Clubs and Groups

All the different cultures converging in Dubai bring a diverse range of activities with them. Everything from jumping out of an airplane to scrapbooking is covered in this section and, for every traditional pursuit such as tennis, running or football, there is the opportunity to try something you never even dreamed of doing back home, such as kitesurfing, sandboarding, yogilates or even caving. For the adventurous, the UAE’s topography lends itself to outdoor pursuits including rock climbing, mountain biking, dune bashing, wadi driving and skydiving. Thanks to the miles of coastline, watersports are popular, with scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing, surfing and water-skiing all firm favourites.

You need not leave behind those hobbies you enjoyed back home either. From dance classes to photography, there are like-minded people in the city who will be more than happy to hear from you. How these activities are organised varies from regular meetings and paid-for classes to forum or social media based groups.

If one of your interests isn’t catered for, there’s nothing to stop you from starting your own group or club – and you’re likely to find plenty of takers in this active city. Alternatively, a trip to Abu Dhabi can often help you find clubs and groups that aren’t available in Dubai.

Team Spirit
More than 10,000 members are signed up for Duplays recreational sports leagues in the UAE – a phenomenal number given that the organisation was set up by expats in 2009. What better way to keep fit, meet new people and settle in to a new city. Players of all skill levels are welcome. Get stuck into five- or seven-a-side football, beach volleyball, kickball or badminton, to name a few. Individuals joining can be assigned a team. For details visit

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