Travellers flock to Dubai year after year to experience the sandy beaches and world-class attractions, but did you know that it’s actually a haven for sports fans too?
Whether you want to play or spectate you’ll be bowled over by the choice available in the city.
One of the great things about holidaying in Dubai is that you can get involved in summer sports even when it’s cold and grey back home.
There are loads to choose from too. From water sports to go-karting, there’s something for everyone.
Take the plunge
Dubai’s golden sands are a hive of activity and the warm, clear waters of the Arabian Gulf are perfect for swimming, fishing, sailing and water sports.
Under the sea
Whether you’re an experienced scuba diver or a first-timer looking to take your PADI certificate, Dubai is a great place to experience the thrills of the deep.
From shipwrecks to marine life there is so much to see in the depths of the Arabian ocean, but if you’re not yet ready for open water there are plenty of other places to get your flippers on, like the Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis The Palm.
Unlike diving in the sea, this controlled experience means you’ll have guaranteed sightings of marine life, including sharks!
Let’s go fly a kite
If you’ve never tried your hand at kitesurfing then Dubai’s famous Kite Beach is the ideal place to take your maiden voyage.
If kitesurfing isn’t your thing then this white sandy beach is also popular for kayaking – and it even has a running track if you’ve still got some calories to burn.
Any sports fan will know that the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens is not to be missed. Taking place from December 5-7 the tournament is the first leg of the annual World Rugby Sevens Series.
Spectators can get their kicks as the whole thing has a party atmosphere: fancy dress is encouraged and this year’s performers include Kylie Minogue.