Sports and Activities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Dubai Creek Golf Club – Landmark club house and floodlit greens
The DCGC is best known for its landmark club house, while the Thomas Bjorn-designed championship course also boasts a superb Creekside setting and beautiful landscaping throughout – the Creek itself comes into play on at least four holes, while a number of other artificial water-features dot the course.
The adjacent nine-hole par-3 course is good for beginners developing their basic skills and more experienced players who want to work on their short game; it’s also floodlit, meaning you can play after dark (daily until 10pm). The attached Golf Academy has an excellent array of training facilities including digital swing technology, plus driving range and chipping and bunker greens.
Sports and Activities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Dubai Tennis Championships – Top tennis players slug it out in Garhoud
Held at the homely little Dubai Tennis Stadium in Garhoud, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is a well-established fixture on the international ATP and WTA tennis calendar, offering the chance to see many of the world’s leading players in action. Past winners include Rafael Nadal, Venus Williams, Justine Henin, Andy Roddick, Novak Djokovic and four-time champion Roger Federer.
The championships are staged over two weeks, with ladies singles and doubles held during the first week, followed by men during week two. Tickets are a bargain, from at little as 50dh for early rounds, rising to 250dh for the finals.
Sports and Activities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Dubai World Cup – The world’s richest horse race
Now relocated to the spectacular new Meydan Racecourse, the Dubai World Cup is the climax of the city’s annual racing calendar and the world’s richest horse race, with a massive $10 million in prize money.
World Cup race night is also one of the city’s biggest social events, attracting a lively crowd of dressed-up Emiratis and expats sporting unusual hats. There’s free admission to part of the grandstand, otherwise tickets cost around 350dh.