Madinat Zayed and Ruwais Students take to the water for 2010 Al Gharbia Watersports Festival

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The beautiful beaches of Al Mirfa will vibrate with activity as water sports enthusiasts from all over the Gulf descend on Al Mirfa in the Western Region for a breathtaking week of competition and family fun.

Under the patronage of HE Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s representative in the Western Region, Al Gharbia Watersports Festival 2010 opens tomorrow with a special ceremony at 5pm.

Kite boarding, surf ski kayaking, wakeboarding and water sports photography will be among the highlights, along with festive food, music concerts, free beachfront camping (contact Thea at to book a tent) and a traditional Souk.

Students from the Madinat Zayed and Ruwais Higher Colleges of Technology will not only be taking part, but have played a vital part in the organization and planning of the festival. Some will host events and games aimed not only at professionals, but for the visitors who just want to have some fun.

Saeed Al Mansoori and his group will be graduating in June and they will have a stand at the festival to inform the community about the necessity to choose the right career. Ahmed Al Hammadi and his group will also be graduating in June. They will serve as a valuable link between activity coordinators and the media.

Obaid Rashid wanted to do something that his children could enjoy so he will be organizing a Sand Sculpting competition. Children of all ages should also like the kite flying too, organized by a fellow student, Ebraheem Al Hammadi. Ebraheem wants to teach local children how to enjoy flying kites.

As well as that, anyone can form a team for the beach volleyball, organized by Mohammed Al Mazrouei or the beach football, organized by Jaber Hammadi. And of course, it could not be a watersports festival without swimming races, organized by Obaid Mohammed.

“It’s great to teach students who are motivated to learn,” said Thea van der Westhuizen, Madinat Zayed business studies lecturer.

“I have been so impressed with their energy and their commitment to the festival. Working alongside the professionals and combining theory with industry is the very best way to learn.”

So, why not push the boat out and get wet this week? Visit the website: