The Nad Al Sheba (NAS) Sports Tournament will begin on Tuesday, opening with a typically dazzling ceremony.
It all starts at 10pm (7th May) at the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council. As part of the opening ceremony, a ‘sitting volleyball’ exhibition match will be played – demonstrating NAS’ focus on including athletes of determination.
This will be the seventh season of the tournament – which features sporting challenges across multiple disciplines. And there are some wild cash rewards up for grabs, including a AED 144,000 prize fund for the teams standing victorious after the epic NAS Night Challenge obstacle course (10th and 16th May).
This year there are a total of 13 different events over the tournament’s 18 day duration and there’s a strong emphasis on inclusion – with the ‘Limitless Abilities’ theme. ‘Spectators gonna spectate’ and ‘competitors gonna compete’ (6,500 in total) in futsal; volleyball; padel; fencing; wheelchair basketball; futsal for People with Hearing impairments; the NAS Night Challenge; the 5km and 10km Runs; 75km Cycle Race; 3×3 Basketball; Jiu-Jitsu; Cricket and Snowboarding. With a total prize purse of **faints, fans-self a little** AED 6 million. But seriously, no burger eating? We checked the list twice. All that training for nothing.
Both cricket and snowboarding are new additions to the roster. Cricket is obviously wildly popular in the UAE and there’ll be a total of 31 matches being played between 7th and 22nd May at the Wombats Cricket Ground.
Snowboarding (10th May) – well because despite Dubai experiencing very little in terms of snowfall at this time of year, Dubai LOVES a challenge. And an extreme sport or two. And – well it does have an indoor black run at Ski Dubai doesn’t it?
Registration is still open for some events. So if you fancy yourself as a sporting superstar, whatever your mobility, check the website for your shot at some incredible prize money. And glory www.registration.nasst.ae.
The NAS Sports Tournament will take place between 7th May and 20th May at Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex.