From sky diving to sand boarding, Dubai has plenty of sports on offer. Football, cricket and tennis are some of the most popular sports in the Emirate, so being able to have a game or watch one is easy, all year round. Sports facilities are out of this world, and you’ll have the privilege of playing on almost brand new pitches. Most hotels have their own gyms and facilities, so get in touch to find out where they recommend.
If you love the water, but aren’t keen on the accompanying speeds of water sports, many operators run fishing tours out into the Gulf, where you can spend a day fishing for marine life – or just enjoying the ride.
The whole family can enjoy a game of ten-pin bowling at Al Nasr Leisureland, or Magic Planet in the Mall of the Emirates. Bowling is a popular sport in Dubai, and the Emirate has spent large sums on creating the best lanes in the UAE.
Once you’ve sand boarded and dune bashed in the desert, take advantage of its mountainous features and go climbing. Lessons can be taken at the Pharoah’s Club, with plenty of routes for all abilities, as well as enough variation for climbers and those going bouldering.
Get active while exploring Dubai: many tours run a cycling option around Hatta, the desert’s mountain village, so hop on a bike and find yourself going through dry river beds, deserted villages and traditional farms.
Dubai has a strong equestrian scene, so whether you’re a show jumper or an endurance rider, you’ll find something to watch or have a go at across the Emirate. The Arabian International Horse Show is definitely worth visiting, due to its heritage and importance in the UAE’s development.
For something more high octane, try your hand at sky diving or parasailing: saying you’ve had the wind in your hair will never be as true as while you’re in Dubai!