The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 2015 and more sporty sights in the city
Time Out Dubai staff
Our picks of the week
1 Get skating with Dubai Roller Derby See Wed 21.
2 Sign up for men’s basketball with Duplays See Thu 22.
3 Try capoeira at Team Nogueira, Al Quoz See Mon 26.
4 Watch Polo at Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club See Fri 23.
5 Discover hula hooping at The Fridge See Sun 25.
Join Duplays’ indoor volleyball league Sign up as a team of six for this mixed recreational league. Individuals can also register as ‘free agents’. Dhs350 per person, Dhs2,000 per team of six. Wed 7.30pm-9.30pm. Until February 18. See website for confirmed location. www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).
Skate with Dubai Roller Derby Get your skates on and join this crew. The club holds training sessions as well as weekend meet-ups to skate around the city. If you’re new to the sport there’s a host of experienced coaches who will guide you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Dhs50 per session or Dhs175 per month. Mon 8pm-9pm, Wed 7.30pm-8.30pm. Al Sufouh School Girls School, near Safa Park, www.dubairollerderby.com (no number).
Sign up now for the Filipino basketball league Duplays is organising its first Filipino men’s basketball league. The games begin on Thursday February 12. Dhs400 per person. Thu 7pm-10.30pm. Until April 2. Collegiate American School, Umm Suqeim 2, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).
Watch the Dubai World Cup Carnival Races Catch the third in a series of nine events leading up to the Dubai World Cup Carnival. Free. 6.45pm. Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, www.dubaiworldcup.com (04 327 0077).
Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2015 (Silver Cup) This prestigious polo event will feature the world’s best teams and players. Spectators can enjoy full hospitality and families can pack a picnic and enjoy the sport from the lawns. From Dhs150. Daily 12.30pm-5pm. Until February 6. Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches, www.dubaipologoldcup.com (056 373 2999).
Fit Republik opens in Dubai Sports City Check out this brand-new sports and fitness facility offering CrossFit, studio classes, bootcamp, yoga, Zumba, MMA and gymnastics. It also has a swimming facility and prides itself on employing world-class athletes including former national champions from across the globe. Open daily 6am-11pm. Dubai Sports City, www.fitrepublik.com (052 742 4555).
Gravity Zone Bungee Jump Take the plunge at Dubai’s new bungee facility. Leap from platform 300 feet high. Call to book your jump. Dhs360 (solo jump), Dhs550 (tandem jump). Fri 11am-7pm. Ongoing. Check website for future jump dates and locations. www.gravityzone.co (056 364 8778).
See the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon Line the streets and watch professional marathon runners and thousands of plucky amateurs take on the 42.195km distance. Keep an eye out for Ethiopian Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele. Free to spectate. Race starts 7am. Route starts and ends on Umm Suqeim Road opposite Madinat Jumeirah, www.dubaimarathon.org (04 433 5669).
Ride with The Cycle Hub Ideal for beginners, the Pulse Rides are group 20km mountain bike rides that take an off-road route. They offer a fun and social way to get into cycling. All rides are facilitated by a member of staff at The Cycle Hub. Helmets are essential. Free. Sat 6.30am. Ongoing. The Cycle Hub, Motor City, www.thecyclehub.com (04 425 6555).
Head to a hula hoop workshop at The Fridge Hula hooping isn’t just for kids, it makes for a great workout for grown-ups, too. Try these adult classes organised by Flow Ground. The exercise is especially good to help develop core stability. Sign up this week with a friend and you will both receive a discount of Dhs100. To register, email email@example.com Dhs750 for a six week course. Sun 8pm-9.15pm. Ongoing. The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.flowground.org (056 221 2300).
Try a Chute Camp class with Elite Aesthetics This novel resistance fitness class gets you running with parachutes and pushing 4x4s for an intensive workout that increases your speed and core strength. Dhs60 per session, Dhs600 per month. Tue, Thu and Sun 6am. Ongoing. SkyDive Dubai, Dubai Marina, www.facebook.com/eliteaestheticsdubai (055 536 7718).
Do a capoeira for kids and adults Discover the Brazilian martial art that combines strength with agility and music. Dhs475 per month, three classes per week. Mon and Wed 4pm-5pm (kids), 7pm-8pm (adults), Sat 1.30pm (family class for kids and adults). Ongoing. Team Nogueira, Al Quoz, www.teamnogueiradubai.com (04 338 8967).
Work out with a racket at Clark Francis Tennis Get fit outdoors with cardio tennis. You don’t need to have played the sport before to take part in this circuit-style class. Dhs75 per session. Tue 8pm. Ongoing. The Aviation Club, Garhoud, www.clarkfrancistennis.com (050 732 4056).
Sign up now for the Spartan Race A 5km obstacle course designed to test fitness and endurance. Race day is February 20. From Dhs350 if you register before January 31. Jebel Ali Racecourse, Al Barsha, www.spartanrace.ae (no number).