If you plan to go on an adrenaline-pumping trip, the UAE is the ultimate adventure destination that offers a range of thrilling activities. There are a plethora of outdoor activities in the UAE that will get your heart racing, taking your excitement up a few notches. Read on to find out about the thrilling outdoor adventures in the UAE.
Outdoor UAE Adventures in the Air
ZIPLINE IN RAK
Adding to the long list of records in the UAE is the world’s longest zipline, Jebel Jais Flight, located in the picturesque hills of Ras Al Khaimah. Measuring close to 3 km, which is the as long as 28 football pitches put together, the iconic zip line runs through Jebel Jais at a hair-raising 100 km/hr. You can return from your adrenaline-fuelled adventure with a Jebel Jais Flight certificate announcing your accomplishments to the world. Perfect for a weekend getaway from Dubai offering a mix of outdoor activities, high-octane entertainment and gorgeous views.
- Charges: Ticket prices for the Jebel Jais Flight are currently at AED 650 per head.
EXPERIENCE SKYDIVING IN DUBAI
Soar the skies and feel the wind whip around you as you dive through one of the most phenomenal drop zones in the world; Skydive Dubai. At an altitude of over 4000 metres, a successful diving attempt will certainly help you conquer your fear of heights. Add it to your bucket list of attractions in Dubai and check out some of the cool activities in Dubai Marina that you can also try once the adrenaline wears off!
- Charges: Tickets for Tandem Skydiving (requiring no prior experience or lessons) are currently priced at AED 1699.
RIDE A HOT AIR BALOON
Feel the thrill of this open-air treat, which is one of the most exciting outdoor adventures in Dubai. Go up the hot-air balloon and take in the gorgeous skies during the sunrise. The golden desert sands, the rising sun and the fabulous mountains will roll past below you as you literally fly above the city in this hour-long ride. Some package deals also combine experience with a peregrine falcon, which we would highly recommend if you are an ornithology enthusiast.
- Charges: The Hot Air Balloon ride with Ballooning costs AED 1195 for adults and AED 1045 for children, but you can get cheaper deals online.
TRY THE SLINGSHOT AT GLOBAL VILLAGE
Looking for more adventurous things to do in the UAE? The SlingShot ride also called the travelling bungee is yet another addition on the list of must-try outdoor adventures in the UAE. As the name suggests, you are literally catapulted into the air and made to swing around in the atmosphere for a good few minutes before returning to the safety of earth. The ride is a 2-person capsule anchored to the ground, held by two lengths of reinforced chords, attached to a spring box. The capsule tilts back, and the riders find themselves in a reclined position, before being launched into the deep blue sky.
- Charges: General entry tickets to Global Village costs AED 15
Water-based outdoor activities in the UAE
SCUBA DIVING IN FUJAIRAH
Fujairah is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty. The unspoiled diving sites in Fujairah are popular adventure places in the UAE that are ideal for both professional and amateur scuba divers. There are several reefs and underwater pinnacles that you can explore. Martini Rock, Shark Island, Dibba Rock, Sharm Rocks, Martini Bay and Snoopy Island are some of the best scuba diving spots in Fujairah. AlBoom Diving located at the Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort offers a range of scuba diving services.
- Charges: Prices for scuba diving vary depending on your diving trip. However, 1 dive with tanks and weight costs AED 236.25
- Contact: +971-4-342-2993
KITESURFING IN DUBAI
Kitesurfing is another popular adventure sport in Dubai. The beaches here are among the best for kitesurfing and kiteboarding. Kite beach, as the name suggests is inarguably one of the top beaches for kitesurfing in Dubai. However, kitesurfing is also available at other beaches around the city including Jebel Ali Beach, Jumeirah Beach and Nessnass Beach. Kitesurf Arabia is one of the many companies offering kitesurfing in the city. Each candidate will undergo safety training to ensure that their kitesurfing experience is safe.
- Contact: +971-50-758-6992
KAYAKING IN HATTA
Kayaking in Hatta is one of the top outdoor activities in the UAE. The lake at Hatta Dam has become a top destination for both locals and tourists as the clear waters and countless facilities make it a must-visit spot for kayaking. You can cruise through the lake for an unlimited amount of time, as you explore the lake and its scenic surrounding. Apart from kayaking, one of the best adventure activities in the UAE, you can also try other fun activities at Hatta such as water biking, electric boating and pedal boating.
- Charges: Rent for a single kayak is AED 60 while double kayak rent is AED 150
- Contact: +971-56-616-2111.
Desert Activities in the UAE
ROCK CLIMBING IN THE KHAB AL SHAMSI
Rock climbing is gradually gaining popularity in the UAE. Khab Al Shamsi is a perfect rock climbing destination in Musandam. The Wadi’s narrow pathways and high canyon walls are worth exploring for avid climbers. There are plenty of shaded areas in the Wadi where climbers can continue their adventure. Adventure.ae offers rock climbing packages in Wadi Khab Al Shamsi along with other adventure sports in UAE such as mountain biking, hiking and deep water soloing.
- Charges: Rock climbing tour for beginners costs AED 519.75 per person, other tours for expert climbers may vary.
- Contact: +971-4-392-6463
TREKKING IN SHARJAH
Mleiha Archaeological Centre in Sharjah is a sought-after destination for both history buffs and adrenaline junkies. The desert trekking tour at Mleiha Archeological Centre is an outdoor adventure in the UAE that you can’t miss. The Mleiha trekking tour takes you on a journey across this ancient desert. Explore the tombs, buildings, caves, flora and fauna of Sharjah on your trek.
- Charges: AED 50 per head for desert trekking
DUNE BUGGY TOUR IN DUBAI
When it comes to outdoor adventures in the UAE, Dubai offers plenty of options. One of the most popular outdoor adventures in Dubai is dune buggy rides in the desert. Conquer the untamed Arabian Desert by hopping on to the high-performance dune buggies and quad bikes. The best part is you don’t need a driving license to indulge in this adventure. A professional guide will assist you to ensure your safety. Bigred DXB offers quad bikes, dune buggies and other desert adventures in Dubai.
- Charges: AED 910 per person onwards
- Contact: +971-54-311-1188
DESERT CAMPING AT JEBEL HAFIT PARK
Jebel Hafit or Jebel Hafeet is a popular adventure destination in the UAE. There’s plenty that visitors can do here but desert camping is what Jebel Hafit Park is known for. The park offers three different types of camping trips to suit all budgets. Individual camping option is for those who wish to experience true desert camping.
If you want to truly experience the thrill of good-old outdoor camping in the UAE, reserve a camping plot and pitch the tent up to spend a night under the stars. Another option is serviced camping, where you get to experience a fully-serviced camping trip in a Bedouin-style camp. The last camping options cater to glampers in the UAE! Jebel Hafit offers one of the best glamping experiences. This 5-star camping site offers luxurious tents with air-conditioning.
- Charges: Individual camping charges vary depending on the size of the plot rented. A small plot costs AED 100. Serviced camping prices start from AED 500. Whereas the cost of luxury glamping starts at AED 900.
- Contact: +971-3-711-8362
MOUNTAIN BIKING IN HATTA
The Hatta Mountain Bike Trail Centre is a popular spot for mountain bike outdoor adventures in the UAE. The first of its kind in the UAE, the Hatta MBT Centre is home to a cross-country route that has trails for all abilities. The Hatta Mountain bike trails are free to ride, however, mountain bikes can be rented from various bike shops in Dubai.
- Contact: +971-4-852-1002
Outdoor Adventure Sports in the UAE
Horse riding is one of the other popular outdoor adventure sports activities in the UAE that’s popular among people all ages. Emirates Equestrian Centre, Al-Jihad Stables and Al Habtoor Riding School are some of the top riding schools in Dubai. These schools offer various lessons for beginners and plenty of challenging rounds for expert riders.
If you are keen on something a little less physically demanding, golf is a good sport to try in the UAE. There are some beautiful golf courses in Dubai and other emirates where you can enjoy this outdoor sport in the UAE.
If these outdoor adventures in the UAE don’t do the trick for you, you can visit the Warner Bros Park in Abu Dhabi, which is sure to satisfy your expectations! But if you’re looking for outdoor activities in the biggest emirate, take a look at the top adventures in Dubai for more thrills.
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