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9 great sports clubs in Dubai to join to make friends (and burn calories)
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From dragon boat racing to netball, cycling, running and more…
Curious about the reasons behind joining sports clubs in Dubai? It serves as an excellent method to maintain an active lifestyle while providing opportunities to connect with new individuals. Fortunately, there is a wide array of options available, including rugby, football, cycling, and many others.
Here are 9 sports clubs in Dubai to join
Dragon boating stands out as a highly favored watersport in the UAE, drawing enthusiasts from various backgrounds.
It’s enjoyed by many as a really social, teamworking sport, and is a great way of making new friends.
Ladies-only club Dragonfire, which has been running since 2016, trains on the water around JBR and in the gym three days a week, but can up it to four if they’re preparing for big, often international, competitions.
Look out for regular recruitment drives on their Instagram.
The non-profit club holds morning sessions for beginners and improvers every Sunday, setting off from Dubai Offshore Sailing Club (DOSC) from 6am.
Otherwise, there’s a Saturday club run in the morning in Zabeel Park, speed sessions on Tuesday mornings at DOSC and Dubai Hills, and track sessions on Wednesdays at 6.45pm at the Dubai American Academy.
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If it's been some time since you last rode your bike, consider joining the Dubai Roadsters for their laid-back group rides. These rides take place at 5:30am on Sunday mornings, starting from Nad Al Sheba Cycle Park.
The ride is a steady 75km loop at an approximate average speed of 37km/h. It’s ideal for rusty riders looking to build up their fitness – and sessions are gratis.
If you haven't worn a goal attack bib since your school days, rekindle your passion for the sport with Active Netball.
Run by Susanne Skelding, Active Netball runs a series of leagues throughout the week.
There’s a social league on Monday nights, competitive league on Wednesday nights, and a premier league with 24 teams battling it out on the court every Tuesday.
But if all that sounds a bit too intimidating, why not start off with ‘walking netball,’ a new Super Sundays initiative designed to make sure that everyone can play the game regardless of age, fitness level, or previous netball experience.
The drop-in sessions are affordably priced at Dhs60 and are scheduled for 10am at JESS Ranches. If you're interested in participating, feel free to send them a direct message on Instagram.
You'll quickly learn to distinguish between foul balls and fly balls once you step onto the home plate for your inaugural softball game.
The Emirates Softball League is a non-profit dedicated to the development of adult softball throughout the UAE with both serious and social leagues taking place weekly.
Drop them a message on Instagram to get signed up.
Women motivated by the recent World Cup event might want to think about becoming a part of Onyx FC. As the UAE's first entirely female-owned football club, it offers a variety of football programs tailored to women of all skill levels.
The club prides itself on providing football for all women, whether they want to play at the highest level, socially or for just to get the blood pumping.
Social training sessions take place every Monday from 7pm to 8pm, with games day on Saturdays from 9am to 10am.
Emulate Beckham's skills with the Expat Football Association in Dubai, a football community that provides a balanced environment for both social and competitive play for both men and women who love The Beautiful Game.
There are over 4,000 active players, several leagues from 5-a-side to 11-a-side, as well as pay-and-play drop-in sessions for those who can’t commit to a season.
Don’t have a team? Call the EFA via (055) 301 2865, and they’ll help get you placed in one.
Fancy adding some scrum action to your social life? According to their club motto, the Dubai Sharks RFC is a seriously social club… but they’re also very serious about rugby.
This season, the club has unveiled its new home ground at Al Habtoor Polo Resort complete with clubhouse and fantastic pitches for the men’s, women’s, and youth teams to train on.
Open to everyone from novices to hardcore fitness fiends, TriDubai is a non-profit organisation that hosts various running, swimming and cycling sessions throughout the week.
Join the group for an early morning swim in the sea off Kite Beach or a run along the Palm, all for free.
You must be a TriDubai member to take part – joining is free too.