Top 3 activities for adrenaline junkies
Skydiving, dune-bashing and more!
It’s a well-known fact that Dubai – with its wealth of spas, luxurious hotels and high-end restaurants – is a haven for those in search of relaxation, but the city also boasts substantial offerings for adrenaline junkies. From skydiving to dune-bashing, there’s no shortage of thrills to be had in this desert city.
Skydiving with a view
By its very nature, skydiving is a spectacular activity. After all, how could jumping out of a plane at 13,000ft not be? However, the factor that can really elevate a skydive from exhilarating to completely unforgettable is the view. It just so happens that the jump zone at Skydive Dubai offers one of the most incredible views in the world - the Palm Jumeirah.
Inexperienced or even first-time skydivers can jump tandem, safe in the knowledge that they are attached to an expert. Just hold on tight and enjoy that unforgettable view.
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It might not be quite as extreme as high-speed desert driving or jumping out of a plane, but Atlantis The Palm's Aquaventure Waterpark has a few attractions that will give even the most hardy thrill-seeker a run for their money.
Laid out across and around two main towers (Poseidon and Neptune) surrounded by a lazy river that transports riders between slides, Aquaventure boasts some of the most adrenaline-pumping rides of any waterpark in the world. Recent installations in the Tower of Poseidon have added more fear-factor: the terrifying Poseidon’s Revenge is perhaps the most daunting, with riders enclosed in a transparent vertical tube before a trapdoor opens, sending them plummeting towards the ground. One of the park’s original slides, The Leap of Faith, is a near-vertical drop that only the bravest of riders dare undertake.
Aquaventure, Atlantis The Palm
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Dubai’s rugged desert terrain means there are plenty of thrills to be found on terra firma, too, including dune-bashing - driving up and down the soft sand dunes in high-powered 4WD vehicles. With the cars often sliding down the dunes sideways, it’s guaranteed edge-of-your-seat excitement.
For those who aren’t experienced dune drivers, the best way to go dune-bashing is by booking in to a desert safari. Dozens of operators offer this type of trip, with a typical desert safari consisting of dune-bashing on the way out to a desert base camp, where a barbecue is served and traditional dancers and musicians provide evening entertainment.
Arabian Nights Tours
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