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Volume 6 No. 215

Events and Attractions

Oman sailing initiative, Oman Sail, revealed that Gulf nations "will once again battle it out on the Arabian Sea for the third edition of Sailing Arabia -- The Tour from Feb. 10-25," according to GULF NEWS. The only pan-regional offshore sailing race of its kind "delivers 15 days of intense sailing action across four countries and seven marinas located in Bahrain, Qatar, UAE and Oman." The race "will start in Bahrain on Feb. 10 and move on to Qatar." The boats will arrive in Abu Dhabi, UAE at the end of the second leg on Feb. 15, and then race to arrive in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE on Feb. 18 after which they will sail around Oman’s peninsula to Musandam and finally reach Muscat for the closing ceremony on Feb. 25 (GULF NEWS, 11/13).

The Pakistan Cricket Board is anticipating hosting arch rivals India and South Africa in a full-fledged series in the later half of '13. The series is not in the Int'l Cricket Council Future Tour Program, but PCB CEO Zaka Ashraf is trying to convince these countries to tour Pakistan "in a bid for revival of int'l cricket in Pakistan" (PAKISTAN TODAY, 11/13). ... The Asian qualifying tournament for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup from Jan. 22-26 will be held at Katara Beach in Doha, Qatar. The World Cup will be held in the Pacific Island nation of Tahiti from Sept. 18-28 (GULF TIMES, 11/13). ... The German Hockey League's (DEL) "Winter Game" will break the European record for attendance at an outdoor hockey game. The league revealed that it has already sold more than 36,444 tickets, which is the current European record, for its inaugural Winter Game between the Nuremberg Ice Tigers and Eisbären Berlin on Jan. 5 (DEL). ... Naples, Italy will host the first America's Cup World Series event of '13 from April 16-21. Naples originally hosted the America's Cup World Series in April, drawing more than 500,000 spectators on site (America's Cup).