23 sports to play in Dubai

Watch cricket for free or get out there on an adventure

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Wednesday 3

ACC Elite Trophy UAE 2012 cricket
The tournament organised by the Emirates Cricket Board gets under way this week, with ten teams battling it out for the trophy. Today’s match sees Saudi Arabia face Hong Kong. Visit the website for the full schedule.
Free. Match starts 5.15pm. Until October 13. ICC Global Cricket Academy, Dubai Sports City, www.emiratescricket.com (04 448 1355).

FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup Dubai
International swimmers compete in heats throughout the morning, with the finals contested at 6pm. Tickets are available on the door.
Day passes Dhs20, VIP seating Dhs40. From 9am. Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex, Dubai Bypass Road (E611), www.fina.org (04 306 2666).

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
Join Duplays’ indoor hockey league, which is open to men and women who are 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).

Urban Energy’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, 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 5km training programme. Urban Energy Fitness, various locations (050 657 1182).

Thursday 4

Etisalat Pro-League: round one
Catch Dubai against Bani Yas and Al Wasl against Al Ahli.
Prices vary. From 5.10pm. Dubai, Al Awir (04 287 0111). From 8.15pm. Al Wasl, Oud Metha (04 324 3333).

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

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).

Friday 5

Bowling league
Get competitive by joining Duplays’ new mixed bowling league, which launches today.
Dhs200 individual, Dhs1,000 team. 4pm-6pm. Until October 19. Dubai Bowling Centre, Business Bay, www.duplays.com (055 224 0187).

Corporate basketball league
Round up some colleagues, sign it off with your HR team and join this competitive men’s league, which starts today.
Dhs2,800 per team. 5pm-10pm. Until November 2. Dubai International Academy, Emirates Living, www.duplays.com (055 224 0187).

Etisalat Pro-League: round one
Watch Al Shabab against Al Nasr.
Prices vary. From 8.15pm. Al Shabab, Al Mamzar (04 296 7755).

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).

Weekend adventure trip with Live 2 Lead
This trip includes yoga, hiking, snorkelling, fishing and an overnight stay on a dhow. Breakfast, lunch and a barbecue lunch are included, as well as mattresses to sleep on. Don’t forget your passport.
Dhs745 per person. Live 2 Lead, www.meetup.com/creating-extraordinary-lives, livia@liv2lead.com (050 181 9527).

Saturday 6

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).

The Grill
Time Out columnist Tom Bushell forms part of the sporting panel on Dubai Eye’s live sports show, broadcast from Barasti every Saturday. He’s joined by Brian Murgatroyd, Ben Jacobs, Zulf Hyatt-Khan, Clarke Davies, Marc Archer and Damian Brandy. Each week expect top guests, prizes and, of course, plenty of sport.
Free. 5pm-8pm. Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, thegrill@arnonline.com (04 399 3333).

Sunday 7

Men’s football league
Join Duplays’ competitive Premier 7s league. Also on Tuesdays.
Dhs525 per individual, Dhs4,000 per team. 7pm-11pm. Until December 4. Dubai American Academy, Barsha, www.duplays.com (055 224 0187).

Women’s basketball league
The Duplays Lady Ballers IV league ends soon.
Dhs200 individual, Dhs1,575 per team. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Until October 7. Wellington International School, Umm Suqeim, wbasketball.dxb@duplays.com (055 224 0187).

Monday 8

Beginner golf coaching
Want to join a golf league but not quite up to your desired standard? Try this coaching offer, which will help get you in shape in plenty of time for the start of a new league. The first session will takes place today. Dhs1,200 for eight sessions. 7.30pm-8.30pm. Until November 26. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Living, www.duplays.com (055 224 0187).

Join Dubai Jebel Ali Dragons Rugby Club
This rugby club offers social training as well as a competitive team. Training takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays, with games held on Fridays.
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. Ongoing. Burjuman, Bur Dubai, www.wonderbustours.ae (04 359 5656).

Tuesday 9

Cheap weekday bowling rates
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).

Nike Run Club
This free running club’s winter season features weekly sessions at Safa Park on Tuesdays at 6.45pm and JBR on Saturdays at 7.45am, with a Downtown run set to be announced soon. Attend ten sessions and you’ll be given a free Nike T-shirt. See the Facebook page for updates.
Free. 6.45pm. Ongoing. Safa Park, gate 3, www.facebook.com/NikeRunningMiddleEast.

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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