Three marine-based events even landlubbers will enjoy
Al Gaffal Dhow Race Hark back to the days of yore at this traditional boat race that celebrates Dubai’s evolution. Witness crews from the UAE, the GCC and beyond battle for glory. With millions of dirhams of prize money at stake, expect the competition to be fierce. Free. May 13-20. Burj Al Arab, www.dimc.ae.
Dubai International Boat Show This popular event will showcase the crème de la crème of the boating world. With dozens of new launches and plenty of watersports to try out, you won’t be short of entertainment here. You can even win an extreme catamaran experience, if you really fancy going full throttle. Dhs50. Tue Feb 28 to Sat Mar 4. Dubai International Marine Club, www.boatshowdubai.com.
EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour Catch the finale of this prestigious tour as the crews arrive in Dubai at the back end of 17 days of thrilling action. Cheer the teams on as they battle it out for the last remaining points during the in-port race around the Palm Jumeirah. Can anyone stop skipper Thierry Douillard and his EFG Bank Monaco crew claiming a third successive title? Free. Wed Mar 1, 11.45am. Nakheel West Marina, Palm Jumeirah, www.sailingarabiathetour.com.