Activities, sports and recreation United Arab Emirates
The favorite pastime of the UAE, say the slanderers, is Shopping... It's hard to deny that it is the true cornerstone of local recreation.
The Emirates also love sport, on the initiative of the ruling Dubai family, the Al Maktoum, several members of which have already participated in the Olympics. One of them even brought home a gold medal from Athens in shooting after being crowned twice world champion.
Two girls from the Al Maktoum clan also participated in the Beijing Olympics in 2008 in taekwondo and show jumping (no medal). And the Emirates are candidates to host the 2016 Olympics.
Emblematic of local excess, the Sports city realized as part of the Dubailand leisure complex project includes 4 stadiums, a golf course, tennis courts and a football school stamped with the Manchester United seal!
The sport business
Sport, c & rsquo and on. Athletes, attracted by substantial bonuses, land with full blows without questioning the nature of the regime.
We do not even talk to you about the eshirts crossed out with the Emirates logo), horse racing meetings ... To believe that almost everything can be bought ...
More traditionally, the king sport is camel racing. The season lasts from October to April (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and holidays).
Until recently, slave jockeys (4 to 7 years old), often kidnapped in India or Africa, which gave rise to enormous controversies. The emirs have developed robots to replace them ...
The Emir of Abu Dhabi, crazy about this sport, has no less than 14 racing camels cared for by an army of 000 people! They are pampered like racehorses of the best pedigree.
A picturesque coastline
We are not going to write you the article for languid beaches strewn with palm trees and beautiful vahines, there are none (vahines). On the other hand, there is no lack of sand and the water is sometimes so hot that it feels like a bath (up to 34 ° C).
Most beaches (except those which have been fitted out, paying) without a gray area. Some hide under a parasol or return at 10 a.m. only to come out at 17 p.m. Another option: private beach clubs.
- nautical sports are in the spotlight on the entire coast of the Persian Gulf, with a passion for what is noisy and polluting (jet ski, powerboat). No nice waves for surfing, but for kiteboarding and sailing it is ideal.
Forget the diving in the Persian Gulf: too many constructions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi have reduced visibility to nothing and covered the funds with a layer of white powder.
On the other hand, it is interesting there again, if one avoids the surroundings of the zones of construction. Among the favorite sites for divers are the famous “Snoopy Island” and the area north of Dibba. On the program: coral reefs, sharks, rays, turtles and sometimes even whale sharks.
In the desert
For people to be, but certainly not green. Many agencies offer this type of outing, often accompanied by a descent of dunes on skis (it's slow!) Or sandboarding (it's fun!). More zen, the hot air balloon flight.
By pumping the waters of the Persian Gulf, the Emirates have seen a plethora of golf course of great renown. The best players in the world leaned over their bedside and acted as their godfathers. A stopover of a few hours in Dubai between two planes? The airport grounds offer free shuttles to go do some holes ... Some courses are even illuminated at night.