13 best sporting events in Dubai this week

Filipino basketball, hula hoop workshop, parachute fitness and more

Our picks of the week

1 Take on the Liwa Cycling Challenge at Moreeb Dune
See Fri 16.

2 Sign up for men’s basketball with Duplays
See Thu 15.

3 Work out with a racket at Clark Francis Tennis
See Tue 20.

4 Watch the Dubai World Cup Carnival races at Meydan
See Sat 17.

5 Discover Fit Republik at Dubai Sports City
See Fri 16.

Wednesday 14

Sign up for Duplays’ indoor volleyball league
Sign up as a team of six for this mixed recreational league. Individuals can also register as ‘free agents’.
Dhs350 per person, Dhs2,000 per team of six. Wed 7.30pm-9.30pm. Until February 18. See website for confirmed location. www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Thursday 15

Join the Filipino basketball league at a discount
Duplays is organising its first Filipino men’s basketball league. Sign up as a team before January 15 for a ten percent discount. The games begin on Thursday February 12. Dhs2,700 per team (early bird rate), Dhs400 per individual.
Thu 7pm-10.30pm. Until April 2. Collegiate American School, Umm Suqeim 2, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Watch the Dubai World Cup Carnival Races
The second in a series of nine events leading up to the Dubai World Cup Carnival.
Free. 6.45pm. Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, www.dubaiworldcup.com (04 327 0077).

Friday 16

Take the Liwa Cycling Challenge
Push yourself with this race starting and finishing at the magnificent Moreeb Dune in Liwa. With three race options, 117km and 40km for experienced riders and 8km for beginners, the event provides a satisfying ride for all.
Register online to participate. Dhs50. 7.30am. Moreeb Dune, Liwa, www.premieronline.com (056 105 7675).
Check out the new Fit Republik in Dubai Sports City
This brand-new sports and fitness facility offers CrossFit, studio classes, bootcamp, yoga, Zumba, MMA and gymnastics. It also has a swimming facility and prides itself on employing world-class athletes, including former Olympians and national champions from across the globe.
Open daily. 6am-11pm. Ongoing. Dubai Sports City, www.fitrepublik.com (052 742 4555).

Do a bungee jump at Gravity Zone
Take the plunge at Dubai’s new bungee facility. Leap from a platform 300 feet high.
Call to book your jump. Dhs360 (solo jump), Dhs550 (tandem jump). Fri 11am-7pm. Ongoing. Check website for future jump dates and locations. www.gravityzone.co (056 364 8778).

Saturday 17

Ride with The Cycle Hub
Ideal for beginners, the Pulse Rides are group 20km mountain bike rides that take an off-road route. They offer a fun and social way to get into cycling. All rides are facilitated by a member of staff at The Cycle Hub. Helmets are essential.
Free. Sat 6.30am. Ongoing. The Cycle Hub, Motor City, www.thecyclehub.com (04 425 6555).

Sunday 18

Head to a hula hoop workshop at The Fridge
Hula hooping isn’t just for kids, it makes for a great workout, too. Try these adult classes organised by Flow Ground. The exercise is especially good to help develop core stability. Sign up this week with a friend and you will both receive a discount of Dhs100.
To register, email teeba@flowground.org Dhs750 for a six week course. Sun 8pm-9.15pm. Ongoing. The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.flowground.org (056 221 2300).

Try a Chute Camp class with Elite
Aesthetics This novel resistance fitness class gets you running with parachutes and pushing 4x4s for an intensive workout that increases your speed and core strength.
Dhs60 per session, Dhs600 per month. Tue, Thu and Sun 6am. Ongoing. SkyDive Dubai, Dubai Marina, www.facebook.com/eliteaestheticsdubai (055 536 7718).

Play in a women’s indoor netball league at Duplays
Join one of Dubai’s most popular women’s netball leagues and play regular recreational matches. Register as a team or as an individual.
From Dhs3,900 per team. Sun 7pm-10.30pm. Until March 8. Emirates International School, Jumeirah, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Monday 19

Do a capoeira class for adults and kids
Discover the Brazilian martial art that combines strength with agility and music.
Dhs475 per month, three classes per week. Mon and Wed 4pm-5pm (kids), 7pm-8pm (adults), Sat 1.30pm (family class for kids and adults). Ongoing. Team Nogueira, Al Quoz, www.teamnogueiradubai.com (04 338 8967).

Tuesday 20

Work out with a racket at Clark Francis Tennis
Get fit outdoors with the cardio tennis fitness programme. You don’t need to have played the sport previously to participate in this novel, circuit-style class.
Dhs75 per session. Tue 8pm. Ongoing. The Aviation Club, Garhoud, www.clarkfrancistennis.com (050 732 4056).

Sign up now for the Reebok Spartan Race
This 5km obstacle course is designed to test fitness and endurance. Race day is Friday February 20.
From Dhs350 if you register before January 31. Jebel Ali Racecourse, Al Barsha, www.spartanrace.ae (no number).

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