Dubai World Cup, wakeboarding and more March 28-April 3
Book 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).
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).
H.H. President of the UAE Polo Cup 2012 (President’s Polo Cup) Watch the qualifying games for The President’s Polo Cup, which takes place tomorrow – it’s 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. Until Friday 30. Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club, Abu Hail-Dubai Highway, 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).
Attend a beach festival Expect a day of fun, family-friendly sporting activities with a competitive edge, followed by a ‘groovy’ beach party. Under 21s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Dhs120, Dhs60 for under 10s. Club Joumana, Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa (04 447 2030).
British Polo Day British Polo Day returns for a fourth year, with players from Oxford, Cambridge, Eton, Harrow, the Cavalry & Guards Club and British Army. Remember to pack a picnic for the day. Dhs100 per car on entry. From noon. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, opposite Arabian Ranches (04 361 8111).
H.H. President of the UAE Polo Cup 2012 Grand Final (President’s Polo Cup) The President’s Polo Cup comes to a head with today’s grand final. Free general entry, VIP Dhs495 including refreshments (tickets available at Carluccio’s outlets). From 2pm. Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club, Abu Hail-Dubai Highway, exit 399, www.grpc.ae, www.presidentpolocup.ae (02 562 9050).
Join 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 every Mon and Wed, 6am-7am. First five sessions free. 7.30am-9.30am. Pavilion entrance, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (050 718 5104).
Play grass games with Duplays Expect classic games including volleyball, dodgeball, tug of war and kickball at this social sports day. Head down alone and join a team, or round up some friends to enter your own (there must be at least three women in each team). Fancy dress is optional, but encouraged. Dhs100 individual, Dhs800 team of eight. Noon-6pm. Metropolitan Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).
Dubai World Cup at Meydan Watch the most exciting day on the racing calendar as horses from around the world battle it out for a Dhs36 million prize. There are nine races throughout the day, plus best-dressed competitions and prizes for spectators. Dhs25 general admission, Dhs350 Apron Views (includes access to post-race Toni Braxton concert), hospitality packages also available. Gates open 2pm, races start 4.30pm. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, www.dubaiworldcup.com (04 327 2110).
Take 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).
World Arab Boxing Championship Dubai 2012: day one Watch as champions of the sport battle it out using the Arab boxing fighting style. Today, the men step into the ring. From Dhs200. From 6.30pm. Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.timeouttickets.com
Join 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).
World Arab Boxing Championship Dubai 2012: day two Female boxers battle it out using the Arab boxing fighting style. From Dhs200. From 6.30pm. Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.timeouttickets.com
Get involved with a volleyball league A new league starts today, so join Block Busters II for what Duplay’s describes as its ‘most social league offering’. Dhs450 individual, Dhs3,200 team of six. Until June 4. Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).
Play with the pros – try Monday night football Join Carlton Palmer and his fellow football professionals in their adult football league every Monday evening. Don’t worry if you don’t have a team – the academy will find you one. Men only. 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).
Check out Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa’s new watersports centre Watercooled Watersports Centre is now open and is offering a range of exciting rides and activities, including Zapcat powerboats, waterskiing, wakeboarding and much more. Advance booking essential. Day beach access fees do not apply. Zapcat from Dhs170, waterskiing and wakeboarding from Dhs145. Ongoing. Open daily 9am-5.30pm. Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa (04 814 5555).
Get 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 horse riding off the beaten track This riding club has 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).
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. Weather permitting. 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).