Dubai is very quickly growing into a formidable sporting destination for UK school groups to visit. Cricket, rugby, netball, and football are amongst the most popular sporting codes and there are plenty of schools and clubs in Dubai that are keen to welcome touring teams.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has its headquarters in Dubai which provides the necessary infrastructure to support a thriving club and schools cricket system from junior to senior level. One of the latest new additions, is the purpose built $4 billion Dubai Sports City development, which proudly boasts some of the best sporting facilities available, catering for cricket, football, athletics, and field hockey.
Dubai also hosts the Dubai Sevens international rugby tournament, which takes place annually and forms part of the IRB Sevens World Series. This event has given birth to hundreds of emerging rugby clubs in and around the city and the level and quality of rugby has increased gradually.
BEST TIME TO TOUR:
Dubai is popular year-round, however due to extremely high temperatures and humidity in the summer months, we advise that the best time to travel on a sports tour is between October and March, which is their winter season. The winter season has the most pleasant weather, making it ideal for outdoor activities.
Day 1 – Arrive and transfer to a local school or academy for a morning training session / Check into Hotel and explore your local surroundings / Dinner at Hotel
Day 2 – Breakfast followed by a training run along the beach with the iconic Burj Al Arab as your backdrop / depart hotel for practice session at 7he Sevens Ground / afternoon visit to one of UAE’s water parks, which are among the world’s best
Day 3 – Breakfast and depart hotel for your first match vs local Dubai school / evening visit to Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping centre / enjoy a team dinner below the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, whilst enjoying the fountain show
Day 4 – Depart hotel for your second match / afternoon visit to the picturesque Dubai Creek and the souks – Dubai’s world-famous traditional market
Day 5 – Full day trip to Abu Dhabi / Depart the hotel for the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque for a tour / After lunch, play your third fixture at Zayed Sports City, (or similar) vs local school/ club team / enroute back to hotel, stop off at Ferrari World, the world’s largest indoor theme park!
Day 6 – Enjoy a morning at leisure and to ‘catch your breath’ / Enjoy some time on Jumeirah Beach / desert safari
trip followed by an evening of cultural experiences and a barbeque dinner on the dunes
Day 7 – Breakfast followed by a visit to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre / Enjoy some local cuisine and lunch in the wind house / Transfer to your fourth match in the afternoon
Day 8 – Check-out of hotel with opportunity to return to the souks or the mall for last minute family gifts / Depart for Dubai Airport and check-in for your flight home around midnight
Day 9 – Arrive safely back at home / end of services