Escape the confines of the gym and get outside to enjoy that fresh morning air with one of these sporting experiences available all before work.

Tee off nice and early at one of Dubai’s immaculate golf clubs. Early risers can easily get a round in before work, with weekday tee times starting at 6am at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club (8am on weekends), and 6.40am at Emirates Golf Club.

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Dubai Creek, Deira
Tel: (04) 2956000. Metro: GGICO.

Emirates Golf Club, Dubai Media City, Dubai
Tel: (04) 4179999. Metro: Nakheel. 

If your inner Captain Jack Sparrow yearns for a morning on the ocean wave, book an early morning kayak with Arabian Outdoor, with trips on offer around the Burj Al Arab, Dubai Marina, Ajman Mangroves and more. Private kayak trips are available for two to four people and should be arranged in advance, especially at weekends. They reopen for business in mid-November.

Who needs a caffeine hit first thing in the morning? Get your rush from a session of wakeboarding against the backdrop of Dubai’s pastel-coloured sunrise with Mark Andrew Kite School.

Kite Beach, Dubai
Tel: (050) 8860874. Taxi: Kite Beach.

Horse ride
Both novices and experienced riders alike will love the horse riding on offer at Al Sahra Equestrian Centre, which takes groups or individuals riding through the desert on a 90-minute hack. You’ll see the sun rise over the Dubai skyline and hopefully catch a glimpse of a desert fox or perhaps a gazelle returning home after a night foraging in the dunes.

Al Sahra Equestrian Centre, Exit 29, Jebel Ali-Lahbab Road, Dubai
Tel: (04) 4274055. Taxi: Al Sahra Centre.