Dubai Motor Festival fun runs, surf lessons and more
Our picks of the week
1 Check out the parachuting at SkyDive Dubai See Wed 26.
2 Watch the Red Bull Car Park Drifters at Meydan See Fri 28.
3 Improve your stamina at Fitness HQ See Thu 20.
4 Ladies, sign up for the Zabeel Club Run See Fri 28.
5 Watch 24hr karting at Dubai Kartdrome See Fri 28.
Dubai International Parachuting Championship Look to the skies this week as the international parachuting championship swoops into Dubai. Top skydivers from around the world will be competing in accuracy formation skydiving, canopy formation, canopy piloting and artistic events. There will be plenty of additional entertainment for those on the ground, too. Competition jumps begin on Friday November 28. Free. 9am. SkyDive Dubai, Dubai Marina, www.facebook.com/dipcdxb (no number).
Dubai Motor Festival Petrol heads can enjoy a week of engine-revving activities and motor sports. The Festival is an umbrella for a host of events including the Dubai Motor Village, where you can find all things related to motor sports, a light show conducted entirely by cars called Inspired Light by Infinity and an F1 car race at Sky dive Dubai. Free. Until December 6, noon. Meydan, Nad Al Sheba, www.motorfestival.ae (no number).
Membership deal at Fidelity Fitness Sign up now for a new membership at this high tech gym and get two months for free. Phone or visit the gym to apply. From Dhs2,599-Dhs6,599 for 12 months. Sun-Thu and Sat 6am-11pm, Fri 8am-8pm. Until November 30. Fidelity Fitness, Almas Tower, Jumeirah Lakes Towers. Other location: Al Fattan House, JBR, www.fidelityfitnessclub.com (04 451 1133).
Urban Energy Reebok Run Club If you have just signed up for your first marathon, join this running club, which aims to get you prepared for 5km, 10km, and marathon distances. Packages from Dhs1,400 for three months. Various locations including Al Barsha Pond Park, www.urbanenergyfitness.com (055 886 9158).
7 Emirates Run Cheer on the athletes taking part in this unique ultra marathon. The event starts this weekend and sees seven teams of seven runners run 575km through all seven emirates in 12 days. The event aims to raise funds to support the Al Jalila Foundation. See website for full schedule. Free to spectate. Until December 2, www.7emiratesrun.com.
Dubai Kartdrome Endurance Championship This truly unique event involves driving for periods of 12 and 24 hours straight. It requires stamina, concentration, speed, consistency and, most importantly, teamwork. Free to spectate. Until November 29. Noon-noon. Dubai Kartdrome, Dubai Motor City, www.dubaiautodrome.com (04 367 8744).
Red Bull Car Park Drift Finals 2014 This exhilarating show will see the Middle East’s top drifters going full throttle at Meydan. Spectators will be treated to an evening of skilful and exciting driving. Free. 8pm. Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba, www.redbull.com (no number).
Zabeel Club Ladies Run Take part in the first Zabeel Club ladies-only run. The event is open to runners aged 15 and up and follows a 4.5km route around Zabeel Park running track. Dhs150. 8am. Gate 3, Zabeel Park, www.premieronline.com (050 855 2415).
Karate Fitness at The Archive Discover the benefits of karate at this fitness class. Participants will learn practical self-defence while keeping fit and building a resilient, positive mind-set. To get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Dhs75 per class, Dhs400 for eight classes. 7pm-8pm. Ongoing. The Archive, Safa Park, Al Wasl Road, www.thearchive.ae (04 34 94033).
Pulse Rides with Cycle Hub Ideal for beginners, this group 20km mountain bike ride takes an off-road route and is a fun and social way to get into cycling. All rides are facilitated by a member of Cycle Hub staff. Helmets are essential. Free. Sat 6.30am. Ongoing. The Cycle Hub, Motor City. www.thecyclehub.com (04 425 6555).
Sprint Club at FAST This sprint coaching class is run by a former competitive sprinter and will help you get the most out of your time on the track. Free (members), Dhs50 (non-members). Sun, Thu 7am. Ongoing. Al Quoz Pond Park, www.trainwithfast.com (04 355 5181).
Monday December 1
Surfing lessons with Surf Shop Arabia Learn to ride the waves with these one-hour lessons. The group meets in Dubai but sessions are held in Ajman, Sharjah and Fujairah. Locations vary according to conditions. Dhs275 (including travel, surfboard rental food and drinks). Daily, times vary. www.surfshoparabia.com (056 471 6180).
Ultimate HIIT Circuit Class This high-intensity work out class is aimed at building muscular strength and stamina. Call to book a spot. Free (members), Dhs50 (non-members). Tue, Thu, Sat 6.30pm. Fitness HQ, Umm Suqeim Road, www.fitnesshq.ae (04 395 0050).