Camel racing, rugby, cricket, horse racing and more
Our picks of the week
1 Learn karate at The Archive See Fri 5.
2 Check out the Dubai Motor Festival at Meydan See Wed 3.
3 Watch the horse racing at Meydan Grandstand See Thu 4.
4 See a traditional camel race at Al Marmoum See Wed 3.
5 Head to a cricket match at Dubai Sports City See Thu 4.
Camel racing Experience one of the nation’s oldest sporting traditions. The Camel races are a unique event for residents and visitors to enjoy. Call between 8am and 5pm for further details. Free. 2pm and 7pm. Until December 4. Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack, Dubai-Al Ain Road, www.dcrc.ae (055 676 0006). Dubai Motor Festival Petrolheads can enjoy a week of engine-revving activities and motor sports. The Festival is an umbrella for a host of events including Dubai Motor Village, where you can find all things related to motor sports. get a free one-way ride in a supercar taxi. Free. Noon. Until December 6. Meydan, Nad Al Sheba, www.motorfestival.ae (no number).
Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens After 45 years the Rugby Sevens is still going strong and is one the city’s most eagerly awaited sporting events. It’s a three-day international tournament where some of the best teams in the world play as part of the HSBC Sevens World Series. Expect great rugby, plenty of entertainment and fancy dress. Enjoy a rock concert with local bands on Friday and Saturday, and shuttle busses will ferry visitors back to key locations in Dubai from 6pm until midnight. Free entry on Thursday. Fri-Sat: Dhs300 (day pass). Dhs500 (season pass). 7.30am-midnight. The Sevens Stadium, Dubai-Al Ain Road, www.dubairugby7s.com (04 321 0008).
Pakistan v New Zealand (Cricket Bilateral Series) Watch these two giants in cricket compete in the first T20 match of the bilateral series. Dhs30-1,000. 8pm. Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai Sports City, www.dubaisportscity.ae (04 425 1111).
Racing at Meydan Head out for a night at the races and watch some the best local and regional horses race for a spot in the Dubai World Cup Carnival. Free general admission. Dhs1,400 per person for a race season badge. 6.45pm. Meydan Grandstand and Racetrack, Nad Al Sheba, www.dubairacingclub.com (04 327 0077).
Urban Energy Reebok Run Club If you’ve just signed up for your first marathon, join this running club, which aims to get you prepared for 5km, 10km, and marathon distances. From Dhs1,400 for three months. Various locations including Al Barsha Pond Park, www.urbanenergyfitness.com (055 886 9158).
Dubai International Parachuting Championship Look to the skies as top skydivers compete in this competition. Watch the opening ceremony today, then enjoy formation dives in the sky as well as entertainment for all the family on the ground on Saturday December 6. Free. 7.30pm (competition starts Saturday December 6 9am). Until December 7. SkyDive Dubai, Dubai Marina, www.facebook.com/dipcdxb (040 377 8877).
Karate Fitness at The Archive Discover the benefits of karate and improve your fitness, balance and coordination in these classes. The session is held outdoors by an experienced tutor. Contact email@example.com to register. Dhs75 per class. Dhs400 for eight classes. 7pm-8pm. Ongoing. The Archive, Safa Park, Al Wasl Road, www.thearchive.ae (04 349 4033).
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, Dubai Motor City. www.thecyclehub.com (04 425 6555).
Sprint Club at FAST This new sprint coaching class is run by a former competitive sprinter. The sessions will help ambitious athletes learn how to sprint efficiently and get the most out of your time on the track. Free (members). Dhs50 (non-members). Sun and Thu 7am. Ongoing. Al Quoz Pond Park, www.trainwithfast.com (04 355 5181).
Surfing lessons with Surf Shop Arabia Wannabe surfers can learn how to ride the waves with these one-hour lessons. The group meets in Dubai but lessons 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).
Strongman training at MultiClub Using all the muscles of the body, Strongman pushes your limits and is suitable for all levels of fitness. This class involves weightlifting, cardio and resistance training. Dhs80 (members). Dhs120 (non-members). Sat-Thu. Classes from 6am. Al Shatha Tower, Dubai Media City, www.multiclub.ae (04 452 3388).