Sports events in Dubai

Play in a softball tournament, try cycling and more from April 18-24

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Wednesday 18

Book a desert driving course
Borrow a Land Cruiser or bring your own 4x4. A valid driving licence is essential, as is booking ahead.
Dhs1,800 with company 4x4, Dhs1,000 with your own. From 8.30am. Various locations. Desert Rangers, www.desertrangers.com (04 357 2200).

Sign up for the Wadi Adventure Triple Triathlon – The Sting
This race takes place on Friday April 27 and includes a 300m swim, 7km cycle and 1.5km run, to be completed three times. After the race, contestants can use the park’s facilities.
Dhs120 individual, Dhs220 teams. From 7am. Wadi Adventure Park, Al Ain, www.premiermarathons.com (no number).

Softball MESC co-ed tournament

As part of the Middle East Softball Championships, Duplays is organising a recreational co-ed tournament.
Dhs150 individual, Dhs1,500 team of 10. Wed-Thu 6pm-11pm, Fri 10am-11pm. Until April 20. Metropolitan Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Thursday 19

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).

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 includes refreshments and towels.
Dhs299 for up to five people. Ongoing. Xclusive Yachts, Dubai Marina (04 432 7233).

Volkswagen Dubai Amateur Squash Open
This multi-tiered tournament sees local squash players competing in a minimum of two games, with the chance to win Dhs3,000 in prize money. Registration is now closed. Free for spectators.
Thu 6pm-10pm, Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Until April 21. The Pavilion Sports Club, Jumeirah Beach Hotel and The Quay Healthclub, Madinat Jumeirah, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Friday 20

Individual time trial 21km and 42km
Push yourself in Probike’s Time Trial series, which sees alternating individual and team events held monthly at Dubai Academic City. Sign-up price includes post-race refreshments and the chance to win prizes.
Dhs50 per person. From 7am. Dubai Academic City, www.premiermarathons.com (04 325 5705).

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

Night diving in Dibba
Easy Divers Emirates offers a wide range of different diving services. If you’ve got your PADI certification, join the group for a night dive off the Omani coast.
Dhs350. Times vary. Ongoing. Emirates Easy Divers, The Lakes Club, The Lakes, Emirates Hills (04 447 2247).

Saturday 21

Shuttle Masters badminton league
The Shuttle Masters league is open to both men and women looking to play at a recreational level.
Dhs50 per session, Dhs400 for 10. Until June 9. Dubai British School, Emirates Hills, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

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. Weather permitting.
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).

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).

Sunday 22

Happy Gilmore golf league
This fun par 3 golf league runs every Sunday. 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).

Men’s competitive football league
Both individuals and teams are encouraged to sign up for one of Duplay’s more competitive football offerings, with the Premier 7s II league. Also on Tuesdays.
Dhs500 individual, Dhs3,750 team. Until June 14. Dubai American Academy, Barsha, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Women’s recreational basketball
Try your hand at basketball with the Basket Bees II league – beginners are welcome.
Dhs50 per session, Dhs360 eight sessions. 8pm-9.30pm. Until May 13. Wellington International School, Umm Suqeim, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Monday 23

Check out Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa’s new watersports centre
Watercooled Watersports Centre is now open and is offering a range of exciting rides and activities, including Zapcat powerboats, waterskiing, wakeboarding and much more. Advance booking essential. Day beach access fees do not apply.
Zapcat from Dhs170, waterskiing and wakeboarding from Dhs145. Ongoing. Open daily 9am-5.30pm. Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa (04 814 5555).

Get involved with a volleyball league
A new league starts today, so join Block Busters II for what Duplay’s describes as its ‘most social league offering’.
Dhs450 individual, Dhs3,200 team of six. 7.30pm-10.30pm. Until June 4. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Monday night pro football
Join Carlton Palmer and his fellow football professionals in their adult football league every Monday evening. Don’t worry if you don’t have a team – the academy will find you one. Men only.
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).

Tuesday 24

Get involved at an athletics night
This weekly event has runners of all ages and both genders compete against those of similar ability. Coaching sessions are also available if you need a bit of practice.
Dhs40. 5.30pm-7.30pm. Ongoing. Dubai American Academy, Barsha, dubairacenight@gmail.com (050 225 7024).

Mixed netball for all levels

Men and women can join this social netball league.
Dhs250 individual, Dhs1,950 team. 7pm-10.30pm. Until May 8. Emirates International School, Umm Suqeim, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Oil and Gas Football Cup II

Only open to companies in the energy sector, this eight-week league starts today. There is no limit on the number of players per team, but each will need to provide proof of employment with the company whose team they are setting up or joining. Individual sign-ups are not permitted.
Dhs3,500 per team. 8pm-11pm. Until June 12. Wellington International School, Umm Suqeim, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Touch rugby league
This ‘Touch&Go II’ league is open to both men and women. Matches also take place on Wednesdays.
Dhs450 individual, Dhs3,600 per team. 7pm-10pm. Until June 7. Jumeirah Baccalaureate School, Jumeirah, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Test your sporting knowledge with Rob McCaffrey
Football-crazy Time Out columnist and pundit Rob McCaffrey hosts a new sports pub quiz every Tuesday night, where you and a team of sport-mad friends can put your knowledge to the test for the chance to win prizes.
Free. From 9pm. West Beach Bistro & Sports Lounge, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR (04 449 8888).

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