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Sport in Abu Dhabi: From wakeboarding to horse riding, Al Forsan International Resort is a must-visit

Jay Asser 9/10/2017
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As always, Al Forsan International Sports Resort is a beehive of action this autumn with several ongoing and upcoming activities to take part in.

Located in Abu Dhabi, the capital’s premier sporting facility has you covered over the next few months regardless of whatever sport you’re into.

Motorsport lovers can rejoice as the kart circuit is the perfect place to show off your skills behind the wheel.

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Three types of karts are on offer: Cadet, available to ages eight to 11 and reaching up to 30 miles per hour; Senior, open to anyone aged 12 and above and topping at 50mph; and two-stroke Rotax, requiring a minimum age of 16 and darting up to 70mph.

You can also gear up for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, taking place from November 24-26, by booking exclusive packages, starting from Dh2,080.

If you’re someone who enjoys creating waves, the National Wakeboarding Championship Finals are the place to be.

Taking place on November 3, participants can register for the competition, costing Dh250 per person, in the following categories: boys aged seven to 11, boys aged 12 to 16, girls aged seven to 14, and men and women aged 30-plus.

If hitting targets is more your style, Al Forsan’s gun range, featuring distances of 50m and 300m, is where you can sharpen your aim. Ten shots are priced at Dh230.

If you want to make it a competition, join in on the Rifle 300m challenge and put your shooting skills to the test.

Running until November 31, participants can take a shot at winning up to Dh4,000.

Al Forsan also has a Sporting Clay competition which will run from December 1 to December 31 and feature single and double clay targets in a shoot-off.

First, second and third-place winners in the men’s and women’s category will walk away with Dh5,000, Dh3,000 and Dh2,000 respectively, as well as a trophy.

Finally, Al Forsan continues to deliver a top-quality equestrian experience with their riding school, which opened in September.

No obstacle: Al Forsan’s riding school is for horse lovers of all levels.

No obstacle: Al Forsan’s riding school is for horse lovers of all levels.

Beginners and advanced riders can get hands-on attention from qualified instructors from the British Horse Society.

Registration is currently open for the season, which goes until May 17, 2018, with sessions running from 16:00 to 19:00.

Paintball fans can take to Al Forsan’s themed field in their climate-controlled air domes. Group packages are available and the latest markers and equipment are available for rental.

Whether it’s on the track, on the range or on a horse, Al Forsan will keep you moving before the end of the year.

What: Al Forsan activities and competitions
Where: Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Abu Dhabi
When: Various activities running over the next few months
Contact: Visit www.alforsan.com for more information and booking

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Watch the video above for more on Al Harthi's story.


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