Watch the Dubai Desert Classic or take up basketball
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).
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).
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? Try a group fencing session at MK Fencing Academy, where all gear will be provided for the first three months. 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).
Take on the Faldo course at night Enjoy a round of golf after dark on the Faldo course, which claims to be Dubai’s only fully floodlit 18-hole course. It’s open to both members and the public, with tee times as late as 9.55pm. A three-month access card is available and includes three 18-hole rounds of night golf and discounts on additional rounds, including 18 holes for the price of nine and nine holes for Dhs205. Night clubbing access card from Dhs1,500 for three months. Ongoing. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills (04 380 1234).
Dubai World Cup Carnival: race meeting 8 The stars of thoroughbred racing compete in the run-up to the Dubai World Cup on March 31. Free, seating packages from Dhs100, hospitality packages from Dhs395. Doors open 1.30pm, race starts 3pm. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (04 327 2110).
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. Group lessons from Dhs100. Rage, The Dubai Mall (04 434 1549).
Join Nike+ Running Club The club continues with three free training sessions each week, plus professional coaches from PTX on hand to offer advice. Also on Tuesdays at 6.45pm at Festival City, and Saturdays at 7am at Al Fattan Towers, JBR. Free. 7.45am. Until April 30. Burj Park Island, Downtown Dubai, www.facebook.com/nikerunningmiddleeast.
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. Dhs1,500. Ongoing. Marine Concept, Al Barsha Business Centre, www.marine-charter-concept.com (055 960 3030).
Arrive and drive at Al Ain Raceway Grab some friends for a good-value race around the tracks in rental karts. Call at least 24 hours ahead to confirm your booking. From Dhs100 for 15 minutes. Ongoing. Al Ain Raceway, Al Ain (03 768 6662).
Get better at volleyball with weekly training sessions Improve your fitness and ability in beach volleyball under the direction of an expert coach. Expect 30 minutes of drills and 30 minutes of instruction. Dhs50 per session, Dhs400 for 10 sessions. 7.30pm-9pm. Until March 25. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, dubai.duplays.com.
Attend the final of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic Following the ‘pro-am’ (semi-professional) competition on Wednesday and three days of competitive action on the Majlis course, the tournament reaches its climax today. Wed Dhs75, Thu-Sun Dhs175 per day or Dhs675 season pass. From 7am. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills, www.dubaidesertclassic.com (04 380 2112).
Join a women’s basketball league This social group welcomes both teams and individuals to weekly sessions with the Basket Bees I league. Players of all standards are welcome, including novices. Dhs50 per session. Sun 8pm-9.30pm. Until March 6. Wellington International School, Umm Suqeim, dubai.duplays.com (04 447 2394).
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 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. Until April 15. Meydan, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3231).
Join a football sport-specific training activity Get fit and learn to play better at the same time with these weekly sessions. Dhs50 per session, Dhs400 for 10 sessions. 7.30pm-8.30pm. Until March 26. Dubai American Academy, dubai.duplays.com.
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 challenge sees entrants compete with motorbikes, quad bikes, four wheel vehicles and trucks. For entry details, contact the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 296 1122).
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 certification course. It involves two evenings of theory, one evening in the pool and one day of freediving in Fujairah, overseen by 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 children, men and women of all ages together, runners compete across different distances. Coaching also available. Dhs40. 5.30pm-7.30pm. Ongoing. Dubai American Academy, Barsha, firstname.lastname@example.org (050 225 7024).
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 (04 399 5000).
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. Blustery weather means the water is frequently perfect for a surf at the moment. From Dhs125 for express sessions. 8am-5pm. Ongoing. Surf Dubai, Umm Suqeim Beach (050 504 3020).