Now in its sixth year, Dubai Sports World has just reopened and it will serve as the emirate’s largest indoor sports venue over summer, spanning 25,000 square metres. With a free gym and running track and plenty of other facilities, it’s perfect for those of us looking to escape the summer heat and work out in a temporary, air-conditioned space.
From June 5 to August 27, Dubai Sports World will be open down at the Sheikh Saeed Halls in Dubai World Trade Centre, offering up fields, spaces and pitches for football, basketball, cricket, running, rugby, badminton, tennis, volleyball and ping pong.
Aside from regular sports, Dubai Sports World will also offer a free-of-charge gym filled with professional machines and equipment, alongside zumba, pilates, yoga and circuit training programmes, all managed by Fitness 360 (the schedule for those classes hasn’t yet been announced). The badminton courts are also free of charge, as is the running track.
On top of all the sports and fitness facilities, Dubai Sports Worlds offer up a range of summer camps, including a football academy, basketball academy, cricket academy, tennis academy and even Dubai Pro Wrestling academy.
Over the course of the summer, Dubai Sports World will be hosting a range of events, including a number of football tournaments and basketball leagues.
Some of the bigger ones to look out for are:
Dubai Ladies Football League
June: 8, 10, 15, 29.
July: 6, 13, 15.
August: 17, 19, 24.
ADIDAS Dubai Corporate European Cup
June: 11, 12pm to 7pm. 14, 8pm to 11pm. 21, 8pm to 11pm. 28, 8pm to 11pm.
July: 5, 8pm to 11pm.
More information on the individual events can be found on dubaisportsworld.ae.
Where is Dubai Sports World 2016?
Paid and free parking is available – the multi-storey, covered car park behind Sheikh Rashid Hall is connected to the venue and has 1,385 paid parking spaces. There are also several free outdoor parking areas within walking distance.
Inside the venue you’ll find Zoom Coffee Shop and Mini-Mart, with Dubai Sports World being within walking distance of McGettigan’s Pub, Burger Fuel, Sushi Counter, Circle Cafe, Pizza Express and more. So you’ve got the choice of going for food beforehand and burning off the calories afterwards, or going for a workout first and then heading off for a 12-inch pizza.
Dubai Sports World 2016, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, daily 8am to 1am. Tel: (04) 3064000. dubaisportsworld.ae.