22 new sports to try in Dubai this week

Watch the World Parachuting Championships or take part in a run

Wednesday November 28

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).

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).

Play softball
Sign up to play in Sandlot V, a mixed recreational softball league that starts today.
Dhs180 individual, Dhs1,650 team. 7pm-10.30pm. Until December 19. Metropolitan Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.duplays.com (055 224 0187).

Thursday 29

Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens
The city’s biggest sporting weekend returns, with exciting rugby action on the pitch, bizarre fancy dress in the stands and live entertainment in the rugby village.
Thu free, Fri and Sat Dhs240 in advance, Dhs300 on the day, season ticket (Fri and Sat) Dhs400 in advance, Dhs500 on the day. Gates open 7.30am. The Sevens Stadium, Dubai-Al Ain Road (route 66), www.timeouttickets.com.

FAI World Parachuting Championships Mondial 2012
The opening ceremony takes place today, and the first contests begin. More than 1,000 skydivers from all over the world will take to the air to compete.
Free. From 7.30am. Until December 9. Skydive Dubai, behind Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 324 4446).

Friday 30

Gulf Super Sixes 2012
The corporate cricketing tournament gets under way today, with 48 teams competing. The top eight will be mentored by cricketing legends, in a bid to see them win the cup.
Free. 3pm-11.30pm. Until December 14. Dubai International Stadium, Dubai Sports City.

Individual cycling
time trial Probike holds a 21km and 42km time trial for riders today. The event is open to all abilities, and there will be plus raffle prizes and free food and drinks.
Dhs50. From 7am. Venue TBD, www.premiermarathons.com (04 325 5705).

Oakley Run Series (race 2 of 5)
Take part in either a 4km or 8km run for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid week-long holiday in the French Alps.
The run follows a scenic route, passing Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Wild Wadi, Burj Al Arab, Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah and Al Qasr. Dhs125 (adults), Dhs75 (under 18s). From 7am. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, www.premiermarathons.com (050 657 5021).

National Day!
The Lost Chambers Family Fun Day As the UAE celebrates its 41st anniversary, The Lost Chambers hosts a special UAE-themed family fun day. Children are granted free entry with each paying adult, and can enjoy date tasting courtesy of Bateel, hear tales from UAE folklore, take part in cultural activities and spot the UAE flag flying underwater. There will also be talks held on marine species native to the Gulf’s waters. UAE freediving champion Ahmed Khoori will make a special appearance to help raise awareness of the importance of ocean conservation.
Dhs100 adults, children under the age of 11 get free entry with each paid adult admission. 10am-8pm. The Lost Chambers, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0000).

National Race Day at Dubai Autodrome
Watch the third race day in the local motorsports series. The on-track action includes the NGK racing series, MotorCity UAE Sportbike Championship and Radical Winter Cup.
Free. 9am-5pm. Dubai Autodrome, MotorCity (04 367 8700).

Saturday December 1

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. Reebok CrossFit LifeSpark, Concorde Tower, Cluster H, JLT, crossfit@lifesparkcoaching.com (no number).

Introduction to polo
This fun 90-minute introduction to the game is perfect even for non-riders, and gives a comprehensive insight to the sport.
Dhs750 per person. From 3pm. Ongoing. 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.
Free. 5pm-8pm. Ongoing. Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, thegrill@arnonline.com (04 399 3333).

Sunday 2

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

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

Omega Dubai Ladies’ Masters
This stop on the European Tour welcomes some of the biggest names in women’s golf.
Free. From 7am. Until December 8. Emirates Golf Club (04 380 2112).

UAE resident rates for night golf
Residents can enjoy special rates for night golf at Emirates Golf Club’s Faldo course 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 (04 380 1234).

Monday 3

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, then for Jebel Ali Shooting Range. The ground is at the shooting range. www.jebelalidragonsrfc.com (no number).

Volleyball league
This beach volleyball league is open to both men and women.
Dhs250 per individual, Dhs1,800 per team. 7.30pm-10.30pm. Until December 19. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, www.duplays.com (055 224 0187).

Tuesday 4

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).

Five-a-side women’s football league
Join this brand new women’s football league, called Victorious Secret, which kicks off today.
Dhs200 per individual, Dhs1,600 per team. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Until December 11. Dubai American Academy, Barsha, www.duplays.com (055 224 0187).

Ultimate frisbee league
The Spin Doctors V ultimate frisbee league is open to both men and women.
Dhs200 individual, Dhs1,400 team. 7pm-10pm. Until December 18. Gems World Academy, Barsha, www.duplays.com (055 224 0187).

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