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Thursday 13

Dubai Midnight Marathon
The inaugural Dubai Midnight Marathon will actually be a 3.2km fun run, with the first full midnight marathon taking place next year.
Free. From 6pm. Burj Steps, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaimidnightmarathon.com (04 201 0458).

Dubai Motorsport Festival
Witness two days of high-adrenaline action featuring the NGK Racing Series, UAE Sportbike Championship, FG1000, Radical Cup and Porsche Cup ME.
Free. From 9am. Dubai Autodrome, MotorCity (04 367 8700).

UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship
The Class 1 powerboat drivers are back, having raced in Libreville, Gabon and Cernobbio in Italy, before finishing the season in Abu Dhabi on Friday December 21. Expect fast-paced action in the powerboat equivalent of motorsport’s Formula 1.
Free. Thu from 3pm, Fri-Sat practice from 10am, race from 3.30pm. Until December 15. Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi (04 399 5777).

Friday 14

Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge 2012
The epic ride returns, taking in some of Dubai’s best-loved landmarks on a 92km tour of the city.
Dhs250 per person. From 6am. Nad Al Sheba cycle park, www.premiermarathons.com (050 680 4528).

Dubai Wrestling Entertainment
This independent wrestling event takes place at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex, with fighters from WWE and TNA championships and superstar male and female wrestlers said to be among the competitors. Tickets available from the organiser’s website.
Dhs100 (level 3), Dhs200 (level 2), Dhs350 (level 1), Dhs500 (ringside), Dhs900 (VVIP). 6.30pm-11.30pm. Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex, Dubai Bypass Road, www.dwe-ticket.com (04 343 7778).

Gulf Super Sixes 2012
The corporate cricket tournament sees 48 teams competing. The top eight will be mentored by cricketing legends in a bid to see them win the cup in tonight’s final.
Free. 3pm-11.30pm. Dubai International Stadium, Dubai Sports City .

Urban-Ultra Desert Stinker run
A two-stage desert adventure run: choose eithertwo 10km races or two 20km runs. On Friday night, competitors will run in the dark on a flat course; in the morning they’ll run their chosen distance over the dunes. Dhs200. From 7pm. Bab Al Shams, www.premiermarathons.com (050 446 2069).

Saturday 15

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).

Dubai Desert Road Run December 2012
There will be a 10km race, a 3km fun run and a competitive 3km for junior entrants.
Fun run Dhs40, 10km Dhs80. From 7am. The Sevens, Al Ain Road, www.premiermarathons.com (055 889 4568).

Emirates Airline Cup of Nations XVs Test Rugby Tournament
The final day of the rugby tournament. Participating in this year’s event are national XVs teams from Zimbabwe, Belgium, hosts UAE and reigning champs Hong Kong. Two games will be played, one at 4pm and one at 6pm.
Free. 4pm-7.45pm. The Sevens, Dubai-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).

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 hosts 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 16

Al Marmoum Camel Racing
Watch fast-paced action fromsome of the UAE’s most prized racing camels. Also on Monday 17.
Free. From 7am. Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack, exit 37, Al Ain Road (055 676 0006).

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, 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).

Monday 17

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).

Pedal by the pool
Fidelity Fitness hosts an outdoor spin class by the pool under the stars, with free entry for non-members just for tonight. Participants can also get 30 percent off membership packages on the day.
Free. 7pm and 7.45pm. Fidelity Fitness, Almas Tower, JLT (04 451 1133).

Tuesday 18

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).

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).

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