Climb aboard a weekend dhow trip around the coast of Musandam
This family weekend away enables you to relax in a majlis-style camp on your first day and enjoy a dhow cruise, snorkelling and swimming and more 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).
Get up early and go kayaking
Noukhada Adventure offers regular kayaking tours to Umm Al Quwain. It’s a great way to tone up your arms and strengthen your core, without the sit-ups and press-ups, and the view is far better than the inside of a gym.
Dhs200 per person. Daily 7am and 4pm starts. Ongoing. www.noukhada.ae, email@example.com (050 721 8928).
Get your skates on at the newly renovated Galleria ice rink
Strap on a pair of hire skates (or your own) and show off your moves on the ice at one of the city’s longest established rinks. It’s disco night on Thursdays and Fridays, so dress (warmly)to impress. Dhs50 disco entry, Dhs35 per 150-minute session. Ongoing. Open 10am-12.30pm, 1pm-3.30pm, 4pm-6.30pm, 7pm-10.30pm. Hyatt Galleria, Deira (04 209 6000).
A camping weekend with Arabia Outdoors
In conjunction with Liv2Lead, the adventure company is offering a camping weekend with sunset and sunrise yoga, desert meditation and activities including hiking through the desert and cooking on an open fire. Places are limited.
Dhs650 per person. Depart Dubai 11am, return Saturday 4pm. Meeting points near Arabian Ranches and The Springs. Contact Simon Cahill, www.arabiaoutdoors.ae (055 955 6209).
Gulf Super Sixes 2011
Grand Final Eight international cricketers and 48 corporate teams will take part in this fun community cricketing event.
Free. Gates open noon, start time 1pm. Dubai International Stadium, Dubai Sports City, www.supersixes.ae (056 735 2186).
Learn to swing at Emirates Golf Club
Always wanted to try golf but never got round to it? Emirates Golf Club has introduced a weekly hour-long introductory session, open to men and women aged 18 and above. Each week, the club’s PGF professionals will teach the basics of the game and introduce you to the driving range.
Dhs80. 3pm-4pm. The Academy, Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills (04 380 2222).
Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge
Challenge yourself over 92km of Dubai, cycling past iconic landmarks and taking routes you probably never knew existed.
Dhs250. From 6am. Dubai Autodrome, Motorcity, www.cyclechallenge.ae (055 545 2690).
Take an IYT
Personal Watercraft Master course This one-day course is designed to help you meet the requirements for safe PWC operations and covers being a responsible rider in charge of a PWC (a jetski, for example) and passengers with 20 miles of a safe haven, in fair weather. The practical training uses a Williams Tender or similar berthed in Dubai International Marine Club (next to Barasti).
Dhs1,500. Ongoing. Marine Concept, Al Barsha Business Centre, www.marine-charter-concept.com (055 960 3030).
F1-style single-seater experience
Try the ultimate race experience and feel the adrenaline as you’re strapped in to the 180bhp single-seater for the ride of a lifetime. You’ll be given a full briefing by professional instructors before being put through your paces. You must have a manual transmission experience and a valid UAE or international driver’s licence.
Dhs875. Sessions available from 9.05am. Dubai Autodrome, www.dubaiautodrome.com (04 367 8700).
Join the Christmas Pursuit Race with Dubai Road Runners
Runners will meet as usual to race either one or two laps of the park, but in order to enter you must have run the distance at least once during a predictor since September 1. There will be prizes for the six fastest times, and you’re encouraged to wear something festive.
Dhs5. From 6.30pm. Ongoing. Car park at Gate 4, Safa Park (050 624 3213).
Take part in a 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).
Wild Wadi winter pass offers
Get unlimited access to Wild Wadi until March 15, 2012 with a special rate for adults and kids. Sign up and you can also 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).
Improve your game with cardio tennis sessions
Clark Francis Tennis offers intensive sessions where you’ll improve your footwork and strengthen key muscle groups by training on a specially designed circuit. Also on Wednesdays.
Dhs75. From 8pm. Ongoing. Clark Francis Tennis, The Aviation Club, Garhoud (050 685 8304).
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).
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 reef off Jumeirah Beach.
Dhs150 including tank and weights, Dhs250 including dive kit. 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).
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, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 342 2993).
Join the 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 Fridays at Burj Park Island at 8am.
Free. 7pm. Ongoing. Dubai Festival City, www.facebook.com/nikerunningmiddleeast.
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).
Have an adventure with a desert balloon ride
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).
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).
Tour the Meydan stables
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the world of thoroughbred racing after a buffet breakfast with a 90-minute tour of the stables, 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. Ongoing. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3375).