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.
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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.
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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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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.
Hatta Fort Hotel provides
the cyclist with a backpack filled with
maps, water and other essentials for a day's
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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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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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. [
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. [
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.
has found a major venue off the waters of Dubai with the city's homegrown
'Victory Team' winning laurels in the
The Dubai Rugby Sevens - rugby lovers can watch this exciting version of the game with all the leading teams in attendance.
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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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