Dubai is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, famed for its wealth and ability to push boundaries. With huge malls, man-made islands in the shape of palm trees or the world’s tallest building, Dubai has it all.
Dubai also offers some fantastic sports events, including one of the World’s richest Horse Races (Dubai World Cup), the climax to Golf’s European Tour (DP World Tour Championship), a festival of rugby at the Dubai Sevens and the high profile Dubai Tennis Championship.
For active tourists, Dubai is a paradise – offering everything from Skiing to Skydiving, whilst the city is also home to a number of great golf courses.
Sport in Dubai
Football in Dubai
There are three teams in Dubai that play in the UAE Pro League:
- Al-Wasl are one of the most successful clubs in the country, having won multiple league titles. They play at the Zabeel Stadium, with Diego Maradona the manager of the team between 2011 and 2012.
- Shabab Al-Ahli Club is also one of the country’s most prestigious clubs and play their matches at the Rashid Stadium.
- The third team is Al-Nasr SC and play at Al Maktoum Stadium.
Golf in Dubai
The Jumeirah Golf Estates hosts the DP World Tour Championship, the climax of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai featuring the leading 60 players. The other high profile European Tour event held in the city in February is the Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club.
Other top courses in the city include the Dubai Creek Golf Club, The Els Club, the Montgomerie Golf Club, Trump International Golf Club and the Arabian Ranches Golf Club.
Motorsport in Dubai
The Dubai Autodrome has featured top level motorsport such as the FIA GT Championship, A1 Grand Prix and Dubai 24 Hour. The complex is also home to the Dubai Kartdome, the city’s premier venue for indoor and outdoor karting.
Cricket in Dubai
The Dubai International Cricket Stadium is located in the Dubai Sports City Complex and has all formats of international cricket as well as matches for the Indian Premier League. The world governing body of cricket, the International Cricket Council is based in Dubai.
Tennis in Dubai
The Dubai Tennis Championship is a men’s and women’s professional tennis tournament that takes place at the end of February each year. The event takes place on the outdoor hard courts at the Aviation Club Tennis Centre and has been won by a number of top players including Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Venus Williams, Justine Henin and Martina Hingis.
Horse Racing in Dubai
The Dubai World Cup Carnival at the Meydan Racecourse is a series of seven race meetings, held annually between January and March and culminating in the Dubai World Cup, one of the world’s richest horse races.
The Jebel Ali Racecourse also hosts a number of meets between October and April, the most prominent being the Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile.
Camel Racing in Dubai
The Al Marmoom camel racing track at the at the Dubai Camel Racing Club is the largest in the country. Racing is usually held between October and April, with races taking place early mornings on Fridays and Saturdays.
Rugby Union in Dubai
The Sevens stadium hosts the annual Dubai Sevens, which features as a round of the World Rugby Sevens Series.
Adventure Sports in Dubai
Dubai is an adventure sports tourists paradise, think of any activity you want and its highly likely you’ll be able to do it. Unique adventure sports you can do in and around the city include Dune Bashing, Sandboarding, Skydiving and even Skiing.
Travelling to Dubai
Dubai International Airport is the primary airport in the UAE, being the hub for the country’s flag carrier – Emirates, as well as the low-cost carrier flydubai. There are over 140 airlines that offer flights to over 270 destinations across all continents of the world from the airport.
Where to stay in Dubai
Food & Drink in Dubai
What to do in Dubai
Head above the clouds to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building standing at 829.8 metres tall which offers two observation decks on the 124th and 148th floors.
The Burj Al Arab is one of the world’s most iconic buildings, a hotel in the shape of a sail. You can visit the inside lobby but if you want to visit the bar or restaurant, there is a minimum charge.
The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest mall, offering everything you could ever want in retail therapy and much more. The nearby Dubai Fountain shoots water as high as 150 metres to a range of different music, from classic to Arabic and can be viewed from a number of vantage points. Shows are 1pm and 1:30pm Saturday – Thursday, 1:30pm and 2pm on Friday and every 30 minutes 6-11pm.
The Dubai Museum is set in the Al Fahidi Fort, built in the late 1700s and the oldest existing building in the city. The museum documents the city’s rapid expansion from a simple village to the mega city it is today. A journey to the Dubai Creek will offer you a glimpse of the past in the old town.