13 sporty events in Dubai this week

Golf, polo, showjumping, bungee jumping, hula hoop workshop and more

Our picks of the week

1 Watch the polo at Arabian Ranches
See Wed 28.

2 Chill out on the beach at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
See Tue 3.

3 Hike with your dog in Ras Al Khaimah
See Fri 30.

4 Do the vertical run at Almas Tower, JLT
See Sat 31.

5 See the showjumping at Emirates Equestrian Centre
See Thu 29.

Wednesday 28

The McLaren Cup 2015
This prestigious polo event, part of The Dubai Polo Gold Cup series, is the biggest in the region and will feature ten international teams. Spectators can enjoy full hospitality or pack a picnic and enjoy the sport from the lawns.
Free general admission. Daily 12.30pm-6.30pm. Until February 6. Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches, www.dubaipologoldcup.com (056 373 2999).

Skate with Dubai Roller Derby
Get your skates on and join this crew. The club holds training sessions as well as weekend meet-ups to skate around the city. If you’re new to the sport, experienced coaches who will guide you. Email info@dubairollerderby.com for details. Dhs50 per session, Dhs175 per month. Mon 8pm-9pm, Wed 7.30pm-8.30pm. Ongoing. Al Sufouh Girls’ School, near Safa Park, www.dubairollerderby.com.

Thursday 29

Dubai Showjumping
Championship Enjoy a weekend of show jumping talent from the Middle East and Europe. The event also offers family entertainment and refreshments.
Free. Thu 11am; Fri 1pm; Sat 11am. Emirates Equestrian Centre, Dubai Al-Ain Road (E66), www.emiratesequestriancentre.com (050 458 9433).

Omega Dubai Desert Classic
Golf’s biggest names in golf including Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson come to Dubai to compete in this four-day tournament.
Dhs175 (day pass), Dhs675 (season pass). 7.30am-5pm. Until February 1. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills, www.dubaidesertclassic.com (04 380 2112).

Dubai World Cup Carnival Races
Catch the fourth in a series of nine horse racing 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 30

Giant Duathlon This five-race series is aimed at duathletes, triathletes, cyclists and runners of all ages and abilities. Kids are welcome too as the courses are ‘traffic friendly’. The full course involves a 3km run, a 24km cycle and ends with a 3km run. Sign up online.
Dhs275 (full distance race). 7am. Al Qudra Cycle Track, www.premieronline.com (050 105 7845).

Gravity Zone Bungee Jump
Take the plunge at Dubai’s new bungee facility. Leap from platforms 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).

The Human and K9 Ultimate Challenge
Dog owners with a love of the great outdoors can take part in this unique hike that challenges not only you, but your canine companion, too. The event includes an overnight desert camp, a hike in the Ras Al Khaimah mountains and a barbecue lunch.
Register online. From Dhs200 per person and one dog. 7am. Ras Al Khaimah, www.meetup.com/the-human-K9-ultimate-challenge-UAE (050 946 0696).

Saturday 31

Almas Tower Vertical Run
Take on this challenging race, which involves running up 1,600 stairs in Almas Tower – the tallest business tower in Dubai. The super-fit winner of this unusual race will take home a grand prize of Dhs10,000.
Dhs100. 2pm. Almas Tower, JLT, www.premieronline.com (04 451 1133).

Sunday February 1

Hula hoop workshop at The Fridge
Hula hooping isn’t just for kids, it makes for a great workout for grown-ups, too. Try these adult classes organised by Flow Ground. The exercise is especially good to help develop core stability. 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).

Chute Camp classes 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).

Monday 2

Capoeira for kids and adults
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 3

Beach passes at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Enjoy luxury for less at this exclusive Palm Jumeirah resort. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is offering visitors and residents a special rate on one-day beach passes. The discount enables guests to relax in the 59-metre infinity pool and two Jacuzzis as well as sunbathe on the pristine private beach. Dhs250 (adults), Dhs150 (kids). 8.30am-sunset.
Until February 12. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0000).

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