24 sport to watch and play in Dubai this week

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Wednesday 5

12 Days of Fitness at Fidelity
Throughout December, Fidelity Fitness in Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lakes Towers is offering a great-value voucher for 12 consecutive days’ gym use. You can activate the voucher any time you like within the month, and it’s valid until January.
Dhs120. Until December 31. Fidelity Fitness, Al Mas Tower, JLT (04 451 1133); Al Fattan House, Dubai Marina (04 392 8121).

FAI World Parachuting Championships Mondial 2012
More than 1,000 skydivers will take to the air to battle it out every day in a series of contests. The closing ceremony takes place on Saturday December 8 at Meydan, with concerts from Usher and Katy Perry.
Free for spectators, closing ceremony tickets from Dhs450. From 7.30am. Until December 9. Skydive Dubai, behind Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 324 4446), www.timeouttickets.com

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.
Dhs180 individual, Dhs1,650 team. 7pm-10.30pm. Until December 19. Metropolitan Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.duplays.com (055 224 0187).

Thursday 6

Racing at Meydan
Meydan Racecourse hosts its second meeting of the 2012/13 racing season.
Free admission; Dhs25 (premium seating), Dhs75 (parade ring lounge), from Dhs295 (dining options). Gates open 5pm, race time 6.30pm. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (04 327 2110).

Friday 7

Dubai Kartdrome Endurance Championship
The fourth and final round of the stamina-challenging Kartdrome Endurance Championship takes place.
Free. Timings TBC. Dubai Autodrome, MotorCity, www.dubaiautodrome.com (04 367 8700).

Gulf Super Sixes 2012
The corporate cricketing tournament sees 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 .

Johnson Arabia Dubai Creek Striders Half Marathon 2012
It’s the 11th edition of this half marathon (21.1km), which winds around the creek and is rounded off by a post-race breakfast.
Dhs200. From 6.30am. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira, www.premiermarathons.com (055 532 1674).

Saturday 8

Club or Team Championship Triathlon
Teams of three will cover three 500m swims, three 13.3km bike rides and three 3.3km runs. All competitors must compete one of each race.
Dhs350 per team. 7am. Wadi Adventure, Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain, www.premiermarathons.com (050 817 8955).

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).

Emirates Airline Cup of Nations XV’s Test Rugby Tournament
Day one of the second tournament sees teams from Zimbabwe, Belgium, reigning champions Hong Kong and host nation the UAE battle it out on the field.
Free. 4pm-745pm. The Seven Complex, Al Ain Road (04 345 9666).

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).

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

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, thegrill@arnonline.com (04 399 3333).

XL Volleyball Challenge
Every Saturday, XL Beach Club will host a volleyball challenge. Mixed teams of four will battle it out to win prizes, which will go to the winning team, player of the day and the liveliest participant – in some cases you might get a prize just for turning up.
Free. 12.30pm-5.30pm. Ongoing. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (056 640 6161).

Sunday 9

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).

Join a new men’s football league
The Premier 7s football league begins again today, with sessions on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
Dhs225 individual, Dhs1,750 team. 7pm-10.30pm. Until January 1 2013. Dubai American Academy, Barsha, www.duplays.com (055 224 0187).

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 10

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 11

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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