7 MUST-TRY Outdoor Adventures in Dubai

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.


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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.

2017-04-08T10:12:57+00:00 November 23rd, 2015|Categories: Asia, TRAVEL|Tags: , , |


  1. Jacob November 23, 2015 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Skydiving looks amazing there! I really want to try sand boarding too.

  2. Golden Traingle Tour Packages November 24, 2015 at 4:05 am - Reply

    We had an amazing dining experience at Bateaux Dubai.Nicely decorated venue and romantic atmosphere with a piano playing in the background. Our waiters were kind and efficient and our congratulations to the chef who delivered absolutely fantastic plates of food !!!Overall excellent value for money, a must if you are visiting Dubai!!

  3. Sofia November 24, 2015 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    Your skydiving photos look so impressive! My friends have been bugging me to try it but I just couldn’t find the courage to even plan about it! I’m that coward, but I have my reasons, but what’s important is, you guys, who can, are enjoying your extreme jumps, right? 🙂
    Anyways, I love sandboarding. I think that one is quite enjoyable. Awesome shots! as always

  4. the-worldwide November 25, 2015 at 3:13 am - Reply

    Great photos. I have seen the sand boarding first time. Seems like this is a great experience.

  5. Olivia Parker November 26, 2015 at 4:01 am - Reply

    Awesome photographs and I really want to try sky diving and sand boarding. Thanks for sharing this amazing information. 🙂

  6. Adrian November 26, 2015 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Dubai is a great city! Skydiving is a fun adventure I would love to try! Great photos!

  7. Ashok Travel November 27, 2015 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    Dubai Fascinating place for fun and shopping. well recorded

  8. Abena December 4, 2015 at 4:08 am - Reply

    Totally adrenaline pumping. Love it!

  9. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer December 7, 2015 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    When I get back to Dubai, I definitely want to go Skydiving! 😀

  10. Kevin February 3, 2016 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    Skydiving looks great in Dubai. Definitely worth a try.

  11. Yiannis May 19, 2016 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Wow! Aren’t these activities you describe us, really very impressive? Some of these fun hobbies, I have never imagined of participating. And what best than to enjoy them in such an exotic and magical place such as Dubai! I certainly distinguish the sky-diving, because I like to feel the wind on me, while observing the fantastic view looking over the city from above. Dubai offers a different picture for the holidays, than I was used to so far. My recent holidays were in some exotic island, with crystal clear waters, to deal only with sea hobbies! This ideal place is called Mykonos and it’s in Greece. For the past years many famous people visit this island and have extraordinary and luxury vacations, by staying in a nice villa. In order to make your vacation your stay memorable, look for a Mykonos Real Estate agency that will guide you to rent or buy a villa.

  12. normaharry February 14, 2017 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    nice post

  13. Robert July 5, 2017 at 1:08 am - Reply

    I was in Dubai for a business trip late March 2017. I was surfing the internet to find any sport activities and I got to https://touristino.com/, a site with many informative articles about Dubai. I found out that the Dubai World Cup (a horse race event) was in progress. Lucky enough to find tickets, I attended the main event at Maydan Racecourse and Sia’s live performance after that.
    I also found out at the same website (https://touristino.com/articles/175-dubai_duty_free_ddf_tennis_centre) that I had just missed the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship, which was won this year by Andy Murray. I’m definitely coming back next year for more sporting events.

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