The camel racing season is in full swing, so be sure to catch this traditional Emirati activity.
Free, morning races 7am-9am, afternoon races 2.30pm-4.30pm. Until Thursday 9 January. Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack, Al Ain Road (055 676 0006).
Ping Pong Dubai launch
Meet some of the world’s best table tennis players at Safa Park. Join Ping Pong Dubai for a fun afternoon with the Chinese national team players, who will be competing in the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals. There will be a free barbecue and the world’s leading players will perform trick shots. You can also take part in mini ping pong competitions.
Free. 1.30pm-5pm. The Archive, Safa Park, gate 5, www.thearchivedubai.tumblr.com/program (04 349 4033).
GAC World Tour Table Tennis Championships
This is ping pong like you’ve never seen it before. The world’s best table tennis players will be battering their paddles in an attempt to win a Dhs3.6m prize. The tour will feature men’s and women’s singles and doubles events as well as an under-21s competition.
Free, 10am-8pm until Sunday 12 January, Al Nasr Sports Club, Oud Metha, www.ittf.com (04 337 1234).
Dubai World Cup Carnival
A horse racing event that’s not to be missed – an evening of first class racing from jockeys and horses from all over the world.
Free, for hospitality packages book online. 6.30pm. Meydan Race Track, Nad Al Sheba, www.dubairacingclub.com (04 327 2110).
Dunlop 24 hours of Dubai
This event gets under way at the Dubai Autodrome. A test of a driver’s endurance and engineering excellence, the race will see 80 teams from around the world compete against each other.
Free entry to grandstand and paddock, 2pm, until Saturday 11 January, Dubai Autodrome, Motorcity, www.24hdubai.com (04 367 8700).
Seven-a-side football league
Join a footie team with Duplays – the popular VW 7s league gets going this week. Teams operate on a ‘first to pay, first to play’ preference system, so it’s bests to sign up online as preference will be given to teams that have paid in full.
Dhs50. Mondays until February 24, Duplays Dubai, Indigo Icon Tower, Cluster F, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, www.duplaysdubai.com (04 447 2394).
Zoggs Aquathlon Series
If you’re looking for a new year sporting challenge, sign up for this duathlon and be in with a chance to win a holiday to the French Alps – that alone should help you get through the course. The event has three distances and is open to all abilities. The Super Sprint is a 200/375m swim and 2.5km run (participants 12 years and under will swim 200m, all others 375m), the Sprint event is a 750m swim
and 5km run, while the Olympic is a 1.5km swim and 10km run.
Registration fees Dhs125 for under 18s, Dhs175 for adults. Mina A’ Salam Hotel water sports hut, Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.premieronline.com (no number).
Improve balance, core conditioning and mental poise by practising yoga on a floating paddleboard. Stand-up paddle yoga lessons are taught by a professional, qualified yoga instructor and all abilities are welcome. Dhs125. Every Sunday and Wednesday, 4pm-5.30pm, and every Monday and Thursday, 10.30am-12pm. Sofitel The Palm, Palm Jumeirah. www.seayou.ae (04 420 6100).
The Dubai Table Tennis Academy is now open, founded by Polish national team player Wiktor Gniewek and offering group and private coaching to players of all ages. Open tournaments are held on the weekends. From Dhs20 per day, Dhs150 per month, Dhs600 per year. Al Shabab Club, Al Mamzar (050 398 8005).
Early bird bike rides at Al Qudra
Join TriDubai’s weekly cycle group to ride on the car-free cycle track at Al Qudra. This group meets at the new car park at the end of Al Qudra Road and is ideal for cyclists who can maintain a minimum of 28kmph in a group.
Free but cyclists must sign up to become TriDubai members (no membership fees). 5.20am meet. Al Qudra Cycle Track, Al Qudra Road www.tridubai.org (04 325 5705).
Try new gym EMD Fitness, a boxing, mixed martial arts and fitness centre. It’s owned and run by Eisa Al Dah, the UAE’s first professional boxer. It boasts panoramic views of Downtown Dubai and is a facility for both men and women complete with a boxing ring, martial arts cage, cardio machines (which you can plug your MP3 players into) and a 40 metre sprinting track. There is also a separate ladies’ area. The gym offers a three-day free pass so you can try before committing.
Dhs4,788 annual membership or Dhs399 per month. Open 6am-11pm. EMD Fitness Level 2 Sunset Mall, Jumeirah 3 Road, www.emdfitness.com, www.facebook.com/EMDFitness (04 338 4001).