We might not want to admit it just yet, but it looks like we, like most Game of Thrones fans, have to wait a while before saying ‘winter is coming’. To make the best of the warm summer months and the array of outdoor activities in the capital, let’s look at some of the best venues to enjoy sports in Abu Dhabi.
Take a gander at the Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Khalifa City A
One of the go-to places for the city’s adrenalin junkies, Al Forsan International Sports Resort in Khalifa City A, has enough to keep the most ardent sports enthusiasts occupied for a good long time. Veering away from the predictable routine of golf and tennis, this resort packs in some interesting sports like wakeboarding, horse-riding, shooting and many more. The state of the art facilities of the resort also makes it an ideal place to get trained if you have been thinking of extending your sporty passions and getting certified. With the sports fanatic that you are why not rent in Khalifa City A and have it all available to you at your doorstep
You can even take part in a cowboy-inspired shootout, and duel your friends with paintball pistols to channel the swashbuckling ruggedness of Dirty Harry!
Indulge in Water Sports at the Wadi Adventure
On the foot of Abu Dhabi’s Jebel Hafeet, lies this man-made water paradise where you can try river rafting, kayaking and even surfing! The cool waters of this Al Ain adventure destination offer a respite from the oppressing summer heat making it a worthy addition on our list of places to enjoy sports in Abu Dhabi. If you fancy a lesson in surfing or kayaking, contact one of the certified trainers in the resort. Guests can choose to bring their own equipment, or rent/ buy gear from the resort’s shop.
Explore the sports facilities at Zayed Sports City
You don’t have to look further than this pioneering sporting institution to find a wide assortment of sports in Abu Dhabi. The facility was built as a platform for sports enthusiasts in the city to get fit and stay motivated.
Boasting a range of amenities, residents of apartments in Zayed Sports City have easy access to basketball courts, billiards tables, bowling alleys and even rugby pitches. The trained experts here also conduct courses and summer camps where you can enrol kids to develop their talents early on.
Tee Off in one of the Golf Courses in Abu Dhabi
The UAE has become well-known for its verdant golf courses set in some of the most upscale resorts, combining sports and luxury in an inimitable fashion. Famous golf courses in Abu Dhabi include the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Yas Links Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Golf Club. The relaxed ambience of these clubs along with their impressive fine dining options, make them ideal for planning outdoor activities in Abu Dhabi with family and friends.
Try Professional Racing in Yas Marina
Not many of us can claim to be immune to the thrilling adventure of motorsports. The world famous Yas Marina circuit hosts some of the leading racers in the world for the celebrated Grand Prix. If you feel like stepping into the shoes of such stalwarts, try the professional racing experience of Formula Yas 3000.
The 1-hour session allows you to get pro tips from racing instructors as you don your special gear and hop into one an actual sports car and complete a lap around the circuit. Add it to your list of must-try sports in Abu Dhabi for an unbelievable adrenalin-fuelled experience.
Peddle the flab away in one of the cycling tracks in Abu Dhabi
A fun way to tour the capital and stay fit is to cycle around the beautiful city. You can hire cycles from one of the FunRideSports outlets for just AED 20 an hour and take in the beautiful beachfront views of the Abu Dhabi Corniche or race a friend in Yas Marina. If you are feeling a little more adventures swap your four wheelers for a bicycle ride around the Al Wathba Cycle track.
Jog around the picturesque parks in Abu Dhabi
“I just felt like running,” said Tom Hanks in his Oscar-winning role as Forrest Gump.
If you echo the sentiments of this evergreen character, put on your earphones and enjoy a run in one of the many parks in Abu Dhabi. Get away from the city and hit the running tracks in Bani Yas Park, enjoy the scenic beauty of the Capital Garden or power through the jogging tracks in Khalifa Park. No list of outdoor activities in Abu Dhabi would be complete without a mention of the Heritage Park with spectacular beach views for you to enjoy after a run!
Get Your Mojo Back with Some Outdoor Yoga
Raw Yoga, Abu Dhabi’s leading holistic fitness centre organises several outdoor yoga sessions for you to recharge your mind and body. The team of trainers who are firm believers in the positive outcomes of yoga also bring enthusiasts together for yoga camping trips in the mangroves, mountains and beaches of Abu Dhabi.
The capital city is also home to several tennis courts, gyms and fitness studios to help you stay fit and be active. So put on your sports shoes, and explore one of our interesting picks for sports in Abu Dhabi! If you are on the other side of the capital, check out these fun places to get fit in Dubai!