Dragon Boats reach Abu Dhabi

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The Shangri–La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri in Abu Dhabi, will host the second Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Festival on 9–10 October 2009, 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 to the competition. The hotel team's hard work paid off when they walked away with the winning trophy. This year the hotel will host the festival on the 1km stretch of beach that overlooks Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Dragon Boating is a thrilling water sport full of adrenaline, sportsmanship, strategy and technique. It is also a sport that is about positive team spirit, being healthy, making friends and having fun. Companies are encouraged to enter their corporate teams for this year's festival early, due to the enormous popularity of this growing sport. Adrian Rudin, general manager, Shangri–La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, said: " 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. We decided to sponsor the UAE team which is now called the Shangri–La UAE Dragons. " " As an Asian hospitality company we see Dragon Boating as the perfect sporting activity to sponsor and we are delighted to be holding the second festival at our Hotel, " Rudin added. Hong Kong–based Shangri–La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and/or manages 65 hotels under the Shangri–La and Traders brands with a rooms inventory of over 28, 000. Shangri–La hotels are five–star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri–La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. The group has over 40 projects under development in Austria, Canada, mainland China, France, India, Macau, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Seychelles, the UK and the US. For more information or reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at http://www. shangri–la. com.

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