5 Awesome Adventures to Experience in Dubai
It’s true that many visitors to Dubai come for business, relaxation, shopping and sightseeing.
However, this doesn’t mean that there’s nothing in Dubai for the thrill-seeking traveler, far from it. In actual fact, there are some jaw-dropping ways to see the sights of Dubai, and they don’t involve an open-top bus at all.
Dubai’s unique location, where coast and desert meet, make it perfect for several extreme sports and some one-of-a-kind experiences. Head over to Dubai Marina, out into the desert, or take to the skies for some adrenalin kicks.
Whether you are looking for thrills on land, sea or up high in the air, a few days in Dubai will give you plenty of opportunities to tick off several adventures from your bucket list.
Here are 5 of the best to enjoy:
Make the most of Dubai’s desert location by escaping into the wilderness to enjoy a thrilling desert safari.
This is one of Dubai’s most popular excursions for holidaymakers and residents alike, and for good reason. Enjoy the rush that comes with dune bashing: taking on the highest of sand dunes in an expertly driven 4×4.
Not only is this incredibly fun, but you can also enjoy the stark beauty of the desert landscape around: seemingly-endless golden sands with intricate wind-formed patterns, and epic blue skies. Take an evening safari and you’ll be rewarded with a sky rich in dazzling stars, too.
Once your appetite for extreme driving has been sated, there will be more excitement in store. A desert safari from Dubai also includes sand-boarding, camel riding, shisha and other traditional entertainment in an authentic desert camp.
What a place to skydive!
Most visitors to Dubai head upwards at some point on their trip, often to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Go one better and see Dubai from higher above than anyone else.
Skydiving is your opportunity to launch yourself from a plane and feel the adrenalin as you hurtle safely to the ground. Once the chute opens, you can enjoy views like no other as you make your gentle descent.
In particular, see the breathtaking man-made islands of Palm Jumeirah as the birds do. This is where the skydive drop zone is located. You’ll also get a view like no other of the Dubai Marina and the city’s iconic skyline.
For another unusual way to appreciate Dubai’s famous skyline, parasailing is hard to beat.
This involves being attached to an already open canopy, then being towed by motorboat at speed.
Participants can be lifted to cruising heights of around 200 meters above the water for fabulous bird’s eye views. Once up, you can ‘float’ and enjoy the mesmerizing city views.
It’s an invigorating experience, and not difficult to master at all. As adventure sports go, this one is pretty relaxing.
Adrenalin seekers should head to Dubai Marina for this exhilarating sport.
Wakeboarding involves skiing across the water at high speed on a wide board while towed by a boat. It’s much like water skiing, just on a rectangular board instead of skis. It is said to be easy to master the basics quickly, too. Once you’ve done this, there are plenty of tricks to learn to show off your skills.
In Dubai, wakeboarding is a great way to cool off the heat of the desert, and to enjoy city views from out on the water.
This unique water-sport offers a buzz like no other.
Participants are strapped to a one-man hoverboard which uses jets of water to propel the board vertically up to around 9 meters into the air. Once up, you can hover, or perform tricks by twisting, spinning and somersaulting.
This is a growing sport, particularly popular in Dubai. The sport makes a unique photo opportunity, and what could be better than having the iconic Dubai Marina as a backdrop?
So there, five of the most awesome adventures to enjoy in Dubai. They certainly make for some unique ways to explore all this incredible city has to offer.
Hafiz Umer Ali Zaib is the Social Media Specialist at Luxury Tours, a leading provider of tours, cruises and safaris across the UAE. The company’s top offerings include the Dubai Desert Evening Safari, City Tours, Dhow Cruises, Mountain Tours, Limousine Service, Discounted Tickets for theme parks and a variety of many other excursions.