What do sports lovers travelling to Dubai need to know?

We look into why Dubai is the ultimate holiday destination for sport lovers - you have horse racing, power boats, archery, diving, skiing, huge swimming resorts, dune bashing, international sporting events and much more - all encased in some of the world's most luxurious sporting arenas. Here are all sport-related activities enthusiasts need to know.

What do sports lovers travelling to Dubai need to know?

Considering the desert climate, Dubai covers an unusually vast variety of sport. They’ve even managed to build a snow dome, house the world’s top golf courses, offer dune bashing, fun-filled water parks, horse and camel racing and much more. So if you’re a sports lover with a need for speed, a relaxing golfing game or just want to attend spectator sports, you’ll find that you’re well catered for.

It’s safe to say Dubai is one of the top leisure, sport and recreational destinations for holiday-goers.

The best excursions for sports lovers

For those who a seeking a thrill-a-minute let me tell you: Dubai is THE destination to visit. You’ve literally got the world at your feet. Here are some of the best sporty excursions you should consider if you are looking for a sport-filled get-away.

Al Maha Archery

Visiting the Al Maha desert resort is a perfect day out for the whole family – you get to see the native wildlife as well as taking your archery lessons. Archery is a sport that has been gaining in status in Dubai following Sheikh Ahmed bin Hasher Al Maktoum's gold medal in the 2004 Olympics. There are now several places where people can take archery lessons in Dubai, but none are more delightful than Al Maha.

Diving in Dubai

Scuba diving has to be one of the most thrilling and exhilarating activities you can choose. Plus, Dubai offers the most beautiful, spectacular and interesting dive sites in the Middle East. Whether you're a skilled and confident diver, a complete novice, or somewhere in between, this is a charming dive location not to be missed. Stunning coral reefs, fascinating and mighty shipwrecks, and a profusion of colourful and captivating marine life are all just waiting to be discovered on your Dubai dive.

Ski Dubai

Did you know it snows every day in Dubai? That’s if you’re looking in the right places. Dubai has achieved some remarkable technological advancements and one that benefits sport enthusiasts is the incredible, mammoth sized indoor Ski centre, which boasts real, fresh snow all year round. You can enjoy the winter delights all year round in the world’s largest indoor ski resort.

If you’re really looking to get that adrenaline going, then take a look at the more extreme sporting excursions:

Skydiving in Dubai

This activity has the supreme fear factor with hurdlers going from 0 to a maximum 201 kilometres per hour when freefalling from 13,000 feet as they leap from a Sky-Dive Dubai plane.

Dune Bashing

Hop on to a twin-seater SUV and set off on an adventure like no other. You set off along the natural trail of dunes, picking up tremendous speed to get that heart beating.

Best times to visit if you want to indulge in all things sport

Sport has evolved so much over the years in Dubai and now this city hosts so many sporting events all year round. So no matter when you go, there will sure to be something sport-tastic you can get your teeth stuck into! The actual United Arab’s national sports day is the 25th November, hence most of the sporting activities, such as the Motor Festival, DP World Tour Championships and Fitness Expo Dubai are all taking place in November.

Dubai Motor Festival: 10th – 19th November 2016

The fourth event of the citywide festivity comprising of celebrating all automobiles and Dubai’s love of them takes place this November. The Dubai Motor Festival offers holiday-goers a selection of motor-related events and experiences from Dubai Grand Parade & Marques D'Elegance to the annual Dubai International Motor Show, Motor Village and Dubai International Rally. A delightful experience for any motor-head!

Fitness Expo Dubai – 10th – 19th November 2016

Dubai brings its people the biggest, the best and the most inspiring Fitness Expo in the world this November. Imagine, speaking to the world’s best athletes all coming to Dubai to hand out words of advice, mingle with the fans and to educate all on the best sports products, equipment and strategies on living a healthy life.

Damen’s ActiveLife Electric Run: 1st – 30th November 2016

The world-wide marathon spectacle is coming to Dubai this November with Daman’s ActiveLife as the presenting partner. The people of Dubai will see an extraordinary race experience that has quickly become the biggest night run in the world. Electric Run has excited London, Chicago, Los Angeles, Singapore, Sydney and New York. Why not visit Dubai this November to join in the buzz, the fun and the extraordinaire of this event?

DP World Tour Championships – 17th – 20th November 2016

The DP World Tour Championship is a first-class golfing and societal event, a season-long competition across 45 tournaments in 26 destinations and across all five continents on the 2016 European Tour International Schedule. Now celebrating its eighth year, the championship hosts the top 60 golfers of the European Tour on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai.

An inspiring, sport-filled holiday in Dubai coming your way

As you’ll have gathered, Dubai caters for all types of sports enthusiasts – you can even enjoy spectator sport in a live environment. Highlights include Dubai Tennis Open (February), Dubai Desert Classic (February), Dubai World Cup for horseracing (November) and Dubai Rugby Sevens (December).

If you’re a swim-a-holic and love to base your holiday near a pool whilst practicing your lengths, then you are about to discover some serious water-based fun, in the form of Dubai Wild Wadi waterpark. I seriously cannot stress how much fun this water park brings to your life. It is found in front of the stunning Burj Al Arab and it has a number of ginormous slides, a lazy river in which you can float about and their almost-vertical flume is one that is not for the light-hearted.

For me, I would like to combine the Archery and Skiing excursion and go to holiday to Dubai in November so I can book tickets to take part in their sporting activities. As you can tell, if you are one who has a passion for sport, seeking a holiday that will get your heart thumping, your legs working and your adrenaline going, you’ll be excited at the prospect of visiting the city of superlatives, where the sport is fast, the technology is phenomenal and the sports are vast and varied!

Saima Omar

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