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2012 Dubai Duty Free Gulf Gaelic Games Tour Itinerary

Dec 24, 2015



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  • 2012 Dubai Duty Free Gulf Gaelic Games Tour Itinerary
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  • 2012 Dubai Duty Free Gulf Gaelic Games
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  • Dubai Celts welcomes YOU Dubai Celts are delighted to welcome you to Dubai, United Arab Emirates for the 2012 Dubai Duty Free Gulf Gaelic Games. This year will be the biggest Gulf Gaelic Games to date, with over 500 players of all ages and over 40 teams competing from Ireland to Asia. We will have mens and ladies football, hurling and camogie at all levels. This pack contains all the information you will need in order to make the most of your time in Dubai. Please read through it and print it off before you get here. You can also download this from This pack contains: The weekend ahead Getting to and from the airport Information for players & spectators Maps
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  • The GGG Long Weekend Kick off the Gulf Gaelic Games Long weekend on Wednesday Night. The party starts in Fibber McGees from 6pm. Traditional music and plenty of craic with Declan OSullivan The Paddyman. Location Taxi to Sheikh Zayed Road, exit the roundabout at the Fairmont Hotel and continue past the hotel to KFC. There is a laneway beside Jashan restaurant & Fibbers is behind this building down the lane. There will be plenty of craic in Fibbers and this is a great way to start your time in Dubai for GGG 2012
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  • The GGG Long Weekend Thursday March 22 nd Opening Ceremony Dubai Celts are delighted to welcome all participants and guests to the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Dubai Duty Free Gulf Gaelic Games. Location The Irish Village in Garhoud from 7.30 pm onwards. There will be opening ceremony and a chance to mingle with all participating teams at the GGG with an opportunity to enhance your networks in the Region with the Irish Business Network Event. Light refreshments will be available.
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  • The GGG Long Weekend Friday March 23 rd This years GGG will be held at the Emirates Sevens Stadium. This facility is a world class sports arena with 6 excellent grass pitches. The complex is approximately 45 minutes bus from the GGG hotels and please confirm with your team liaison what time your bus will pick you up in the morning. Please note the buses will leave on time and otherwise you will have to get a taxi to the Sevens (approx 120 AED) Refreshments are available all day in the Sevens at the Food Village beside the main clubhouse. There will be entertainment for all the family on the day, from traditional music and dance with lots of family activities, as well as all the top class local GAA action culminating in the finals at approx. 8pm. There will be live entertainment following the Finals. Buses will run from the Sevens to McGettigans Bar at 11.30 pm to continue celebrations, drown sorrows and hopefully enjoy a brilliant end to the days play.
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  • The Sevens Map
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  • Saturday March 24th The post GGG brunch will be held in Dubais newest Irish Bar, McGettigans in the Bonnington Hotel, in Jumeirah Lakes Towers. This will be the perfect chance to congratulate or commiserate on the previous days action with live music all day, and lots of banter in the Bar from 12pm onwards with McGettigans offering a special brunch deal. This will wrap up a long week of action on and off the field, and we hope that you enjoy all that Dubai has to offer, and see you back at the Dubai Duty Free Gulf Gaelic Games in 2013!
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  • The GGG Nominated Charity Boots for Africa is the 2012 Nominated Charity of the Gulf Gaelic Games. We encourage as many people as possible to donate to this excellent cause to provide underprivileged children in South Africa with sporting equipment. In conjunction with SA Gaels, Dubai Celts hopes to send enough gear to Johannesburgs poorest neighbourhoods and kick start Gaelic Games. Please get involved. See more on
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  • Water Every year there is a huge amount of wasted water, and plastic waste from sporting events. This year Dubai Celts hope to drastically reduce this by giving each player in a team, a water bottle which can be topped up at one of the many water points at the Sevens. This will help to cut down on the environmental impact of the GGG without impacting on the sporting performance in the GGG.
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  • Tournament Rules We will have fully qualified referees from Croke Park in Dubai for the event. The official Tournament Rules are as per the Asian Gulf Board (please see for details). Player Registration is AED 150 per player, AED 1800 per team. This is to be paid prior to the first game your club takes part in. There will be medical facilities available on site with physiotherapists and paramedics. We have access to an ambulance for the day with the nearest hospital 20 minutes away from the Sevens. Squads are limited to 9 a side from 12 players in the A competitions. Should a team wish to name 15 players in the B and Social Competitions, they must nominate the 12 for each individual match.
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  • Holidays in Dubai Some Highlights not to be missed when in Dubai on holidays: The Bastakiya Area & Dubai Museum - The preserved area of old Dubai before the oil boom. Souks (Markets)- From the gold souks to the spice, textiles and electronic souks there is something for everyone. Make sure to haggle! Jumeirah Mosque Tours for non Muslims are available to get a feel of Islamic Culture. Burj Khalifa the Worlds tallest skyscraper offering unbelievable views. Beaches Jumeirah Beach Park and JBR Beach offer superb beaches to relax on. Wild Wadi & Aquaventure Both water parks are an excellent way to spend a day. Desert Safari a must do when in Dubai in the 4x4s in the desert. Golf With so many world class courses, golf is highly recommended. Ski Dubai Dubais world famous indoor ski slopes are excellent fun for the family. Shopping Dubai is world famous for its shopping malls. Make sure to have room on your credit cards!! Please contact your liaison officer to help with bookings
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  • Useful Information: Useful information: Money - The unit of currency is the Dirham which is made up of 100 Fils. The exchange rate is approximately 1 US$ = Dhs 3.67. All major credit cards are accepted at most hotels and malls. Time zone GMT +4 Average temperature in March is 28 degrees, so pack sunscreen and hydration drinks for during the GGG. Language - Arabic (official) and English (widely used) Country telephone code - +971 Water - tap water in Dubai is desalinated but generally safe to drink. Bottled water is usually very reasonable to buy though (around Dh 1 a bottle) and generally people drink bottled water.
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  • 2012 Gulf Gaelic Games We look forward to hosting you in Dubai for the 2012 Gulf Gaelic Games. Please contact your club liaison officers with any questions, click on or become a friend of DubaiCeltsGAA on Facebook and Twitter for updates.