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Adventure holiday in Dubai

In Dubai thrills are all around, the only question is: what does adventure mean to you?
Whether it’s zipping through skyscrapers, hitting the desert sands on a quad bike or flying over the waves of the Arabian Gulf, Dubai has every sort of adventure for the young – and the young at heart. Here’s our pick of the best ways to make exhilarating memories in Dubai.
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Nature escape

Hatta

Nature escape

Hatta

Hike, bike or kayak in this rugged mountain enclave

Hatta is the ideal destination for thrill-seekers and nature-lovers who like mountain biking, hiking and kayaking. Hit the high road to discover Dubai’s piece of the Hajar Mountain range, a 90-minute drive from the city’s glittering skyscrapers. The red-grey rocky outcrops contrast against sparkling blue bodies of water in this otherworldly elevated landscape that’s cooler than central Dubai. Hatta, once known for its fort and desert farms, now attracts adventure sports enthusiasts, in particular mountain bikers who can hit a thrilling purpose-built track. You can also kayak the sapphire-blue waters of Hatta Dam. If you want to enjoy the natural scenery a little longer, check in at the four-star Hatta Fort Hotel.

Cost: Kayak hire from AED60 per person
Location
  Hatta Dam

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Scraperscape

XLine Dubai Marina

Scraperscape

XLine Dubai Marina

Zip through the city’s skyline on the world’s longest urban zipline

Dubai’s latest adventure attraction is XLine Dubai Marina, which is also one of the world’s steepest and fastest ziplines. Hold on tight as you zip across the city at 80km/h, soaking up views of the glitzy Dubai Marina neighbourhood’s yachts and shiny high-rises before landing on the terrace of Dubai Marina Mall. XLine measures one kilometre in length and features an incline of 16 degrees. With two concurrent ziplines, you can also share the experience with a friend. Thanks to helmet Go-Pros, you’ll also receive a video and photographs of this awesome experience so you can relive the action later.

Cost: AED650 per person or AED1200 for two
Location
  XLine booth, Dubai Marina Mall
  +971 4 457 3212

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Sun and sand

Kite Beach

Sun and sand

Kite Beach

Work up an appetite at Dubai’s best adventure beach

Kitesurfers flock to the aptly named Kite Beach to test their skills against the emerald waters of the Arabian Gulf. Rent equipment from operators along the sand and then challenge the elements. Afternoons, when the wind picks up and the waves follow suit, are ideal for the most jaw-dropping action. Want to sit back and enjoy the aquatic acrobatics? Find a spot on the lively stretch of sand that also offers a great view of the Burj Al Arab. When you’re feeling hungry, head to Salt – a Kite Beach hotspot that started as only a food truck but has now evolved into a beachside terrace. Its simple menu includes sliders with a twist (such as chicken, cheese and Cheetos), fries, pink lemonade, lotus shakes and soft-serve ice-cream.
Location
  2C Street, Umm Suqeim

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Safari guide

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Safari guide

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

From safaris to quad biking, Dubai’s desert lets you choose your own adventure

Take a safari expedition to experience the quintessential Arabian desert. In the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, you’ll be able to spot wildlife such as the Arabian Oryx and gazelle. Stop for a camel ride and, during cooler months, try sandboarding down the highest dunes. Arabian Adventures also offers night safaris that include stargazing and scorpion tracking with a black light that causes the scorpion’s exoskeleton to glow in the dark. Other safari options include sunset viewing with a three-course buffet dinner (with vegetarian options) served at a Bedouin-style desert camp. Escape from Dubai’s city sounds and enjoy a nature experience you’ll never forget.

Cost: Safaris start from AED231 a person
Location
  Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
  800 ARABIAN (272 2426)
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Ride the dunes

Dubai’s desert

Ride the dunes

Dubai’s desert

Strap in for the ride of your life

Feel the sand whipping across your face during a dune buggy or quad bike ride through the Arabian desert. Pared-back dune buggies are vehicles that have been customised for high-energy dune driving. With no doors, roof or windows, they feature a roll cage, bucket seat and safety harness, along with extra suspension for tackling the dunes at high speeds. Head out on a desert safari with Dune Buggy Dubai, which offers morning, evening and overnight dune buggy safaris that allow you to tackle dunes featuring heart-stopping 45-degree slopes. The company also offers quad bike safaris.
Location
  Dune Buggy Dubai
  +971 50 276 8333

info@dunebuggydubai.com

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Stay trendy

Rove hotels

Stay trendy

Rove hotels

Rove fills mid-budget niche, showcasing cool details around every corner

Travellers who want to stay at a hip hotel that doesn’t bust the budget should check out Rove Hotels – an affordable lifestyle brand that launched in Dubai with the 2016 opening of Rove Downtown Dubai. Visitors can now choose between four locations, each influenced in its character by the surrounding neighbourhood. Each hotel features an always-open convenience store and laundromat, buzzing pool area and a 2pm checkout.
Location
  Various locations
  +971 4 561 9999