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Sporty Dubai

Blessed with year-long sunshine, clean beaches, pristine desert sands and a mild winter, Dubai has no 'off-season'. All the year round, you can swim, scuba dive, sail, play golf or sand ski. Here's a sample of sporty Dubai.

The Tiger Woods Dubai

For all golf lovers, now is your chance to prepare to visit one of the most attractive golf courses in Dubai. The Tiger Woods Dubai is Woods' first-ever golf course design at Landmark Development and the resort will offer a challenging 18-hole championship course named the Al Ruwaya course, which means "Serenity."

Sports betting fans should take into consideration that Tiger Woods confirmed that he will play in the European Tour to compete in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club next February. Woods has won the tournament twice, in 2006 and 2008, and has finished no worse than tied for fifth place in his previous five appearances in this event.

The Tiger Woods Dubai is a private residential community, which offers some of the most exclusive and luxurious homes ever built in Dubai. It also has an 80-suite boutique hotel for VIP guests, spa, clubhouse, a dining restaurant by world-renowned French Chef Guy Savoy, and 197 residential properties.

A total of 22 palaces, 75 mansions and 100 luxury villas are available. Also, each residence enjoy of total privacy with their own driveway, surrounded by lush greenery and water features But thatís not all, Al Ruwaya promises to be a golf experience that epitomizes excellence and meets the highest standards of quality.

The design offers dramatic elevation changes and unique water hazards to provide an extraordinary golf experience. In addition, it consists of an impressive 1.500 yards of specialized three different types of grass, which include Tifway 419, TifEagle, and Tifdwarf, all acquired from Atlanta and Georgia, in the United States.

Finally, the Al Ruwaya course is a 30-minute drive from Dubaiís city center and the Dubai International Airport, and the membership is by invitation only.


Golf

Top 10 Golf Clubs in the Gulf

Play on a golf course that combines a magnificent 18 hole course with a Marina. Or play twilight golf on the undulating fairways while you enjoy the cool evening breeze off the Dubai creek. Or just take time off to study your action in a hi-tech video swing analysis room.

It is no exaggeration to say that Dubai is the Golf capital of the Middle East. The city boasts of three completely grassed championship-standard courses and one brown (sand) course.

Each winter, Dubai plays host to the Dubai Desert Classic, which is part of the PGA tour. A golfing pass is available for visitors on all these courses. With professional coaching facilities readily available, amateur adults and children can try their hand at this growing sport. [ Click here for more ]

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Water Sports

You can't get calmer and warmer waters than what we have around Dubai. With a steady, predictable wind all-year-round, neglieable current or tide and warm weather, Dubai is ideal for water-sports.Scuba divers will find plenty of excitement underwater and training is available for novices. Click here for more details.

Sailing is very much a part of Dubai's rich maritime tradition. Sailing clubs are well established and offer a full yachting and social calender for sailing afficionados.[ Click here for a list of sailing clubs ]

The rich marine life will keep the anglers busy. Fishing has as avid following among the local population. The fish that abound here are the Kingfish, Jack, red snapper, rock cod (the popular "hammour" in the Arabic cuisine), and barracuda. You can hire fully equipped boats with crew for regular deep-sea fishing trips and probably catch a sailfish or even a shark! Most of the sailing clubs and hotels by the sea offer such facilities.

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Adventure Sports

The desert may appear to be just an endless stretch of sand and bush to the uninitiated. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The desert in fact spells endless adventure. While sand dunes make excellent photographs, their slopes are ideal for a fast-growing sport called sand skiing. For the lover of 4-wheel driving, the open spaces around Dubai offers exciting trails for desert driving. A note of caution - like water, sand demands respect. Venture into the desert only with experts who are familiar with the trail. The prospect of getting stuck in soft sand with no one to help you is far from pleasant, to say the least. In the waters at Khor Kalba, you can go canoeing (Tel : 00 9714 460 808).

Cycling tours around mountainous Hatta, just an hour's drive from Dubai, offer the cyclist, a series of routes through dry stream beds, or "wadis", out-of-the-way villages and small farms. Cyclists may also choose their own routes. The picturesque Hatta Fort Hotel provides the cyclist with a backpack filled with maps, water and other essentials for a day's outing.

There's one place, in Dubai, that encourages you to drive as fast as you can. Ideal for speed-crazies, Formula One on the Dubai-Abu Dhabi road has the Middle East's first fully equipped indoor go-kart facility.

Facilities for water-skiing, paragliding and wind surfing are easily available in Dubai, and most hotels work with professional local operators to offer a wide range of adventure sports at very reasonable rates. Jet skiing is a hugely popular sport and can be hired (Dhs. 100/hour) off Mamzar beach or the Al Garhoud bridge. (Check Dubai city-map) However if the air above suits you better, try jumping from a plane. Experience the thrill of Sky-diving just an hour's drive from Dubai.

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Indoor/Outdoor Sport

Ice in the desert! Dubai has two ice rinks, which are open all the year round. Located at Al Nasr Leisureland (Tel : +9714 371 234) and the Hyatt Regency Galleria (Tel: 00 9714 206 4880), skates may be hired and instruction is available.

The Arab and the horse are inextricably linked. The Dubai Equestrian Centre (Tel : 00 9714 361 394) and the Jebel Ali Riding Stables (Tel : 00 9714 845 566) offer world-class facilities for horse-riding.

The Jebel Ali Shooting Club (Tel : 00 9714 836 555) approx. 35 mins drive from city centre, is one of the best in town. Try clay shooting on one of five floodlit shooting ranges or simulated laser gun shooting, for a change. The Hatta Fort Hotel (00 9718 523 211) has supervised clay-pigeon shooting and archery ranges, open to visitors and non-residents.

Dubai is made-to-order for jogging. Its flat landscape, spacious parks and uncrowded beaches and pavements are ideal for running. A band of diehard runners meet on Saturday at 18:30 hrs at Safa Park (Tel : 00 9714 445 428), outside Gate No. 1 and run a standard 7km distance. Visitors are always welcome.

Tennis courts, swimming pools, squash courts and martial arts are widely available and membership rates are reasonably priced.

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Competitive Sport

The Dubai Tennis Open held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence, UAE, takes place at the Aviation Club from 8th to 14th February. [ More]

The Dubai Desert Classic with a total prize fund of $1.36 million takes places in February at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. This European Tour event sponsored by DUBAL, Dubai Aluminium, has enjoyed the presence of some of the world's best players including Mark O'Meara, Colin Montgomerie, Lee Westwood, Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros and 1998 winner Jose Maria Olazabal. [ More]

The Dubai World Cup - the world's richest race at Dhs. 5 million is held annually during the Dubai Shopping Festival in the month of March. A showcase for the champion of champions, click here to know more.

Powerboat Racing has found a major venue off the waters of Dubai with the city's homegrown 'Victory Team' winning laurels in the international arena.

The Dubai Rugby Sevens - rugby lovers can watch this exciting version of the game with all the leading teams in attendance. Click here for more

And lastly the The Dubai Marathon and The Dubai School Boys Rugby Festival are some of the other sporting events in a annual calendar packed with sporting excitement.

Super Bowl 2011: The Game Seen All Around The World

The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League and it has now become an American holiday. Super Sunday is the second-largest day for U.S. food consumption (next to Thanksgiving, of course) and itís the most watched American television broadcast.

For entertainment purposes, there is hours Ė and on some stations, even days Ė of pre-game shows, musical acts, the betting action such as the Super Bowl prop bets at BetUS.com, celebrity appearances and events prior to kick-off. And thatís not it. Since itís the most watched program and since itís an event that is broadcast in more than 230 countries, itís the most expensive for advertisers to purchase commercial time. A 30-second spot can cost millions of dollars and with the growth of the internet, these commercials Ė at least the good ones Ė quickly become viral classics.

The 2011 extravaganza will be played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, which is one of the newest and most expensive stadiums in the NFL. As for who will be playing in the game? Well, isnít that the million dollar question.

As of now, it looks like the New England Patriots will be there. They have played in four Super Bowls (and won three of them) in the last nine years. On top of that, they have one of the best quarterbacks in the game in Tom Brady, who is making a case for MVP, and head coach Bill Belichick is also considered one of the sharpest minds. In the other conference, the current favorites are the Atlanta Falcons but many experts wouldnít be surprised to see the Philadlephia Eagles, Green Bay Packers or even last yearís champion, the New Orleans Saints.

All of those teams are playing for one thing: the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Winning the Super Bowl allows the players to hoist that trophy and earn a Super Bowl ring, which are typically made of gold, white gold and diamonds, and are worth roughly $5000 a pop. Also, different players will have different incentive-based bonuses in their contracts for winning the Super Bowl.

The 2011 Super Bowl will be the 45th edition and will be played on February 6th, 2011. Be a part of the action on one of the most exciting days of the year!



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