UAE-based CrossFit athlete Alex Millington completed the first open-water 18km swim around Palm Jumeirah during the Dubai Fitness Challenge on Saturday, November 19, to celebrate inclusivity and empowerment in sports.
The never-attempted-before swim during the Dubai Fitness Challenge was in collaboration with Touch, an inclusive talent agency representing experts and leaders across multiple industries.
Millington competed in the UAE Government Games in 2020 and 2021 alongside His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.
The entire swim took just over six hours. ARN News reporter Nadia Swan caught up with Alex Millington to talk about his experience after the swim.
He was joined by professional swimmers, youth from swimming clubs in the UAE, and children and adults of determination along with their families, who supported him in completing the 18km swim around the island.
At sunrise, Millington started swimming from Palm West Beach on Palm Jumeirah towards the left outside the crescent and around Palm Jumeirah’s open waters. He returned to the starting point to continue swimming on shore next to February 30 and Koko Bay beach club.
The professional swimmers supporting him swam in 30-minute intervals, including Kevin Paul, two-time gold Paralympian; Mike Bourne, Commonwealth gold medalist; Perry Gardner, the British record holder for 100m freestyle relay; Izabella Blacklock, British nationals and relay medalist from 2013 to 2017; Rhianna Bennett, two-time silver and bronze British nationals winner; Janna Ashgari, 18-year-old swimmer and fifth in the World Oceanman Championships rankings.
For the final 500 meters of the challenge, Millington was joined by youth swimmers from clubs across Dubai and qualified athletes from Touch. The last 25 metres of the swim was accompanied by children and adults of determination and their families.
Omar Khoory, Chief Assets Officer at Nakheel, said: “Social impact initiatives that promote inclusivity and happiness among residents and visitors are a big part of our mission at Nakheel. This historic event during the Dubai Fitness Challenge will bring the entire community together to support and uplift these amazing athletes and participants of all ages and abilities as they attempt to create a new record.”
Jean Winter, the CEO of Touch, said: “Our collaboration with Palm Jumeirah for this one-of-a-kind challenge underscores the power of sport as a platform for inclusivity, diversity and empowerment. This swim will provide an opportunity for people from all walks of life and abilities to participate, build their confidence, challenge themselves, become more tolerant and create new friendships.”
T10 League: hosts Abu Dhabi, American pair and Deccan in knockout stage
The final four teams for the knockout stages in the T10 Abu Dhabi League have been spotted after the final round-robin match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Friday. Interestingly, the freshest two teams in the league and boasting owners from the United States took the top perches on debut.
Table-toppers New York Strikers and Morrisville Samp Army, led by England T20 vice-captain Moeen Ali, are in the mix for the trophy hunt in the sixth season of the tournament. Moeen was yesterday named captain of Sharjah Warriors for the inaugural season of UAE’s own league, the International League T20, which starts January 13 to February 12.
Team Abu Dhabi and Deccan Gladiators make up the top four. On the final day of the round-robin stage, three matches were played out.
Match Day 9
1) New York captain Kieron Pollard and Azam Khan helped pull off an exciting seven-wicket win over Delhi Bulls with two balls to spare on the ninth day of the tournament in Abu Dhabi. Needing a massive 46 runs from 18 balls in chasing Delhi’s total of 112-6, Pollard (26 from 7 balls) and Azam (37, 22b) sealed a thriller in front of a large holiday crowd. Read more about the match here.
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2) Team Abu Dhabi spinners Adil Rashid and Fabian Allen restricted Bangla Tigers to 74 for 5 and helped their team register an emphatic eight wicket win.
Chris Lynn cracking an unbeaten 33 off just 17 balls with four boundaries and six, well backed by James Vince’s 29 off 17 balls with four boundaries and a six, to steer Team Abu Dhabi to the target in just seven overs. (Match report)
3) Morrisville Samp Army marched into the play-off stage through a well-fought win by 19 runs over Deccan Gladiators. Samp Army posted 126 for 2 in 10 overs through opener Johnson Charles’ unbeaten 58 and David Miller’s unbeaten 35. Chasing the target, Deccan Gladiators could muster only 107 for 5 in 10 overs. Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s unbeaten knock of 41 runs went in vain. Report
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Jaffer Bhai’s goes ‘glocal’ with its newest branch in DIFC
Jaffer Bhai’s, the Biryani King of Bombay, inaugurated their newest outlet in Dubai on Tuesday, November 29, ahead of UAE’s 51st National Day celebrations.
The over-the-counter Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) concept in the South Market food court at the Gate Avenue of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Is the four-decades-old legacy group’s third establishment in the UAE after their oldest and flagship restaurant in Karama, and a second one in Al Barsha. “This is also by far our most significant step forward considering the concept of the kitchen and the pan-Asian, pan-European/American clientele it will serve, So this is our first truly global restaurant with a very localised outlook making us a glocal outfit,” said Moin Jaffer Mansuri, the second-generation owner of the chain that first began operations in 1973 in Mumbai before coming to the shores of Dubai in UAE in the nineties. “We have consistently been voted one of Dubai’s best restaurants for biryani but there’s more to us than our dum-cooked rice and meat legacy and our specialist team at DIFC outlet can’t wait to showcase it by catering to everyone, including the resident upmarket executive foodies with a more refined palate and everyone else that loves a hearty workday lunch.”
According to Mansuri, Jaffer Bhai’s DIFC will be mostly targeting customers looking to grab a quick bite on the go, in between work and meetings. “And so, the kitchen here will be serving daily specials including biryanis, kebabs and choicest of desserts. But one thing that we are also introducing here is our own version of the world’s best kathi rolls, something we expect our patrons to absolutely fall in love with,” he added. “This is truly a landmark moment for us. It is always a great sign when we can expand and serve new customers in a completely new market.”
Besides the new additions, guests here can expect Jaffer Bhai’s other wildly popular dishes like the 1952 Gosht Biriyani, Murgh-e-Nargis and all of their famous kebabs.
About Jaffer Bhai’s Restaurants
Since the inception of Jaffer Bhai’s Delhi Darbar in Mumbai, India in 1986, it has been the spot synonymous with an unparalleled mouth-watering pot of Indian dum biryani. With a passion in his heart and hands, Moin ‘Jaffer Bhai’ Mansuri, today leads a team of select chefs to serve what has been consistently rated by media, influencers and foodies as one of Dubai’s best biryanis. Jaffer Bhai imbibed the philosophy of pursuing perfection in the biriyani making process from start to the end from his father. He believes in identifying the right ingredients for a quality product and adding a distinct Mughlai flavour from India’s financial capital of Mumbai to create a biryani that has so far wowed more than 50 million customers over five decades of being in business.
BeingSHE Universe 2022 pageant announced in Dubai
The much-awaited BeingShe Universe 2022 grand finale was held at Orange Chameleon – Palm Jumeirah on Saturday. The event attracted local and international media, celebrities, fashion designers, influencers, and respectable names in the fashion industry.
This year’s edition, powered by Mai Dubai, was held under the theme ‘Beauty and Fitness in Perfect Balance’.
“This season we were mainly focused on physical fitness,” said Aparna Bajpai, founder of BeingShe organisation, “where the participants were invited for a four-day boot camp which served as the preliminary competition to determine subtitle winners.”
Participants were trained on body posture, personal development, communication, and public speaking in preparation for the Grand Finale night. More than a dozen countries — from the Philippines, Portugal, Russia, and Nigeria to Tunisia, Ghana, Argentina, Kenya, Algeria, Ukraine, Iran, and Lebanon — were represented this season.
Media personality Wassim Mandil hosted the show. A total of five contestants won subtitles based on their performance during the training sessions. Anna Barisova from Russia won the Woman of Substance, Daphine Najjuma from Uganda was named the Most Fit Personality, Tima Shaaban from Lebanon was the Most Empowered, while Najeh Thider won Best Social Media. Subsequently, award-winning pianist and singer Violetta Dikarieva from Argentina/Ukraine won the most beautiful singer title.
During the show, participants competed in three categories which included bridal couture and evening wear as they showcased designs from international fashion designer Walid Atallah and Evin while wearing exquisite jewellery from Mozafarian Jewellers. For the final round, the top 10 contestants took part in an in-depth Q&A session by the jury.
Shania Rosario from Portugal took home the 2022 BeingShe Universe title while Tima Shaaban from Lebanon was crowned BeingShe Universe 2022 ambassador. Outgoing title winner Pooja Kathuria crowned her successor during the ceremony.
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