Essential sports events in Dubai

Sports events and outdoor pursuits from October 20 to 26

Thursday 20

Ladies’ night at Wild Wadi
Every Thursday night until the end of October, the Jumeirah waterpark opens its doors to women only, on a night that is staffed entirely by ladies. Boys aged eight or younger are welcome if accompanied by female family members.
Dhs170; Dhs135 for children below 1.1m tall. Daily 8pm-midnight. Until October 27. Wild Wadi, Jumeirah Beach Road, (04 348 4444).

Nomad dive trips
Nomad Ocean Adventures offers three-day diving package trips with accommodation in Musandam from Thursday to Saturday. Includes full-board on Thursday and Friday nights and free Nitrox for certified divers. The trip includes three dives on Friday and two on Saturday.
Dhs1,100. Departs 5pm every Thursday. Ongoing. Nomad Ocean Adventures, Oman, (+968 2 683 6069).

Friday 21

Dhow diving trip
Join Al Boom’s ever-popular Friday dhow trip to Musandam, where you can scuba dive, snorkel or just bask on a boat. Arabic buffet lunch and drinks are included.
Dhs300 for snorkellers; Dhs400 for divers renting all dive kit. 6am-6pm; Al Boom Diving, Al Wasl Road, (04 342 2993).

Dubai Marina running club
Want to take up running and don’t mind an early start? This could be the club for you. Sessions are for all fitness levels. Club members run around the Marina and surrounding areas.
Free for Original Fitness Co crew members or Dhs50 for a casual session. 6am, JBR car park, (04 311 6571).

Dubai Roadsters’ Friday ride
This popular ride attracts about 150 cyclists each week and there are three distances to choose from: 80km, 120km or 140km. The Friday ride starts at the Lime Tree Café in Jumeirah.
Free (riders must provide their own helmet and bike). 5.30am. Ongoing. (04 339 4453).

Indoor kart track
Check out the revamped indoor kart track at Dubai Autodrome. The track is now longer and more technical, adding an extra 13 seconds to the old lap record of 33 seconds.
Dhs100 for a 15-minute arrive-and-drive session, plus Dhs10 for membership. Mon-Sat 7.30pm-1.30am. Ongoing. Dubai Autodrome, Dubailand, (04 367 8700).

IYT small power boat and RIB master/personal watercraft courses

Learn theory and practical information on the basics of small power boats, dinghies and RIBs on a two-day course, or pick up everything you need to know to be a responsible jetski rider during a single-day lesson. Powerboat course Dhs2,750, Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 9am-4pm; personal watercraft course Dhs1,500, Fri 10am-5pm. Weekday courses on request. Ongoing. Al Barsha Business Centre, (055 960 3030).

PADI open-water e-learning course
Completing a PADI qualification is the first step of learning to dive – it comprises five pool dives and four sea dives, plus a theory section you can complete online. Nomad Ocean Adventures teaches students the basic techniques of diving at its residential centre in Musandam.
Dhs1,500 (plus Dhs300 for two nights of full-board accommodation). Advanced course Dhs1,400 (plus Dhs300 for two nights, full-board). 8am, courses every Friday until October 30. Nomad Ocean Adventures, Dibba, (+968 2 683 6069).

UAE National Race Day 2 at Dubai Autodrome Some of the region’s top motorsports drivers and riders will be in action at the Dubai Autodrome. The event will feature races for Total UAE Touring Cars, UAE Sportbikes and NGK UAE GT Championship.
Free entry, including grandstand and paddock. 11.30am. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City, (04 367 8700).

Saturday 22

Badminton ‘Shuttle Fun III’ league
Join Duplays’ mixed open two-a-side badminton sessions.
Dhs50 per session, or Dhs400 for 10. 7pm-9pm. Ongoing. Raffles West campus, Umm Suqeim, (055 224 0187).

Sunday 23

Balloon Adventures Emirates
Now that the weather is cooler, why not watch the sun rise over the desert from a hot air balloon? Packages include pick-up and drop-off in Dubai.
See website for details. Dhs950; Dhs800 (kids aged five to 12). (04 285 4949).

Take up dragon boating
Join Dubai Flying Dragons every Monday and Wednesday at Barasti Beach in Dubai Marina. Dragon boaters at the other side of the city can join the Falcons on Sunday and Wednesdays at 6.30pm or Fridays at 8.30am at Festival City. A newbie session takes place on Saturdays at 4pm.
Prices vary. Mon and Wed 5.55am, Sat 4.30pm. Ongoing. Various locations across Dubai, (050 763 4008).

Monday 24

CNCF-Barracuda Paddlers women’s dragon boating
The CNCF dragon-boat team trains on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Free for first session, Dhs50 for second and third session (fee goes to charity), Dhs1,000 for annual membership. Mon, Wed and Sat 7.30am. Ongoing. Dubai Marina, next to Dubai Marina Yacht Club, (050 738 3949).

Polo lessons
Ever wanted to play the sport of kings? Lessons are available for all levels, from novices to more experienced riders aiming to brush up their skills.
Dhs770 for individual lessons or Dhs550 per person for group lessons. Mon-Sat 6am-10am, 3pm-6pm. Ongoing. Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches (050 887 9847).

Swim with horses at Jebel Ali
This unique and surprisingly emotional activity is a great way to get outside during the hot weather. No previous riding experience is necessary.
Dhs250 per person. 7am-9am. Ongoing. Desert Ranch at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, (04 832 7171).

Tuesday 25

PADI rescue diver course
If you already have some diving experience and want to increase your confidence to help others if they get into danger, try Al Boom’s rescue course.
Dhs1,800. Weekday evenings, Friday afternoon and Saturday morning (call for timings). Ongoing. Al Boom Diving, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah, (04 342 2993).

Tennis with the pros
Clark Francis Tennis offers intensive training with former national and international-ranked coaches, helping you to improve your game.
Dhs40 (Aviation Club members), Dhs60 (non-members). Daily 7am-9am. Ongoing. Clark Francis Tennis, Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud (050 650 3140).

Wednesday 26

Cycle Safe Dubai
Ride around the Autodrome by bike at this weekly event. Joggers and rollerbladers are also welcome.
Free (bikes and helmets to be provided by riders). 6pm-9pm. Ongoing. Dubai Autodrome, near Arabian Ranches (04 367 8700).

Night diving
End the day with a night dive at Jumeirah Beach to see the fish, relax yourself, get some exercise and meet new dive buddies. Discover the depths of the ocean every Monday and Wednesday evening.
Dhs150 with full dive kit and transport to the beach; Dhs50 with tank and weights. Mon and Wed 6pm. Ongoing. Al Boom Diving, Al Wasl Road (04 342 2993).

Pakistan v Sri Lanka test match!
This five day match starts today, and the cricket stadium is sure to come alive with supporters.
Tickets from Dhs80-Dhs600. From 10am, until Sunday October 30. Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubailand,

Volleyball league
Sign up for Duplays’ free mixed six-a-side ‘Al Tayer Volley4Serve II’ League and compete against your friends.
Free for teams and individuals. 7.30pm-10.30pm. Until December 16. Dubai Modern High School, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, (055 224 0187).

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