This week's top sports events

What to watch and where to play this week in Dubai

Our picks of the week

1 Watch the International Aquatic Championships
See Wed 16.

2 Race against the sun at the Urban-Ultra Wadi Racer
See Fri 18

3 Fancy yourself as the UAE’s strongest athlete?
See Fri 18.

4 Get your body red carpet ready at Fitness First
See Mon 21.

5 Play pick-up ball hockey with Duplays
See Tue 22.

Wednesday 16

Revolution Nights
Cycle, jog, rollerblade or walk around the 2.46km circuit at the Dubai Autodrome. Cyclists and roller bladers must wear helmets.
Free. 6pm-9pm. Ongoing. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City, www.dubaiautodrome.com/cycle-run-safe (04 367 8700).

First Dubai International Aquatic Championships
Watch clubs from 26 countries compete in junior water polo, swimming and open water swimming. The event aims to develop open swimming and aquatic sports in the region.
Free. Boys’ water polo April 16-19, 9am-12.30pm, 6pm-9pm. International Open Water Championships April 18-19, from 9am. International Swimming Championships April 23-26, 9am-12.30pm, 6pm-9pm. Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex, off Emirates Road (E611), www.uaeswimming.com (04 264 8717).

Thursday 17

Dubai softball league
Take a shot at American softball with this men’s competitive league. Newcomers are welcome and teams or individuals should register online and also must pay before playing.
Dhs800 for individuals, Dhs8,000 for teams. Mon and Thu 7pm-11.30pm. Until May 15. Dubai Softball Fields, Business Bay, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Friday 18

The Urban-Ultra Wadi Racer
This multi-distance races takes athletes on a 10km, 20km or 30km race against the sunrise over jeep trails, goat tracks and short, sharp climbs. All runners must carry a 1.5 litre hydration pack, head torch and first-aid kit.
Dhs200. 5am. Wadi Showka, Sharjah-Kalba Road (E102), Sharjah, www.urbanultra.com (052 831 0017).

UAE’s strongest athlete
Test your strength by pushing and pulling cars and trucks, flipping tyres and more extreme activities to become UAE’s strongest athlete. The competition is open to men and women aged 15-45.
Dhs150 to enter, free for spectators. Fri 3.30pm-9.30pm, Sat noon-6pm. Until April 19. Ahdaaf Sports Club, Al Quoz, www.trainwithfast.com (04 880 0977).

Saturday 19

Court martials badminton
Play indoor badminton in this social pay-per-play league, which is open to all abilities. Register in advance.
Dhs60 per session. 5pm-7pm. Until April 26. Collegiate American School, Umm Suqeim, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Indian Premier League cricket (matches five and six)
Enjoy a day of top flight Indian cricket as Royal Challengers Bangalore go up against the Mumbai Indians in the first match, followed by the Kolkota Knight Riders against the Delhi Daredevils.
From Dhs30. First match 2.30pm, second match 6.30pm. Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai Sports City, www.iplt20.com (04 425 1111).

Dubai Desert Triathlon
A new triathlon in Dubai which combines endurance horse racing with a 25km cycling and a 5km run.
Free to spectate. 5am. Dubai International Endurance City, near Bab Al Shams, www.dubaideserttriathlon.com (04 321 0008).

Sunday 20

Bootcamp programme at Fit Lab
The camp claims to burn up to 700 calories per session, and is led by fitness professional, Rob Whelan.
Dhs70 per session or Dhs600 for ten. Sun, Mon, Wed from 10am. Ongoing. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills, www.dubaigolf.com (04 417 9845).

Monday 21

Red carpet workout with Fitness First
This work out for women, includes three personal training sessions and nutritional consultations, a monthly fitness plan and once the hard work’s done, you get entry to the exclusive red carpet themed party on Thursday June 19. To register, visit your nearest Fitness First ladies-only club.
Dhs 400 for members, Dhs500 for non-members. Until June 19. Fitness First ladies-only gyms in Uptown Mirdif, Al Hana Centre, Satwa and Oasis Centre Mall, www.fitnessfirst-me.com (800 348 6377).

Tuesday 22

Pick-up ball hockey
Play ball hockey without commitment courtesy of Duplays’ new pick-up event. Take part in two fun-filled hours of five-on-five indoor hockey. A limited supply of sticks and gloves are provided.
Dhs50 per session. Tue 7.30pm-9.30pm. Until May 20. Regent International School, The Greens, Emirates Living, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

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