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).
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. Dhs950; Dhs800 (kids aged five to 12). www.ballooning.ae (04 285 4949).
Take a trip to Umm Al Quwain and kayak in alternative surroundings Noukhada Adventure offers regular kayaking tours to Umm Al Quwain. It’s a great way to tone 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, email@example.com (050 721 8928).
Racing at Meydan – Thoroughbred racing Expect a special holiday racing schedule this week, as local and regional jockeys take to the field. This week’s hospitality offerings will have a Christmas theme. General admission free, hospitality packages available from Dhs295 per person. Admission from 1.30pm, races start at 3pm. Meydan Racecourse, Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba (04 327 2110).
Learn to swing 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 within 20 miles of a safe haven, in fair weather. The practical training uses a Williams Tender or similar berthed in Dubai International Marine Club. Dhs1,500. Ongoing. Marine Concept, Al Barsha Business Centre, www.marine-charter-concept.com (055 960 3030).
F1-style single-seater experience Try the ultimate race experience and feel the adrenaline as you’re strapped in to the 180bhp single-seater for the ride of a lifetime. You’ll be given a full briefing by professional instructors before being put through your paces. You must have manual transmission experience and a valid UAE or international driver’s licence. Dhs875. Sessions available from 9.05am. Dubai Autodrome, www.dubaiautodrome.com (04 367 8700).
Kayak around Dubai Marina Hop in a kayak and paddle around the marina in groups of up to four for either 90 or 120 minutes. Book for four people together and get a 25 per cent discount. Dhs200 per person. From 8.30am, 11am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Arabia Outdoors, Dubai Marina (055 955 6209).
Sign up for the beginners’ academy package at The Montgomerie Take up golf this winter with the beginners’ academy package – a complete programme that includes 10 45-minute introduction to golf and player development sessions, four 90-minute weekday playing lessons on the course and much more. Dhs9,750. Ongoing. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).
Go on a dune buggy safari with Desert Rangers Choose either a morning or afternoon excursion into the desert, where you’ll get the chance to race buggies over the orange dunes of the Dubai desert. It’s an exhilarating experience – just be prepared to get sand absolutely everywhere. Pick-up available. Dhs325 for 45-minute buggy session, Dhs425 for 60 minutes. From 8.30am or 2.30pm. Desert Rangers (050 276 8111).
Wild Wadi winter pass offers Get unlimited access to Wild Wadi until March 15, 2012 with a special rate for adults and kids. Sign up now and you can also 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).
Arrive and drive at Al Ain Raceway Grab some friends for a hassle-free, low-budget race around the tracks in rental karts. Call ahead at least 24 hours in advance to confirm your booking. From Dhs100 for 15 minutes. Ongoing. Al Ain Raceway, Al Ain (03 768 6662).
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, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 342 2993).
Book a surfing lesson with Surf Dubai Experience the thrill of surfing the Arabian Gulf with Surf Dubai, which offers private lessons seven days a week and group sessions at weekends. From Dhs125 for express sessions. 8am-5pm. Ongoing. Surf Dubai, Umm Suqeim Beach (050 504 3020).
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).
Get your skates on at the newly renovated Galleria ice rink Strap on a pair of hire skates (or your own) and show off your moves on the ice at one of the city’s longest established rinks. It’s disco night on Thursdays and Fridays, so dress (warmly) to impress. Dhs50 disco entry, Dhs35 per 150-minute session. Ongoing. Open 10am-12.30pm, 1pm-3.30pm, 4pm-6.30pm, 7pm-10.30pm. Hyatt Galleria, Deira (04 209 6000).
Improve your game with cardio tennis sessions Clark Francis Tennis offers intensive sessions where you’ll improve your footwork and strengthen key muscle groups by training on a specially designed circuit. Expect to leave utterly breathless. Also on Sundays. Dhs75. From 8pm. Ongoing. Clark Francis Tennis, The Aviation Club, Garhoud (050 685 8304). 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 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. Breakfast from 8am, tour starts 9am. Ongoing. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3375).