Big Boys Toys, show jumping, Desert Classic golf and more
Wednesday January 30
Camel racing at Al Marmoum Watch fast-paced action from some of the UAE’s most prized racing camels. Also on Thursday 31. Free. From 7am. Ongoing. Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack, exit 37, Al Ain Road (055 676 0006).
Omega Dubai Desert Classic Today sees the pro-ams take to the course, while tomorrow the sport’s big guns take on the Majlis course for round one of the Desert Classic, which concludes its four-day run on Sunday 3. Dhs75 (pro-am event), Dhs175 (daily), Dhs675 (season pass). From 7.30am. Until February 3. Emirates Golf Club, www.dubaidesertclassic.com (04 380 2112).
Al Marsa’s weekend getaway offers Fancy an adventurous start to the new year? Al Marsa is running three special diving packages every weekend. The first is a discover scuba-diving experience (DSD), the second an open-water diving course (eLearning OWC) and the third an advanced open-water course that includes five adventure dives and a certification upon completion (AOW). All include a two-night stay with meals. DSD Dhs1,350, OWC Dhs2,750, AOW Dhs2,400. Trips depart on Thursdays from Dibba Port. Until February 28. www.almarsamusandam.com (+698 2683 6550). Big Boys Toys 2013 Peruse the latest gadgets and technologies in the fields of adventure, aviation, drive, marine, off-road, and many more. There’s even the chance to win Dhs1 million with a VIP ticket. Three-day pass Dhs500 (VIP), Dhs3,700 (club royal). 1pm-1am. Until February 2. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com
CSI3-W Dubai Show Jumping Championship 2013 Watch three days of free show-jumping action, with some of the UAE’s brightest stars competing for a share of the grand prize fund. The event will host a variety of family entertainment, activities and food and beverage stands for all. Free. Thu and Sat from 11.30am, Fri from 1pm. Emirates Equestrian Centre, near Dubai International Endurance City (050 553 7986).
Racing at Meydan Meydan Racecourse hosts its eighth meet of the season. Free admission, Dhs25 (premium seating), Dhs75 (parade ring lounge), from Dhs295 for dining options. Gates open at 5pm. Meydan Racecourse, Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba (04 327 2100).
The Dubai Darts Masters Darts legends including Eric Bristow, Bobby George, Martin Adams, Colin Lloyd, Co Stompe and Tony David take part in this special event. Dhs295 (includes food platter and one beverage), Dhs500 (includes three-course dinner, three beverages and prime seating). 7pm-2am. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.timeouttickets.com
Friday February 1
19th Creek Relay A fun event for teams of four, which takes place along the Dubai Creek, incorporating all crossing points across a distance of approximately 40km. Dhs120 individuals, Dhs480 team. From 7am. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira, www.premiermarathons.com (050 451 5847).
Join the Reebok running club This run club takes in a route around Dubai marina. Contact Urban Energy or visit the Reebok store in Marina Mall to register. Dhs50 per session. Mon 8.30am, Fri 7.30am. Ongoing. Marina Mall, www.urbanenergyfitness.com (055 886 9158).
Wild Wadi Swim Burj Al Arab 2013 Swim 800 metres around one of the city’s most famous landmarks and help raise money for Médecins Sans Frontières. Dhs275. From 8am. Wild Wadi/Burj Al Arab beach, Umm Suqeim, www.premiermarathons.com (052 911 0661).
Racing at Meydan Meydan Racecourse hosts its ninth meet of the season. Free admission, Dhs25 (premium seating), Dhs75 (parade ring lounge), from Dhs295 for dining options. Gates open at 5pm. Meydan Racecourse, Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba (04 327 2100).
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, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 399 3333).
XL Volleyball Challenge Every Saturday, XL Beach Club hosts a volleyball challenge. Mixed teams of four battle it out to win prizes, which 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).
Fit Lab’s new membership offers Sign up to Fit Lab before Friday February 15 and get a free personal training assessment and a free Kettlebell, TRX and circuit training class, plus a one-day pool access pass for a guest. From Dhs600 per month, membership available as three, six or 12 month packages. Ongoing. Fit Lab, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club (04 295 6000).
Go diving in Dubai Aquarium Dive with sharks in the enormous Dubai Mall aquarium, which is 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).
Bootcamp in Dubai Marina CoreFit’s Wednesday fat-busting bootcamp sessions at Marina Walk are led by Sharon. There are also bootcamps on Wednesdays at 7.40pm with Charlotte G. Dhs50 per session, ten sessions for Dhs450. From 8pm. Ongoing. CoreFit, Marina Walk, www.coredirection.com (04 422 5338).
Dubai Roller Derby Whether you’re a novice or pro, take part in this skate fitness and derby training session, which runs every Monday and Wednesday. There are also positions for skating officials and referees. Dhs30 per session, Dhs175 for monthly subscriptions. 7pm-8.30pm. Ongoing. Tennis 360, Meydan Tennis Academy, next to Meydan Hotel, www.facebook.com/dubairollerderby (055 889 1725).
Muay Thai class at MMA Fitness Centre Try a muay Thai class with Selvin in the morning. 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).
Charter a private yacht Head out for a day 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. Ongoing. Xclusive Yachts, Dubai Marina, www.xclusiveyachts.com (04 432 7233).
Go surfing The water is perfect for surfing just off Umm Suqeim beach. Grab a board from Surf Dubai early in the morning or late in the afternoon for the best waves. Paddleboard hire from Dhs75 per hour. Ongoing. Surf Dubai, Villa 12a, Street 3a, Umm Suqeim 3, www.surfingdubai.com (050 504 3020).
Tribal bootcamp Tribe Fit may be yet to open its Dubai Marina gym, but it’s getting the word out with free classes five days a week. There’s bootcamp on Tuesdays and Sundays, running club on Thursdays (both in Dubai Marina), Bodypump on Wednesdays, and Bodycombat and TRX on Mondays (at Regent International School). Call to book your place. Free. Sun and Tue 7.30pm-8.30pm. Silverene Tower, Dubai Marina and Regent International School, The Greens, www.tribefit.com (800 87423).