A new adventure race is set to debut on October 10 in Al Ain: the most challenging multidiscipline race in the UAE, the Red Bull Sultan of the Desert. It is an endurance event that tests UAE athletes’ strength and stamina in a series of sport challenges with natural obstacles on Al Ain’s rough desert terrain. Teams face each other on the region’s longest man made Wadi Adventures’ whitewater channelsbuilt in the foothills of the majestic Jebel Hafeet.
The event brings together three main disciplines: running, mountain biking and kayaking, with each leg spanning from 12 to 15 Km. through Al Ain’s stunning landscape. Teams of three (mixed gender are welcome) will need to go all out to lay their claim to the Sultan of the Desert title.
All three events will have team athletes undergo immense physical challenges for strength, endurance, and mental stamina. The competition involves participants sprinting, pedaling and paddling to the finish line as fast as they can. The winning team will consist of those members that set the best times from each group.
Both the running and mountain biking 15-km routes across Jabal Ḥafeeṫ Mountain Road and rough terrain with gravel and rocks on the outskirts of Al Ain in Abu Dhabi will test the team’s strength and conditioning of each squad member, in addition to their physical abilities and mental toughness.
As for the water competition and adrenaline-filled adventure, the 12 km kayaking section, on the other hand, will take place in Al Ain’s scenic Al Mubazzarah lake and fabulous whitewater channels at Wadi Adventure.
Because of the dual test of strength and stamina, it is easy to see why athletes will find the event defying individual skills and abilities; one would not expect anything less from Red Bull challenges.
Being the organizer of this event, Red Bull UAE has chosen Al Ain (meaning ‘The Spring’ in Arabic), known as the emirate’s heritage heartland and referred to as the Garden City, due to its greenery, as the place to hold such an event. It is the second largest city in the Abu Dhabi Emirate and is situated about 160 km east of the capital, in the Buraimi oasis, on the border with Oman.
Al Ain is one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited settlements with vestiges of its prehistoric culture making it a UNESCO World Heritage Site that attracts many international tourists.