Where to see the Dubai International Basketball Championship
Dubai International Basketball Championship There are 10 regional teams participating in the 23rd edition of the championship, including the UAE national team and Iran’s Zob Ahan Esfahan. Ticket prices TBC. Daily 5pm-11pm. Until January 21. Al Ahli Club, Al Qusais (04 324 4446).
Have an interactive falconry experience Guests are provided with a glove in order to participate in flying the birds during a two-hour falconry experience. The trip also includes a tour of the new falcon mews. Dhs900 (adults), Dhs750 (children). From 8am. Shaheen Xtreme Falconry, Falcon Mews, Banyan Tree Al Wadi, Ras Al Khaimah (04 435 6550).
Jazz Cup – Pakistan v England Test Match Pakistan play England at the Dubai Cricket Stadium in a five-day test match. Day tickets Dhs20-100, five-day premium pass Dhs400. Until January 21. Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Sports City, www.timeouttickets.com.
Camping, yoga and hiking weekend Spend a weekend immersed in the great outdoors with this trip to Dibba, hiking near the coast for two hours and enjoying a yoga and meditation session on the first day. Rise early on Saturday for sunrise yoga and meditation and enjoy a cold breakfast buffet, and a short climb if you still have the energy. Dhs650 per person. From 9am. Meeting point TBC. Arabia Outdoors (055 955 6209).
Dubai World Cup Carnival: Race Meeting 4 The Dubai World Cup Carnival features the stars of thoroughbred racing in the run-up to the showcase Dubai World Cup on March 31. Free, seating packages from Dhs100, hospitality packages from Dhs395. Doors open 5pm, race starts 6.30pm. Meydan Racecourse, Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba (04 327 2110).
Hajar Mountains foothills day hike Starting near the village of Tywian, this 14km route takes roughly four hours, during which you will traverse wadis, patches of desert and pass interesting rock formations. Dhs150 per person. From 8am. Meeting point TBC. Arabia Outdoors (055 955 6209).
Pick up some surf skills with at lesson at 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).
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).
Sign up for the beginners’ academy package at The Montgomerie Take up golf with the beginners’ academy package – a programme that includes 10 45-minute intro to golf sessions, player development sessions, four 90-minute weekday lessons on the course and much more. Dhs9,750. Ongoing. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).
Dubai World Cup Carnival: Race Meeting 5 Free, seating packages from Dhs100, hospitality packages from Dhs395. Doors open 5pm, race starts 6.30pm. Meydan Racecourse, Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba (04 327 2110).
Sign up to a badminton league Join the mixed, recreational Shuttle Masters I league, which kicks off today. Dhs50 per session, Dhs400 10 sessions. Until March 24. Raffles West Campus, dubai.duplays.com.
Step behind the wheel of a dune buggy Choose either a morning or afternoon excursion and race buggies over the desert. 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. Ongoing. Desert Rangers (050 276 8111).
Arrive and drive at Al Ain Raceway Grab some friends for a hassle-free, good-value 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).
Go riding in the desert with Mushrif Equestrian Club Riders of all ages and capabilities are catered for at this riding club, with three arenas for lessons, jumping and dressage, and 1,300 acres of natural parkland to ride around. Dhs300 for 90-minute desert ride, Dhs450 introduction package of four 30-minute private lessons. Open 8am-11am, 3pm-8pm. Ongoing. Mushrif Park (04 257 1256).
Tour the Meydan stables After a buffet breakfast, take a behind-the-scenes look at the world of thoroughbred racing 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).
Go diving at night 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).
Put your best foot forward with a beginners’ fencing lesson Seeking a new hobby for the new year? Try a group fencing session at MK Fencing Academy, where all fencing equipment will be provided for the first three months of the programme. Also takes place on Thursdays 7.30pm-8.30pm and Wednesdays 6.30pm-7.30pm. Dhs60 per 60-minute session. 7.30pm-8.30pm. Ongoing. MK Fencing Academy, Jumeirah Beach Road (050 794 4190).
Try 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).
Get into skating at The Rage Bowl Skateboarding isn’t just for kids, though if it’s your first time you may want to invest in some knee and elbow pads. Get lessons every day between 4pm-6pm, or skate for free from Sunday to Wednesday, 6pm-8pm. Dhs25 for two hours. Rage, The Dubai Mall (04 434 1549).
Join the Nike+ Running Club The Nike+ Run Club Dubai continues 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 7.45am-9am. Free. 6.45pm-8pm. Until April 30. Dubai Festival City, www.facebook.com/nikerunningmiddleeast.
F1-style single-seater experience Feel the adrenaline as you’re strapped in to the 180bhp single-seater. You’ll be given a full briefing by professional instructors before being put through your paces. You must have manual transmission experience, as well as a valid UAE or international driver’s licence. Dhs875. Sessions available from 9.05am. Dubai Autodrome, www.dubaiautodrome.com (04 367 8700).
Go kayaking with Nautica 1992 Take a single kayak out for an hour at Nautica for Dhs50, or hire a double for Dhs100. Ongoing. Beach club day pass Sun-Thu Dhs150, Fri-Sat Dhs175. Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 399 5000).
Join the Lipton Clear Green running club It’s your last chance to take advantage of Lipton’s pre-marathon running club, which has coaches on hand to help you get faster and cover more distance ahead of taking on the full marathon or 10km run. Free. From 7pm. Safa Park Gate 2, Jumeirah, dubai.duplays.com.