This week’s essential sport & outdoor events 19-25
Al Marmoum Camel Racing Watch fast-paced action from some of the UAE’s most prized racing camels. Also on Thursday 20, Sunday 23, Monday 24 and Tuesday 25. Free. From 7am. Ongoing. Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack, exit 37, Al Ain Road (055 676 0006).
Art of Falconry excursions Enjoy a ride over the sand dunes, then learn about the legacy of falconry in the UAE over breakfast. Try your hand at the sport and watch a show featuring the latest training methods. Available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Dhs295 (adults), Dhs225 (kids). Until December 31. Arabian Adventures, pick-ups across Dubai, www.arabian-adventures.com (04 303 4888).
Bootcamp in the marina CoreFit’s Wednesday fat-busting bootcamp sessions at Marina Walk are led by instructor Sharon. There are also bootcamps on Mondays at 8pm with Charlotte G (except on Monday December 24). Wednesday sessions will continue to run on Boxing Day (Wednesday December 26). Dhs50 per session, ten sessions for Dhs450. From 7.40pm. CoreFit, Marina Walk, www.coredirection.com (04 422 5338).
Flexibility training and yoga for cyclists This cycling studio believes flexibility training is one of the most overlooked parts of strength training and conditioning. Following Flywheel cycling classes, these sessions with instructor Barry will help improve flexibility and assist quick workout recovery. Also on Fridays at 11.30am. Flywheel will also run a ride on Christmas day, check the website for confirmed timings. Free with Flywheel classes, Flywheel sessions from Dhs110. From 8.15pm. Ongoing. Flywheel, Burj Views, Downtown Dubai, www.dubai.flywheelsports.com (04 423 2544).
Racing at Meydan Meydan Racecourse hosts its fourth meet of the 2012/13 racing season. Free admission, Dhs25 (premium seating), Dhs75 (parade ring lounge), from Dhs295 for dining options. Gates open at 5pm, race time 6.30pm. Meydan Racecourse, Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba (04 327 2100).
UAE resident rates for night golf Residents can enjoy special rates for night golf at Emirates Golf Club’s Faldo course Book a four-ball any time from Sunday to Thursday, and pay for only three players. Dhs425 per person. Last tee time for 18 holes 8pm, nine holes 10pm. Until December 31. Emirates Golf Club (04 380 1234).
42km cycling team time trial A 42km cycling time-trial event for teams of four, the second of four races in the series. Dhs200 per team. From 7am. Nad Al Sheba Cycle Park, www.premiermarathons.com (04 325 5705).
Go bowling at a new alley Funky Lanes is a brand new bowling alley equipped with 10 Brunswick lanes and glowing balls and pins. It also has an entertainment centre, featuring card games, billiards and a private party room. Not a bad spot for a Christmas get-together. From Dhs10 for two games Sun-Thu; from Dhs15 Fri-Sat. Arabian Centre, Mirdif (04 239 3636).
The Chase Dubai Street-Racing Festival at Dubai Autodrome This event brings together alternative forms of street racing in a safe, controlled location, with a competitive environment for racers. Expect drag racing, drifting, a bike stunt show, car tuning, a remote-control drift car competition and live music from local bands. Price TBC. Noon-midnight. Dubai Autodrome, MotorCity (04 367 8700).
CrossFit fundamentals Attend a three-hour introductory class and you’ll be ready to take on a beginners’ CrossFit workout session. Dhs400. Noon-3pm. Ongoing. Reebok CrossFit LifeSpark, Concorde Tower, Cluster H, JLT, firstname.lastname@example.org (no number).
Introduction to polo This fun 90-minute introduction to the game is perfect even for non-riders, and gives a comprehensive insight to the sport. Dhs750 per person. From 3pm. Ongoing. Dubai Polo Academy, Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club (050 887 9847).
The Grill Time Out columnist Tom Bushell forms part of the sporting panel on Dubai Eye’s live sports show, broadcast from Barasti every Saturday. He’s joined by Brian Murgatroyd, Ben Jacobs and Zulf Hyatt-Khan among others. Free. 5pm-8pm. Ongoing. Barasti, email@example.com (04 399 3333).
XL Volleyball Challenge Every Saturday, XL Beach Club hosts a volleyball challenge. Mixed teams of four will battle it out to win prizes, which will go to the winning team, player of the day and the liveliest participant – in some cases you might get a prize just for turning up. Free. 12.30pm-5.30pm. Ongoing. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (056 640 6161).
12 Days of Fitness at Fidelity Throughout December, Fidelity Fitness in Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lakes Towers is offering a great-value voucher for 12 consecutive days’ gym use. You can activate the voucher any time you like within the month, and it’s valid until January. Dhs120. Until December 31. Fidelity Fitness, Al Mas Tower, JLT (04 451 1133); Al Fattan House, Dubai Marina (04 392 8121).
Go diving in Dubai Aquarium Dive with sharks in the enormous aquarium packed with aquatic creatures including sand tiger sharks, rays and all manner of fish. PADI-certified divers can also take a course that includes an insight into marine conservation, underwater photography and much more. Dhs590 shark walker, Dhs1,875 speciality dive package. Ongoing. The Dubai Aquarium, The Dubai Mall (04 448 5200).
Celebrate in style by chartering a yacht Whether you’re hosting an office party, want to put on a show for visitors or simply want to treat yourself to a day out on the high seas, there are a number of private charter options available for different budgets and group sizes, with trips running from the marina along the coast of Dubai. From Dhs299 per hour. Xclusive Yachts, Dubai Marina, www.xclusiveyachts.com (04 432 7233).
Go paddleboarding The water is perfect for paddleboarding just off Umm Suqeim beach. Grab a board from Surf Dubai early in the morning for the flattest seas – you might even spot a turtle. Paddleboard hire from Dhs75 per hour. Ongoing. Surf Dubai, Villa 12a, Street 3a, Umm Suqeim 3, www.surfingdubai.com (050 504 3020).
Muay Thai class at MMA Fitness Centre This gym will be open from 6am to 4pm on Christmas Eve, with all classes between running as normal. Try a muay Thai class with Selvin in the morning, and your fee gives you access to the gym and other classes for the rest of the day. Dhs100 per day. Class starts 8.30am. MMA Fitness Centre, Pacific Building, TECOM (04 367 5077).
Join Bodylines gym Sign up for a 12-month gym membership at Bodylines and get a month’s free access for a friend, 20 percent discount in the hotel’s restaurants and on massages, a free massage, a free body assessment and two personal training sessions. Annual membership from Dhs3,800 single, Dhs7,200 couple. Until December 31. Amwaj Rotana, JBR (04 428 2000).
Sign up for 2013 corporate membership at Al Badia Golf Club Corporate membership packages for 2013 are now available at Al Badia Golf Club, giving you and your clients access to the clubhouse and a Robert Trent Jones II-designed championship course. Benefits include member-protected tee times, corporate golf day for up to 48 players, 25 additional midweek green fee vouchers and full membership to Al Hamra Golf Club in Ras Al Khaimah. From Dhs40,000 for two nominated members. Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City, www.albadiagolfclub.ae (04 601 0200).