Sport events in Dubai

See the men's tennis final or play social softball

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Wednesday 29

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2012: Men’s Day 3
Watch as the world’s best players battle it out in the third day. Tickets available at the venue at the time of going to press.
Dhs50. Matches start 2pm. Until March 3. Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com.

Go bowling at Dubai Bowling Centre
Head over to Dubai Bowling Centre for cheaper weekday rates and challenge your friends to a game.
Sun-Wed Dhs17 per person per game after 6pm, Dhs15 before 6pm; Dhs100 per hour per lane after 6pm, Dhs85 before 6pm. Wed 9.30am-midnight, Thu 10am-2am, Fri 10am-1.30am, Sat-Tue 10am-midnight. Muscat Street, Al Quoz (04 339 1010).

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

Visit Dubai Dolphinarium
Watch a live dolphin and seal show at the dolphinarium with Alpha Tours. Also available on Thursdays and Fridays.
Dhs100 adult, Dhs50 children. 11am, 5pm and 8pm. Dubai Creek Park, www.alphatoursdubai.com (04 294 9888).

Thursday 1

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2012: Men’s Day 4
Watch the continued elimination of tennis talent as the pace heats up. Tickets are sold out, but matches will be shown live on Dubai Sports and Dubai Sports HD.
Matches start 2pm. Until March 3. Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com.

Dubai World Cup Carnival: race meeting 12
The stars of thoroughbred racing compete in the run-up to the Dubai World Cup on Saturday 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.
Night clubbing access card from Dhs1,500 for three months. Ongoing. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills (04 380 1234).

Friday 2

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2012: Men’s Day 5
The world’s best players battle it out in the penultimate day of the championship. Tickets are sold out, but matches will be shown live on Dubai Sports and Dubai Sports HD.
Matches start 2pm. Until March 3. Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com.

Dubai World Cup Carnival: race meeting 13
More horse-racing action in the run-up to the Dubai World Cup on Saturday 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).

Join the Dubai Diggers and try your hand at dragonboating
The Diggers meet three times a week for practice. Phone the team in advance to make sure you get access to the hotel’s beach to join them.
Sessions are also held on Mondays and Wednesdays 6am-7am. First five sessions free. 7.30am-9.30am. Pavilion entrance, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (050 718 5104).

IYT Personal Watercraft (PWC) Master course
This theory and practical course covers the requirements for the safe operation of watercraft such as jetskis. Training uses a Williams Tender or similar.
Dhs1,500. 9am-5pm. Dubai International Marine Club and Dubai Marine Concept Office, Barsha, www.marine-charter-concept.com (055 960 3030).

Play in Duplays’ Field of Dreams softball tournament
Play softball, sip cold drinks and eat burgers at this fun day out. Games will be in double-elimination format, meaning you have to lose two games to be ruled out of playing further.
Dhs100 individual, Dhs1,000 team of 10. Noon-7pm. Metropolitan Hotel, dubai.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Saturday 3

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2012: Men’s Finals
Who will take home the title today? Tickets are sold out, but matches will be shown live on Dubai Sports and Dubai Sports HD.
Matches start 2pm. Until March 3. Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com.

Get discounted fishing trips in Jebel Ali
Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa is offering fishing trips for everyone from beginners to professional sports fishermen, with a 15 per cent discount available on a four-hour trip for up to seven people.
Dhs1,488 per boat. Ongoing, Sunday-Thursday only. Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa (04 814 5555).

Play badminton with the Shuttle Masters
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).

Sunday 4

Book a desert driving course
If you’re planning to organise your own desert camping trips, this driving course is a good way to make sure you have the essentials down. You can either borrow one of the company’s Land Cruisers or bring your own 4x4. A valid driving licence is essential, and the course must be booked in advance.
Dhs1,800 with company Land Cruiser, Dhs1,000 with your own vehicle. From 8.30am. Various locations across Dubai. Desert Rangers, www.desertrangers.com (04 357 2200).

Join the Happy Gilmore league
This fun par 3 golf league starts today and runs every Sunday for the next eight weeks. It’s a great social activity with prizes every week from TaylorMade and free branded mixed drinks.
Dhs950 for eight-week sign-up. From 7.45pm. Until April 22. Emirates Golf Club, www.duplays.com/sport/golf (04 447 2394).

Play in 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).

Monday 5

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).

Join a football sport-specific training activity
Get fit and learn to play better at the same time with these weekly sport-specific 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 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).

Tuesday 6

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).

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 often perfect for a surf at the moment.
From Dhs125 for express sessions. 8am-5pm. Ongoing. Surf Dubai, Umm Suqeim Beach (050 504 3020).

The beachside dining spot is celebrating international coffee day at its brand-new branch

Feeling the pinch? Fear not. We've got 16 weekend feasts for under Dhs300 for you

Black Coffee and Themba will hit the decks on Friday September 28

You’ll get a complimentary vegetarian dim sum basket on October 1

It's free to take part and no experience is needed

There will be fireworks at La Mer, plus discounts across the city

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