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9 great sports clubs in Dubai to join to make friends (and burn calories)

Do you want to know why people join sports clubs in Dubai? It’s one of the finest ways to start (and remain) active, but it also allows you to meet new people. Fortunately, there are other options available, like rugby, football, cycling, and many others.

Dragon Boating

Dragon boating is a popular watersport in the UAE, drawing people from all walks of life. Many people love it as a beautifully sociable, cooperation activity that is a terrific opportunity to meet new people. Club for women only Dragonfire, which has been in operation since 2016, trains on the water and in the gym three days a week, but may increase to four if preparing for large, often worldwide, contests. On Instagram, look for regular recruiting campaigns.


Join the Creek the Striders during their pound down the streets during the week in Dubai. Every Sunday, the non-profit club hosts morning sessions for beginners and improvers, leaving from Dubai Offshore Sailing Club (DOSC) at 6 a.m. A Saturday morning club run in Zabeel Park is available, so are speed workouts on Tuesday mornings at DOSC and Dubai Hills, and track sessions on Wednesdays at 6.45pm at the Dubai America Academy.


It’s been a while since you’ve rode your bike?On Sunday mornings at 5.30am, the legendary Dubai Roadsters lead informal group rides from Nad Al Sheba Cycle Park.The ride is a smooth 75km circle with an average pace of 37km/h.It’s perfect for rusty cyclists wanting to improve their fitness–and the sessions are free.


Have you worn a goal attack bib since high school? Active Netball might rekindle an old passion. Active Netball is run by Susanne Skelding and offers a variety of leagues throughout the week. Every Monday night, there is a social league, a competitive league, and a premier league with 24 teams fighting it out on the court every Tuesday. If all of that seems a little frightening, try ‘walking netball,’ a new Super Sundays convey meant to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, fitness ability, or previous netball experience, can play the game. Drop-in sessions cost Dhs60 and start at 10 a.m. at JESS Ranches. Do you want to join? Send them an Instagram message.


Do you know the difference between foul and fly balls? You will soon be reaching the pitch for your first softball game. The Emirates Softball League is a charity committed to the development of professional softball in the UAE, starring weekly serious and social leagues. To join up, send them a message on Instagram.

Women’s football

Women who were inspired by the recent World Cup spectacular can think about joining Onyx FC. The UAE’s only completely female-owned football club provides a variety of women’s football courses for players with different levels. The club takes pleasure in providing football for all women, no matter if they want to play at the top level, socially, or just for fun. Every Monday from 7pm to 8pm, social training schools are held, with games day on Saturdays from 9am to 10am.

Men’s football

Bend it like Beckham with Dubai’s Expat Football Association, which provides a social and competitive setting for men and women to play The Beautiful Game. There are roughly 4,000 current players, different leagues ranging from 5-a-side to 11-a-side, and pay-and-play drop-in sessions for those who are unable to commit to a season. Do you lack a team? Call the EFA at (055) 301 2865 and they can help you in finding one.


Do you want to spice up your social life with some scrum action? The Dubai Sharks RFC, according to their club slogan, is a very social club… They are, nevertheless, extremely serious about rugby. This season, the club established its new home stadium at Al Habtoor Polo Resort, which has a clubhouse and superb practise pitches for the men’s, women’s, and junior teams. Do you want to join?


TriDubai is a non-profit company that conducts many running, swimming, and cycling programmes throughout the week and is open to everyone from novices to hardcore fitness fiends. Join the club for a free early morning dip in the water near Kite Beach or a run along the Palm. To participate, you must be a TriDubai member; taking is also free.

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