Despite the sometimes punishing climate, Dubai (and neighbouring Abu Dhabi) boast a top-notch calendar of annual sporting events, including leading tennis and rugby tournaments, the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix and the Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest horse race. The city also hosts occasional international cricket test and one-day matches as well as a pair of prestigious golf tournaments, including the DP World Tour Championship, the season-ending finale to the European Tour. For those who want to get active, there’s a fair range of outdoor pursuits on offer, including world-class diving, plenty of watersports, assorted desert activities, plus a spectacular selection of golf courses. If you need a break from the heat head indoors, where you can hit the slopes at Ski Dubai or glide about on the Dubai Ice Rink.
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