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Wednesday 19

Etisalat Cup: round one
Dubai’s Al Nasr play Etisalat Super Cup 2011-12 holders Al Wahda. Go see some local football.
Dhs10-100 (prices vary). 8.15pm. Al Nasr, Oud Metha Road (04 337 5500).

Ladies-only classes at Dubai Ice Rink
Dubai Ice Rink is now offering women-only classes every Wednesday, with female coaches.
Dhs550 per person for five group lessons (includes free entry to public session after class). Wed 12.15pm-12.45pm. Ongoing. Dubai Ice Rink, The Dubai Mall, www.dubaiicerink.com (04 448 5111).

Play hockey
Duplays launches its new indoor hockey league today, open to men and women looking to play in a fun, recreational format.
Dhs250 per individual, Dhs1,650 per team. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Until October 10. Emirates International School, Umm Suqeim, www.duplays.com (055 224 0187).

Play golf at The Track
Meydan’s relatively new nine-hole course not only offers excellent value, but it’s also open from 6.30am to enable you to play before work.
From Dhs103.50. Open daily 6.30am-sunset. Ongoing. The Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3733).

Thursday 20

Groups and societies promotion at The Els Club
Groups who book before Sunday September 30 get a special rate, which includes 18 holes, a main course in the restaurant and two beverages, plus a golf cart, water, towels and tees, use of the club’s practice facilities and prize presentation.
Dhs535 per person. Until September 30. The Els Club, Dubai Sports City, www.theelsclubdubai.com (04 425 1000).

Ladies’ nights at Wild Wadi
Every Thursday and Friday evening, women and boys aged under nine have the run of the park. Try the new Jumeirah Sceirah.
Dhs205. Thu-Fri 8pm-midnight. Until October 31. Wild Wadi, Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com (04 348 4444).

Nike Run Club
This free running club’s winter season starts today with a special one-off evening run in Downtown. Regular weekly sessions at JBR begin on Saturday 22 at 7.45am, while Safa Park sessions start again on Tuesday 25 at 6.45pm and sessions in Downtown start at 7.45am on Friday 28. Attend ten sessions and you’ll be given a free T-shirt.
Free. 8.45pm. Burj Park, Downtown Dubai, www.facebook.com/NikeRunningMiddleEast.

Shark safari at Aquaventure
Take a stroll along the bottom of the shark lagoon at the Atlantis waterpark, wearing a special underwater helmet. The park also offers cheaper entry 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. Ongoing. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 0000).

Friday 21

Deals at Dubai Creek Golf Club
Get discounts on one-month unlimited driving range and par 3 access at this prestigious club, with summer lessons also offered 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).

Go cycling with Dubai Roadsters
Improve your fitness and hit the road with Dubai’s best-known cycling group. You’ll need your own gear (including helmet), and must be prepared to make an early start.
Dhs200 annual fee (payable at Wolfi’s Bike Shop, Sheikh Zayed Road). From 5.30am. Meet at Lime Tree Café, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.dubairoadsters.com (04 339 4453).

Join Urban Energy Fitness’s running programme
This new training programme gives participants the chance to achieve their goal of running 5km, 10km, half marathon and marathon distances. Training lasts between ten and 21 weeks depending on individual goals, and includes two running classes and one fitness class per week, as well as nutrition tips, motivational meetings and plenty of goodies from Urban Energy and Reebok.
From Dhs1,000 for 5k training programme. Urban Energy Fitness, various locations (050 657 1182).

Saturday 22

Badminton league
Play in this fun, recreational badminton league, which is open to both men and women.
Dhs50 per person per session, Dhs425 for ten weeks. From 5pm. Collegiate American School, Umm Suqeim, www.duplays.com (055 224 0187).

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).

Sunday 23

Etisalat Pro-League: round one
The Etisalat Pro-League returns, as Al Wasl play Al Wahda, and Dubai take on Dibba.
Prices vary between clubs. First match 5.30pm. Al Wasl, Oud Metha Street (04 324 3333). Second match 8.15pm. Dubai, Al Awir (04 287 0111).

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).

Men’s football league
Duplays’ competitive Premier 7s league begins today, running for 10 weeks. Sign up online and pay in full to receive a free Adidas shirts – a maximum of ten shirts will be given to each team. Also on Tuesdays. Dhs525 per individual, Dhs4,000 per team. 7pm-11pm. Dubai American Academy, Al Barsha, www.duplays.com (055 224 0187).

Women’s basketball league
Join the Duplays Lady Ballers IV league, now in its second week.
Dhs200 individual, Dhs1,575 per team. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Wellington International School, Umm Suqeim, wbasketball.dxb@duplays.com (055 224 0187).

Monday 24

Etisalat Pro-League: round one
Al Shabab take on Bani Yas.
Prices vary between clubs. From 5.30pm. Al Shabab, Al Mamzar (04 296 7755).

Join Dubai Jebel Ali Dragons
Rugby Club Join this rugby club to play socially or join the competitive team. Training takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays, with games held on Fridays starting in September.
Dhs900 for season membership, including training gear. 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.jebelalidragonsrfc.com, jebelalidragons1@gmail.com (no number).

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 on the way, 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).

Tuesday 25

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, from beginners through to experts. The centre also offers evening lessons for those who want to 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).

Try motocross at dawn
If you have your own bike, head to Dubai Motocross Club, which opens from 5.30am to help riders beat the heat.
Dhs50 per rider for full day, Dhs25 for half day. Open daily 5.30am-10am, 4pm-sunset. Ongoing. Next to Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, www.dubaimotocross.com (050 695 0764).

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