Support the UAE's rugby team or join a cricket league
Cricket league Sign up to this new recreational cricket league for men, which starts today. Also on Mondays. Dhs600 individual, Dhs5,000 team of eight. 7pm-10.30pm. Ongoing. Dubai Modern High School, Nad Al Sheba, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394). 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 members during the week (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, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 380 1234).
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, along Palm Jumeirah and up to the Burj Al Arab. Includes refreshments and towels. Dhs299 for up to five people. Ongoing. Xclusive Yachts, Dubai Marina (04 432 7233).
BloKarting in Nad Al Sheba Try your hand at one of the quirkiest sports in Dubai: a combination of karting and windsurfing. Dhs125 (20 minutes), Dhs275 (one hour). Lessons take place at Meydan, Nad Al Sheba. Dreamdays, www.dreamdays.ae (800 2080).
Check out Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa’s new watersports centre Watercooled Watersports Centre offers 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).
Take part in the Desert Adventure Challenge 2012 Register in teams of two or three to complete 18km or 37km on a moonlit night (together, not in relay format). It’s a social event, so spectators are welcome to come along for support, and to camp. Dhs200 per team. From 7pm. Nawza, off Dubai-Hatta Road (approximately 60 minutes from most locations in Dubai). www.premiermarathons.com (04 399 4826).
Ignite Aquathlon Series 2012 There are two categories in this Ignite event (the first of what they hope will be a three-part series this year). Juniors can enter the 200m swim and 800m run, while the open event comprises a 400m swim and 2km run. The course is accessible, and should be easily managed by anyone with basic fitness levels. Entrants can take part as a team of two or as an individual, and there will be fun prizes for the best dressed, best spirit and so on. Dhs50 (junior), Dhs150 (open). Junior race starts 6am, open race starts 7am. The Shack, Kite Beach, Umm Suqeim, www.premiermarathons.com (04 448 7142).
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).
UAE Rugby v Kazakhstan Watch as the UAE and Kazakhstan battle it out on the pitch. Free. Kick-off 4pm. The Sevens, Dubai-Al Ain Road (E66), (04 345 9666).
Etisalat Pro League football This week, it’s Al Nasr versus Emirates at home, Dubai FC and Al Wasl at home and Al Ahli versus Baniyas at home. Prices vary. All matches kick off at 7.40pm. Al Nasr (04 337 5500); Dubai FC, Al Awir (04 287 0111); Al Ahli (04 298 8800).
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).
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).
Indoor volleyball Sign up for this indoor volleyball league, which starts today. With temperatures creeping up outside, it’s expected to be popular, so book your place now. Dhs350 individual, Dhs2,500 team of six. 7.30pm-10.30pm. Until July 1. DAA and Raffles West, Umm Suqeim, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).
Law Firm Cup I Duplays’ inaugural edition of the Law Firm Football Cup starts today, and is only open to companies in the legal services industry. Individual sign-ups are not permitted. Get your colleagues together, contact your HR department and enter your team. Dhs3,500 per team. 8pm-11pm. Until June 25. Wellington International School, Umm Suqeim, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).
Media Moguls Cup Duplays’ roster of corporate football tournaments grows this week as the Media Moguls league kicks off. As with the others, individual sign-ups are not permitted. Get a team together and contact your HR department to enter. Dhs3,500 per team. 8pm-11pm. Wellington International School, Umm Suqeim, 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, email@example.com (050 349 5976).
Athletics coaching Regular coaching by professionals in track and field events for athletes of all ages, running throughout the summer months. Also on Sundays 5.30pm-6.30pm. Dhs40. 5.30pm-6.30pm. Ongoing. Dubai American Academy, Barsha, firstname.lastname@example.org (050 225 7024).
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).