has something for everyone. From genteel activities in the
sunshine to extreme sports and major professional events -
all played out in some of the best sporting facilities in
If you enjoy observing the beauty of marine life, there
are plenty of sites in and around the UAE where you can do
There are also plenty of places to observe nature in the
UAE. Bird watchers in particular have the chance to observe
some unique specimens at Ras al Khor wildlife sanctuary.
Or you could always take a trip to the UAE Falcon and Heritage
Centre which is located off the Al Khail Road, just a couple
of kilometers from the World Trade Centre.
Here you can witness one of the most traditional
of Emirati pastimes.
Dubai is famous for many things - and in
the sporting fraternity - it has a fabulous reputation for
world class golf courses. The most famous can be found at
the Emirates Golf Club.
Situated just off interchange five of the
Shaikh Zayhed Road, it plays host to the lucrative Dubai Desert
Classic event on the European tour.
Casual players can usually try their luck
on one of the two courses. Elsewhere in Dubai, the Creek course
offers the chance to play a challenging round with the backdrop
of the city and Dubai creek.
The Montgomerie (designed by Colin Montgomerie)
is situated a hefty drive or two away from Emirates Golf Club.
At Nad Al Sheba you can play 9 holes and
there is some opportunity for floodlit games at night. There
are also a couple of ice rinks, netball courts and athletics
Multiple Dubai Desert Classic winner Ernie
Els is also currently designing a course for the under construction
Dubai Sport City.
Now even golf pales into comparison with
the UAE’s national obsession - racing.
The UAE is a serious horse racing country
and fittingly, Dubai is home to the richest race in the world.
Other major sporting events to take place
in Dubai include the Dubai Duty Free tennis tournament,
which recently has attracted the likes of World number one
Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, both of the Williams’ sisters
and Lyndsey Davenport.
Motor racing is rising in popularity in
the emirate, and in the Dubai Autodrome the city boasts a
Formula One standard race facility – which will play
host to the A1 Grand Prix in January 2006.
Now most other sports pale into comparison
with the UAE’s number one sport, horse racing.
The Dubai World Cup - with price money worth
more than US$2m - is staged every March at the Nad al Shebah
It attracts the top horses, trainers and
spectators from around the world and is one of the social
events of the year.
There is also horse racing at the Jebel Ali racecourse, which
is situated behind "The Greens" development, just
off Interchange 5 of the Shaikh Zayhed Road.
If you like your racing a little slower, and a little more
traditional, then you can always go to a camel race at Nad
al Sheeba, a sport which has a large following among UAE nationals
and which is phasing out the use of child jockeys.
Being a city next to the sea, you’d expect top quality
water sports. Well, Dubai is home to top UIM Powerboat team
The team, based in Dubai Marina have won the F1 title on
The glitz and glamour of high powered watersport also comes
to Dubai every November, as the city hosts a round of the
world title series.