19 sports to play in Dubai this week

Test your strength with the Wadi Adventure race

Thursday 8

Etisalat Pro-League
Dubai take on Ajman, and Al Shabab go head-to-head with Al Ain. Prices vary between clubs. Both matches kick-off at 8pm.
Dubai, Al Awir Road (04 287 0111); Al Shabab, Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Al Mamzar (04 296 7755).

Racing at Meydan
Meydan Racecourse hosts its first meeting of the 2012/13 racing season this evening, with both grandstand entrance and restaurant packages available.
Free admission, Dhs25 (premium seating), Dhs75 (parade ring lounge), Dhs295 (dining starting price). Gates open 5pm, races start 6.30pm. Meydan Racecourse, Al Meydan Road (04 427 2110).

NGK National Race Day Series
This event will include round one of the UAE Motor City Sportbike Championship and the Formula Gulf 1000.
Free. 9am-5pm. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City (04 367 8700).

The Dubai Pre-Owned Boat Show 2012
Find a more affordable way to take up seafaring pursuits at this show, which aims to make sailing more accessible to everyone. There will be fun, family-friendly activities throughout the weekend.
Free. 4pm-8pm. Until November 10. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club (04 205 4535).

Friday 9

Dubai Women’s Run 2012
Open only to women, take part in either a 5km or 10km run around the Palm Jumeirah.
Dhs100. From 7am. Atlantis, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.5kwomensrun.com (050 551 2991).

Etisalat Pro-League
Al Wasl v Al Jazira. Prices vary between clubs.
Kick-off 8pm. Al Wasl, Oud Metha Road (04 324 3333).

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).

The Wadi Adventure Race 2012
This team challenge involves taking on six activities in the park, involving a combination of physical and mental strengths. You will have to take on the raging raft, a bag toss, vertical climbing, a water puzzle, surf pool retrieval and an obstacle course.
Dhs550 per team (minimum three, maximum five members). From 8am. Wadi Adventure, Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain, www.premiermarathons.com (050 817 8955).

Saturday 10

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 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 11

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).

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).

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 12

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 13

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.

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).

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