Last updated on June 2nd, 2020
There are so many reasons why an avid traveler would want to go to Dubai. From gorgeous architecture to the famous Dubai Mall, to luxurious beaches, everyone is sure to find something they love in Dubai. Most people associate Dubai as a place for partying and shopping, but the city also has quite a bit to offer to outdoor lovers. If you’d like to explore everything the city has to offer, take the time to explore some of the extraordinary outdoor activities in Dubai.
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Do you crave extreme sports or enjoy activities that come with some risks? Dubai has what you’re looking for.
1. Skydive over the Palm Jumeirah
SkyDive Dubai allows you to view skyscrapers, the Gulf coastline, and the desert from the sky right before you launch yourself out of a plane.
2. Tour dunes in an SUV
If you like the challenge of off-roading, consider taking it to the next level and off-road in Dubai’s desert landscape. There are qualified instructors that will teach you how to safely master the art of off-roading.
3. Sandboard down some Dunes
If off-roading on dunes isn’t your thing, consider sandboarding instead. Sandboarding is increasing in popularity and allows you to grab a board and hit the slopes of the dunes. If you do it correctly, you can go just as fast as you would if you were snowboarding.
4. Catch a wave on a Kitesurf
Kite surfing combines windsurfing, wakeboarding, and paragliding. You’ll get a different view of Dubai’s oceans as you get hurled into the air by the wind before surfing on the surface.
5. Hot Air Balloon ride at Dawn
A ride on a hot air balloon can be your the best experience in Dubai. I can bet that it would be more adventures and fun than a helicopter ride over Dubai. The hot air balloon ride will take you from the middle of the desert to ride over beautiful Jumeirah Beach, The Palm Island, Dubai Marina, etc. The most amazing thing about hot air balloon ride is that it usually starts at dawn time. That gives you the chance to see the mesmerizing view of sunrise from the desert.
6. Explore the skies in Paramotor
You can test your thrill level by booking up a 20-30 minutes paramotor ride over Dubai. The ride will give you the chance to see Dubai from a new perspective. You can fly over JBR Beach, Dubai Marina and then The Palm Island towards The Atlantis Hotel. This will give you the unique experience of the city like never before.
7. Zipline at Dubai Mall
Xline Dubai offers visitors the longest Urban Zipline across Downtown Dubai. The prices start from AED 650 to AED 1200. The zip-line will take you over land and water at the speed of up to 80km/h, and takes you from 170 meters down to ground level.
8. Bungee Jumping at Zero Gravity
GravityZone at Dubai Autodrome offers 50 meters high bungee jumping platform. Since its launch in 2014, Bungee jumping has become very popular. This is a highly recommended place to visit for adventure loving tourists.
9. Go-Karting at Dubai Autodrome
Dubai Kartdrome offers 1.2km international standard go-karting outdoor track with 17 corners. It also has a tunnel and a bridge to make it more thrilling. The prices start from AED 105 and the minimum age requirement is 13-years. They also have an indoor track as well.
For Camping Lovers
Do you enjoy sleeping while on the road in an RV or pitching a tent? Whatever your preference, there are plenty of great camping locations to explore.
10. Explore the Ras Al Khaimah desert
If you’re looking to do some serious off-the-grid camping in a location that is surrounded by nature, the Ras Al Khaimah desert is for you. There are nearby farms to camp by or you can go further out on the dunes. Wherever you decide to camp, you’re likely to encounter native animals and wild birds.
11. Climb Jabal Al Jais
If you’re looking to take a trip to the mountains, Jabal Al Jais offers stunning views. This is the UAE’s tallest mountains and one of the coolest places in the country. The temperatures do get chilly here, however, so come prepared with warm clothes.
12. Relax at Banan Beach Resort
This is a less traditional camping location because there are chalets, hammocks, and amenities such as WiFi for you to enjoy. If you like the idea of camping, but don’t like the idea of sleeping on the ground, Banan Beach Resort is waiting for you. Enjoy a peaceful view of the ocean while you relax on the shore.
Are you looking for ways to entertain the kids while on your family holidays in Dubai? Let them enjoy outdoor activities in Dubai.
13. Take a water taxi
Enjoy a boat ride down Dubai Creek while enjoying a delicious meal. While you’re on the taxi, you’ll learn about various attractions that you can visit once you’re back on the land.
14. Visit Jumeriah Beach Park
This park is right by the ocean and offers a mix of water, sand, and grassland. It’s a great place for a family outing. Bring a packed lunch to eat at the picnic tables before letting the kids play on the playground.
15. Go on a desert safari
If you’re looking for a more adventurous family outing, go on a tour of the desert. Desert Safari Dubai offers 3 different options, all of which include dune bashing.
16. A Day at Wild Wadi Waterpark
Wild Wadi Waterpark Dubai is one of the iconic places to visit in Dubai. Wild Wadi Waterpark is situated right next to Burj al Arab and Jumeirah Beach hotel and operated by Jumeirah International. A day at the waterpark can be the best experience for your whole family.
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For Nature Lovers
Do you want to enjoy some of the scenery Dubai has to offer? If you’re looking for more relaxing adventures, one of the following can be listed among your outdoor activities in Dubai.
17. Visit the Dubai Miracle Garden
This amazing garden has over 150 million flowers arranged into works of art. The garden is only open from mid-November to mid-May, so plan your trip accordingly.
18. Go bird watching
If you’d like to few an array of waterbirds such as flamingos, visit Al Qudra Lakes. This desert oasis is outside of the city, but you can walk through the marshes while spotting a variety of beautiful birds.
19. Cool down at Hatta
Hatta is outside of the city, but your drive there will give you views of the desert before giving away to the greenery of Hatta. Hatta offers a lake at the base of a mountain, and you can participate in a number of outdoor activities in Dubai such as hiking.
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For Watersports Lovers
Despite the very hot climate in Summer, watersports are very popular in Dubai. Following are the some most popular watersports in Dubai.
20. Jet Skiing
Even before Dubai become one of the top tourist destinations in the world, Jet Skiing was a popular sport among the locals or expats. Now it is getting popular among tourists as well. During Jet Skiing, you can enjoy the unique view of Dubai’s famous landmarks from the water.
Flyboarding is very popular among the celebrities visiting Dubai. If you are 18+ and have a sense of adventure you can enjoy flyboarding at Jumeriah harbor for just AED 300.
22. Scuba Diving
Before getting the glory, Dubai used to be a home of fishermen and pearl divers. If you love scuba diving then Dubai has to offer so much. You will find baby-sharks and huge barracudas and also you can enjoy the experience of deep sea fishing in Dubai.
23. Swimming with Dolphins
Spending a day at Dolphin Bay at Atlantis Hotel can be an unforgettable experience. You can choose the range of dolphins depends on your age and swimming abilities. You can choose to swim with dolphins in shallow water or do scuba diving along with dolphins.
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Dubai has so much to offer in terms of almost everything. Due to the dry climate, you can enjoy so many outdoor activities in Dubai even despite the hot weather in summer. Let us know if we have missed something popular in Dubai.