Winter is just around the corner in the UAE, allowing for a host of exhilarating action-packed sporting experiences.

Tennis

Serve up an ace at JA’s Tennis Academy located in the JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort in Dubai. Boasting professional-grade courts and facilities, the academy offers everything tennis fans could want, including court hires for casual games and lessons with the pro coaches.

Over the years, the venue has welcomed some of the world’s leading players such as Thomas Enqvist and Roger Federer, to name just a few. Follow suit and book in for a sporty match now.

The details:  JA Tennis Academy, Dubai. Tennis court hire starts at AED90 and private lessons ring in at AED320 per person for an hour-long class. Group lessons and package rates are available  upon request.  Call 04 814 5058.  Visit http://www.jaresortshotels.com/Properties/JAGR/Resort/Overview/Story.aspx

Football

Take to the pitches at The JA Centre of Excellence in Dubai for a good ‘ol game of football. Whether you’re looking to learn some new skills or simply fancy a kick-around with friends, this is the place to go for footie fans.

The premiere sporting venue is designed to meet professional standards and offers extensive facilities including floodlit pitches, a clubhouse and spectator stands.

The JA Centre of Excellence also accommodates top of the league teams from across the globe, including Aston Villa and Hull City. The teams visit the venue for warm weather training, taking full advantage of the three floodlit international sized football pitches, as well as a FIFA 2 star and an IRB-certified artificial pitch.

The details:  The JA Centre of Excellence, Dubai. To hire a private pitch at the centre  Call 04 883 0828  Visit http://www.jaresortshotels.com/Properties/CentreOfExcellence/AboutUs/CentreOfExcellence.aspx

Cycling

Just over an hour’s drive from Dubai, head towards the spectacular Hatta Mountains for an epic day of biking in the rugged landscape.

The recently renovated mountain-biking routes include different trails covering plenty of terrain to suit four skill levels.

The green route is the easiest and ideal for beginners, spanning over five kilometres long. Expert bikers will love the black route; the most difficult and demanding trail with steep climbs and corners.

After working up an appetite, devour a well-deserved feast on the shady terrace at Café Gazebo located within the JA Hatta Fort Hotel. With sweeping views of the hotel’s gardens and the mountains you’ve just cycled, this is a wonderful spot to unwind after an action-packed day.

The details:  JA Hatta Fort Hotel, Dubai.  For restaurant or  overnight bookings.  Call 04 809 9333  Visit http://www.jaresortshotels.com/Properties/hatta/hotel/Overview.aspx For further information on the biking trails contact the Hatta Trail Centre by visiting www.hattamtb.ae

Horse-Riding

Get back in the saddle and sign up for horse-riding lessons at The JA Al Sahra Desert Resort Equestrian Centre in Dubai. Set amongst the rolling sand dunes with acres of land, the centre houses a variety of breeds and welcomes riders of all abilities.

Once the team has paired you with a horse, the lessons will be personalised to suit your requirements. The highly-trained staff will help you to accomplish your goals and improve on skills while ensuring you have a brilliant day riding out into the desert – you may even spot some of the exotic wildlife which roams freely on the land, including desert foxes and gazelles.

The details:  JA Al Sahra Desert Resort Equestrian Centre, Dubai. Prices start at AED300 for 30 minutes. Lessons can be purchased individually or as a discounted package of 10.  Call 04 427 4055 or 056 177 2856  Visit http://www.jaresortshotels.com/Properties/AlSahraDesertResort/EquestrianCenter/Overview.aspx

Camel Riding

Enjoy an authentic Arabian experience at the JA Al Sahra Desert Resort Equestrian Centre in Dubai. Here, the desert excursions remain one of the most popular activities in the city for tourists and locals alike.

The centre provides visitors with the chance to fully immerse themselves in the rich traditions of Arabia with camel rides, date palms and cultural tours to learn about the development of the Bedouin lifestyle. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the whole family, and children of all ages will love a day out at the centre.

If you fancy a romantic trip for two, the centre also hosts a sunset camel ride into the sand dunes, where you and your loved one will capture epic vistas of the Dubai skyline and toast with a glass of bubbly.

The details:  JA Al Sahra Desert Resort Equestrian Centre, Dubai.  Prices start at AED200 per person. For the bubbly package, prices start at AED450.  Call 04 427 4055  Visit http://www.jaresortshotels.com/Properties/AlSahraDesertResort/TheVenue/Overview.aspx