The entrance of the arena was designed to the theme of Mad Max, by Last Exit, giving an authentic, raw desert entrance experience. Show features that left audiences agape included a majestic gladiator opening ceremony, the breathtaking show by the Chinese Monks of the Shaolin Temple, a roller-skating rink, inflatable obstacle course, Capoeira dancers, fire artists, amateur boxing and MMA ring and the UFC gym experience, amongst many others. The Strongman competition elements included a Truck pull, Arm over Arm vehicle pull, Atlas Stones, Press medley, Yoke walk and the Silver Dollar Deadlift.
After a jaw-dropping competition between 12 of the strongest men on the planet, Hafthor Bjornsson (aka The Mountain from Game of Thrones) was crowned as the ultimate winner, the strongest beast in the Middle East and the world who took the top prize of USD 75,000! The second position, with a USD 35,000 prize, was taken by Brian Shaw followed by Mateusz Kieliszkowski in third taking home USD 15,000.
WUS Dubai went viral online as soon as gates opened with an accumulated reach of over 2.5 million viewers tuning into the live stream, TV broadcast and social media! This never seen before spectacle has been nominated for several local and international awards in the sports innovation category.
Additionally, the debut’s success led to WUS and CMC Inc. joining forces the very next day to organize WUS China in summer 2019. The edition is to be named ‘Beasts in the Far East’ along with an official confirmation of WUS Dubai 2019 at the end of next October.
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World Records at WUS
● Hafthor Julius Bjornsson aka “the Mountain” first man to ever win 4 major strongman titles in the same year
● Tom Stoltman first man to complete the world’s heaviest atlas stone run in strongman history – 170kg, 180kg, 190kg, 200kg, 225kg
● Brian Shaw setting the world record for the heaviest atlas stone run in strongman history – 42 seconds
● Laurence Shahlaei with a new yoke world record 580kg covering 15m in 15 seconds
About Bab Al Shams Resort & Spa
Located 45-minute drive from the city of Dubai and from Dubai International Airport, the 5- star desert luxury ‘Bab Al Shams Resort & Spa’, suited in the heart of Dubai desert, is the perfect destination for families, couples or simply desert lovers.