11 sports events in Dubai this week

The best sporting events to watch and play

Wednesday 22

Camel Racing
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 23 January. Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack, Al Ain Road (055 676 0006).

Thursday 23

2014 UIM Sky Dive Dubai XCAT World Series Round 1, Dubai Grand Prix
The most powerful and challenging extreme powerboating series will be making waves at the Dubai International Marine Club. There will be activities for the whole family, making this a fantastic and exhilarating day out.
Free. 11am-6pm, until January 25. Dubai International Marine Club Mina Seyahi, www.xcatracing.com (no number).

Friday 24

Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon
If you’re not lacing up your running shoes and taking part in this gruelling yet scenic 26 mile run, then be sure to come out and support some of the finest world-class long-distance runners, and all the gutsy amateurs, tackling this challenge. Spectators should keep an eye out for 66-year-old Stuart Horsewood, who is running his 199th world marathon.
Free. 7am. Race starts at Umm Suqeim Road, opposite Madinat Jumeirah. www.dubaimarathon.org (04 433 5669).

Dubai World Cup Carnival
Combine glamour and sportsmanship at one of the biggest equestrian events on the sporting calendar.
Free entry to the grandstand. 6.30pm. Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, www.dubairacingclub.com (04 327 0077).

UAE National Race Day
The motor sport season roars into gear this weekend, and this event is a family day out for those that love the sport and those just discovering it. As well great motorsport there will be food, and entertainment.
Free. 11am-5pm. Until January 25. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City, www.dubaiautodrome.com (04 367 8700).

Adult five-a-side football
Fancy yourself as the next Ronaldo? Get a team together and head down to the DP Soccer stadium for this football tournament.
Dhs1,000 per team. 9am. DP World Soccer Stadium, Jebel Ali Port, www.activeuae.com (055 124 7722).

Saturday 25

Get XFit with Fitness First Fitness
First is hosting a beach-side session of X-Fit, a form of exercise that focuses on using your own body weight instead of equipment. The session will use high intensity functional training and a variety of functional movements such as swimming and running on the sand.
Free. 10am-12.30pm, Jumeirah Beach Park, www.fitnessfirst-me.com (800 348 6377).

Sunday 26

Freerunning in the city
Try a activity, and sign up for Freerunning, also known as Parkour. This cool urban sport originated in the streets of Paris and involves vaulting, acrobatics, and running. The classes go through the safety steps, how to use momentum and the advanced class shows you how to do tricks and stunts.
Dhs55 for beginners, Dhs65 for advanced. 4.15pm-5.15pm beginners class, 5.15pm-6.15pm advanced class. Ongoing. Emirates International School, The Meadows. www.uaeparkour.com, (056 762 8742).

Paddleboard yoga
Improve balance, core conditioning and mental poise by practising yoga on a floating paddleboard. Stand-up paddleboard 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).

Monday 27

Omega Desert Classic 2014
Seven days of professional golf action tees off at the Emirates Golf Club. Top players will be swinging for the trophy and a big money prize.
From Dhs75, under 18s go free when accompanied by a paying adult. 7.30am-5pm. Until February 2, Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills, www.dubaidesertclassic.com (no number).

Tuesday 28

Play softball
The softball season has started at Duplays, and the teams are looking for enthusiastic players. The teams are for men and women for mixed competitive games. Newcomers should enrol to division two. There is a pay-to-play rule so preference will be given to teams that have paid in full.
Dhs350 for an individual, Dhs3,500 to register a team. Tue 7pm-11pm. Until March 11. Duplays. Dubai Softball Fields, Business Bay, www.duplaysdubai.playpass.com, (04 447 2394).

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