22 sports to play in Dubai this week

UAE resident golf rates and get fit for your little black dress

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Wednesday Oct 31

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. Ongoing. Flywheel, Burj Views, Downtown Dubai, www.dubai.flywheelsports.com (04 423 2544).

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).

Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup
Eight national teams descend on Dubai to play in this five-day international competition.
Free. 4.30pm-10pm. Until November 3. Beach stadium, The Promenade, Dubai Festival City, www.beachsoccer.com (04 324 4446).

Skate outdoors
Practise your skills at Dubai’s only outdoor skate ramp, which spells ‘Tashkeel’ in Arabic scripture.
Free. Open Sat-Thu 9am-10pm, Fri 3pm-10pm. Ongoing. Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, www.tashkeel.org (04 336 3313).

Thursday Nov 1

Etisalat Pro-League: round one
Al Ahli take on Dubai in the first round of this national football league, which has so far seen an impressive turnout from fans. Prices vary between clubs.
Kick-off 9pm. Al Ahli, Rashid Stadium, Al Qusais (04 298 8800).

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).

UAE resident rates for night golf
Residents can enjoy special rates for night golf at Emirates Golf Club’s Faldo course, making the idea of getting outdoors in the cooler evenings even more attractive. Book a four-ball any time from Sunday to Thursday, and pay for only three players.
Dhs425 per person. Last tee time for 18 holes 8pm, nine holes 10pm. Until December 31. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Living (04 380 1234).

Urban Energy’s ‘Little Black Dress for Christmas’ programme
Sign up for this eight-week programme and you could drop a dress size just in time for Christmas. Each programme is tailored to the individual client, whether you want to lose weight, tone up or target a particular problem area, and includes training and a low-fat diet plan.
Dhs1,800. Ongoing. Urban Energy, various locations (055 886 9158).

Friday 2

Triple Triathlon – The Sting
Swim 350m, cycle 7km and run 1.5km – and do it all three times at this triple triathlon, held in Al Ain’s Wadi Adventure complex.
Dhs250 per person. From 7.30am. Wadi Adventure, Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain, www.premiermarathons.com (050 817 8955).

Corporate basketball league
Round up some colleagues and join this competitive men’s league, which starts today.
Price on request. 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).

Saturday 3

Biathle World Championships 2012
Though this event is invitation-only for participants, you can cheer on those representing the UAE in this two-stage swim and run (it’s like a triathlon, but without the cycling)
Free. 8am. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, www.premiermarathons.com (050 657 5021).

CrossFit fundamentals
Attend a three-hour introductory class and you’ll be ready to take on a beginners’ CrossFit workout session.
Dhs400. Noon-3pm. Ongoing. 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 Greenkeepers Revenge
This Halloween par 3 golf competition is open to teams of one adult and one child. The fee includes a buffet and prizes.
Dhs160 per team. Shotgun starts at 3pm and 5pm. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club (04 295 6000).

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 and Zulf Hyatt-Khan among others. Expect top guests, prizes and, of course, plenty of sport.
Free. 5pm-8pm. Ongoing. Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, thegrill@arnonline.com (04 399 3333).

Sunday 4

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 5

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 6

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, and a new Friday run at 7.45am at Burj Park in Downtown Dubai. See the Facebook page for meeting points.
Free. 6.45pm. Ongoing. Safa Park, www.facebook.com/NikeRunningMiddleEast.

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