From Friday June 21 to Wednesday August 21, seven days a week, from 8am to midnight, and 8am to 3am during Ramadan, sports enthusiasts are well and truly taken care of at Dubai Sports World.
There’s no excuse to comlain about the heat, you can head indoors to try a bit of – big breath – football, rugby, basketball, futsal (five-a-side), volleyball, squash, badminton, tennis, virtual cycling, skateboarding, BMXing, running, table tennis, pool and foosball.
There is also a Well-Being Zone, offering yoga, Pilates, body balance, health and nutrition advice, kids’ yoga and more.
Designed with people of all abilities in mind, from first-time players to experienced athletes and spectators, Dubai Sports World is open to anyone looking to stay or get fit during the humid slog until the end of August.
‘It’s tough to stay fit in the heat,’ Issam Kazim, director of events and sponsorship at DWTC explains. ‘DSW provides a destination for residents and visitors to keep fit and train. It’s a platform for friends and families to come together and have fun through sport.’
Spanning more than 28,000 square metres, DSW has this year partnered with the city’s leading professional sporting academies and clubs, as well as prominent sporting establishments and renowned athletic trainers to provide hands-on coaching and advice as well as nurturing local talent.
‘Sheikh Saeed Halls 1 and 2 and the multi-purpose Trade Centre Arena will be transformed,’ says Kazim. ‘The Dubai Indoor Football Championship will take place in Sheikh Rashid Hall, which features eight pro-standard playing fields for five- or seven-a-side football, rugby and Aussie Rules pitches, three badminton courts, one volleyball court, one squash court, two basketball courts, two tennis courts, one multipurpose court, virtual cycling simulators, a bike pump track, a skate and BMX park, a state-of-the-art gym, and a 660m running track.’
Those wishing to sit back and watch rather than break a sweat are also catered for with a 1,400-capacity tiered seating stand.
Events to look out for during August are the second Bike Pump Track Competition and activation from August 16-18 and, the one we expect to be really popular, the Eid Skate and BMX competition which is likely to attract entrants from across the region to make the most of the excellent stunt facilities and put on a great show for the watching crowds.
‘The second edition of Dubai Sports World was well received, most praising the size of the venue,’ Kazim notes. ‘This year DWTC has upped its game, introducing more sports across more fields.’ Entrance to Dubai Sports World is free. Classes, pitch hire and activities are charged individually starting from 500fil for a game of table football. And, it’s bad news for those planning on using ‘I’m poor’ as a replacement for ‘It’s too hot’ – the indoor running track is free too. Prices vary. Dubai Sports World, Dubai World Trade Centre, www.dubaisportsworld.ae