See the UAE Ballooning Championship and try a 5k run
A weekend dhow trip in Musandam This family weekend away enables you to relax in a majlis-style camp on your first day and enjoy a dhow cruise, snorkelling and swimming and more on your second day. Dhs395 per adult, Dhs295 per child aged five to 12, free for kids under four. Until April 30, 2012. Sheesa Beach, Musandam, www.sheesabeach.com (050 333 6046).
Kayaking tours Noukhada Adventure offers regular kayaking tours to Umm Al Quwain. Dhs200 per person. Daily 7am and 4pm starts. Ongoing. www.noukhada.ae, firstname.lastname@example.org (050 721 8928).
The 33rd Dubai International Rally opening ceremony Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the UAE, the Dubai International Rally (the final round of the 2011 FIA Middle East Rally Championship) will see its ceremonial start take place today at Emaar Boulevard, in Downtown Dubai from 7.30pm. The rally itself kicks off at 9am on Friday 2 at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Academic City. Free. From 7.30pm. Emaar Boulevard, Old Town, Downtown Dubai, www.dir.atcuae.ae.
UAE Ballooning Championship Dubai 2011 This three-day ballooning festival at Meydan kicks off today. There are flights each day in the morning and evening to celebrate the 40th anniversary of UAE National Day. On Friday 2, there will be a special skylamp release from 5.30pm. Free. From 5pm. Until Saturday 3. Meydan, Nad Al Sheba (04 285 4949).
Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens 2011 The busiest day of this three-day tournament is today, when UAE residents and tourists turn out to see international teams play seven-minute games in their battle to win the cup. Also on Thursday and Saturday. Thu free; Fri or Sat Dhs230, season ticket (Fri and Sat) Dhs350. 7.30am-9.30pm. The Sevens Stadium, Al Ain Road, www.timeouttickets.com
IYT Personal Watercraft Master This one-day course is designed to help you meet the requirements for safe PWC operations and covers being a responsible rider in charge of a PWC (a jetski, for example) and passengers with 20 miles of a safe haven, in fair weather. The practical training uses a Williams Tender or similar berthed in Dubai International Marine Club (next to Barasti). Dhs1,500. Ongoing. Marine Concept, Al Barsha Business Centre, www.marine-charter-concept.com, (055 960 3030).
Nike Running Club The Nike+ Run Club Dubai returns for another season, with two training sessions each week, and professional coaches from PTX Performance Training on hand to provide tuition. Also on Tuesday evenings at 7pm at Dubai Festival City. Free. 8am. Ongoing. Burj Park Island, www.facebook.com/nikerunningmiddleeast.
Badminton ‘Shuttle Fun III’ league Join Duplays’ mixed open two-a-side badminton sessions. Dhs50 per session, or Dhs400 for 10. 7pm-9pm. Until December 10. Raffles West campus, Umm Suqeim, www.dubai.duplays.com/sport/badminton (055 224 0187).
Dubai Road Runners weekly meeting If you’re lacking motivation, join this weekly social running group for a bit of moral support, and run either one or two laps of Safa Park on the jogging track around the park’s perimeter. Dhs5. From 6.30pm. Ongoing. Car park at Gate 4, Safa Park (050 624 3213).
The Championship Fitness Challenge Whether you’re a fitness fanatic or just an active person, come and assess the progress of your fitness. There are 13 levels and five divisions, starting with entry for a beginner and moving up the ranks through competitor, athlete, elite and championship. Complete the assessment in the fastest time possible and earn your spot in history. Free. 8.30am-10am. Al Barsha Park, Barsha (055 346 3436).
Wild Wadi winter pass offers Get unlimited access to Wild Wadi for the winter season until March 15, 2012 with a special rate for adults and kids. Sign up and you can get up to four friends a discounted entry rate. Dhs600 for adults, Dhs400 for children under 1.1m. Until March 15, 2012. Wild Wadi, Al Sufouh Road (04 348 4444).
Learn to play tennis like a pro Clark Francis Tennis offers intensive training with former national and international-ranked coaches, helping you to improve your game. Dhs40 (Aviation Club members), Dhs60 (non-members). Daily 7am-9am. Ongoing. Clark Francis Tennis, Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud (050 650 3140).
Play Fantastic Four golf Four friends can enjoy playing the links-style championship course at the Montgomerie four days a week, Sunday to Wednesday. The ladies’ programme offers coaching for all levels from PGA professionals. Dhs444 for Fantastic Four offer, Dhs975 for ladies’ coaching. Sun-Wed. Ongoing. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).
Experience a night dive off Jumeirah Beach Explore Dubai’s underwater nightlife. Open to those with Padi Advanced Open Water certification or above, this twice-weekly dive lasts 45 minutes and follows the reef off Jumeirah Beach. Dhs150 including tank and weights, Dhs250 including dive kit. Mon and Wed 5.30pm-8.30pm. Ongoing. Al Boom Diving, Jumeirah (04 342 2993).
Try adult football at the Carlton Palmer Academy The young people’s training academy is now running football coaching sessions for adults. If you don’t have a team, you can be placed in one. Dhs60 per person. 7.15pm-8.15pm. Ongoing. The Carlton Palmer Football Academy, Repton School, Nad Al Sheba 3 (050 284 5061).
AIDA freediving course Learn to freedive by joining this AIDA one-start-certification course. It involves two evenings of theory, one evening in the pool and one day of freediving in Fujairah, overseen by Al Boom Diving’s instructor, Sara-Lise. Dhs2,350. Times vary. Ongoing. Al Boom Diving, Al Wasl Road, email@example.com (04 342 2993).
Desert balloon rides Now that the weather is cooler, why not watch the sun rise over the desert from a hot air balloon? Balloon Adventures Emirates’ packages include pick-up and drop-off in Dubai. See website for details. Dhs950; Dhs800 (kids aged five to 12). www.ballooning.ae (04 285 4949).
Sign up for polo lessons Lessons are now available for all levels at the club, whether you’re a first-time novice or a more experienced rider simply aiming to brush up your skills. Dhs770 for individual lessons, Dhs550 per person for group lessons. Mon-Sat 6am-10am, 3pm-6pm. Ongoing. Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches (050 887 9847).
The IDF 5k run Run or walk the IDF 5km, starting from the Megabowl in Za’abeel Park. Bringing together delegates from the World Diabetes Congress 2011, the event aims to emphasise the importance of increased physical activity to help prevent diabetes. Free. From 7.30am. Megabowl, Zabeel Park Gate 1, www.tracs.net/idf5k.
Participate in a volleyball league Sign up for Duplays’ free mixed six-a-side ‘Al Tayer Volley4Serve II’ League and compete against your friends and colleagues. Free for teams and individuals. 7.30pm-10.30pm. Until December 16. Dubai Modern High School, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, www.dubai.duplays.com (055 224 0187).
Tour the Meydan stables Take a behind-the-scenes look at the world of thoroughbred racing after a buffet breakfast with a 90-minute tour of the stables and grandstand area, and have the chance to see the horses being fed and exercised. Also available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Dhs250 for adults, Dhs200 for children, includes buffet breakfast. From 8am. Ongoing. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3375).