In Dubai, there is much to indulge in. Sure, those Friday brunches are a fun way to end the working week, but sooner or later you’ll find that your waistline is a few inches bigger and your wallet that bit lighter, so working out might become a top priority. But if you find you aren’t getting your money’s worth with a monthly gym membership, there are plenty of cool sports leagues and clubs to get involved with. Whether you want to stay in shape, meet new people or add a few after-work activities to your social calendar, check out our ten top clubs.
Arabian Knights Rugby
The men’s rugby team compete in the UAERF Sport 360 Conference (2nd division). With training sessions every Monday and Wednesday and fixtures on Friday afternoons during the regular season, the team spend a lot of time on the pitch. Social events are also planned throughout the season. Teams include Men’s, Vets (over 35s) and the newly formed Women’s Touch.
Dhs1,000-1,400 for membership per season. Mon and Wed 7.30pm-9pm. Dubai Sports City, www.pitchero.com/clubs/cncfarabianknights
The game is played in two teams with an equal number of players on each side. Players are covered in an inflatable plastic bubble while trying to score goals – minus a goalkeeper. Apart from the standard rules, bumping, bouncing, rolling, flipping over and smashing into other players are all tactical parts of the game that are actively encouraged. It can be played on any open grass field, AstroTurf or indoors in a sports hall. Depending on your level of fitness, games can last anywhere from 15 minutes. They can be played in two seven-minute halves with a one-minute break. If you aren’t a fan of football, bumping competitions are also an option.
Dhs99 per person (minimum eight people required). Sun-Thu 7pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10pm. Bumperball will come to your chosen location. For more details visit www.bumperballuae.com (050 821 4044).
Dubai Road Runners
The family orientated running club welcomes participants aged from six years to 60, of any ability. Newcomers are encouraged to join and simply have to show up at one of the sessions. The club caters to time trials for 2.5k to 5k runs, interval training sessions between 5k and 42k and long distance running (15km to 30km).
Free. Various locations including Jumeirah Beach Park, Al Barsha Park and Emirates Hills. For more details visit www.dubairoadrunners.com
Dukite offers a range of private one-to-one kitesurfing lessons as well as group courses. Anyone who is fit and able to swim can participate. Introductory lessons are offered as a taster session before participants commit to a full course, which consists of ten hours of lessons that can be taken over weekends. Packages from Dhs250-3,500. Daily 10am-6pm. Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim, behind Saga World Mall, www.dukite.com (050 758 6992).
Duplays Ultimate Frisbee
Unlike other Duplays leagues, Ultimate Frisbee is less competitive and is a great social league for meeting new people in the city.
Dhs50 per person each week. Mondays 7pm-10.30pm. Until December 15. Emirates International School, Sheikh Zayed Road www.duplays.com
Hamilton Aquatics Dubai
Swimming is one of the most effective forms of exercise and a fantastic way to stay fit and healthy. The club caters to all abilities including the Masters Swimming Programme for the strongest swimmers. It offers challenging sets to those who can swim more than 50 metres in three strokes and helps to increase fitness levels as well as improving your technique.
Dhs400 for ten sessions. Various locations including GEMS schools and Greenfield Community School, Dubai Investment Park, www.hamiltonaquaticsdubai.com (04 450 8832).
The gym offers everything from MMA, boxing and Muay Thai to wrestling. Members can participate in various workshops and tournaments throughout the year. The venue has also hosted WWE and US Champion Sheamus, UFC hall of famer and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner Royce Gracie, and many more.
Membership from Dhs395. Open daily 7am-midnight. HM Fitness Centre is located Inside Dubai Bowling Centre, Al Quoz (04 338 5566).
Nothing But Net V
The Duplays basketball league is a competitive night for players with experience. Each league lasts eight weeks but members can sign up any time.
Dhs60 per person each week. Mondays 7.45pm-9.30pm. Until December 15. Dubai International Academy, First Al Khail Street, Emirates Hills, www.duplays.com
Spike It Like It’s Hot V
This competitive volleyball league is aimed at players with experience who understand the fundamentals of the game.
Dhs60 per person each week. Tuesdays 7pm-11pm. Until December 16. Barasti Beach, Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina www.duplays.com
The Cycle Hub
The group organises three weekly rides for free, with no booking necessary. Just grab your helmet and reflective lights at night. There’s a beginners 36km ride on road bikes along the Al Qudra Cycle Track and a Pulse ride on mountain bikes starting at The Cycle Hub and travelling along a 17km or 20km route, which changes weekly. Bikes are available to hire.
Free. Saturdays 6.30am, Mondays 6.30pm. Dubai Motor City Grandstand, Main Boulevard near Ducati Dubai, www.thecyclehub.com (04 425 6555).
Courts and pitches to hire
You can play a variety of indoor sports in the court including five-a-side football, basketball, volleyball, indoor cricket and badminton.
From Dhs360-600 for members for a full court during peak and off-peak hours, Dhs480-800 for non-members. Open daily 6am-11pm. Fitness First, The Meadows (04 437 0545).
M&S Sports Services
Facilities include an AstroTurf football pitch suitable for five- or six-a-side games, an indoor multipurpose hall, a dance studio, which is fully equipped with ballet bars and mirrors, two swimming pools and an outdoor shaded multipurpose area suitable for tennis, netball and basketball.
Dhs350 an hour (outdoor pitch), Dhs450 (indoor pitch). Daily 5pm-midnight. Various locations including SAFA Private School, Meydan Street, off Junction 47, Sheikh Zayed Road www.mandssports.com (056 678 1655).