20 top sport events in Dubai

Freestyle football, softball championship, boot camp and more outdoor fun

Wednesday 1

Arab Freestyle Football Championships
After being postponed once already, the football freestyle event will host 16 international freestylers and 36 Arab freestylers from around the region. Honorary guest Diego Maradona will be in attendance, and there will also be an acrobatic basketball show and beatbox performance to keep the crowds entertained.
Free. 8pm-11pm. Until May 4. Burj Park, Downtown Dubai (04 380 6223).

Mid East Softball Championship
The 56th Middle East Softball Championship claims to be the closest slice of ‘Americana’ you’ll find in Dubai. There will be no ASA umpires, as everyone will help, and there will be food and adult beverages available courtesy of Marriott.
Dhs200 individual, Dhs1,500 team. Men’s games Wed-Sat 8am-3pm, mixed and women’s games Thu-Sat 8am-3pm. Until May 4. Metropolitan Hotel, Business Bay, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Thursday 2

Hit a bootcamp session in JLT
If you’re looking for something a bit different to do this Thursday night, try Smart Fitness’s popular bootcamp sessions, which focuses on exercises that use functional and compound movements to help with strength, conditioning and weight loss.
Dhs50 per class, packages available. Thu, Tue, Sun 7pm-8pm. Smart Fitness, HDS Business Centre, Cluster M, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, www.smartfitness.ae (04 438 5055).

Shoot ’n’ Dine
Jebel Ali Shooting Club hosts a competition on the first Thursday of every month. Those aged 15 and above can take part in a crack-shot competition with a round of clay shooting and pistol shooting from 6pm onwards, and round the evening off with an all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet. Drinks will be available from 7.30pm, accompanied by live entertainment.
Dhs290. From 6pm. Jebel Ali Shooting Club, Jebel Ali (04 883 6555).

Friday 3

Go on an outdoor adventure
Absolute Adventure can help you organise a range of different activities, including treks around coastal and mountainous villages.
From Dhs367 per person. Various locations, Absolute Adventures, www.adventure.ae (04 345 9900).

TBWA/RAAD Rugby League Cup 2013
Today sees two matches take place in the newly-formed tournament. Dubai Wasps take on Al Ain Amblers at 4pm, while MANA Dubai go head to head with Abu Dhabi Harlequins at 6pm.
Free for spectators. From 3.30pm, Dubai Sports City, E311 (050 101 4403).

Saturday 4

Become a watersports pro at Watercooled
As well as equipment hire and tow rides, the Jebel Ali-based centre offers courses in a range of sporting disciplines, including kitesurfing, sailing, windsurfing and powerboating.
From Dhs580 for an introduction to kitesurfing. Ongoing. Jebeli Ali Golf Resort, Jebel Ali, www.watercooleddubai.com (04 887 6771).

Oakley Run Series race five
The fifth race in this run series sees participants opt for either a 4km or 8km route. This week, there’s the chance to win an all-expenses-paid week-long holiday in the French Alps. The course itself will take in much of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel gardens, Wild Wadi, Burj Al Arab, Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah and Al Qasr complexes.
Dhs125 (adults), Dhs75 (under 18s). From 7am. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, www.premiermarathons.com (050 657 5021).

Play pickup Ultimate Frisbee
Organised by DUPA (Dubai Ultimate Players Association), there’s a recreational pickup game played every Saturday afternoon on the beach in JBR, playing five on five. Play goes on until sunset, and sometimes beyond with illuminated discs. Most weekends end with a swim or a few cold drinks at Wavebreaker. Visit the website for weekly details.
Free. 4.30pm-6pm. Beach in front of the Ritz-Carlton, JBR, www.dubaiupa.com (no number).

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).

Sunday 5

Go wakeboarding with SeaWake
This fun watersport is incredibly popular, and is relatively easy to learn. SeaWake also offers wakesurfing, with a boat big enough to make waves you can surf without holding onto a rope.
Dhs200 wakeboarding, Dhs220 wakesurfing. Ongoing. SeaWake, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Ladies’ netball league
Play in the ladies’ netball league Shooting Stars II. Play is already underway, but teams can choose to absorb you at their own discretion.
Dhs550 individual, Dhs3,900 team. 7pm-10pm. Until June 9. Emirates International School, Umm Suqeim, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Mirdif football league
The 10-week Mirdif Football Fanatics’ sevens outdoor league is already under way, but teams can absorb individuals at their own discretion.
Dhs575 individual, Dhs4,000 team. 7.30pm-8.30pm. Until June 30. Uptown School, Mirdif, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Mirdif volleyball league
Recreational league Mirdif On The Volley II starts today, and is open to both men and women who like to play for fun.
Dhs320 individual, Dhs1,900 team. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Until May 19. Dubai Modern Education School, Mirdif, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Monday 6

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.
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).

Try an MMA class at Pride Fitness Center
These sessions combine techniques from muay Thai, western boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, wrestling and more. Strikes from both standing and ground positions, takedowns, throws, chokes and joint locks are all used to control and subdue an opponent. There are also supercore women’s-only strength and conditioning classes on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
MMA Dhs80, supercore Dhs100 per class, packages available. MMA Mon and Wed 8pm-9.30pm. Ongoing. The Curve Building, Al Quoz (055 663 2124).

Tuesday 7

De-stress with cardio boxing
Take your frustration out on the pads.
From Dhs40 introductory class, Dhs60 single class. 8.30am. Ongoing. Palm Jumeirah Park, www.urbanenergyfitness.com (055 886 9158).

Hire a boat at Dubai Marina Yacht Club
Choose from trips around the marina, Atlantis and the Burj Al Arab on the 13-metre Carver yacht. The rates include soft drinks and snack platter, with a captain and hostess, and room for 14 guests on board.
From Dhs2,200 for two hours. Ongoing. Dubai Marina Yacht Club (04 362 7900).

Midas Touch rugby league
This men’s touch rugby league returns for a second season.
Dhs575 individual, Dhs3,800 team. Tue 7pm-9.30pm, Wed 7.30pm-10pm. Until June 19. Wellington International School, Umm Suqeim, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Round of golf and a free breakfast
Throughout May, The Track is offering a special rate on nine holes of golf and breakfast. To combat the heat and likelihood of increased requests for early and late tee times, the Meydan course will be open from 6.30am throughout summer.
Dhs195 per person. Until May 31. The Track, Meydan, Nad Al Sheba, www.meydangolf.com (04 381 3733).

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