Try Dubai 2017: Who’s going to be there?


Want to meet the clubs that make Dubai awesome? Head to Barasti on February 10 when What’s On presents #TryDubai in association with Talabat – the UAE’s first official gathering for groups, sports clubs and active brands.


The fact that it’s hard to leave our houses for five months out of every year due to the weather can be really overwhelming. Fortunately, due to several modern advances in technology, we don’t have to worry about starving to death while living the life of a shut-in (huzzah!).Thanks to Talabat, an online food ordering service where you can order from a host of UAE restaurants, we’ve been enjoying tasty meals in the comfort of our sofas for years. Restaurants include: Sushi Counter, Subway, Burger King, Wendy’s, Noodle House, Johnny Rockets, Pei Wei, Pizza Express, Caliburger and Wokyo Noodle Bar. Talabat will be at Try Dubai offering exclusive discounts. Check back soon for more.



Let’s face it – gyms are a lot of commitment. You cough up for the various joining fees, sign up for months at a time (or even a year) and then, as is often the case, lose your mojo and motivation a few weeks in. Enter homegrown superstars, Classport. Members can take a class every day, with a maximum of three classes per studio for Dhs399 per month by signing up to the app or visiting their website. You can book ahead to reserve your spot, and cancel up to 12 hours before the class. You can even invite your Classport friends along to classes with you. Classport also has Flywheel as one of their partners, arguably the most popular spinning and barre classes in Dubai. It would be worth the membership for classes at this cult favourite alone.


The Track Meydan Golf
You know why we love this golf course? Because it welcomes all levels of golfers to give the sport a try, with its unique pay to play structure. That means you don’t have to become a member to book.

A must-have app for any thirsty resident in Dubai, Guzzle gives you access to hundreds of two for one drinks offers in the best venues in town, including Tribeca, Fibber Magees, Mahiki and Cargo… for free. See what’s happening around you and make use of the deals close by. Simply show the bartender the offer on your app and away you go. Users can also sign up for Guzzle Premium, which offers up to Dhs250,000 in savings on food, brunches, pool and beach passes and drinks at just Dhs33 a month.


Ras Al Khaimah Tourism
In the UAE, there’s one emirate that outshines the rest when it comes to outdoor adventure pursuits – Ras Al Khaimah. Visitors can tackle climbing, hiking and ziplines, they can camp, go off-roading, or rock climb along the UAE’s highest mountain range. One of the latest adventure tours is a must for adrenaline junkies in Dubai.


MV Agusta UAE
Motorheads will know the brand name well. The super-premium Italian motorcycle manufacturer has an illustrious racing past currently producing everything from supersport motorcycles to sport touring bikes. You can meet the MV Augusta UAE team at Try Dubai. They’re a welcoming and friendly motoring community who run regular morning breakfast rides. Meet them, learn more about them, and get discounts off bikes and apparel.



Fancy meeting new people in Dubai while competing in social sporting activities? Duplays – the region’s biggest sporting club organisers – specialise in a variety of social and competitive sporting leagues, corporate team-building activities, running games and events for all skill levels at venues across the city. Offering everything from netball and ultimate frisbee to football, basketball, touch rugby and more, there’s a sport to suit all.


READ MORE: TryDubai 2017 – What is it? Where is it? Why should I go? 

R U Active
Netballers in Dubai can train and play competitive netball with R U Active. Originally set up to develop the sport of netball within Dubai, it has blossomed into a very popular sporting club in the city. Adults can choose from the premier league, competitive league, social league and mixed league – a summer attraction where fellas get to join, too.



Adventurati Outdoor
Love being outdoors? Ebrahim Al Khaja and Fadi Hachicho – aka Team Adventurati – live for sharing their passion for outdoor adventure, and have been leading hiking, canyoning and rock climbing escapades for over a year now. You can join them on their next adventure when you join Try Dubai on February 10.


Xtreme Wake
Karim and Ahmed set up Xtreme Wake in 2013 with one goal in mind: to nurture the wakeboarding community in Dubai. Three years later and they have a wakeboard chalet in Ghantoot complete with barbecue facilities and a trampoline, a separate wakeboarding restaurant La Cala hosting a pet-friendly brunch, weekly meet-ups, and a devoted following of boarders. Meet them, learn from them, and become a part of Dubai’s ever-growing wakeboarding community.

Wakeboarding in Dubai

Fahrenheit Beachsports
Fahrenheit Beachsports is a new watersports concept in town, aiming to bring the freshest watersports to the best locations in and around the UAE, while being run and operated by watersports professionals. Ladies can get involved in a twice-weekly session called SUP Sisters where core exercises and paddleboarding combine for one seriously fun workout.

SUP Sisters Intl Pics (8)

On any given windy day in Dubai, Kite Beach (behind Saga Mall) becomes home to a small but passionate group of kitesurfers. Ask any kitesurfer out there how to get involved and they’ll point you in the direction of Dukite. These friendly instructors offer complete courses, which take around eight hours. You’ll learn the basics of flying a kite, the  and safety systems. Then you’ll fly the kite on your own.


From daily meditation classes and yoga activities as well as self-empowering workshops and energy healing sessions, Illuminations continues to be one of the leading wellness centres in Dubai.

Real Pilates
Award-winning studio Real Pilates is as much a sanctuary as it is a place to practise Pilates. Meet the team at Try Dubai, find out about the many different classes available and take advantage of some exclusive packages including discounts off group mat, and personal training packages.

Phoenix Rising
If you’ve never seen Acroyoga in action before, prepare to witness a little bit of yoga and a hint of acrobatics as Dubai’s yogi contingent demonstrate an altogether different kind of practice. Get ready for some gravity-defying shapes and poses, and you can join in!

The Physical Training Company
A supportive fitness community with friendly personal trainers, the Physical Training Company runs circuit classes at their Training Room as well as personal training. Sign up at Try Dubai for buy-one-get-one free circuit classes and two people for the price of one on semi-private personal training.


If you constantly have your mates in stitches it might be time to take this comedy thing more seriously. Sharpen your gags with Dubomedy –  the UAE’s local comedy pioneers. Sign up for a weekly comedy course, or try your hand at improv lessons, or tackle a stand-up workshop, and meet a few fellow comedians in the city.

Funny girls - Abel Fernandes of Dubomedy

Yadawei Ceramic Studio
Unleash your inner artist at Yadawei, a cool pottery studio in Al Quoz. It’s the perfect place to leave the outside world behind and get creative. You can take part in a workshop or course, or simply sign up for a membership that allows you open access to the studio. You’ll learn all about throwing a pot, glazing a vase, firing up the kiln and more.

Yadawei Pottery

The Jam Jar
For 12 years The Jam Jar has been getting creative juices flowing. The studio recently moved into their new and improved home in Alserkal Avenue where it’s bringing Dubai’s creative contingent together with their series of art workshops. Adults and children alike can try their hand at a variety of courses, from learning the basics of watercolours, abstract painting techniques, using acrylics and how to master flowers.

jam jar

The Courtyard Playhouse
Budding thesbians in the city needn’t look further than The Courtyard Playhouse, Dubai’s own dedicated theatre space with a 58-seater auditorium. With a packed calendar of events, including its popular Desert Monologues workshops, improv classes, National Theatre Live screenings, and full-blown productions, the founders have nurtured the theatre community to offer excellent classes for all levels.


Whether you need to paint your house, fix your car or plan a party, meet MR Usta, download the app and get discounts off your first service. They’ll find the right person for the job you need doing.

February 10
Barasti Beach, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Fri 11am to 5pm, free. Tel: (04) 4273097. Taxi: Barasti. More information at Try Dubai’s event page.


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