Do you think Dubai is all about luxury hotels, towering skyscrapers, and extravagant shopping malls?
Yes, the city boasts architectural wonders that cannot be matched anywhere else in the world. And it definitely has it’s fair share of incredible luxury hotels.
But while many choose to relax in spas and shop for signature brands, there’s an increasing number of tourists who visit Dubai for the many outdoor activities it offers. Never one to be outdone, plenty of exhilarating adventures await you on land, sea, and in the air!
Things to do in Dubai for Adventure Seeking Thrill Seekers
Wouldn’t it be nice to get a bird’s eye view of the world’s tallest building, a man-made archipeligo, and the world’s largest dancing fountain? You can do just that with Skydive Dubai!
Plummet down these jaw-dropping attractions at unimaginable speeds. Head over to the top of the Dubai Marina, where you’ll be strapped to an instructor who accompanies you in this one-of-a-kind adventure.
A free-fall off a plane above the Palm Jumeirah should provide an adrenaline rush like no other! Take in views of the shimmering Persian Gulf, and a panorama of the spectacular city which is Dubai.
Spot international landmarks like the 7-star Burj Al Arab hotel and the Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the world) from the air, and gaze over acres of desert – more sand than you could possibly comprehend.
Kitesurfing and Wakeboarding
If you’re more of a beach person, then kitesurfing and wakeboarding are your best bet. While Dubai boasts a long coastline, many beaches are private property. Thankfully, many hotels are situated near public beaches.
In Umm Suqiem, for instance, you can have an enjoyable time at the beach and join some water sports activities. Beginners can take lessons, which are surprisingly affordable.
Be sure to check out what public beaches are near your accommodation as you find Dubai hotels booking online.
With all the skyscrapers in Dubai, it’s easy to forget that the city is surrounded by sand. Why not spend one night away from your hotel room and set up camp in the vast Arabian desert?
Many locals bring tourists to sand dunes where different dune sports can be played. You can camp pretty much anywhere, which also makes for an exciting opportunity to stargaze come nighttime.
Climbing and Hiking
There are many dedicated climbers who develop mountain trails to promote hiking both to locals and tourists. Each year, more tourists join climbing and hiking tours to explore the mountains and vast stretches of land of the Emirates.
One of the most popular is the Hajar Mountains, which rise to 10,000 feet. “Located a short day trip from Dubai, this splendid mountain range is the highest in the Arabian Peninsula.”
Reef and Wreck Diving
When it comes to water adventures, look beyond the Red Sea and try the underwater activities in the emirates. The coastline of Dubai offers some breathtaking wreck dives.
For one, you can see the Anchor Barge, which sunk in 1998. Further from the shore is Fujairah, where you can spot black-tipped reef sharks, moral eels, and parrotfish.
Some say that any trip to Dubai wouldn’t be complete with an off-road adventure. You’ve probably seen tourists in a 4×4 ride, or quad biking Dubai, gripping tightly as expert drivers skid down steep sands at incredible speeds and uncanny angles.
You can even sit behind the wheel of a 4×4 and have a go at it yourself if you wish!
The Arabian Peninsula is blessed with plenty of sea kayaking areas. On the west coast, the mangroves in Abu Dhabi and Umm Al Quwain can be accessed by kayakers.
The Khor Kalba on the east coast also offers plenty of attractions, as this 1,500-hectare mangrove forest serves as a home to local wildlife.
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