Dubai World Championship golf tournament Following an eventful Race to Dubai season, the Dubai World Championship finally arrives, with Greg Norman’s Earth course hosting some of the biggest names in golf (including Rory McIlroy, pictured) as they battle it out for the cup and cash prize. Sign up for tickets at www.dubaiworldchampionship.com – hospitality packages are also available. Free. From 7am. Until December 11. Earth course, Jumeirah Golf Estates (050 509 9304).
Get up early and go kayaking Noukhada Adventure offers regular kayaking tours to Umm Al Quwain. It’s a great way to tone up your arms and strengthen your core, without the sit-ups and press-ups, and the view is far better than the inside of a gym. Dhs200 per person. Daily 7am and 4pm starts. Ongoing. www.noukhada.ae, firstname.lastname@example.org (050 721 8928).
The IDF 5km run Run, walk or just stand on the sidelines and offer your support as the IDF 5km run kicks off from Za’abeel Park to raise awareness about the importance of physical activity in preventing diabetes. Register online at www.tracs.net/idf5k. Free. From 7.30am. Gate 1, Za’abeel Park, www.tracs.net/idf5k (no number).
Thoroughbred racing at Meydan Racing season continues at Meydan, home of the Dubai World Cup. This race meet sees local and regional jockeys compete in six races to prove their worth for the World Cup Carnival, which begins in January. General admission free, hospitality packages including seating, drinks and dining available from Dhs295 per person. Gates open 5pm, racing from 6.30pm. Meydan Racecourse, Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba (04 327 2110).
Climb aboard a weekend dhow trip around the coast of 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).
Try First-Time Fridays at Emirates Golf Club Always wanted to try golf but never got round to it? Emirates Golf Club has introduced a weekly hour-long introductory session, open to men and women aged 18 and above. Each week, the club’s PGF professionals will teach the basics of the game and introduce you to the driving range. Dhs80. 3pm-4pm. The Academy, Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills (04 380 2222).
Take an IYT Personal Watercraft Master course 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).
Winter fly-fishing with Martin James Renowned British angler Martin James brings his fly-fishing academy back to the UAE for the second time this year, with a day course at Le Méridien Al Aqah in Fujairah. The excursion will last four hours, and family members not taking the trip can relax at the hotel, taking advantage of the pool, beach and a buffet lunch for Dhs199 per person. Advanced registration essential. Dhs1,850 for a four-hour trip. Timings TBC. Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, Fujairah (09 244 9000).
Take part in a 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).
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 the professionals 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).
Join the 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 Fridays at Burj Park Island at 8am. Free. 7pm. Ongoing. Dubai Festival City, www.facebook.com/nikerunningmiddleeast.
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).
Have an adventure with a desert balloon ride 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).
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).