The Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, is hosting the second Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Festival on October 9 and 10, in association...

The Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, is hosting the second Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Festival on October 9 and 10, in association with the Adrenaline Sports Live Festival, presented by Rani.

As the main sponsor of the Dragon Boat Festival in 2008, Shangri-La Hotel, Abu Dhabi hosted corporate teams for training days at the hotel’s beach and entered two teams in the competition. One of the hotel teams won the race trophy. This year the hotel will host the festival on the 1-kilometre stretch of beach that overlooks Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.


Dragon Boating is a water sport requiring adrenaline, sportsmanship, strategy and technique. It is also a sport that is about positive team spirit, being healthy, making friends and having fun, says Shangri-La Hotel, Abu Dhabi. Companies are encouraged to enter their corporate teams for this year’s festival early, due to the enormous popularity of this growing sport.

The Shangri-La UAE Dragons in mixed boat training

The Shangri-La UAE Dragons in mixed boat training

“Our success in last year’s festival was fantastic. We have some talented colleagues on the team who went on to enter international dragon boating competitions in Asia this year, as part of the UAE team,” says Adrian Rudin, general manager of the Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi. “We decided to sponsor the UAE team, which are now called the Shangri-La UAE Dragons.”

To register a team, email info@sirenconsulting.com, or download the online entry form at adrenalinesportslive.com/downloads/dragon-boat-festival/index.html.

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts owns and/or manages 65 hotels under the Shangri-La and Traders brands, with a total room inventory of more than 28,000.

Shangri-La’s five-star hotels are located in Australia; Canada; mainland China; Fiji; Hong Kong; India; Indonesia; Japan; Malaysia; the Maldives; Philippines; Singapore; the Sultanate of Oman; Taiwan; Thailand; and the United Arab Emirates. The group has more than 40 projects under development in Austria; Canada; mainland China; France; India; Macau; Philippines; Qatar; Russia; the Seychelles; the United Kingdom; and the United States.

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