirah and the Jumeirah Islands, before sprinting for the finish in Expo 2020 Dubai.
The race will showcase some of Dubai’s biggest landmarks like Ain Dubai and Museum of the Future.
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, meanwhile, have brought together eight of the world’s top 10 women’s players for the WTA 500 event for the first half of the two-week extravaganza, while next week’s ATP Tour 500 tournament, celebrating its 30th anniversary, will see world No1 Novak Djokovic bidding for his sixth Dubai title.
The 2022 World Archery Para Championships is also taking place here, at Dubai Club for People of Determination, from February 19-27. More than 225 of the world’s top Para Archers, representing 41 different countries, have already confirmed their participation for the World Championships, which are expected to be the biggest ever in terms of participation, having already surpassed the 40 countries that participated in the previous edition in Beijing in 2017.
The 2022 Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge, which has been added to the 28-race UCI Gran Fondo World Series for 2022, is also taking place this weekend, on February 19. This year’s event will feature the main UCI Gran Fondo Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge alongside the new Live Well Outride, a shorter 40km course to allow new members of the UAE’s cycling community to participate.
The UCI Gran Fondo 2022 Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge will see cyclists take on the 92km road course with route highlights including the crown jewel location of Dubai, the Expo 2020 Dubai site, before crossing the finish line at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai Sports City.
There are a number of other international and community events scheduled for this week, including the FIT Awards 2022, which recognize and reward those that have made the Middle East’s fitness industry a success across with awards in 20 different categories.
Events on this week’s schedule:
- Al Salam Cycling Championship in Al Qudra, Seih Al Salaam (Feb 17)
- Gold Polo Cup at the Al Habtoor Polo and Resort Club (Feb 15 to Mar 5)
- Emirates Longines Showjumping at Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club (Feb 16-19)
- Hatta Stand Up Paddling and Kayak in Hatta Dam Lake (Feb 19)
- Spinneys Dubai 92 Junior Cycle Challenge at Dubai International Stadium (Feb 18)
- GBI Emirates Cycling 2022 in Al Qudra Cycling Tracks (Feb 18-23)
- Town Square Run in Town Square Park (Feb 19)
- SCITEC Bodybuilding Championship at The Theatre, Mall of the Emirates (Feb 19)
- Hatta Adventure for Ladies in Hatta (Feb 19)
- February Rapid Chess Tournament in Dubai Chess Club (Feb 19-20)
- February Challenge Polo Cup 2022 in Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club (Feb 19-26)
- Gulf News Padel Masters in World Padel Academy, Al Quoz (Feb 19-20)
- Meydan Fitness Run at The Track, Meydan (Feb 20)
- Spinneys Family Fun Run in Dubai Silicon Oasis (Feb 20)
News Source: Dubai Media Office