Fancy a kickabout but can’t face heading outside as the temperature soars? You’re in luck. Sports will be flung left, right and centre for all to enjoy in the eighth edition of Dubai Sports World this summer, opening this month on Thursday May 17. Hosted by the Dubai World Trade Centre, not only is it the biggest indoor space in the region but, more importantly, it’s completely air-conditioned. There are also some brand-new sports to try this year, so read on to find out how to take part.
1 The ins and outs of the arena
Before we look at the numerous activities going on throughout the summer, it’s time to scope out what facilities this year’s DSW has to offer. Covering 25,000 sq m of air-conditioned space, this complex offers relief from the blazing heat outdoors. Along with this, the venue will feature six pro-standard pitches for five- and seven-a-side football and rugby; 11 basketball courts; 12 badminton courts; three tennis courts; two volleyball courts; a cricket pitch; a padel court; a table tennis zone and even a 400-metre running track. Phew. There’s also a state-of-the-art gym equipped with Technogym gear and operated by Gold’s Gym if you’re more into solo workouts.
2 Become a Ninja Warrior
Seeking to become a master of the shadows? Take on the Ninja Warrior course and see if you have what it takes. Suitable for children and adults, this will test your athletic abilities to the max. Comprising a 14 element obstacle course, all who dare take on the challenge will go through many gruelling (but hugely fun) trials, including the sea of swings, the floating bridge and the intriguingly named warped wall. Race against the clock to become the ultimate Ninja Warrior, or master the course and take it on at your own pace.
Dhs55 (off-peak hours), Dhs85 (peak hours).
3 Flip out with gymnastics
For the first time, novice acrobats and talented gymnasts will be able to flip, swing and vault to their hearts’ content, as Dubai Sports World welcomes a dedicated gymnastics area. Gymnasts of all ages can use the area’s bars, beams, vault, tumble track and floor mats to perfect their skills. Who knows? Maybe you were meant for acrobatic stardom all along.
Dhs500 (per hour, per person).
4 Have fun at Just Play Sports Camp
Whether your kid is testing the waters of each sport or is a promising star, Just Play Sports Camp is offering an exciting and athletic summer. Every morning, the camp will feature a range of activities for kids to unleash all their pent up energy – including the Ninja Warrior zone, football, rugby, arts and crafts, dance and much more. All activities will be supervised by qualified coaches, so rest easy and let your kids run loose.
Dhs195 (one day), Dhs525 (three days). Open daily 9am-noon.
5 Become champions of a World Cup
Have a star-quality team you think can be victorious over any other? Register your five-a-side team of footballers for the DSW World Cup. Make your way through the 32 team tournament, with each match being just 45 minutes long. The champions will receive a grand prize of Dhs10,000, so get started on those dribbling drills, ASAP.
Dhs2,500 per team (tournament entry). May 19-July 8. Sat-Sun 9pm onwards. For personal use: Dhs280 (off-peak hours), Dhs400 (peak hours).
6 Be a volleyball star
The soft shoreline of Dubai is ideal for playing beach volleyball, but not when the sand is piping hot. Not to worry, DSW’s indoor courts are the solution. A great way to get fit, get involved with the Volleyball Stars Cup, consisting of 25-minute matches against 24 teams. Plus, you can win up to Dhs5,000 if your whacking ball game is on point.
Dhs1,200 per team (tournament entry). May 19-Aug 12. Daily 9pm-11pm. For personal use: Dhs110 (off-peak hours), Dhs160 (peak hours).
7 Gear up for a tennis tournament
The summer heat won’t stop you from perfecting that serve and acing your opponents, as DSW will be setting up its Open Singles tournament, taking place at the venue’s three tennis courts. With a whopping cash prize of Dhs5,000 up for grabs, it’s no wonder 64 competitors are expected to take part this year. Sign yourself up and test your mettle against other players, or get practising on the courts with daily bookings. You might be the next Federer.
Dhs350 (tournament entry). Thu May 17-Sat Jun 9. Daily 9am onwards. For personal use: Dhs100 (off-peak hours), Dhs150 (peak hours).
8 Shoot some hoops with street basketball
Street basketball is finally making its debut at DSW. Don’t know the difference between that and regular b-ball? Played on half-court, games are usually played three-a-side, and require players to focus on tricks and formation to steal the ball from their opponents before they score a three-pointer. DSW offers both kinds, but book early for this one, basketball is one the most popular activities on offer.
Dhs60 (off-peak hours), Dhs90 (peak hours).
Prices vary. Open daily 8am-midnight. May 17-Sat Sep 8. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.dubaisportsworld.ae (04 306 4000.)
Dubai Sports World 2018
The amount of pro-standard pitches for five and seven-a-side football and rugby matches at this year’s indoor sports centre.
The number of different sports the arena will be offering – including new additions such as street basketball, a battle park and gymnastics.
The amount of action-packed weeks Dubai Sports World will be open for throughout the summer for fitness fanatics.
The number of square metres the massive indoor arena covers in 2018. And it’s all completely air-conditioned, to keep you cool.