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Volunteers from 10 countries add to diversity factor at SCRF

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The volunteers who selflessly dedicated their time and energy to help make the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) a success have thanked organisers and the young attendees for making their job “one-of-a-kind”.

The annual event that brings together thousands of children from all over the UAE for a range of activities including workshops, storytelling, comic shows, and book readings, has come to a grand close today (Sunday) after 12 straight days of successful implementation.

With the presence of animation workshops throughout the festival, first-time volunteer, Iraqi Anwaar Yaqoub, 29, said, “It was absolute fun! All the animation content was the best part for me as an artist myself. I will treasure all the memories I made this year.” Omani Hamda Hisham, another first-timer at SCRF, found the surge of excitement infectious and loved being part of children’s activities. The 24-year-old said, “The joy these kids show when they see their favourite characters was palpable and it really brought a smile to my face.”

For Rawan Najar, the chance to volunteer at SCRF for the third straight time was a “no-brainer” as the 21-year-old Lebanese student of graphic design put it, and said she loved being involved in helping to prepare the letters of appreciation for her colleagues this year. Emirati Hind Haif said the festival exceeded their expectations, stating, “I came purely for the love of reading, books, activities and to help the children and this year was amazing.”

A volunteer greets a young visitor at the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival at Expo Centre. Supplied

Commenting on the opportunity to work with young children at the Sharjah Child Safety booth, Emirati, Omnia Haider said, “I truly enjoyed interacting with kids, some as young as five, I felt a sense of responsibility like never before.”

Bader Mohamad Saab, Director of Sharjah’s Government Communication Department, expressed gratitude towards the volunteers, saying, “We are incredibly grateful to the volunteers who gave more than their time and energy to make this festival a success.”

Zain Mohiyaldin, the leader of the festival’s dedicated team of 150 volunteers, commended their commitment and enthusiasm, which were vital in ensuring that the festival ran smoothly and efficiently. Mohiyaldin received an excess of 500 volunteer applications from over 10 nations around the world before the start of the festival and chose those with sheer passion for the job.

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Fashion Fusion at Abu DhabiT10: Cricket Meets Haute Couture in Sustainable Showcase

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Abu Dhabi T10, cricket’s fastest tournament sets the perfect backdrop for some glitz, glamour and exciting cricket as fans get to experience a one-of kind fashion show in between all of the explosive cricketing action. The Abu Dhabi T10 Fashion show features global names such Reshma & Riyaz Gangji, Naz Maer, Alexandra Kononenko, and Marina Klyueva, who will be showcasing their unique collections to enthrall audiences.

Held between November 28 and December 9, 2023, season 7 of Abu Dhabi T10 aims to intertwine the worlds of cricket and fashion, creating an unforgettable experience for all fans to enjoy.

The fashion shows will provide a refreshing blend of athleticism and haute couture. With a commitment to sustainability, the themes revolve around up-cycling to contribute to the circular economy.

Eachdesigner will present creations that not only showcase their artistic prowess but also highlight the importance of repurposing material to reduce environmental impact. This innovative approach aligns perfectly with the global call for responsible and eco friendly fashion practices.

The intersection of sport and fashion creates a dynamic and engaging experience for our audience. With a focus on upcycling, the aim is to not only celebrate design but also promote sustainability in the fashion industry. Every designer participating in the fashion show will bring more than just garments to the runway; they will bring stories.

Each creation will tell a unique narrative, adding depth and meaning to the showcase. From inspirations to challenges overcome, the audience can expect a journey through the creative minds behind the designs.

In addition to the fashion show, the tournament will feature a lineup of entertainment programs to captivate the audience during breaks between matches. From live performances to interactive experiences, attendees can expect a well-rounded and engaging event that goes beyond the boundaries of cricket and couture.

Please find below the show dates, time and designers:

1.12.2023 (8.10PM) – Brand Fama Clamosa, Designer Alexandra Kononenko
3.12.2023 (8.10PM) – Brands: Luna and Kukli_Doll, Designers: Ludmila Kannunik Marina Klyueva
9.12.2023 (7PM) – Brand Naz Maer , Designer: Naz Maer
9.12.2023 (8.15PM) – Brand: LIBAS , Designer: Reshma & Riyaz Gangji along with Ruchi & Aman Gangji

Abu Dhabi T10 2023 edition, will air across multiple continents with a broadcast on CricLife3 available on Etisalat, Elife IPTV, Switch TV, and Starzplay in the UAE-MENA region, and on

Viacom Sports 18 and Jio Cinema in India.

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Deccan Gladiators captain Nicholas Pooran, Northen Warriors skipper Angelo Mathews eye record third trophy

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In anticipation of another explosive season of cricket’s fastest format, Abu Dhabi T10 2023 edition, announced the captains for the season at a press conference held in Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. West Indies heavy hitter Nicholas Pooran, who led Deccan Gladiators to a title win in the previous edition has been retained as a Captain by the defending Champions for the upcoming seventh edition, which will take place between November 28th and December 9th. Meanwhile, the runners-up of last season New York Strikers and Morrisville Samp Army will also continue with veteran allrounders Kieron Pollard and Moeen Ali as Captains, respectively.

The remaining teams made a change in leadership as Sikandar Raza handed over the reins for The Chennai Braves to Charith Asalanka, whilst Northern Warriors named Angelo Mathews as Captain, and Delhi Bulls named Rovman Powell as skipper for the season. Team Abu Dhabi picked Dwaine Pretorius to lead the side whilst Bangla Tigers made a surprise pick in Benny Howell as Captain.

All the Captains, in attendance at the Press Conference made their intentions clear for the season. Pooran, who was also the highest run-scorer of the last season with 345 runs in 10 matches at an average of 49.29 and a strike rate of 234.69, said that he wishes to win the record third title for Gladiators this season.

“It was a good season for me the last time around, and I was happy to contribute to the team’s success, not only as Captain but also as a batsman. Our target this year is to retain the trophy and we will continue to play the kind of cricket we like to play. It would be an honour for me to lead Gladiators to a record third title this time around. I am ready to take up any role the team wants me to,” Pooran said.

Presently, Gladiators and Northern Warriors are the only two teams to have won two titles. The Warriors have made a strong choice in Mathews as skipper, who has been one of the most successful Captains for Sri Lanka in international cricket.

“I am grateful to be considered to lead Northern Warriors, a franchise that has already achieved massive success in this league. Warriors have already won two trophies and I would love to bring the trophy back to the team so that we all can script history together. This is an exciting format, and the fans can expect big things from our side in the 7th season,” Mathews said.

Meanwhile, Strikers and Morrisville will look to use Pollard and Moeen’s familiarity with the format once again to boost their chances of getting their hands on the trophy. Pollard said he wants to finish the job this season.

“We came so close to winning the title last season, but the final was a lesson for us. We now know the temperament that is needed in big matches, and we will look to use that knowledge to our advantage. We have a solid squad, and we are ready to go all the way this time,” he said.

Moeen Ali said that such a quick format is a test of players’ skills. “While one may feel that T10 is all about big shots, and heavy hitting, it is also about recognising and adapting to situations quickly and efficiently when you are out there. In such a short time, anything can happen. We must be ready for Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C and if we do that, we will be in a good position to win the whole thing.”

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka top-order batter Asalanka will be leading the side in place for Raza, and he admitted he has big shoes to fill. “Sikandar Raza enjoys a massive fan following and support in this part of the world. I am excited to take over the reins as Captain for the Braves and will look forward to leading the team. We must take one game at a time, but our goal is to make the playoffs and set ourselves up for a chance to play in the all-important Final.”

Delhi’s choice of giving Captaincy to Powell is another interesting move as the West Indies batting allrounder led Northern Warriors last season and scored 196 runs in 7 matches at a whopping strike rate of 245. “I was in good form in the previous edition and also gained experience in leading a team in this format. Now, with a new squad and a new franchise, I am even more motivated to perform. We want to see Delhi Bulls get their hands on the trophy once again – and we must stick to our plans in in order to do so,” Powell said.

Team Abu Dhabi decided to put their stocks on bowlers during the draft, and backing their bowling unit, named South Africa speedster Pretorius as the Captain. In 10 games last season, Pretorius was the leading wicket-taker with 12 scalps to his name at an average of 13.08.

“This is a good chance for me to change the mindset that short formats are only for the batters. The bowlers also have an equally important role to play, especially fast bowlers who start the attack with the new ball. They have very little time to get used to the track and implement their plans and get crucial wickets in the first three overs, and that is what we will try to do in every game,” Pretorious said.

Bangla Tigers, meanwhile, have named veteran English domestic talent Benny Howell and are banking on his experience to make their way into the top four. “I am delighted to lead Bangla Tigers as Captain this year. It is an important year for us – as we want to make it to top four. We have an impeccable squad, but we will have to work together as a collective unit. If we can all perform to our abilities, we are hard to beat,” he signed off.

Abu Dhabi T10 2023 will be broadcast on CricLife3 available on Etisalat, Elife IPTV, Switch TV, and Starzplay in UAE-MENA. It will also be aired in Pakistan on channel A Sports and live streamed on TapMad. Indian fans can watch the season on Viacom Sports 18 2 (Hindi) and on Jio Cinema app. The tournament this season, will also air on Supreme TV in Sri Lanka, on BT Sport in the United Kingdom, on ESPN in the Caribbean, on Willow TV in North America, on T Sports in Bangladesh, and Fox Sports in Australia.

Cricket fans in UAE can buy the Abu Dhabi Season 7 Tickets online for just AED 10 via: https://events.q-tickets.com/uae/eventdetails/4013826602/abu-dhabi-t10-season-7.

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DP World ILT20 match tickets for Season 2 launched at Virgin Megastore

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The DP World International League T20 Season 2 tickets for all 34 matches – the biggest cricket league in the Gulf region – are now available online as well as on all 14 Virgin Megastore outlets across the UAE.  The tickets start at an affordable 20 dirhams for all General spectator stands at the Zayed Stadium Abu Dhabi, Dubai International Stadium and Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

The month-long tournament will be an incredible opportunity for cricket fans in the UAE and those from around the world to watch some of the biggest stars of the game represent the six DP World ILT20 franchises in the month-long cricketing extravaganza that begins at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium with a clash between defending champions Gulf Giants and Sharjah Warriors on Friday, 19 January.

The big hits, wickets and catches on field will be complimented by off field entertainment for fans of all age groups. The DP World ILT20 will be a memorable occasion for all, the tournament final will be staged at the iconic ‘Ring of Fire’ Dubai International Stadium on Saturday, 17 February. 

Fans can choose their seating spots through a wide range of enclosures and boxes across the three venues. The tickets are available for premium and various hospitality categories. Tickets for children aged six to 16 start at 10 dirhams while under five years of age will get free access. There are a wide variety of early bird discounts available for matches at all three venues.

The first offer begins on Friday, 24 November – Buy One Get One Free Offer.

Season 2 will feature present-day household names like David Warner, Andre Russell, David Willey, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Alex Hales, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Jordan, Trent Boult, Nicholas Pooran, Chris Woakes and Maheesh Theekshana. More than 100 international and 24 UAE players will feature in the tournament.

DP World ILT20 CEO David White: “We are delighted to launch the match tickets for DP World ILT20 Season 2. For the second year in the running, we are bringing a world-class cricket tournament at our three world-class venues. The cricket fans in the UAE and those travelling here in the tourist-friendly months of January and February have a real treat on offer as the world’s best cricketing talent showcase their skills in the action-packed T20 format.

“We have kept the tickets at an affordable price. The fans will get to watch their favourite cricket stars play for their favourite team while enjoying the festive offerings, carnivals and entertainment at all three venues. The DP World ILT20 Season 2 is all set to be bigger and better and we can’t wait for the action to begin on Friday, 19 January 2024.”

DP World ILT20 Season 2 Schedule:

Friday, 19 January – Sharjah Warriors vs Gulf Giants – Sharjah Cricket Stadium

Saturday, 20 January – Dubai Capitals vs MI Emirates – Dubai International Stadium

Sunday, 21 January – Desert Vipers vs Abu Dhabi Knight Riders – Dubai International Stadium

Sunday, 21 January – MI Emirates vs Gulf Giants – Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Monday, 22 January – Dubai Capitals vs Sharjah Warriors – Dubai International Stadium

Tuesday, 23 January – Abu Dhabi Knight Riders vs MI Emirates – Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Wednesday, 24 January – Gulf Giants vs Desert Vipers – Dubai International Stadium

Thursday, 25 January – Dubai Capitals vs Abu Dhabi Knight Riders – Dubai International Stadium

Friday, 26 January – Sharjah Warriors vs MI Emirates – Sharjah Cricket Stadium

Saturday, 27 January – Abu Dhabi Knight Riders vs Desert Vipers – Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Saturday, 27 January – Gulf Giants vs Dubai Capitals – Sharjah Cricket Stadium

Sunday, 28 January – MI Emirates vs Abu Dhabi Knight Riders – Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Sunday, 28 January – Desert Vipers vs Sharjah Warriors – Sharjah Cricket Stadium

Monday, 29 January – Sharjah Warriors vs Dubai Capitals – Sharjah Cricket Stadium

Tuesday, 30 January – Desert Vipers vs MI Emirates – Dubai International Stadium

Wednesday, 31 January – Abu Dhabi Knight Riders vs Gulf Giants – Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Thursday, 1 February – Dubai Capitals vs Desert Vipers – Dubai International Stadium

Friday, 2 February – MI Emirates vs Sharjah Warriors – Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Saturday, 3 February – Desert Vipers vs Gulf Giants – Dubai International Stadium

Saturday, 3 February – Abu Dhabi Knight Riders vs Dubai Capitals – Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Sunday, 4 February – MI Emirates vs Desert Vipers – Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Sunday, 4 February – Gulf Giants vs Sharjah Warriors – Dubai International Stadium

Monday, 5 February – Sharjah Warriors vs Abu Dhabi Knight Riders – Sharjah Cricket Stadium

Tuesday, 6 February – Dubai Capitals vs Gulf Giants – Dubai International Stadium

Wednesday, 7 February – Abu Dhabi Knight Riders vs Sharjah Warriors – Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Thursday, 8 February – Gulf Giants vs MI Emirates – Dubai International Stadium

Friday, 9 February – Desert Vipers vs Dubai Capitals – Dubai International Stadium

Saturday, 10 February – Gulf Giants vs Abu Dhabi Knight Riders – Dubai International Stadium

Saturday, 10 February – MI Emirates vs Dubai Capitals – Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Sunday, 11 February – Sharjah Warriors vs Desert Vipers – Sharjah Cricket Stadium

Tuesday, 13 February – Qualifier 1 – Dubai International Stadium

Wednesday, 14 February – Eliminator – Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Thursday, 15 February – Qualifier 2 – Sharjah Cricket Stadium

Saturday, 17 February – Final – Dubai International Stadium

*All single-headers (evening matches) begin at 6:30pm local time.

*Afternoon match on double-headers day begin at 2:3opm local time.

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