Both regular runners and absolute beginners can head to Jumeirah Beach and discover one of the city’s finest jogging tracks. Covering 14 kilometers from La Mer to the Burj Al Arab, the path is ideal for distance athletes craving one long, uninterrupted stretch. Equally, those who want to surround themselves with nature, and jog shorter distances will find plenty to enjoy. The track includes rest areas, spaces to practise yoga, and intermittent food trucks, cafes and restaurants to enjoy a light bite and liquid refreshments. A surprisingly quiet, floodlit track along one of Dubai’s most iconic beachfronts makes this a great destination in which to relax and unwind after a long day at a conference, exhibition or other major event.
Location: From La Mer, Jumeirah 1, to the Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Street
Timings: Open 24 hours
Cost: Free of charge
Take to the tee
After a day of networking, what better way to unwind than with a round of floodlit golf? The Track, the new pay-and-play course at Meydan Golf, measures 7,412 yards off the championship tees. With four other varying tee boxes, the nine-hole course can accommodate all abilities up to 11pm each night. Built around six natural lakes, The Track, which is a 15-minute drive south of Dubai World Trade Centre, was designed by renowned golf course architect Peter Harradine. Emirates Golf Club, home of the world-renowned Omega Dubai Desert Classic, also offers excellent nighttime play, on the par-72, 18-hole Faldo course. Located 20-25 minutes from Dubai World Trade Centre, it covers 7,052 yards and features a natural wadi (dried river bed) for a rugged golfing experience.
Location: The Track, Al Meydan Road. The Faldo course, Nakheel metro station
Timings: 6.30am to 11pm, daily, and 6.45am to 9pm, daily
Cost: From AED215 and AED475, respectively
Contact: www.meydangolf.com and www.dubaigolf.com
Power the pedals
Leave the corporate world, just for a few hours, and enjoy an evening or early morning bike ride. Dubai, perhaps surprisingly given its desert terrain, is home to an avid cycling community with enthusiasts from weekend warriors to complete beginners descending on Al Qudra Cycling Track. Located on the outskirts of the emirate, 30 minutes south of Dubai World Trade Centre, Al Qudra offers 85 kilometers of smooth cycle paths and a true escape from the stress of day-to-day life. As the weather cools, take Instagram-worthy shots of the dunes, especially at sunset, and spot a variety of wildlife including camels and, if you’re lucky, Arabian gazelle. Trek UAE bike rentals is located at the end of Al Qudra Road and provides lights if you’re planning a late ride.
Location: Al Qudra Road
Timings: Track open 24 hours a day. Trek UAE open 6am to 10pm, daily
Cost: Access to track, free of charge. Bike rentals, AED53 Sun to Thu for 2hrs, AED95 Fri and Sat for 2hrs
Pull a punch
Fitness fanatics looking for high-energy exercise need look no further than Boxfit. Much loved for the exhilarating combination of traditional boxing and intensive cardio, this is a sure-fire way to stay in shape, even when travelling for business. Dubai is home to some of the world’s best trainers, so there’s no shortage of talent, venues and classes across the emirate. Round 10 Boxing caters to all fitness levels and, with posters of world champions dotted across the walls, there’s plenty of inspiration. Located 15-minutes from Dubai World Trade Centre, the gym offers classes for beginners through to seasoned pros. Likewise, members of Fitness First travelling with their ‘International Passport’ can access more than 20 centres across the emirate. For non-members, the first class is free of charge, so why not add Boxfit to your itinerary and give it a go?
Location: Round 10 Boxing, Al Quoz, behind Times Square Mall. Fitness First, across the emirate
Timings: Check websites for schedules
Cost: Round 10 Boxing, from AED63 per class
Contact: www.round10boxing.com and www.uae.fitnessfirstme.com
Play like a pro
You only live once, but in tennis you get to serve twice. Dubai’s balmy winter weather has fostered a passionate tennis community, with world-class facilities to match. If you want to practise your backhand, hone your volleys, or just fit in a vigorous game after a day of meetings, you really are spoilt for choice. Take Tennis 360, the UAE’s only tennis academy to run 12 months a year, seven days a week. With 10 world-class coaches operating at multiple venues – including The Apartments at Dubai World Trade Centre – all popular locations are covered. The Aviation Club at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel also offers exceptional facilities with four floodlit courts and a state-of-the-art gymnasium.
Location: Tennis 360, various locations. The Aviation Club, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel.
Timings: Tennis 360, 7am to 10pm. The Aviation Club, 6.30am to 10.30pm.
Cost: Check websites for fees
Contact: www.tennisthreesixty.com and https://www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/jumeirah-creekside-hotel/the-aviation-club-dubai-fitness/the-aviation-club-fitness-health-dubai/