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Wednesday 8

Basketball league
There are still opportunities for individuals to sign up for this league: teams are often looking to pick up players on the night.
Dhs500 individual, Dhs3,200 team. 7pm-11pm. Until September 11. Dubai International Academy, Emirates Living, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Evening desert rides at Mushrif Equestrian Centre
Head outdoors as the sun sets and try an evening desert ride, open to riders of all abilities at this equestrian centre, which also offers evening lessons for those who want to gain or improve their riding skills.
Dhs300 per person for a 90-minute desert ride. Lessons from Dhs450 for four 30-minute beginner sessions. Mushrif Equestrian Centre, Mushrif Park, Al Khawaneej road, www.mushrifequestrianclub.wordpress.com
(04 357 1256).

Softball league
Join the Sandlot III softball league, which runs for six more weeks.
Dhs360 individual, Dhs3,240 team. 7pm-10pm. Until September 5. Metropolitan Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Thursday 9

Shark safari at Aquaventure
Take a stroll along the bottom of Aquaventure waterpark’s shark lagoon, wearing a special underwater helmet. The park is also offering cheaper entry rates for UAE residents throughout summer when they buy tickets in advance online.
Dhs275 per person for a 20-minute safari. UAE residents park entry Dhs120 (adults), Dhs100 (children). Daily 11am-noon, 1pm-4pm. Until August 31. Aquaventure, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 0000).

Ladies’ nights at Wild Wadi
Every Thursday evening during the Holy Month (and every Thursday and Friday after Ramadan), women and boys aged under nine will have the run of the park.
Dhs205. Thu-Fri 8pm-1am. Until August 31. Wild Wadi, Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com (04 348 4444).

Sign up for a tournament at Al Badia Golf Course
Put your name down for this open golf tournament, which takes place on Friday August 17 and Saturday 18. Day one starts with a pairs Betterball round, followed by a three-course gala dinner and an overnight stay in the InterContinental Dubai Festival City, with breakfast the next day. Day two will see the pairs Texas scramble take place, followed by hors d’oeuvres and a trophy presentation.
Dhs1,200 (non-members with hotel stay), Dhs750 (non-members without hotel stay), Dhs800 (members with hotel stay), Dhs400 (members without hotel stay). From 2pm. Al Badia Golf Club, Festival City (04 601 0101).

Friday 10

Charity football 5s tournament
Duplays is running a charity five-a-side tournament for Ramadan. All proceeds go to the Adopt-a-Camp charity, which aims to improve the lives of the men who build our cities. All players must bring two items to donate to the charity, such as clothing or sports equipment.
Dhs100 individual, Dhs700 team. 8pm-midnight. Sheikh Saeed Halls 1, 2 and 3, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Take a trip on a Wonder Bus
See the city by land and water on this yellow and blue boat-shaped coach, which cruises around town and along the creek, passing many of the city’s best-loved landmarks, and some hidden gems too. Dhs140 per person.
Rides daily from 11am, 2.30pm and 4pm. Burjuman, Bur Dubai, www.wonderbustours.ae (04 359 5656).

Saturday 11

CrossFit fundamentals
Attend a three-hour introductory class and you’ll be ready to take on a beginners’ CrossFit workout session.
Dhs400. Noon-3pm. The Box, Star International School, Jumeirah, www.duplays.com (050 556 5640).

Mini Super 8s IV cricket league
A short outdoor sports league that’s open to adults of all skill levels.
Dhs350 individual, Dhs2,800 team. 8pm-11.30pm. Until August 11. Dubai Modern High School, Nad Al Sheba (04 447 2394).

Summer offers at Dubai Ice Rink

Dubai Ice Rink’s ‘summer on ice’ deal offers a special offer on week-long learn-to-skate programmes. Those who sign up will also get a month of free ice skating following the programme.
Dhs825. Sun-Wed noon-1am, Thu-Sat 11am-1am. Until the end of Ramadan. Dubai Ice Rink, The Dubai Mall, www.dubaiicerink.com (04 448 5111).

Sunday 12

Premier 7s (Division 1) football league
Join this competitive seven-a-side men’s football league at Dubai American Academy to keep fit and active throughout summer.
Dhs500 individual, Dhs3,750 team. 7pm-11pm. Until September 11. Dubai American Academy, Barsha, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Go bowling for less
Head to Dubai International Bowling Centre during the week for lower lane rates when you play before 4pm.
Dhs10 per person. Sun-Wed 9am-4pm. Ongoing. Next to Century Mall, Al Mamzar, www.dubaibowlingcentre.com (04 296 9222).

Monday 13

Join Dubai Jebel Ali Dragons Rugby Club
Join this rugby club to play socially or put yourself forward as a potential member of the club’s competitive team. Training takes plays on Mondays and Wednesdays, with games to be held on Fridays starting in September. It doesn’t cost anything, and new players are welcome to join.
Free. 7pm-8.30pm. Ongoing. Jebel Ali Centre of Excellence, follow signs for Jebel Ali Golf Resort Hotel, then for Jebel Ali Shooting Range, the ground is at the shooting range site. www.jebelalidrogsrfc.com, jebelalidragons1@gmail.com (no number).

Kickboxing at Dubai Ladies Club
Karina Benseman, a former representative of women’s boxing in New Zealand, teaches Muay Thai kickboxing techniques from a fighter’s perspective.
Dhs50 (non members), Dhs40 (DLC members). From 11am. Ongoing. Dubai Ladies Club (04 349 9922).

Tuesday 14

Deals at Dubai Creek Golf Club
Get discounts on one-month unlimited driving range and par 3 access, and summer lessons at lower rates until the end of September.
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).

Membership offers at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
Want to visit this aquatic and educational centre in The Dubai Mall? Buy an Ultimate Aquarium Package and you’ll be able to upgrade to an annual membership for just Dhs100 more, while current members can renew their membership for Dhs200 instead of Dhs250.
Dhs100 for the ultimate aquarium package. Until the end of Ramadan. Open daily 10am-1am. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, The Dubai Mall, www.thedubaiaquarium.com (04 448 5200).

Special events at Ski Dubai
Ski Dubai is currently operating a snow blaster tube ride, which sees guests catapulted down onto a soft inflatable landing pad. There are also ‘SNOlympic’ games to play in the snow park, with prizes awarded on a daily basis.
Dhs200 for a super pass (slopes and snow park). Open daily 10am-1am. Until the end of Ramadan. Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, www.theplaymania.com (04 409 4090).

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