All you need to know about Sports City and Motor City


So you’ve decided that on your next Dubai trip you’ll stay in Sports City, Motor City or Production City (good choice!). Now all you need to do is decide where to eat and how to make the most of your trip. Here are our top tips on what to do, where to eat and how to spend your time – and the best thing? They are all super close to each other so you can take advantage of all three areas!


Sports City

Things to do: 

  • Overlooking the astroturf pitches, Kickers has two pool tables that get plenty of use, brilliant pub grub and lots of TV screens showing the latest sport matches.
  • The region’s biggest gym, Fit Republik consists of Olympic gymnasts, Olympic swimmers, and UFC fighters and you’ll find a dedicated gymnastics arena as well as mixed martial arts classes, Crossfit sessions, and even an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
  • A huge, well-ventilated, floodlit, indoor sports facility perfect for footie matches and practice, at The Dome you can hire out the pitches for parties, group fitness sessions, football matches or join an adult or children’s league.
  • It’s not called Dubai Sports City for nothing. Designed by the legend Ernie Els himself, The Els Club is a scenic 72-par course with rolling meadows, plush views and a stunning 60,000 square-feet Mediterranean-inspired clubhouse that includes The Big Easy Bar & Grill, a restaurant, a member’s lounge, and numerous conference and boardrooms.


  • Nathalies: This stripped back café is attached to the Fit Republik gym. They have juices, protein shakes and smoothies, plus breakfast dishes, and you can top your food with a ‘supershot’ of chia seeds, goji berries, or maca powder. They also serve everything from salads to wholewheat pizzas.
  • Pangolin: The Pangolin lies over 60,000 sq ft and two floors, made up of two casual restaurants, two bars, a private dining room, a members’ room and terrace. The Pangolin prides itself on serving home-grown and locally-sourced produce. 

Motor City

Things to Do: 

  • Dubai Autodrome is one of Motor City’s landmarks, and one of the reasons the area was built in the first place. The 5.39-kilometre FIA-certified track opened in October 2004 and hosts year-round events, such as the Hankook 24-hour endurance race and the Gulf Sportscar Championship, as well as regular driving sessions.


  • Friends Avenue: This cafe is a gorgeous little space with tropical wall art, exposed pipework and light bulbs, and rows of hanging plants. Breakfast dishes are served until 3pm, and portions are huge.
  • Cycle Bistro: A bike shop that also doubles as a cafe, this spot is perfect for paleo dieters, there are some delicious options available and the kids drinks are fresh and organic with no added sugar. The staff are friendly, the atmosphere is busy.
  • Le Petit Belge: A Belgian safe haven where everyone can enjoy the good taste of Belgian culture in its broadest sense. This restaurant offers social dining – and with a “sharing is caring” ethos, you can find tasty dishes to enjoy amongst loved ones. And no – that doesn’t mean we expect you to share our loved Belgian fries.