SportTen exciting ways to keep active in Dubai

There are so many ways to stay fit in Dubai that, finding enough time can be tricky. Here are some of our favourite ways to keep active at Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts

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Dubai might not seem the natural place to be athletic, except perhaps for some competitive shopping, but the glass and steel desert city hides some fun and energetic ways to keep active. From towering climbing walls and Instagrammable rooftop pools, to personal training sessions and indoor skiing, there are myriad ways to exercise in Dubai.


Play tennis Creekside

Nothing beats an energising game of tennis under the warmth of the Arabian sunshine. With four splendid courts and expert tuition courtesy of CF Tennis Academy, Jumeirah Creekside is the best place to pick up a racket in Dubai. And if you’re feeling competitive, join one of the of CF Tennis Academy’s leagues.  

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Cycle a converted camel track

The palm-fringed Nad Al Sheba Park is the perfect place for a bike ride. The old camel track has been converted into a cycle track of varying lengths (4km, 6km and 8km) with irrepressible views of the Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai. And if the daytime is too hot, Nad Al Sheba Park is illuminated at night.

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Scale the Talise Climbing Wall

Strap in and clamber up the dizzying heights of the Talise Climbing Wall,which, at 6m tall is one of the largest climbing walls in the region. Aside from the feeling of achievement once you reach the top, rock climbing is a great way to build strength in hands, forearms, shoulders and back. Beginners need not fear, there’s a smaller wall to get started on.

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Go indoor skiing

You might not think you'd find snow in this part of the world, but at SkiDubai you can take to the pistes and zoom down snow-covered slopes. Aside from the fun factor, skiing is great for building core strength and improving balance. For some further Alpine adventures, SkiDubai has a twin bobsled track, snow cavern and even penguins.

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Saddle up for a horse ride

From galloping across rolling dunes to learning the finer pointers of showjumping, there’s plenty of equestrian action to be had in Dubai. Dubai City Stable offers horse and pony lessons for beginners, while more advanced riders can head out for a sunset ride in the desert on a magnificent Arabian horse. Horse riding is a brilliant way to improve your balance while working your quads, hamstrings and glutes.


Feel the burn at Outdoor Boot Camp

If you’re seeking a workout on the punishing end of the scale, get your body working up a sweat at Outdoor Boot Camp. Strategically placed along Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s jogging trail, you’ll find various Talise Fitness circuit stations. From plyometrics and assisted push-up equipment, there’s everything you need for a heartbeat-raising, military-style workout.


Raise the barre

Ballet may be a graceful art, but its core training modalities offer a serious workout. Utilising ballet movements with elements of Pilates, dance and yoga, barre improves posture, core strength and tones. There’s plenty of excellent barre classes to choose from in Dubai. DEFINE offers a high-intensity version of barre while Physique 57 Dubai sets their energetic classes to thumping beats.


Personal TechnoGym training session

Featuring state-of-the-art TechnoGym equipment, Talise Ottoman Spa is one of Dubai’s best-equipped fitness centres. But even the most committed of gym-bunnies can find so much equipment overwhelming, which is why a personal training session is the way to go. If you’re embarking on a new fitness regime, you’ll get a bespoke exercise plan, tailor-made to your needs. Personal training workouts are available in single sessions or blocks of five.


Go for a beach run at daybreak

Unfurling in the shadow of the imposing Burj Al Arab, Madinat Jumeirah’s private beach is two kilometres of talcum powder sand. As dawn breaks and the sun begins its daily ascent, take an exhilarating run along the shore, with the crystalline waters lapping at your ankles. The deserted beach and tranquil surrounds make for the most scenic of jogging spots.


Discover myriad ways to keep active in Dubai, from towering climbing walls to personal training sessions and indoor skiing, when you stay at Jumeirah Dubai's hotels and residences