Sports and Activities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (I)
Sports and activities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Abi Dhabi Desert Challenge – Rallying and racing in the desert
Formerly known as the UAE Desert Challenge, this is one of the Middle East’s leading motorsports events (doubling as the opening round of the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup), with rally drivers, bikers and quad-bikers racing through the deserts of Abu Dhabi emirate.
Sports and activities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix
The single biggest event in the Middle Eastern sporting calendar, first held in 2009. The inaugural race was the first ever day–night race in F1 history, while the second race provided a dramatic conclusion to the F1 2010 season when Sebastian Vettel snatched victory in the drivers’ championship from Fernando Alonso.
The race is held at the spectacular new Yas Marina Circuit outside Abu Dhabi on the road to Dubai – a stunning location, although tickets are predictably expensive, from around US$400.
Sports and Activities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: DP World Tour Championship – European Tour's season-ending finale
First held in 2009, this is one of the world’s richest golfing events. The championships forms the grand finale to the season-long European Tour, with the tour’s sixty top players battling it out for $7.5 million in prize money at the spectacular new Greg Norman-designed “Earth” course in Dubailand. Lee Westwood won the inaugural championship in 2009, while Rory McIlroy won the 2012 event.
Sports and Activities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Els Golf Club – Something Els
Located in Dubai Sports City in Dubailand, this so-called “desert links” course was opened in 2008 to a design by Ernie Els. The course makes the most of its setting in the hinterlands of the city, with greens and fairways surrounded by rolling dunes and untouched desert scenery. The course features four different sets of teeing areas and hole lengths to suit different abilities, offering a total playing length of 7538 yards.