Dubai Sports World is back to shape us up for the summer

Dubai Sports World

With one week to go, our favourite indoor workout spot is limbering up for summer 2019. 

Dubai Sports World (DSW) lunges back to Dubai World Trade Centre in June with some fresh new things to do.

Ever fancied trying out the trapeze or turning backflips at acrobatics? Got a head for heights? Climbing and parkour classes will take place at the indoor, air-conditioned venue. Bad day at work? You can give martial arts a go.

Dare to Zlatan? Dubai’s AC Milan Academy also makes its debut at the ninth edition of DSW, taking place from 19th June until 10th September.

A bunch of academies will be coaching those looking to up their game, with Ball Above All, Just Cricket and Centerline Academies representing basketball, cricket and volleyball. There’s also the IFA Football Academy, Juventus Academy Dubai and LaLiga Academy, as well as professional badminton coaching, advanced tennis lessons, quality cricket coaching with G-Force, and elite basketball training.

For those who like to energy in their exercise, the challenging Ninja Warriors course is back by popular demand. Here’s what happened when we tried it out.

Dubai Sports World

For team players, the 25,000 square metre venue has three pro-standard pitches for five-a-side football; three pro-standard pitches for seven-a-side football and rugby; six basketball courts; three street basketball courts; 18 badminton courts; two tennis courts and a table tennis zone; three volleyball courts; two cricket pitches; cycling and fitness studios powered by Reebok and LesMills; a padel court and a gym fitted out by Technogym.

There’s been no charge for entry or to use the gym, although it’s first come, first served and will be busy at peak times. You’ll need to pay to rent the pitches and courts. Beat the queues by downloading the Dubai Sports World app, or book online at, where you can also enrol in DSW’s summer camps for kids.

Good news, this year DSW has showers. Find them near the badminton courts, but remember to bring your own towels and toiletries. There are free lockers to stash your stuff in too.

Best of all, DSW is open every day from 8am-midnight, so there’s no excuse for not making some time for fitness over the long, hot summer.

19th June-10th September. Dubai World Trade Centre. DSW is a short walk from Trade Centre Metro on the Red Line. Free and paid-for parking (from AED 5 an hour) is available nearby, behind the Sheikh Rashid Hall.

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