Adventures 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 outdoor adventure for the young and the young at heart. Here’s our pick of the best ways to make exhilarating memories in the city.
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Ready, set, jump

Skydive Dubai

Ready, set, jump

Skydive Dubai

Freefall over Palm Jumeirah or Dubai's desert

If you've been toying with the idea of going skydiving, Dubai offers the perfect excuse for you to take the plunge thanks to Skydive Dubai. The company gives visitors the chance to freefall from 13,000 feet over the iconic Palm Jumeirah and admire the sparkling waters of the Arabian Gulf and iconic cityscapes along the way. If you'd like to swap skyscraper views for the Arabian desert, that can be arranged with a skydive from a special drop zone located around 30kms out of the city. Looking for something a little tamer? Book a gyrocopter ride at Skydive's Sky Hub instead. Similar to a helicopter, this small two-seat aircraft gives you an unforgettable bird's eye view of the emirate from 1500 feet.
Location
  Al Seyahi Street, Dubai Marina
  +971 4 377 8888
  www.skydivedubai.ae
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Ride the dunes

Quad biking

Ride the dunes

Quad biking

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 options that allow you to tackle dunes that feature heart-stopping 45-degree slopes.
Location
  Dune Buggy Dubai
  +971 58 507 2938
  www.dunebuggydubai.com

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Go ziplining

XLine Dubai Marina

Go ziplining

XLine Dubai Marina

Can you brave the world’s longest urban zipline?

One of Dubai's must-try adventure attractions is XLine Dubai Marina, which is also one of the world’s fastest ziplines. Hold on tight as you glide across the city at 80km/h, soaking up views of the glitzy yachts and shiny high-rises before landing on the terrace of Dubai Marina Mall. Officially the world's longest urban zipline, XLine measures one kilometre in length and features an incline of 16 degrees. There are two concurrent ziplines, so you can also share the experience with a friend.

Location
  XLine booth, Dubai Marina
  +971 56 507 6366
   http://xline.xdubai.com/

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Extreme fun

Flyboarding

Extreme fun

Flyboarding

Try an extreme watersport while on holiday

Want to conquer the waves? Dubai's calm waters are ideal for beach lounging in style but if you want to up the ante, book a session of flyboarding. This extreme sport is a combination of wakeboarding and kitesurfing, which will see you propelled 10m above the water thanks to a powerful turbine. Suitable for everyone, from novice to experts, you'll soon get the hang of balancing in air and hopefully master a few backflips. Dubai boasts an array of adrenaline-fuelled watersports, including scuba diving, parasailing and kitesurfing at the famous Kite Beach.
Location
  Jumeirah Beach 
  +971 4 399 9005
  www.watersportsdubai.com
   

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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 enjoy mountain biking, hiking and kayaking. Hit the high road to discover the Hajar Mountain range, a 90-minute drive from Dubai’s glittering skyscrapers. The red-grey rocky outcrops contrast against sparkling blue bodies of water in this otherworldly, elevated landscape. Hatta, once known for its fort and desert farms, now attracts a fleet of adventure sports enthusiasts. Check out Hatta Wadi Hub for activities such as mountain biking, kayaking, or the brand new Hatta Zorbing, where you can roll down a hill enclosed in a transparent orb. If you want to enjoy the natural scenery a little longer, check-in at the four-star Hatta Fort Hotel, or try glamping at the Hatta Damani Lodges and Hatta Sedr Trailers.
Location
  Hatta, Dubai
  +971 800 637 227
   http://visithatta.com
  
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Non-stop thrills

Desert safaris

Non-stop thrills

Desert safaris

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 native wildlife such as the oryx and gazelles. 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 UV light that causes the scorpion’s exoskeleton to glow in the dark. Other options include sunset drive with a three-course buffet dinner served at a Bedouin-style desert camp, and much more. Escape Dubai’s city and enjoy a thrilling desert experience you’ll never forget.
Location
  Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
  +971 800 272 2426
  www.arabian-adventures.com
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