Lace up for the Dubai Marathon or take up volleyball
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).
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).
Sign up for the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Registration is now open for the Desert Challenge, which takes place from March 31 to April 7 in the Liwa desert. The five-day motorsport event sees entrants compete with motorbikes, quad bikes, four-wheel vehicles and trucks. For details on how to enter, contact the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 296 1122).
Bike track afternoon Bring your own motorbike along to race around one of Dubai Autodrome’s tracks. All motorcycles must be roadworthy and will be safety checked before participants are allowed on the track. Helmets, boots, gloves and leathers (either full or two-piece) are mandatory in order to ride. You must have a valid UAE or international driver’s licence. From Dhs650. From 12.30pm. Dubai Autodrome, MotorCity, www.dubaiautodrome.com (04 367 8700).
Dubai World Cup Carnival: Race Meeting 6 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).
Pick up some surf skills with a 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).
Cheer on runners in the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon Watch as residents and visitors take part in the 42km, 10km and 3km runs around Downtown in the 12th edition of the marathon. There will be plenty of entertainment for spectators in the form of live bands at the race start/finish. Free for spectators. Marathon starts 7am, 10km starts 7.15am, 3km starts 10.30am. Next to the Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 433 5669).
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).
Watch a traditional rowing race Do something different this weekend and watch the annual traditional rowing race. Families welcome. Free. Timings TBC. Dubai International Marine Club (04 399 5777).
Arrive and drive at Al Ain Raceway Grab some friends for a hassle-free, good-value race around the Al Ain karting track 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).
Sign up for the ladies’ golf coaching programme Whatever your experience, improve your golf with the help of fully qualified PGA professionals who will give you the attention you need to perfect your game. Dhs975. Ongoing. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).
Get better at volleyball with weekly training sessions Improve your fitness and technical ability in beach volleyball under the direction of an expert volleyball coach. Expect 30 minutes of drills and 30 minutes of instruction during each session. Dhs50 per session, Dhs400 for 10 sessions. 7.30pm-9pm. Until March 25. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, dubai.duplays.com (no number).
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).
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.
Get into skating at The Rage Bowl Skateboarding isn’t just for kids, though if it’s your first time 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 a football sports-specific training activity Love football but aren’t sure about joining a league? Get fit and learn to play better at the same time with this weekly activity session. Dhs50 per session, Dhs400 for 10 sessions. 7.30pm-8.30pm. Until March 26. Dubai American Academy, Al Barsha, dubai.duplays.com.
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, email@example.com (04 342 2993).
Get involved at an athletics night Designed to bring athletes – children, men and women – of all ages together, runners compete against those of similar ability across different distances. Coaching sessions are also available. Dhs40. 5.30pm-7.30pm. Ongoing. Dubai American Academy, Al Barsha, firstname.lastname@example.org (050 225 7024).
Go kayaking with Nautica 1992 Take a single kayak out for an hour for Dhs50, or hire a double for Dhs100. Ongoing. Beach club day pass Sun-Thu Dhs150, Fri-Sat Dhs175. Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (04 399 5000).
Join the Nike+ Running Club The Nike+ Run Club Dubai offers three free training sessions each week, with pro coaches from PTX Performance Training on hand to provide tuition. Also on Fridays at Burj Park in Downtown from 7.45am, and Saturdays at Al Fattan Towers in JBR from 7am. Free. 6.45pm-8pm. Until April 30. Meet outside Nike Store, Dubai Festival City, www.facebook.com/nikerunningmiddleeast (no number).