Dubai, as most of us know, is a ritzy modern metropolis that delights its visitors with ultra luxurious hotels, upscale eateries, world-class shopping and towering skyscrapers. But, did you know that this gleaming and high-tech city can also give you a heavy dose of fun and adventure? From skydiving to desert safaris, Dubai is truly a blissful adventure playground that will blow your mind with an awesome variety of thrilling outdoor adventures. Here are a few outdoor adventures that you must try during your visit to the “City of Gold”.


1. Skydiving

Skydiving is, as far as I’m concerned, truly the ultimate outdoor thrill in Dubai. After all, it is a heart-pumping aerial escapade that lets you jump off a plane, and skydive over 12,000 feet above the ground – together of course with a licensed skydiving instructor. Not only will give you a spine-tingling escapade, but will also give you an awe-inspiring bird’s eye view of Dubai and its fabulous coastline. As a matter of fact, it will give a panoramic view of the man-made paradise Palm Jumeirah as well as the city’s other famous landmarks, including World Island and Burj El Arab.

Skydiving in Dubai

Flying in a windsuit in Dubai

2. Climb Oman’s Mighty Hajar Mountains

Climbing, as a pastime, has been steadily flourishing in UAE, with new trekking routes being discovered and existing ones developed by a small crew of enthusiastic climbers and adventure tour operators. The Hajar Mountains, one of the region’s most popular climbing destinations, have towering limestone crags with a wide variety of challenges to adrenaline junkies, from short climbs to supremely challenging 3,000-foot routes up high peaks. With an impressive height of 10,000 feet, these mighty mountains indeed offer a rather tough challenge even for seasoned trekkers and mountaineers.

3. Mountain Biking

Adventurous and devoted mountain bikers will certainly find their bliss in Oman’s Hajar Mountains, which boasts an incredible labyrinth of big-time biking trails. With steep climbs and rough grounds, these biking tracks offer an irresistible and tasty challenge to experienced riders and extreme adventurists. Plus, the trails are home to a plethora of wild animals, including mountain goats, wild donkeys, snakes and lizards – making your biking trip even more challenging and exciting.

Sandboarding in Dubai

4. Sandboarding

Want to experience something cool and unique in Dubai? Then, make your way to its beautiful desert, and enjoy an unforgettable adrenaline rush sandboarding down its dunes. More than just an exciting diversion, sandboarding in Dubai also lets you take in the gorgeous sights of the UAE’s vivid and vast desert landscapes.

5. Sea kayaking

The coast of the Arabian Peninsula has a cluster of arenas where you can experience a wondrous sea kayaking trip, including areas of wetland that seem out of the place with the scorching desert climate of the region. On the East Coast, kayakers can explore the Khor Klaba, a 1,500-hectare protected mangrove forest that serves as home to the important local wildlife like the Socotra cormorants and white-collared kingfishers. Plus, on the West Coast, you can also explore the verdant mangroves of Um Al Quwain and Abu Dhabi, in which can meet and greet a few turtles and friendly flamingos.

Jeep Safari in Dubai

6. Desert Safari or Dune Bashing

Fond of road trips? Trust me, Dubai’s desert safari is unlike any road excursion you’ve ever been before. With this road adventure, you’ll get an electrifying, dune-bashing ride and stomach churning ride over the lofty sand dunes of the desert. As an added bonus, this road trip will take you to a strategic vantage point where you can gaze over a glorious sunset. The trip will, then, culminate with a dinner barbecue buffet with traditional music and belly dancing performances to make your experience even more delightful.

7. Kite-surfing or Wakeboarding

Prime hotels and residential occupy most of Dubai’s city coastline, which means a large part of it is in private finds. Fortunately, though, water sports enthusiasts can still have a blast in Dubai’s coastline, thanks to the Umm Suqiem – an accessible quaint area full of lovely villas in the shadow of the striking sail-shaped Burj Arab hotel. In the past few years, this charming enclave has become a beloved spot for wakeboarding and kite-surfing aficionados.

This post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase through my links, I earn a commission that helps to keep this blog running—at no extra cost to you. You can read my full disclosure here.

. . .

Guest Author. Jason Biondo is a fitness buff and a travel junkie who loves to share insightful tips to his fellow health enthusiasts and travelers. He is also a User Interface Developer Consultant and the founder of Trekeffect.