Explosive starts, blazing speeds and hairpin turns, pack your bags for a week of thrills and spills at Sharjah World Championship Week
You can feel the tension in the air. An eerie silence takes hold of the entire arena, all eyes are fixed on the sleek and powerful powerboats lining up at the start pontoon. In a flash, 10,000-horsepower engines blast across the surface leaving nothing but a glorious fountain of white spray in their wake.
Renowned as the flagship international series of single-seater inshore circuit Formula 1 Powerboat Racing, The U.I.M. F1H2O World Championship lures thousands of spectators every year to Khalid Lagoon for an exhilarating three-day race fiesta. With the crystal-clear waters of the Arabian Gulf as a gorgeous backdrop, the highly-anticipated event is taking place from the 17-21 of December at the Sharjah World Championship week. Get set to see up to 20 leading drivers jet off in their superfast tunnel-hull catamarans and clock up impressive speeds of up to 220km/h on the straights. Be sure to arrive early so you can bag a good spot with a clear view of all the action. After all, Sharjah’s prized team is participating this year and pulling out all the stops.
The excitement continues at the UIM-ABP Aquabike Sharjah Grand Prix, with its gripping display of jet-skiing skills and bravado. Highly competitive, fascinatingly risky and intensely challenging, the spectacle will keep you on the edge of your seat as riders compete in various high-octane circuit heats. The showstopper, however, is the spectacular freestyle rounds. Hold your breath as competitors pull off risky moves and deliver gravity-defying aerial acrobatics that demand extreme strength and agility. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for tricks performed with no hands – it garners extra points and, let’s face it, is a show in its own right.
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