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Ten Pin Bowling Alley in Dubai, UAE
What to do when summer arrives, with the mercury topping 50 degrees celsius (122 F), the roads are sizzling, and your wallet won't survive another trip around a shopping mall? It ain't romantic, it ain't exotic, but bowling is fun and gets you off the sofa and you know it :-)
Dubai's first & oldest bowling alley closed its doors in 2006 ("Thunderbowl") and has been sorely missed by many expatriates & locals; the old alley had always been more popular I guess for "nostalgic" reasons. The new centre operates Brunswick lanes in a plush & modern facility.
Some info from their website:
> "8-Ball" Billiards & Snooker Hall.
> Bowling Corner Pro-Shop.
> Video Games Arcade.
> Fast Food Counter.
> The Mugg & Bean Coffee Shop.
We now make a point of going bowling twice to thrice a month, and I'm actually starting to achieve the occasional strike! Whilst I hopped on the spot like a little girl, I heard a Fred Flintstone wanna-be from the neighbouring lane: "All 10 pins! Yabba-dabba-doooo!". There are also families with children enjoying themselves, stuffing their mouths with greasy snack foods & spending more time sliding around in their shoes & falling on their backsides than actually hitting any pins.
Unfortunately, you won't quite find the "authentic bowling-alley-feeling" here: there's no flat beer in plastic cups, as this venue is unlicensed and no alcohol is served. The hall is very clean, and staff are pretty friendly, and there is a small smoking section in the corner.
We had a great time, and this is definitely a good way to waste a few hours in the unbearable summer heat.
Equipment: PRICES (including shoe hire):
15 Dirhams per person per game,
or 95 Dirhams per 1 hour per game (on a weekday), Dhs 110 in the evenings & on the weekends.
(1 US Dollar = 3.67 Dirhams)
Opening Hours: 7 days a week from 10:00am - 11:00pm.
I guess one could argue whether Bowling truly is a "sport"... is Darts a sport? What about Golf? To me that's taking a walk with a purpose... haha! However, "One advantage of bowling over golf is that you never lose a bowling ball." (Quote by anonymous)
Address: Dubai Bowling Centre, Al Quoz, Dubai.
Directions: Casablanca Street, Interchange No. 3 (Sheikh Zayed Road), Al Quoz area, Dubai.
Other Contact: Fax: +971-4-3393040
Phone: 00971-4-339 1010
An artist's impression of DSC
Here is finally one of Dubai's newest crazy project-ideas, that may actually serve a purpose and won't just look good.
Dubai Sports City (DSC) is the world's first integrated purpose-built sports city.
The development costs are pegged at Dhs7 billion, and will include major sporting facilities and a large residential zone. This was all due for completion by 2007/2008 but has been majorly delayed but the global econimic crisis and the "bubble burst" of the Dubai property sector.
The city will be part of the 5 billion US Dollar "Dubailand" mega project and will cover 4.6 million square metres of desert... I wish they would just STOP with all of these massive projects! But whereever there's money to be made, the UAE will do it...
On the residential side, up to 1,200 family villas are to be built around an 18-hole championship golf course and plots of land will be sold to third party investors for the construction of medium rise buildings... well, that's the plan anyway...
Maybe this will help all the obese Arab youngsters to get off the sofa and on the field! Check this link for the increasing numbers of obese children in the UAE: http://www.writefix.com/writing/cause/obesity.htm
Equipment: On the sporting side, they are planning 4 stadiums: 1 for cricket, an outdoor multi-purpose site for rugby, football and track & field, an indoor multi-purpose stadium and a dedicated hockey centre.
There will also be training facilities and sports schools, including a Manchester United football academy, an ICC Global Cricket Academy and David Lloyd tennis school.
--> UPDATE April 2009: The Dubai Cricket Stadium is now open and operational. In May it has hosted matches between New Zealand and Pakistan. Click here for info: http://www.dubaisportscity.ae/articledisplay.asp?id=18
Address: Part of the upcoming "DubaiLand"
Directions: Near the Arabian Ranches, Emirates Road.
Location Map: http://www.dubaisportscity.ae/uploadimages/dsc-locationmapNew(1).jpg
Phone: 00971-4-329 3300
Dubai Rugby 7s (from website)
This is a FUN-TASTIC weekend not to be missed! Even if you're not a rugby fan (like myself) the annual Dubai Rugby Sevens are a fun-filled weekend with a great atmosphere and superb crowds! Come and witness Dubai's expatriate society at its most uninhibited and its best!
"Featuring 16 of the best Sevens nations in the world, the Dubai Rugby Sevens has grown into a magical sporting event that attracts fans from around the globe."
>> Dates: Thursday, 29th Nov. - Saturday, 1st Dec. 2007.
>> Venue: Dubai Rugby Exiles Ground.
>> Entertainment on & off the pitch:
Cheerleaders (yes guys, there will be short skirts) and "ZU2" (U2 tribute band)
>> Tickets: Tickets for the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens usually go on sale 6 – 8 weeks before the event.
TICKETLINE: 800 4669.
INTERNATIONAL TICKETLINE: +971-4-210 8567.
VISIT THEIR WEBSITE FOR ONLINE TICKET PURCHASE & UPDATES!
Equipment: What to bring along: Comfortable shoes, a light jacket (the 2006 tournament was drenched in non-stop rain!) your country's flag and a fun attitude for the day!
Address: Dubai Rugby Exiles Ground, UAE
Directions: Located four miles east of Dubai on the Al Awir Road.
LOCATION MAP: http://www.dubairugby7s.com/images/venue.gif
Phone: +971-4-321 0008
Theme: Sports Watching
Dubai Desert Classic Golf Tournament
The DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC (Golf) is an annual event that always draws huge crowds of tourists and expatriates alike.
Dubai is slowly establishing itself as a new premier golfing destination. The Dubai Desert Classic will once again see some of the great players battle it out on the green between the sand dunes. Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie, etc.
Defending Champion of the next tournament is Henrik Stenson.
>> Dates: January 28th - February 3rd 2008.
>> Tee Timings:
31. January: Players practice throughout the day.
1st February: 06:50am - 12:50pm.
2nd February: 08:30am - 12:10pm.
3rd February: 08:30am - 12:10pm (all approximate times).
>> Ticket Prices: to be announced.
VISIT THEIR WEBSITE FOR UPCOMING DETAILS:
Equipment: Comfortable shoes, a hat or parisole as sun protection, and lots of *Shhhhhhhhh!* patience...
>> Spectator's Requirements:
Strict "No Autograph" policy in effect throughout the championship week.
Camera & Camcorders are allowed on-site during Practice Rounds only.
Free Golf Lessons from PGA professionals will be available during the Official Tournament days at the driving range.
Children 12 & younger will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder.
Stay gehind gallery rops, and wear appropriate footwear.
Address: Emirates Golf Club, Dubai
Directions: Venue Website:
Phone: +971-4-380 1777
Children on sleds in Ski Dubai
Dubai's latest and wackiest project opened in November 2005: Ski Dubai at the massive Mall of the Emirates.
Dubai is obviously striving to become the "one-stop-shop" tourist destination of the world: Be it shopping, beaches, luxury items, adventure sports, culture, or even snow... You name it, they've got it.
The gigantic structure is visible from the nearby highway, poking out of the sand like a big white tunnel; strange to think that inside 22,500 square metres are covered with real snow all year round.
Ski Dubai has 5 slopes that vary in difficulty, height & steepness, the longest run being 400 metres with a fall of over 60 metres. (Don't worry about climing up the slope... they didn't forget to install the ski lifts - haha!)
In true Swiss & Austrian style, they've even built a "St Moritz Cottage Cafe" where you can warm up your frozen bones with steaming beverages & snacks. It's a wee bit expensive, but that is to be expected next to such a propaganda-rich project.
Honestly: I believe this is completely unnecessary, ridiculous & a huge burden on the environment, but if you want to experience the "chill of excitement" during your holiday in Dubai this is the place for you.
Equipment: Ski Dubai offers guests the use of winter clothing, ski & snowboard equipment. You do, however, need to bring your own gloves.
Opening Hours: Saturday - Tuesday: 10.00am - 11.00pm.
Last tickets sold at 09.30pm.
Wednesday to Friday: 10.00am - midnight.
Last tickets sold at 10.30pm.
For the price lists on entrance fees, Click Here: http://www.skidxb.com/English/pricing_eng.aspx?mid=1&sid=8
Address: Ground floor, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai
Directions: Sheikh Zayed Road, exit 39 (4th interchange), direction towards Al Barsha
LOCATION MAP: http://www.skidxb.com/English/howto_eng.htm?mid=1&sid=3
Phone: 00971-4-409 4000
The Karts at Dubai Autodrome
My office decided to organise a go-karting evening for all of us as a "team building exercise". I don't know if we got closer or more competitive as a team, but it sure was a lot of fun!
The Dubai Autodrome is the region's first motorsports facility of this kind.
The complex not only includes an FIA sanctioned 5.39km circuit, but also incorporates a Race & Driving school and a CIK approved Karting track.
It was officially inaugurated in October 2004 when it hosted the final round of the FIA GT Championship
The 1.2km CIK-approved circuit at the Kartdrome features 17 corners plus a small tunnel and bridge. It can be divided into two smaller circuits of 720 metres & 525 metres each. It's equipped with a complete set of floodlight, so it wasn't a problem for us to go in the evening, we finished work.
The karts have a single Honda 4-stroke engine, with 390cc capacity and 13.5 bhp (break horse power) and hydraulic brakes... and a deafening noise to match!
For maintaining the karts and track there are multiple pit areas, and above the pit garage are a timing room and a race control room equipped with CCTV cameras, keeping an eye us whilst we where speeding with shrieking tyres around every corner ;-)
The karts are also equipped with computer chips to time each driver's best laps. To give you an idea: the fastest lap ever recorded on this track is 1 minute 12 seconds.
Considering the fact that this was my first ever karting experience, I'm quite proud of my fastest lap of 1 minute 22 seconds (a few of my colleagues only managed 1 minute 35 seconds and slower...) Maybe all Germans indeed have the "Schuhmacher-gene"? hahaha!
Equipment: You are provided with a racing suit, face mask, gloves and helmet (all available in different sizes). Just make sure to wear soft, comfortable sports/tennis shoes. Otherwise you will not be allowed to drive.
It's great fun, finally something a bit different to do in Dubai, and it really tests your skills, risk tolerance & reflexes. All in all: highly recommendable!
The Kartdrome also have smaller karts for children (ages 7 - 12)
Price per person: AED 100.- for a 15-minute session.
This may sound expensive, but believe me: 15 minutes in one of these karts seems like a iloooong time! But a long and really fun time!
For corporate events, it's also possible to reserve the track privately for your group only. Check with the kartdrome on booking schedules and prices.
Address: Dubai Autodrome
Phone: 00971-4-367 8700
Dubai Marathon (from website)
This is for those of you that are clearly masochistic. Now, I enjoy a bit of swimming, cycling, dancing... but running a marathon? You've got to be kidding! I'll be on the sidelines, observing...
This is an annual sporting event sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank, and its popularity has been growing steadily. In 2007 this event took place on Friday, 12th January.
The Marathon usually starts at 07:00am & stretches through the city over a distance of 42 km. It starts by the Dubai World Trade Centre, through Bur Dubai to Al Ittihad Flag (Union House), all along the Jumeirah Beach Road until Burj Al Arab. This is where the runners turn & head back to the finishing line by the Emirates Towers Hotel.
The route is a complete clockwise circuit of the city, encompassing many major landmarks. The southern suburbs section of the course is very flat & fast, with the only change in gradient being when crossing the Dubai Creek. Daytime temperatures in January rarely exceed 20 degrees Celsius, ensuring pleasant conditions for runners and spectators alike.
This is followed by the 10km road race (different route) setting-off 10min later, and the 3km Charity Run at 10:30am where professional runners, joggers, families, children on bicycles or skates can join just for fun & for a good cause. The supported charity is called "Seeing is Believing" and aims to restore the eyesight of people in the developing world. Since the end of 2006 they have raised US$ 1.4 Million.
Equipment: Recommended Viewing Areas for Spectators are:
> Start Line near Dubai World Trade Centre.
> 2nd Exit at Trade Centre Roundabout.
> Left turn onto Jumeirah Beach Road (at Al Ittihad Flag).
> Turn-around at Burj Al Arab Hotel.
> Left-turn onto last stretch (near Zabeel Stables).
> Finish Line behind Emirates Towers Hotel.
If you wish to join, registration usually closes about 2 months (December) before the event. International runners can register online - simply visit the website for details.
The winner in 2007 was from Kenya with a time of 2 hours and 9 min.
As Dubai is the city of prizes, raffles and give-aways he walked away with a brand new car & US$ 30,000... If a runner achieves a new world record he will be paid a whopping 1 Million Dirhams! (272,000 US$)
Directions: Dubai Marathon Office
P.O. Box 57176
Dubai - U.A.E.
Lovely dogs for adoption from K9 Friends UAE
OK, so this isn't really a sport, but I didn't want to list this as a general "Thing to do", and for the animals it's a sporty day after all... haha!
Part business - part pleasure for me, the annual (February) Dubai Pet Show remains the dominant annual animal-lovers' event in the UAE. Until 2004, this event was called the "Dubai Dog Show", but has now been expanded to include cats & birds as well.
Last year (2006) saw the 18th year of this fun, educational & charitable event that is visited by approximately 18,000 people every year. IN 2007 THIS EVENT TAKES PLACE ON SATURDAY, 10TH FEBRUARY.
I once entered my dog in the competition (won the blue ribbon for "dog with the waggiest tail") but nowadays I mostly attend the Pet Show to help my friend Hilke with her stand. (She owns a clinic that specialises in alternative & natural medicines for animals, and is one of the event's sponsors)
Numerous UAE residents also take this day as an opportunity to give their dogs some "socialisation skills", as you are usually not allowed to take dogs anywhere with you: no restaurants, no shops, no parks, not even the beaches. To change the hearts & minds of people in this country is not easy, as the dog is regarded "unclean" in Islam. But the Pet Show is the highlight of any animal lover's social calendar & the pooches enjoy themselves, too!
There are plenty of things to do, even if you don't have any pets or don't want to bring your dog along to the competitions. Bouncy castles and rides for children, food stalls, flea markets & handicraft should keep you busy throughout the day.
Competitions continue throughout the day, with the more serious judging of posh pedigree & crossbreed classes, and also fun-competitions like "dog most like owner", "most adorable for no reason", etc. to make any mutt feel like Pooch-Prince of the Day ;-)
The program includes:
> Beautiful & graceful Arabian Saluki lure course
> Agility course & Fly-ball competitions for all participants
> Demonstrations by Abu Dhabi and Dubai Police K9 unit
> Handicraft stalls
> Prizes for Best in Show, Terrier Class, Toy Class (small dog breeds), Puppy Class, Best Pure Breed & Best Mixed Breed.
All proceeds of the day go to K9 Friends http://www.k9friends.com & Feline Friends http://www.felinefriendsuae.com who provide an invaluable service of caring for abandoned & abused dogs and cats.
The picture shows me with a Saluki pup and the director of the UAE Saluki Federation.
Address: Nad Al Sheba, Dubai - UAE
Directions: On the grass between the Nad Al Sheba Horse Racing Course & Nad Al Sheba Golf Club
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