Where to watch and play sport from April 25 to May 1
Book a desert driving course Borrow a Land Cruiser or bring your own 4x4. A valid driving licence is essential, as is booking ahead. Dhs1,800 with company 4x4, Dhs1,000 with your own. From 8.30am. Various locations. Desert Rangers, www.desertrangers.com (04 357 2200).
Midweek special rates at Dubai Creek Golf Club The 18-hole championship course at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club is offering special rates for UAE residents and Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) members on Sunday to Thursday, allowing players to take advantage of the mild weather for less. Rounds can be booked up to seven days in advance, and the price includes cart hire and range balls. Dhs420 (UAE residents), Dhs399 (EGF members). Until May 31. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira, email@example.com (04 380 1234).
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).
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).
Etisalat Pro League football: round 19 Tonight, local clubs Al Nasr and Al Wasl go head to head. Price TBC. Kick-off 9pm. Al Maktoum Stadium, Oud Metha (04 237 1700).
Etisalat Pro League football: round 19 Al Ain take on Al Jazira n the latest football showdown. Price TBC. Kick-off 9pm. Tahnoun Bin Mohammed Stadium, Al Ain (04 237 1700).
Join the Dubai Diggers and try your hand at dragon boating The Diggers meet three times a week for practice, and always welcome new members. 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).
Night diving in Dibba Easy Divers Emirates offers a wide range of different diving services. If you already have your PADI dive certification, join the group for a night dive off the Omani coast. Dhs350. Times vary. Ongoing. Emirates Easy Divers, The Lakes Club, The Lakes, Emirates Hills (04 447 2247).
Rugby at The Sevens The UAE Shaheen national sevens squad takes on Afghanistan, while in the A5N Division, Qatar, Lebanon, Uzbekistan and Jordan play in the quarter-finals. The A5N’s main match kicks off at 8pm, with the UAE National XV taking on Hong Kong National XV. Free. First match starts at 3pm. The Sevens, Al Ain Road (04 345 9666).
The Wadi Adventure Triple Triathlon – The Sting This race includes a 300m swim, 7km cycle and 1.5km run, to be completed three times. After the race, contestants can use the park’s facilities. Dhs120 individual, Dhs220 teams. From 7am. Wadi Adventure Park, Al Ain, www.premiermarathons.com (no number).
Shuttle Masters 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 (although they’re not usually worth more than Dhs100). 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).
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 includes refreshments and towels. Dhs299 for up to five people. Ongoing. Xclusive Yachts, Dubai Marina (04 432 7233).
Go BloKarting A combination of karting and windsurfing, try your hand at one of the quirkiest sports in town and get your adrenaline flowing. Dhs125 (20 minutes), Dhs275 (one hour). Lessons take place at Meydan, Nad Al Sheba. Dreamdays, www.dreamfays.ae (800 2080).
Men’s competitive football league Both individuals and teams are encouraged to sign up for one of Duplays’ more competitive football offerings, with the Premier 7s II league. Also on Tuesdays. Dhs500 individual, Dhs3,750 team. Until June 14. Dubai American Academy, Al Barsha, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).
Women’s recreational basketball 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).
Join a volleyball league Get involved in Block Busters II for what Duplays describes as its ‘most social league offering’. Dhs450 individual, Dhs3,200 team of six. 7.30pm-10.30pm. Until June 4. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).
Monday night pro 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).
An evening with… Colin Charvis Enjoy an evening with former Welsh national rugby union and Newcastle Falcons captain Colin Charvis, hosted by Rob McCaffrey. Dhs395 including a three-course meal with six pints or a bottle of grape. From 8pm. The Stables Bar & Restaurant, behind Sheikh Zayed Road, near Fibber Magee’s (04 342 5571).
Athletics night This weekly event has runners of all ages and both genders compete against those of similar ability. Coaching sessions are also available if you need a bit of practice. 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. Dhs250 individual, Dhs1,950 team. 7pm-10.30pm. Until May 8. Emirates International School, Umm Suqeim, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).
Oil and Gas Football Cup II Only open to companies in the energy sector, there is no limit on the number of players per team, but each will need to provide proof of employment with the company whose team they are setting up or joining. Individual sign-ups are not permitted. Dhs3,500 per team. 8pm-11pm. Until June 12. Wellington International School, Umm Suqeim, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).
Touch rugby league This ‘Touch&Go II’ league is open to both men and women. Matches also take place on Wednesdays. Dhs450 individual, Dhs3,600 per team. 7pm-10pm. Until June 7. Jumeirah Baccalaureate School, Jumeirah, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).