Run, jump and watch

Friday - - The Leisure Charts -

Fi­nan­cial traders have to be fast and com­pet­i­tive, but who re­ally is the best? On Wed­nes­day, we’ll find out, when the em­ploy­ees of Dubai In­ter­na­tional Fi­nan­cial Cen­tre (DIFC) will show us how speedy they are in the first of the Bloomberg Square Mile Re­lay global se­ries, which sets cor­po­rate teams of run­ners against each other in Syd­ney, New York, Lon­don, Shang­hai, Sin­ga­pore and Hong Kong. Ex­pect to see 1,000 run­ners from Dubai busi­nesses re­lay around the 1.6km route that loops in and around the Cen­tre (last year’s win­ners, RPM, took 53 min­utes and 31 sec­onds). It takes place at 6pm, which we think is the per­fect time to grab a bite to eat and watch those bankers break a sweat.

Pre­fer to get hot un­der the col­lar your­self but want to keep your work­outs fi­nan­cially savvy? Head to The Dubai Mall for a free fit­ness class to­mor­row. From 7-7.40am there’s a Zumba class; 8am is Pi­lates and at 8.45 it’s the kids’ spe­cial Born to Move. We love that it’s on the bridge be­tween The Dubai Mall and Souk Al Ba­har, overlooking The Dubai Foun­tain.

More of an arm­chair ath­lete? The 51st Su­per Bowl is on from 3.30am on Fe­bru­ary 6. Watch the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots take on the At­lanta Fal­cons (and Lady Gaga’s sure-to-be-po­lit­i­cal half­time show) at venues around town in­clud­ing Orig­i­nal Wings and Rings (Dh150 per per­son in­clud­ing one main course and soft drink, call 04 359 6900). Perry & Black­welder has Dh30 bot­tom­less cof­fee from 3.30am; Dh95 gets you a break­fast burger. Call 04 432 3232. Claw’s Locker Room opens at 3am (and shows a re­run at 7pm for those who pre­fer to lie in) with a min­i­mum spend of Dh150. Book on 04 432 2300. McGet­ti­gan’s JLT is also screen­ing the game live; call 052 265 7972.

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