If you think United Arab Emirates (UAE) is just about glittering skyscrapers, luxurious hotels, constructed islands, tranquil beaches, and extravagant shopping malls, you couldn’t be more wrong. While glitz and glamour is a big attraction, the UAE has a lot more to offer travellers besides opulence. The country is also an exciting destination for outdoor enthusiasts desiring exhilarating adventure. Read on for six outdoor activities that can provide adrenaline junkies with a memorable experience in the UAE.
Snow Skiing in the Desert City
Want to have snowy fun between bouts of swimming and sunbathing? The thought of enjoying Alpine weather in the scorching heat of UAE seems surreal but, guess what, it’s possible. Thanks to Ski Dubai, UAE’s first indoor ski resort, visitors can ride through the snow in the desert city. Located in the Mall of the Emirates, the 4,500-metre square snow park has five ski runs designed for different skill levels. It also has an in-house also ski school for beginners to learn the sport. Besides skiing, you can go snowboarding, sledging, tobogganing, jump a ramp, climb towers and even enjoy refreshments at the restaurant. That’s not all. The resort rents out ski equipment and winter clothing, so no need to lug along extra baggage.
Go Skydiving in Dubai
Want to experience the adrenaline rush of free fall from an altitude of 4000 meters feet? Try skydiving in Dubai. There are two locations, namely Desert Campus Zone and the Palm Drop Zone for the popular adventure sport in Dubai. The former is situated on the outskirts of the desert city and the latter above the glorious Palm Jamaica. You can jump solo or opt for a tandem dive, depending on your comfort level. As you leap through the skies with the wind whipping around, you can get the bird’s eye view of truly spectacular vistas.
Try Heart-Thumping Zip-lining
Zip-lining is another heart-thumping outdoor activity in the UAE for the adventurous soul. Located 1800 feet above the Dubai fountains, the attraction is touted as the world’s longest urban zip line. Starting from Emaar Boulevard, the spine-tingling jaunt will send you flying past the astounding views of the city below to the terrace of Dubai Marina Mall at speeds of up to 80 km per hour.
Explore Abu Dhabi Mangroves in Sea Kayaking Expedition
If you are fond of kayaking, don’t miss the chance to explore the verdant mangroves of Abu Dhabi. The expedition along the wetland that stretches for approximately 5 miles is a truly wondrous experience. What’s more, you get the chance of spotting turtles, snakes, rare birds, several species of fish and flamingos, etc. while gliding through the calm waterways.
Quad Biking in the Deserts
The thrill of riding a massive bike on amazingly uneven terrains with no restrictions is incomparable. Mountain bikers will argue, but Quad biking in desert bests mountain biking every single day with a wide margin. The adventure comes with a high adventure coefficient but is marked completely safe for the whole family to enjoy. For others, camel riding is also available to enjoy the beauty of the desert.
Soar above Water like Superman
Flyboarding is a must-try water sport in UAE if you love living on the edge. Though invented only recently, the unique sport is a big hit among thrill-seekers. It involves getting strapped on a board attached to jet-ski which allows you soar above the water like superman to the heights of up to 10 meters. While in the air, you can do various tricks using hand controls.
Have Fun Scuba Diving in Fujairah
If you are a water sports aficionado, don’t pass up on scuba diving in Fujairah. With more than 930 species of marine life, an impressive variety of reefs, marine life, wrecks, and pinnacles, it can be a magical experience. The diving sites in Fujairah cater to both seasoned and amateur scuba divers. You can explore spots like Martini Rock, Inchcape 2, Snoopy Island, Dibba Rock, Caves Dive, and Shark Island, to name a few. Since the water is clear and visibility good, you can enjoy the vibrant underwater beauty and also catch sight of incredible aquatic animals like turtles, shoals of fish, eels, crabs, dolphins, bright corals, etc.
There’s more! You can ride in a hot-air-balloon, kitesurf and wakeboard on the beaches, explore mountains on a hiking tour, attempt wreck diving, take a crack at off-riding down steep sand, go mountain biking, try desert camping or rock climbing in Wadi Khab Al Shamsi.
As you can see, there is no dearth of awesome outdoor activities in the UAE for adrenaline hungry travellers. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and embark on a daredevil, adventure centric journey to the Middle Eastern Desert!