Despite its small size, Dubai is one of the world’s premier sporting cities. From cricket tournaments to tennis championships, sports in Dubai attract thousands of visitors each year from around the world who come to see international champions compete for some of the most prestigious titles on the globe.
Sports events in Dubai
Dubai hosts many international sporting events each year. One of the most popular sports events in the emirate is the Dubai Tennis Championships, which takes place annually. The event brings major tennis stars of today to Dubai, while The Legends Rock Dubai – another annual tennis tournament – attracts former ATP players.
Another global sports event is the Dubai Sevens, part of the rugby union Sevens World Series. Related rugby Sevens tournaments take place as far afield as Hong Kong and the UK, but Dubai remains one of the most popular thanks to its central global location for international rugby fans.
For unforgettable horse racing, the Dubai World Cup, the world’s wealthiest horse race, is one of the top racing challenges in the sporting calendar. Camel racing also takes place regularly.
Playing sports in Dubai
Of course, Dubai isn’t just about watching sports – it’s also about playing them. Spend a holiday in Dubai on the golf course to enjoy a spot of golfing in the desert. Even with Dubai's hot climate, visitors can still try winter sports; Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski resort of its kind in the Middle East, offering visitors the chance at skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing or simply playing in the snow.