The Classic Golf Destination
Dubai is the pioneer of golf in the Middle East with championship standard grass courses to challenge the skills of even the most experienced players.
Nad Al Sheba Club
Dubai’s third grass course, with its links course straddling the Nad Al Shiba horse racing circuit and venue for the annual Dubai World Cup, the richest horse race in the world. The club offers the only fully floodlit 18-hole course along with a floodlit driving range in the Middle East and night-time golf has proved very popular.
The only fully floodlit 18 hole course in the Middle East.
18 holes, par 71-6428 yard course.
Built around eight lakes, three of which are for irrigation.
The golf course layout has all the characteristics of a Scottish links, with rolling fairways and deep pot bunkers. The course is generally flat with the new front 9 holes featuring elevated tees
Equipment: The three-storey blue-tiled clubhouse offers panoramic views across the race track and golf course.
Built in the traditional style found at British golf courses, the interior features panelled walls and leather sofas.
Facilities at the superbly equipped clubhouse include a Pro Shop, bars and a 100-seater Steakhouse restaurant.
Ten first-floor hospitality suites offer corporate entertainment facilities on golf and race days.
Golf instruction available from five qualified members of the PGA.
Rules of Play
Visitors are welcome on a “pay-as-you-play” basis, as well as to use the public driving range.
The dress code requires collared shirts and golfing shorts and proper golfing attire.
All players must have a handicap of 28 or less for men and 45 or less for women.
Profession of a playing certificate from any of the Dubai golf courses also qualifies.
All golf courses in Dubai are apikeless.
Nad Al Sheba Club,
PO Box 52872, Dubai, U.A.E.
Tel: +971-4-3363666 . Fax: (9714) 3363717
Visit them at www.nadalshebaclub.com
Rugby is definitely a contact sport at the Dubai Rugby 7s held every December. It’s a 3 day event with 150 teams. Very fun as the short games keep it interesting as do the spectators. In 2006 the massive but rare rain made the action slippery and unpredictable.
29 Nov 2007 - 1 Dec 2007
Equipment: Taxi - bring good cheer
Wild Wadi offers 30 rides and attractions for both family and adults and its theme is based on the tale of Juha from Arabian folklore.
Breakers Bay is the largest wave pool of the Middle East where swimmers can enjoy crossing and parallel waves, which are almost 5 feet high and splash in all directions.
The Jumeirah Sceirah is the tallest free fall water slide and there are pool surfing simulator rides also that allow riders get to feel the effects of knee board surfing, body board surfing or other types of surfing.
There are many traditional downhill slides in Wild Wadi Water Park and include – the Falcon Fury, Tunnel of Doom, Rushing Rapids, Tumble Falls, and the Thunder Rapids and a family ride that involves Rushdown Ravine in which riders are taken on a 560 ft downhill slide.
Wild Wadi Dubai also has two gift shops within the theme park, three restaurants, several snack stands and can host family events too.
Equipment: Wear comfortable water-friendly clothes and since Wild Wadi is a family-oriented environment dress in appropriate attire at all times (Including locker rooms).
Frequently asked questionsJuha has prepared a list of questions that are frequently asked by our guests! If your question is not in the list, please contact us and let us know!
Admission to Wild Wadi includes unlimited use of all the water rides, as well as the use of rubber rings, lifejackets and body boards
“If you are still alive, you can challenge yourself to do the next yoga pose”.. that’s how our über flexible yoga instructor tries to lighten things up when he sees our faces disgruntle with confusion. But after surprising ourselves with being able to execute those human pretzel poses, we come out of the class rejuvenated – ready to take on yet another physical challenge – which could either be in the form of body jam, body combat, salsa or maybe marathon eating, hehe.
In not so many words, Fitness First is a must for a Dubai resident (Read: Going to the gym is really an effective stress-buster). But for tourists who have an international Fitness First passport, you can just pop in anytime, make yourselves at home and enjoy all the facilities (unlimited coffee, wifi, sauna among other things) and classes that you don't wanna miss even if you're away from home.
Birdwatching Tour Agencies and Environmental Group
The Birdwatcher’s Paradise:
Emirates Golf Club
Specialities site-by-site guide
Western Reef Heron
Lesser Sand Plover
Bruce’s Scops Owl Yellow-throated Sparrow
Emirates Golf Club:
Red-wattled Lapwing Pacific Golden Plover
Chest nut –bellied
Jebel Ali Area:
Black-crowned Finch Lark
Black-crowned Finch Lark
Pale Crag Martin
Plain Leaf Warbler
Pale Rock Sparrow
Little Green Bee-eater
Birdwatching Tour Agencies and Environmental GroupHobby,
P.O. Box 50394,
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Mobile: 050 - 6503398
Birdwatching tours organized by Colin Richardson.
Dubai Emirates Environmental Group,
Emirates Bird Records Committee,
Emirates Natural History Group,
Equipment: Miscellaneous Equipment
You should bring the following binoculars, shoulder bag / small rucksack, lens cleaning tissues, sun glasses, field guide/s, notebook and pencil, personal medication.
Optional: telescope & tripod, camera lenses and film, spare binoculars and spare spectacles ( in case of loss or damage ).
The climate and light is ideal for wildlife photography in the UAE.
There are few security restrictions, except around government or military installations.
Print film is cheaper than in many other countries, although it is best to bring a supply of slide film.
Dust and humidity are a problem and you should pack camera equipment in dust-proof bags for protection.
Part two of my One Big Auto Show Tips with more pictures
If you are an auto show afficionado and love to go to international auto show in you country, you would be surprised that Dubai like is one huge auto show and you can see lots of auto eye candy for the auto enthusiasts as dubai has the combination of cheap fuel, low international taxes and lots of rich foreign expatriates and these translates to various car eye candy in the streets, the highways, the parking lots, the valet services at hotels and big shopping malls.
you would see lots of cool and expensive cars like ferraris, porches, bugattis, lamborghinis, rolls royce, alpha romeos, BMW's, Mercedes Benzes, Bentley's, Hummers and a lot more.
you can take tons of pictures of these cool cars as you want.
Equipment: lots of luxe and sports cars as eye candy
Visit Ski Dubai at the Mall of the Emirates for skiing. Yes... in this opulent desert country, you can find a ski slope in this mall! This place makes a good training ground for amateurs. With real snow and temperatures below 0 degC, this is the best place to experience a real winter in the Middle East.
Sun - Wed 10am - 11pm
Thurs - Sat 10am - 12MN
Entry is Dh60 for the snow park. For access to the slope, the fee is Dh150. Lessons are also provided for a fee!
Equipment: Normal gears can be rented. If the ski slope pass is purchased, it comes with the usual gears like ski, jacket, snowboard, etc.
Sailing in dubai is good but one club to avoid is Jebel Ali Sailing Club ! The sailing manager lady does not like arabs . being of arab origion i recommend Dubai international sailing club for arab tourists .
Dubai kitesurfing is the most active kitesurf spot in the Midle east. Located at 100 meter from the only 7 star hotel in the world.
Most of the kiter ride from that spot to ride to the world island or the palm island.
Equipment: From Jumierah road turn right from Saga world, the spot is easy to recognized.
I enjoy playing squash here in Norway. When I got to Dubai I came across a great offer when it comes to a Wilson racquet that I bought. This also allowed me to play a little bit in Dubai. The Hyatt hotel has two courts that hotel guests have access to. But for 50 Dhs it is possible to use the squash courts together with tennis, gym, sauna/spa and so on. The squash courts had concrete walls by the way and I’m not really a big fan of that.
Shooting and archery
The Jabel ali Shooting Club, approximately 35 minutes' drive from the city centre, offers pistol, skeet and trap shooting as well as laser-shooting simulator. The floodlit facility also provides tuition at its shooting academy.
The Hatta Fort Hotel has supervised clay-pigeon shooting and archery ranges, open to visitors and non-residents. The sport of shotgun shooting recently received a royal boost in Dubai when Sheikh Ahmed bin Hasher Al Maktoum won the gold medal for the double trap event at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
With all the glorious sunshine, tennis is one of the most popular sporting options, particularly during the cooler winter months. Courts are available at all major hotels and there are several other facilities dotted throughout the city. The Dubai Tennis stadium at the Aviation Club is also home to the ATP Dubai Open that attracts many top male and female international stars.
If you haven´t spent some time in the arabian desert you haven´t truly experienced Dubai. There are a lot of tours speeding over the dunes in 4x4 cars. An amazing adventure.
The nearest largest dunes near Dubai are located at Qarn Nazwa, on the Dubai Hatta road. Its a great experience.