Sign up for squash, play netball or go rock climbing from April 4-10
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).
Get a team together and start playing softball The 10-a-side Sandlot II league starts today for men and women looking for a fun, social sport. Dhs360 individual, Dhs3,600 team. 7pm-11pm. Until June 6. Metropolitan Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).
Try your hand at 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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
Hike around Wadi Taybah in Dibba This hike follows the route of the old Masafi–Dibba road through the scenic Wadi Taybah. Today’s trip is ideal for entry-level hikers, as the activity can be enjoyed by those of all ages with moderate fitness levels. Dhs150 per person. Depart Dubai 6.30am. Meeting point on Emirates Road. Arabia Outdoors (055 955 6209).
Join the Dubai Diggers and try your hand at dragonboating The Diggers meet three times a week for practice. Phone the team in advance, 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).
Sign up for the Volkswagen Dubai Amateur Squash Open Are you a keen squash player? Tournaments don’t come along often, so make the most of this multi-tiered event on Thursday April 19 to Saturday 21 by signing up to compete now. Entry includes a minimum of two games, a branded T-shirt, day pass to the sports club, refreshments and the chance to win Dhs3,000 in prize money. Dhs350 per player. The Pavilion Sports Club, Jumeirah Beach Hotel and The Quay Healthclub, Madinat Jumeirah, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).
Watch the UIM XCat World Series 2012 Head down to the Mina Seyahi to catch extreme powerboat action in the Dubai Grand Prix Heat 4. Free. From 3pm. Dubai International Marina Club, Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina (04 405 8800).
Go rock climbing This climbing trip for both beginner and intermediate-level climbers will most likely head for Ras Al Khaimah this weekend. Dhs450 per person. Depart Dubai 7am. Meeting point near Arabian Ranches. Arabia Outdoors (055 955 6209).
Mixed badminton league The Shuttle Masters league starts today, and is open to both men and women looking to play at a recreational level. Dhs50 per session, Dhs400 for 10. Until June 9. Raffles West Campus, Umm Suqeim, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).
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).
Join the Happy Gilmore league This fun par 3 golf league runs every Sunday. 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).
Men’s competitive football league Both individuals and teams are encouraged to sign up for one of Duplay’s more competitive football offerings, with the Premier 7s II league, which starts today. Also on Tuesdays. Dhs500 individual, Dhs3,750 team. Until June 14. Dubai American Academy, Al Barsha, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).
Play basketball in a women’s recreational league Try your hand at basketball with the Basket Bees II league – 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).
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 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 Méridien 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).
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).
Mixed netball for all levels Men and women can join this social netball league, which starts today. Dhs250 individual, Dhs1,950 team. 7pm-10.30pm. Until May 8. Emirates International School, Umm Suqeim, www.duplays.com (04 445 2394).
Play in a mixed touch rugby league This ‘Touch&Go II’ league is open to both men and women. Also on Wednesdays. Dhs450 individual, Dhs3,600 per team. 7pm-10pm. Until June 7. Jumeriah Baccalaureate School, Jumeirah, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).