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Active pursuits and sporting expeirences
Golfers in search for new courses to tackle, skiers after some power runs on the slopes and motorsports enthusiasts wishing to set the fastest lap times on the track will all find what they looking for in the UAE.
GolfThe UAE has one of the highest concentrations of world-class golf courses in the world, making it a premier destination for the sport. Players of all abilities will find something to cater for them, from championship courses requiring skill and precision to 9-hole courses designed for those looking to improve their game. For the best times on the greens, here are the top golf courses consider:
Emirates Golf Club, Dubai
Host of the European Tour sanctioned Omega Dubai Desert Classic and Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, Emirates Golf Club was the first all grass championship golf course in the Middle East when it opened in 1988. Taking pride in its world-class 36 holes, the club sports two of the city's finest must-play courses, the Majlis Course and the Faldo Course, the only fully floodlit 18-hole golf course in the region. dubaigolf.com
Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Abu Dhabi
Designed by sport’s legend Gary Player, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club is one of the world’s most captivating golf projects. As the Gulf’s first beachside course, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, features several beachfront holes in a course that weaves in and out of several spectacular five-star hotels and resorts that line the beach. sbgolfclub.ae
Yas Links, Abu Dhabi
Set among rolling hills and evergreen mangrove plantations, this par-72 course, measuring 7,450 yards, is probably the best links course in the UAE. Designed by world-renowned golf architect Kyle Phillips, the course is nestled on the western shores of Yas Island, Abu Dhabi’s landmark entertainment destination. yaslinks.com
Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai
The Fire and Earth courses – measuring 7,480 yards and 7,706 yards respectively – at Jumeirah Golf Estates offer golfers of all abilities the opportunity to play two challenging championship layouts, each providing unique and distinctive playing characteristics. Inspired by the great parkland courses of Europe and North America, Earth is home to the DP World Tour Championship, the season ending finale of the Race to Dubai. jumeirahgolfestates.com
The Address Mongomerie, Dubai
Designed by Colin Montgomerie, this spectacular links-style course, measuring 7,396 yards, is constantly ranked as one of the top courses in the country. The course is managed by Troon Golf, while the impressive clubhouse, featuring 21 well-appointed guest rooms, is the property of home-grown luxury hotel brand The Address Hotels & Resorts. themontgomerie.com
Yoga & FitnessYou needn't put your yoga routine on hold when you are on a holiday in the UAE. In fact, you should take the opportunity and try some of the yoga studios and fitness centres here. Single sessions and day passes are offered, allowing non-residents to conveniently to take part. One of Dubai's favourites spots for yoga is The Beach (thebeach.ae), where you will probably be able to achieve a higher state of inner peace when during a morning yoga session to the sound of the tumbling waves and gentle breeze of the sea.
Fitness lovers can also stay pumped or work on their beach bodies at fully equipped outdoor gym found nearby, featuring weight lifting equipment, CrossFit apparatus, rope climbs, kettle bells, and rowing machines. The outdoor gym also offers group classes and personal training sessions.
CyclingPurposely paved cycling tracks and a variety of cyclying terrain makes the UAE a great place for those looking to tread their tires while on holiday, whether on a vigorous mountain biking challenge or just a leisurely paddle between the city's attractions.
With a 23km long beachside track in Jumeirah and the close to 100km long Al Qudra Bike Track in the heart of the desert, Dubai is a pedaler's paradise. Aside from these cycling tracks, there are plenty of off-the-beaten-path routes that will take cyclists through some of the most breath-taking scenery the country has to offer.
For beginners, Dadna Circuit, situated between Khorfakkan and Dibba city on the east coast, is the perfect place to start. For the more athletic cycler, Jabal Yibir Route, south of Ras Al Khaimah, offers a more serious challenge.
Don’t have a bike? No problem, bicycle rentals are easy and convenient with Trek (trekbikes.ae). Located at Al Qudra Cycle Track, this bike shop has every kind of bicycle there is, from hybrids to full suspension mountain bike, sand bike and tribikes. .
Alternatively, you can rent a bike in the city by using the Nextbike app on your smartphone to find the nearest bike-sharing station by Byky (bykystations.com). This bike-sharing service offers easy and convenient bike rentals with multiple stations in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. .
SkatingLove skating? Then make your way down to XDubai Skatepark (xdubai.com/skatepark) and show off your moves and skills at the largest purpose-built skate park in the region. Located near Kite Beach, this outdoor skate park is created for skaters by skaters and is suitable for BMX, skateboards, scooters and skates. You can put on your wheels and join the fun or simply chill out and watch other skaters perform cool moves and tricks.
Another option is the indoor Adventure HQ SkatePark (adventurehq.ae) in Abu Dhabi. This indoor skate park offers second-to-none facilities and has five sections, including a BMX area, a skate section, a large street section, a large bowl and a half pipe section.
For beginners, Rage Bowl (rage-shop.com) at Dubai Mall offers skating lessons for those who want to boost their skills and learn awesome tricks from professional skaters.
Water SportsDiving & Fishing
With its clear, warm waters, the UAE is one of the best places in the world to experience scuba diving. Whether you are a certified diver or want to try scuba for the first time, you will be in good hands with Al Boom Diving (alboomdiving.com). This PADI diving operator is the UAE's only true one-stop dive shop and has the most experience in the region. The company has a number of dive centres across the UAE and even offers dives inside the tank of Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo at Dubai Mall.
For those looking to catch some fish rather than swim next to them, there are plenty of fishing trips on offer. In Dubai, TYB Sport Fishing (tybsportfishing.com) guarantees a catch and promises a great fishing experience to first-timers and through to the most experienced anglers.
Surfing & Kayaking
The UAE’s coastline is clean well developed for recreational activities, especially in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, where you will find a wide range of water sports, including kite surfing, kayaking, stand up paddle (SUP) boarding, and other non-motorized water sports on offer. With a passion for water sports, SeaYou (seayou.ae) offer kayak and SUP tours in the calm waterways of the stunning Palm Jumeirah. For more intense paddling, or surfing, you can head to Al Ain to experience the Middle East's first manmade whitewater rafting, kayaking and surfing facility at Wadi Adventure (wadiadventure.ae). With the world's largest surf pool and longest manmade whitewater channel, Wadi Adventure offers visitor a truly unique watersports experience.
Motorized Water Sports
One place to go for the best of motorised water sports is JBR Beach where Water Adventure Dubai (wadiadventure.ae) offers every water activity you could possibly imagine, from adrenaline-spiking Seabreacher rides and parasailing trips to thrilling jet skis and wave runners and fly boards.
Indoor & Winter SportsSkiing & Snowboarding
Test your skiing skills at the world's first indoor ski resort, Ski Dubai (skidxb.com). Here, skiers of all abilities can enjoy the slopes, with five different runs varying in difficulty.
Ski Dubai is also ideal for snowboarding with a 400-meter long run, regular freestyle events, and to test your skills, the Freestyle Zone has jumps and rails re-designed and changed on a regular basis so it always provides a challenge.
Set your spirit free at Dubai Ice Rink (dubaiicerink.com). Located inside Dubai Mall, this Olympic-size ice rink is one of the coolest in the world! Although being indoors, the state-of-the-art rink features snowfall three days a week! It is also probably the only place in the world where you can push the tempo on ice skating, with disco sessions played by the resident DJ every night!
Indoor Trampoline Parks
Exercise has never been more fun with the new spread of trampoline parks all over the world. With three state-of-the-art trampoline parks to choose from in Dubai, Bounce (bounce.ae), Flip Out (flipout.ae) and Jump Boxx (jump-boxx.com), you can bounce yourself into shape while flipping, jumping and participating in fun activities like dodge ball, fitness sessions and basketball slam-dunk showdowns!
Tennis & Team Sports
While many of the public parks offer free-play sports pitches for different sports, including tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, those looking for a private game in Dubai can book indoor or outdoor sports facilities for available from for rent on hourly basis from different companies.
For outdoor pitches, Sportsmania (sportsmania.ae) and Dubai Sports City (dsc.ae) in Dubai offer the best facilities in the region, with different pitches available for hire including those for football, Basketball, Handball, Volleyball, Tennis and more!
An indoor alternative, for when the weather is too hot to play outside, is Sportszone at Fitness First Meadows (fitnessfirstme.com), which offers both members and non-members a unique multi-purpose sporting environment.
Dubai Sports World (dubaisportsworld.ae), a regular sporting event organized by Dubai World Trade Centre and Dubai Sports Council. Dubai Sports World runs all summer long, transforming Dubai World Trade Centre into the emirate’s largest indoor sports venue.
Those looking for beach sports can enjoy beach volleyball at Kite Beach (facebook.com/Kitebeachdubai) along Jumeirah Beach Road, or participate in beach tennis at BTME Beach Tennis Club (beachtennis.ae), located at The Beach in Jumeirah Beach Residence area.
MotorsportsPetrol heads too can experience their favourite high-powered sports at one of the world-class racing tracks in the UAE. At Dubai Autodrome (dubaiautodrome.com), Track Experiences give you the chance to take the wheel of some of the most powerful race cars. Dubai Autodrome also features Kartdrome, which with its indoor and outdoor tracks, and fleet of karts, delivers an excellent racing experience while ensuring high safety in a range of specifications to satisfy those aged 7 and up. Manufactured by SodiKart and powered by Honda engines, the karts offer top level performance and handling.
In Abu Dhabi, those with a need for speed can experience the thrill of track driving and feel like a driving champion at Yas Marina Circuit (yasmarinacircuit.com), host to the world-famous Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix. With incredible Driver Experiences, Yas Marina Circuit lets you take control of some of the most impressive race cars, while Yas Drift School provides a fantastic training environment in which to hone your drifting skills and learn from some of the best drifting instructors in the world. You can also test your go-karting skills at Kartzone’s 800m track as you attempt to shave the seconds off of your best lap time.
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