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Bahrain bracing for Beach Fever...

19th May

From the GDN, May 19, 2013


KITEBOARDING, kayaking, sailing and wakeboarding are just some of the activities lined up this Friday during a Beach Fever festival at Amwaj Islands.


It is taking place as part of events to mark Manama being named Capital of Arab Tourism 2013 and will run from 9am to 9pm. On land, people can enjoy beach football and volleyball, as well as Zumba and mini water polo.


A total of 100 tonnes of fine sand has been delivered to the site to ensure there are international-standard playing arenas for beach football, volleyball and handball games.


Bahrain Beach Football national team head coach Gustavo Zloccowicz will be on hand to provide coaching for teams with a series of games at senior and junior level.


"I am really looking forward to the weekend's opportunity to once again showcase beach football," he said.


"Bahrain is increasingly known for its love of beach football.


"It is such an easy sport to organise and I commend the ministry for having the vision to create an event of this nature.


"I hope that it will become part of our annual national sporting calendar and I am sure that fun will be had by all competitors this weekend."


The event is being held to highlight the importance of sport in the community.


"We are delighted that sport tourism can attract so much support," organiser Martin Whitaker said.


"We have many events planned over the coming months and we are looking forward to them becoming an integral part of the Bahrain calendar in the future.


"Sports give us a wonderful platform to connect with the youth, while showcasing the increasingly impressive facilities and infrastructure that are now part of Bahrain's sporting landscape."


DJs will handle music throughout the day, while a band will perform in the evening.


There will be catering, shaded areas and other services such as shuttle buses to ferry people back and forth between the car parks and the beach.


A team of more than 30 marshals will control the parking area and medical facilities will be available.


Entry is free. For more information, visit the Culture Ministry's website or e-mail



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