Bungee jumping, camel racing, luxury cars and more outdoor fun
Wednesday February 27
Bungee jump in Dubai Feeling brave? A new extreme sports centre has opened in Al Quoz, offering bungee jumping and a catapult. It will soon be adding a zipwire and abseiling to its portfolio. Bungee jump from Dhs339. Gravity Zone, Power Play Football, opposite Dubai Bowling Centre, Al Quoz, www.gravityzone.co (056 364 7997).
Get fit for less in February Visit Fidelity Fitness clubs in JLT and Dubai Marina today from noon to 2pm or 6pm to 8pm for a free health check. First-time guests also get a free one-day pass for the gym. Free. Until February 28. Al Fattan House, Dubai Marina; Almas Tower, JLT (04 451 1133).
Auto Trader Live Luxury Car Show This three-day show will feature 300 of the world’s most luxurious cars, including Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Bugattis, Rolls Royces, Bentleys and more. Free. Thu 2pm-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-8pm. Until March 2. Dubai Festival City (no number).
Dubai Camel Racing Festival This 12-day local festival sees thousands of highly trained camels of different ages and breeds from across the region come together to compete and win big prizes. Free. 7am-5pm. Until February 28. Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack, Al Ain Road (055 676 0006).
Al Marsa’s weekend getaway offers Al Marsa is running three special diving packages every weekend. The first is a discover scuba-diving trip (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).
The Lord’s Taverners Golf Day Cricketing legends take over the Montgomerie golf course today, giving attendees and participants the chance to mingle. The day includes a barbecue steak dinner and awards hosted by British TV presenter Chris Tarrant, in support of Al Noor Centre for Special Needs. Four ball Dhs2,800, includes goody bag, 18 holes, barbecue dinner and an hour of drinks. From 1pm. The Montgomerie Golf Club, Emirates Living, www.urbanevents.ae (04 445 6842).
Racing at Meydan Meydan Racecourse hosts another meet of the Dubai World Cup Carnival. Also on Saturday. Free admission, Dhs25 (premium seating), Dhs75 (parade ring lounge), from Dhs295 for dining options. Gates open at 5pm. Until March 30. Meydan Racecourse, Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba (04 327 2100).
Friday March 1
Desert hike Explore small oasis plantations, camel farms and trek across sand dunes. Thanks to the cooler weather, this is a pleasant walk rather than an intense challenge. Dhs150. Meeting time in Dubai TBC. Meeting points in The Springs and Arabian Ranches, www.arabiaoutdoors.com (055 955 6209).
Dubai Bikes Part of the Dubai Pulse programme, this community event aims to get the city’s bicycle owners peddling on the streets, keeping fit while also socialising with their neighbours. Free. From 6.30am. Near Jumeirah Beach Park, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.dubaipulse.ae (04 324 4446).
Dubai Polo Gold Cup 2013 The Gold Cup features six UAE polo teams, each starring professional international players. There will be matches during the week and at weekends, with final fixtures announced on the event’s website. Pack a picnic for a great day out. Free; Dhs100 for car parking in the picnic area (free parking also available). Final on Friday March 15, Dhs150 per person. Matches at 2pm and 4pm. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, opposite Arabian Ranches, www.dubaipologoldcup.com (no number).
Fitness Fridays at Downtown Dubai Fitness First hosts a group exercise activity for all ages. Today will be flow yoga, while next Friday March 8 there will be a Bodyattack class. Free. From 10am. Burj Park, www.fitnessfirst-me.com (800 348 6377).
The Lord Taverner’s v Emirates XI The annual charity cricket match returns, starring legends of the sport. It’s a great family day out, with spectators encouraged to bring picnic baskets. There will also be free coaching for kids aged six to 12 (you’ll need to register in advance), plus a gala dinner in the evening. Free. 10am-4pm. The Sevens, Al Ain Road. Gala dinner from Dhs575 per person. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.urbanevents.ae (04 445 6842).
Musandam Adventure Race This gruelling day-long race is not for the faint-hearted, and registrants will be vetted to ensure they’re up to the challenge. The event can either be done as a relay or three-person team race, and will include a kayak, run and bike ride. See the website for details. Free. From 6am. Khor Najd, Khasab, Musandam, www.premiermarathons.com (050 682 0429).
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships: men’s final The hotly anticipated men’s final takes place today. Tickets are sold out, but there may be last chances to win tickets leading up to the final event. 5pm and 7pm. Until March 2. Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com (04 417 2415).
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).
Go wakeboarding with SeaWake This fun watersport is becoming increasingly popular, and is relatively easy to learn. SeaWake also offers wakesurfing, with a boat big enough to make waves you can surf without holding onto a rope. Dhs200 wakeboarding, Dhs220 wakesurfing. Ongoing. SeaWake, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).
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. 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).
Dubai International Boat Show 2013 Peruse luxury yachts and get a glimpse of how the other half live at this staggering display of leisure marine vessels. Dhs60. 3pm-9.30pm. Until March 9. Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, www.boatshowdubai.com (04 399 5777).
Personal training offers from Healthy 4 U Anyone who signs up for ten sessions of personal training, and refers a friend who books ten sessions, will get three free sessions. The client with the most referrals will win a one-night stay in a five-star hotel in the UAE. Personal training Dhs250-350 per session. Ongoing. Various locations across Dubai, www.dubai-personal-training.com (050 157 3552).