The next time your company has a board meeting or a team-building exercise, consider the sporting outdoors rather than the congested four walls of your office, or a hotel.
Dubai Sports City is now offering individual, team and corporate packages across a variety of their world-class facilities.
These packages are available across a wide range of facilities including the award-winning Els Club, ICC Academy, Football Academy and the Dubai Sports City Sports Village.
These can be tailored to suit an array of organisations wishing to benefit from its facilities — from the smallest of businesses, right up to global multinational companies.
One person who knows all about being a part of a successful team is former Real Madrid player and Director of DSC’s Spanish Soccer School, Michel Salgado.
Speaking about the importance of team building through sport, Salgado said: “Sport, physical and mental well-being plays a vital role in building a team.
It’s not only what you do on the field or in the office that’s important, but it’s all about what you do to prepare your team-members outside of that.
“To lead a successful team, it’s all about building bonds, trusting your fellow colleagues and creating an environment that everyone is comfortable in. Sporting values can certainly be transferred to the corporate world.”
An overall experience can be had through the five-hour long Sports Village Day package, which, apart from food & beverages, includes a variety of activities such as cricket at the ICC Academy, golf at The Els Club or the athletics track, basketball courts or tennis courts, all supported by DSC’s team of experts.
These experiences can also be had at one particular venue, be it cricket at the ICC Academy, golf at the Els Club and Butch Harmon School of Golf, of football at the Football Academy and pitches.
If you thought jumping around on trampolines was just for kids, think again by visiting Flip Out Dubai to see how leaving your feet can be fun, healthy and something for everyone.
One of the most popular trampoline parks in all of the Middle East, Flip Out Dubai is outfitted with more trampolines than your imagination can conceive.
There are endless activities and fitness classes to keep you occupied visit after visit to ensure you’re never bored of jumping up and down.
Professional trainers and instructors, with backgrounds spanning from parkour to gymnastics, lead five classes that fit whatever you’re looking for: Flippin FIt, Trampoline Parkour, WallRunners, Little Ninjas and Mums & Bubs.
In Flippin Fit, bounce around to exercises synchronised to beats in a programme designed to burn calories.
Participants will work out in a number of ways, receiving strength and body weight training, calisthenics, cardio and resistance training to build muscle, improve cardiovascular ability and tone.
Those who love to scale obstacles and explore with body movements will enjoy Trampoline Parkour.
Coaches will lead participants through supervised classes that incorporate elements of Capoeira, freestyle parkour, tricking and calisthenics to spark creativity. Similarly, WallRunning is perfect for thrill-seekers and anyone in search of a challenge.
Think you have what it takes to defy gravity and physics by running vertical walls? Experience the WallRunning classes to work on your technique with coaches to increase your flexibility and learn tricks.
The youngest bouncers, aged four to 12, can check out Little Ninjas to maximise their potential as trampoline masters. Through sessions held both on and off the trampoline, kids will learn balance, co-ordination, agility, training and tricks to develop their skills.
There’s even a karate-style belt graduation system. In Mums & Bubs, on the other hand, mothers and fathers can get some peace of mind and fitness to lose weight, increase energy levels and build core strength, all while children are left in a supervised play area.
Of course, there’s more to Flip Out Dubai than these classes, with activities such as dodgeball, volleyball, trampoline football, trampoline basketball and archery tag on offer.
Check out the trampoline park to see what you’ve been missing and bring out your inner kid.
WHAT: Flip Out Dubai
WHERE: Al Quoz 4, Dubai
WHEN: Open from noon to 22:00 Sunday to Wednesday, 10:00 to midnight on Thursday and Friday and 10:00 to 22:00 on Saturday
CONTACT: Visit www.flipout.ae for more information.
Experience a race against the sunrise in the adventurous and challenging Urban-Ultra Wadi Racer.
Taking place at the picturesque Wadi Showka on Saturday, May 6, the trail run begins in complete darkness and ends with participants crossing the finish line as the sun comes up in what is expected to be a breathtaking setting.
The event is perfect for outdoor lovers and hiking enthusiasts, but it’s also a great opportunity for anyone wanting to get a taste of the UAE’s stunning nature.
Three distances are on offer with a 30-kilometre, 20km and 10km run, for everyone aged 16 and older. From start to finish, the course is on a gravel track and rocky wadi bed with short sharp climbs and undulations mixed in.
Reflective material has been placed all along the course to help runners navigate it in the darkness. To do this, however, runners must have a head torch, which is mandatory and required to start the race. They will not be supplied, so make sure to bring your own.
Along with a head torch, other mandatory gear needed for the event include a 1.5 litre hydration pack or bottle, a cell phone, a collapsible cup, a whistle, an empty ziplock bag (to keep the environment clean), a printout of the course map and, of course, a first-aid kit.
Gear that is optional, but recommended, includes a waterproof bag for your phone, small scissors, nutrition and a timing device.
As there are no hotels nearby the race, participants can choose to either drive to the event and back after it ends, or camp in a tent in one of the unofficial areas.
Race packs, which will hold a shirt, race bib and other items, can be collected from Adventure HQ, Times Square from May 2-5 during hours of operation of 10:00 to 22:00.
Sign up for the Wadi Racer through www.premieronline. com ahead of tonight’s deadline at midnight.
Check-in on the day is bright and early at 04:30 before a briefing at 04:45 and the start of the race at 05:00. The cut-off time for the event is five hours.
Put your endurance and adventurous side to the test to see if you have what it takes to beat the sun rise and conquer the Urban-Ultra Wadi Racer.