Top ten sports events in Dubai this week

The Dubai Tour, the World Cup Carnival, and much, much more

Wednesday 5

The Dubai Tour
This new professional cycling tour wheels into the city today. The race spans fours days and four stages. It starts with the Downtown Stage that takes riders around the Burj Khalifa. In the second stage, cyclists ride out to Nad Al Sheba cycle track. The third stage sees them peddle across Palm Jumeirah and the final stage is a race through the old streets of Dubai. See them get started at the Dubai Tour Start Village, Dubai World Trade Centre Plaza.
Free. Start Village opens 9.30am. Downtown Dubai. Until February 8. (no number).

Dubai Corporate Sports Tournament
The battle of the CEOs begins in this six-week corporate league. Watch companies compete in events such as athletics, basketball, football, touch rugby and cricket.
Free for spectators. 8am-8pm. Until March 22, Grand Finale March 21. Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai Sports City & Dubai Bowling Centre, Al Quoz, (04 425 3553).

Thursday 6

Dubai World Cup Carnival
The season of equestrian eventing continues, and visitors can get dressed up and enjoy a night at the races. Some of the world’s finest jockeys and fittest horses will be competing for big money prizes at this event.
Free entry to the grandstand. 6.30pm. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, (04 327 0077).

Arabian Gulf Football League: Al Shabab v Al Wasl
Support your local team as the The Hawks of Al Shabab take on the Cheetahs of Al Wasl in round 17 of the Arabian Gulf League.
Free. 8.15pm-9.45pm. Al Shabab Al Arabi Club, Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Al Mamzar, (04 296 7755).

Friday 7

2XU Triathlon Championship
This event offers not only a chance to push yourself physically but you might win a holiday to the French Alps too – a little incentive can go a long way when you’re swimming in a lagoon. The event is open to all ages and abilities, and offers three distances – super sprint (375m swim, 8km cycle, 2.5km run), sprint (750m swim, 24km cycle, 5km run) and Olympic (1.5km swim, 40km cycle, 10km run).
Dhs200 for under 18s, Dhs300 for adults. 7am. Outside Al Mamzar Beach Park, Al Mamzar, (050 657 5021).

Charity recreational softball tournament
Play sport for a good cause and help to raise awareness of the Dubai Autism Centre. You can sign up on the day to take part and proceeds from the event goes to the charity. Games will include a home run derby, most accurate throw and fastest base-runner. With mixed teams and various abilities, this promises to be a social event as well.
Dhs250 entry fee. 10am-8pm, Dubai Softball Fields, Business Bay, (04 447 2394).

Saturday 8

Giant Duathlon
The Giant Bicycles Duathlon Series is aimed at triathletes, duathletes, cyclists, runners and fitness enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. This event is held safely in the Sevens Stadium so eventers don’t have to worry about traffic.
Dhs95 for children, from Dhs295 for adults depending on chosen event. 9am. The Sevens Stadium, Dubai-Al Ain Road (E66), (no number).

Sunday 9

Hat Trick Heroes indoor hockey
Sign up for five-a-side hockey. Have fun, improve your skills and enjoy yourself with fellow teammates in this new league. Duplays will provide standard plastic indoor hockey sticks and goalie equipment if you don’t have your own.
Dhs400 for individuals, Dhs2,800 to register a team. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Until March 9. Regent International School, The Greens, (04 447 2394).

Monday 10

Women’s indoor basketball
If you’re an active lady that likes to shoot hoops, then why not sign up for the indoor basketball league with Duplays.
Dhs400 to register as an individual, Dhs2,800 to register a team. 7.30pm-10.30pm. Until March 9. Collegiate American School, Umm Suqeim, (04 447 2394).

Tuesday 11

Play softball
The new softball season has started at Duplays and teams are looking for new 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. Dubai Softball Fields, Business Bay, (04 447 2394).

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