Alternative sports in Abu Dhabi

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Archery
Live out your Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves dreams by picking up a bow and arrow. You don’t have to wear tights – if you were worried about that – and it’s a great upper-body workout. You can take lessons at Abu Dhabi Archery.
Dhs80 (75-minute lesson). Al Ghazal Golf Club, near Abu Dhabi International Airport, www.abudhabiarchery.com (no number).

Australian rules football
To the uninitiated, this Gaelic football-style game may look like utter chaos on a pitch the size of its country of origin. But it’s a great workout, and the Abu Dhabi Falcons welcome anyone to training sessions on Monday nights from September to March.
Free. Zayed Sports City, www.abudhabifalcons.com (no number).

Padel tennis
This sport is basically a combination of squash and tennis, played in doubles format. The court is smaller than the one used in tennis, but the scoring system is the same. You can bounce the ball off the sides of the court, and the racquet is solid and string-less, like an oversized table tennis bat. Why it exists, we don’t know. But it sounds like fun.
Dhs60 per hour (court hire). Zayed Sports City (02 403 4222).

Ultimate Frisbee
Taking the simple Frisbee and turning it into the main piece of equipment in a frantic game is a stroke of genius. Ultimate Frisbee is a non-contact sport, with the aim to get the disc to a team-mate in the end zone. Abu Dhabi Ultimate Association organises training and games.
Free. American Community School Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/abudhabiultimateassociation (no number).

Water polo
A fast, ferocious and fun sport for those with strong swimming skills and stamina. There may be some contact, but it will really work your muscles. Abu Dhabi Hammerheads train every Wednesday.
Dhs50 per session. Armed Forces Officers Club & Hotel, Khor Al Maqta (056 126 7276).

By Christopher Hough
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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