Fancy a Zumba class at 2am? Dubai Sports World is at your service from Friday June 21. Mark Griffiths gets the lowdown on what’s in store this summer
For the third year running you’ll be forced to search a little harder than the standard ‘It’s too hot outside’ when it comes to excuses for not exercising this summer. See our cover story from page 16 for plenty of ideas. These include the clever (read: slightly annoying) folk at Dubai World Trade Centre, who have got your number, and are just weeks away from opening the doors to the largest indoor summer sports exhibition the Middle East has ever seen.
From Friday June 21 to Wednesday August 21, seven days a week, from 8am to midnight, and 8am to 3am during Ramadan, sports enthusiasts are well and truly taken care of at Dubai Sports World.
Now you can head indoors to try a bit of – big breath – football, rugby, basketball, futsal, volleyball, squash, badminton, tennis, virtual cycling, skateboarding, BMXing, running, table tennis, pool and foosball.
There is also a Well-Being Zone, offering yoga, Pilates, body balance, health and nutrition advice, kids’ yoga and more.
Designed with people of all abilities in mind, from first-time players to experienced athletes and spectators, Dubai Sports World is open to anyone looking to stay or get fit during the humid slog until the end of August.
‘It’s tough to stay fit in the heat,’ Issam Kazim, director of events and sponsorship at DWTC explains. ‘DSW provides a destination for residents and visitors to keep fit and train. It’s a platform for friends and
families to come together and have fun through sport.’
Spanning more than 28,000 square metres, DSW has this year partnered with the city’s leading professional sporting academies and clubs, as well as prominent sporting establishments and renowned athletic trainers to provide hands-on coaching and advice as well as nurturing local talent.
‘Sheikh Saeed Halls 1 and 2 and the multi-purpose Trade Centre Arena will be transformed,’ says Kazim. ‘The Dubai Indoor Football Championship will take place in Sheikh Rashid Hall, which features eight pro-standard playing fields for five- or seven-a-side football, rugby and Aussie Rules pitches, three badminton courts, one volleyball court, one squash court, two basketball courts, two tennis courts, one multipurpose court, virtual cycling simulators, a bike pump track, a skate and BMX park, a state-of-the-art gym, and a 660m running track.’
Those wishing to sit back and watch rather than break a sweat are also catered for with a 1,400-capacity tiered seating stand.
DSW opens on Friday June 21 with a Zumbathon – that’s a Zumba Marathon – priced at Dhs100 per person, with proceeds going to the World Food Programme. Zumba Fitness instructors will dance continuously with more than 400 participants from 11am until 1pm.
‘The second edition of Dubai Sports World was well received, most praising the size of the venue,’ Kazim notes. ‘This year DWTC has upped its game, introducing more sports across more fields.’ Entrance to Dubai Sports World is free. Classes, pitch hire and activities are charged individually starting from Dhs5 for a game of table football. It’s bad news for those planning on using ‘I’m poor’ as a replacement for ‘It’s too hot’ – the indoor running track is free too.
Prices vary. Dubai Sports World, Dubai World Trade Centre, www.dubaisportsworld.ae
Three DSW events not to miss
Saturday July 6
Trainers will tell us there is nothing better than a walk a day to begin the process of getting fit. Sign up for the DSW Walkathon and enjoy a Saturday afternoon stroll with hundreds of like-minded individuals. You never know, it could be the start of something very special.
Tuesday July 2 to Saturday 6
The Dubai Indoor Football Championships are certain to draw the crowds, just as they did last year. The tagline says it all: ‘The force of legends, The fire of heroes’. Join the ranks of passionate supporters as you watch some of the world’s football favourites in action. To win tickets to take part visit the DSW website.
Wednesday July 19
If you frequent one of the city’s skate and BMX parks and fancy yourself a bit of a pro, get working on your finesse. The venue will host a one-off Ramadan Skate & BMX Competition, where you can make your skills official, or simply check out stunts by what will no doubt be a flurry of entrants.