Watch or play sports in Dubai!
Dubai is a city of plenty and that’s no different when it comes to sport! There are plenty of sports to watch or play in Dubai—from world-ranking championship events, to themed night runs and niche interest events. Find sport on the screen, in the stadium or along the parkland areas that trace the beaches and the Dubai Creek. There are over 10 major sporting venues that encapsulate countless stadiums, racecourses, fairways and aquatic complexes, plus there are plenty of minor venues and training grounds spread out across the city. Over 200 nationalities call Dubai home and, as such, the city is well equipped at hosting nearly any sporting event imaginable!
What sports can I enjoy in Dubai?
The sports regularly hosted in Dubai include golf, tennis, hockey, cricket, horse racing, rugby, swimming, motorsports, ice/winter sports, squash and athletics. The city’s major stadiums include Dubai Sports City, which contains the 25,000 seat Dubai International Cricket Stadium, the 18-hole Els Club, the ICC Global Cricket Academy and, soon, the Dubai International Ice Hockey Stadium; The Sevens Stadium, which includes cricket, football, netball, rugby, tennis and Gaelic football venues; the Dubai Tennis Stadium; Meydan Racecourse; Zabeel Stadium; Al-Rashid Stadium; Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium; Al-Maktoum Stadium; Nad Al Sheba Racecourse; the Police Officers’ Club Stadium; and the Dubai Opera, which is the host of the PSA World Tour squash tournament. Golf can be played at 5 exciting courses (with 4 more in construction) and there are 4 new multi-purpose stadiums being built!
When to visit to witness sports
Ramadan is a big time for sporting prowess in Dubai. By nature, Ramadan is a time for family, community and pushing yourself to do your personal best. Personal goals can be set and tested across the 3, 5 and 10km Ramadan Night Run and the Nad Al Sheba Tournament showcases excellence in table tennis, archery, volleyball, running, wheelchair basketball and goalball. Ramadan kickstarts the city’s summer of sports, with the Dubai Sports World festival, plus there are countless other international sporting events all year-round! These include the Dubai Polo Gold Cup, Dubai World Cup (at the Meydan Racecourse), the FINA Swimming Championships, the DP World Tour Championship Golf tournament, Samsung International Beach Soccer, the International Motor Show, the Dubai World Superseries Finals in Badminton and the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens.
The World Future Sports Games are held in Dubai in December. Running across multiple destinations throughout the city and differing from traditional human-based sports, these games showcase new technology feats, including driverless car racing, manned drone racing, robotic soccer, table tennis, swimming and the cybathlon just to name a few! For more information about sports, when to visit or things to do in Dubai, contact our My Dubai Holiday Experts!