How to take up archery in Abu Dhabi

Add another string to your bow while getting all of a quiver


By Time Out Dubai Staff

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What do Legolas, Katniss, Hawkeye and Robin Hood all have in common? Well, they’ve all proved adept at using a bow and arrow on celluloid in front of millions. And you can learn how to do it, too. Though we can’t promise they’ll make a movie about you.

In fact, watching epic bow and arrow sequences play out in Hollywood blockbusters is a big reason for the sport gaining popularity today, says Nasser Ihsanullah, founder and manager at Abu Dhabi Archery. “It’s also looked at as something mythical. And people feel like their going back to their roots with it,” he adds.

For Ihsanullah it was love at first sight with archery. He took to the sport immediately after attending an event a few years ago. Then, in 2014 he set up ADA with his wife.

“To master archery you need balance, patience, disciplined and consistent,” he says. “And given its accessibility we get people from the ages of six up to 85 at ADA.”

So, do you fancy a shot? Here are three places to check out...

Abu Dhabi Archery
With a tagline that reads “for archers, by archers” you know you’re in safe, experienced hands when you show up at this family-run operation. If you’re looking for a supportive network of fellow archers, this is it.

Al Forsan International Sports Resort
Whether you’re a dead eye or have never picked up a bow, step up to the line here. There are 10 lanes and a selection of bows, tabs and arm guards to use.

Noukhada Adventure Company
Archery tag (think archery meets paintball) is a great way to promote team building, or just muck about with mates. The team will show up wherever you want, set it all up talk you through how it’s done.

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