22 sports to play in Dubai

Watch the Harlem Globetrotters or go paddleboarding

Wednesday 24

Go paddleboarding
The water is perfect for paddleboarding just off Umm Suqeim beach. Grab a board from Surf Dubai early in the morning for the flattest seas – you might even spot a turtle.
Paddleboard hire from Dhs75 per hour. Ongoing. Surf Dubai, Villa 12a, Street 3a, Umm Suqeim 3, www.surfingdubai.com (050 504 3020).

Ladies-only classes at Dubai Ice
Rink Dubai Ice Rink now offers 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).

Flexibility training and yoga for cyclists
Spinning studio Flywheel believes flexibility training is one of the most overlooked parts of strength training and conditioning. Following Flywheel cycling classes, these sessions with instructor Barry will help improve flexibility and assist quick workout recovery. Also on Fridays at 11.30am.
Free with Flywheel classes, Flywheel sessions from Dhs110. From 8.15pm. Flywheel, Burj Views, Downtown Dubai, www.dubai.flywheelsports.com (04 423 2544).

Thursday 25

Harlem Globetrotters Live in Dubai
Exhibition basketball team the Harlem Globetrotters bring their theatrical sporting antics to Dubai with a two-day stint at Dubai Tennis Stadium.
Dhs75 (upper gallery), Dhs150 (lower gallery), Dhs250 (gold), Dhs350 (courtside). Thu 7pm, Fri 2pm and 7pm. Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.timeouttickets.com

Ladies’ nights at Wild Wadi
Every Thursday evening, women (and boys aged eight and under) have the run of the park. Breast cancer ribbon magnets will be sold for Dhs55 to raise funds for Pink Caravan.
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 26

Bike track evening at Dubai Autodrome
Bring your own bike to this event, where attendees will be divided into novice and advanced groups, with each group getting three 20-minute sessions. See the website for bike conditions.
Dhs400 per person. Sign on 5.30pm. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City, www.dubaiautodrome.com (04 367 8700).

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).

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. Ongoing. Meet at Lime Tree Café, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.dubairoadsters.com (04 339 4453).

Spinneys build-up ride (3 of 4)
This third training ride for the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge will cover 65km, and is open to men and women aged 15 and up.
Dhs165 per person. From 6am. Location TBC. www.premiermarathons.com (no number).

Saturday 27

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).

Introduction to polo
This fun hour and a half of instruction to the game is perfect even for non-riders, and gives a comprehensive insight to the skills involved in playing the sport.
Dhs750 per person. From 3pm. Until October 31. Dubai Polo Academy, Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club (050 887 9847).

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. 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 28

Bodylines gym promotion
Sign up for a 12-month gym membership at Bodylines in the Amwaj Rotana and you’ll get a month’s free access for your partner or friend, 20 percent discount in the hotel’s restaurants and on massages, one free 60-minute massage, a free body assessment and two free personal training sessions.
Annual membership from Dhs3,800 single, Dhs7,200 couple. Until December 31. Bodylines, Amwaj Rotana, JBR (04 428 2000).

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).

Monday 29

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 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).

IT Cup football league
A seven-a-side corporate league with teams representing Dubai’s IT sector.
Dhs2,200 per team. 8pm-10pm. Until December 3. Wellington International School, Umm Suqeim, 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).

Tuesday 30

Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup
Eight national teams descend on Dubai to play in this five-day international competition.
Free. 4.30pm-10pm. Beach stadium, The Promenade, Dubai Festival City, www.beachsoccer.com (04 324 4446).

Battle of the Banks football league
Employees from Dubai’s financial services industry form company teams to fight it out in this eight-week league.
Dhs3,500 per team. 8pm-10pm. Until December 14. Wellington International School, Umm Suqeim, www.duplays.com (055 224 0187).

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 Friday-morning run at Downtown Dubai set to be announced soon. See the Facebook page for updates and meeting points.
Free. 6.45pm. Ongoing. Safa Park, www.facebook.com/NikeRunningMiddleEast.

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