The Summer heat in Dubai was making my weekly tennis matches a game more of perseverance, attrition, and stupidity than fun or skill.
Rather than migrate to the air-conditioned squash court, a friend found a good tennis deal going at Dubai Sports World. To be clear, it is on planet Earth between June 21 and August 21, in a large hall of the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre. It’s where they bring outdoor sporting activities indoors into the luxury of enjoyable temperatures – thanks to our good friend, air-conditioning.
– Dubai Calendar, http://www.dubaicalendar.ae/en/event/events/
This massive arena offers a wealth of sporting facilities for all ages, including academies and tournaments.
dubai-sports-world-2013.html (accessed 18 July 2013)
I was aware of the place through my running club using the facilities from last year. Though, like a naughty student cutting class, I never attended. Coincidentally, on Tuesday evening this week when I went as part of a tennis foursome, the Striders happened to be doing their speed session. A few seemed to have a gaze of “Hey, isn’t that that guy, what’shisname?” Or it could have been my imagination.
As I walked into Dubai Sports World, I was very impressed that such a massive, fun-filled facility exists. In Dubai’s regular July-August climate of 35+ degrees outside, it’s crucial to have something like this available. And it was encouraging to see how many people made use of it, rather than doing nothing with the excuse it’s just too hot.
DSW supports a large variety of sports and wellness activities. From what I couldn’t help but see, there was a preference for activities popular with very fit and attractive females.
At our regular tennis game, we’d see no one – except maybe an occasional compound kid wanting to play with one of our tennis balls. Here, under one big roof, there were complete tribes of active Dubai residents everywhere doing their thang.
Actually, for the four of us, it became a little distracting. In fact, with our wives away for the standard Summer break, we may be more comfortable telling our wives that we’ve been drinking all night at various seedy bars rather than share the actual jewel of a venue we’ve discovered and enjoyed.
See you next week!