Calling all adrenaline junkies! XQuarry Off-Road and Adventure Park in Sharjah is the latest adventure destination in the emirate known for its desert safaris. With XQuarry, you can get behind the wheel and experience the adventure first hand. From learning how to drive off-road vehicles to hiking trails and other outdoor activities, here is everything you need to know about the XQuarry Adventure Park.
About XQuarry Adventure Park
XQuarry Adventure Park in Sharjah is the perfect attraction for those who love riding powerful vehicles over rough terrain. Visitors can experience everything from off-roading to mountain biking and other outdoor activities at the park. Here are some of the many features:
- Around 15km of tracks
- 20 customised obstacles
- Obstacle running course
- MTB trails
- RC (remote controlled) car area
- Hiking trails
Activities at the off-road adventure park
Get in the driver’s seat of a 4×4 vehicle and take on the challenges that come your way. The off-road tracks at the Sharjah adventure park are primarily rock and gravel. For dune bashing, visitors will have to head outside the park.
Those interested can visit the park by themselves or with friends. The emphasis is on arriving in your own off-road vehicle and learning how to master it by booking one of the available training courses. However, you need to adhere to certain regulations before you’re allowed access, like a valid international or UAE driving license.
Want to come alone? Not sure whether your car can take on the obstacles? Go for a guided drive instead.
You will have to pay AED 100 in addition to the AED 250 admission fee for a guided drive. It’s the safest way to experience the activity and usually takes an hour or two, depending on the size of your group.
- Timings: 02:00 pm (Thursday) | 11:00 am and 02:00 pm (Friday) | 11:00 am and 02:00 pm (Saturday)
XQ Obstacle Run
The Obstacle Run at XQuarry is open for all ages and features a running track dotted with obstacles. Hikers who fancy walking uphill can also add an extra 2km cliff loop hike to their lap. Those who prefer more of a challenge can take on the longer trails.
Be ready to crawl, jump, swing or climb your way to the end. More friends means more fun. Furthermore, the park adds access to mud and water obstacles for groups exceeding 15 people.
From steep curves to small jumps and rocky hills — mountain bikers can take on all these and more at XQ MTB. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own bikes. Don’t own one? The park offers bike rentals for AED 50. Participants can wheel through 3km of tracks and all of the obstacles on the course. Those who want more of a challenge can access an additional 10km of trails outside the adventure park.
A range of hiking trails and routes make this activity suitable for all levels at XQuarry Adventure Park. The challenges in each course vary. While some are free from obstacles, others require hikers to scale boulders and rocks. For safety reasons, visitors with children are recommended to opt for guided tours.
Currently, XQuarry offers the following routes for hikers.
THE PLATEAU WALK
Hikers can only use this route at certain times of the day. It spans 5km, which includes a 2.5km uphill trek and takes around one to two hours to complete. Hikers are recommended to stay hydrated and have protection from the sun throughout the experience. They are rewarded with spectacular 360° views of the surrounding desert and mountains at the end of the trail.
- Timings: 09:00 am to 11:00 am
THE CLIFF VIEWS
This course is more challenging; it’s a 2km hike up a mountain through a wadi bed. In the end, you get treated to some amazing views of the desert and Fossil Rock.
THE SECRET VALLEY HIKE
If you don’t see yourself ascending cliffs, The Secret Valley Hike can be suitable for you. Participants can loop around the 2.5km course within 1 to 1.5 hours. This hike has three highlights. The first is The Passage, a natural rock bridge that hikers can pass through, while the second obstacle features a cave. The short hike ends at The View, a plateau atop which hikers can take in the panorama.
THE SHORT CLIFF LOOP
This option is perfect for beginners who hope to take on the longer trails. It doesn’t take more than 30 to 45 minutes to walk through the 800m loop. A short hike also makes it suitable for families with kids in tow, especially since the terrain is shaded in the mornings.
Bring your own RC Car and test it on 500m of dedicated, rugged tracks at XQuarry. Guests can choose between an obstacle or a race track. You can operate your car and watch the action from an elevated and shaded platform.
All fees are valid from the moment you enter the park until closing time at 07:30 pm. The general admission fee covers all attractions in the park, minus the off-roading section, which carries an additional fee. For a better perspective, here is a review of the per-day charges:
Off-Roading Guided Drive
Off-Roading Private Lesson
The regular entry fee gives access to areas including the RC Car track, MTB, obstacle run and hiking paths. While kids aged below 12 are granted free access, teens aged between 12 and 21 years need to be accompanied by adults.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the park safe?
While regulations are in place to ensure that activities are safe, visitors access the park at their own risk and must sign a liability waiver beforehand.
Can everyone visit the park?
The XQuarry Adventure Park is open for visitors of all ages. However, minors must be accompanied by adults.
How many trails and obstacles are there in the park?
Located 60 minutes from the main city, the XQuarry Adventure Park features around 15,000 off-road trails and 20 custom obstacle courses for 4×4 vehicles.
What are the XQuarry Sharjah location and opening hours?
The XQuarry Off-Road and Adventure Park is open on Fridays and Saturdays. Here are details on park timings and location:
- Location: Al Faya Mountain Mleiha
- Timings: 03:00 pm to 07:30 pm
Can I visit the park on a weekday?
Weekday visits are only possible via advance booking. Those who want to indulge in such adventures can also visit other emirates. For example, you can try off-roading in Dubai via various service providers. Do you live in the capital? Visit Al Remah, the Hameem Loop and other areas for off-roading in Abu Dhabi.
How can I contact XQuarry Adventure Park?
Anyone interested in venue rentals and customised opening hours for groups can contact the park via these sources:
- Contact: +971-55-285-5336
- Email: email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
That concludes our review of the XQuarry Off-Road and Adventure Park in Sharjah. Aside from a visit, you can book a desert safari in Sharjah from Orient Tours and Flying Carpet services. Those who prefer family-friendly attractions can indulge in museum visits, kayaking and other activities in Sharjah.
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