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Sharjah Heritage Days to take place on March 10

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Sharjah is readying itself for yet another event to showcase its glorious heritage.

The Higher Committee of Sharjah Heritage Days is all set to launch its nineteenth edition taking place on March 10.

Dr Abdulaziz Al Musallam, Chairman of Sharjah Institute for Heritage and the Higher Committee for the 19th Sharjah Heritage Days, accompanied by chairpersons of the various committees, visited the site of the event in the ‘Heart of Sharjah’, to determine the level of readiness and preparations.

Al Musallam stressed that the continuous support of Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, for the Sharjah Heritage Days, enhances the success of this annual event. The festival has become the largest and most important in the region, being held this year under the slogan ‘The Heritage and the Future’, to reflect Sharjah’s keenness on heritage.

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DP World ILT20 Season 2: UAE’s top five performers

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The recently concluded DP World ILT20 Season 2 captured the attention of fans worldwide with its enthralling displays of athleticism and competitive cricket. However, beyond the fierce battles between international giants, this tournament provided a mega platform to unearth the burgeoning talent of UAE’s own cricketers.

Here are the top five performers from UAE for the season:

1.Muhammad Waseem

The opening batter from the United Arab Emirates was the fourth highest run-getter this edition, with 321 runs in 12 matches at an impressive strike rate of 148. Providing an impetus at the top with his aggressive stroke play, Waseem’s exploits were crucial to the MI Emirates stellar campaign. The MI Emirates were the first team to secure their place in the play offs and subsequently went on to win the championship.

Waseem’s stand out knock of the season came against the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders, where he struck an unbeaten 89 to ensure the MI Emirates would coast home with eight wickets in hand.

Waseem’s tournament exploits earned him the Blue Belt which came with a cash purse of $15,000 for being the most outstanding UAE player, second time in a row.

2.Alishan Sharafu

The top order batter for Abu Dhabi Knight Riders had a good season compiling 220 runs in the 11 innings he batted in, at a strike rate of 120. While his contributions played a significant role in his team’s qualification to the play-offs, his match winning knock of 82 not out from 47 deliveries against the Desert Vipers while chasing 155 was the fourth highest individual score in the tournament and also his best performance.

3.Muhammad Jawadullah

Returning to his second season with the Sharjah Warriors, the left arm pacer was one of the leading wicket takers for the Sharjah Warriors this season with 10 wickets in 8 matches. Although the team had a forgettable season finishing in last place, the 24-year-old was consistent with his lines and lengths. His best performance of the tournament was against the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders where he picked up 3 wickets for only 5 runs with an economy rate of 2.5 runs per over.

4.Zuhaib Zubair

The Gulf Giants’ Zuhaib Zubair was one of the best bowlers from the UAE this season.  In eight matches, the leg-spinner picked up 11 wickets with his leg breaks at an average of 16. He also logged some of the best figures of the tournament when he finished with 4/22 to power the Giants to a mammoth 79 run victory against the Sharjah Warriors.

5.Muhammad Rohid

The 21-year-old left arm quick from the MI Emirates impressed one and all with his bowling, picking up nine wickets in the 16 overs he’s bowled in the tournament. While he may not have been among the top wicket takers of the tournament, his bowling showed a lot of promise. His best performance came against the Desert Vipers where he picked three for 21 in three overs, accounting for the wickets of Alex Hales, Adam Hose and Azam Khan.

Special mention

Though UAE’s U19 captain Aayan Afzal Khan does not figure in the top 5 list, thanks to Muhammad Rohid pipping Aayan for the fifth spot, the 18-year-old left-arm spinner from the Gulf Giants is worthy of a mention for his fantastic bowling spells. He picked up six wickets in the seven innings he bowled including a spell of two wickets for eight runs in his three overs against the Dubai Capitals that helped his team defend a score of 126, winning the game by 19 runs.

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Kandura Rally and Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour unite for a spectacular automotive showcase in Dubai

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Prepare for the thrill of Dubai’s coolest motor show Kandura Rally, now in its third consecutive year, as it powers up with an unprecedented collaboration with Mattel’s Hot Wheels Legends Tour, making its debut in the Middle East. The Hot Wheels Legends Tour offers car customizers the opportunity to have their custom car creations immortalized as a 1:64 scale Hot Wheels die-cast and celebrated by fans around the world. Featuring an astounding display of 200+ cars including supercars, modified drift, classic and 4x4s, this event is poised to become the haven for motoring enthusiasts and lovers from across the Middle East. The Hot Wheels Legends Tour celebrates the automotive fans in their drive to be legendary! Participants from across the GCC have the opportunity to register their interest across the various categories by filling out the registration form online.

Scheduled for April 13, 2024, at Dubai Autodrome in Motor City’s heart, this free-to-attend extravaganza promises an unforgettable experience with an adrenaline-charged blend of roaring engines, breathtaking displays, and a vibrant atmosphere that will captivate every auto enthusiast’s heart.

Organized by Orbit Events, this celebration captures the essence of UAE’s vibrant motor heritage, that pays homage to the Kandura, a symbol of style, pride, and identity for car enthusiasts in the Emirates for celebrating the camaraderie of UAE’s thriving car community and their profound affection for automobiles, this event seamlessly merges tradition with the love for cars, promising an unforgettable fusion of culture and automotive enthusiasm.

The Kandura Rally 3rd edition promises to be the most exciting Motorshow of the region with the collaboration with Mattel, marking the debut of the legendary Hot Wheels Legends Tour in the Middle East. The globally acclaimed Hot Wheels Legends Tour seeks a vehicle that embodies the Hot Wheels Challenger Spirit through creativity, authenticity and garage spirit, to recreate as a die-cast toy and will feature the ten finalists at the motor show. Five distinguished judges will undertake the task of selecting the entry that best exemplifies automotive innovation and craftsmanship.

This milestone introduces fresh opportunities for UAE fans to actively engage in the Kandura Rally and the Hot Wheels Legends Tour hosted in the country. Enthusiasts and attendees can also participate by voting for their favourite car for the judging panel to consider. The ultimate victor at the global grand finale, will see their car recreated as a Hot Wheels die-cast model.

“The UAE consistently presents an engaged motoring community brimming with incredible talent, each one capable of achieving legendary status at the Hot Wheels Legends Tour. The diversity, creativity, and passion in the UAE will ensure that the competition is highly creative and fiercely contested,” statesApostolis Karampatzakis, Vice President & Country Manager PEM at Mattel.

The event is free for visitors and attendees can relish a delightful evening, offering a perfect opportunity for everyone to savor delicious delights from variety of food trucks, engage in games, and immerse themselves in the lively ambiance, surrounded by awe-inspiring automotive magnificence.

Speaking about the event, Pragna Vaya, MD of Orbit Events, expressed, “We are delighted to curate an automotive event in Dubai yet again, uniting the community in a vibrant atmosphere. It is a celebration that embodies the quintessence of the UAE— celebrating the car culture, passion for motoring, and a lifestyle that reflects the essence of this beautiful nation.”

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Registrations are open for individuals looking to secure your spot at the upcoming motor show and competition http://tinyurl.com/KanduraRally2024Registration

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MI Emirates’ batting brilliance overpowers Dubai Capitals by 45 runs to emerge as DP World ILT20’s new champions

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MI Emirates’s run riot crafted by their skipper Nicholas Pooran and Andre Fletcher’s half centuries, which produced the highest total this season, blew away Dubai Capitals by 45 runs to emerge as the new champions of the DP World ILT20 Season 2.

In front of a packed Dubai International Stadium, Pooran scored a breezy unbeaten captain’s knock of 57 runs off 27 balls studded with six sixes and two boundaries. He was backed by Fletcher’s 53 off 37 balls, featuring four sixes and three boundaries. Openers Muhammad Waseem and his partner Kusal Perera contributed aggressively, with Waseem scoring 43 off 24 balls, including three boundaries and three sixes, and Perera adding 38 off 26 balls, with six boundaries, leading to a 77-run opening partnership and helping MI Emirates set a record score of 208 for 3 in 20 overs.

In reply, Capitals could muster only 163 for 7 in 20 overs with Trent Boult and Vijayakanth Viyaskanth bagging two wicket each. MI Emirates received the winners’ prize of a whopping $700,000 (USD) while the runners-up received $300,000 (USD).

Chasing the mammoth total, Capitals had it tough from the start with Emirates’ Akeal Hosein, who has been regularly striking in the first over, trapping Leus du Plooy leg before, resulting in a duck. Tom Abell, when on 7, was dropped by Dwayne Bravo at mid-off by Trent Boult, but was later caught by Pollard off Rohid Khan for 14. Banton and his skipper Sam Billing pushed the score to 63 when Banton got foxed by leg spinner Vijayakanth Viyaskanth to be stumped by Pooran for 35.

Sikandar Raza, who has played many match-winning knocks for Capitals, scored just 10 runs before hitting Viyaskanth to Waseem at deep mid-wicket. Capitals, faced with the challenge of scoring 100 runs in 41 balls, saw Waqar Salamkheil remove Billings stumped by Pooran for a fighting 40. Trent Boult then struck twice to remove Rovman Powell caught by Waseem at deep midwicket and clean bowl Jason Holder for 24 to ensure his team’s victory.

Earlier, Capitals won the toss and elected to bowl. MI Emirates’ opener Waseem started with a six over long-on off Scott Kuggeleijn, while his partner Kusal Perera played some flowing drives. The pair reached their half-century partnership in 3.3 overs, with Waseem hitting two boundaries and a six off Kuggeleijn in that over. By the end of the powerplay, MI Emirates had posted 72 runs. Waseem fell to Zahir Khan when he was seven short of his half-century, lifting Zahir Khan to Rovman Powell at mid-off.

Andre Fletcher maintained the run flow with Perera and steered the total to the 100-run mark in 10.5 overs. At the score of 102, Leus du Plooy pulled off a diving catch at deep mid-wicket to dismiss Perera, who attempted a slog sweep off Sikandar Raza, for 38.

Spinners Raza and Zahir Khan tried to strangle the run flow, but skipper Nicholas Pooran and Fletcher hit sixes off them. They put on a 50-run partnership in 28 balls and took the score past the 150-run mark in 15.5 overs. Another spectacular diving catch by Du Plooy at backward square leg to Fletcher’s top-edged pull ended the 56-run partnership.

Kieron Pollard joined Pooran, who smashed Jason Holder for 19 runs in the 18th over with two towering sixes and a boundary. With the score reading 177 for 3 and two more overs to go, the crowd got ready to cheer for the 200-run mark. Emirates achieved it off the fifth ball of the last over through a six from Pooran. This six also helped him reach his half-century in 26 balls. In the last five overs, Emirates hit 74 runs.

James Vince of Gulf Giants with 356 runs from 12 innings emerged the highest run-getter to win the Green Belt, while Waqar Salamkheil with 17 wickets was the highest wicket-taker and bagged the White Belt on better economy rate pipping Fazalhaq Farooqi, who too had 17 wickets. Muhammad Waseem won the Blue Belt for the best UAE player for the second year is succession. Sikandar Raza bagged the Red Belt for the Most Value Player. All of them pocketed USD 15,000 each. DP World Biggest six was awarded to Andre Fletcher while DP World Most 6s of the season was won by Nicholas Pooran. The Cycle Hub Catch of the season went to Sam Billings for his one-handed effort at the slip to dismiss Will Smeed in Match No2.

MI Emirates’ skipper Nicholas Pooran, after receiving the Player of the Match, hailed his openers for setting the stage for the victory. “Truly special to be the man of the match in the final. We spoke about having the right energy and attitude. I couldn’t have asked for a better start, they (openers) did the hard work, we just finished it off. It’s about understanding the situation and batting accordingly.”

Losing captain Sam Billings was sporting in his defeat and said: “Always regret when you lose. As captain, I’m go to bed thinking where it went wrong. But they were brilliant, Nicholas Pooran in that mood is very difficult to play against. Maybe they scored 20-25 runs too many. One of the best things about playing cricket in different places is experiencing different cultures. The UAE players have all been impressive. Really happy to see them improve.”

Sikandar Raza who won the most valuable player award said: “Quite a proud and humbling moment for me. It has been a journey, it is the reward for a lot of sacrifice, hard work, and pain. I just want to say thank you to all those who have prayed for me in these last two years, especially during my illness. I like to be in the position where the skipper can bank on me to bowl four overs every time. Thirteen wickets in the tournament feels like the hard work is coming through; we can only get better.”

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