21 sports in Dubai this week

Go diving with Al Marsa or get your skates on for roller derby

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Wednesday 16

Bootcamp in Dubai Marina
CoreFit’s Wednesday fat-busting bootcamp sessions at Marina Walk are led by Sharon. There are also bootcamps on Mondays at 8pm with Charlotte G.
Dhs50 per session, ten sessions for Dhs450. From 7.40pm. Ongoing. CoreFit, Marina Walk, www.coredirection.com (04 422 5338).

Camel racing at Al Marmoum
Watch fast-paced action from some of the UAE’s most prized racing camels. Also on Thursday 17, Sunday 20 and Monday 21.
Free. From 7am. Ongoing. Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack, exit 37, Al Ain Road (055 676 0006).

Join a hockey league
The Mighty Ducks mixed recreational hockey league starts today.
Dhs350 individual, Dhs2,450 team. 7.30pm-10.30pm. Until February 20. Dubai American Academy, Barsha, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Thursday 17

Al Marsa’s January weekend getaway offers
Fancy an adventurous start to the new year? Al Marsa is running three special diving packages every weekend throughout the month. The first is a discover scuba-diving experience (DSD), the second an open-water diving course (eLearning OWC) and the third an advanced open-water course that includes five adventure dives and a certification upon completion (AOW). All include a two-night stay with meals.
DSD Dhs1,350, OWC Dhs2,750, AOW Dhs2,400. Trips depart on Thursdays from Dibba Port. Until January 31. www.almarsamusandam.com (+698 2683 6550).

Fazza Championship 2013
The falconry championship was established to preserve the heritage of the UAE, and this year’s event culminates today.
Free. Noon-5pm. Al Awir Free Zone, Dubai Bypass Road (04 339 0031).

Hit the links for less
The Montgomerie Golf Club’s online booking system 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 sixth meet of the 2012/13 racing season, heralding the start of the Dubai World Cup Carnival. Also on Saturday.
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
They 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 18

Dubai Jeep Jamboree
All Jeep models are eligible to take part in this off-roading expedition in the desert, and each car is permitted to take passengers – as long as they don’t exceed the seating capacity of the vehicle. Each participant will get a polo shirt, cap, bag and numbered sticker for their vehicle, and there will be a barbecue held for all participants at the end of the expedition, upon returning to Al Badia Golf Club.
Dhs149 per participant. Breakfast from 8.30am, first group will depart at 10am. Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City (04 347 2212).

Go bowling at a new alley
Funky Lanes is a new bowling alley equipped with 10 Brunswick lanes and glowing balls and pins. It also has an entertainment centre, featuring card games, billiards and a private party room.
From Dhs10 for two games Sun-Thu; from Dhs15 Fri-Sat. Ongoing. Arabian Centre, Mirdif (04 239 3636).

Join the Reebok running club
This new running club takes place on Mondays and Fridays, meeting in Dubai Marina, and taking in the sights via routes around 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).

Take on The Polar Beast at Wadi Adventure

In this sprint triathlon at Wadi Adventure in Al Ain, participants will swim in the lakes, cycle 20km (including an 800m ascent to the summit of Jebel Hafeet) and finish with a 5km run.
Dhs250 per person, Dhs450 team. From 7.30am. Wadi Adventure, Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain, www.premiermarathons.com (050 817 8955).

Saturday 19

Dubai International Basketball Championship
This competition, now in its 24th year, sees the UAE national team and Dubai’s Al Ahli face off against Jordan, the Philippines, Kazakhstan and teams from Lebanon. Today will see the champions decided. Tickets from Dhs20-70. 5pm-11pm. Al Ahli Club, Al Qusais (050 778 6447).

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 battle it out to win prizes, which 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 20

Go diving in Dubai Aquarium
Dive with sharks in the enormous aquarium, which is 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).

Monday 21

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).

Dubai Roller Derby
Whether you’re a novice or pro, take part in this skate fitness and derby training session, which runs every Monday and Wednesday. For those who don’t skate, there are also positions for skating officials and referees.
Dhs30 per session, Dhs175 for monthly subscriptions. 7pm-8.30pm. Ongoing. Tennis 360, Meydan Tennis Academy, next to Meydan Hotel, www.facebook.com/dubairollerderby (055 889 1725).

Join a men’s football league
Pull together a team of friends and colleagues and sign up for this 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 22

Go surfing
The water is perfect for surfing just off Umm Suqeim beach. Grab a board from Surf Dubai early in the morning or late in the afternoon for the best waves – 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).

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