Hurrah, it is the Dubai World Cup. What else is happening?
Wednesday March 27
Check out Dubai’s new 24-hour gym TK Fitness Lounge describes itself as a personalised gym, offering one-on-one training with pro instructors. It’s all about the details, down to the selection of music and DVDs to motivate each guest. Workouts are by appointment, and there is no joining fee. Entry by donation. Dhs450 per session, Dhs3,000 for ten sessions, price on request for ten platinum sessions (private hire of full gym, with limo pick-up and drop-off). Ongoing. Barsha, www.tkfitnesslounge.com (04 452 1456).
Hire a boat at Dubai Marina Yacht Club Choose from cruising itineraries that include trips around the marina, Atlantis and the Burj Al Arab on the 13-metre Carver yacht. Hire rates include soft drinks, nachos and a brie platter, with a captain and hostess, and room for 14 guests. From Dhs2,200 for two hours. Ongoing. Dubai Marina Yacht Club (04 362 7900).
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).
Discounts on golf for two at The Track The Track golf course is striving to make the sport affordable in the city, with ever-changing offers. Until the end of March, get a two-ball for nine holes during midweek tee times at a discounted rate. Dhs222. Sun-Thu 7am-4pm. Until March 31. The Track, Meydan, Nad Al Sheba, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 381 3733).
State of Origin 2013 This MMA fight night will be held courtesy of KO Promotions, the event arm of Dubai’s highly regarded KO Gym. Dhs200. Doors open 8pm, first fight at 8.30pm. Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate, The Gardens, email@example.com (04 444 0000).
British Polo Day Back for a fifth year, British Polo Day sees players from some of Britain’s finest institutions competiting against one another, with teams from Oxford, Cambridge, Eton, Harrow, the Cavalry & Guards Club and The British Army on camel and horseback. Dhs150 per car. Gates open at noon. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club (050 105 5053).
Sign up for White Collar Boxing Dubai’s best-known amateur boxing event returns this June, but competitors only have until the end of this month to sign up to take part and get training. All entrants must be approved by the organisers before they will be officially taken on board. Visit the website to register. Free. Until March 31. www.whitecollarfightnight.com.
Try a free class at the Cake and Calories event There are calorie-guessing competitions, free fitness classes and entertainment throughout the month during this event. There is a free cycling challenge today from 5pm until 8pm and a free Zumba class from 5.30pm, plus power yoga from 8pm, and much more. Free. From 5pm. Until March 31. Festival Square, Dubai Festival City, www.festivalcentre.com (800 332).
Bungee jump in Dubai A new sports centre has opened in Al Quoz, offering bungee jumping and a catapult. It will soon add a zipwire and abseiling to its portfolio. Book in advance. Bungee jump from Dhs339. Ongoing Gravity Zone, Power Play Football, Al Quoz, www.gravityzone.co (056 364 7997).
Dubai World Cup 2013 The world’s richest day in racing returns, with US$27.25 million up for grabs for those partaking in the invitation-only heats. As well as all the action on the track, there are competitions held throughout the day for spectators, and a special draw. General admission Dhs25, Apron Views Dhs350, premium seating Dhs1,200, first class lounge Dhs3,750. Doors open noon. Meydan Grandstand, Nad Al Sheba, www.dubaiworldcup.com (04 327 2110).
Nivea Sun Beach Volleyball Tournament Matches take place across four volleyball courts on the beach, with teams of six and four players competing for prizes. Players can enter both tournaments. Dhs100 individual, Dhs400 team of four, Dhs600 team of six. 11am-5pm. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).
TriDubai Jebel Ali Resort Sprint Triathlon Expect a fast and furious race at the resort, including a swim from the hotel’s private beach, three cycle laps with a small climb and a 5km run around the grounds of the resort, with some ‘interesting’ elements involved. Dhs240 individual, Dhs450 team. From 7.30am. Jebel Ali Resort, www.premiermarathons.com (050 817 8955).
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).
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, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).
Join a ladies’ basketball league Sign up for this all-female recreational league, Dynamite Divas. Teams have already been chosen, but they can absorb you at their own discretion if you’re a late sign-up. Dhs575 individual, Dhs3,400 team. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Until May 5. Jumeirah Bacclaureate School, Jumeirah, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).
Monday April 1
Callaway Short Game Challenge at Arabian Ranches Golf Club Over the next two months, players can take the short game challenge. Coaches will aim to help you reduce your handicap, with six 30-minute lessons dedicated to short game and improved scoring, plus access to the par 3 academy course. The person who records the biggest reduction by the end of April will win three Callaway wedges. Dhs980. Until April 30. Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Arabian Ranches, email@example.com (04 366 3000).
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).
De-stress with cardio boxing Take your frustration out on the pads. From Dhs40 introductory class, Dhs60 single class. 8.30am. Ongoing. Palm Jumeirah Park, www.urbanenergyfitness.com (055 886 9158).
Join a badminton league The Mirdif Shuttle Masters league is open to both men and women looking to play at a recreational level. Dhs50 per session, Dhs500 for ten sessions. 7.30pm-8.30pm. Until May 28. Dubai Modern Education School, Mirdif, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).
Sign up for The Dubai Vertical Marathon 2013 Challenge yourself (and your legs) with this race up the 52-storey Emirates Towers office building, which takes place on Friday April 5 in aid of Médecins Sans Frontières. Dhs500. From 8am. Until April 5. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.premiermarathons.com (052 911 0661).