The UAE plays host to a festival of Sport

Reported by Matthew Thomas

It’s sporting action all the way in the UAE as the fantastic Arabic winter descends on the area. With a jam packed calendar The Insider UAE chooses its pick of the events not to be missed.


International T20 Cricket – 26/27/30th Nov

England take on Pakistan in the shortest format in cricket, T20. With huge hitting and plenty of excitement the crowds are in for a real treat. After Pakistan won the Test series and England the 50 over format, everything is still to play for in the 3 match series.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – 27-29th Nov

The Eithad Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is the culmination of the F1 season and a truly special occasion. Despite Lewis Hamilton already claiming the Driver’s Championship, his teammate Nico Rosberg has had a real renaissance over the last few weeks. Expect their rivalry to come to a head in the final thrilling race.

World Air Games – 1-12th Dec

The World Air Games is the top international air sports event and is showcasing some of the world’s best Air Sports athletes. The 12 day event based at SkyDive Dubai is certainly going to be spectacular. Keep your eyes to the skies in early December.

Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens – 3-5th Dec

For the first time the tournament, started 46 years ago, will play host to both Rugby and now a netball tournament as well. With school, local and international teams well into their final preparations the event remains one of the biggest festivals of sport in the region.

Dubai Badminton World SuperSeries – 9-13th Dec

After the success of last year’s inaugural tournament some of the world’s best badminton players return to the prestigious Hamdan Sports Complex for the World Superseries. With the shuttle reaching speeds of nearly 200mph expect blisteringly fast action over the course of the tournament.

International Premier Tennis League – 14-16th Dec

With the likes of Roger Federer already confirmed to play, the Dubai IPTL will certainly pull in the crowds. After Federer’s recent defeat to Novak Djokovic in London he will be looking to get back to winning ways.


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