Sport events in Dubai

Want to buy a pre-owned boat? The best sport events for November 17-23

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Thursday 17

Bike track afternoon at Dubai Autodrome
Join either a novice or advanced group to ride your own bike around the national circuit in four 20-minute sessions.
Dhs650. From 12.30pm. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City (04 367 8700).

Dubai Pre-owned Boat Show 2011
Returning for a second year, this boat show will cater to all tastes and most budgets with vessels ranging from 25ft to 165ft and prices from Dhs30,000 to Dhs25 million. Exhibitors can display their boats on land or sea, with prices starting at Dhs25 per foot, per day on water, while representatives of Gulf Finance will be on hand to provide finance for buyers.
Free. 11am-9pm. Until November 19. Dubai Creek Marina, Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, Deira (04 205 4535).

Musandam camp and cruise package
This family-friendly weekend away enables you to relax in a majilis-style camp on your first day and enjoy a dhow cruise and snorkelling, swimming and fishing on your second day.
Dhs395 per adult, Dhs295 per child aged five to 12, free for kids under four. Until April 30, 2012. Sheesa Beach, Musandam, www.sheesabeach.com (050 333 6046).

Friday 18

Cricket: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
Pakistan take on Sri Lanka for the last time in the Mobilink Jazzcup 2011 cricketing series. Orange zone Dhs50, green zone Dhs60, international zone Dhs100, premium red zone Dhs150, platinum red zone Dhs250, corporate hospitality Dhs1,550 per person.
From 3pm. Today only. Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Sports City, www.timeouttickets.com.

IYT small power boat and RIB master/personal watercraft courses
Learn theory and practical information on 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, www.marine-charter-concept.com (055 960 3030).

Nike Running Club
The Nike+ Run Club Dubai returns for another season, with two sessions each week, and professional coaches from PTX Performance Training on hand to provide tuition. Also on Tuesday evenings at 7pm at Dubai Festival City.
Free. 8am. Ongoing. Burj Park Island, www.facebook.com/nikerunningmiddleeast.

Saturday 19

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, www.dubai.duplays.com/sport/badminton (055 224 0187).

Late-start dives at Le Méridien Al Aqah, Fujairah
Sleep in and still get two dives at Al Aqah. The first dive is at noon and the second at 3pm, and if you’re not yet qualified, there’s the option to do snorkelling instead. Prices include transport from Dubai, lunch and refreshments. Dhs525 with full equipment, Dhs475 with tanks and weights, Dhs425 snorkelling.
From 9am. Al Boom Diving, Le Méridien Al Aqah, Fujairah (04 342 2993).

Wild Wadi winter pass offers
Get unlimited access to Wild Wadi for the winter season until March 15, 2012 with a special rate for adults and kids. Sign up and you can get up to four friends a discounted entry rate. Dhs600 for adults, Dhs400 for children under 1.1m.
Until March 15, 2012. Wild Wadi, Al Sufouh Road (04 348 4444).

Sunday 20

Desert balloon rides
Now the weather is cooler, why not watch the sun rise over the desert from a hot air balloon? Balloon Adventures Emirates’ packages include pick-up and drop-off in Dubai.
Dhs950; Dhs800 (kids aged five to 12). www.ballooning.ae (04 285 4949).

Fantastic Four golf
Four friends can enjoy playing the links-style championship course four days a week, Sunday to Wednesday. The ladies’ programme offers coaching for all levels from PGA professionals. Dhs444 for Fantastic Four offer, Dhs975 for ladies’ coaching. Sun-Wed.
Ongoing. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).


Monday 21

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, pahiki@gmail.com (050 738 3949).

Do a night dive
Explore Dubai’s underwater nightlife. Open to those with Padi Advanced Open Water certification or above, this twice-weekly dive lasts 45 minutes and follows the small reef off Jumeirah Beach. Dhs150 including tank and weights, Dhs250 including dive kit, torches available for rent for Dhs100.
Mon and Wed 5.30pm-8.30pm. Ongoing. Al Boom Diving, Jumeirah (04 342 2993).

Try adult football at the Carlton Palmer Academy
The young people’s training academy is now running football coaching sessions for adults. If you don’t have a team, you can be placed in one. Dhs60 per person. 7.15pm-8.15pm.
Ongoing. The Carlton Palmer Football Academy, Repton School, Nad Al Sheba 3 (050 284 5061).

Tuesday 22

AIDA freediving course
Learn to freedive by joining this basic AIDA one-start-certification course. It involves two evenings of theory, one evening in the pool and one day of freediving in Fujairah, overseen by Al Boom Diving’s freediving instructor, Sara-Lise. Dhs2,350. Times vary.
Ongoing. Al Boom Diving, Al Wasl Road, abdiving@emirates.net.ae (04 342 2993).

Kayaking tours
Noukhada Adventure offers regular kayaking tours to the stunning waterways and coastline of Umm Al Quwain. Dhs200 per person. Daily 7am and 4pm starts.
Ongoing. www.noukhada.ae, info@noukhada.ae (050 721 8928).

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

Wednesday 23

ABRaS new runner night
This group training club offers year-round structured training, perfect for those who need a push. Runners interested in joining the group are asked to attend a Wednesday session first – all you need to do is turn up. Free for first three sessions. From 6.30pm.
Ongoing. Gate 2, Safa Park, info@abrasac.org.

Play tennis like a pro
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).

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

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