Everything you need to know about the summer sporting oasis at DWTC
For the last five years Dubai Sports World has provided a cool sporting oasis for the city’s sports teams and fitness fans during the sweltering summer. Taking up residence in the Sheikh Saeed Hall in Dubai World Trade Centre, DSW offers 16 sports, seven summer camps and one full size athletics track, all under a fully air conditioned roof. Sports fans can play, practice and train from 8am through to 1am during Ramadan and until midnight afterwards, in 22,000 square metres of dedicated sports space – so who says sport has to suffer in the summer?
What’s new? Adding a new dimension to DSW this year is Wire World. This zip line park is a high energy activity area where kids (unfortunately it’s only for kids aged three to 12) can zip across a circuit of wooden platforms and bridges. There’s also a bungee trampoline where kids are secured in a harness and can safely bounce extra high and try flips and somersaults. Wire World Dhs30 per person for two rounds. Bungee trampoline Dhs35 per person for a five-minute session. Dhs50 for a combined ticket per person. Daily 11am-10pm.
Parkour and calisthenics seems to be the new trend in Dubai’s fitness communities and Against Graviti will be teaching kids and adults how to free run and use their own body weight and momentum to move between obstacles. There’s an Open Playground where enthusiasts can practise their moves, and newcomers to the sport can join Against Graviti’s group exercise classes which will cover basic calisthenics moves such as push-ups through to more advanced techniques. Dhs60 per hour for Open Playground use. Dhs90 per group class or Dhs1,200 for 20 group classes. Daily 10am-10pm.
What’s free? Everyone loves a freebie and DSW has a selection of free activities with no membership fees or hidden charges, just turn up and get involved. The full 400metre athletics track is open to runners seeking to keep up their form through summer, especially as the calendar starts to fill with marathons and 10k events again. Ping Pong Dubai are supporting a community initiative to encourage more people to take up the fast-paced game. There will be tournaments through the summer and individual hire of one of the 12 free tables can be made by email, email@example.com.
Badminton players also get to play for free and the facility has six badminton courts kitted out with professional standard rubber floors. DSW has partnered with TechnoGym to offer users a free fitness area for the entire summer. The gym will have a combination of weights, and cardio machines, but a new addition this year is group fitness classes run by Fitness First. Visitors can join in Freestyle Group Training classes, a high intensity gym floor class offered by qualified trainers for free, but classes such as Zumba, Body Pump and Pilates are chargeable.
Team sports Football, basketball, cricket, tennis and volleyball are the mainstay of Dubai Sports World. There will be a plethora of tournaments, summer leagues and space for individuals to hire a pitch and play with mates.
This year there are eight indoor football pitches for five- and seven-a-side teams. Advance bookings are recommended as pitches will also be used by the academies. From Dhs250 per hour for a five-a-side pitch, from Dhs300 for a seven-a-side pitch.
There are four courts for the basketballers, each 50mx25m, in line with international standards. Dhs125 per hour per court. The indoor venue also homes two tennis courts, one cricket space with nets, and a volleyball court available to hire. Dhs140 per hour per court for tennis, Dhs125 per hour per pitch for cricket and volleyball.
Academies If your kids are aged between four and 15, then once school is out sign them up for sporting summer camps where they can keep active and learn from inspirational professionals. This year two football academies will operate out of DSW, the IFA and KAFO. IFA is delivered by English FA or UEFA qualified coaches under the supervision of ex-Premier League and England player, Dale Gordon. KAFO Academy is led by two-time African Footballer of the Year Frédéric Kanouté, who also runs workshops with the kids himself. IFA, Dhs500 per week, Sun-Thu 9am-noon. KAFO Dhs475 per week Sun-Wed 10am-4pm, Thu 1pm-4pm.
IFA also run a basketball academy which will be headed by former professional Ishmael Awange, who played in the USA and China. He will be teaching the junior dunkers how to play like a pro. Dhs500 per week, Sun-Thu 1pm-4pm.
Tennis Three Sixty will be running a tennis camp for kids, but also offers private coaching for adults. Dhs375 per week for kid’s camp, Sun-Thu 9am-noon. The cool kids, meanwhile, can sign up for parkour academy or work on their freestyle tricks on skateboards and BMXs at Rage Indoor Skate Park. Dhs30 per day, Dhs500 all summer pass. Sun-Thu 10am-10pm. Dubai Sports World, June 21-August 29, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.dubaisportsworld.ae (04 306 4000).