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Thursday 12

Get into skating at The Rage Bowl
Skateboarding isn’t just for kids, though if it’s your first time you may want to invest in some knee and elbow pads. Get lessons every day between 4pm-6pm, or skate for free from Sunday to Wednesday, 6pm-8pm. Dhs25 for two hours. Rage, The Dubai Mall (04 434 1549).

Go kayaking with Nautica 1992
Take a single kayak out for an hour at Nautica for Dhs50, or hire a double for Dhs100.
Ongoing. Beach club day pass Dhs150. Sun-Thu, Dhs175 Fri-Sat. Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 399 5000).

Dubai World Cup Carnival racing at Meydan
The Dubai World Cup Carnival features the stars of thoroughbred racing in the lead up to the showcase Dubai World Cup on March 31.
Free, hospitality packages available from Dhs100. Doors open 5pm, race starts at 6.30pm. Meydan Racecourse, Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba (04 327 2110).

Friday 13

Arrive and drive at Al Ain Raceway
Grab some friends for a hassle-free, good-value race around the tracks in rental karts. Call ahead at least 24 hours in advance to confirm your booking.
From Dhs100 for 15 minutes. Ongoing. Al Ain Raceway, Al Ain (03 768 6662).

Celebrity Cricket League season two
Catch Salman Khan, Sohail Khan, Sonakshi and more in action at the cricket stadium. Today it’s Mumbai Heroes v Telugu Warriors, while Saturday sees Mumbai Heroes take on the Chennai Rhinos.
Tickets from Dhs50 for general stand. 7pm-11pm. Sharjah Cricket Stadium, www.timeouttickets.com

Have an interactive falconry experience
Guests are provided with a glove in order to participate in flying the birds during a two-hour falconry experience. The trip also includes a tour of the new falcon mews.
Dhs900 adults, Dhs750 children. From 8am. Shaheen Xtreme Falconry, Falcon Mews, Banyan Tree Al Wadi, Ras Al Khaimah (04 435 6550).

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 within 20 miles of a safe haven, in fair weather. The practical training uses a Williams Tender or similar berthed in Dubai International Marine Club. Dhs1,500.
Ongoing. Marine Concept, Al Barsha Business Centre, www.marine-charter-concept.com (055 960 3030).

Saturday 14

Book a surfing lesson with Surf Dubai
Experience the thrill of surfing the Arabian Gulf with Surf Dubai, which offers private lessons seven days a week and group sessions at weekends.
From Dhs125 for express sessions. 8am-5pm. Ongoing. Surf Dubai, Umm Suqeim Beach (050 504 3020).

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup
A 160km competition, the most prestigious event of the endurance riding season, features riders from the UAE and Europe.
Free. Start time to be announced. Dubai International Endurance City (04 327 0077).

Kayak around the Burj Al Arab
Give your upper body a workout and take in views of the Burj Al Arab from a whole new angle. Book as a group of four and get a 25 per cent discount.
Dhs200 per person. 1.5-2 hour sessions at 8.30am, 11am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Arabia Outdoors (055 955 6209).

Take a balloon ride out over the desert
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 more details. Dhs950; Dhs800 (kids aged five to 12). www.ballooning.ae (04 285 4949).

Royal Salute Nations Cup
This annual polo event sees six international teams compete – UAE, Great Britain, Hungary, Pakistan, Brunei and the Rest of the World. The UAE team will be one to watch, headed by the number one polo player Adolfo Cambiaso.
Free, spectators may watch from the Polo Lounge. From 3pm. Desert Palm, Al Awir Road (04 323 8888).

Sunday 15

Sign up for the beginners’ academy package at The Montgomerie
Take up golf this winter with the beginners’ academy package – a complete programme that includes 10 45-minute introduction to golf and player development sessions, four 90-minute weekday playing lessons on the course and much more.
Dhs9,750. Ongoing. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).

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. Breakfast from 8am, tour starts 9am. Ongoing. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3375).

Monday 16

Go diving at night 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).

Put your best foot forward with a beginner’s fencing lesson
Seeking a new hobby for the new year? Try a group fencing session at MK Fencing Academy, where all fencing equipment will be provided for the first three months of the programme. Also on Thursdays 7.30pm-8.30pm and Wednesdays 6.30pm-7.30pm.
Dhs60 per 60-minute session. 7.30pm-8.30pm. MK Fencing Academy, Jumeirah Beach Road (050 794 4190).

Try 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 17

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).

Go riding in the desert with Mushrif Equestrian Club
Riders of all ages and capabilities are catered for at this riding club, with three arenas for lessons, jumping and dressage, and 1,300 acres of natural parkland to ride around.
Dhs300 for 90-minute desert ride, Dhs450 introduction package of four 30-minute private lessons. Open 8am-11am, 3pm-8pm. Mushrif Park (04 257 1256).

Jazz Cup – Pakistan v England Test Match
Pakistan plays England at the Dubai Cricket Stadium in a five-day test match.
Day tickets Dhs20-100, five-day premium pass Dhs400. Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Sports City, www.timeouttickets.com

Join the Nike+ Running Club
The Nike+ Run Club Dubai continues 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 7.45am-9am. Free. 6.45pm-8pm. Until April 30. Dubai Festival City, www.facebook.com/nikerunningmiddleeast.

Play the Majlis for just Dhs895
The final event in the CBI Corporate Golf Challenge is the last chance to play the Majlis before it closes for the Omega Desert Classic, so expect the course to be in immaculate condition. The price includes adidas shirt, 12 balls, dinner, free bar and prizes. The event will include a former Manchester United and England footballer playing and handing out prizes.
Dhs895 pre-booking, or Dhs995 on the day. 1pm shotgun start. Betterball pairs format. To confirm entry, email mark@duplays.com.

Wednesday 18

F1-style single-seater experience
Feel the adrenaline as you’re strapped in to the 180bhp single-seater. You’ll be given a full briefing by professional instructors before being put through your paces. You must have manual transmission experience as well as a valid UAE or international driver’s licence.
Dhs875. Sessions available from 9.05am. Dubai Autodrome, www.dubaiautodrome.com (04 367 8700).

Go on a dune buggy safari
Choose either a morning or afternoon excursion and race buggies over the desert. Just be prepared to get sand absolutely everywhere. Pick-up available.
Dhs325 for 45-minute buggy session, Dhs425 for 60 minutes. From 8.30am or 2.30pm. Desert Rangers (050 276 8111).

Sign up to a softball league
Join the mixed, recreational Sandlot I league which kicks off today.
Dhs360 individual, Dhs3,600 team for season. Until March 22. Metropolitan Hotel, dubai.duplays.com.

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