Where to watch and play sport in Dubai

Best sporting events of the week from May 23 to 29

Wednesday 23

Cricket league
Sign up to this new recreational cricket league for men. Also on Mondays.
Dhs600 individual, Dhs5,000 team of eight. 7pm-10.30pm. Until June 27. Dubai Modern High School, Nad Al Sheba, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Men’s basketball
A fast-paced recreational league where teams play a match every week. If you don’t have a team, sign up as an individual and you’ll be placed in one. There are also competitive sessions on Mondays.
Dhs550 individual, Dhs4,000 team. 7pm-10.30pm. Until June 18. Dubai International Academy, Emirates Living, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Midweek special rates at Dubai Creek Golf Club
The 18-hole championship course at Dubai Creek Golf Club is offering special rates for UAE residents and Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) members from Sunday to Thursday throughout May, allowing players to take advantage of the mild weather for less before summer kicks in. Rounds can be booked up to seven days in advance, and the price includes cart hire and range balls.
Dhs420 (UAE residents), Dhs399 (EGF members). Until May 31. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira, golfbooking@dubaigolf.com (04 380 1234).

Thursday 24

BloKarting in Nad Al Sheba
Try your hand at one of the quirkiest sports in Dubai: a combination of karting and windsurfing.
Dhs125 (20 minutes), Dhs275 (one hour). Lessons take place at Meydan, Nad Al Sheba. Dreamdays, www.dreamdays.ae (800 2080).

Swimming lessons
Mina Seyahi Watersports Club offers swimming lessons for children and adults, as well as stroke improvement sessions for those looking to better their technique. Group classes take place every Tuesday and Thursday, and private classes are also available.
Group lessons Dhs980 for 10, private lessons Dhs1,200. From 4pm. Mina Seyahi Watersports Club, Dubai International Marine Club, Dubai Marina, www.canadian-swimacademy.com (055 139 5861).

Friday 25

AFC Futsal Championships
The UAE hosts 15 teams to fight out the Futsal Championship 2012, with Iran expected to put up a good fight following several previous triumphs. Today, it’s UAE v Turkmenistan followed by Thailand v Kyrgyzstan. Prices vary. Kick off at 6pm and 8.30pm. Until June 1. Al Wasl Stadium, www.the-afc.com (no number).

Revolution Cycles Criterium Dubai Autodrome
Two criteriums in one day. The A Group race is open to experienced racing cyclists and B Group is for regular weekend riders looking to get into racing.
Dhs130 per person. From 6am. Dubai Autodrome, www.premiermarathons.com (050 680 4528).

Dubai Desert Road Run June Summer Scorcher
Are you completely mad about fitness? If yes, this summer run is probably for you. Taking place on Saturday June 23, sign-up is now open for this 10km race, which takes place on the private roads around The Sevens Stadium.
Dhs70 per person. From 6am. The Sevens Stadium, Dubai-Al Ain road (route 66), www.premiermarathons.com (04 425 0211).

Night diving in Dibba
Easy Divers Emirates offers a wide range of different diving services, as well as boat hire options. If you already have your PADI dive 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 26

Al Gaffal 60ft traditional dhow sailing race
Watch the last race in the watersports season at Dubai International Marine Club, in the shape of this long-distance traditional 60ft contest.
Free. From 7am. Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina (04 405 8843).

Enjoy 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. If you’re lucky enough to find a pearl, you can keep it (although they’re not usually worth more than Dhs100). 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).

Try Jebel Ali’s new watersports centre

Watercooled Watersports Centre offers 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).

Sunday 27

Beat-the-heat golf rates at The Montgomerie
Weekday rates go down as the mercury goes up at this golf course, with great May rates, and even lower ones from June until the end of September.
Dhs395 per round per player until May 31, Dhs200 from June 1 until September 30. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).

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

Monday 28

Indoor volleyball
Sign up for this indoor volleyball league, which starts today. With temperatures creeping up outside, it’s expected to be popular, so book your place now.
Dhs350 individual, Dhs2,500 team of six. 7.30pm-10.30pm. Until July 1. DAA and Raffles West, Umm Suqeim, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Media Moguls Cup
Duplays’ roster of corporate football tournaments now features this league for media professionals. As with the other footie leagues, individual sign-ups are not permitted. Get a team together and contact your HR department to enter.
Dhs3,500 per team. 8pm-11pm. Wellington International School, Umm Suqeim, 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 29

Athletics coaching
Regular coaching by professionals in track and field events for athletes of all ages, running throughout the summer months. Also on Sundays 5.30pm-6.30pm.
Dhs40. 5.30pm-6.30pm. Ongoing. Dubai American Academy, Barsha, dubairacenight@gmail.com (050 225 7024).

Mixed netball league
Play seven-a-side indoor netball in this mixed, recreational league, which starts today. A maximum of three male players are allowed per team.
Dhs250 per person, Dhs1,950 per team. 7pm-10.30pm. Until June 26. Regent International School, Emirates Living, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Touch rugby league
This ‘Touch&Go II’ league is open to both men and women looking for a social way to get fit. 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).

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