Sport in Dubai: eight events to look forward to in 2017

As the summer heat kicks in, Gruffudd Owen takes a look at the biggest sporting events still to come this year in Dubai

Although the arrival of summer signals a lull in the Dubai sports scene owing to the scorching heat, such is its reputation as a global hub that there are plenty of events to look forward to once the city wakes up from its sporting siesta in the autumn.

Here, we take a look at some of the biggest tournaments and gatherings still to come in the Emirate in 2017…

Running: The Color Run Dubai 2017 (11 November)

The ‘Happiest 5k on the planet’ was born in 2011 with the intention of encouraging good health and happiness. In six short years it has spread to over 200 cities in 40 different countries, and the event returns to Dubai in 2017. Wearing white at the starting line, the runners are coated with different colours for each kilometre they pass, making for a unique and thoroughly enjoyable experience.  

Golf: DP World Tour Championship 2017 (16-19 November)

Held at Jumeirah Golf Estates, the DP World Tour Championship is the emirate’s most prestigious golf tournament, marking the culmination of the European Tour Race to Dubai. With a total prize fund of USD $8,000,000 on offer, the world’s top golfers will be hoping to take home a title previously won by the likes of Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson and Lee Westwood.

Rugby Sevens: Dubai Rugby Sevens (1-2 December)

The opening tournament of the 2017/18 World Rugby Sevens Series, the Dubai Sevens will once again give the sport’s leading nations the chance to make a strong start to the season over two days of intense and fast-paced rugby at The Sevens Stadium. South Africa are the defending champions, having beaten Fiji in last year’s final.

Golf: Omega Dubai Ladies Masters 2017 (6-9 December)

If the DP World Tour Championship isn’t enough to sate your thirst for golf, there’s always the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters a few weeks later. One of the most lucrative tournaments on the Ladies European Tour, Chinese star Shanshan Feng will be hoping for a fourth successive victory at Emirates Golf Club.

Badminton: Dubai World Superseries Finals 2017 (13-17 December)

For the fourth year running, the Dubai World Superseries Finals head to the Hamdan Sports Complex where the leading shuttlers in world badminton will be competing for the season-ending prize. Looking to retain the men’s singles title is young Dane Viktor Axelsen, while women’s singles world no. 1 Tai Tzu Ying is likely to be a firm favourite to defend her crown.

Polo: Beach Polo Cup 2017 (14-15 December)

Now in its 13th year, the Beach Polo Cup is one of the sport’s biggest events in the emirate. The tournament takes place between Dubai Marina and the Arabian Gulf, attracting impressive crowds annually – a sign of polo’s growing popularity in the city.

Cycling: Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge (15 December)

A curtain-raiser of sorts before the start of Dubai’s cycling season, the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge is open to all. Keen riders can take on the 53km route or the full 92km, with medals handed out to all those who take part.

General: 12th Dubai International Sports Conference (28-29 December)

With a particular emphasis on football, the annual Dubai International Sports Conference never fails to attract the sport’s biggest names to the emirate to discuss the development of the game. Coaches, players, journalists and owners will once again be offering their opinions and insights on a number of topics at the gathering, organised by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives.