This week's top sport events

From beginner's golf classes to the tennis, these are our top picks

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Wednesday 20

Beginner golf coaching
This level one group golf coaching course is open to anyone, even if they’ve never set foot on a golf course. Over eight weeks, the aim is to arm you with the fundamentals and the knowledge to help you start on the right track.
Dhs1,200. 7pm-8pm. Until April 10. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Living, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Basket Hunters basketball league
A new men’s recreational basketball league starts today in Mirdif.
Dhs275 individual, Dhs1,900 team. 7pm-9pm. Until March 13. Dubai Modern Education School, Mirdif, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Champions Trophy cricket league
Join this new recreational men’s cricket league. Play is already under way, but latecomers can join an existing team. Whether they ask you to chip in for the team fee is at their own discretion.
Dhs475 individual, Dhs3,950 team. 7pm-11pm. Until March 13. Dubai Modern High School, Nad Al Sheba, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Thursday 21

Al Marsa’s weekend getaway offers
Al Marsa is running three special diving packages every weekend. The first is a discover scuba-diving trip (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).

Golf meal deal at The Track
Take on The Track’s golf course with a midweek tee time or weekend night golf, and enjoy a burger and cold drink afterwards at Qube Sports Bar all for one price.
Dhs295. Until February 28. The Track, Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3733).

Racing at Meydan
Meydan Racecourse hosts another meet of the Dubai World Cup Carnival.
Free admission, Dhs25 (premium seating), Dhs75 (parade ring lounge), from Dhs295 for dining options. Gates open at 5pm. Until March 30. Meydan Racecourse, Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba (04 327 2100).

Friday 22

Aerofit Spring Triathlon 2013
Take part in a classic sprint triathlon – swim 750m, cycle 20km and run 5km.
Dhs250. From 7am. Golden Tulip Bungalows, www.premiermarathons.com, tri2aspirecoach@gmail.com (no number).

Sign up for the Habtoor Grand Beach Games
Book your place to take part in a host of highly competitive team sports on Saturday March 9. There will be beach volleyball, beach dodgeball, flip cup and tug-of-war played for cash prizes. All players get a free beverage and all-day beach access on the day.
Dhs100 individual, Dhs800 team. 11am-5pm. Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Saturday 23

Dubai Desert Road Run
Choose to take part in either a 10km race, a 3km fun run or a 3km run for under 18s. The Desert Road Run is held six times throughout the year, allowing participants to map their progress over a period of 12 months.
Dhs40 3km fun run, Dhs50 junior 3km, Dhs80 10km. From 7.30am. The Sevens Stadium, Al Ain Road, www.premiermarathons.com (055 889 4568).

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships: Women’s final and men’s qualifying rounds
Catch the final of the women’s open at Dubai Tennis Stadium. Competitions will be taking place on preceding days in the tournament for a chance to win tickets. Meanwhile, the men’s open begins today, with a limited number of tickets for qualifying matches available on the door.
Dhs50. 2pm and 7pm. Until March 2. Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com (04 417 2415).

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. Read more from Tom on the opposite page.
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 24

Dubai Camel Racing Festival
This 12-day local festival sees thousands of highly trained camels of different ages and breeds from across the region come together to compete and win big prizes.
Free. 7am-5pm. Until February 28. Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack, Al Ain Road (055 676 0006).

Tribal bootcamp
Tribe Fit may be yet to open its Dubai Marina gym, but it’s already getting the word out with free fitness 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. Ongoing. Silverene Tower, Dubai Marina and Regent International School, The Greens, www.tribefit.com (800 87423).

Monday 25

Dubai Polo Gold Cup 2013
The Gold Cup gets under way today, with six UAE polo teams – each featuring professional international players –competing for victory. There will be matches during the week, as well as at the weekends, with final fixtures announced on the event’s website. Pack a picnic for a great day out.
Free; Dhs100 for car parking in the picnic area (free parking also available). Final on Friday March 15, Dhs150 per person. Matches at 2pm and 4pm. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, oppposite Arabian Ranches,
www.dubaipologoldcup.com.

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).

Get fit for less in February
Throughout February, members and non-members can visit Fidelity Fitness clubs in JLT and Dubai Marina every Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday from noon to 2pm and 6pm to 8pm for a free health check. First-time guests also get a free one-day pass for the gym. Today, you can also head down to a free Bodypump class at 6.30pm in JLT or 7.30pm in Dubai Marina – those wearing red will have the chance to win a special spa package.
Free. Until February 28. Al Fattan House, Dubai Marina; Almas Tower, JLT (04 451 1133).

Tuesday 26

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 will win 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 The Dubai Mall.
Personal training Dhs250-350 per session. Ongoing. Various locations across Dubai, www.dubai-personal-training.com (050 157 3552).

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