Top bowlers from around the country have been participating in the NDC Ramadan Bowling Tournament’s 15th anniversary and the competition has not disappointed! The Youth and Graded divisions will hold finals on 7 and 8 July, respectively, and an Open division champion will be crowned in just days, on 13 July.

More than a hundred participants comprising 15 different nationalities have signed up for the milestone tournament, with notable players including reigning Open Division champion Ghalib Rashid Al Busaidi of Oman and Emirati Shaker Al Hassan, who won silver in the World Bowling Championship at Zayed Sports City last year.

Competition has also been heated up in the Youth and Open categories with high-finishing Emirati brothers Ahmed and Sultan Al Qubaisi participating in each respectively. The family affair also includes younger brother Yaqoob and father Mohamed Al Qubaisi, most famous for winning a gold medal in the World Bowling Masters in 1988.

Sultan, who won last year’s Youth competition and is competing in the Open category said: “When we talk about Ramadan, one of the first things that comes to my mind is bowling. It’s a habit for me. It’s about playing with my brothers and the whole community. “

With Abu Dhabi set to host the Women’s World Bowling Championship this December, the Ramadan competition has provided a prime opportunity for the UAE women’s team bowlers to test their skills against other top talents ahead of joining the World Championship squad. The women’s category has seen tough competition from 19-year-old perennial top scorer Samantha Hannan.

Barry Bremner, Zayed Sports City’s General Manager, said: “It’s fantastic to see the strength and diversity in this year’s 15th anniversary competition. Since we launched the tournament in 2000, it has grown into the UAE’s biggest and best bowling event, thanks in part to the generous support of the National Drilling Company. With the World Bowling Championships in town later this year, the excitement of the competition is especially heightened.”

Making the tournament accessible to the wider community, a disabled division was added, with Dubai Disabled Club Team B winning taking top honours in the group division.

Full results of the tournament will be published in the next newsletter. For more information, email