In pictures: Previewing the Sir Bani Yas Island Race and Rally

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This weekend, a group of competition yachts will be sailed from Sir Bani Yas Island, south-west of Abu Dhabi, in a race to Dubai. For the victors it will be a perfect finale to a week’s worth of sailing up and down the UAE’s coastline, and the entire competition will have served as a forerunner to the Volvo Ocean Race, which will return to these shores later in the year. All photos courtesy TDIC