21 to try: Sporty events ths week

Camel racing, classic car festival and more sporty fun in Dubai

Wednesday 6

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

Basket Hunters league
With so many normally held in Barsha and Jumeirah, this new men’s recreational basketball league will be music to the ears of those who reside in Mirdif or Old Dubai.
Dhs275 individual, Dhs1,900 team. 7pm-9pm. Until February 27. Dubai Modern Education School, Mirdif, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Champions Trophy cricket league
Join this brand new men’s cricket league open to all those keen to play at a recreational level.
Dhs475 individual, Dhs3,950 team. 7pm-11pm. Until March 13. Dubai Modern High School, Nad Al Sheba, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Thursday 7

Al Marsa’s weekend getaway offers
Fancy an adventurous start to the new year? Al Marsa is running three special diving packages every weekend. 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 February 28. www.almarsamusandam.com (+698 2683 6550).

Emirates Classic Car Festival
See this showcase of classic automobiles and motorbikes, which is organised by Emaar and the Automobile & Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE). Colourful parades will also take place along the boulevard.
Free. 10am-10pm. Until February 9. Downtown Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.emiratesclassicarfestival.com (04 438 4130).

Racing at Meydan
Meydan Racecourse hosts its tenth meet of the season.
Free admission, Dhs25 (premium seating), Dhs75 (parade ring lounge), from Dhs295 for dining options. Gates open at 5pm. Meydan Racecourse, Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba (04 327 2100).

Friday 8

Book a hike
With the weather so hospitable, it’s no wonder Arabia Outdoors is seeing its excursions booked up so quickly. The next one is a rock-climbing trip for beginners and improvers on Saturday February 16, with the exact climbing location to be confirmed nearer the date – we highly recommend booking your place now to avoid disappointment.
Dhs475 per person. Timings TBC. Meeting points in The Springs and Arabian Ranches. www.arabiaoutdoors.com (055 955 6209).

Join the Reebok running club
This run club takes in a route around Dubai Marina. 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, www.urbanenergyfitness.com (055 886 9158).

National Race Day
A race day featuring Motor City UAE Sportbike Championship and a 300km endurance race for touring cars.
Free. From 9am. International Circuit, Dubai Autodrome, Motor City, www.dubaiautodrome.com (04 367 8700).

Wadi Bih Run 2013
This relay race for teams of five covers a total 72km across the wadi.
Dhs160 individual, Dhs800 team. Golden Tulip Dibba, Dibba, www.premiermarathons.com (04 344 0086).

Saturday 9

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 10

Fit Lab’s new membership offers
Sign up to Fit Lab before Friday February 15 and get a free personal training assessment and a free Kettlebell, TRX and circuit training class, plus a one-day pool access pass for a guest.
From Dhs600 per month, membership available as three, six or 12 month packages. Ongoing. Fit Lab, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club (04 295 6000).

Go diving in Dubai Aquarium
Dive with sharks in the enormous Dubai Mall 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).

Personal training offers from Healthy 4 U
Anyone who signs up for ten sessions of personal training, and refers a friend who books themselves ten sessions, will get three free sessions. The client with the most referrals gets a one-night stay in a five-star hotel in the UAE, while second and third place get a Dhs500 and Dhs250 voucher to spend in Dubai Mall.
Personal training Dhs250-350 per session. Various locations across Dubai, www.dubai-personal-training.com (050 157 3552).

Monday 11

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

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. 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).

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 12

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 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. Paddleboard hire from Dhs75 per hour.
Ongoing. Surf Dubai, Villa 12a, Street 3a, Umm Suqeim 3, www.surfingdubai.com (050 504 3020).

Tribal bootcamp
Tribe Fit may be yet to open its Dubai Marina gym, but it’s getting the word out with free classes five days a week. There’s bootcamp on Tuesdays and Sundays, running club on Thursdays (both in Dubai Marina), Bodypump on Wednesdays, and Bodycombat and TRX on Mondays (at Regent International School).
Call to book your place. Free. Sun and Tue 7.30pm-8.30pm. Silverene Tower, Dubai Marina and Regent International School, The Greens, www.tribefit.com (800 87423).

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