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Adventure dates in Dubai

Fun activities in Dubai for the young at heart
While Dubai is known for its luxury hotels, hospitality and world-class gastronomy, there’s something to be said about the city’s adventure scene. From thrilling rides and sandboarding to go-karting and some of the world’s best theme parks, we give you the guide to grown-up fun in Dubai.
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Desert adventures

Big Red

Desert adventures

Big Red

Conquer Dubai’s biggest sand dune

Remember sliding down the dunes during a childhood beach vacation? Sandboarding has upped the ante on this rough and tumble activity, with participants able to get up to speeds of 50km/h racing down sandhills. Choose a qualified, reputable instructor and package (add on a 4WD dune-driving experience for extra adrenaline), and head out to Big Red – the super-sized dune named for its striking rouged sands.
Contact Details
  Desert Rangers
  +971 4 456 9944

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Jet skiing

On the water

Jet skiing

On the water

Hit the waves for a fun day at sea

Sporty couples can enjoy some time on the water while taking in beautiful views of Dubai’s skyline with a jet ski adventure. In sessions ranging from 30 minutes to two hours, rental and tour providers like Nemo Watersports and Dubai Jetski offer stunning views of the Burj Al Arab; Jumeirah Beach Residence (commonly known as JBR); Atlantis, The Palm and more. Discovering the calm and pristine Arabian Gulf is a perfect adventure date that’s both romantic, relaxing and packed full of fun.
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Hatta

Dubai’s mountain town

Hatta

Dubai’s mountain town

Hiking, camping, offroading and more

Escape the city for the day or an overnight stay in the mountain town of Hatta. Discover a completely different side of Dubai’s skyline, leaving the skyscrapers and highways for craggy mountain peaks, crisp air and an untamed environment. The Hajar Mountains and lakes of Hatta are ideal for trekking, biking and kayaking. The town’s history is also on display at Hatta Heritage Village, featuring a restored Emirati museum, reconstructed houses and more.
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Skydiving

Free-falling

Skydiving

Free-falling

Get your adrenaline pumping

It’s time to tick something off your bucket list with a breathtaking skydive over the city. Perfect for beginners and experienced divers alike, Skydive Dubai is one of the top drop spots in the world. Choose from stunning bird’s-eye views of the iconic Palm Jumeirah Island or free-fall over the shimmering dunes of Dubai’s desert and feel the thrill of a lifetime.
Contact Details
  Al Sufouh Road
  +971 4 377 8888
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Hot air ballooning

In the clouds

Hot air ballooning

In the clouds

Get a bird’s-eye view

Enjoy a sky-high hot air balloon adventure over the city’s dazzling dunes with one of the world’s most experienced hot air balloon companies, Balloon Adventures Emirates. Soar high over the breathtaking landscape and delight in the sight of native animals in their natural habitat. You can even enjoy flying with falcons for a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle. Once you land, you can ride to a private desert conservation reserve to an authentic Bedouin camp for a gourmet feast. It’s a truly magical way to experience the desert.
Contact Details
  Rashidiya, Dubai
  +971 4 388 4044


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Monster shakes

Instagram heaven

Monster shakes

Instagram heaven

Go crazy for these sweet treats at Black Tap

Straight out of New York City, creative eatery – and monster shake connoisseur – Black Tap will make you see burger joints in a whole new light. With their over the top Crazy Shake creations stacked sky high with sweet treats, like cotton candy, cookies and whole slices of cake, the masterful shakes are towering desserts best for sharing. So, grab your straws and spoons and tuck into a sweet work of art! This establishment is also nestled within one of Dubai’s most luxurious resorts, so make sure to have a look around Jumeirah Al Naseem and take in views of the breathtaking Burj Al Arab.
Contact Details
  Jumeirah Al Naseem
  +971 4 422 9904
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IMG Worlds of Adventure

Thrills and spills

IMG Worlds of Adventure

Thrills and spills

Face your fears hand in hand

Smashing records as the world's largest indoor theme park, IMG Worlds of Adventure keeps guests cool and undercover as they enjoy rides designed to thrill, scare and entertain. The amusement park caters to adults looking for a rush, with the park's piece de resistance being the Velociraptor rollercoaster – reaching 96km/h in less than three seconds, and propelling riders around eight upside-down loops.
Contact Details
  City of Arabia
  +971 4 403 8888
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Hub Zero

Arcade acumen

Hub Zero

Arcade acumen

Play all day then shop ‘til you drop

Specialising in interactive gaming experiences, Hub Zero immerses guests in a world of sci-fi experiences and sporting glory. Take to the (virtual) skies in the Dragon Age: Flight of the Wardens ride; evade your captors with the cast of Final Fantasy ‘n’ Escape from Midgar; zap zombies with laser guns in the Resident Evil: Bio Terror’s abandoned laboratory; and test your motor skills in the top of the line Hyper Drive racing simulator. For those who prefer something more physical, Hub Zero also features the Hero Zone, a warehouse-like gym space that includes a huge rock-climbing wall, swinging ropes, obstacle course and laser maze – all guaranteed to work up a sweat.
Contact Details
  City Walk
  +971 80 063 7227

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Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

One with nature

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

One with nature

Make friends with a falcon

Beloved for their razor-sharp hunting skills and keen eye, falconry is a centuries-old Bedouin tradition still carried on today by Emirati families. At the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, a 225sqkm natural reserve, visitors can watch falcons, hawks and other raptors being put through their paces, ahead of the hands-on feeding time, when trainers explain the birds' significance to desert-dwellers.
Contact Details
  Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
  +971 4 832 8840
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Go-karting

On your marks

Go-karting

On your marks

Engage in some healthy competition

Put the pedal to the metal with some next level go-karting at the Kartdome, located beside Dubai Autodrome. Go-karts on the 1.2km high-tech track can reach speeds of up to 70km/h. Visitors can take part in ongoing championships, endurance challenges, or casual “arrive-and-drive” experiences. The track has 17 corners, plus a tunnel and bridge to test drivers’ handling abilities. At the full-size track, step inside a V6 Lotus Evora 400 or take on the McLaren experience in an Audi TT 2.0 Turbo for a more sophisticated – and exhilarating – ride.
Contact Details
  Motor City Dubailand, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road
  +971 4 367 8700

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