Dubai has taken to the centre stage of international sporting events in a rapid and impressive way: from polo to golf, the Emirate has spared no expense in establishing itself as a major player in a number of prestigious titles, and currently holds some of the biggest prize money purses for champions. Regardless of whether you’re an avid fan, or just fancy getting involved to soak up the atmosphere, Dubai’s sports scene is unbelievable, from the venues to the players.
Despite its desert landscape, Dubai boasts some of the best, lushest golf courses around the world, including the infamous bunkers on top of Burj Al Arab. While you may have to be Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy to tee off from the prestigious sky high hole, there are many other courses around Dubai that cater for holiday golfers, to more serious swingers.
Cricket and tennis also have an eminent following in Dubai, with everyone from professionals to amateurs taking centre court to show off their moves and get hot and bothered in the sunshine! Places to get active and get involved are easy to find in Dubai: the majority of hotels have fitness centres where courts and equipment can be hired, and like most holiday destinations, packages can be organised around your passion, or to include a few days of indulging yourself in your favourite pastime, at the height of extravagance.
For something different, why not explore the world of polo? With world leading facilities and players, Dubai has become an internationally recognised state in polo, and many guided tours of stables are available. You could even try your hand at a chukka!
The lifestyles of the rich and famous are most certainly made and broken at the Dubai World Cup – the world’s richest horse race, in one of the most luxurious, modern racecourses. Fan of equestrian sports, but not keen on racing? Dubai is home to many prestigious equine classes, from show jumping to endurance, and the Arabian International Horse Show – a show celebrating one of the oldest and purest breeds of horse, native to Dubai and the UAE.
Water sports and extreme sports are easy to find in Dubai: with paradisiacal waters to kitesurf, windsurf, water ski, jet ski or sail on, water sports are incredibly popular with locals and holidaymakers alike. Your hotel will be able to notify you of the best places to go, and most will have their own equipment, schools and instructors.
Not everything in Dubai is tranquil: once you discover the fiercely competitive side of the Emirate, you won’t turn back.