Badminton, horse-racing, duathlon, camel racing, jogging and more
Time Out staff
Our picks of the week
1 Watch the badminton finals at HSC See Wed 17.
2 Get resident’s rates at Wild Wadi See Mon 22.
3 Run the Nike 10km in Downtown Dubai See Fri 19.
4 Take a hike with Gulf for Good at Jumeirah Beach See Fri 19.
5 Watch the horse racing at Meydan racetrack See Thu 18.
BWF Destination Dubai World Superseries Finals Watch the finale of The MetLife Badminton World Finals at the Hamdan Sports Complex. After touring 12 countries, 64 of the world’s best badminton players will take to the courts for the end of season showdown. Free transport services to and from the stadium from selected RTA Metro stations will be provided for ticket holders. Dhs20 (adults), free (under 18s). 9am-11pm. Until December 21. Hamdan Sports Complex, Emirates Road (E611), www.destinationdubai.ae (no number).
Seawings Lifestyle experiences Discover the city from the sky, sea and sand with the new Seawings Lifestyle packages. In addition to a 40-minute seaplane city tour, visitors can also add a luxury yacht charter, a wildlife drive and more personalised experiences such as a walking tour or dinner cruise. From Dhs2,395. Ongoing. Seawings, Club Joumana, JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort, Jebel Ali, www.seawings.ae (04 807 0708).
Racing at Meydan Head to Meydan Grandstand and Racetrack for a night of horse racing. This event is the fourth race of the season and fans will see some of the best local and regional horses battle it out for a spot in the Dubai World Cup. Free. 6.45pm. Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, www.dubaiworldcup.com (04 327 0077).
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).
Giant Duathlon This run/cycle/run event consists of five races and is ideal for newcomers as well as experienced and ambitious athletes. Junior racers are also welcome on this traffic-free course. Dhs75-300. 8.30am. Nad Al Sheba Cycle Park, Nad Al Sheba, www.premieronline.com (050 105 7845).
Gulf for Good Beach Hike Join adventure challenge organisation Gulf for Good on a beach hike. This training session is open to all – whether you’re signed up for one of the organisation’s challenges or not. To join in email firstname.lastname@example.org. There’s no need for hiking boots, but comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting wet, a hat, sunblock and a snack is advised. Also pack plenty of water. Free. 7am-8am. Jumeirah Public Beach, Umm Suqeim, www.gulf4good.org (04 368 0222).
We Run DXB Sign up for this Nike 10km challenge that’s suitable for all levels of runner. The course will take athletes around the Burj Khalifa and DIFC and runners can keep track of their training and progress on the Nike+ app. Register online and download the app to get involved. Dhs120. 7.30am. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.nike.com (no number).
Dubai Desert Road Run This race for social and experienced runners will feature two distances – a 10km race and a 3km fun run. Both distances will be timed and feature medals for all finishers. Winners in each age category of the 10km race will also receive trophies. Sign up online. Dhs50-85. 7.30am. The Sevens Stadium, Dubai Al-Ain Road (E66), www.premieronline.com (050 624 5095).
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).
Camel Racing Take a trip to Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack to see one of the oldest of Emirati sports that is still thriving and well worth the early start to watch it. Call between 8am and 1.30pm for further details. Free. Until December 25. 7am and 2pm. Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack, Dubai-Al Ain Road. www.dcrc.ae (055 676 0006).
Make the most of resident’s rates at Wild Wadi UAE residents can enjoy 40 percent off general admission at the water park. Bring valid proof of UAE citizenship or residency to redeem this offer. Daily. 10am-6pm. Until January 10, 2015. Wild Wadi, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim (04 348 4444).
Stand up paddle boarding with SeaYou Combine paddleboarding with yoga and Pilates for a fun full work out on the water around the Jumeirah Corniche. Beginners are welcome. Dhs125 per session, Dhs1,000 for ten sessions. Sun, Tue, Thu 8.30am, Fri 9.30am. Ongoing. SeaYou, Kite Beach, behind Sunset Mall, Jumeirah, www.seayou.ae (04 420 6100).