Learning Models – Piles of Success

This is my first post in a series I’m planning to share on learning models I find useful. This model I call “Piles of Success”. I find it helps me understand the importance of initial experiences and structuring in the risk of failure as a learning process unfolds. I find people I’m working with also find it useful as a way of understanding a component of their own learning processes. Continue reading “Learning Models – Piles of Success”

Outdoor UAE Beach Party – Special deal for this blogs readers

Outdoor UAE is organising a beach party at Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa. There are heaps of activities to ‘have a go’ at and then a party into the night. For readers of this blog there is a deal. Advance tickets are 100aed, on the door its 120aed, for you reading this its 75aed!!! Check out the details below.

Get ready to enjoy the last days of the spring sun as one of the best outdoor events this year comes your way with the Outdoor UAE Beach Festival, taking place at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa – Joumana Club on Friday March 30th from 1pm until Midnight.

Enjoy a great day out with friends and family on the beach with tons of free-to-do activities offered including: wall climbing, kayaking, stand-up paddling, long boarding, beach football, volleyball, skim boarding, fitness pursuits, slack lining, and much more.

The fun won’t stop there; as the evening settles we will be bringing in summer beats and partying towards the midnight hour with our live DJ’s: Daniel Vitellaro and Cheriana, who will perform during the event. Amongst all that, there have even been rumors about some fire performers!

Worried about getting there? We’ve got you covered! FREE Bus rides are prepared to ferry you and your group from the Mall of the Emirates to the venue and vice versa to ensure that you won’t miss out on partying with us!

Tickets cost 100 AED and kids under 10 can go in for half the price. Tickets can be purchased on http://www.boxofficeme.com. Other venues you can buy tickets at are: Adventure HQ, Go Sport The Dubai Mall, Go Sport MOE, IBN Battuta, Du Plays Office, Leisure Marine (Beach St. JBR Walk)

Tickets that will be available at the door of the venue will be priced at 120 AED. Valid ID’s are required on the door.

Our main sponsors for this event are Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa and Adventure HQ. Other sponsors include Julbo, Al Yousuf Motors and Wadi Adventure who will offer some of the free activities and loads of prizes.

For more details and other questions about the event, visit our website at http://www.outdooruae.com or contact us at 04-4472-030. You can also ‘like’ us on Facebook to get updates about the party.

For the ‘special price‘ of 75aed contact 04-4472-030during office hours and say you’ve read my blog.

Is there a new hope on social media for UAE climbers?

For UAE based climbers social media has been a tale of woe for a while now. Firstly the old UAEclimbing.com forum died a slow quiet death when its owner left the region. Then the UAE Rock Climbing facebook group turned into an badly moderated and spam ridden bitch fest. The only reason to continue membership of it seemed to be to watch with sick fascination as the community seemed to tear itself apart. For an outsider or newbie looking in it certainly didn’t paint the community in a positive light. For me it just made me angry and generated a strong desire to punch the screen in the way that the worst of reality TV does.

The reality is that the climbing community is actually very strong here in the UAE and I enjoy being party of it a lot.

Well maybe a new group that has been set up brings with it some hope at last. If your a climber based here in the region or are someone who wants to be a climber based here I suggest you join the Real UAE Rock Climbers Facebook Group and see if it can turn the situation around.

Here’s the blurb that outlines the ethos:

A Groucho Club for UAE climbers, a digital camp fire for genuine rock climbers with an interest in UAE climbing to meet without bringing their commercial spam and alternative agendas with them.

As per the Groucho Club, membership is by invite. Membership is predominately for rock climbers with an interest in UAE Rock Climbing. The group is Spam free.

There are no restrictions on subjects discussed but members will behave like mature adults. In the event of a member’s behavior degenerating to the point that other members are offended Das Scruitinizer will intervene. The reaction of members will determine what is acceptable in the circumstances and context that it occurs. The test of acceptable conduct is simply, how would reasonable, mature adults behave if they were sat round a camp fire with family, friends and fellow climbers.

There is no aspiration to build any “community” or club. This will be a place to share chat and experiences; make recommendations for areas, routes etc, swap beta (what ever that may be) so that people that want to get out climbing in the UAE have the opportunity to share information.

Who is running the show? Effectively the people on it and if they object to other people’s behavior then I will intervene with the remit that I will apply: what is reasonable? would you say this if you were standing next to the person? is this how mature adults would behave/interact?

Its a bit of a mystery at the moment who Das Scruitinizer is!! I do hope that who ever it is quickly puts together a sensible group of admins though to keep things in line on in the group to prevent the ridiculous malarky found elsewhere.

Enjoy

Ian

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