Wednesday 21Book a desert driving course
Either borrow one of the company’s Land Cruisers or bring your own 4x4. A valid driving licence is essential, and the course must be booked in advance. Dhs1,800 with company Land Cruiser, Dhs1,000 with your own vehicle.
From 8.30am. Various locations across Dubai. Desert Rangers, www.desertrangers.com (04 357 2200).
Dubai Netball League: Cup and Plate Playoffs
Teams from all divisions battle to qualify for the next round. Head down and cheers the girls on, or sign up today. Free for spectators. Games start at 7pm. Dubai Sevens Stadium, Dubai-Al Ain Road, www.dubainetballleague.com, email@example.com (no number).
Get discounted fishing trips in Jebel Ali
Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa is offering fishing trips for everyone from beginners to professional sports fishermen, with a 15 per cent discount available on a four-hour trip for up to seven people.
Dhs1,488 per boat. Ongoing, Sunday-Thursday only. Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa (04 814 5555).
Thursday 22H.H. President of the UAE Polo Cup 2012 (President’s Polo Cup)
See the qualifying games for The President’s Polo Cup (Friday March 30), the largest tournament in the Middle East. The games will showcase high-goal Argentinian professionals as well as local talent.
Free. 4.30pm, 5.30pm. Qualifying games also take place on March 22, 24, 26, and 28. Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club, Abu Hail-Dubai Highway, exit 399, www.grpc.ae, www.presidentpolocup.ae (02 562 9050).
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).
Friday 23Join the Dubai Diggers and try your hand at dragonboating
The Diggers meet three times a week for practice. Phone the team in advance to try it out, and they will make sure you get access to the hotel’s beach to join them.
Sessions are also held Mon and Wed, 6am-7am. First five sessions free. 7.30am-9.30am. Pavilion entrance, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (050 718 5104).
Head down to see this inaugural Stand Up Paddle (SUP) event hosted by Surf School, Surf Dubai. The event will feature men, women and children’s competitions, but the main attraction will be the open division, where Dubai’s elite paddlers will battle it out to be crowned Dubai’s fastest Stand Up Paddler. The date and time of the event could be changed depending on weather conditions.
Free for spectators. 9am (dependent on conditions). Umm Suqueim Public Beach, www.surfingdubai.com (050 504 3020).
The Lost Chambers Aquarium Family Day
This educational family event is the first in a series of six that the aquarium will be hosting throughout 2012. Visitors will enjoy educational sessions with marine animal specialists, scuba divers, face painting, and many other special activities for all ages. There’s also a mystical scavenger hunt through the tunnels and mazes of The Lost Chambers Aquarium for children.
Dhs100; free for children. 10am-8pm. The Lost Chambers Aquarium, Atlantis The Palm (04 426 0000).
Saturday 24Take a cruise for less with Xclusive Yachts
Enjoy a one-hour cruise around the coast of Dubai on a 2012 Bow Rider, passing through Dubai Marina, the outskirts of Palm Jumeirah and up to the Burj Al Arab. The trip is inclusive of refreshments and towels.
Dhs299 for up to five people. Ongoing. Xclusive Yachts, Dubai Marina (04 432 7233).
Try a traditional pearl diving experience with Jumeirah
Step on board a traditional dhow and try your hand at pearl diving the old-fashioned way, at depths of three to five metres. Find a pearl and you can keep it. The trip also includes a typical Emirati fish and rice lunch, as well as singing and story-telling.
Dhs700 per adult, Dhs500 under 12s (children are not permitted to dive). Tue and Sat, 9am-3pm. Ongoing. Pick-up from Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (04 406 8828).
Play badminton with the Shuttle Masters
This mixed league is open to adults of all skill levels, and both individuals and two-person teams.
Dhs50 per person per session. 7pm-9pm. Raffles West Campus, Umm Suqeim, dubai.duplays.com (04 447 2394).
UAE Pro-League: Al Wasl vs Emirates
See Diego Maradona’s men take on Emirates in Ajman.
Free. 5.45pm. Rashid bin Saeed Stadium, Sheikh Kalifa Bin Zayed Street, Ajman, www.proleague.ae/en (no number).
Sunday 25Join the Happy Gilmore league
This fun par 3 golf league starts today and runs every Sunday for the next eight weeks. It’s a great social activity with prizes every week from TaylorMade and free branded mixed drinks.
Dhs950 for eight-week sign-up. From 7.45pm. Until April 22. Emirates Golf Club, www.duplays.com/sport/golf (04 447 2394).
Play basketball in a women’s recreational league
Try your hand at basketball and play in the Basket Bees II league – they’re in need of more players and beginners are welcome.
Dhs50 per session, Dhs360 eight sessions. 8pm-9.30pm. Until May 13. Wellington International School, Umm Suqeim, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).
UAE Pro-League: Dubai vs Al Wahda
Watch struggling Dubai host seventh-placed Al Wahda.
Free. 5.45pm. Dubai Sports & Cultural Stadium, www.dubaiclub.ae (04 287 0111).
Monday 26Go horse riding off the beaten track
Riders of all capabilities are catered for at this riding club, with three arenas for lessons, jumping and dressage, and 1,300 acres of natural parkland to explore on horseback.
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).
Play with the pros – Try Monday night football
Join Carlton Palmer and his fellow professionals in their adult football league every Monday evening. Don’t worry if you don’t have a team – the academy will be able to slot you into one.
Dhs60 per person or Dhs300 per team (maximum six players). 7.15pm-8.15pm. Ongoing. Repton School, Nad Al Sheba, firstname.lastname@example.org (050 349 5976).
Visit Dubai Dolphinarium
Watch a live dolphin and seal show at the dolphinarium with Alpha Tours. Also available on Thursdays and Fridays.
Dhs100 adult, Dhs50 children. 11am, 5pm and 8pm. Dubai Creek Park, www.alphatoursdubai.com (04 294 9888).
Tuesday 27Get involved at an athletics night
Designed to bring men, women and children of all ages together, this weekly event has runners of all ages compete against those of similar ability. Coaching sessions are also available.
Dhs40. 5.30pm-7.30pm. Ongoing. Dubai American Academy, Barsha, email@example.com (050 225 7024).
Go bowling at Dubai Bowling Centre
Head over to Dubai Bowling Centre for cheaper weekday rates and challenge your friends to a game.
Sun-Wed Dhs17 per person per game after 6pm, Dhs15 before 6pm; Dhs100 per hour per lane after 6pm, Dhs85 before 6pm. Wed 9.30am-midnight, Thu 10am-2am, Fri 10am-1.30am, Sat-Tue 10am-midnight. Muscat Street, Al Quoz (04 339 1010).
Visit a new skate park art installation
Grab your board and head to the first skate park art structure in the shape of Arabic calligraphy. Beginners can learn basics and a few tricks of the trade by taking advantage of the park’s free daily skate sessions. Well worth the journey.
Free. Daily 8am-10pm. Tashkeel, 300m from Nad Al Sheba police station, www.tashkeel.org (no number).