Unmissable sports events this week

Surfing competition, Polo Gold Cup, yoga for cyclists, and more

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Our picks of the week

1 Surf in the Sunset Open competition
See Wed 12.

2 Check out Desert Bowl American football
See Fri 14.

3 Head to the Polo Gold Cup final
See Fri 14.

4 Sign up for ultimate frisbee
See Mon 17.

5 Outdoor workouts with Ignite Fitness
See Tue 18.

Wednesday 12

Emirates SUP and Surf Association (ESSA)
Sunset Open competition Surfers need to sign up now to take part in the biggest event in the Middle East. ‘The waiting period’ runs from now until Saturday March 29, which means as soon as the waves are good enough to surf within this timeframe, the competition will begin. Register online to enter and receive details of the start date. Registration will close at 100 participants so sign up early to
secure your spot.
Free to register. Umm Suqeim Open Beach, www.emiratiriders.com (no number).

Thursday 13

Meydan race night
Dubai’s equestrian season canters on with the Meydan race night, showing the best of up-and-coming racing talent.
Free general admission, hospitality packages are available. 6.30pm. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, www.dubairacingclub.com (04 327 0077).

Friday 14

EAFL Desert Bowl American football
This tournament returns for a second year. Last season’s men’s champions, The Abu Dhabi Wildcats, will be hoping to retain their title against the Dubai Stallions. Youth league finals will also be played.
Free. Noon-9pm. Men’s final starts at 6pm. Dubai Sports City, www.eafl.ae (050 457 4160).

Saucony Dubai Autodrome 10km 2014
Get your running shoes on for this 10km run at Dubai Autodrome. This event also features a 2.5km run for juniors. Register online to participate.
Dhs160 adults, Dhs100 under 16s. 7am. Dubai Autodrome, Dubai Motor City, www.premieronline.com (050 624 3213).

Dubai Polo Gold Cup series final
Enjoy the final of one of Dubai’s premier polo events. A social affair as a much as a sporting one, spectators will be treated to world-class polo, music and a party atmosphere when the sun sets.
From Dhs150. Noon-onwards. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches, www.dubaipologoldcup.com (050 256 9791).

Saturday 15

Whole 22 yards
Love cricket? Go and play in this T20 Cricket league. You can register as an individual or a whole team.
Dhs850 for an individual, Dhs8,500 for a team of up to 15 people. 7.30pm-10.30pm. Until April 23. Dubai Modern High School, Nad Al Sheba, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Sunday 16

Sunday night division 1 netball
This ladies’ league is always very popular and it kicks off again this week. The level of play will no doubt be quite high, so register early.
Dhs450 for individuals, Dhs3,500 for a team. 7pm-10.30pm. Until May 4. Emirates International School, Al Thanya Road, Jumeirah, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Monday 17

DXB Spinners II
If you thought frisbee was just throwing a disk around, think again. This is a competitive league, played on a pitch with boundary rules and a scoring system. Newcomers are welcome, and teams and individuals must pay in advance to play.
Dhs450 for individuals, Dhs2,500 for a team of seven. Until May 5. Emirates International School, Jumeirah, www.duplaysdubai.playpass.com (04 447 2394).

Yoga for cyclists
Cyclists spend a lot of time working on their cardiovascular strength and lower body muscles, but this yoga session is specifically designed to stretch weary legs and develop strength and flexibility all over the body. Dhs65. 7pm-8pm. The Cycle Hub, Dubai Motor City, www.thecyclehub.com (04 425 6555).

Tuesday 18

Girls only class with Ignite Fitness
Designed for all fitness levels, each outdoor workout guarantees results by incorporating cardiovascular, strength and resistance work. Email to reserve a place.
Dhs600 for up to 20 sessions within the month, or Dhs100 per class. Sun, Tue and Thu, 8.30am-9.30am. Group meets at Riva Beach Club, Shoreline 7, Palm Jumeirah. Mon and Wed, 8.30am-9.30am. Group meets at Umm Suqeim Beach Park, info@ignite-wellness.com, www.ignite-wellness.com (04 562 482).

Women’s Stand-up paddleboarding
The SUP Sisters session takes place on the waters off Palm Jumeirah and is aimed at beginners and intermediates.
Dhs125 or Dhs1,000 for ten sessions. 9am-10am. Riva Beach Club, Building 8, Shoreline Apartments, Palm Jumeirah, www.surfschooluae.com.(055 601 0997).

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