Adventure-Seekers: Try These Thrilling Activities in Dubai

by Alexis Carter
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Dubai – one of the world’s most popular destinations right now – is where you can explore some world-class attractions, man-made islands, incredible shopping malls, theme parks, and water parks, as well as the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. But there is so much more to explore in Dubai! Travelers who want to visit this mini-wonderland might only know the city’s most famous attractions, but the list of awe-inspiring things to experience is huge. Adventure seekers can choose to have a distinctive experience and let their spirits free while enjoying some of these five thrilling activities in Dubai. The city offers these adrenaline-pumping activities to adults and children, and we’ll get you started with some of the best.

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Dubai from the air (Photo Nancy Zaffaro)

Enjoy Dune Bashing in the Desert

The most outstanding among adventure sports in Dubai, dune bashing in a 4×4 vehicle is a must thing to do. An evening desert safari trip is your one-way ticket to enjoy not only dune bashing but a number of desert sports in the golden desert. When you book your trip with a tour operating company, first you will be taken out to the desert, where you’ll be surrounded by high and low sand dunes. A 4×4 Land Cruiser awaits you to begin the true adventure. The highly skilled driver will swing up and down over the high sand dunes that will make your heart rate rise and fall. Dune bashing simply brings an exhilarating experience, but if you are suffering from muscular pain or heart ailments, it’s best for you to avoid this activity.

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Once you are done with this adrenaline pumping experience, you can take some Instagram-worthy pictures with the 4×4 vehicles and capture the sunset over the golden sand dunes to document your thrilling desert safari experience.

Tip: The best season to book your desert safari trip is between November and March because the weather is pleasant and you won’t face the scorching heat in the desert.

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Dune Bashing (Photo courtesy Happy Desert Safari)

Sand Board Over the Dunes

Just like snowboarding, sand boarding is an exciting opportunity to enjoy in Dubai’s golden desert. Sand boarding is a kind of an activity which you probably never imagined. This is one of the most sought-after sporting activities in the desert. Take a look around the beautiful desert before you start sliding down Al Hamer, Dubai’s highest sand dune. If you are not familiar with snowboarding or sand boarding, ask your guide to instruct you with the right way to sand board to avoid any injury.

Tip: wear casual clothes such as t-shirts, shorts and comfortable footwear like flip flops because the sand can get inside your shoes and be irritating.

Sand boarding over the dunes (Photo source Shutterstock)

Try Your Skills on a Jet Ski

One of the most popular water sports in Dubai, jet skiing attracts many enthusiasts to enjoy an excursion over the blissful waves. You do need a license to drive a jet ski in Dubai, as it is certainly not easy gear to handle, so inquire ahead of time. Al Mamzar Beach in Dubai and Ghantoot in Abu Dhabi are two places where you can find the safest environment to ride a jet ski and experience the beauty of the city from a different angle.

Tip: Follow the detailed guide provided by your tour operator on how to ride and handle a jet ski which also includes safety precautions.

Jet skiing in the Persian Gulf (Photo source Shutterstock)

Parasail on the Beach

Parasailing on the beach in Dubai is one of the most thrilling and wonderful experiences. Parasailing in Dubai allows you to fly in the sky for 15 minutes about 600 feet above sea level. In the beginning, it might look a bit scary, but once you are hoisted up in the air you will relax with the spectacular views of the Persian Gulf. It’s an ideal recreational activity.

Tip: Drive early in the morning to avoid any hassle of parking. Also, enjoy a walk on the beach while you wait for your turn.

Parasailing (Photo source Shutterstock)

Visit Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo located inside Dubai Mall on the ground level is one of the largest suspended aquariums in the world. The tank stores 2.65 million gallons (10 million liters) of water and houses 140 species and a variety of aquatic animals including sharks, rays and sand tiger sharks. For a big thrill, try the Shark Encounter; the ticket is worth every penny.

Tip: You can stay under the tunnel for as long as you want before exit because the ticket allows only single entry. So make the most of it!

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo (Photo source Shutterstock)

Whether you are in the United Arab Emirates for a getaway destination, business, or a mid-trip stopover, we hope you’ll get a the chance to enjoy some of these five thrilling activities in Dubai.

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Dubai International Airport is the hub for Emirates Airlines (Photo Nancy Zaffaro)

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