Sport events in Dubai

Watch horse racing at Mayden and learn to play tennis

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Thursday 24

A weekend dhow trip in Musandam
This weekend away enables you to relax in a majlis-style camp on your first day and enjoy a dhow cruise, snorkelling and swimming 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).

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).

Learn to play tennis like a professional
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).

Friday 25

Dubai Push Race skateboarding competition 2011
Two divisions will take part in this longboard skateboarding race across a 5km course. Cash prizes are up for grabs.
Free. Practice from noon, races from 3pm. Mushrif Park, Mirdif (050 672 1351).

Falcons Thanksgiving
American football scrimmage Watch the Falcons face off in their next pre-season scrimmage.
Free. 2pm-4pm. Jebel Ali Shooting Club (055 243 1183).

Nike Running Club
The Nike+ Run Club Dubai returns for another season, with two training 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.

Racing at Meydan
Watch thoroughbred horse racing at Meydan, the home of the Dubai World Cup, with regional hotshots competing to earn a place in the Dubai World Cup ahead of the start of the World Cup Carnival in January.
Free for general admission; hospitality and dining packages available from Dhs295. Admission from 1.30pm, races start at 3pm. Meydan Racecourse, Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba (04 327 2110).

UAE National Race Day Series
Expect an exciting day of motorsport action for families and fans. The National Race Series 4 features sportbikes, GTs, Suzuki Swifts and FG 1000s going head to head on the track.
Free. 8.30am-5pm. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City (04 367 8700).

Saturday 26

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

Dubai Road Runners weekly meeting
If you’re lacking motivation, join this weekly social running group for a bit of moral support, and run either one or two laps of Safa Park on the jogging track around the park’s perimeter.
Dhs5. From 6.30pm. Ongoing. Car park at Gate 4, Safa Park (050 624 3213).

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 27

Book in for a stable tour
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the world of thoroughbred racing with a 90-minute tour of the stables and grandstand area, and have the chance to see the horses being fed and exercised. Also available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Dhs250 for adults, Dhs200 for children, includes buffet breakfast. From 8am. Until April 15, 2012. Meydan Racecourse, Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3375).

Play Fantastic Four golf
Four friends can enjoy playing the links-style championship course at the Montgomerie 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 28

Experience a night dive off Jumeirah Beach
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 29

AIDA freediving course
Learn to freedive by joining this 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 instructor, Sara-Lise.
Dhs2,350. Times vary. Ongoing. Al Boom Diving, Al Wasl Road, abdiving@emirates.net.ae (04 342 2993).

Desert balloon rides
Now that 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.
See website for details.
Dhs950; Dhs800 (kids aged five to 12). www.ballooning.ae (04 285 4949).

Sign up for polo lessons
Lessons are now available for all levels at the club, whether you’re a first-time novice or a more experienced rider simply aiming to brush up your 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 30

Ice hockey match
Watch the Dubai Mighty Camels take on the Al Ain Vipers in this hotly contested local ice hockey fixture.
Free. 8.15pm-10.15pm. Dubai Ice Rink, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 448 8111).

New runner’s night with ABRaS
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.

Participate in a 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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