Get fit, sociable and have fun without leaving the Marina
XtremeWake Established last year, this wakeboarding and wakesurfing company offers sessions on the water before work, after work or during – it’s your call. Riders are picked up and dropped off in the Marina and refreshments are included. www.xtremewakeuae.com (056 342 3012).
Capella Club Fancy a workout but hate the gym? Check out the popular Capella Club, which offers dance, yoga, martial arts and pole fitness classes to name a few. Pole Fit starts from Dhs100 per hour. Silverene Tower, www.capella-club.com (04 452 6000).
TribeFit As well as running a series of hugely popular fitness classes, the ‘socially active’ gym hosts regular events and get-togethers that are typically very well attended. On Friday June 6, there’s a Latin music fest at O’Cacti in Pier 7, while Friday June 13 sees a 7am beach yoga session take place at JBR. Alternatively, sign up for the Tribal 300 Workout fitness challenge, which begins on Sunday June 22. Visit the website for details on all of these and more. Silverene Tower, www.tribefit.com (800 87423).
Reebok Run Club Reebok Run Club by Urban Energy Fitness aims to help cardio fans stay in shape during the hotter months and avoid having to start their training all over again, come running season in September. The programme includes a variety of classes to suit all fitness levels, from first-time runners to keen marathoners and takes in a distance-marked route around the Marina. Urban Energy Fitness, Dubai Marina, www.urbanenergyfitness.com (055 886 9158).
Shooters Escape the heat with an afternoon playing on one of this café’s 12 pool tables or several PlayStation 3s. There are also LCD TVs at every table, meaning you can catch that essential football match while you’re there. The venue also offers free wi-fi, has three large projector screens plus an extensive menu of snacks and drinks. Open until 3am every night, it’s a good choice for watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The Torch, www.shootersdubai.com (04 368 5645).
Marina Walk Hit the smooth, wide footpath that runs the perimeter of the waterway at the heart of Dubai Marina, and join thousands of others who use the route daily for jogging, walking and cycling. For keen rollerbladers and amateur skateboarders, the route is particularly unique, offering an easy, flat terrain that’s removed from motorists and far safer than any other stretch of pavement. Just watch out for karters hurtling around blind corners.
Byky Explore the Marina and find your own favourite new hangouts in no time by hiring one of these bicycles. With automated bike hire stations dotted all along Marina Walk, you don’t need to return them to the original pick-up point – just slot them into the nearest one when you’re done. Hire starts from Dhs15 for 30 minutes. Various locations, Marina Walk, www.bykystations.com.
Sports at Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa Play tennis or squash in the facilities offered by this enormous hotel. Tennis court hire will set you back Dhs300 per hour, while indoor squash court hire is a more affordable (relatively speaking) Dhs150 per hour. Rackets and balls are also available for an additional charge. And once you’ve finished your match, head to The Underground Pub. Jumeirah Beach, www.grandjumeirah.habtoorhotels.com (04 399 5000).