Sport events in Dubai

Try pearl diving or watch polo qualifiers

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Wednesday 14

Attend the Dubai International Boat Show
Pick up the latest diving equipment or check out impressive superyachts and supercars at this five-day show for both the industry and the public.
Dhs60 per person. 3pm-9.30pm. Until March 17. Dubai International Marine Club, www.timeouttickets.com

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).

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).

Thursday 15

An evening of entertainment for outdoor enthusiasts
Guest speakers Mike Nott and Ian Ganderton will be giving talks on adventures around the region, and you will have a chance to meet the UAE’s top outdoor providers, adventure companies and retailers to discuss your next excursion.
Dhs35 per person. The Lakes Club, The Lakes, Emirates Hills, www.arabiaoutdoors.com (055 955 6209).

Dubai International Horse Fair
This event showcases the widest range of international equine products, services, equipment and technology for horse owners, breeders and equine professionals in the Middle East.
Free. Thu and Sat: 11am-8pm; Fri: 2pm-8pm. Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, www.dihf.ae (no number).

Visit the Middle East Motor Tuning Show
Find out what’s hot in the motor tuning and car modification industry.
Dhs60 three-day pass, Dhs30 day pass. Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 3pm-11pm. Until March 17. Expo Centre, Sharjah, www.timeouttickets.com

Friday 16

Discounts for UAE residents at Wild Wadi
Make the most of Wild Wadi’s discount for UAE residents, and save yourself Dhs55 on each adult entry fee. Make sure you bring your UAE ID (driver’s licence, labour card, Emirates ID card, passport or copy all accepted), so you can make the most of all the rides.
Dhs160 (normally Dhs215). Until March 19. Wild Wadi, Umm Suqeim (04 348 4444).

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 try it out, and they will make sure you get access to the hotel’s beach to join them. Sessions are also held Mon and Wed, 6am-7am. First five sessions free. 7.30am-9.30am. Pavilion entrance, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (050 718 5104).

Saturday 17

Dubai World Cup Carnival: race meeting 15
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).

Take a cruise for less with Xclusive Yachts
Enjoy a one-hour cruise around the coast of Dubai on a 2012 Bow Rider, passing through Dubai Marina, the outskirts of Palm Jumeirah and up to the Burj Al Arab. The trip is inclusive of refreshments and towels. Dhs299 for up to five people. Ongoing. Xclusive Yachts, Dubai Marina (04 432 7233).

Try a traditional pearl diving experience with Jumeirah
Step on board a traditional dhow and try your hand at pearl diving the old-fashioned way, at depths of three to five metres. Find a pearl and you can keep it. The trip also includes a typical Emirati fish and rice lunch, as well as singing and story-telling.
Dhs700 per adult, Dhs500 under 12s (children are not permitted to dive). Tue and Sat, 9am-3pm. Ongoing. Pick-up from Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (04 406 8828).

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 18

Attend a qualifying game for the President’s Polo Cup
Expect fast-paced action as star polo players from around the world battle it out in the first in a series of qualifying matches for the Grand Final on Friday March 30.
Free. From 4.30pm. Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club, Ghantoot, Abu Dhabi, www.presidentpolocup.ae (02 562 9050).

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).

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).

Monday 19

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).

Play with the pros – Try Monday night football
Join Carlton Palmer and his fellow professionals in their adult football league every Monday evening. Don’t worry if you don’t have a team – the academy will be able to slot you into one.
Dhs60 per person or Dhs300 per team (maximum six players). 7.15pm-8.15pm. Ongoing. Repton School, Nad Al Sheba, cpfadirector@gmail.com (050 349 5976).

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 20

Get involved at an athletics night
Designed to bring men, women and children of all ages together, runners compete 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 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).

Visit a new skate park art installation
Grab your board and head to the first skate park art structure in the shape of Arabic calligraphy, which is offering free daily skate sessions.
Free. Daily 8am-10pm. Tashkeel, 300m from Nad Al Sheba police station, www.tashkeel.org (no number).

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