Sport events in Dubai

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Wednesday 15

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

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 Sun-Thu Dhs150, Fri-Sat Dhs175. Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (04 399 5000).

Pick up some surf skills with a lesson at 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. Blustery weather means the water is frequently perfect for a surf at the moment.
From Dhs125 for express sessions. 8am-5pm. Ongoing. Surf Dubai, Umm Suqeim Beach (050 504 3020).

Try something new with a fencing lesson
Seeking a new hobby? Try a group fencing session at MK Fencing Academy, where all gear will be provided for the first three months. Also takes place on Thursdays 7.30pm-8.30pm.
Dhs60 per 60-minute session. 6.30pm-7.30pm. Ongoing. MK Fencing Academy, Jumeirah Beach Road (050 794 4190).

Thursday 16

Dubai World Cup Carnival: race meeting 9
The stars of thoroughbred racing compete in the run-up to the Dubai World Cup on March 31.
Free, seating packages from Dhs100, hospitality packages from Dhs395. Doors open 1.30pm, race starts 3pm. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (04 327 2110).

Take on the Faldo course at night
Enjoy a round of golf after dark on the 18-hole Faldo course. It’s open to both members and the public, with tee times as late as 9.55pm. A three-month access card is available and includes three 18-hole rounds of night golf and discounts on additional rounds. Night clubbing access card from Dhs1,500 for three months.
Ongoing. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills (04 380 1234).

Visit the falconry centre and try a heritage sport

Guests are given a glove to enable them 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).

Friday 17

Dubai World Cup Carnival: race meeting 10
More horse-racing action in the run-up to the Dubai World Cup on March 31.
Free, seating packages from Dhs100, hospitality packages from Dhs395. Doors open 1.30pm, race starts 3pm. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (04 327 2110).

Rock climbing and camping weekend

Make new friends on this climbing weekend. Bring your own climbing shoes, sleeping bag and food – barbecue grills, coals, utensils and hot drinks will be provided by the organisers.
Dhs850 per person. Leaving Dubai 10am, returning 4.30pm the following day. Arabia Outdoors, Dibba (055 955 6209).

Nike Run Club Dubai
The club offers three free training sessions each week, plus professional coaches from PTX on hand to offer advice. Attend 10 sessions and you’ll get a free Nike T-shirt. Also on Tuesdays at 6.45pm at Festival City, and Saturdays at 7am at Al Fattan Towers, JBR.
Free. 7.45am. Until April 30. Burj Park Island, Downtown Dubai, www.facebook.com/nikerunningmiddleeast.

RAK Half Marathon
Now in its third year, head down to the RAK half marathon to support runners and maybe witness record-breaking times. In 2011, seven new records were set. Free for spectators.
From 7am. Manar Mall, opposite City Hotel, Ras al Khaimah, www.rakmarathon.org (050 969 7597).


Saturday 18

Play badminton with the Shuttle Masters I league
This mixed league is open to adults of all skill levels, and both individuals and two-person teams.
Dhs50 per person per session. 7pm-9pm. Raffles West Campus, Umm Suqeim, dubai.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

See Dubai’s traditional dhow sailing race (43ft)
Perfect for family spectators and far quieter than powerboat racing, this is boating with a traditional twist.
Free. Timings TBC. Dubai International Marine Club, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi (04 399 5777).

Third Jazz Cup ODI: Pakistan vs England
Pakistan and England meet again in this one-day international.
Tickets from Dhs30. Doors open 1pm, match starts 3pm. Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai Sports City, www.timeouttickets.com

Sunday 19

Join a women’s basketball league
This social group welcomes both teams and individual players to weekly sessions with the Basket Bees I league. Players of all standards are welcome, including novices.
Dhs50 per session. Sun 8pm-9.30pm. Until March 6. Wellington International School, Umm Suqeim, dubai.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Step behind the wheel of a dune buggy
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. Ongoing. Desert Rangers (050 276 8111).

Tour the Meydan stables
After a buffet breakfast, take a behind-the-scenes look at the world of thoroughbred racing with a 90-minute tour of the stables, and see the horses being fed and exercised. Tours also available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Dhs250 for adults, Dhs200 for children, includes buffet breakfast. Breakfast from 8am, tour starts 9am. Until April 15. Meydan, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3231).

Monday 20

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2012
The tennis kicks off with day one of the women’s tournament. With the semi-finals and finals sold out, make the most of this opportunity to see the world’s best players go head to head.
Dhs50. Matches start 2pm and 7pm. Until March 3. Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.timeouttickets.com

Join a football sport-specific training activity
Get fit and learn to play better at the same time with these weekly sessions.
Dhs50 per session, Dhs400 for 10 sessions. 7.30pm-8.30pm. Until March 26. Dubai American Academy, dubai.duplays.com.

Play frisbee in the Spin
Doctors I league If you’re looking to play a new sport this year, there’s still time to join a frisbee league and make new acquaintances in the process.
Dhs375 individual, Dhs3,000 team of six. 7.30pm-10pm. Until March 26. Metropolitan Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, dubai.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Sign up for the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
Registration is now open for the Desert Challenge, which takes place from March 31 to April 7 in the Liwa desert. The five-day motorsport challenge sees entrants compete with motorbikes, quad bikes, four wheel vehicles and trucks.
For entry details, contact the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE, info@atcuae.ae (04 296 1122).

Tuesday 21

Fourth Jazz Cup ODI: Pakistan vs England
The two teams face off again in a final one-day international at Dubai Cricket Stadium ahead of the three Twenty20 matches.
Tickets from Dhs30. Doors open 1pm, match starts 3pm. Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai Sports City, www.timeouttickets.com

Get involved at an athletics night
Designed to bring men, women and children of all ages together, runners compete across different distances against those of similar ability. Coaching sessions are also available.
Dhs40. 5.30pm-7.30pm. Ongoing. Dubai American Academy, Barsha, dubairacenight@gmail.com (050 225 7024).

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

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