Indoor sport in Dubai

Cricket, football, rugby, golf and other sports to try indoors

When the mercury rises it’s tempting to push your sports bag to the back of the wardrobe or pull a sickie on that drill training session and let physical activity grind to a halt. We check out which sports you can still play when the mercury reaches maximum, all within the comfort of air conditioning.

Run on a full 400-metre running track at Dubai Sports World. Use of the indoor track is free all day. The rectangular track is laid out around the football and basketball courts, providing a the perfect circuit for both long and short distance runners who detest treadmills.
Free. Sun June 21 to Sat August 29. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, (04 306 4000).

Fans of the sport can take their runs indoors to one of the five pitches at InSportz Club. Practise freestyle or sign your team up to take part in one-day tournaments. The facility will also be hosting a Ramadan league, and if you want to improve your game, there’s coaching for adults and kids on Saturdays (11am-2.30pm) and Sundays (4pm-8pm).
From Dhs475 (eight overs); One-day tournaments: Dhs500; Ramadan League: Dhs1,200 per team (maximum of 12 players). Street 17a, Al Quoz 3, (04 347 5833).

Dubai is yet to get an indoor velodrome, but cyclists looking for a cool ride to keep fit can try Flywheel classes. The session includes climbs and descents while working arms with weighted bars. The instructor will suggest target resistance, but it’s up to each individual rider to decide how hard they want to push. Cyclists who are used to a competitive environment can opt to participate in the studio’s ‘Torqboard’ leaderboard to compete against other riders in the room.
Dhs120 per class. Burj Views, Downtown Dubai, (04 423 2544). Other location: Gold & Diamond Park, Al Quoz (04 338 9409).

The Dome at Dubai Sports City features one of the only FIFA 2-star approved competition turf indoor pitches in the UAE. During Ramadan there are plans to hold an adult mixed seven-a-side tournament on the pitch and spectators can watch the action from the new Kickers Bar too.
From Dhs520 per hour, for a quarter pitch (suitable for six- and seven-a-side) during peak times 3pm-midnight. From Dhs450 per hour for a quarter pitch during off peak times midnight-3pm. Daily. Dubai Sports City, (04 448 1555).

Golfers can still work on their swing without working up too much of sweat. The golf simulator at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club allows players to improve their handicap as if they were at the world’s most famous greens from Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia to St Andrews Links in Scotland.
Dhs60 per hour for up to four people, reduced from Dhs240 per hour. Until September 30, 2015. (04 205 4666).

Horse riding
Hoofbeatz offers one of few air-conditioned riding pavilions where enthusiasts can perfect their technique. Lessons for beginners and improvers will continue throughout summer.
Dhs175 per person for a group class.Hoofbeatz, Dubai-Al Ain Road, (056 942 4551).

Train and play at Dubai Sports World, which has four courts allocated to rugby and seven-a-side football. Book a pitch in advance.
Dhs300 8am-4pm; Dhs550 4pm-midnight. Sun June 21 to Sat August 29. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, (04 306 4000).


It may be a street sport by nature, but when the streets get too hot, head to Zoo Skate Park in Al Quoz. This summer, the funky graffiti-sprayed park is offering lesson and holiday camps that allow kids to spend three hours a day perfecting their skills with experienced skaters.
Dhs150 per session for summer camp. Warehouse 1, junction of Al Manara street and 8th Street, Al Quoz 1, (04 338 6126).

Dubai Sports World will provide players with two tennis courts this year. In addition, parents whose kids are shaping up to be the next Serena Williams or Novak Djokovic can enrol their budding stars into the Tennis Three Sixty academy.
Dhs140 per day, Dhs375 per week (tennis academy); Dhs140 per court per hour. Sun June 21 to Sat August 29. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 306 4000).

Going underwater

Polish architect Krysztof Kotala from 8+8 Concept Studio, has released concept designs to create an underwater tennis court in Dubai. The architect has said that the creative plan, which includes seven arenas and an exhibition centre, ‘fits into the natural environment because it resembles a coral reef in Dubai’. The designer hasn’t done the final calculations for how much the project will set investors back, but he has revealed that it could cost ‘several billion dollars’ and take around five years to complete.

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