Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex, Dubai

The very impressive Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex in Dubai contains 2 big swimming pools, one 100 metres long. One side has a window so you can watch racers swimming underwater from the viewing window.

Below these 2 pools is a third, underground practice pool which is 100 metres long.

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Here’s a shot of the VVIP entrance…

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Here’s a shot of the VVIP entrance from the side, so the canopy looks like a flap folding down from the side panels…

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Here’s a map of the area…

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The lobby area…

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…and a design on the wall on the way down to the underground practice pool…

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My son Toby swims for the Al Ain Club, and he and the team have competed at 2 tournaments at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex.

If you’re travelling from Al Ain, go past the Outlet Mall and take the exit which takes you on the east-west road to Abu Dhabi. Watch your speed as there are a lot of speed cameras on this road. After about 2 kilometres you will see the complex on your left. There is a sign on the side of the road indicating that you are to come off at the next turning, but it’s very easy to miss it! Come off at the next exit and turn left to travel under the motorway, then head back towards the complex.

Turn right off the motorway as you arrive, and first left towards the security gate. Travel anticlockwise round the grounds and park where you see other visitors.

 

 

 

 

Al Ain Swimming Club

Mansour Sultan Al Matbouie

Mansour Sultan Al Matbouie (right) is the director of the Al Ain Swimming Team at the Al Ain Club. He says, “We are the best team in the UAE: we won the cup this year. We have 12 players in the national team. This season we broke 27 records. We have a swimming school with 5 age and ability levels.

Ashraf Salah (below) is the head coach for the team, having been with the club for 7 years in all. He was a coach for the national team for 3 years before that.

Ashraf Salah

This is the pool where the training takes place. It’s behind the Al Jimi Police Station – 2 blocks north of the Al Jimi Mall…

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My son Toby who is on the team is on the left in this photo…

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Contact Ashraf on 050 5498 486 if you want to know more.

Swimming team at the Hilton Hotel, Al Ain

This is Rami Bou Khodr who teaches swimming at the Hilton Hotel in Al Ain…

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He runs the American Swimming Academy. He is Lebanese, and has lived in Al Ain for the last 2 years. I asked him to tell me more about himself. He said, “I am a teacher and examiner for lifeguard courses from the STA in England, which was established in 1932. With that organization I got certified to deal with children with special needs. I also have a certificate from the American Swimming Academy as a pro swimming instructor. I did my first lifeguard course in Dubai in October 2010. I have programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and adults.”

He added, “It doesn’t matter what your child’s swimming ability or level is, I can help with swimming coaching for children and adults and also water safety lessons for the younger children.”

He’s very passionate about starting up a swimming team/club for youngsters – and adults too – who are serious about improving their swimming, and are willing to put the energy in to hone that skill.

He offers competitive rates to both members and non-members of the Hilton.

This is his promotional poster…

Rami's swimming poster

He’s a lovely guy, and brilliant with the children – and we often see him in the water working individually with children aged as young as 3 or 4 – so if you want to know more, ring him directly on 050 673 1010.