13 sport events in Dubai this week

Horse racing, ladies' golf, polo, kayaking, tennis and more

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Our picks of the week

1 Watch the Gold Cup series polo at Arabian Ranches
See Mon 23.

2 See a horse racing exhibition at Meydan
See Wed 18.

3 Sign up for mixed football with Duplays
See Thu 19.

4 Have a night at the races at Meydan racetrack
See Thu 19.

5 Skate with Dubai Roller Derby
See Sun 22.

Wednesday 18

Evening bootcamp at Optimal Fitness
Try a new style of bootcamp where you can drop in or out of the class at any time within the two-hour slot.
Dhs70. Free for Optimal Gold and Gold Plus members. Wed 6pm-8pm. Ongoing. Optimal Fitness, Dubai Studio City, www.optimalfitness.ae (04 457 2048).

Ladies’ golf nights
Women who have never had time to play golf can give the game a try at these hour-long evening classes over a period of eight weeks. The sessions include equipment and cater to all levels. Participating ladies also have unlimited use of practice facilities for the duration of the programme.
Call in advance to book a lesson package. Dhs1,200 for eight sessions (limited to a maximum group of six). Mon and Wed 7pm-8pm. Ongoing. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira, www.dubaigolf.com (04 205 4666).

Meydan racing exhibition
This exhibition explores the shared development story of Dubai and its horse racing heritage. Visitors can explore interactive displays, sporting artefacts and a collection of specially-commissioned video interviews.
Free. Sat-Wed 9am-1pm, Thursday race nights 5pm-9pm. Until March 31. Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, www.dubairacingclub.com (04 327 2110).

Thursday 19

Dubai World Cup Carnival races
Catch the seventh 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).

Play date workout at Urban Energy Fitness

Get fit as a family at this fitness play date. This new programme will see parents focus on their fitness with an expert trainer for an hour once a week for six weeks. These flexible sessions can take place in your home or in a park. Email info@urbanenergyfitness.com to book.
Dhs75 per session. Daily 11am-4pm. Ongoing. Various locations. www.urbanenergyfitness.com (055 886 9158).

Sign up for mixed league football with Duplays
Join this social and recreational mixed league. Each team must have at least two women on the field. Sign up before Wednesday February 25 and get a ten percent discount on your team’s registration fee.
The league starts Saturday February 28. Dhs400 per person, Dhs2,250 per team. Sat 7pm-8pm. Until April 4. Dubai American Academy, Al Barsha, www.duplays.com (04 447 2394).

Friday 20

Awafi MTB Festival and XCE Race
Mountain bikers of all abilities can take part in the second mountain bike festival held in the Hajar Mountains. Participants can race in the Open Eliminator, Beginners, Fat Bikes or Kids races, then camp under the stars.
Register online to take part. Free. 8am. Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, www.premieronline.com (056 105 7675).

Reebok Spartan Race
This 5km obstacle course promises to provide a tough challenge to athletes. Participants will be crawling and climbing through 15 obstacles and running to the finish line.
From Dhs350. 7am, Jebel Ali Racecourse, Al Barsha, www.spartan.com (no number).

Saturday 21

Kayak tours at Eden Beach Club
Take a guided kayak tour around The Palm. Dhs150 per person for a one-hour group tour (minimum of four people), Dhs250 per person for a one-hour private tour.
Daily 10am-sunset. Ongoing. Eden Beach Club, Rixos The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.facebook.com/edendubai (055 277 1477).

Sunday 22

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
Watch some of the world’s best tennis players compete at this tournament. Novak Djokovic, Venus Williams and Roger Federer are all confirmed to play.
From Dhs75 for early rounds. Daily noon-9pm. Until February 28. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud. www.timeouttickets.com

Monday 23

Julius Baer Dubai Gold Cup polo series
Head to Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club to watch some of the best local and international polo players compete for the prestigious Gold Cup. Pack a picnic for the lawns or enjoy the hospitality in the club house.
Dhs150. Daily noon. Until March 13. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches. www.timeouttickets.com

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 will guide you through it. 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.

Tuesday 24

Snowrobics at Ski Dubai
Join the coolest aerobics class in the city at Ski Dubai. This 45-minute workout uses a variety of intense circuits, kettle bells and sand bags, all in freezing temperatures, to really get your heart pumping. The classes are run in partnership with MMA Fitness Center.
Dhs70 per class or Dhs750 per month. Sun, Tue, Thu, 7am. Ongoing. Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.skidxb.com (800 386).

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