Where to watch and play sport in Dubai

Sporting events in the city from May 30 to June 5

Wednesday 30

AFC Futsal Championships semi finals
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. Contenders in today’s matches will depend on the results of last week’s games.
Prices vary. Kick-off at 3.30pm and 6.30pm. Al Wasl Stadium, www.the-afc.com (no number).

Cricket league
Sign up to this recreational cricket league for men. It’s open to all levels and ages, with sessions 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).

Thursday 31

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

Freestyle night at Ski Dubai
Try your hand at tricks using specially installed jumps accompanied by music from a local DJ, or just watch as pros and novices work on their stunts. If you’re an amateur looking to work on your tricks, there will
be an enormous inflatable landing pad across the black run, so make the most of the opportunity to practise safely.
Dhs180 to ski or board, Dhs80 to watch from Avalanche Café (including hot chocolate). 8pm-11pm. Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates (800 386).

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 1

AFC Futsal Championships: third-place playoffs and finals
Contenders in today’s finals will depend on the results from matches on Wednesday May 30.
Prices vary. Kick off at 4pm and 7.30pm (finals). Al Wasl Stadium, www.the-afc.com (no number).

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).

JBH-Wilson Tennis Open finals
See the doubles finals on Friday and the singles on Saturday.
Free. From 7pm. Until Saturday 2. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 406 8818).

Saturday 2

American football league try-outs
Try out for a position on the UAE Falcons American football team, or just find out more about the sport at this pre-season event. There will also be a number of summer training camps held throughout the warmer months for those wanting to get more involved.
Free. 4pm-6.30pm. Dubai Sports City, www.facebook.com/emiratesamericanfootballleague, www.eafl.ae (no number).

Beat-the-heat golf rates at The Montgomerie
Weekday rates go down as the mercury goes up at this golf course, with great rates until the end of September.
Dhs200 per round per player. Until September 30. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).

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).

Sunday 3

Deals at Dubai Creek Golf Club
Summer offers start now at this championship course. Get discounts on one-month unlimited driving range and par 3 access, and summer lessons for less.
From Dhs695 for unlimited par 3 and driving range access. Until September 30. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira, golfbooking@dubaigolf.com (04 380 1234).

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 4

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 5

Athletics coaching
Professional track and field instructors offer coaching sessions to 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).

Group golf coaching
This summer night school is a great place for beginner and intermediate golfers to hone their basic skills. Starting today, classes are an hour long and take place twice a week. Also on Thursdays.
Dhs1,295. 7pm-8pm. Until July 5. Emirates Golf Club, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Mixed netball league
Play seven-a-side indoor netball in this mixed, recreational league. 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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