Dubai sports: golf, horse racing, tennis and more
Golf, horse racing, motor racing, tennis, rugby and sailing – Dubai regularly hosts some of the most prestigious events in the world.
The sport-loving, action-packed emirate has developed into an all-round venue, attracting international stars and events that place Dubai way ahead of the regional game as one of the world’s favourite sporting destinations.
From traditional pastimes such as camel racing and endurance riding, to international calendar events in golf, motor racing and even polo, Dubai has developed into a sporting venue capable of competing on a global level.
Most Dubai outdoor
activities take place in the cooler autumn and winter months stretching from October through to late March.
Dubai has also created a number of bespoke sporting venues and facilities that are on par with some of the top venues around the world – and when that gold medal infrastructure is combined with traditional Arabian hospitality, the sporting world is given a winning combination that’s hard to beat.
As one would expect from Dubai, a city with more than its fair share of horse racing interest due to the world-renowned Godolphin Stables of the ruling Maktoum family, the racing season is more than just the Dubai World Cup, and visitors to the emirate should check out race meets throughout the winter months.
Since opening its first all-grass championship Dubai golf course
at the Emirates Golf Club
in 1988, Dubai has become one of the most exciting golfing destinations in the world.
There are plenty of world-class clubs to play at and with a list of courses that reads like a who’s who of the golfing world including courses designed by Greg Norman, Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie, Ian Baker-Finch, Vijay Singh and another by Tiger Woods
in the pipeline, it’s little wonder the International Association of Golf Tour Operators has voted Dubai one of the most exciting golfing destinations in the world.
Finally, for enthusiasts of winter sports in Dubai
, there’s the multi-million dollar Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates
, which brings a 400-metre indoor ski slope to the Middle East, allowing residents and holidaymakers to enjoy a day on the piste while the temperature out in the Dubai desert
Then there’s the Olympic-sized ice rink at The Dubai Mall, the biggest shopping mall
in the world.
A Dubai desert safari
tops the list for the majority of visitors, offering a mixture of thrilling adventure, cultural insight and nature.
Fishing, skiing, sailing, driving, diving and golf are just some of the brilliant experiences Dubai has to offer.