Anyone in the UAE knows that it is a place where people from all over the world can come together. With each country comes its own culture, including food, music and sporting traditions. At Zayed Sports City, the Irish community is in full force, and once again will be inviting teams from around the region to participate in their traditional Gaelic sports.
On 19 and 20 April, the Middle East's Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) calendar will come to a blistering end when hurling, Camogie and Gaelic football champions are crowned. Having taken place for several years already, we are looking forward to another thrilling weekend which sees teams from the UAE and neighbouring countries converge on ZSC to compete for the top title across the three disciplines.
Thursday evening will once again see the beginning of proceedings with "Thursday Night Timber." From 7:00 p.m. you can enjoy hurling and Camogie played at a ferocious pace by the best players in the region. For those unfamiliar with the sport, it is best imagined as a cross between lacrosse and field hockey, with a ball racing on and above the pitch, propelled by a wooden stick. As the evening wears on, the teams will be whittled down until one ultimate winner can take the crown.
Early Friday morning will begin the Gaelic football championships. Held across all seven pitches, the sport requires running, bouncing, kicking and throwing the ball for an action-packed day. All levels of players will be represented, including up and coming stars from the juvenile ranks. The event comes to an end that evening with the ladies and men's football finals on pitch 12.
Based on history, this weekend is certain to once again be a great couple of days, complete with sport played at a very high level, pitchside entertainment and a great array of food and beverage. It truly is a celebration of all that is Irish in this region over one weekend.
Spectators are welcome and there is no entry fee! For more information follow Abu Dhabi Na Fianna on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram.