12 schools set to participate in five major sports

darABU DHABI – UAE: Al Jimi Mall, Al Ain’s first and premier shopping and entertainment destination, yesterday announced the much anticipated and inaugural Al Jimi Mall Sports Festival 2016 in collaboration with United Sports Services.

The announcement was made at a media briefing held in Al Ain today, in presence of Wael El Barbary, General Manager of Al Ain Retail, Aldar Properties and Mubarak Al Ketbi, Chairman of United Sports Services.

Al Jimi Mall Sports Festival, also dubbed as the ‘Mini-Olympics’, will be the city’s first ever inter-school sports tournament. Under-15 teams from as many as 12 Al Ain schools will participate in popular sports, including football, basketball, giant chess, volley ball and table tennis. The action kicks off on October 13 and the festivities will culminate next month with an awards ceremony that will be held ahead of the UAE National Sports Day.

Participating schools include: Al Ain Academy, United Sports Academy, Al Dhafra Private School, Al Khalil International School, Al Ittihad National Private School, Al Nashaa Al Saleh Private School, Alya Private School, Emirates Private School, Al Snawber School, Future Private School, International Private School and Future School.

Commenting on the launch, Jassem Saleh Busaibe, Chief Asset Management Officer, Aldar Properties, said: “We are pleased to bring together students and schools from across Al Ain in order to compete in the Al Jimi Mall Sports Festival. Engaging with the community sits at the heart of our retail strategy, ensuring that we create meaningful experiences that benefit both our visitors as well as our retailers. We are also pleased to partner with United Sports Services on this initiative to ensure that the delivery of the programme is of the highest quality.”

Mubarak Al Ketbi, Chairman of United Sports Services, commented: “The concept of inter-school competitions is relatively new in this region when we compare it with other countries. Through Al Jimi Mall Sports Festival 2016, we aim to serve the community by providing an extra-curricular platform for students to meet and network with their peers in a productive way and to encourage friendly competition that inspires team work and collaboration. Such events will pave a way for discovering and nurturing young sports talent in the region.”

The winners will be decided by adding up team points following completion of all the competitions in November. The winning team and runners-up will be rewarded with cash prizes while visitors can also take part in a quiz competition.

All matches will take place at a sports arena that has been set up right outside the mall’s east entrance.

The sports festival will be held with support from key retailers, which include; Louzan Group, Cavallo, High Lady and Red Tag as platinum sponsors, Hilton Hotel, Magic Planet and Socks Collection as silver sponsors.

Al Jimi Mall is currently undergoing AED 410 million expansion and renovation project that aims to offer visitors an memorable shopping and entertainment experience, one that perfectly resonates the 15 years heritage of the mall and sets a new benchmark in both design and retail mix.

About Al Jimi Mall:

Al Jimi Mall is Al Ain’s first and favourite shopping and entertainment destination offering families and shoppers a wide variety of their favourite brands in the heart of the Garden City.

About Aldar Properties:

Aldar Properties PJSC is the leading real estate developer in Abu Dhabi with USD10 billion in assets, a 75 million sq. m land bank, and through its iconic developments, it is one of the most well known in the United Arab Emirates, and wider Middle East region.

From its beginnings in 2005 through to today, Aldar continues to shape and enhance the urban fabric of the UAE’s Capital City in addition to other key areas of the Emirate.

Aldar develops exciting and innovative projects, such as the internationally recognized HQ building situated in the Al Raha Beach development, the Gate Towers in Shams Abu Dhabi on Al Reem Island, in addition to Yas Island’s F1 circuit.

Aldar’s shares are traded on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (Stock quote: ALDAR:UH), and is a profitable, cash generative business that provides recurring revenues, and benefits from a diverse and supportive shareholder base. Aldar operates according to high standards of corporate governance and is committed to operating a long term and sustainable business in order to provide ongoing value for its shareholders.

Aldar seeks to create quality, comfortable, desirable destinations that enrich the lives of Abu Dhabi residents as well as tourists within the Emirate. Aldar is playing a leading role in the development and provision of world class retail – Yas Mall, international standard education through Aldar Academies, iconic entertainment venues such as the Yas Marina Circuit, and community amenities across its entire portfolio.

Aldar is driven by a vision to be the most trusted and recognized real estate lifestyle developer in Abu Dhabi and beyond.