18 sports to watch and play in Dubai this week

Run with Reebok or play in a mixed volleyball league

Thursday 10

Hit the links for less
The Montgomerie Golf Club has launched a new online booking system, which offers tee times at the best available rates, as well as information on the weather and course conditions.
Ongoing. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills, www.themontgomerie.com (04 390 5600).

Racing at Meydan
Meydan Racecourse hosts its fifth meet of the 2012/13 racing season, heralding the start of the Dubai World Cup Carnival.
Free admission, Dhs25 (premium seating), Dhs75 (parade ring lounge), from Dhs295 for dining options. Gates open at 5pm, race time 6.30pm. Meydan Racecourse, Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba (04 327 2100).

Gym giant Fitness First
Opened SportZone, a brand new 14,900 sq ft indoor sports facility in Dubai’s Emirates Living community. It houses three futsal courts, three five-a-side football pitches, two basketball courts, two volleyball courts, six badminton courts and can accommodate a variety of different configurations for cricket matches. Unlike the gyms, the facility is open for hire by both members and non-members, with both peak and off-peak rates available. Non-member rates start from Dhs120 for a badminton court.
Open daily 6am-11pm. The Meadows Village, Emirates Living, www.fitnessfirst-me.com (04 437 0545).

Friday 11

Dunlop 24H Dubai
This 24-hour motor-racing event gets under way for the eight year, with drivers battling it out in a true feat of round-the clock endurance. Expect to see pro teams from all over the world taking part.
Free. From 2pm. Until January 11. Dubai Autodrome, MotorCity (04 367 8700).

Join the Reebok running club
This brand new running club takes place on Mondays and Fridays, meeting in Dubai Marina, and taking in the sights as it covers the area. Contact Urban Energy or visit the Reebok store in Marina Mall to register. Dhs50 per session. Mon 8.30am, Fri 7.30am. Ongoing. Marina Mall promenade, www.urbanenergyfitness.com (055 886 9158).

Tackle the Wadi Bih Mountain Bike Challenge
Grab your bike and take part in either the 30km out-and-back ride with a 250-metre ascent, or the 35km hill climb, which ascends 1,000 metres, both on Friday January 11. Not for the faint-hearted – but you’ll get a great view of Musandam’s scenery.
Dhs80. From 8am. Golden Tulip Hotel, Dibba, www.premiermarathons.com (+968 2683 6654).

Saturday 12

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
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 13

Go diving in Dubai Aquarium
Dive with sharks in the enormous aquarium packed with aquatic creatures including sand tiger sharks, rays and all manner of fish. PADI-certified divers can also take a course that includes an insight into marine conservation, underwater photography and much more.
Dhs590 shark walker, Dhs1,875 speciality dive package. Ongoing. The Dubai Aquarium, The Dubai Mall (04 448 5200).

Join women’s basketball league Dynamite Divas
The four-week recreational league gets under way today. Sign up as a team, or as an individual and the organisers will place you in one.
Dhs200 individual, Dhs1,575 team. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Until February 3. Jumeira Baccalaureate School, Jumeirah, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Play volleyball in a new league
Sign up to play in the new recreational Life’s A Beach volleyball league, open to both men and women.
Dhs475 individual, Dhs3,060 team. Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed 7.30pm-10.30pm. Until March 20. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Monday 14

Charter a private yacht
Head out for a day on the high seas. There are a number of private charter options available for different budgets and group sizes, with trips running from the marina along the coast of Dubai.
From Dhs299 per hour. Ongoing. Xclusive Yachts, Dubai Marina, www.xclusiveyachts.com (04 432 7233).

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).

Join a men’s football league
Pull together a team of friends and colleagues and sign up for this new league. Can’t persuade your friends to play? Work alone? The organisers can also place individuals in existing teams. Dhs525 individual, Dhs3,600 team.
Mon and Wed 7pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 7pm-9pm. Until March 24. Dubai American Academy, Al Barsha, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Muay Thai class at MMA Fitness Centre
Try a muay Thai class with Selvin in the morning. Your fee gives you access to the gym and other classes for the rest of the day.
Dhs100 per day. Class starts 8.30am. MMA Fitness Centre, Pacific Building, TECOM (04 367 5077).

Tuesday 15

Sign up for 2013 corporate membership at Al Badia Golf Club
Corporate membership packages for 2013 are now available at Al Badia Golf Club, giving you and your clients access to the clubhouse and a Robert Trent Jones II-designed championship course. Benefits include member-protected tee times, corporate golf day for up to 48 players, 25 additional midweek green fee vouchers and full membership to Al Hamra Golf Club in Ras Al Khaimah.
From Dhs40,000 for two nominated members. Ongoing. Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City, www.albadiagolfclub.ae (04 601 0200).

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